The budget bikepacker – Pod Sacs Barrel Roll.

With the continued interest in all things ‘adventure’, it’s no surprise that more and more manufacturers are latching on and launching their own products in the hope of gaining a slice of the market … and it’s probably fair to say that luggage is the product most commonly brought to the table. I’ve tested and […]

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Bear Bones alternative bothy guide part 1 – Preparation.

Once the sole reserve of old bearded men in bobble hats, bothies have now become a ‘must do’ attraction for a younger, more fashion savvy element of society – true, many still sport beards and hats with bobbles but hair is a fairly recent addition to their faces and the hats cost forty quid and […]

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Bear Bones 2019 calendars.

In the past and usually about December 29th, people have said, “Ooh, any chance of doing a Bear Bones calendar?”. Obviously at that late stage in the year, the moment has been and gone … but this year’s different. Printed on high quality 250g silk stock and spiral bound so it hangs properly, the 2019 […]

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K-lite Bikepacker Ultra – if it ain’t broke fix it anyway.

I tested the K-lite Bikepacker Pro dynamo light some time ago. I was impressed, it was and I believe, still is the brightest dynamo light in the world but time marches on and things change. The Bikepacker Pro has a new stable mate who shares the title of ‘the brightest dynamo light in the world’ […]

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Worms, Flyz and Fleaz … Dutch Gear in the UK.

There are any number of ways, means and devices to tension a guy-line but Dutch Gear make some of the lightest, most cunning and let’s be perfectly honest, ‘blingy’ ones out there. For those with an interest in hammocks, the name Dutch and his titanium gear are probably both things you’re familiar with but for […]

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Tube Strap … space for the unforeseen.

Amongst the diverse list of sleeping bags, shelters, pots, stoves and gadgets people name on their ‘here’s all the stuff I took on my trip to Scotland / Wales / Norway / The shops lists, the one item you’ll never see mentioned is ‘space’. Space? Yeah space. You see, filling your bags to bursting so […]

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Ribble Adventure 725 … meet the man who designed it.

If bikepacking really is the latest and possibly greatest thing to happen to cycling since Raleigh launched the Grifter, it seems somewhat odd that manufacturers still appear a little reluctant to attach the label directly to their bikes. Some are happy to hint but most will dumb down the full-on bikepacking potential and present you […]

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