We bring you some of the latest products available for campers and caravanners.
Stumped for last-minute stocking-filler ideas for your pals? How about adding a FLAVR of Christmas to their mobile…
Certain to get every mobile-user into the festive spirit,FLAVR offers a range of Christmas jumper-themed phone cases for iPhone 5/5SE, 6/6S, 7, 7 Plus and Galaxy 7 and 7 Edge.
Christmas jumper designs are so bad they’re good, according to FLAVR. We have to agree. From the Selfie Elfie and Jingle Balls to a whole raft of patterned designs to match your least favourite Christmas jumper, we reckon there’s a design to suit everyone.
And when the festive season has passed, you’ll be pleased to know FLAVR offers a broad range of non-festive cases to choose from.
Available from Carphone Warehouse or online using the link below.
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Layering is the best way keep warm in winter but that doesn’t mean having to add bulk.
Less is definitely more with Rohan’s Merino Union 150 Hooded Top.
This lightweight hooded pull-on top is made from a blend of technical polyester and natural Merino wool that’s perfect teamed with a cosy baselayer and padded outer jacket.
Stylish in looks it’s ideal for wear out on the hill and equally at home around town or in the pub, without compromising on warmth and practicality.
The loose-fitting top is crease-resistant and folds up small to be in easy reach at the bottom of your pack when the chill really hits.
It’s the thermal properties of the Merino wool that make this a very versatile bit of kit and a staple for any winter wardrobe.
Our tester said: “Looking at the Union it’s hard to imagine that such a lightweight top would be so warm. Wearing it with a Merino baselayer I was toasty-warm. It’s a great looking top too, and even after being stuffed in my rucksack it was pretty crease free and ready to wear.”
Available in Charcoal Marl and Natural Marl and sizes 8-18.
Stay one step ahead of the unpredictable British weather this season with Jack Wolfskin’s new waterproof trousers
A good waterproof jacket and sturdy weatherproof boots are probably the items we pay most attention to when kitting ourselves out. However, legwear is equally important in my book so it’s worth investing in a decent pair of winter walking trousers.
Jack Wolfskin’s aptly named Rainfall pants are more than adequate for keeping out the cold and wet, and ideal if you prefer to wear just one layer, rather than combining overtrousers with baselayer leggings.
These trousers combine a robust organic cotton outer with a snug, soft waterproof and highly-breathable full thermal lining, ensuring a high level of warmth and comfort.
The Rainfall is a classically-cut, straight-legged stylish-looking trouser that despite the close cut doesn’t feel restrictive in any way, helped by gently articulated knees.
A slightly higher-cut waist at the back minimises the effect of base layer ‘ride-up’, something I appreciate when particularly cold.
The soft-to-the-touch material and cosy lining feels great next to the skin and more importantly, warm. There’s no venting with these trousers - not an issue for me but it could be if you run a little on the hot side.
If you like pockets, you’ve only three small ones to choose from for stashing your valuables - two side pockets and one zipped side-leg pocket.
Overall the Rainfall proved to be a very warm weatherproof trouser. It is light in weight, comfortable to wear, quick drying and stylish to boot. Available in blue or grey.
If you can’t live without your jeans but want more insulation from winter’s chill, Rohan might just have the solution
Rohan’s straight-cut Winter Jeans have the look and feel of your typical denim pair but concealed under the poly-cotton outer shell is a cosy insulated lining to help keep the cold at bay.
This insulated lining is made from 100 per cent polyester and is very soft and high wicking, ensuring comfort for the wearer whatever the conditions outside.
While normal jeans can be a little restrictive, the gentle stretch of the poly-cotton fabric allows for freedom of movement. You’ll find it’s durable too. And, with all Rohan clothing, it’s quick-drying and crease-resistant.
The jeans also have two hand pockets, two rear patch pockets and a handy rear yoke security pocket to keep valuables safe and close to hand.
Our tester said: “I was pleasantly surprised by the soft feel of these jeans. They are very light in weight and comfortable to wear and it’s almost impossible to tell the jeans conceal extra insulating layers. The combination of styling and technical features ensures you’ll look good as well as stay warm wherever your outdoor adventure takes you.”
Available in dark denim colour and sizes 8-18.
The Sherpa Nangpala hooded down jacket is a premium insulated cold weather outer layer.
This jacket is not only warm, but compressible and durable too. It combines 60 per cent water-repellent goose down with superfine hydrophobic PrimaLoft fibres (40 per cent) – equivalent to 750 fill-power down to ensure a high level of warmth, while dealing comfortably with a bit of rain. In fact the treatment of the fabric means the fill will absorb water ten times slower than untreated down and will dry four times as fast.
The outer fabric is recycled ripstop polyester, giving it a smooth, soft feel and ensuring the part of the jacket most exposed to the elements is designed to last. The tight weave means the fill is protected from the weather as well as being unable to break through gaps in the stitching.
The jacket has been in Sherpa’s range since 2014, but it has been updated this year to include a snow lion taffeta lining.
Our tester commented: “It’s extremely warm, snug-fitting and so light and packable it’s untrue.
“I love the taffeta lining, which adds comfort and the PrimaLoft insulation makes this the warmest jacket I’ve ever used.”
Both the hem and hood have cinch points. This helps with the hood especially as our tester
found it does not move with the head as much as some active adventure jackets in this price bracket. The cuffs are elasticated. There are left and right hand-warmer pockets, a mesh-lined inner pocket and a outer chest pocket with an exit point for headphones from a music device or phone.
It comes with it’s own stuff sack with an attractive Tibetan endless knot motif, matched by the jacket’s inner lining.
The Nangpala is available in men’s or women’s styles and is available in five colours and sizes S-XXL for men or four colours and sizes XS-XL for women.
For £200 it’s a high-performance jacket for a range of conditions, brought right up to date with the use of the latest treated fill types.
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