The remainder of the space is gargantuan for a 5-man tent. It’s easily big enough for 6 camping chairs and a game of poker, or a proper table setup. In real world terms it’s also plenty big enough for husbands to stay out of the way quite effectively too.Read more
The plastic handle I’m fine with – it takes this knife from being a cherished thing to pass on to your firstborn when they reach twelve, to being more of a utilitarian tool. A little less special and a little more robust. The sort of thing you’d happily chuck in your toolbox and use when you needed something more sturdy than a Stanley knife.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
Stop-the-press on the serrated part of the blade. Opinel say it’s designed to cut through rope efficiently, and I tested it on 30ft of rotten woollen carpet. It cut through like a dream – WAY easier than a stanley knife and really, really impressed me.Read more
It’s designed with straps on the underside that fit a specific Therm-a-rest sleeping mat. As such, there’s no down in that area. At all. The theory is that the marvellous Therm-a-rest mat you will buy fits this space perfectly, and thus provides the required insulation in that area.Read more
The boots I have them in feature a steel protective plate in their sole, so you’d think that they’d suck all the heat out of your feet. Not so, I’ve only ever had cold feet on the occasions when I’ve been sat still for a while rather than when standing. The Thinsulate insulation seems to do a good job of fending off the chill.Read more
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.Read more
We were won over by these poles and my wife especially is looking forward to using them in her upcoming climbing attempt of Mt Snowdon where they will undoubtedly be an invaluable aid, particularly knowing her dislikes of ‘ups’.Read more
This boot isn’t for the type of person who questions why you’d need a boot for mooching around the campsite. This boot is for the type of person who hates wet socks, cold feet and discomfort on holiday.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
KitTags (aka GearTags in the US) are new to the UK market and have come in via demand through militaryRead more
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)Read more
In the recent snowy January we’ve been having, the gaiters have done their duties well, leaving our poor dog to be the one who gathers snowballs round his ankles!Read more