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In the run up to Xmas, we showcase some of the season’s best gifts for trekkers and mountaineers…
Marloe Watch Company Morar
The Morar by Marloe Watch Company is built to last in the harshest of conditions. Taking its name from Loch Morar in Scotland, the deepest body of water in Britain at 310m, the Morar is designed for such depths whilst completely at home on dry land. With a solid stainless steel case and 120-click uni-directional bezel, not to mention the sapphire crystal and anti-magnetic caseback, the Morar will take pretty much anything you throw at it. The Morar Emerald is our pick of the range – it’s captivating dial is perfectly set-off against the bronze casing. The Morar also comes with both a leather and a silicon strap, so whether you’re attending a gala dinner, or diving for it, you have a watch for either occasion.
More info: www.marloewatchcompany.com
Fully windproof and packing into its own pocket, the Kanyo punches well above its weight on breezy autumn belays,spring summit stops and chilly summer evenings around the tent. Recycled Primaloft Silver insulation stops you getting chilly and is much more compressible than fleece. The outer fabric and soft inner liner are made from a tough, ultralight recycled nylon fabric. As well as being a versatile outer jacket, the hood-less and low-profile design means the Kanyo can double up as an extra-warm mid-layer in colder temperatures, its quilted 60gsm insulation fitting neatly under outer shells.
More info: www.alpkit.com
Leatherman FREE T4 Multipurpose Tool
The Leatherman FREE T4 multipurpose tool was designed with everyday problem solving in mind. Featuring 12 high-functioning tools, including scissors, screwdrivers and a heavy duty file, the FREE T4 will be a handy gift to find under the tree this Christmas. This Leatherman pocket tool features FREE’s signature design, epic haptics and the distinct click signalling the tool is open and ready for use. The one-hand opening feature means this tool packs a punch with amazing ease of use. The FREE T4 is available in an array of colours and also comes complete with a removable pocket clip. Want a gift that will last? The Leatherman FREE T4 is backed by Leatherman’s 25-year guarantee, so you can be confident your Leatherman will last for a lifetime of use.
More info: www.leatherman.co.uk
Outdoor Research BitterBlaze Aerogel Glove
Ice climbing is a delicate, precision-driven sport, and the gear that goes along with it needs to be built in the same way. That’s why Outdoor Research developed the new BitterBlaze Aerogel Glove, designed to deliver the dexterity, durability, and warmth that ice and mixed climbers demand. This groundbreaking glove combines the waterproof trustworthiness of Gore-Tex, the resilience of Pittards Oiltac goat leather, plus the revolutionary warmth of PrimaLoft Aerogel insulation used in NASA space travel. This compression-resistant thermal barrier is patterned over the palm and fingers of each glove, with multiple panels that allow retention of grip and freedom of movement. Each customised Aerogel insert reduces heat loss from freezing cold elements like ice, rock, tools, and rope, allowing you total focus on the task at hand.
More info: www.outdoorresearch.com
Princeton Tec SNAP LED Headtorch
Multi-talented, hard-working and adventurous: just like you. The Princeton Tec SNAP LED head torch is a one stop tool for any of your lighting needs: headlamp, flashlight, bike light, safety flasher, lantern and magnetic area light. The SNAP starts as a straightforward headlamp with additional focus on modular, adaptable design. The head unit is removable from the headlamp bracket for handheld operation and use with the included accessories, snapping into place with a strong magnet. The SNAP is simple to use: a large, easy to find button on the head unit turns the versatile spot beam on, dims it and switches over to flash mode. Whether you’re out and about in the great outdoors or in your backyard, taking care of business in the garage, or maintaining tools or toys, the SNAP is ready to shine.
