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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01 Jul Flame On – Plazmatic X Dual Beam Lighter

We’re pretty excited at GG2G because we’ve finally found something to plug into the laptop USB socket. A Plazmatic X lighter. A lighter that on the face of it looks pretty conventional - roughly the same shape and size as a classic Zippo - but without the need for any sort of flammable fuel; neither gas nor petrol. The Plazmatic X is an electrionic lighter  with two ‘heat beams’ (a bit like those things that kicked life into Frankenstein) that will ignite anything from a campfire to a cigar. It can be charged from a variety of power outlets, from a laptop and reserve battery pack, to the mains. It’s...

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02 Jun Super lightweight compact walking poles

Walking poles are the sort of trekking luxury that are great to have around but often get left behind  because of the extra weight involved. Well, think again. These high performance Komperdells, Carbon Ultralite Vario 4, are around 20% lighter than their nearest rivals. They’re not the cheapest sticks on the block but that weight saving is a big bonus.  Made with 100% carbon, they fold down to 45cm in four lengths, and are adjustable from 120-145cms. £190 / http://www.firstascent.co.uk...

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Leica M-D

26 May Leica’s High Tech Back-To-Basics M-D

The back to vinyl/analogue revolution steps up a gear with the release of Leica’s deliciously retro digital rangefinder camera - the M-D. Marketed as ‘the return to anticipation’ the M-D is the first digital camera in Leica’s ‘rangefinder’ M series range - the go-to tool of travel photographers -  to come without an LCD screen for instant image gratification. The idea being that you’ll have concentrate taking your images and wait  until you get home to see what you’ve got. The MD has been stripped of all but the essential components for stills photography, the designers concentrating on key photographic elements: shutter speed, aperture, distance and ISO sensitivity, the latter...

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24 Mar Dinner Time – Onja Campfire Stove

Primus’ latest campsite stove is a lesson in Swedish understated ingenuity and style. The sort of kit that will be just as at home (and just as practical) off the beaten track or during the coming summer’s festival season. Folded for travel it looks a bit like a boxy messenger bag, the simple Scandinavian design finished off with brass, leather and wood details; the detachable lid is oak and doubles as a chopping board. We particularly like is its stability; when the steel frame is opened the legs providing a firm footing.  Primus says Onja is its most compact two burner stove ever. Running on 100g, 230g or 450g cannister...

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21 Feb Fogo – The ultimate adventure gadget?

It’s hard to know where to begin with a gadget that does just about everything; a motion sensor, battery charger, two-way radio, and that’s just for starters. Fogo might look at first glance like a pocket torch but that little LED screen on the side is a clue to the raft of features on tap, including the ability to detect when you’ve had a mountain biking accident and send alert texts to family and friends. Designed and devised by a group of US outdoor enthusiasts, with a penchant for snowboarding, trail cycling and wilderness trekking, Fogo is the digital do-all they wanted for themselves. So, you get a GPS, a walkie-talkie, a...

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Helinox Lifestyle (Swivel Chair)

04 Feb Helinox Swivel Chair

The best outdoor/travel furniture is both lightweight and compact - and easy to assemble. Dutch firm Helinox wins on both fronts with lightweight DAC  aluminium and nylon furniture that’s light enough to deserve a home in any daypack, and thanks to the ingenious ‘shake-into-shape’ hinged frame at its heart is a cinch to assemble.The fabric seat then stretches across the frame and clips into place. We like the Table One, a low level mesh picnic table with two drinks holders in the middle, especially when teamed up with the new Swivel Chair that, turning a full 360o degrees, has beach vistas and festivals written all over it; it packs down...

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25 Jan Safer cycling – Aftershokz Trekz Titanium headphones

Here at GG2G we don’t like listening to music through headphones when we’re cycling for the simple reason we can’t hear the sound of the street around us, and that makes for unsafe cycling. One of the team was pulled up short by a copper who said headphones on  bikes are illegal. We’re not sure about that but the safety message hit home and we’ve not listened to music on two wheels since. That could all be about to change with these Aftershokz Trekz Titanium, headphones that use ‘bone conduction’ to deliver the tunes while allowing ears to hear all ambient noise; sort of headphones for the head and not the...

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25 Jan iLook out for my iPad – Greenwich Leather Accessories

[caption id="attachment_16358" align="alignright" width="300"] iLove my iPad[/caption] We can remember a time when those without a clue were predicting the demise of Apple Computers; too niche and too expensive. Then along came the iPhone and the iPad (and iTunes) and the world turned out to be, flat afterall. Very flat. There are thousands of companies making accessories for these essential 21st century devices but few make them as well, or as understated, or as elegant as Greenwich MMXV (that’s 2015 for non Romans). Conceived, by all accounts, over a few pints in a country pub. You may think £60 for a phone case and up to £200 for an iPad cover is a...

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19 Jan Go anywhere water filter – LifeStraw

Because a week’s worth of Perrier takes up took much backpack space there’s LifeStraw - the easiest, most convenient, simplest and by far away smallest and lightest water filtration system you can take with you. Half the size of a school recorder and weighing next to nothing just drop one end of LifeStraw into contaminated water, or just water you’re not 100% sure about (mountain streams/snow melt), and the internal fibre membrane traps poisonous pathogens. It works like like a conventional straw, without any of the pumping associated with conventional filtration systems. You can drink directly from a water source or fill a canteen and use LifeStraw with that. The makers...

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