We bring you some of the latest products available for campers and caravanners.
Hi Gear’s feather-light yet feather-rich gilet arrived just in time for a wild camping trip to the Cairngorms.
Having packed just about everything that promised to stave off hypothermia, I wasted no time in stuffing the item into a side pocket of my rucksack. A short while ago, prior to the advent of water repellent clothing technologies, I would have left this behind. There’s no point in lumping extra weight about after all – and with the likelihood of getting caught in a Scottish downpour, who needs soggy feathers?
However, this is 2015 and new improved down jackets are all the rage, said to keep water (or at least a ‘light shower’ in the case of Hi Gear’s gilet), off the proverbial duck’s back, while offering all the snuggly benefits you might expect. What’s more, this new breed of jacket folds away into little more than a fist, a must for any backpacker.
An added bonus of Hi Gear’s gilet is that its left-hand pocket thoughtfully doubles as an integrated stuff sack, complete with hanging loop. It’s the little things that matter.
The sun shone throughout my trip but in overnight temperatures of -3 degrees on the Cairngorms’ exposed northern corries, I was certainly glad I’d packed this gilet. Down products are synonymous with some feather loss but none appeared at all during or since the trip – and just as well. The draw cord at the waist and high collars ensured the elements stayed well out and I was able to return home direct rather than via intensive care.
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Cost: £10 for 1 litre
I rely on Muc-Off’s motorcycle products to keep my Triumph shiny, so I had high expectations of its Caravan Cleaner.
The bright pink spray, says Sheila Kiggins, is biodegradeable and is safe to use on all surfaces, which means no worries about the spray being caught by the wind and carried onto rubber or aluminium. Muc-Off says it’s designed to remove black streaks, diesel fumes, algae, moss, rust, fungus and road film – all of which my caravan was suffering from after a summer without access to a hosepipe.
Even using a pressure washer, I found that for best results, a good scrub was still needed. With that touch of added elbow grease, my caravan came up beautifully and there’s still plenty of product left for another wash later in the season.
Caravan Cleaner is £10 for a one-litre bottle, and for a limited period Muc-Off is running a buy-one-get-one-free offer. The Ultimate Caravan Bundle includes the cleaner, a microfibre wash mitt to help shift bugs and tar, and specific products for glass, wheels and tyres.
Muc-Off caravan cleaner is available direct from the company’s online shop or you can use the dealer locator to find a supplier in your area.
Ruff and Tumble's Sofa Throw is ideal for protecting upholstery, and is especially useful if you holiday with your pet.
After a walk on the beach or through the woods it is inevitable your pet will get wet and mucky. In the confines of your unit it's not always easy to clean and dry your pet thoroughly. This throw will protect your furnishings until he's dry again.
The throws are made from double thickness cotton towelling which absorbs moisture and dirt helping keep your upholstery clean and dry. The throw is also useful when your pet is moulting as hairs will stick to it rather then your cushions.
Available in a light mink colour, it should suit most colour schemes. There are two sizes to choose from - large 183cm x 183cm and extra large 275cm x 183cm. They're not particularly lightweight though, weighing 2 and 2.9kg respectively.
The throw is machine washable at 40 degrees and may be tumble dried.
Weird Fish epitomises coast and country living with its range of well-made, casual clothing made for relaxed holidays.
We tried the ladies Fairlead, a printed cotton canvas mackintosh-style jacket. New to the Weird Fish range this lined jacket features a generous hood with brim and draw cords, storm flap with popper fasteners and two deep front pockets with flaps. Although this head-turning jacket isn’t waterproof, it will ward off the odd spot or two of rain and our tester welcomed its protection on our recent, rather windy, beach photoshoot.
She said: "This jacket is very stylish and felt comfortable to wear. I love the roomy hood with peak and the nice touches such as the rope draw cord. I think it's ideal for holidays, whether enjoying a walk along the seafront or to the pub."
If your holiday activity involves nothing more strenuous than a stroll along the beach Weird Fish could fit the bill.
The men’s Para Overhead Cagoule jacket got the thumbs up from our tester, who said: "I love the casual style of this jacket, it's comfortable to wear and lightweight and came in handy for our stroll across the very breezy beach."
He liked the easy to wear pull on style of this casual canvas jacket and in particular, its large front pouch pocket. The jacket also has two hidden side pockets, a generous draw string hood, a short zip opening at the neck with a button over flap and gusseted sleeves that can be worn tight or loose. Choose from five muted colours.
For availability, colours and sizing visit the Weird Fish website.