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17 Oct Float On – Teva’s Arrowood tough lightweight

The most difficult items to pack for any extended trip - is footwear. It’s usually meant sitting on the plane in clumpy walking boots with sandals and evening shoes in the overhead locker to save weight.  Thanks to new technology - like the Float-Lite TM in these new Arrowoods by California cool cobblers Teva - we’ve entered the era of one pair journeys. I’ve worn my burgundy Lux Mid WP (that’s ankle boots to you and I) in town, along the track, on the beach and across the rocks, and can report that they’re light, bouncy, water resistant (I could walk in the foreshore without getting wet feet), and they’re...

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17 Oct Cocoon Tent Lining – for Lotus Belle Tents

When the cold sets we slip into our thermals. So why don’t tents do the same? Lotus Belle, makers of those fashionably groovy belle shaped tents - the ones you promise yourself for next year’s festival season - have come up with a polyester tent liner that keeps your Belle Tent warm by trapping a layer of air between the liner and the outer canvas. There are zip openings corresponding to the tent windows and wood burner flu vent. Available for the four and five meter Belle Tents. Just the job for the Great British Summer! £185 /  http://lotusbelle.co.uk/products/4m-cocoon-lining ...

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28 Sep Timberleaf Teardrop Trailer

As camper vans get bigger and less manoeverable there is a wagon maker based in Denver that’s tapping into the trend for small trailers; aka ‘tiny teardrops’ for a new generation of camper who doesn’t need to haul so much stuff around. The kind of trailer that’s easy to unhitch and leave behind, and designed to maximise space and comfort without compromising adventure. Timberleaf’s trailer is a pod on wheels, with everything you need for warm and dry glamping. A smooth ‘bar-of-soap’ teadrop of aluminium and wood. The overall length of the 1200lb Timberleaf is 15’, with a cabin size of 5‘x10’ - just enough room for a ‘Colorado Queen’ mattress,...

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21 Sep Leica SOFORT instant camera

The irony for a generation brought up on selfies is the inability to look at images on anything other than a phone or tablet. What ever happened to photos slipped into the sides of mirrors, stuck to fridge doors, safe in a wallet, or, heaven forbid,  framed. The fact is most people don’t see their photos after they’ve taken them and when the device is junked, or the software obsolete, bye-bye those special moments. It’s why we think Leica’s super cute SOFORT is going sell by the shed load. It’s just the sort of high tech, pocket size piece of instant gratification the selfie generation didn’t know it wanted. Slot...

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21 Sep No secrets trunk – Crumpler’s Vis-A-Vis Clear

Packing is a skill few of us have time for - although we might make time if we had Crumpler’s latest wheelie - the Vis-A-Vis Clear. You’d think twice about screwing everything up in a ball at the last minute if Uncle Tom Cobley and all can see your mess. It might encourage the slobs amongst us to fold our stuff neatly. Afterall, you’ll look smarter when you get there.  The 68cm polycarbonate Trunk is aimed at travellers with nothing to hide, except dirty laundry and expensive pieces of personal kit, to be stored discreetly within Volume Rebate packing cubes that are included. There’s a clothes compression system, safety straps...

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25 Aug Travel Trousers

Hamilton and Hare makes undies for fellas - takings design cues from boxers and pugalist attire.  Boxer shorts, simple unadorned sweatshirts and hoodies, and classic entering the ring toweling robes. In other words - Hamilton and Hare prides itself on masculine comfort. Which is why it’s such a simple step for them into travel clothes - the sort of gear that looks cool yet remains comfortable during the long inactive hours of intercontinental flight.  Made from lightweight cotton jersey these Grey Space Track Trousers fill the gap between slacks and tracksuit bottoms. Part of a travel range in greys, slate blues and black, they have a tailored slimline cut, straight...

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19 Aug Staying dry in Norwegian Rain

Want to keep warm and dry this winter, without looking like a Polar explorer or a rap star - then try some Norwegian Rain. Anoraks and parkers are fine in cloudbursts but here at gg2g we’re fans of of full length coats. Call us old fashioned - but we like to keep dry.  It’s why we thoroughly approve of the current range of waterproof macs and coats from Bergen at Norwegian Rain: Built like tanks, just a bit lighter, totally waterproof - and very cool. Each has two layers of water repellency, detachable thermal linings, and a ‘water tunnel’ (like those in cars) to funnel water away. Heat sealed seams, most...

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18 Aug The smart Samsonite Smarttop

Such a clever idea. Samsonite’s Smarttop wheelies (upright and spinner versions) have a large zip-up pocket in the top, by the handle, for all those things you need when on the move. A sort of glove compartment for tickets, passports, sunglasses, paperbacks, phones etc. It means you don’t now need a small bits ‘n pieces bag, and neither will you ruin the line of your clothes. We think the hard sided Smarttop is a smart idea, our favourite the 55cm Spinner; 38L and at 55x40x20, compact enough to be accepted as carry-on with most airlines. Available in four sizes, from 1.8 to 2.3kg and in a choice of colours. £115 - £135...

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10 Aug Finisterre’s early autumn range

While most of us are enjoying the warm sand between our toes and beach BBQs Finisterre (Cornwall’s cold water surf enthusiasts - embracing the big chill as ever) is looking ahead with a new collection of autumnal outfits. The bulk of the collection, for men and women, in bold red, blues and yellows, comprises warm over-shirts like the Gylly (£75), the flannel lined Gravis (£135), and the checked Lumber (£85). Our favourite item also happens to be the most robust. The bright yellow Nor’Easter Mac (£150) is based on a traditional fisherman’s jacket, with a hood, a zip closing and snap buttons.  Everyone is cautious nowadays with claims for garments being...

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28 Jul Closca Fuga Foldable Cycling Helmet

This practical and innovative folding cycling helmet is also -  rather lovely. Just look at it. Those three, streamlined concentric rings could stand alone as a work of art if they weren’t also extremely useful. What Closca has done is produce a cycling helmet that looks cool, in a very urban way (think New York’s Guggenheim Museum). It collapses down to half its size and slips comfortably into a back back or brief case. Constructed with reinforced fiberglass, EPS and PC (complying with CPSC and EN1078 international safety certificates) the Fuga comprises three concentric hinged rings and a grey visor. Different coloured visors are available in addition to a knitted...

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