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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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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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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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01 Jul Double up in a hammock of two

The only thing wrong with hammocks (apart from getting in and out of then in a dignified fashion) is they’re only designed for one person. Until now. Tentsile, the makers of those super groovy suspended tents, has designed the  40D polyester T-Mini, a cut down version of one of its ‘airborne’ tents. I.E. they've taken the room off - et voila, a hammock. Find your spot, ideally somewhere with a view with three trees nearby. Wrap the T-Mini’s adjustable straps around the trunks and you’re in business. We think it’s called a T-Mini, not because of its size when erected which offers a whopping 40 sq.ft., but because of what its like...

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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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26 May Lightspeed Quickdraw Beach Tent

If there’s an easier to erect - or dismantle - beach shelter than Lightspeed’s Quickdraw we haven’t seen it. By comparison slipping on your budgie smugglers whilst maintaining some degree of modesty on the beach requires rocket science. Pop it out of its bag. Hold the centre of the frame - and lift. A cinch. Taking down and returning to its bag is just as simple and effortless. Take a look at the video on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYJ_ncwjzX8  It takes two, or even three (small) sun worshippers comfortably and there are windows so you can keep at eye on the waves. £44.95 / http://www.theseasidecompany.co.uk/default.asp...

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27 Mar Double Barrel – insulated coffee/beer mug

Just the job for hot days at the beach - a two layer stainless steel mug (a growler to give its correct US moniker) to keep beer lipsmackingly cool long after you’ve taken it out of the fridge. Made by Ecovessel of Boulder, Colorado who pride themselves on  environmentally friendly flasks, bottles and ‘growlers’ without phtalates (a controversial cocktail of chemicals used in the food packaging industry that are linked to a raft of common ailments). It means the 500ml Double Barrel is completely recyclable. We like the traditional ‘tankard’ style and just wish we had one full to the top with Proper Job; that’s a hoppy light bitter from the west country. OK,...

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