Arming yourself with enough knowledge to choose the right kit for outdoor pursuits can sometimes be difficult - especially when it comes to gloves.
The technology of fabrics and design detail can be complex and baffling, so outdoor gear specialist Extremities has created an easy need-to-know video guide to help enthusiasts make informed choices.
The guide at www.extremities.co.uk explains the benefits of modern specialist fabrics, such as Gore-tex, Windstopper, Polartec, X Block and X Dry. It shows a number of experiments to illustrate key fabrics' properties as well as outlining the advantages of particular design features.
Explains Carolyn Budding, director of Extremities: "Quality gloves are a significant investment, and time spent understanding the technical detail can mean the difference between a wise purchase and one that doesn't quite meet all your needs."
So, understanding the functions and benefits of different fabrics and ensuring you pick gloves with the right design features for your particular requirements makes sense.
For example, skiing and trekking gloves need a supple leather palm and fingers extending to the forchettes with extra reinforcement around the thumb crotch area for added durability.
While adventuring in extreme climates means a one handed wrist closure and pull cord at the cuff are essential to maintain warmth.
Our guide is designed to help outdoor enthusiasts find the right gloves for every situation and make an informed decision.
To watch the Extremities 'Technology of a Glove' video, visit www.terra-nova.co.uk/p/the-technology-of-an-extremities-glove
LifeStraw® Steel, the first stainless steel LifeStraw water filter designed to celebrate the brand's 10th anniversary, is now available to consumers in Europe.
The personal water filter is an advanced version of the LifeStraw personal filter introduced in 2005. It is encased in a durable and sleek, metallic blue and silver stainless steel exterior, and features a two-stage water filtration process which reduces chlorine, bad taste and odor in addition to removing bacteria and protozoa.
Along with the original LifeStraw personal filter and the LifeStraw Go refillable water bottle, LifeStraw Steel is an ideal gift for outdoor enthusiasts and international travelers. All LifeStraw water filters are also appreciated by socially-conscious consumers - for each LifeStraw water filter purchased, one school child in rural Kenya receives safe water for an entire school year.
LifeStraw Steel is lightweight and portable, weighing just 113 grams and measuring 20 centimeters long by 2.5 centimeters wide. In the first stage of the two-stage filtration process an activated carbon filter traps chlorine, while the second stage features hollow fiber technology to trap pathogens, and let only filtered water escape. LifeStraw Steels meets US FDA standards, is chemical free and requires no electrical power or batteries.
The launch of LifeStraw Steel coincides with the second annual mass distribution of high-volume LifeStraw® Community purifiers to schools in western Kenya without access to safe water on school grounds. This distribution is made possible through LifeStraw's program, Follow the Liters. Through this program, a portion of the revenue from each LifeStraw consumer product sold is used to provide one school child in a developing country with safe drinking water for an entire school year.
This year's Follow the Liters distribution program began in rural Kenya on November 2. Over a seven-day period, 14 teams including trained health workers, visited 330 schools in Kenya's western province to distribute 2,549 LifeStraw Community water purifiers and educate students and teachers on safe water practices. Combined with last year's distribution, more than 361,000 school aged children in the region now have sustainable access to safe water.
Vestergaard's exclusive European distributor, WaterNLife, has been a valued partner in the Follow the Liters program. WaterNLife is a family owned company that provides products for sustainable living. LifeStraw Steel is available for sale on www.lifestraw.com and will be available in retail stores in Europe and through e-tailers.
The first LifeStraw water filter was introduced by Vestergaard in 2005 for public health use in developing countries. The filter converts microbiologically contaminated water into safe drinking water that meets US EPA standards for water quality. Since then, the LifeStraw brand has expanded to include additional water filters and purifiers with more features (e.g., higher volume, safe water storage) for use in households, clinics and schools. In 2011, Vestergaard began selling its LifeStraw filters to consumers for use in outdoor sports and recreation. Since that time, the brand has expanded the product portfolio for this market. The simple, easy-to-use, durable design that makes LifeStraw products so effective in harsh conditions is also what makes it so appealing to developed world consumers.
LifeStraw® is manufactured by Vestergaard (www.vestergaard.com), a Swiss-based global company dedicated to improving the health of disadvantaged people with game-changing solutions that fight diarrheal disease, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and neglected tropical diseases. In addition to LifeStraw products, the company manufactures PermaNet®, the leading long-lasting insecticidal bed net that helps prevents malaria and ZeroFly® products to enhance food security.
