Yes, dogs can swim, but there will be times when they could need a little help keeping afloat for extended periods or in fast water. And the benefit of a handle to drag them out of the water is invaluable. This is the top-of-the-range dog bouyancy aid and you get a feature packed, comfortable and contemporary-outdoors styled piece of gear which makes your dog look the part.Read more
Polar Buff feels warm and soft against the skin, and works well to keep out cold drafts in high winds (like on a motorbike). Its thickness can be a bit of a minor problem/consideration because it adds a considerable layer under other clothing around the neck, but if you can get used to this it’s worth it. I haven’t detected much of a warmth difference between the Polar and normal Buffs, yet…Read more
A great little torch with surprising power. Always ready for use if you’re in or around the car, it gives excellent light with a powerful beam. The blurb you read with it, though, says this torch “fits most automotive-style power outlets” but most doesn’t mean all.Read more
Not the most exciting food in the world but pretty tasty all-in-all and dead easy to make. In fact you don’t even have to ‘make’ it if you don’t want to – you could eat it cold straight from the bag.
At £4 per course per person that doesn’t seem too bad on the surface but if there were three of you that would mean £12 per day for just one meal without pud. Multiply that by three for breakfast, lunch and tea and that’s… er… £36 per day. And if you were away for a week… you get the idea.
he Adrenaline Hiking Medium Cushion sock is a very seriously comfortable sock for a day-hike. It’s not too thick or too thin and hugs the foot all-over without getting baggy or sweaty with use. Wool is my favourite material for socks, feeling warm but wicking well and not being uncomfortable when wet. These are my current favourite socks to wear under hiking boots.Read more
Sugru is weird stuff that’s a bit like duct-tape, in that given enough ingenuity you could probably fix or improve the entire world with it. It’s pretty cheap for what you get and I’d imagine that kids (or drunken adults) could absorb hours in playing with it.Read more
For what it is, the Rambler coat is well made and simple. It won’t keep your dog that warm, or that dry, but it will help a bit. Irritating when it twists on the dog letting rain get underneath, which may be not helped by the inner surface being a smooth fleece, so probably not going to work over longer periods outdoors.Read more
If you’re the type of person who likes to be seen drinking from the right brand, the pretty bottle or the statement then the Kor One represents the in-touch-with-nature, soulful drinking experience. For everyone else, it’s a pretty, tough plastic water bottle. I’m marking it up to a 4 because I like the flip-top lid, but because of the price it gets marked down again to a 3.Read more
A dog-proof fetch toy which is easy to find and easy to throw, doesn’t get soggy with drool or end up broken after a good chewing. Highly recommended for the fetcher in your life.Read more
These socks are completely waterproof and they’re my new every-day wear for bike commuting. They’re a loose fit, so I wouldn’t wear this model for trekking (SealSkinz do other models for that), but as an over-sock they are perfect. Highly recommended for bikers, campers and anyone else who lacks wellies in the wet!Read more
MusucBag is fantastic. It’s one of those products which people instantly react to and it’s a great conversation starter. It’s comfortable to wear, very warm and I had a good night’s sleep in it. The only flaws I could come up with don’t affect the performance of the bag, they’re more like suggested improvements. If I had kids, I’d buy them a MusucBag without hesitation.Read more
As a bit of a boys’ toy the Turboflame Military is ‘different’ but, unless you model yourself on Ray Mears, still just an expensive lighter.Read more
It’s a grinder, it’s lovely and it gets sad people talking. What more could you ask for?Read more
Not much special going on here and I really didn’t notice any appreciable difference between these and thin cotton socks. Would I buy these in favour of M&S cotton sports socks? Probably not.
Would I wear these under another pair of socks to stop blisters? Nope, I’d buy a 2-layer sock instead.
Very comfy and snug socks. The packet rates them at a 2/5 warmth level, but I’d disagree and say that they’re pretty warm on a cold day. They protect the heel and achilles well, and they have a thinner panel on the front of the ankle to help keep you ventilated. I enjoy wearing these socks a lot. Only held back from a 5 rating by virtue of the fact that they’re not QUITE as comfortable as SmartWool’s Adrenaline Hiking socks.Read more