Filed under:Gear reviews, Alpkit Roundhouse, Fjällräven Abisko Lite 1, Grangers Performance Repel Plus Refill Pouch, Grangers Performance Wash, Klean Kanteen Insulated TKPro, Luci Solar Colour String, Nalgene Sustain 1 Litre Wide Mouth Bottle, Nikwax Tech Wash and TX.Direct, Páramo Torres Medio Gilet, Platypus Quickdraw Microfilter, Rab Arc Eco Jacket, Selk’bag Nomad, Vaude Brenta 30 Hiking Pack
From 100% biodegradable walking shoes to clothing using recycled materials to cleaning products that enable you to extend the lifetime of your gear, we bring you a selection of the year’s most environmentally-friendly outdoor products, as chosen by the Trek & Mountain team…
Platypus Quickdraw Microfilter
£35 (£45 with reservoir)
New for 2021, the Quickdraw Microfilter from Platypus is an easy-to-use, pocket-sized filter perfect for anyone looking to drink safely from nature. Carrying a Quickdraw into the wild this summer not only ensures you have up to 3L of freshly filtered water in under one minute, but alleviates the need to carry and dispose of plastic water bottles. And with its clean-to-shake feature, the Quickdraw delivers this high-performance filtration use after use, making it a mainstay in your rucksack. To use, simply scoop dirty water into the 2L reservoir (complete with the filter), attach the filter and let clean water pour into a bottle, or straight into your mouth. The Quickdraw’s lightweight form also means it fits perfectly into the smallest bag or jacket pocket, so it’s always there when you get thirsty!
More info: www.platy.com
Luci Solar Colour String
Solar, colourful and always ready to hang, Luci Colour Solar String Lights provide six colours of ambiance across an 18 ft cord. Powered by the sun and with mobile charging, these lights are perfect for illuminating your space. There’s six unique colours – blue, violet, turquoise, green, pink, cool white – plus a colour cycle mode. The lights lasts up to 15 hours on a single charge and can be recharged via solar panel or quick charge via USB. Perfect for camping, hiking, beach days, backpacking, RV camping and the back yard.
More info: www.mpowerd.com
Vaude Brenta 30 Hiking Pack
VAUDE’s Brenta 30 is a sporty hiking backpack, perfect for demanding day trips. Thanks to its innovative Aeroflex 3D suspension system with excellent ventilation, the ErgoShape straps and adjustable back length, it’s easy to alter the fit for each individual, ensuring the Brenta is a truly comfortable backpack. The practical front opening guarantees fast access to the pack’s contents, and compression straps hold your gear securely in place. Several additional features like a pocket or valuables, a spacious stretch pocket on the front, trekking pole attachment, hydration-bladder compatibility and the integrated rain cover round off the Brenta 30. VAUDE produce environmentally friendly, functional products that are made from sustainable materials. The primary material of the Brenta 30 is 50% recycled polyester helping to conserve the planet’s resources. The pack is also water repellent thanks to PFC-free EcoFinish.
More info: www.vaude.com
Grangers Performance Wash
By cleaning our gear, we can extend its life and guarantee it performs as it should. As part of their 2020 Eco Pledge, Grangers changed their Performance Wash and Down Wash to concentrated versions meaning that you now get 12 wash loads per bottle instead of 6. As well as doubling the life of the bottle, Performance Wash is a bluesign® approved formulation that now offers more powerful cleaning. Whether washing in hard or soft water, all you need is 25ml and they’ve even added a handy line inside the cap so you can see exactly how much is needed. This concentrated formulation also comes in a 100% recycled, 100% re-cyclable bottle. So next time you’re cleaning your water-proof gear with Performance Wash, you know that you’re also doing your bit to protect the environment.
