Plazmatic Lighter 1

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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primus lifestyle 2

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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fogo 1

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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LifeStraw-lifestyle

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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muji gloves

15 Dec Muji – Touchscreen Leather Gloves

Do you know anyone who speaks on a mobile phone? No, we don’t either. Moat of us let our fingers do the talking, via texting and emailing. It’s why we love these touchscreen sensitive gloves from Japanese company Muji. You can tap away with all fingers, thumbs too for those ambidextrous speed tappers. In black or brown leather, a far cry from the traditionally hippie touchscreen knitted gloves. And now is the time to buy because for the time being they’re reduced from £49.95 to £39.95 on the Muji website. £39.95 / www.muji.eu...

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sound-oasis

08 Dec Sleep Tight – Sound Oasis Travel

Sleep isn’t a problem around here. One of us slept through a hurricane during which a tree crashed through the roof of the cabin next door. Another time one of the team was so shattered fell she asleep in a disco. Sadly not everyone can nod off quite so easily which is why the Sound Oasis Travel is proving so popular.  Roberts used to make a pillow speaker enabling users to doze off with their favourite radio station playing softly through the goose down. Compared to that the Sleep Oasis Travel version is a bit new age massage parlour, with a repertoire of soothing sounds from spring rain to bamboo...

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