Recently I wrote about doing a hike and scramble up Scafell Pike in the Lake District. What outdoor gear should be taken on a day walk up the highest mountain in England? This would obviously depend upon the time of year and the expected weather conditions. Below is a list of the outdoor gear that … Continue reading What Outdoor Gear Do You Need to Take Up Scafell Pike?
Read on for some helpful advice on the ratings used for sun protection clothing, and enjoy the sun this summer if you are camping, hiking, climbing or even just in the garden relaxing. The days grow longer as we enter June; July and August fast approach. With baited breath the UK waits for the advent … Continue reading SPF, UPF and UV Protective Clothing
If your compass is going haywire, your GPS isn't working and you can't see the sun then how do you find your way? Get out your sexy underwear of course! This might not be the first things that springs to everyone's mind, but it is exactly what the Catlin Arctic Survey have been doing. Due … Continue reading Sexy Underwear for Arctic Navigation
Had I been greenwashed? Is bamboo eco friendly? Well after some research I discovered the answer is yes and no.
Nowadays everyone is becoming more environmentally aware, trying to be carbon neutral, buying organic, and minimising their impact on the environment. Outdoor gear manufacturers have been quick to jump on the bandwagon and are offering outdoor clothing made with eco friendly fabrics. What I want to know is what exactly are these green fabrics, how … Continue reading Bamboo and Cocona – Eco Friendly Fabrics!
Live for the Outdoors (LFTO) wrote a serious, advisory post following an article in Trail Magazine about reasons that should make you think about turning back before reaching the summit. Whether you are a walker, mountaineer, mountain biker, skier, runner or other, these reasons are certainly worth considering: Bad Weather - snow, rain, cold and … Continue reading 14 good reasons to turn back before the summit
I like Nikwax. I really do. I think it is really good value stuff, especially when you consider the value of the outdoor clothing and equipment it protects. Every so often we like to do a little write-up about the manufacturers of outdoor equipment, simply to show you why we choose to sell the one's … Continue reading Why Nikwax is worth every penny…
You may remember, a while ago we wrote this fun quiz asking whether you are serious about reducing the weight of your backpack, when out running, walking, climbing or riding, asking: are you a lightweight? Ultralight Specialists Years and years of working in the outdoor industry, has led us into our very own niche...one that … Continue reading Are you a heavyweight, lightweight or ultralight?
Berghaus Short Sleeve Tech T came 1st in Country Walking magazine's test of baselayers / active outdoor t-shirts. Baselayers and Thermalwear Your baselayer is one of the most underestimated items of gear. You should read more about the importance of baselayers, but the generally you need to make sure they are part of your gear … Continue reading Berghaus Tech-T Review by Country Walking
Granger's has partnered with Oxfam to promote the recycling of outdoor clothing and equipment through the Fabric4Life campaign. Oxfam's Fabric4Life Campaign Whether a recreational or professional outdoor sports/activity enthusiast, everyone has an old mac or ten tucked in there cupboard not being used. Simply take any old fleece or waterproof garments into any Oxfam high … Continue reading Oxfam and Granger's partner on Fabric4Life campaign