Airbac – AirTech Backpack (32L)

The amount of padding in the AirTech Backpack is insane. They’ve turned up the padding dials to 11 and it’s foam o’clock in the shoulderstraps. The bag oozes comfort from every pore. But it’s that enormous air bladder which is the party piece. Its over 4 inches deep at the bottom of the bag, and you kinda just want to put your laptop in the thing and drop it to watch it bounce around the room.

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Cyba-Lite – Vega lantern

The Vega lantern is said to chuck out 300 lumen from its 3 LEDs, which in real-world terms is enough to light a tent or room bright enough to read by, but probably not to do open heart surgery. We’re currently renovating an old house, and the Vega has been used to navigate our way to and from the bathroom on those (frequent) evenings where the lights have stopped working.

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Sole – Loft women’s boots

When I first put these boots on I was surprised at how comfortable they were. The flannel-lined inside made them as comfy as putting on a pair of well-worn slippers. And with the inner-calf circumference measuring a generous 34.5cm, it made them even more wearable for those of us with a “not-so-slim” calf – I was even able to put them on over a pair of jeans, a bonus in my book.

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Securikey T-Reign – ProLink Smartphone Holster/Tether

What you get is a tough bumper case for your phone (iPhone 4 or 5 models available) which clips around it in two parts and holds together securely. In case you are ham-fisted, the case and holster are connected with a retractable tether. The cord tether is 3ft long and the idea is that you can’t become separated from your phone, and it’s unlikely to hit the ground if you drop it. Instead, it’ll hit you in the knee.

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X-Bionic – Energizer MK2 Women’s Top

The only time I’ve over-heated in it was because I wasn’t sure how well it would work so I put fleece over top of it. And after bouts of intense exercise I didn’t turn into a shivering mess immediately afterwards so it seems to do the regulation thing quite well. Although it doesn’t make you feel warm and cosy like a thermal baselayer, it just stops you from feeling cold, which is a weird thing to describe.

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Mammut – Montana 2 Sleeping Bag

There’s a couple of really nice touches to the Montana 2 sleeping bag. The main zipper pull has a little message on it which says “Sleep Well” (the dog certainly did) and the water-resistant (read “splash proof”) carrying bag has a sort of mountaineering snakes and ladders game printed on it for when you’re stuck in a tent and the weather is against you. Clever.

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Ohyo – Collapsible Drinking Bottle

The Wife is a particularly bad user of bottled water. We must have 10 perfectly good reusable bottles in our cupboard, but she still feels the need to purchase a litre of some posh french water whenever she drives anywhere. It drives me potty, so I am trying to stash the handy compressed Ohyo bottles shown above in her car as an aide-memoir to save the planet.

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