ComplEAT – Foodskin

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?

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Sigg – Outdoor Cutlery

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.

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Lifeventure – Ellipse plate and cutlery set

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.

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BEET IT – High Nitrate Shots and Bars

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.

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CampingGaz – Bistro 300

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!

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