A good quality tent is a great investment and one which, if cared for properly, can last for many trips. Just a little time and effort and a careful care regime when you store your shelter will undoubtedly pay dividends.
Here, Carolyn Budding, director of world-record breaking tent specialists Terra Nova Equipment and Wild Country Tents, gives her top ten tips on how to pack away and care for your tent to ensure winter does not take its toll on your kit.
1. Check it out:
Unless you're a die-hard all season adventurer, most of us pack away our tents during the winter. Lay out the tent in a covered, dry space and look for any early signs of wear and tear which may require attention. Reputable suppliers will be able to carry out minor repairs relatively cheaply for you and extend the life of your tent.
2. Dry it out:
Check that the tent is dry, re-lubricating zips as necessary. Remember, eyelet tapes take longer to dry than the tent fabric, and dampness (which can cause mildew) may be trapped in the folds of the tent when stored.
3. Seam check:
If a tent with taped seams is stored wet for long periods, water can react with certain chemicals in the seam tape, causing the tape to lift, coating to breakdown and eventually decompose. Check those seams are totally dry before storing.
4. Tackle mildew:
If mildew occurs (identified by black marks and a mouldy smell), sponge the affected areas with a mild solution of tent cleaner, then sponge with soapy water, rinse and dry thoroughly. Never use detergents as these may harm the proofing. If not caught early enough, permanent damage to the fabric and proofing will occur.
5. Clean up:
Before storing over winter we recommend that you regularly use tent cleaner or pure soap to clean your tent. Wash it in the bath or a tub of warm water, rinse any soap or cleaner away and dry thoroughly in the shade. Never machine wash or tumble dry your tent or use a hair dryer.
6. Salt issues:
If you have been camping near to salt water, wash your tent in plain clean water or add a little tent cleaner. After cleaning, reproofing the outer will improve its water repellence. It is better to use a re-proofer with a built in UV protector if you can.
7. Poles apart:
Take time to check over that vital part of the tent, the poles. On older poles the elastic tension can reduce and result in slippage, if this is the case you can re tension the elastic inside the pole. Always ensure that the poles are stored dry; dampness assists corrosion which can lead to pole breakage. If corrosion has occurred, clean off with a cloth and re-lubricate with Zip Lube. Do not use oil or grease as this will attract dirt. Periodic lubrication should be undertaken, even if corrosion has not taken place. Another word of warning on salt water. All aluminium alloys will corrode if exposed to a salt water environment, even sea spray. Wash them thoroughly in clean water, dry them and lubricate. This may be necessary even if camping some distance from the shore.
Protecting the proofing of your tent is a vital part of your care regime. Steering clear of detergent to clean your tent is important, but you should also avoid the fabric coming into contact with fuel, oil and chemicals of any kind, as the stains from these may be impossible to remove and will probably attack the fabric and damage the proofing.
9. Store wisely:
Do not store your tent near sources of heat; remember lofts and garages can become very warm during summer months but lofts can also be very warm in the winter as heat rises in your home. That's why it's important to periodically air your tent to prevent the fabrics from adhering to each other and affecting the performance of the tent. Store in a cool, dry place.
10. And finally:
To ensure longevity and optimum performance, when next spring arrives and you venture outdoors again, avoid pitching under trees at all costs as the sap may fall onto the flysheet and it is almost impossible to remove.
For more tips and information on caring for your camping equipment, visit www.terra-nova.co.uk
The UIAA, the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation, is delighted to announce the extension of its activities in mountain preservation through the recent addition of the Respect the Mountains campaign.
Over the past decade, Respect the Mountains has acted as a guardian of the mountain world raising awareness through the practice of seven cardinal rules: book smart; travel wise; support sustainable practices; be a respectful and responsible mountain tourist; 'leave no trace'; reduce, reuse, recycle & upcycle (RRRU) and spread the word.
The UIAA is proud to inherit this significant challenge aimed at ensuring greater sustainability in the mountain tourism industry. Respecting the needs and wishes of mountain communities will continue to be a core component of the project in parallel with research, innovation and educating young people about preservation to ensure mountains continue to captivate future generations. As part of its strategy for the future the UIAA will organise educational projects during the ski season and clean-up events in the summer months.
