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Camping gear, Optimus, Product Reviews, Reviews, Stoves -

When my MSR pocket rocket finally gave up after 10 solid years of service I was on the hunt for a new stove. I wasn't sure about whether to go liquid fuel or get another lightweight gas canister one. So I borrowed an Optimus Crux Lite from the shop and put it through its paces. You can read my thoughts on gas stoves in general and my verdict on whether the Optimus outperforms the stalwart MSR pocket rocket. (Not to give too much away, it really really does...)

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Banana, Bumbags, Product Reviews, Review, Trakke -

If you thought the bum-bag was a terrible 80s fashion mistake, best forgotten, think again... Trakke are working hard, one bag at a time, to make practical cool again (practi-cool?). Their banana bags banana bags are a great example –  small stylish bumbags made to their usual exacting standards from the best materials.

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Review, Sleeping Mats -

When my last sleeping mat bit the dust, I set about looking for a replacement. There’s a whole range of different sizes, shapes, materials on the market… so what should you be looking for?

Heres' a little guide to the things to think about when choosing a new roll mat...

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While we definitely wouldn’t encourage anyone to seek out a storm and camp in an open field – if you go camping, at some point you’re going to experience weather, and dealing with weather is all about understanding risks, knowing how to manage and mitigate them.

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Why do we love the Trakke Assynt rucksack? It’s not just the immaculate design and attention to detail – both good things, for sure. More than anything it’s Trakke’s production ethic, which fits perfectly with our own outlook on sustainability.

I use my Assynt every day, and it shows. After a couple of years of being hauled around city streets, left on the sticky floor of various pubs and being packed to bursting on long wilderness hikes, it’s developed an authentic lived-in look. But, if anything, it now looks even better than when I first bought it...

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