More info: www.princetontec.co.uk
Lowe Alpine AirZone Pro 35:45
Built for lightweight trekking and four-season hillwalking, the AirZone Pro 35:45 features Lowe Alpine’s award-winning, fully adjustable AirZone+ carry system, with patented FormKnit technology for all-day comfort and breathability. With its next-generation SpiderPlate adjustable bungee system, side mesh pockets and multiple compression straps, there’s plenty of scope to carry an external jacket, roll mat, walking poles and axe. The AirZone Pro 35:45 has a zipped side entry which delivers direct access to the main compartment without dirtying the carry system. Additional features include an integrated rain cover, plus a large-capacity top pocket which provides quick access to essentials. With 10 litres of expandable capacity, this light mid-volume hiking pack delivers a cool, comfortable carry out on the trail.
More info: www.rab.equipment/uk/lowe-alpine-backpacks
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Topo Luxe
£155 (Regular)/£165 (Regular Wide)/£175 (Large)/£185 (X-Large)
Therm-a-Rest’s new NeoAir Topo Luxe mattress is the thickest NeoAir to date. At 10cm thick, and with an R-Value of 3.7, the Topo Luxe mirrors the warmth and comfort of a foam mattress, with the packability and versatility of an air mattress. This rectangular-shaped mat is constructed using Therm-a-Rest’s patented Triangular Core Matrix to minimise heat loss; delivering a stable, comfortable sleep surface in a range of sizes. Weighing only 650g, the Topo Luxe packs down surprisingly small, which means it’s ideal for backpacks as well as car camping trips. The Topo Luxe also features one of Therm-a-Rest’s brand new valves – designed to reduce the effort and time it takes to inflate and deflate the mat. The Topo Luxe’s TwinLock valve is actually two separate valves – a one-way valve for inflation, and a separate deflation valve (which unscrews completely to let air whoosh out!)
More info: www.thermarest.com
Rab Microlight Alpine
Rab’s classic lightweight down jacket for men and women has been updated. With a fresh design aesthetic and recycled construction, the highly packable Microlight Alpine Jacket is the go-to system for rapid warmth when the temperature drops. The redesigned Microlight Alpine Jacket takes the versatile, easy-pack insulation of the established classic and dials in some intelligent new upgrades. It features a combination of zoned micro and nano baffles to increase core warmth without inflating weight or bulk – and the jacket’s ethical credentials are now equally sound. With 30D Pertex Quantum ripstop nylon, as well as GRS-certified, 700 fill power P.U.R.E recycled hydrophobic down, the Microlight Alpine Jacket now features fully recycled shell, insulation and lining. Practical and user-friendly, both as an everyday jacket and as a mountain layer, additional features include three harness-compatible pockets, an easy-carry stuff sack and a down-filled hood with stiffened peak. With its refined styling, improved down distribution and ethical upgrades, the Microlight Alpine Jacket is the definitive multi-purpose down jacket.
More info: www.rab.equipment
Alpkit Jura Mountain Smock
The Jura Mountain Smock is a classic all-in-one layer with wind and weatherproof outer fabric for protection from the elements. At the heart of the Jura Mountain Smock is a 100% recycled fleece piled lining, which traps lots of warmth inside its furry texture. This provides lots of insulation when you’re less active in milder weather, but it’s also great for slogging away in extreme cold. The fleece’s structure continues to insulate well when damp and it pulls moisture away quickly, aided by an additional wicking treatment, to stop that clammy, chilly feeling you get after some serious effort. The outer fabric is fully windproof, to lock in warmth, and treated with a PFC-free water repellent to fend off the elements. Thick mist, showers or sleet bead on the outer surface, while you pump out moisture from the inside. This fabric is a hardwearing nylon – tough enough for scrabbling up rock chimneys, gathering firewood or general outdoor use. A cosy, fleece lined hood can either be hunkered down into or zipped off completely. And the ‘kangaroo’ handwarmer pocket has a roomy front pouch which uses your body heat to dry off gloves and hats.
