We bring you some of the latest products available for campers and caravanners.
Berghaus has combined style with warmth and practicality in its Popena Hooded HydroDown Fusion jacket.
The boffins at Berghaus have been ‘body-mapping’ to identify hotter and colder spots of the body to ensure the insulation, HydroDown Fusion, is well positioned within the jacket to provide the correct amount of warmth.
The hood has a fixed peak and is fully adjustable while storage comes in the form of two external and one internal zipped pockets. There’s also bonded cuff tabs with hook and loop to keep your arms warmer plus a hem drawcord that can be easily adjusted on the move. The jacket is also light, weighing in at 814g.
Our tester said: “I found the jacket ideal to keep me warm on a cold and really windy day in the Malvern Hills. It also looks good so I’d be quite happy to wear the Popena when just out and about in cold weather conditions.”
Available in sizes S-XXL
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The Remote 25 daysack by Berghaus packs a lot of technical features into its compact size. And so it should at £55.
The 25L backpack weighs 550g and provides a range of versatile internal pockets that work well when either out on a countryside walk or transporting your laptop to work in the bespoke zipped pocket. Externally, there are bottle pockets, a front bungee, walking pole attachments and a key clip.
To help with comfort, the Remote 25 has a height-adjustable chest strap, removable hip belt and Berghaus Flow back system with vented foam to help your back’s breathability. If you like clocking up the miles on long walks, the daysack is also hydration system compatible for those who enjoy using water bladders.
Our tester said: “This is a great little daysack that we found ideal for our youngest son. Given its size he couldn’t overload it when out in the hills but it had enough useful technical features for him to enjoy using it.”
Available in jet black and carbon colours.
Hydro Flask is a brand of high performance stainless steel food and drink containers recently launched in the UK.
The company, launched in 2009, has been successful in the US and so decided to bring Hydro Flask across the pond in October.
We used a 21oz Hydro Flask with a standard mouth (£24). Other standard mouth sizes are 18oz and 24oz. The company also makes them with wide mouth tops in 32oz and 40oz sizes.
Prices range from £23 to £37, so they’re not cheap by any means but the quality of the materials used and the insulating properties they provide quickly become obvious.
Hydro Flask uses TempShield, a proprietary insulation that helps to keep temperatures inside the bottle constant for longer.
Hot drinks should still be hot six hours later, while cold drinks can be kept cold for up to a day.
Our Hydro Flask was sent with a stack of ice cubes inside. They were still largely intact almost 24 hours later, with only about one-third melted.
The flasks are BPA-free and come in several bright colours.
In 2016 Hydro Flask will be adding a new Flex Cap, which will also be insulated. The company is also offering customers the chance to donate five per cent of the value of their purchase to their chosen charity through Hydro Flask’s own charitable giving arm.
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.
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.
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