More info: www.grangers.co.uk
Nalgene Sustain 1 Litre Wide Mouth Bottle
You could say that Nalgene invented the reusable water bottle back in 1949. The classic design is hardly changed since those days and has earned legendary status for its rugged durability. Nalgene are pioneering the use of Tritan Renew in the Sustain collection as part of their commitment to the circular economy. Next generation recycling technology transforms plastic waste destined for landfill, into high performance BPA/BPS free material. Each Nalgene Sustain 1 litre bottle contains a minimum certified 50% recycled content – the equivalent of eight single use bottles – without compromise to strength or quality to the finished product.
More info: www.nalgene.com
Páramo Torres Medio Gilet
Páramo’s Torres Medio Gilet with 100% recycled outer fabric layer, available for men and women, is a practical insulator for speedy overlayering over a baselayer, fleece or windproof, giving you fast core warmth during, or between activities. The soft, quiet insulating fabric, with 55% recycled synthetic fill, offers an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio, even when wet. It is easy to carry and to wear, whilst still allowing your waterproof clothing to work in any conditions. The windproof face fabric uses 100% post-consumer recycled polyester. In addition, Páramo operates a recycling scheme which saves unwanted garments from landfill and rewards customers with a money off voucher.
More info: www.paramo-clothing.com
Klean Kanteen Insulated TKPro
The Insulated 750ml TKPro is the perfect flask to have by your side on picnics, camping or hiking trips. 100% plastic free, the TKPro shows Klean’s commitment to sustainability and the environment. Featuring an integrated double-wall stainless steel cup and 360-degree pour-through functionality, the TKPro features Klean Kanteen’s TK Closure internal thread design which provides cutting edge thermal performance, keeping contents hot for up to 28 hours or iced for up to 90 hours. Perfect for sipping coffee in the park or on your next adventure, the TKPro is your built-to-last solution. Make sure it’s in your bag before any days out, you won’t want to be without it! Available in the popular Shale Black or Brushed Stainless, for a sleek and functional finish.
More info: www.kleankanteen.co.uk
Nikwax Tech Wash and TX.Direct
£11.75 (twin pack)
Don’t treat your waterproof gear to anything less than the best. Nikwax Tech Wash and TX.Direct have been independently proven to be the best performing duo for cleaning and reproofing waterproof gear. Essential for anyone who owns a waterproof garment! Over time, dirt and body oils can build up on clothing, masking the effect of any waterproof coating. Tech Wash is the only product demonstrated to provide exceptional cleaning performance whilst maintaining 100% of the Durable Water Repellency (DWR). Eventually this waterproof coating on outdoor clothing wears off; TX.Direct adds high performance water repellency and revives breathability to fabrics without wicking liners. Looking after your wet-weather gear will prolong its useable life, adding value to your purchase and reducing your overall waste. So make sure you use Nikwax Tech Wash and Nikwax TX.Direct, it is safe and easy to use in your washing machine at home or apply by hand.
More info: www.nikwax.com
Wearing a Selk’bag is like climbing into a cosy sleeping bag onesie and still being able to move around. It’s a full body sleeping bag with arms and legs. Your own personal duvet onesie. Providing maximum mobility, comfort, versatility and warmth, Selk’bags are ideal for use on camping trips, backpacking adventures, for stargazing and on road trips, as well as for lounging at home. The environmentally sustainable Selk’bag Nomad is made from 100% post-consumer recycled material fibres. 65 discarded plastic bottles are recycled into polyester fibres to produce each wearable sleeping bag, allowing Selk’bag to make a positive step towards a more sustainable system – one that uses fewer resources, discard less, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and better protect people’s health.
More info: www.selkbag.co.uk
Grangers Performance Repel Plus Refill Pouch
The first of Grangers’ range of Refill pouches, this 275ml pouch completely refills the entire bottle of Performance Repel Plus, extending the life of the already eco bottle. The pouch enables Grangers to further reduce their carbon footprint and contains 74% less plastic packaging. Performance Repel Plus is a durable spray-on reproofer, maximising breathability and restoring the performance to all waterproof outdoor gear. It comes in a 100% recycled bottle, is bluesign® approved, PFC-free and now can be refilled with this easy-to-use eco pouch. With the results of their recent Wear and Care sustainability survey now available, Grangers are sharing the benefits of reusing, refilling and repairing, and through these refill pouches and their new refill stations they are doing their bit to help make a difference to protect the world we all love to explore.