More info: www.alpkit.com
Klean Kanteen Insulated TKWide
Klean Kanteen’s vacuum insulated TKWide bottle is the perfect bottle for a variety of functions! Perfect for hot coffee or tea on the go with the Café Cap, why not try swapping to the Chug Cap for instant hydration and ice-cold drinks? Featuring Klean Kanteen’s TK Closure internal thread design and award-winning Climate Lock double-wall vacuum insulation, the TKWide is on the leading-edge of thermal performance – up to 38 hours hot or 135 hours iced with the 64oz TKWide bottle. Available in 5 sizes and a wide array of bright colours, this bottle was designed with versatility in mind. In one package you’ve got the best water bottle, coffee mug, sport bottle and insulated cup. With a range of compatible caps and an easy-carry swivel loop, it’s a bottle you’ll always want by your side.
More info: www.kleankanteen.co.uk
The perfect stocking filler, Heroclip gear clips are your extra hand for everyday adventures. Easily clip gear to your pack, these hooked carabiners also allow you to gather, fasten and hang stuff where you need it. Available in three sizes – Mini, Small and Medium, and an array of colour combinations. These strong carabiner hook gear clips let you hang 18 to 27kg of gear, depending on size, just about anywhere you want it. The reimagined hybrid gear clip hangs securely, swivels 360° and folds compactly, helping you keep your gear organised and exactly where you want it no matter what the activity. Made from solid aircraft grade machine-cut aluminium with anodised finish, composite, steel, each clip also features a wider clip gate compared to standard carabiners and hooks, and a hook with a grippy rubber tip for hanging things from flat surfaces.
More info: www.myheroclip.co.uk
Ovik Knit Sweater
£135 (men), £140 (women)
The perfect, soft and stylish Christmas jumper, Fjӓllrӓven’s Ovik Knit Sweater is made from premium wool that is fully traceable to farm level for peace of mind. The Ovik Knit Sweater features a traditional Nordic design and its comfortable fit means it’s perfect for winter walks and relaxing by the fire afterwards. Ribbed edging at the cuffs and hem ensures no warm air will escape and the sweater’s elbows are reinforced with G-1000 to ensure it will continue to look great for many holiday seasons to come.
More info: www.fjallraven.co.uk
Petzl IKO CORE
The rechargeable IKO CORE headlamp combines multiple technologies to offer 500 lumens at only 79 g. Featuring an AIRFIT headband, an ultra-thin lamp body and an energy source worn in the rear, the headlamp is balanced and comfortable enough to be imperceptible. The multiple LEDs are ideally distributed to provide uniform lighting, for optimal visual comfort. Thanks to its HYBRID CONCEPT design, IKO CORE comes with the CORE rechargeable battery and is also compatible with three AAA/LR03 batteries (not included). It is versatile: can also be worn around the neck, or transformed into a lantern, using the storage pouch. It can be flattened to reduce bulk, making it practical for all outdoor activities.
More info: www.petzl.com
Helinox Seat Warmer
An ideal gift for outdoor adventurers who like sitting outside under the stars (or whenever the temperature drops), the Helinox Seat Warmer provides warmth, extra cushioning, and protection from drafts, to keep the chill out during the winter months. It features water resistant synthetic insulation and a cordlock drawstring to ensure it stays securely in place on the compatible Helinox Chair Zero, Chair One and Swivel Chair (all available separately, priced from £90). Lightweight and packable, the Helinox Seat Warmer weighs just 530g and packs away neatly into its compact stuff sack when not in use.
More info: www.helinox.eu
Berghaus Arkos Reflect Jacket
Durable and made to store the heat, this high performance, lightweight jacket is a serious contender in extreme low temperatures. The Berghaus Arkos is packed with lightweight, 700 fill power, water resistant duck Hydrodown, combined with body-mapped Hydroloft for unrivalled warmth to weight ratio and performance. Heat trapping Reflect technology (an ultra-light breathable mesh stitched into the jacket) directs valuable body heat back to where it is needed most, and improves insulation by up to 20% (compared to a jacket without Reflect). With low bulk and weight, and articulated sleeves, the Arkos is easy to wear and delivers excellent freedom of movement. Features include: A single-point adjustable hood with stiffened peak; two harness/rucksack compatible zipped handwarmer pockets; adjustable dropped hem; and inner stretch cuffs. The Arkos weighs 750g (size large) and is available in sizes XS-XXL.
