Hestra Helags Sr. Mitten Review

For extreme cold, nothing beats a mitt and having all your fingers sharing warmth produces an atmosphere in which your hands are protected in the most testing of environments.

In northern Lapland I was glad I packed my Hestra Helags Sr Mitts as the temperatures were always below freezing and on occasion dipped as low as -20°C. The Helags Sr are a well made mitt consisting of a piled wool terry loop liner, which is removable and a durable goat leather palm and fingertip area. The back is covered with a cotton polyester which can hold a wax finish.

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Thermarest Slacker Hammock Pad Review

There is an art to sleeping in a hammock with several factors having to be spot on to make it a comfortable night. The height and angle of the tree attachment straps, roll mat and under quilt all playing their part. The angle we lay in the hammock is also critical to being comfortable as we do not want to be like a banana when we laying in a hammock.

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Natural Expedition Cosmetics

Spending time outdoors the environment takes its toll on our skin, hair and one’s odour. Taking care of these aspects is easy when close to home but when out on expedition and especially the longer ones it becomes harder. I am very interested in natural based cosmetic solutions and I feel resorting to harsh chemicals and metals to use on oneself is not the answer when in town or in the backcountry.

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Rab Ridge Raider Review

Lets get something out the way first. Sleeping in a bivi does require a special type of person. Either you are very hardy and able to cope with claustrophobia or someone who is foolhardy to cope with rolling around in the dark while accidentally trapped inside their bivi because they cannot find the zip in the dark. 

The bivi experience is dark, cramped and probably a bit damp so why do I use them?

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