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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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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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25 Aug Travel Trousers

Hamilton and Hare makes undies for fellas - takings design cues from boxers and pugalist attire.  Boxer shorts, simple unadorned sweatshirts and hoodies, and classic entering the ring toweling robes. In other words - Hamilton and Hare prides itself on masculine comfort. Which is why it’s such a simple step for them into travel clothes - the sort of gear that looks cool yet remains comfortable during the long inactive hours of intercontinental flight.  Made from lightweight cotton jersey these Grey Space Track Trousers fill the gap between slacks and tracksuit bottoms. Part of a travel range in greys, slate blues and black, they have a tailored slimline cut, straight...

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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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10 Aug Finisterre’s early autumn range

While most of us are enjoying the warm sand between our toes and beach BBQs Finisterre (Cornwall’s cold water surf enthusiasts - embracing the big chill as ever) is looking ahead with a new collection of autumnal outfits. The bulk of the collection, for men and women, in bold red, blues and yellows, comprises warm over-shirts like the Gylly (£75), the flannel lined Gravis (£135), and the checked Lumber (£85). Our favourite item also happens to be the most robust. The bright yellow Nor’Easter Mac (£150) is based on a traditional fisherman’s jacket, with a hood, a zip closing and snap buttons.  Everyone is cautious nowadays with claims for garments being...

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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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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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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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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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30 Nov Eco Shell – jacket that’s good for you and the planet

Fjallraven Eco-Shell Jacket At GG2G we instinctively trust all foul weather gear designed in Sweden. Afterall, they live with conditions most of us only imagine, and that experience is built into their gear. Like this Keb Eco-Shell Jacket from Fjallraven, a company that has been making great outdoors clobber for 50 years. Supremely waterproof and flexible, made with both trekkers and skiers in mind, and for the ‘eco minded’ incorporating new and recycled polyester thereby, claims Fjallraven, compensating for all transport and production emissions. The Keb Eco-Shell Jacket, and matching Shell Trousers, are all about movement, flexibility and remaining dry. Made with a three layer stretchy polyester, with a built in hood...

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