More info: www.grangers.co.uk
Rab Arc Eco Jacket
Stylish and waterproof, the Arc Eco Jacket for men and women is Rab’s first garment to utilise new 3-layer Pertex ® Shield Revolve fabric. The mono-polymer polyester fabric is not only fully recycled but gives the opportunity to be recycled itself at the end of its life. Featuring a fluorocarbon-free DWR this fabric is soft, yet durable and comfortable to wear during everyday outdoor activities. The Arc Eco Jacket has been designed with a comprehensive feature set and includes a fully adjustable mountain hood with wired and laminated peak, a fleece-lined chin guard for comfort, pit zips for increased venting, a fully adjustable drawcord hem as well as anti-snag hook-and-loop adjustable cuffs. When the sun is out again, the jacket stuffs into its hand pocket so it can be easily stowed into your backpack.
More info: www.rab.equipment
Fjällräven Abisko Lite 1
Fjällräven’s tent heritage speaks for itself with the Scandinavian brand introducing the first double-layered tent all the way back in 1964. With models suited to all types of terrain and climates, today’s tent collection pairs advanced designs with outstanding sustainability credentials. Perfect for solo adventures, the Abisko Lite 1 is a compact and stable tunnel tent with a spacious porch and corner poles to offer extra internal head-height. The flysheet is made from Fjällräven’s durable TripleRip silicone-coated nylon fabric in two different weights that helps keep weight to a minimum. Features include high-spec, DAC Featherlight aluminium poles, well-placed ventilation and interior mesh pockets and a clothes line in the inner pocket to keep gear organised. Fjällräven eliminated PFCs from its range in 2015 and its tents are no exception. The Abisko Lite 1 has a fluorocarbon – free impregnation and its construction is 100% free from PVC plastic or toxic flame retardants.
More info: www.fjallraven.com
Scarpa Mojito Bio £140
Based on their original Mojito, the Mojito Bios are Scarpa’s first 100% biodegradable shoes that, at the end of their life, leave no traces of plastic in the environment as they break down. The Presa Spyder Bio sole consists of a medium density plant-based biodegradable EVA midsole, and tread made with a biodegradable compound, which includes natural rubber. We’ve found them to have impressive grip and while out walking, we’ve found them to have enough cushioning to walk a fair distance over easy terrain, though they are not necessarily ideal for long hikes or rough walk-ins. The knit upper is lightweight and is very breathable, making them extremely comfortable in warmer conditions. Aside from the materials we’ve already mentioned being better for the environment, the Mojito Bios are also constructed using only water-based, non-polluting adhesives. Even the packaging uses recycled paper. They are suitable for vegans as they don’t contain any animal products.
More info: www.scarpa.co.uk
Alpkit Roundhouse £399.99
The Roundhouse from Alpkit is a luxurious 4-person organic cotton bell tent using sustainable, long lasting materials. Highly breathable polycotton canvas maintains a comfortable climate of fresh air day and night, staying cool in the heat and warm in the cold. Alpkit are committed to only using cotton from organic or Better Cotton Initiative-certified sources which is why they’ve used 100% organic cotton for the Roundhouse. As well as being free from harmful fertilisers and pesticides, organic cotton uses significantly less water and produces lower levels of greenhouse gases. The big advantage of polycotton canvas is that it creates a far nicer internal tent atmosphere for living and sleeping in. Polycotton breathes much more effectively than pure polyester or nylon, providing better air quality and significantly reducing condensation. This keeps Roundhouse at the perfect climate for living and sleeping in. Thanks to the cotton, it stays cool in hot weather and traps more heat when the temperature drops.
More info: https://alpkit.com/products/roundhouse