"Adding Respect the Mountains to our range of activities is a significant step," explained UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt, "the project will be aligned to our long-established commitment to mountain protection. We actively encourage our member federations to organise Respect the Mountains initiatives in their respective territories."
Respect the Mountains has worked tirelessly to promote sustainable mountain tourism both by encouraging supporters to raise donations and through recruiting a global network of volunteers. On a practical level they have spearheaded the Envirotrek CleanUp series dedicated to collecting litter from mountain and nature areas across Europe. These grass roots mountain clean up events have been held across various European Mountain destinations since 2009, with the UK hosting events in Snowdonia and in the Lake and Peak Districts in recent years. The 2016 program of activity will be announced over the coming months.
The UIAA will be supported in this venture by outdoor footwear brand KEEN, specialists in sandals and hiking shoes, and long-term supporter of the project. Since its creation in 2003, KEEN has been an active supporter of good causes working with non-profit organisations around the world building stronger communities and a healthier planet and actively working to inspire responsible outdoor participation and land and water conservation.
Perry Laukens, KEEN Marketing Director EMEA, commented: "KEEN is excited about the new direction of Respect the Mountains and we hope that with the help of the UIAA we can help raise the voice of Respect the Mountains to make sure that more people keep our playgrounds clean and learn about the seven ways to reduce our impact, whilst building a sustainable future."
Sealskinz, the British Endurance Accessories manufacturer, is delighted to announce its involvement with the Kendal Mountain Film Festival this November. This is the first time Sealskinz has partnered the event and as well as co-sponsoring the Bike film stage, the company will also be exhibiting in the new Basecamp Village.
Over the 4 days, festival goers will get the chance to have a first look at Sealskinz's winter Outdoor and Bike ranges. Highlights include the Fairfield which is the company's first glove manufactured with nano-technology, the award winning Halo overshoe and the super-soft waterproof Schoeller® Hiking Sock.
"The Kendal Mountain Film Festival is a real highlight in the year, so we are really excited to be involved. The new Basecamp Village will be a real social hub for the whole festival and gives us the perfect opportunity to showcase our products to people who love to get outside whether that's on a bike or on foot," comments Sealskinz's Head of Marketing David Richards.
Visitors to the Basecamp Village will also be able to test for themselves the waterproof performance of the products courtesy of the company's famous pool demonstration. And, to top it off, look out for special offers and promotions throughout the event.
DMM are issuing a product recall, subject to user inspection. The document below details the products that are affected by the recall and contains instructions to identify whether or not an affected product should be returned to DMM.
In a small percentage of carabiners the interaction between the internal coil spring (which gives the gate its closing action) and the gate pusher (the component that holds the spring against the carabiner body) may cause the gate pusher to displace, potentially preventing the gate from closing or the mechanism from locking completely.
This recall encompasses all of the products listed in the PDF. All models, all colours and all gate types are potentially affected by the dysfunction.
The link below takes you to DMM's returns procedure. This details how customers can return their affected carabiners to have them repaired or replaced.
When you first stand beside an ElliptiGO it is really quite intimidating: it's surprisingly large and leads you to wonder how on earth you're meant to get up on it. Never fear, there is a way and it is remarkably simple. All it requires is for you to muster a small amount of courage before you place one foot on the pedal and push off with the other. That's it - you're off.
The ElliptiGO originated in America. At the age of 32, Bryan Pate, a former cyclist and triathlete lost the ability to participate in the sports he loved through hip and knee problems - we're sure there are many who can sympathise with this. He called upon Brent, who was a mechanical engineer, former Ironman triathlete and competitive ultra-marathoner, to help him create a low-impact running device, and thus the ElliptiGO came into existence. It's designed to mimic the running motion, though as you 'run' along it initially feels far from natural. But if you concentrate on the movement you will see that it does indeed come very close. The lack of impact makes the movement feel much freer.
Keeping your body in an upright and relaxed position, the movement soon comes to feel very easy and natural. Working in a similar manner to a bike you can flick through a range of gears to make your workout as hard or as easy as you like. The gears mean that tackling hills is not an issue either, which was something that we had been rather worried about. However, there was no need to worry as when in a low gear it flew up and was great fun riding down, too. Being somebody who struggles with impact in my knees when running I was in my element.
