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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Smartwool – Women’s PhD Run Short Sleeve Crew

I was pleasantly surprised. The t-shirt is very lightweight, so it doesn’t feel like something you have to drag around. It keeps the chill off in really cold weather, and wicks sweat away so you don’t get too clammy. The neckline isn’t too high, which means I can run without feeling like I’m being strangled. It’s long enough to keep draughts out too.

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Teva – Crank Mid shoes

Now, there’s something to be said for a shoe which doesn’t provide a huge amount of support. Teva say that they’ve integrated a Mush insole (moulded for comfort) but the feel of the Crank is minimalist in terms of snugging your foot and the result is a natural feeling walk. They’re all-day comfortable and to my mind would be as good at being a travel shoe as they would be a biking shoe… if you don’t mind the looks.

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SOLE – Exhale shoes

I must admit that I wasn’t one of those who immediately saw a need for them when I first got the information through, but since they’ve arrived I’ve worn them almost every evening. Exhale. A strange name for some shoes. Until, that is, you come back from a day’s hiking with sore feet and tired knees, and you slip these bad-boys on. You do a little sigh of comfort and the name makes perfect sense all of a sudden.

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Nikwax – Polar Proof

What’s noticeable about running a garment treated with Polar Proof under a tap is the lack of small drops which grab on to the pile, and of course the way that the stream of water flows off like it is being repelled somehow. I compared this to an older fleece garment which I own and the main difference is those small dots of water which stay on the fabric and in some places cause a wetting-out (where they sink in)

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