Tested: Aladdin Bento Box

Tested: Aladdin Bento Box

Since The Aladdin Bento Box arrived from Go Outdoors I’ve not been able to stop using it. It really is a great little bit of kit for spicing up lunchtimes. As I mentioned in my original post, the Aladdin Bento Box has taken it’s insporation from the Japanese style lunch boxes so it’s designed to keep food hot or cold for up to 5 hours. I’m delighted to say that so far it’s lived up to that claim. The first test was keeping my ploughman’s lunch cold…I followed the instructions and filled the containers with cold water and let them stand while I sorted out the bits I was going to have for lunch. A few minutes later I tipped the water out, dried the tubs and filled them with my lunch. 4.5 hours later it was time to get...

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Tested: Therm-a-rest Prolite Plus

Tested: Therm-a-rest Prolite Plus

A couple of weeks ago the very kind people over at Go Outdoors sent me a lovely new Therm-a-Rest Prolite Plus Sleeping Mat from their  camping equipment range. I’ve now finally had chance to give it a proper test and I have to say I’m pretty impressed. It packs down quite small, although I struggled to get it back to as small as when it arrived, I guess they have some sort of machine that packs them in the factory. I sounds like it’s got a good warmth to weight ratio…680g for a 3 season mat that is 3.8cm thick and has an R value (the way the insulation is measured) it’s sure to keep you warm and comfy in most conditions. Out of the packet it took a while to inflate so I gave it a few blows just to get it right, I’ve found that...

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Just In: Aladdin Bento Lunch Box

Just In: Aladdin Bento Lunch Box

I had been looking at these in Go Outdoors a couple of weeks ago and thinking that they would be handy for livening up lunchtimes and great for picnics so when I was offered one to test I gladly said yes. The Aladdin Bento Box comes in a range of colours and sizes (this one’s blue and the 950ml version) and is a  fully insulated, microwavable lunch box and like it’s Japanese inspiration contains dividers to keep your food separate. The available 950ml space is separated into a 600ml compartment and a 350ml compartment, this means not only can you separate wet and dry food you can also take both hot and cold food with you. It also an inner divider so that you can divide the bigger of the tubs up say one bit for rice, the other for...

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Just in: Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus

Just in: Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus

Today saw the arrival of a Therm-a-Rest Pro Lite Plus camping mat from Go Outdoors for test I’ll be completely honest a couple of years ago I wasn’t all that impressed with Go outdoors, their range seemed to be aiming at the bargain basement end of things with a lack of higher end gear and their camping equipment was lacking a few essentials. But i’m more than happy to report the last 18 months has seen them stocking some absolutely fantastic gear, with a great mix of budget gear and top end gear from the likes of Rab, North Face and Montane. All at great prices and in a good range of colours and sizes. One of the things my local store seems to stock a good range of is camping mats everything from foam roll mats that cost a couple of quid all...

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Montane Terra Convert Pants

Montane Terra Convert Pants

Over the years I’ve tried out loads of different walking trousers, just about everything from cheap polyester trousers to Kevlar reinforced soft shell ones, but there’s one type that I now own no less that 4 pairs of, these are the Montane Terra Convert Pant. I bought my first pair a few years back while looking for a pair of lightweight uncomplicated pair of zip-off trousers to replace my North Face Paramount Convertible…which I love for general use but just don’t get on with for walking. I had often thought about buying the standard Terra pant but I love walking in shorts so prefer to have the option of zipping the legs off or on depending on how the weather changes during the walk, the Terra Converts were just what I was looking...

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X-Socks Trekking Energizer Compression

A long while back James from buy x socks sent me  these Socks For me to try! I’m A big fan of x socks and have a few pars of their brilliant airforce 1’s along with a couple of other pairs and some of their awesome boxer shorts. I’ve been giving them a really thorough testing on longer walks and decided that they are most definitely going to be part of my kit that I take on the coast to coast. X socks compression are supposed to gradually compress your legs, accelerating the re circulation of blood against gravity and back to the heart. This is supposed to lead to a lower pulse rate which helps to keep you going that little bit longer. I can’t say I’ve tested my pulse while out walking so don’t know if that is true but I...

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