Category: Gear reviews


Product review: Minipresso coffee machine

Those of us who enjoy good quality, strong coffee are often short-changed when it comes to being away in the outdoors.  At home we enjoy good, strong espresso topped with a lovely crema, but how can you have this same coffee experience when out and about ? There are now several portable espresso machines on the market, which operate manually, and for the last … Read More Product review: Minipresso coffee machine


Product Review: Outwell Collapsible Kettle

  A space-saving kettle is a boon for any camper and so Outwell’s collapsible kettle is a great buy.  I’d already heard good reports about it so was pleased when Outdoor Camping Direct provided me with one to review. It’s part of Outwell’s ‘Collaps’ range which includes bowls, pots, colanders and washing baskets – all in various bright colours of silicone.  The kettle has a … Read More Product Review: Outwell Collapsible Kettle

Product Review – Merino Neckwarmer Buff

  Whether you use it to reduce the wind chill in Winter or keep the sun off in Summer, I think a buff an essential part of every outdoor person’s kit list. I’ve been testing out a merino wool neckwarmer, part of the Buff headwear range, and in this cold, wintery weather it has really come into its own. If you’re not familiar buffs … Read More Product Review – Merino Neckwarmer Buff


Dawes Galaxy Plus Touring Bike

Auspicious timing ?  Taking delivery of my new bike on the day the Tour de France started from Yorkshire ?  Probably not, but I’m certainly looking forward to some great new adventures, even if I’ll always be an amateur rather than champion cyclist. I recently set a new goal to cycle the length of the UK from Lands End to John O’Groats, which I’m … Read More Dawes Galaxy Plus Touring Bike