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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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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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08 Mar Collapsible Cuppa – Stojo Pocket Cup

There are so many ways this Stojo Pocket Cup is - well, just brilliant. Like most aspects of modern life coffee ‘to go’ is just another convenient system of littering the planet. According to a recent article in The Guardian - http://tinyurl.com/hcyfbe7 - here in the UK alone we get through 3bn paper coffee cups a year. And despite some of the take-out coffee companies saying their cups are recyclable (they carry the triangular Mobious arrows loop) they're most certainly not. That's because our skinny lattes and macchiatos come in cups made of paper and plastic, so difficult to separate. So much so recycling plants won't take them. Nearly all that 8bn winds up in landfill. All...

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21 Feb Glad to be Glamping – Lotus Belle tents

  These beautiful, exotic, Yurt-like tents, are the result of one’s avid west country camper’s mission to inject some style into camping. Proof that you don’t have to be dreary to be practical under canvas.  Lotus Belle tents, designed and conceived  by lifelong camper and textile teacher Harriet Seddon, are aimed at the sort of camper who wants not only to be dry and comfortable, with room to stretch out on their patch of rural idyll - but stylish too. There is something of the chic bedouin about such airy and light, commodious and symmetrical tents, that are tall enough to stand up in and generous enough for furniture - yes, beds...

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06 Feb Nights in suspense – Tentsile tree tents

We can’t think of a finer way to enjoy a night in the forest than hunkered up - four feet above the ground - inside a Tentsile suspended tree tent. Fully waterproof hammocks with roofs, big enough inside for three adults, held by heavy duty straps and secured by ratchets. Safe from bugs, dry, snug, and literally floating on air. The concept can be traced back to 1983 when one of Tentsile’s inventors, Alex Shirley-Smith, saw two films that changed his life; one was a BBC film about the destruction of the rain forest; the other the Star Wars epic - Return of the Jedi featuring the Ewok Tree Village. The six...

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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 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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