The North Face Sidetrack 21 travel pack now reduced by £51!

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Sleek but rugged, this is a great all-round travel pack with the all important wet and dry compartments. It is stuffed with useful features to make your travelling life easier…
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Jack Wolfskin Sunset Lodge RT now reduced by £150!

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Jack Wolfskin Sunset Lodge tent
This spacious 4 man tunnel tent has been reduced by £150 to just £250! This is a really lightweight 4 man tent at under 10 kg. Suitable for base camp use or even carrying on boat and bike trips. The Sunset Lodge tent has plenty of clever features including:


  • storage pouches and drying line/ lamp loops in the roof

  • vestibule standing room

  • extraordinary wind stability

  • large porch with room to stand and 2 roll-up side panels

  • veranda option on the front

  • mosquito net on inner tent and one of the outer side openings

  • 6 adjustable vents to reduce condensation and optimise airflow

  • Jack Wolfskin Sunset Lodge plan
  • inner tent equipped with 3 ORGANIZER pockets

  • drying line/ lamp attachment loops in tent ceiling

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Macpac Sanctuary 700 XP sleeping bag now reduced by £110!

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A great allrounder, the Macpac Sanctuary 700 XP is a lightweight winter to summer bag. Comfort rated down to -9c, in comes it at under 1.3 kg
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The North Face Purgatory mans shoe now reduced by £25!

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North Face Purgatory shoe

North Face Purgatory shoe


A classy breathable and storm-resistant soft shell upper with tough-wearing, grippy Vibram outsole. The Purgatory is the new go-to pick for fast-paced exploration in inclement weather.


Product Features
Upper:
- Three-layer soft shell upper provides water resistance while still maintaining excellent breathability during aerobic activity
- External TPU welding provides lightweight, structured support through the midfoot
Bottom:
- Lightweight, compression-molded EVA midsole
- Heel X2-02™ air pod
- Injection-molded TPU shank plate
- Exclusive, lightweight Vibram® rubber outsole
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The North Face Orion Long sleeping bag now reduced by £56!

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North Face Orion Long sleeping bag

North Face Orion Long sleeping bag


For mountaineers and trekkers and anybody who needs to travel light and fast, the lightweight design of the Orion sleeping bag is perfect for three-season use. North Face has built it with Climashield Neo synthetic insulation to keep you warm so the classic bag’s slimline body doesn’t skimp on technical features, just on unnecessary bulk.


Product Features
- 20-denier Hyperlight ripstop shell
- Full-length YKK zipper
- Ultralight and extremely compressible
- External Length: 228cm
- Comfort lower limit 1°c
- Weight: 1230g
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The North Face Mammatus Jacket now reduced by £126!

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North Face Mammatus jacket

North Face Mammatus jacket


A premier hard shell jacket offering lightweight performance for all outdoor adventures. Made to cope with all weathers this is a Goretex Pro Shell and with a host of features


Product Features
- Performance fit
- Waterproof, breathable, seam sealed
- Fully adjustable, helmet-compatible hood with hidden cord locks and laminated brim
- Laminated tricot collar for comfort
- PU zippers
- Two Napoleon pockets
- Two alpine pockets
- Pit-zips
- Velcro® adjustable cuffs
- Waist cinchcord adjustment in pockets
- Hideaway hem cinchcord
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At Camping HQ we like our cars too…

Just in case there are any car fans out there, we recently got our hands on the new BMW Z4 for a day. As long-time Z4 fans we thought we would capture our impressions in a mini review site. You can see our new BMW Z4 review and model comparison here.

It is a useless car for carrying camping kit by the way!

Barska Floatmaster 8×30 wp now reduced by £40!

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Barska floatmaster binoculars

Barska floatmaster binoculars


If you worry about your binoculars taking a plunge into the water then the Barska Floatmaster is the one for you because they float! Barska have delivered a pair of binoculars that are compact, lightweight and completely waterproof. Floatmasters also perform brilliantly out of the water. The optics are fully coated and the case features a textured and rugged rubber armour for a steady grip. At just 482g they won’t even wear your arms out!