We got chatting to Squash Falconer, who has won the ElliptiGO EU championships for 3 years in a row. In 2013, she also undertook a 3000 mile record breaking challenge on her ElliptiGO. Starting in Liverpool she crossed into Holland, Germany, France and could be seen on it up in the Alps! She finished her journey in Paris, having met some incredible people, improved her fitness and learnt great skills along the way.
She confirms that it takes about 10 seconds to get on and start to ride and only a further 5 minutes to become an accomplished rider. Having been nervous about running beforehand due to the many injuries that often come hand in hand with running, she feels there simply aren't any downsides to using it. Feeling that it has complimented every other sport she has undertaken, improving fitness, body tone and strength, she wholeheartedly recommends it to anybody who is interested. The only downsides that she can think of are the initial costs involved and storage.
We have to agree - it's a really great workout and without the normal pressure on your body that running causes you can really push yourself whether your aim is recovery, training or weight-loss.
Idai Makaya, ElliptiGO UK advises on training:
'There are as many ways to train on the ElliptiGO for running races as there are running, so the 'training plan' outlined here is pretty generic. As a rule of thumb the ElliptiGO should be used according to duration and effort levels when training for running events - rather than the traditional mileages and paces used in running. The most scientific way to do this is to use a heart rate monitor, so that your riding efforts can be matched to your running efforts. Perceived effort is also an option - albeit less accurate.
To match a running session to an ElliptiGO session, the athlete should focus on using the same heart rate (or perceived effort level) and match that to the amount of time they would run for, with one particular difference. Because the ElliptiGO workout is impact-free, if the runner wants to match a running workout the ElliptiGO session should be slightly longer. One hour on the ElliptiGO, at a specific effort level, would approximately equate to the conditioning from 45 minutes of running (at that same measured intensity).
Once this 'algorithm' is understood, it is worth being aware that because the ElliptiGO is an impact free effort - using the same muscles used for running - it makes some sense to increase training volume rather than just match what you'd do if you were running. This ideally means using a ratio of 1:1.5 when substituting running sessions with ElliptiGO sessions.
Runners have different training needs. Injury-prone runners need to substitute runs with ElliptiGO rides, to keep running mileages lower and reduce injury risk. 30-50% of a runner's total training hours can be substituted in this way with the expectation of improving performance (compared to running only). More resilient runners can use the ElliptiGO simply to add quality but impact-free miles to their total running training (either as a second workout for the day, or to substitute complete rest days with easy rides).
ElliptiGO workouts can be added to a running programme as a warm up ride (before running) and also as a long warm down or second full duration session (immediately after running). They can also be used on alternate days, aiming for 50-100% longer duration (compared to runs). And they can be incorporated as a second workout of the day (with a run in the morning and a ride in the evening). Many runners ride the ElliptiGO to work, run at lunch and then ride home again. The mix is almost infinite.'
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A PhD student at Leeds university is conducting some research into one of the most important factors facing waterproof clothing manufacturers today: balancing performance and durability with environmental responsibility.
As part of this work she has created a survey to ascertain what's most important to the end use of such apparel - those of us who walk, run, cycle, or simply spend time outdoors at the mercy of the elements. You can find a link to the survey below, and we strongly recommend you complete it; your opinion could have a bearing on future developments in the world of waterproofing.
Click HERE to take the survey or visit https://leeds.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/outdoorclothingsurvey
Hi-Tec will be launching new waterproof walking style, the V-Lite Helvellyn in AW15. The walking footwear will be in association with the National Trust and will follow the success of the Walk-Lite collection, which launched earlier this year. The Walk-Lite collection is a range of stylish and specialist walking shoes, designed and created for outdoor enthusiasts using innovative technology.
The Hi-Tec V-Lite Helvellyn waterproof footwear is named after the stunning peak in the Lake District, owned by the National Trust.
Part of our European Footwear Collection, the Helvellyn is designed in Italy, engineered in Europe and boasts award winning quality. Engineered to be extremely lightweight without compromising on durability, this fully waterproof boot has been created using Pittards leather upper for a superior quality and luxurious feel. As well as a cushioned insole and padded tongue and collar, the Helvellyn has a top specification Vibram outsole, providing outstanding performance and traction.
The V-Lite Helvellyn waterproof footwear is aptly named as it is being launched as part of Hi-Tec's National Trust association collection. For every pair sold Hi-Tec will donate a £1 to the National Trust.
