Monday, 27 December 2010
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Monday, 13 December 2010
Why are footballers wearing snoods or neck warmers? I understand the possible need for gloves and definately thermal base layers but seriously are they that cold they need to wear a scarf.
Well, IF your son or daughter is bothering you to buy them a neckscarf so they look like Samir Nasri then I suggest you consider a Buff. These are neck tubes made of a seamless stretchy and breathable material. There is also a fleece version available for those who really feel the cold.
Joking aside, I have used one for years now skiing and on the bike. They can be pulled up over the mouth and nose to keep the chill off of your face whilst still breathable.
They are reasonably inexpensive and come in a huge and varied range of designs and can be twisted and turned in to a hat, balaclava or bandana.
What the demo now you've heard about there amazing uses.
Monday, 6 December 2010
Icebreaker’s Mondo Zip has won Best In Test in the “Men’s base-layers” gear test feature in the January 2011 issue of Country Walking. Gear tester Andy Cremin said of the Mondo Zip “it works well over a wide range of temperatures...gives plenty of warmth when you need it,” and continues to praise the base-layer’s breathability, commenting: “It wicks sweat incredibly well,” and Icebreaker’s unique anti-bacterial, odour resistant qualities: “Body odour isn’t really an issue either, with several days of use being perfectly possible without any obvious stink rearing its ugly head.” The tester also liked the versatility of the zip neck, and that the sleeves can be easily rolled up in warmer conditions.
His verdict: “Icebreaker’s classic merino...nudged into the lead with its quality fabric, decent cut and...more comfortable feeling against the skin.” The concluding observation of the review echoes Icebreaker’s philosophy: “Overall...natural materials perform better than man-made fabrics.”
Publication: Country Walking
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Well they are now one of our best selling items. We sell them in three sizes and a variety of colours. This year we have sold them to walkers, skiers and mainly people who want to stop their ears getting cold.
Check out this wonderfully unique Youtube video!
Friday, 19 November 2010
- Warmth to weight ratio is far greater than any synthetic.
- Small pack size.
- Greater breathability.
- Will cover wider range of temperatures.
- Will last years longer if looked after.
- More expensive.
- Useless when wet.
- Difficult to wash and dry.
- Shouldn't be stored compressed.
- Relatively inexpensive.
- Dries and cleans easily.
- Retains up to 70% performance when wet.
- Can be stored compressed (not for long periods.)
- Heavier weight.
- Covers less range of temperature.
- Shorter life span than down.
- Larger pack size
Monday, 15 November 2010
A 2 layer garment is made from 2 layer Gore-Tex. The Gore-Tex has only the face fabric laminated on the outside. To protect the Gore-Tex on the inside when made up as a garment, a loose lining is added, usually a mesh lining for extra breathability.
Gore-Tex fabrics are waterproof and will not let water in even where there is pressure from rucsac straps etc. So the issue is how long the garments will be waterproof.
Gore-tex is extremely durable waterproof and many consumers have jackets over 20 years old that still perform well.
Aquafoil is durable and most consumers will get many years usage from their jackets.
Gore-Tex Pro Shell 30+% more breathable
PacLite 35 - 40% more breathable
Aquafoil 25 - 35% less breathable
Friday, 12 November 2010
Mine stink when I have been wearing them for a while without socks and I never clean them I just ram them back into the bottom of the bag for next time and then they are worse then when I left them. Sandal wash is cheap and easy to use with a sponge "dabber" to apply it with and we currently have it on a special offer.
If you have any handy tips please let us know
Saturday, 6 November 2010
Only a week or so ago I read an article about a Nepalese sherpa who had conquered Everest 19 times to go missing on the great mountain. Chhewang Nima, 43 highly respected in mountaineering circles for scaling the world's highest peak, was fixing ropes near the summit of Mount Baruntse when he and another guide were hit by the avalanche.
He has left his wife and two children. Nima was one climb off the record which is 20 ascents. http://gu.com/p/2kjx5
I guess this was his livlihood rather than a hobby but is the thrill of climbing a mountain worth risking your life.
Let me know how you feel about this
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So, if Goretex and eVent are breathable does that mean when they are put in shoes they are just as breathable as in coats? Well, the membrane is as breathable but generally your feet will feel hotter than in a pair of non waterproof boots. The reason is quite simple, your feet generally get very hot and achy, especially after a long days walking and the boots do not have anywhere for the heat to go.
The only hole in your waterproof boots in filled with your foot and the hot air cannot escape from there. The waterproof membrane is breathable but there is soo many layers of padding, membrane, leather or fabric and plastic heel cups that its hard for the moisture vapour to escape.
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