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Tested: Salewa Fusion Hybrid -8

Tested: Salewa Fusion Hybrid -8

Salewa’s latest sleeping bag uses Primaloft’s innovative new Down Blend which combines down with synthetic fibres, but does it deliver the best of both worlds? We find out… This review is actually a review of not one, but two, products – the Salewa Fusion Hybrid -8 sleeping bag itself, and also the innovative new insulation filling that it uses, Primaloft’s Down Blend. We’ll get onto the bag itself shortly, but let’s talk first about its filling; what actually is Down Blend? One of the biggest innovations in outdoor gear recently has been the introduction of various types of treatment to make duck … Read more »

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Force Ten launches Demo Centre scheme

Force Ten launches Demo Centre scheme

Tents can be one of the biggest (and hardest) purchases for trekkers and mountaineers, so it’s a welcome move that Force Ten have announced their new Tent Demo Centre programme, in which users can ‘try before they buy’ via  selected retailers. Force Ten’s range of tents aims to cover four categories: lightweight, trekking, expedition and alpine – something for everyone then, and the new his scheme allows outdoor enthusiasts to pitch the tents in the elements, allowing them to find a product that best meets their requirements. For a small rental fee (roughly 8% to 12% of the retail price according to Force Ten), the … Read more »

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Tested: Primus ETA Express

Tested: Primus ETA Express

A compact gas cooking system designed for solo trips, the ETA Express kit comprises a gas burner unit, 1-litre non-stick pan with integral handle, windshield, transparent plastic lid with silicone grip, a plastic bowl and storage bags for both the stove and burner. The whole kit weighs about 450g and a 100g gas cartridge can be stored inside the pan. Initially the system feels quite heavy but this is partly due to the superb build quality of all the components. The ETA compensates for this with very low fuel consumption and quick burn times. This comes from the excellent windshield along … Read more »

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Tested: Rab Infinity 300

Tested: Rab Infinity 300

Rab’s new Infinity 300 down bag offers low weight and high packability – but how does it fare in the warmth stakes? Rab’s Infinity range is brand new and consists of the 300 on test here and the 500, with an emphasis on low weight and packability. It’s amazing just how light this bag is, and Rab have achieved this through the use of very high quality down, the use of Pertex Quantum GL for the outer, and a no-frills design that does away with an extraneous features and even uses a half-length zipper. Given the weight, it’s hard to believe … Read more »

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Tested: Trekmates Flameless Cook System Flask

Tested: Trekmates Flameless Cook System Flask

A cooking system without a flame in sight? We investigate further… Trekmates’ Flameless Cook System (FCS) is touted as an alternative to carrying a stove and the range currently consists of the Flask, for heating up liquids, and the Cookbox which will do the same for pre-cooked food. We tried out the Flask and found it a breeze to use. Consisting of a stainless steel inner cup, and plastic outer, basically you pop a heatpack in the outer, cover it with water to activate it and then place the metal flask with your drink or soup in back in the plastic … Read more »

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