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As a rule GG2G prefers to hone in on specific items, but in the case of Millican we will have to make an exception. Long before the men of London’s Shoreditch decided to grow beards and look like American pioneers, complete with check shirts, braces and traditional rucksacks, the Millican company, based in the Lake District, has been manufacturing timeless canvas day bags (for a range of uses) with a seductive 19th century appeal that predates London’s hipsters by a decade.

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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24 Mar Hot & Cold – Hydro Flask

Things have come a long way from those Thermos flasks with cork stopper caps that kept tea luke warm for - no time at all. This Hydro Flask turns the traditional flask on its head. For starters Hydro Flask keeps hot drinks hot for up to six hours and cold drinks chilled for a full day. Made with non slip, powder coated stainless steel, it’s as tough as old boots, and comes in...

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24 Mar Dinner Time – Onja Campfire Stove

Primus’ latest campsite stove is a lesson in Swedish understated ingenuity and style. The sort of kit that will be just as at home (and just as practical) off the beaten track or during the coming summer’s festival season. Folded for travel it looks a bit like a boxy messenger bag, the simple Scandinavian design finished off with brass, leather and wood details; the detachable lid is oak and doubles...

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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...

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21 Feb Fogo – The ultimate adventure gadget?

It’s hard to know where to begin with a gadget that does just about everything; a motion sensor, battery charger, two-way radio, and that’s just for starters. Fogo might look at first glance like a pocket torch but that little LED screen on the side is a clue to the raft of features on tap, including the ability to detect when you’ve had a mountain biking accident and send alert...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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25 Jan Safer cycling – Aftershokz Trekz Titanium headphones

Here at GG2G we don’t like listening to music through headphones when we’re cycling for the simple reason we can’t hear the sound of the street around us, and that makes for unsafe cycling. One of the team was pulled up short by a copper who said headphones on  bikes are illegal. We’re not sure about that but the safety message hit home and we’ve not listened to music on...

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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,...

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19 Jan Go anywhere water filter – LifeStraw

Because a week’s worth of Perrier takes up took much backpack space there’s LifeStraw - the easiest, most convenient, simplest and by far away smallest and lightest water filtration system you can take with you. Half the size of a school recorder and weighing next to nothing just drop one end of LifeStraw into contaminated water, or just water you’re not 100% sure about (mountain streams/snow melt), and the internal...

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