Features and Benefits
- V-Lite lightweight design, perfect for walking
- Pittards leather upper
- Dri-Tec waterproof, breathable membrane keeps feet dry
- Removable PU sockliner delivers underfoot cushioning
- Full length PU midsole for support
- Vibram rubber outsole provides durability and outstanding traction
- Made in Europe
SRP: Mid - ~£110 Low - £100
Men's sizes: 7-13 inc halves
Women's sizes: 4-9 inc halves
Available for both men and women, in a low and mid version.
Guinness World Record holding outdoor gear specialist Terra Nova Equipment is continuing to lead the way in cutting edge technology for outdoor adventurers.
New for this season is the ultimate two person free-standing tent - the Solar Ultra 2 - which is the lightest ever model of its kind.
Developed and made in the UK at Terra Nova Equipment's Derbyshire factory, the model builds on a decade of class-leading credentials which saw the company achieve Guinness World Record breaking status several times over. It is an accolade it retains for the lightest single person tent.
With a packed weight of 772 grams - that's less than a standard loaf of bread - the Solar Ultra 2 uses the extremely lightweight Ultra fabric and has super strong factory bonded seams in its construction, which have been proven to be stronger than the fabric itself.
Designed for mountain marathon events or short duration backpacking trips, the Solar Ultra 2's attention to detail is outstanding. It pitches with the inner first for a more stable structure and ultra-campers can reduce its weight further with Terra Nova's FastPack system. This is a method where a footprint is used to cover the floor area of the tent and locate the poles, allowing the inner to be left behind.
Other features include quick and easy assembly with an average pitch time of just five minutes. Its self-supporting design also provides a stable shape for use in poor weather or when ground conditions prevent secure pegging.
Said Terra Nova Equipment spokesperson Carolyn Budding: "We are always aiming to push the boundaries and innovate - so the world's leading adventurers and racers know they can expect the ultimate solution from us.
"Our heritage is in mountain tents which are still a regular sight on Everest and at the Poles, but the new millennium saw demand and development shift to super lightweight tents.
"It is more than a decade since we launched the first sub 1kg tent which secured us a Guinness World Record for the lightest tent in the world. It is a record we smashed three further times through the development of new materials and use of fabrics not previously used on a commercial scale in tent production.
"Now, the pioneering use of bonded seams in our ultra-light tents ensures durability and strength without adding weight, which means this two person tent is lighter than our original world-record breaking single person model.
"The Solar Ultra 2 is testament to our Derbyshire-based development team and their determination to maintain our position as the world's best."
The Solar Ultra 2 is available across the UK from Cotswold Outdoors and is sold worldwide through Terra Nova stockists. The Suggested Retail Price is £1,200.
To see a demonstration of the Solar Ultra 2 being pitched - visit https://youtu.be/fi9-5xUmxfc
To see the full range of Terra Nova gear visit www.terra-nova.co.uk
Arc'teryx, the technical leader in outdoor performance apparel and equipment, is set to open its first European flagship store in the St James's area in London Piccadilly this summer.
Opening at the end of August 2015, the new store marks the start of a programme of expansion being undertaken by Arc'teryx which will see the brand open a limited number of flagship stores in key international cities.
The 4,000 sq foot store at 211-214 Piccadilly is set over two floors, providing the perfect backdrop the showcase a comprehensive range of Arc'teryx products including high performance outdoor clothing, as well as snow sports apparel, footwear, harnesses and packs.
Consumers will also be able to experience the Arc'teryx pillars of design, craftsmanship and performance through interactive display and technology areas throughout the store. A Community zone, run in association with the BMG (British Mountain Guides), will provide a space for alpine enthusiasts to plan trips; study maps and record their latest summits and adventures.
Adam David Ketcheson, VP/ Senior Director Marketing and B2C Arc'teryx said: "London has an active community who deal with the challenges of inclement weather. It's also a hub of fashion and design, and the minimalist aesthetic of Arc'teryx fits perfectly into the London environment and the UK outdoor community at large. In Piccadilly, our customer will be able to experience our commitment to design, craftsmanship and performance through our product, technologies and people."
On 5-6th September, Arc'teryx is running a Grand Opening Weekend with giveaways, fresh juice bar, and Gore-Tex™ demos. A team of Arc'teryx sewers will be making exclusive hand-sewn Gore-Tex lunch bags for people to take away.
