We bring you some of the latest products available for campers and caravanners.
Cost: Cost: £175
The Tribe GV by Asolo is a sturdy hiking boot suitable for all seasons.
The boots have a water-resistant leather upper plus Gore-Tex lining that’s both waterproof and breathable. There’s tough rubber toe caps and also sturdy Asolo/Vibram soles.
Our tester said: “Since these are hiking boots, you’d expect them to be a little tougher to break in than your normal walking boots – and they were though with only the one blister.
“To be honest, despite breaking them in I still wasn’t looking forward to their first big outing on a Lake District trek and scramble. But they performed admirably.
“The high ankle cuff was supportive, and the strong sole essential given the route I was undertaking over rocky terrain. They performed really well, were comfortable and there wasn’t a blister in sight – bonus!”
Sizes come in Men’s 6 to 13.5 and women’s 3.5 to 9.5.
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Sam and Gareth our testers tested the Butler Bottle Hugger from Duck Soup and this is what they thought.
Our first impression when seeing the Hugo bag was ‘we are never going to fit all our stuff in there’... How very wrong were we! We managed to get everything in to the Hugo Bag that we had in our old baby changing bag, including a bottle in a Butler Bottle Hugger which could have been simply clipped to the outside of the bag.
The Hugo bag is 25cm high, 11 x 22 cm in diameter hand made in the UK from neoprene. It is lightweight, slim line and compact as well as being flexible and durable too. It has an extending shoulder strap and two handy loops of velcro enabling the Hugo bag to be attached to almost any buggy.
Once you open the Hugo, cleverly concealed in the lid is a removable neoprene zipable pouch, which we found ideal for storing mobile phone, house and car keys along with money and cash cards. The pouch is attached to the inside of the Hugo lid using velcro which means you physically have to pull it out of the lid to remove it. The Hugo bag itself is blind-stitched airtight, leak proof and smell proof!
Included with the Hugo bag is a changing mat. The changing mat has a naturally warm finish on one side and the other is waterproof and non-slip. Ideal for changing anywhere. We have noticed that our little one doesn’t seem to mind the bottom changing process now as much as before on the more traditional plastic much cooler changing mat. The changing mat is machine washable or wipe clean and is dry in about ten minutes. It rolls up to a handy size and is fastened with the loop at the top of the mat, which enables it to fit nicely inside of the Hugo bag. The baby-changing mat that was included with the Hugo bag has a very humorous design called Angel or Devil.
The Black Splat Hugo bag we had retails at £48.00, there are other designs in the same range and they retail from £40.00 - £60.00
Need to put your ironing, laundry and dry cleaning in the right bag? Then this bag is perfect for you.
This is ideal for storing towels and bedding until you get to camp and is equally useful for keeping dirty laundry in until you do a wash or get home.
It comes in pretty aquablue colouring and has a distinctive design. Features include soft-feel handles and a wipe-clean water-resistant surface.
The laundry bag folds away when not in use for minimal storage.
Made from recycled plastic and soft woven cotton mix handles. Width 28 cm, length 55 cm, height 48 cm, weight 0.24 kg. Capacity 14 kg.
Also in the range is the Camping and Caravanning Bag, Saddle up Bag and the latest addition the Dog and Bone Bag, ideal for carrying all your doggy paraphernalia - see September's magazine for more details.
If you fancy winning either a Laundry Bag, Camping and Caravanning Bag or a Saddle up Bag we have ten of each to give away. Enter here to be in with a chance of winning.
Those of us who camp on Certificated or Temporary Holiday Sites don’t always have the option of an electric hook up.
That doesn’t stop us wanting to view our favourite TV programmes and we certainly need light and all the other benefits of electrical power.
Solar panels are an obvious and green way to supply your electrical needs, but there is always the question as to how big a solar panel you buy. The Club produces an excellent data sheet about solar power but nothing can give you a definitive answer for your particular needs. There are so many variables, including the weather.
Vision Plus has made your choice easier with their modular system – you can start with as little as a 40 watt master panel. Need more power? No problem, the master panel comes with a charge controller unit that can handle another three add on panels to give a system totalling 160 watts if required.
You may prefer to have the installation of the initial master panel undertaken professionally to deal with making the electrical connections to your battery system through the roof. However, the add-on panel installation does not require any drilling or special tools as they are designed to be bonded to the roof while the electrical connection is made via a sealed screw connector from the last installed panel. If in doubt do consult your local caravan or motorhome dealer and do remember not to overload your unit (each panel weighs 3.8kg).
The other advantage of this modular system is that if you have a cluttered roof with little clear space for a large panel these panels can be sited in between roof lights and other obstructions as required.
Vision Plus guarantees the cell output from the panels for 20 years and the charge controller can be connected up so when your leisure battery is fully charged, power will automatically be diverted to an auxiliary battery, which is especially useful for motorhomers to keep the vehicle battery topped up.
The master panel with charge controller, roof cable sealing gland and cables costs £179.99 and the add-on panels £119.99 each.
A rainy visit to the Club's Eskdale Site for Dubfest gave Leda Reynolds the perfect opportunity to road test some Bogs.
Attending Club meets and visiting Club Sites in all weathers, waterproof footwear is an essential part of my working wardrobe - even in the summer.
The need to keep dry while still looking good drew me to these Herringbone Bogs. They looked smart and their stylish herringbone design meant I could comfortably wear them on site or around town.
I found the Bogs ideal for our changeable weather. Their capabilities were severely tested at Eskdale where the heavens opened and the ground conditions were very wet and slippy. The boot's slip resistant outsole ensured I remained upright and rubber/neoprene boot keep my feet snug and dry.
The handles on either side of the boot means you can easily pull them on. The down side is they are a little difficult to remove but I found using a step as a lever the best option. That said, I’m so attached to them, I may as well just leave them on all the time.
The Bogs are available in a range of colours, you could even get one to match your raincoat.