e-OUTDOOR Blog

20161205_145516 05/12/2016
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“Kit-Check – Buck Knives 863 Selkirk Survival Knife”

Buck Knives Buck Knives have been manufacturing knives since 1902. Founded in California by the Buck family, they have been producing knives mainly for sport and field work for five generations. The Selkirk Survival Knife is a multifunctional tool for bushcraft and hunting, with a lifetime warranty. Features The Selkirk Survival Knife has a micarta handle with steel bolsters. The blade is made from 420 HC steel, full flat grind with a drop point. The spine is thick enough to be hammered for such things as wood splitting, and has... Read More

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Wilf on the Geltenhorn, Switzerland

When on a visit to Switzerland in October, Wilf from e-OUTDOOR explored a path on the Geltenhorn mountain to the Swiss Alpine Club’s chalet, which is situated 2000 metres above sea level. Here are some of his photos. When asked which bit of his kit he found the most helpful, he replied – his new Salomon Conquest GTX Hiking Boots. “. Right from the moment I put them on they were incredibly comfortable, so much so that my feet wanted to write poetry about them, ok that’s weird, so maybe... Read More

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Features of Rab Merino+ base layer

Rab have been working hard on their base layer clothing. In the Merino+ they have combined a unique blend of finest Merino wool and 37.5 technology to create this long-sleeved baselayer which has great comfort and performance. Like all Rab clothing, the design details are spot on too, and this technical base layer can easily double for an ‘all the time’ top. This is a versatile base layer that could become a staple part of your outdoor kit.  Here are the features:     What is 37.5 technology? 37.5®  is really clever ‘active... Read More

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Glossary of terms for outdoor gear

Glossary of Terms used for Outdoor Clothing 37.5®  – this is active particle technology. A technology which catches your sweat particles and releases them again creating optimum humidity in your body’s own ‘microclimate’. The result is a comfortable core temperature throughout activity. 37.5 technology is used by both Rab and The North Face.  See how 37.5® Technology works Dryflo® – is a synthetic fabric developed by Rab. The fabric was developed specifically to create superior base layers that were soft to touch, helped to regulate heat and incorporated odour control.... Read More

20161116_142849 30/11/2016
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Sierra Leone with the Osprey Farpoint 70

When asked to go to Sierra Leone for 10 days to attend some church conferences, I immediately thought of the Osprey Farpoint 70 travel bag to carry all my stuff. I have already written a review of the Farpoint, so I knew it was designed specifically for the kind of travelling I was going to be doing. This was an ideal opportunity to try it out for myself. Travelling to Sierra Leone My journey started at 9am walking out of my front door to head for the coach station. It... Read More

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“Kit-Check – North Face Quest Insulated Jacket”

Based on The North Face’s Quest waterproof jacket, The North Face have simply added an insulated lining. Therefore you have a lightweight, waterproof, warm jacket. The outer shell is North Faces DryVent fabric, the inner lining is their Heatseeker synthetic insulation. This jacket is ideal for cold wet walks in typically English winter weather! The lining is not detachable so possibly not the best for high energy activities, but ideal for simply ‘being outdoors’. Two hand zip pockets Draw cord adjustable hood and hem Elasticated cuffs Fixed hood Waterproof,breathable,seam sealed... Read More

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Montane Surge Jacket review

A new range Montane are well-known for their lightweight high performance clothing. This season they have teamed up with Gore-tex to create a range of highly waterproof, lightweight jackets. Among these is the Montane Surge Waterproof Jacket. Montane Surge The Montane Surge jacket is a lightweight, breathable waterproof four season jacket, thanks to the 3 layer Gore-tex with Gore C-Knit backer technology. This fabric is up to 15% more breathable and up to 10% lighter. It is ideal for high activity outdoor pursuits in the mountains. The jacket is an... Read More

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“Kit-Check – North Face Bones Beanie”

The myth that we lose 45%-50% of our body heat through our heads is simply not true. However if all your body is insulated except your head, then that is where the heat will escape from your body. Also if your head is not insulated in cold temperatures, then some experiments show that this can possibly lower our bodies core temperature. So it makes sense if it’s cold outside wear a hat, especially if you do not have much hair! The North Face Bones Beanie is a straightforward 100% acrylic... Read More

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“Kit-Check – Lowe Alpine Mountain Cap”

The Lowe Alpine Mountain Cap is an incredibly popular piece of head wear. Definitely not a fashion item to be worn on the high street, but very practical for the mountains, and hill walking in all weathers. It’s popularity speaks for itself, and it has become a classic in the outdoor gear world. Lowe Alpine’s Triplepoint Ceramic 2-layer coating ensures that the cap is waterproof, windproof and highly breathable. It is also very tough and hard wearing. The cap has a polyester fleece lining to keep you warm, with ear... Read More

2, Newhaven Ferry 26/11/2016

Camping bike ride in Sussex

A pair of panniers “Dad”. “Yes son”. “I wasted my birthday money last year, buying rubbish from a gift shop, I don’t want to do that this year, I want something useful. Please can I have some panniers for my bike?’ Now if that sentence didn’t contain at least three statements to make a father’s heart sing, then I don’t know what will. “You bet son!” Stopping at a local bike shop a few days later my singing nearly turned to choking when they told me the cheapest panniers they... Read More