Trekking poles are one of those things that after you use them the once you probably won’t go back, not only do they give you extra balance on uneven terrain, they help you get into a good walking rhythm, reduce impact on your joints and make you look like an outdoor pro when you use them to point things out. The Micro Vario Carbon Strong Trekking Poles from Leki have a great strength to weight ratio thanks to the 100% carbon fibre and HTS 6.5 aluminium bottom section construction, they are well suited for taller users and ski/snowshoe touring use.
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The ExtremeMist 2 in 1 Hydration misting and cooling pack is comprised of two components, starting with the vest-style pack, this is a lightweight pack that hugs the body thanks to the ergonomic design, it doesn’t bounce when you walk for a more comfortable and balanced experience. There are two sizes to choose from: Small and Large (2L reservoir in each) both with nine pockets built in to the pack that allow you store all your essentials and keep them within easy reach.
The Wrkshp Kellett is a tough 25L backpack from Dakine, constructed from a four-layer lamination sailcloth, 210D nylon and polyester with ripstop face and a durable water-repellent finish making it suitable for exploring everything from the city to more rugged environments. The Kellett measures up at 21” x 12” x 6" and comes with its very own removable accessory case (8” x 5.5” x 2") which can be used to store headphones, snacks or toiletries.
The Urbn Mission backpack is so cool it doesn’t even use A’s, screw that vowel it is so 2018! It comes in a wide range of colours and materials, choose from Orange (for high visibility), Squall, Rincon, Woodrose, Night Sky, Ashcroft Camo (for blending into your surroundings), Garnet Shadow and R2R Olive. There aren’t many bags that can say they are skateboard friendly but the Urbn wants to let you roll to your destination and we are always a fan of anything that helps you keep more active.
The Draumr, Fjøl and Borg come together to create a camping hammock system that offers a range of sleeping positions. Starting with the hammock, the Draumr comes with a bug net and suspension straps, weighing 1350g (including bug net and suspension kit) it can hold up to 400lb. This one-person hammock is suitable for people with a max height of 6’ 1” / 185 cm (for taller people Draumr XL is available), it packs down into a super compact pack size of 9.5” x 6.3”.
Amazonas was formed in 1995 and creates a wide range of cotton hammocks and hanging chairs as well as frames including its own babies’ and toddlers’ line of baby hammocks, carrying systems, children’s hanging chairs and baby hammock frames as well as an outdoor line of extra-lightweight hammocks and accessories for survival experts and leisure adventurers. Inspired by the original Brazilian hammock tradition, it has its own production site in the northeast of Brazil, the hammock-making centre of the whole of South America.
The trailblazer 30 from Montane is a close-fitting, lightweight multi-day pack, weighing in at approximately 800g, it is available in either Electric Blue or Charcoal, as the name suggests it has a 30-litre storage capacity, designed for rapid, long-distance mountain trails with its low weight, stability and quick access to your gear.
Leatherman was formed in Portland, Oregon in 1983, it has now become one of those brands that become synonymous with a product to the point were people call any multi tool a Leatherman, however you will never get the quality you are after unless it is the real deal. The Raptor is a 420HC stainless steel folding shears multitool, with a shear length of 1.9” (4.8cm) and closed length of 5” (12.7cm) with a weight of 5.8oz (164g) making it a great tool for keeping on your person.
STM Goods was born in 1998 when Ethan Nyholm resourcefully slipped his new laptop into a padded postal envelope for protection while carrying it around in his hiking pack. From here he teamed up with co-worker Adina Jacobs to create products specifically designed to protect digital gear while offering a fashion-forward look. The latest offering from STM, the Myth is a bag that has both style and substance. the Myth was brought to life,.
When my boss informed me I had a growler waiting for me on my desk, I had a lot of different images flash across my mind; a Hydro Flask not being one of them! It turns out the Hydro Flask Growler is a 64 oz bottle specifically designed to keep your beer cool and carbonated all day (an acceptable substitute for what I was expecting).