Category Archive KIT REVIEWS

Bydavid123

We Love Warm Jacket Review

I was fortunate enough to be asked to review a new range of heated jackets by We Love Warm.

These jackets have heated pannels that are heated by a USB charging pack. This could keep you warm in even the coldest of contitions.

Check out my video below and don’t forget the subscribe to my YouTube Channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thYaNHtCJmY
Bydavid123

REWIEWING THE VANGO DRYFT RUCKSACK

Here is a great rucksack by Vango ideal for days out in the country or for using around the city.  See my review!

 

Bydavid123

REVIEWING THE FORCE TEN MTN 2 TENT: MY EXPERIENCE OF THIS FANTASTIC TENT

Background

I’m extremely grateful indeed for the ongoing support of Vango. The Force Ten MTN 2 tent is a fantastic mountain tent I am really delighted to review for Vango.   For a disabled person like myself it is really important to have suitable equipment and this tend is ideal. The size and, in particular, the height of the tent inside make it ideal for someone like myself to use on a camping expedition.

 

Click the video below and see what I made of the tent.   Thanks

 

Bydavid123

5 REASONS YOU SHOULD VISIT LEWIS

I have just returned from another fantastic week in the Outer Hebrides. It has to be one of my favourite places. The scenery is breathtaking with fantastic wildlife to observe and white sandy beaches that seem to go on forever.

In September 2016 I undertook the epic cycle ride from Barra in the south, right up to the Butt of Lewis in the far northerly tip. The 186 mile ride took me 5 days and I felt a real sense of achievement at the end of it. Since my cycle ride I have wanted to return and experience a more leisurely look at the islands. I wanted to see more of the historical gems as well as the feast of natural history it has to offer.

The village of Callanish is of course famous for the stones and provided our base for the next six days. During the time we were able to explore the cultural sites including The Blackhouse, Stornoway castle and the Callanish Stones themselves. Staying in a small farmhouse right next to the stones, we were able to see them in all sorts of light conditions at all times of the day and night. This was truly a great experience. From there is was only a short drive to the Arnol Blackhouse and museum, a fascinating insight into our not so distant past. Stornoway castle provided some wonderful vistas as you walk through the grounds. We also explored a part of the island called Uig and what a treat that was.

I thought I’d put together a little list of reasons you should visit Lewis. So below are a few of my favourite things to do and see and do.

  • The BlackhouseThere are two preserved blackhouses on the island but for me the Arnol Blackhouse cannot be missed. Preserved to exactly how it was when the last families lived, this gives a real window into the past. The last families left in the 1960’s so it is really not so long ago that people were living in it. With all its original furniture and a peat burning fire it really gives you a great window into the past.

 

  • I have visited the Stones of Callanish many times now and I still find them amazing. Speaking to someone there recently he said he found it a ‘spiritual experience’. Whatever your beliefs, you can’t fail to wonder at them and be impressed. The sheer age of them, the scale and the fact that nobody really knows what they mean, still blows my mind.

 

  • I have been to Lewis several times and up until now had overlooked the corner of the island called Uig. This was big mistake because it is really special. The drive down to it is spectacular, with stunning vistas round every corner. At the end of whatever road you take you find exquisite, beautiful beaches. Usually there are very few people on them. It is without doubt a most beautiful part of the island and well worth a visit.

 

  • Stornoway castle is set in extensive grounds and provides a lovely place for a walk. You have some great views over Stornoway, the bay, and further afield. The inside of the castle is really impressive and there is a museum as well.

 

  • On the way to Uig, hang a right turn and let the road take you on a bridge over the Atlantic and onto the small island of Great Bernera. This beautiful road twists and turn and eventually brings you to Bostadh. Here you will find a stunning and quite sheltered beautiful sandy beach. There is also a tiny museum that is unmanned right next to the car park. This beautiful spot is well worth a visit.

Bydavid123

DELIGHTED TO HAVE DISCOVERED HILLTREK’S VENTILE TROUSERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I must admit, I hadn’t heard of Ventile material before, but I am now so thankful that I have. Thanks to ‘ Hilltrek Outdoor Clothing ‘,I got to try out their Ventile Blaven trousers and was delighted with what I found. I put them right to the test by going out into the snow and I was not disappointed.

