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Why use Trekking Poles? - LEKI post

Posted by Mark Richardson on May 28, 2022

We were watching LEKI's guide to why you should use trekking poles, it was so good we added a link to it here. Then we realised there was more than one - so here are both of them, they're really good.

Which LEKI Trekking Poles?

Posted by Mark Richardson on May 28, 2022

In this post we look at our current stocks of LEKI trekking poles and give advice and our opinion so you can choose the best one for you.

How to Fastpack with a Bum Bag

Posted by Norman Hadley on May 26, 2022

“The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees oneself” - Igor Stravinsky.The Genesis of an IdeaIn the first three months of 2021, leisure travel was disallowed to contain the coronavirus. Again, I was exiled from my beloved Lakeland fells. True, I was much luckier than most - the Bowland hills are on my doorstep - but I dreamed of the day I would be able to run the Cumbrian ridges ag …
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Knowledge Base - The Facts About Water Purification in the Outdoors

May 25, 2022

Drink Dilemma – the facts about water treatmentThe DangersDrinking water directly from streams and rivers can be hazardous because such sources could contain Pathogens; a Pathogen is a disease causing organism commonly referred to as a germ.There are four types of water-borne pathogens that are of concern:Protozoa – single cell organisms often transferred through human and animal faeces. They are …
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Rab Down Jacket Warmth Guide

May 25, 2022

What affects the warmth?Down Quality Generally the more down in a jacket (fill weight), the warmer it is going to be but this assumes the down is the same quality. However, down quality can vary significantly and is measured by its fill power. A higher fill power down will keep you warmer than a lower fill power. To make matters worse there are two widely recognised methods of measuring Fill Power …
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Montane Legwear Guide

May 24, 2022

Choosing Montane LegwearWhen it comes to clothing there is often a dizzying assortment of options so one of the simplest ways to make your choice is to think about what you will be using them for most of the time. Rather than trying to get an item that does everything in all conditions, it is much better to be realistic and get something that performs brilliantly for the activity you get out and d …
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EN Rating

May 24, 2022

The EN13537 Standard - EN13537 requires a thermal manikin test which produces four temperature results — upper limit, comfort, lower limit and extreme.These interpret as:Upper Limit — the temperature at which a standard man can sleep without excessive perspiration. It is established with the hood and zippers open and with the arms outside of the bag.Comfort — the temperature at which a standard wo …
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WickiUp 3 Special Features

May 24, 2022

WickiUp 3The WickiUp 3 is a special shelter so we've given it a special page just to explain how good it really is! The quality of materials and the high standard of construction are self evident however the modular approach to the WickiUp 3 components offers great flexibility in how the shelter can be used, by buying two or more parts you can configure various shelters at various weights for a va …
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Hydrophobic Down Information Page

May 24, 2022

When down gets wet, it will lose most of its insulation properties but this is where Hydrophobic down comes in - this is a relatively new concept and the purpose is to solve the main drawback of 'regular' down, which is it's lack of effectiveness when wet.Hydrophobic down has been treated with a durable water repellent that enables the down to dry quicker and resist water for longer, meaning it wi …
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