Fancy winning an all expenses paid trip to Whistler, BC and two Arc'teryx outfits? Between 10-11am on 5th September, Arc'teryx is running the Deep Winter Instagram contest. Simply go to Arc'teryx Piccadilly, take a selfie & post to Instagram - the winner will be announced at midday and must be available in the store to claim the prize immediately.
KEEN Footwear are delighted to announce the exciting accolade of scooping a much coveted 'Gold Award' at the OutDoor Industry awards at the OutDoor Trade Fair in Friedrichshafen for their SS16 Uneek 8mm sandal.
The OutDoor Industry Award is a highly credible internationally recognised design award for only the most innovative, trend-setting products and ideas.
The OutDoor Industry Awards are held in high esteem by the industry, designers and retailers alike and the tenth edition saw a particularly high quality field with KEEN fending off competition from 329 entrants. Of just nine recipients to receive this prestigious award, the hybrid manufacturer were particularly delighted to be the only footwear brand to be honoured with this globally recognised distinction.
Launched in SS15, this daring new take on the outdoor sandal has already enjoyed global success, with new styles in a wide variety of colours and patterns launching for SS16, including the award winning 8mm flat cord edition. "With its unique look, super comfortable fit and new material, KEEN has further improved this great product. A superb solution for travelling, outdoor activities and everyday use" said the panel of International judges.
UNEEK now offers a diverse range of new colour and pattern options for both men and women - from solids and stripes to camo-colored cord and the 8mm flat cord. Every aspect of UNEEK compliments the natural shape of the foot providing a balance of superior feel and movement.
KEEN products are known for their hybrid functionality and versatility, and UNEEK continues that trend. With more than three years of research and development, UNEEK is a sandal unlike anything else.
"Creating a shoe as unconventional as UNEEK represents our irreverent way of thinking when it comes to design and comfort, while keeping true to the hybrid versatility in our DNA," said Rory Fuerst, Jr., KEEN innovation program lead. "We wanted to create a truly new fit experience and are delighted that the hard work of all of the production, design and development team has been recognised by such an important accolade as the Gold Award".
Substituting traditional machinery and conventional materials for a simple two-cord construction, UNEEK is poised to continue its disruption in the footwear industry for SS 2016. Enjoy custom and secure fit thanks to its free-moving cord structure and a lightweight PU midsole for long-lasting support. An anatomical microfiber footbed, a secure fit lace capture system and a soft microfiber heel back guarantee all day comfort. Spring/Summer 2016 UNEEKs feature a new environment-friendly bio technology: Cleansport NXT natural odor control. Users can expect to enjoy the benefits of open air footwear: lightweight, flexibility, extreme breathability and the ultimate in comfort.
Brunton - manufacturer of navigation products since 1894 - believes that nurturing navigational skills in young people is invaluable: learning orienteering tests a wide range of skills from how to use a map and compass to mental and physical agility.
To support this belief Brunton became Official Scout Compass earlier this year and will be donating 250 TruArc 3 compasses [pictured right] to The Scouts Association this summer.
Brunton's partnership with The Scout Association draws on the brand's expert knowledge in this area. As part of its commitment, Brunton will also create a range of "How to" posters with the first two being launched this month and focusing on "How to take a bearing" and "Orientating a map". In addition to this Brunton is partnering the Scouts Orienteer activity badge and has devised a pack of activities aimed at generating an understanding of navigation. To attain this badge Scouts will need to learn how to orienteer a map and walk on a bearing as well as develop an understanding of map symbols and answer questions on the Countryside Code.
Ralph White, managing director of Rosker Ltd, distributor of Brunton in the UK and driving force behind the partnership says: "The Scout Association has great heritage and is hugely respected. As a society we are constantly being offered gadgets that do the thinking for us which of course is great sometimes but not always. We believe learned skills such as navigation still have a valuable place in society. The 250 compasses will be distributed around the UK and we hope they will inspire young people wherever they live to learn valuable skills and to appreciate the world around us."
Brunton TruArc compasses start from £12 for the TruArc3 and can be found in Scout Shops or stockist near you contact: email@example.com
More about Brunton visit: www.bruntoneurope.com
Help leading outdoor distributor Anatom raisefunds to help the victims of the devastating earthquake that recently struck Nepal.
All profits from sales of the T-shirts will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee's Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
Funds raised will help to provide emergency shelter, food, clean water and blankets for the millions of people who have been affected by the disaster and need urgent help.
