In terms of cooking, the griddle is ace. It’s flat on one side and ribbed on the other, and quite easy to clean (although you need a big kitchen sink!). The heat is pretty even, with sausages at the edge browning slightly slower than the middle, but with minimal shifting needed to keep things even.Read more
The idea of collapsing accessories has been around for a little while now, however what I noticed immediately about the Outwell versions is how chunky, tough and solid they felt.Read more
The concept behind this lunchbox is that once you’ve eaten your sandwiches, it goes flat and then doesn’t take up lots of space in your bag. And it does that – it does go flat. You are also okay to put the Foodskin in the dishwasher and microwave if you so desire. The coloured textile cover on the front comes off for when you do want to wash it or want to change the colour to better co-ordinate with your food perhaps?Read more
The two big burners each come with removable grill-plates (shown in the first picture), under which sit a pair of enormous and powerful burners. Campingaz call these Xcelerate burners, and they kick out a whopping amount of heat. Boil time is pretty low.Read more
The main benefit, though, and the reason for the inclusion in my ZASP is the tiny size that the bottles will pack down to. The 500ml collapses down to the size of a badly crushed drinks can, and the new 1000ml Sport version is not much larger.Read more
The SIGGs fold down into a fairly compact size, similar to a Swiss Army Knife, and come with a neat nylon carrying pouch. They look pleasingly well engineered, and the three parts – knife, fork and spoon – fold out and then pull apart for use, and slot together solidly to stow away. At 195g they aren’t lightweight -they’re made from chunky stainless steel, so they feel reassuringly strong when in use.Read more
The bag works through a gel lining stitched in a series of squares, which then freezes. So you have a completely frozen bag – and a zip lock to keep air in. To use you just (remember!) to pop the bag into your freezer for 12 hours (i.e. overnight) before it’s ready for use!Read more
Not made specifically for camping, but they work brilliantly as an alternative to a lot of other pre-packed food for people with food intolerances. The easy to open pouches can be boiled in water or poured into a saucepan. There’s curry, middle eastern, pub food, sauces, rice – something to whet every appetite and portion size is good.Read more
I like to glugg; sipping just doesn’t do it for me, and I get frustrated with the ‘sports’ tops with pushes or straws that you don’t tilt to drink, so I immediately warmed to this bit of kit.Read more
The knife has good serrations on it but it makes hard work of fine slicing due to its thickness; the fork similarly is sharp enough at the pointy end but it too feels clumsy when stabbing your errant cherry tomatoes; and the spoon feels big in the mouth somewhat like an enlarged baby spoon.
Nevertheless they seem to be strong enough to do the job and you don’t feel at risk of breaking or bending them on a particularly well done sausage or resilient lump of cheddar.
The idea is that eating nitrate-rich foods can increase natural nitric oxide (NO) production. Why would athletes want to do this? Because NO relaxes and widens blood vessels, reducing blood pressure and increasing blood flow to organs and tissues. Which, in turn, delivers more oxygen and nutrients.
That’s a Very Good Thing if you’re a sporty type, particularly if you’re one of the crazies who does ultramarathons, long runs and epic cycles.Read more
This one pot CampingGaz stove is a big step up from the wobbly canister types I recall using during my early forays into camping. If you like your life a bit on the wild side, with perilously balanced pots you’ll probably not want to read any further.
However, if like me you like the reassurance of your dinner staying put whilst cooking then read on, as this may well be the stove for you!
The Freedom comes with a natty little solar-charger, which is about the same size as an iPod, and uses a USB lead to connect to the Pen. It takes around 18 hours to charge the SteriPEN, but from that charge you get 40 purification cycles, so it would indeed work OK if you strapped it out in the sun on a prolonged trip.Read more
At just 355ml/12oz this little old flask doesn’t exactly throw it’s weight around, but those that know they are goodRead more
There are alternative versions of the bottle top available including the NAT (New Active Top) designed to allow you to drink from the built-in drinking straw without the bottle obscuring your view. This, with the bottle’s shape that is compatible with most bicycle holders, would make it suitable for you wannabe Chris Froome or Bradley Wiggins (sideburns not included). The other is the Three Stage Sports Top which does not require unscrewing and would be more suitable for using in a gym.Read more