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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tumi red RFID wallet

15 Dec Credit Card Security – Chambers Folding Card Case

Tumi ID Lock: For reasons only known to governments and bankers many modern ID and credit cards contain microchips that automaticallyt transmit personal identity and financial details that may be read by any Tom, Dick or Harry with an RFID scanner; imagine lots of bad guys loitering around airports, railway stations and shopping malls with the same sort of ‘touch’ payment pads we are encouraged to use in shops downloading all our personal information. We could render our cards unreadable like Gene Hackman in Enemy of the State (keep everything in empty crisp packets) or we could wise up and use a metal lined RFID protected wallet, like this one from...

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solarmoney adventurer 2015

10 Dec Charge! – the Solarmonkey Adventurer 2015

Free power - is there anything better? We don’t think so. Which is why we like the latest Powermonkey. Not only can it charge its 3500 mAh lithium battery and an external gadget simultaneously, the Maximum Power Point Tracker (MPPT) regulates and optimises the charge from the twin solar panels so that the Adventurer is still able to charge - albeit slower - in low light conditions. When the charge level reader indicates full there’s enough juice to charge two smartphones, or three GPS devices, and give you enough power - about 25% - for you to update your social media page on an iPad. The 265g Adventurer, housed in a tough travel...

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philips headphones 2.

10 Dec Noise Cancelling Headphones – Philips SHB8850NC

Philips breaks the mould with these high spec noise cancelling headphones for third of the price of many competitors, claiming an impressive 97% reduction of ambient sound -  up to -20 decibels. What they lack in the name department they make up for with a raft of features: Bluetooth and battery powered, so no wires getting in the way on long flights; the rechargeable batteries ought be good for up to 16 hours of play (if the charges fails there’s a cable to plug them into the MP3 source); ‘smart’ tap controls for adjusting volume and making and receiving calls; and a built in microphone. Philips SHB8850NC £89.99 / www.currys.co.uk...

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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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maglite-solitaire

25 Nov Maglite Solitaire

We like American gear. It’s like their trucks and motorcycles; over engineered with the intention of lasting, well forever. Maglites are no exception. It’s what NYPD cops use as night sticks, and what the crew of CSI use to illuminate the hearts of darkness. This Solitaire isn’t as grand or as powerful as those, being a mere three inches in length, with a diameter of 12.7mm, and running on a single AAA battery. But it’s designed to fit on to a jacket or keyring and it throws out high intensity and flood beams just when you need them. There’s even a spare bulb in the tail cap.  It's what we...

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power-monkey

03 Sep Powermonkey Explorer2

Some of us here at GG2G use the excuse of getting off-the-beaten-track to leave our digital equipment behind. That’s one way of travelling – without a mobile phon or  iPod! As for the rest of the modern world the real issue is how to keep those devices alive. If you’ve tried solar charging, wind-up devices, and even a wood burning power generator, you’ll know they all take time. That’s why it’s bettert to take along a spare power pack – the sort of thing Powermonkey excells in. The newest, the Explorer2, is their toughest, handiest, and most versatile to date. Drop proof, waterproof, any kind of abuse proof, the Explorer2...

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Monovid-8x20

30 Aug Leica Monovid

We can’t praise this pocket rocket mini telescope enough. It has been the most important, and popular piece of kit in the GG2G rucksack for a couple of years now. It’s size – five inches inside Leica’s magnetic flip-top leather case – means it takes up hardly any space in a bag or pocket, and the clarity and definition through its beautifully engineered 8×20 optic are outstanding: The world appears sharper and more defined; colours pristine and bright. The Monovid is just as at ease focused on birds and wildlife as it is turned upon surfers and boats, or distant stages at music festivals. It comes with a wrist strap and...

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