Craghopping and Bug Busting

Anyone who loves the outdoors is prepared to put up with a few uncomfortable moments for the sake of enjoying the beauty and exhilaration of one’s chosen activity; but biting beasties can often be an uncomfortable moment too far. Foreigners coming to Scotland say they love the scenery, but few fail to pass comments about the midges. So when Craghoppers offered a trial of  tops and trousers which feature “the world’s first permanent insect repellent fabric”, you’d think they’d be on to a winner.

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Warm and Toasty

Brrr. Just as the temperature is really dropping, we’ve got some good news for people who like warm feet. Heat holders socks have been tested to achieve a thermal tog rating of 2.34, which is pretty impressive! They kept my feet warm whilst kayaking  in temperatures of 5 degrees off the Mull of Kintyre this weekend.

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Loitering Within Tent

Yes, tents, like many other things these days, are becoming disposable commodities that you use once at a festival and leave behind. But the Vango brand is one that you will not want to part with and that’s not because you’ve spent a few more £££s on it.

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Stay Cool with Hotter Shoes

Hotter by name but these shoes are designed for comfort and being beautifully light weight, they can be worn with or without socks – not something I would suggest for most leather shoes.

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Bags for Warmth

If you are looking for a warm pair of trousers this winter, you could do a lot worse than try a pair of Rohan winter bags. Cosy and comforting, practical and perfect for walking in chilly weather, they are well worth their £69 price tag.

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Keep on Walking

I have recently discovered the delights of walking the hills while taking in delightful views and pausing to eat, drink and do the crossword. This is a big change from my previous habit of running and orienteering – highly commendable in themselves – but I have decided to grow old gracefully. Having suffered interminably from blisters, a good pair of walking boots or shoes seemed worth investigating.

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