More info: www.berghaus.com
Alpkit Pipedream 600
The Pipedream 600 is a lightweight 4 season sleeping bag with a -12˚C sleep limit, using 750 fillpower hydrophobic goose down. The PipeDream 600 has a water-resistant, PFC-free DWR coating, so the odd drip of condensation or early morning dew won’t ruin your bag’s insulation. DownTek Hydrophobic down also loses less of its warmth when wet, dries quicker and recovers better from moisture. With this comparatively low weight (1065g) and no unnecessary features, it’s the ideal bag for fast and light sub-zero expeditions.
More info: www.alpkit.com
from £1.66 a month
Do you have a loved one who loves the mountains? Buying them BMC Membership for Christmas means they’ll receive a whole range of benefits including:
• Four issues of Summit magazine a year
• 15% discounts in Cotswold Outdoor and Snow + Rock
• Access to many other retail and travel discounts
• 10% off in the BMC shop
• £15 million Combined Liability Insurance cover
• Access to BMC Travel Insurance policies
• Access to Mountain Training registration and more!
Joining the BMC means you’re joining a community of over 80,000 BMC members and you’ll help us to protect our crags and mountains, campaign for improved access, provide technical and safety advice promote environmental sustainability and be a powerful voice for all climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers. All this costs just £1.66 per month – that’s a 50% discount on your first year if you sign up by Direct Debit – plus, if you’re buying membership for someone under 27, we have a digital membership offer beginning from £1/month.
More info: www.thebmc.co.uk/membership
Trek & Mountain Gift Subscription
A subscription to Trek & Mountain magazine is the perfect gift for the trekker or mountaineer in your life – or for yourself! – and this Xmas we are offering a fantastic package that includes 12 issues (2 years) of Trek & Mountain PLUS 4 excellent mountain books from Vertebrate Publishing – Mick Fowler’s ‘On Thin Ice’, ‘The Games Climbers Play’, ‘Big Trails – the Heart of Europe’, and ‘200 Challenging Walks in Britain and Ireland’. The book package itself is worth over £38, and together with the subscription to Trek & Mountain, is sure to give many hours of reading pleasure. If you subscribe by Direct Debit the whole package costs just £53.46, and if you’d prefer to pay by Debit/Credit Card then the cost is £59.40. Either way it’s a great deal, and is sure to sell out fast – so get your order in now!
More info: www.selectmagazines.co.uk
Fjӓllrӓven 1960 Logo Hat
Perfect for frosty Christmas walks, any outdoor or travel lover in your life will love this cosy beanie made from super-soft lambswool. It comes in a selection of Fjӓllrӓven’s most classic colours and features an eye-catching logo badge on the brim. It’s rib-knitted construction has two layers so it will keep your loved one super cosy – even if temperatures plummet.
More info: www.fjallraven.co.uk
The Great Sea Cliffs of Scotland
The Great Sea Cliffs of Scotland is an anthology of outrageous climbing adventures from twenty-six of the most extraordinary sea cliffs across Scotland. From the farthest flung sandstone sea stacks of the northern isles, to the granite playground of the Aberdeenshire coast, via the intricate archipelago of the Hebrides, all the major sea cliffs on the Scottish mainland and surrounding islands are covered in five distinct sections. Each area is described in rich detail and accompanied by personal accounts that offer an intimate perspective of the distinctive nature of this unique environment, and the generous rewards for those willing to accept the challenge of these seemingly improbable lines.
More info: www.scottishmountaineeringpress.com
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