Gordon Fraser, Owner of Anatom, said: "We are happy to help raise money for the people of Nepal who have been so affected by this tragedy, which has happened on their doorstep and changed their lives irrevocably. We will promote this message through the sale of these t-shirts and hopefully raise thousands of pounds for the Disaster Fund."
On Saturday 25 April a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal badly damaging its major cities, including the capital Kathmandu and rural areas near the epicentre have been completely cut off by avalanches. Thousands of people lost their lives and thousands more were injured. The Disasters Emergency Committee is working urgently to provide emergency aid via its member UK aid charities.
Sealskinz, the British Endurance Accessories manufacturer, is delighted to announce its partnership with West Midlands Search and Rescue (WMSAR).
WMSAR is the official Lowland Rescue team for Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. It is a dual water-rescue and land-search team that works in conjunction with West Mercia Police to provide 24/7 support for any missing-person search. The team delivers vital first aid and rescue services across a region that varies in landscape from the Shropshire Hills to the Worcestershire flood plain. As with all Lowland Search and Rescue teams WMSAR is completely voluntary and self-funded.
Graham Morgan, Corporate sponsorship officer at WMSAR explains, "All the team at WMSAR are volunteers who pay their own expenses and buy their own kit. That makes the support that Sealskinz is giving particularly significant as it means that our rescuers can have the best equipment for the job without worrying about the cost."
Sealskinz has donated a waterproof accessory pack for all 40 members of WMSAR with a commitment to provide the same for every freshly qualified team member. It will also offer special deals for all WMSAR members and hopes to extend its association across other Lowland Rescue teams.
Dave Richards, Head of Marketing at Sealskinz commented, "Everyone concerned with the outdoors industry knows that Search and Rescue is a hugely important resource but not many realise the extent of the personal commitment that the team members make. We're delighted to be able to support WMSAR and pleased that our kit will help them do their work in more safety and comfort."
In addition to providing WMSAR with waterproof accessories, Sealskinz and WMSAR will work closely together on several projects in the coming months. The organisations have a commitment to supportingeach other at various events to provide WMSAR and Lowland Rescue with more fundraising opportunities and WMSAR have offered to provide expert, 'In the Field' feedback on Sealskinz' next generation of products.
With these and other activities planned and a commitment to continue working together in the future, both Sealskinz and WMSAR are set to benefit from a strong partnership. If anyone would like to know any more about WMSAR or make a donation to their work please visit www.wmsar.org.uk/donate
The folk at Keen have always done things their own way - that's what makes Keen unique. But with the new Uneek, they've taken unique to new levels of uniqueness to create a lightweight, open air sandal that offers unparalleled fit and comfort to any foot. With us so far? Excellent.
Anyway, we're always keen to try new things, and when those new things are a pair of sandal, shoe... things (we're still not quite sure WHAT to call them) that look as strange and unusual as the Keen Uneeks, well, we just need to know what their story is.
This video reveals our first impressions, along with providing some useful suggestions as to how, why and when you might want to have a pair on your feet.
Does having your very own Uneek footwear sound good to you? It does? In which case we strongly suggest you check out our competition for a chance to win a pair HERE!
Berghaus has announced that it is the first British clothing brand to join the bluesign® system. The development is part of an ongoing sustainability programme designed to eliminate harmful substances from the company's supply chain, by identifying and working with responsible textile mills and component suppliers.
In recent years, Berghaus has dedicated more resource to reducing the environmental impact of its activities. A particular focus has been placed on water use in product manufacture, recognising the increasing pressure that is being put on this limited resource by growing populations and industrialisation.
The textile industry in particular is highly water intensive, both in terms of extraction and pollution, with an estimated 20% of global industrial water pollution coming from the treatment and dyeing of textiles alone. Berghaus' commitment extends to working with suppliers and textile mills who are able to demonstrate they can manage water in the cleanest and most efficient ways, minimising the impact on the water systems in the countries from which they source. In 2014, the company revealed details of a new colouring technology it introduced for a range of woven products, which reduces water use by 89% compared to traditional methods, while also reducing chemical use by 63% and significantly reducing CO2 emissions.
bluesign® is an industry leading initiative which works with chemical suppliers, textile mills and component manufacturers to eliminate harmful substances from the supply chain; ensuring that products are safe for consumers, workers and the environment. Led by its corporate sustainability officer Elaine Gardiner, Berghaus has worked with bluesign® and their supply chain to ensure that its products meet demanding requirements in terms of hazardous substances, worker safety and environmental protection.
