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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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 - - 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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25 Nov Lightweight Waterproof Boots

MERRELL SERRATION MID WATERPROOFS We have a bit of a thing with walking boots here at GG2G, which is to say we are predicated towards more classic, nostalgic, even retro boots. Shiny old eather, metal eyelets and quick lace-up hooks with a wear anywhere timelessness; great on the trail and just as good in the city with jeans. Merrell’s relaunched 1982 Wilderness Canyon boots a couple of years back fitted the bill perfectly; so much so our pair is on its third re-sole. The downside to classic boots like the Wilderness Canyon, and our much loved Hillmasters, is their sheer bulk, and weight, especially if the walks involve swamps or beaches -...

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30 Aug Bogs Boots

Ultra High The unexpected winners in the popularity of music festivals are Wellington boots. There used to be green wellies and black wellies – and yellow wellies if you were a fisherman. Nowadays they come in every conceivable colour and pattern. The Cornish company Joules even marketed tweed wellies a couple of years ago. Of course what they all have in common is the facility for wearers to go splashing through puddles without a care in world. I wish I’d been wearing some last week when Asta carried my hat off into the sea: I hope my Hillmasters recover from the experience. It doesn’t really matter the cost, all wellies to the...

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30 Aug Altberg Yan Tan Boot

They know a thing or two about hiking in Yorkshire, where the local boot makers, Alt-Berg is the only boot makers in the world to offer five – that’s right, five – width fittings across its entire range: The company was set up by boot maker William Shepherd in the 1930s, as a worker cooperative, initially in Rochdale. These fully waterproof Yan Tans keeps winning ‘best boot’ awards and it’s easy to see why. The 2/2 season boot, combining Nubuck leather and Nylon/Kevlar/Polyester uppers, has an ‘asymmetric’ forefoot, a narrow heel, a soft Nappa collar for comfort, and a lightweight Vibram Tsavo/Micro sole. We also like the  ‘top flex’ lacing...

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30 Aug Brasher Hillmaster ll GTX

We get through a lot of walking boots at GG2G but we keep coming back to Brasher’s 28 year old Hillmaster, for us the benchmark by which all hiking boots must be measured. The Hillmaster is all about comfort and support, and classic understated looks. The shock absorbing PU midsole insulates the foot from rough terrain whilst providing grip, and the memory foam collar and tongue inhibit slip. In short, the Hillmaster GTX lls feel like an extension of your feet, and better looking (depending on the feet). This second generation Hillmaster GTX looks much like the one designer/runner Chris Brasher revealed in 1983 when he decreed he wanted a...

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