Product features

  • Complete waterproof protection, sealed to prevent fogging and clouding
  • Compact and light weight, floats on water
  • Fully Coated optics for increased clarity
  • Study construction roof BK-7 prisms
  • Optimum long eye relief 15.2mm
  • Centre focus knob for precise focusing, Close focus 26.2ft/8m
  • Field of View 332ft/111yds at 1000 yds/m
  • Non-slip and ergonomic shock-absorbing rubber design for secure grip
  • Includes carry case and neckstrap
  • Limited lifetime warranty


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Summary of our detailed Jetboil Personal Cooking System (PCS) review

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When we look back on our original Jetboil PCS review we realise that we do sometimes go on a bit when we like a piece of equipment! We have left the full review up, but for those in a hurry, here is the quick version

Jetboil stove

Jetboil stove





What we like about the Jetboil gas stove

  • Uses a standard gas canister (with the EN417 screw fitting) giving a scalable solution with bigger cans
  • Really fast boil times
  • Expandability with pot support kit
  • Built in igniter
  • Effective simmer control
  • Insulation will warm but not burn your hands
  • Uses gas slowly
  • Good range of accessories

What we don’t like

  • Igniter breaks if you drop it
  • Insulation so good you can burn yourself! :-)

Conclusion
Jetboil is our favourite cooking solution and coupled with Jetboil accessories it can cope with any camping cooking situation.
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Satmap Active 10 deals – nearly £40 off this handheld GPS unit

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The Satmap Active 10 has won a lot of friends in the last couple of years as people were attracted to the no-nonsense, tough looking exterior and excellent Ordinance Survey map coverage. While competitors like Garmin plugged away with their topographic maps, Satmap gave us the same 1:25 and 1:50 OS maps that we know and love.

Satmap Active 10

Satmap Active 10


What have the Satmap Active reviews said?
The full colour screen and ease of use have won Satmap good reviews and its multi-media capabilities (photos, movies, etc) make it more versatile than the average handheld GPS. The full OS mapping display give it a huge advantage from the off, but a modern phone can do all this, so the Satmap has to win on screen image, functionality and battery life.

One advantage of this size/format of GPS compared to a phone is that it has enough inbuilt options to operate independently of a PC – great if you are on the road. The same ease-of-use ethos goes for the mapping options. Maps come pre-loaded on SD memory cards – want another map? Just plug it in and go (but check out the map cost before making any purchase decision. The Ordinance Survey does not license its maps cheaply and this is reflected in the map card prices).

Reviewers have picked up on the apparent toughness of the case and the chunky buttons that are usable with gloved hands. A polycarbonate screen cover means that it is simple to give the screen a new lease of life when it gets scratched. While talking about the Satmap screen, it has been praised for its clarity even in sunlight.

With careful configuration of the energy saving options, reviewers recorded battery life of 9 hours plus – pretty good compared to our experience with Garmin handhelds and certainly better than anything we have achieved on a smartphone.

Also praised is the Satmap Active’s ability to program a route directly on the unit. If you have ever tried to enter a route on a Garmin Etrex or similar then you will understand how important this is! Another big advantage is the proper electronic compass. Unlike many GPS devices this unit will give you a compass bearing even when you are at a standstill.

Normal route tracking and import/export of tracks,routes and waypoints are covered, so this device is great if you like to plan and review your trips.

On the accessories front, the bicycle mount has won praise for being solid and secure in use. This is vital when using a unit this expensive.


But what did Active 10 buyers say?
Buyers have praised the packaging (strange but it is nice) and intuitive functionality (just as well because the instructions were not liked!). People loved the proper OS mappping and felt the UK National Parks 1:50k mapset was pretty good value at just £30. On the other hand if you want 1:25k mapping this can work out extremely expensive.

Many users reported that the Lithium Polymer battery pack supplied in the ‘Plus’ option pack gives much better battery life than standard AA batteries. Early models seemed to have a problem with satellite fix time, but this issue seems to have been resolved in later updates.


Conclusion
For our own use we normally favour a Windows Smartphone or Symbian-based phone for our GPS mapping. However if you want the extra screen size or simply want to keep your phone battery for making calls then we can see the benefit of these standalone GPS solutions. Certainly we prefer the real OS mapping on Satmap to any of the topographic maps offered by competitors. After all, if you are in the UK what use is a map if it doesn’t show legal rights of way like footpaths or bridleways?
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