Consumers will soon be able to find numerous products in the current Berghaus range which contain bluesign® approved fabrics, including the award winning ECO Wovens apparel that was introduced for spring/summer 2015. The company is aiming for 70% of its products to contain a bluesign® approved fabric by spring/summer 2016.
Elaine Gardiner comments: "Berghaus is delighted to be joining the bluesign® system. We have put a great deal of work into this project and this is a very significant moment for the brand. bluesign® has major credibility around the world and will give retailers and consumers assurance that our products not only perform but are more environmentally friendly than ever. However, we won't stop now. We will continue the drive to design and develop socially and environmentally responsible products in every part of the Berghaus collection."
Two great British brands have combined this year to offer UK outdoor enthusiasts the most comprehensive range of hiking boots around.
Following a long process, Berghaus and Brasher footwear is now available all together as part of an extended Berghaus range.
One of the UK's iconic outdoor brands, Brasher boasts a long heritage, which reaches back to the initial vision and passion of Chris Brasher and his first innovations, inspired by his experience of walking the roof of Wales in 1978. The Brasher name continues to play an important role in the Berghaus footwear range and details of the brand's technology can be found on many of the boots.
Berghaus has been making performance outdoor footwear since the early 1990s. The Explorer is the UK's most popular waterproof fabric hiking boot and is famous for its great comfort straight out of the box. Explorers have been in the range for 16 years, with over 500,000 pairs sold and then used all over the world. They are the favourite boots of Sir Chris Bonington, who says: "They are light, comfortable, very durable, and fit for the toughest walking."
The full integrated Berghaus hiking boot range offers classic boots such as Hillmaster, Fellmaster, Explorer and Supalite, alongside more recent success stories such as Hillwalker and Expeditor. The Brasher boots that have joined the collection will be continuing with their existing designs and renowned fit, while being improved with Pittards® leathers and new Vibram® versions of the proven sole units.
The Berghaus spring/summer 2015 footwear range is available now from Berghaus.comand selected specialist outdoor retailers.
Mammut's new Convey Jacket for men and Kira for women are lightweight, hard shells - perfect for summer hillwalking.
Offering complete weather protection, thanks to the Gore-Tex® 2.5 [on the chest and back] and 3-layer fabric [on the arm and shoulder areas] the jackets are also extremely packable and incredibly lightweight, 460g and 390g respectively.
The Convey and Kira have optimum 3-point adjustment on the hood, which can be secured using a small hook. The front zip is spray proof and two-way and there are two waterproof front pockets and 2-way underarm zip for maximum ventilation and comfort.
The lightweight, stowable jackets are perfect to keep in your rucksack just in case and won't weigh you down in the process.
Insights from backpackers on the West Highland Way have inspired designs and features on a new range of backpacks from Berghaus. Available now, there are three large men's and women's packs in the spring/summer 2015 collection - the Wilderness, Ridgeway and Trailhead.
During the product development process for 2015, Berghaus designers backpacked on the West Highland Way, combining the experience of the hike with plenty of consumer research. The team returned to the office with suggestions and information that influenced the development of three distinct large rucksacks for men and women.
Top of the range are the men’s Wilderness 65+15 and women’s Wilderness 60+15, at £140; the men’s Ridgeway 65+10 and women’s Ridgeway 60+10 retail at £120; and the entry level packs are the men’s Trailhead 65 and women’s Trailhead 60 at £100.
All of the packs incorporate Berghaus’ highly effective BIOFIT™ ‘on the move adjustable’ back system, and the feature sets and prices on each are designed to appeal to different backpacking consumers, from experienced trekkers to young Duke of Edinburgh Award participants.
Also new for the season are the lightweight men’s and women’s Trail Speed 30 and 20 daysacks, Berghaus’ most effectively ventilated packs ever. Berghaus has adapted its iconic Freeflow (still available in the range), removing the mesh from the back system entirely with a design that creates greater air circulation to the centre of the back. The Trail Speed packs offer maximum comfort when moving quickly in the hills and mountains and weigh in at only 865g (30L) and 740g (20L). The Trail Speed 30 retails at £70 and the smaller pack retails at £55
The Berghaus spring/summer 2015 collection is available on www.berghaus.com and from selected specialist outdoor retailers.