Category Archives: Reviews

Montane Yupik 50: First Look

As I’ll be walking the South Downs Way in one month’s time and, having learned a few lessons along The Ridgeway last year, I’ve acted upon the decision to downsize from a 65 litre rucksack.

I’ve purchased the Montane Yupik 50 – a 50 litre pack that I’d been coveting for a while. In this post, I’ll share my initial thoughts with an overview. Prior to the purchase, I could find very little information available online.

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Micromuff Skinny

Since August 2017, when I purchased this camera, I’ve been using an Olympus Tough TG-4 waterproof digital camera for all of my photography and filming needs.

One of my biggest disappointments with this model has been the quality of audio recorded while filming outdoors. There’s not much I can do about the noise from the camera lens but I have often found the wind noise to be unacceptable (even with ‘wind noise reduction’ setting activated.

For a few months, I survived with a home-made remedy, with a strip of double-sided tape and a piece of 8mm thick foam mat on top… But the foam wasn’t to last very long and it would almost go too far in reducing the capture of audio generally.

So, quite recently, I decided to invest in the Micromuff Skinny wind muffler.

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Losing My Sole…

Before I continue any further with this post, I’d like to mention that my aim here is not to discourage anyone from buying walking boots from a particular brand (Salomon, in this instance) and I’d also like to reinforce that by stating that these are the most comfortable boots I have owned to date.

This post relates to a pair of Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX walking boots that I purchased in May 2017.

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Benuo Inflatable Camping Mat

I enjoy camping. But sleeping is something I struggle with, both at home and away. Under a tent, I’m often finding that physical discomfort is a concern for me and I’ll often wake up in some pain or struggle to relax in to a position from which I can drift off.

Very recently, I purchased an inflatable camping mat and I’d like to share my initial thoughts.

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Vaude Lierne Full-Zip Waterproof Trousers

Several weeks ago, I ordered two pairs of waterproof trousers, in the hope of finding the right size in a style that I felt would be appealing to me. This mode, the Vaude Lierne Full-Zip ‘Pants’, was not available to try on in-store and so, I had to take the plunge and order online.

I ended up returning both pairs and I’ll explain why further down. In this post, I’d like to share some of the features of these waterproof trousers as there is limited information available online and product reviews were scarce, as far as I could see.

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