Ventile material is a natural fabric made out of cotton. It is highly durable and it is ideal for outdoor pursuits. Made from cotton fibers it is comfortable, heard wearing and protects you from the elements. Once the fibers are wet, they swell and provide a barrier to any further water. This makes them weather and wind proof providing comfort and warmth while staying completely breathable at the same time. These trousers are all hand made to the highest standard. The have two pockets front and back, as well as two cargo pockets on each side. The rear pockets fasten securely with a zip and the cargo pockets with poppers.

I have to put my hands in the air now and say that I am a convert. The first time I wore them I really put them to the test by going out on a cold winters day in the snow. I must say I was really impressed with them. I was very warm and comfortable. The bottom of the trousers of course got wet with snow but I didn’t even notice. They formed a fantastic barrier keeping me warm and dry. I am very grateful to have discovered these trousers and I look forward to using them again in the near future.

Bydavid123

THE VANGO ROAR STOVE AND HOW WELL IT SUITS MY NEEDS

Vango Roar Stove Review

I had been looking for a good, reliable and versatile stove for a long time but now I think the search is over. I’ve been testing out the Vango Roar stove and I’m really impressed with its performance. For me it seem ideal for my purposes and I know that lots of others could use it in different situations. It has won an Independant Best Buy award and it didn’t take me long to see why.

 

First Impressions A very nicely made stove. It folds up really small and fits into a container for travel. Its fairly lightweight making it idea for hiking. It connects really easily to a small gas cannister and has an electronic ignition. It boiled a pan of water in 2 -3 minutes.
Features
  • When open it is very stable
  • The ring where the pan sits is wide for a large pot
  • Its very powerful
  • Had an electronic ignition
  • Folds up really compact
  • It is light enough to carry whilst hiking
  • Easily screws onto a gas cannister

Comments

I am delighted to have discovered this little stove because for me it ticks many boxes. Having cerebral palsy makes me a bit shaky and clumsy. I was concerned about how safely I could used a hiking stove. The Vango Roar stove takes all these worries away. Its small and easy to carry but at the same time very stable. The way it folds in and out is fantastic making it really safe when in use. The electronic ignition makes it really easy to light and saves the danger of matches (although I would never go without them!). Its wide enough to take a large pan, making it suitable for more than one person. I was just amazed how quickly it boiled a pan or water. I think this is fantastic versatile stove and I would really recommend it for most outdoor expeditions and uses. Well done Vango.

 

 

 

ByDavid

DRAGON FLY 25L BLUE ICE RUCKSACK: A REVIEW OF A GREAT LITTLE DAY PACK

Ice Blue Rucksack Review

The Blue Ice  Dragon Fly rucksack is a small 25 litre day pack that is extremely lightweight.

First Impressions A very nicely made little rucksack ideal for commuting or gentle days out. Its extremely lightweight making it ideal for getting around. It has a very thin back board and not very much padding to it. It has waist and a breast strap for extra comfort. Its made of very good quality material.
Features
  • Unusual, but simple, open and closing system
  • Pocket inside main compartment suitable for a hydration system.
  • Hole in the top for hydration tube
  • Small zip pocket on the front
  • Attachments for poles
  • A pocket at either side
  • Waist and chest straps
Comfort This is not the most comfortable rucksack to use
Pros
  • Ideal for day trips
  • Made of good material
  • Ideal for commuting or getting around
  • Comfortable to use
  • Lightweight and durable
Cons
  • Not very comfortable for longer days out on the hills
  • Not sure about the way it closes, could possibly let water in
  • straps are very thin and not much padding.
  • I has no rain cover with it.

Final Comments

I like this little rucksack a lot and will use it for getting around town or going for a picnic. I don’t see myself taking this out on the mountains for the day. I might take it on short day walks in good weather when I don’t need to carry much with me. It has an unusual open and closing system which, to be very honest, I’m not sure if I like it yet. It could be really helpful for people with less dexterity because it opens and closes fairly easily. However, I would need to stay out in the rain for a few hours with it to be convinced of it effectiveness.

If you are looking for a little day pack I would really recommend thins, I’m going to use it a lot!