Monday, 21 May 2012

Staff Product Reviews - Check them out!


Want a bit of information about the products that these guys work with day in day out? Find out what they really think..

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Name: Ed
Product: Vaude Bivvi 1P.  Green

This is a well made, high quality, lower price range bivvi bag.
It is hooped for lightweight cycle touring or trekking. 
Pros: Poles at both head and foot ends keeps fabric off occupant.  Ventilation ok.
Cons: Lack of mesh netting for use in very hot weather.
It is good for lightweight trips and is very competitive on performance and price.
Well made and a good product – worth considering.
I would give it 8/10.

Similar products: Terra Nova Jupiter Bivvi or the Wild Country Solo lite.

Name: Anthony
Product: Sevylor Colorado Premium.  2 seat.  Blue.

This is an inflatable canoe, well made and is easy to manoeuvre from a beginner to advanced canoeist.
It folds away into a backpack system for easy storage.
This is a great product for people who want to start canoeing without the need for vast storage space required for a hard canoe.
I would rate this product 9/10

Similar products: Sevylor Hudson.

Name: Lee
Product: Lowe Alpine Airzone 45. Midnight Blue

This is an excellent quality daypack as you would expect from Lowe Alpine.  It has lots of features including the Airzone back system for enhanced breathability, point for securing walking poles and is hydration compatible.
I would use it for hill or coastal walking.  It is well built, tough and durable. (and is also available in a ‘narrow dimension’ which is suitable for ladies or those with a shorter back)
I would rate this 9/10

Similar products: Berghaus Freeflow range.

Name: Jeremy
Product: Rohan Microgrid Stowaway. Golden Ochre.

This is another great product by Rohan. It is warm, lightweight, dries quickly – the perfect mid layer. Made of Microgrid fabric, which enhances the passage of moisture.
If you want a mid layer of lightweight proportions then this is it!
I would give this garment 10/10

Similar products: Rohan Microgrid Stowaway V neck.

Name: Adam
Product: Coleman Phad X3 Tent. 3 Man.  Green

Good quality tent from Coleman.  Large enough for 3 people…. But, is more comfortable for 2.  It is easy and quick to pitch and is strong enough to withstand windy days.  Geodesic in design, so will hold its shape, so if you are on your own or on sand or rocky terrain where it is difficult to peg, it will still perform.
I bought the Phad X3 as I wanted a small, lightweight tent that would keep me dry.  The bedroom is a little small for 3 people, and the inner hangs a little low… but is still a great tent!
I would give  this 7/10

Similar products: Coleman Phact X3

Name: Myles
Product: Berghaus Relaxed Crew Long sleeved. Red.

This is a superb fitting, robust base layer that can be dragged through the worst environments. Has great ventilation and excellent resistance to wind.
It’s the ideal garment for walking, running, or hiking.  It has good warmth retention for the thickness of material, very comfy to wear.
I would rate it 9/10

Similar products: Helly Hansen SS Crew

Name: Michael
Product: Paramo Fuera Windproof Smock.  Cobalt.

This is an excellent value for money windproof smock.  Very lightweight and is ideal for cycling or coastal walking.  Soft feel fabric with a comfortable fit.  Not the most stylish, but extremely functional.  The DWR coating gives a degree of water repellence, which is useful if caught in a short light shower.  Great garment for those windy days!
I would rate this as 9/10  - I wouldn’t be without one!!

Similar products:  Rohan Windshadow Jacket

Name: Sam
Product: Rohan Inner Flame Jacket.  Black

A great fitting, great quality Rohan Jacket.  It’s very warm, lightweight and is perfect for those cold Winter days.  Easily folds into a pocket.  Another superb garment form Rohan!
I would rate this 9/10 – Very good product!

Name: Ben

Product: North Face eTip Gloves.  Black

A great pair of stretchy gloves….perfect for those chilly days. They are snug, warm and slim fitting!  The tip of the fore finger and thumb have a special material which allows you to use your ipad (or similar touch screen device) without removing your gloves! 
I’d mark these 8/10 – I love ‘em!

Name: Mike
Product: Rohan Fusion Trousers,  Charcoal

As you’d expect from Rohan….another high quality pair of trousers.  Perfect for walking, but also smart enough to wear about town.  Slightly looser fit than some of their range, great colour and versatile.  Would make a great golfing trouser.
These deserve 10/10…!!

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