HydraPak 4 litre Seeker.

Water is heavy. If you don’t know already, I can tell you that a litre weighs 1kg, so you generally don’t want to be carrying more than you really have to. In most cases, a water bottle combined with a filter will provide a plentiful supply throughout the day but what about once you stop […]

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Guee Mini-RS … 360 visibility.

I’m fortunate to live somewhere quiet. Rush-hour is generally defined by seeing more than three cars and a tractor in any half hour period but that still doesn’t stop me from being a little wary when venturing out onto the roads. Unlit, narrow, twisty country roads might be quiet but their character makes them potentially as […]

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3F Tyvek Bivvy bag.

It’s quite unusual for me to write about any product sourced directly from China. The reasons behind why I generally don’t write about such things are numerous and probably best saved for another day. However, as you may have guessed, I’ve mentioned that snippet because direct from China is exactly where this bivvy bag came […]

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Self tensioning guy lines – fight the flappage.

No one likes undue flappage keeping them awake at night do they? A few hours earlier your tarp or tent may have been drum tight but now, it sounds like a squadron of ducks are attempting to take off just inches from your head. You may lay there and berate yourself over your lack of […]

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Firemaple FMS-F5 petrol stove review.

Not a catchy name is it? Although FMS-F5 doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue like warm velvet and probably brings to mind images of cold war jet fighters rather than idyllic camp spots, you shouldn’t let that put off. Name aside, the FMS-F5 is a very light and very compact liquid fuel (that’s petrol to […]

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Exped Vela review.

I’ve been accused of many things in life, some justified and some not but I’ve never been labelled an ‘ist’ before. Not sexist, nor racist but tentist. My dictionary describes tentist as “someone who unfairly discriminates against those people who prefer to camp within a tent”. I’m sure you can imagine my shock at having […]

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Quick look … Hcman usb air pump.

An air pump? Have you lost leave of your senses man? Weren’t you the person who gave the world TLS and now here you are talking about air pumps. Err true but in my defence, I would firstly point out that I bought this for my packraft, which probably doesn’t sound like much of an […]

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Book Club … The Corpse Roads of Cumbria.

The Corpse Roads of Cumbria – I’m going to guess and say, you’ll be more likely to have ‘The 50 best mountain bike rides in Cumbria’ or ‘Epic rides in the Lakes’ at the top of your Amazon list than you are this. However, sometimes you have to look beyond the obvious when searching for […]

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Tervail Cumberland Tyre … First Look

I’ve often pondered on why someone would ever pose the question, “what tyres for insert random surface / event / location”? I don’t know about you but an average ride for me will see my tyres rolling over everything from tarmac to sticky mud. There’ll be rocky bits, gravelly bits, grassy bits, flat bits (not […]

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Sierra Designs Backcountry 20 Quilt.

I’m a long time fan of quilts because I like the simplicity and ease of use. I realise sleeping bags aren’t particularly difficult to use but to my mind, simply lying down and pulling something over the top of yourself seems much less faff than messing about with poppers, zips, toggles and those little Velcro […]

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