Category Archives: gear

Trail Running: my favourite kit

April 10, 2014 § Leave a reply

My idea of a nice jog is definitely less pounding the pavements and more getting lost in the woods (and covered in mud in the process). I’ve been very good at training for my fast-approaching Endurance Life coastal trail run in Exmoor this weekend, so I’m rewarding myself with some of this lovely gear.

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Review: Fjallraven Kanken rucksack from Blackleaf

March 24, 2014 § Leave a reply

I doubt I have to introduce you to the coolest backback on the block – Fjallraven’s iconic Kanken design. I’ve been wanting one of these dinky-yet-durable rucksacks for ages, so I have been very happy reviewing this oxblood beauty from the Fjallraven Kanken rucksack range at Blackleaf (from £47.95). On Saturday it came to meet ponies in the New Forest with me. Awww.

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How to: start a surf business, with Elsie Pinniger of Neon wetsuits

March 7, 2014 § Leave a reply

Surfer Elsie Pinniger runs neon wetsuits from a little workshop in Newquay, designing and creating beautiful, seriously covetable bespoke neoprene suits in a rainbow of colours. She tells me about her love of the beach, seeing her wetsuits in Vogue and the joy of getting to surf daily in the name of work.

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A lovely lot of new kit for spring

February 25, 2014 § Leave a reply

Bright and bold wetsuits, fresh new running gear and other lovely rugged bits and pieces that are perfect for all your spring adventures. Because it’ll stop being cold soon, right?

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How to: layer up for winter sports

January 28, 2014 § 1 Reply

I’m off to the French Alps this weekend, and in the process of getting out my favourite ski gear for another snowy adventure I’ve made a guide to layering up properly for the pistes. Plus you get to see me in a bra, so everyone’s a winner.

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My pick of the best outdoorsy gifts for An Inkling

January 27, 2014 § Leave a reply

Wonderful gift website An Inkling asked me to curate a page of adventurous gift ideas for them, just in time for Valentines Day. No fluffy hearts allowed.

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Review: HiGear Snowdon walking boots from Go Outdoors

January 9, 2014 § 2 Replies

Other girls may lust over Louboutins, but I like hiking boots. I really like hiking boots. Mainly because I can actually walk around in them without falling over. Here’s my review of how my latest pair, HiGear Snowdown women’s walking boots, £44.99 from Go Outdoors, have dealt with a Christmas full of hills, dales and healthy doses of mud.

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The great outdoorsy Christmas gift guide

Oh man I love Christmas. I love all the fairy lights and walks in the snow and novelty jumpers and attempting to drink my own body weight in glühwein. I do not, however, like the crazy shopping frenzies of late December, which is why I am making you a lovely gift guide now – snap up all these beauties for the outdoorsy girls and guys on your list and you can be all smug for the rest of the festivities.

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The Autumn Edit: the best kit for the new season

October 23, 2013 § 8 Replies

A chill in the air is no excuse not to get out in the countryside. Wrap up warm in some of my favourite kit for fall, including the best waterproof jacket I’ve tested, a gorgeous fluffy gilet to cosy up in and some rather delightful cableknits, plaid shirts and snow boots.
Plus, win a pretty printed rucksack from Animal to cart all your new stuff about in. Happy autumn!

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Competition: Win £300 of Uniqlo goodies

October 16, 2013 § Leave a reply

To celebrate UNIQLO’s gorgeous new super light Ultra Light Down jackets they’re offering fans of the collection £300 to spend in stores in their new competition. Just upload a picture to Instagram or Twitter of you in your cuddly ULD coat or gilet using the hashtag #ULD before the 20th October.

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Review: Meindl Sölden snow boots from Complete Outdoors

October 7, 2013 § Leave a reply

Whether you’re off on a ski season, planning a little foray to the Alps or just want to keep your toes toasty on wintery walks, a pair of chunky snow boots are an outdoor wardrobe essential. Here’s my review of Meindl Sölden snow boots, £85.49 from Complete Outdoors in time for the winter.

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Review: Fjallraven rucksack from Complete Outdoors

September 29, 2013 § 8 Replies

I do like rugged outdoors gear that also manages to be über beautiful. Hence, I have a bit of a style crush on my new Fjallraven rucksack, £125.99 from Complete Outdoors, which I have been cycling with, hiking with and, er, pug cuddling with. I also made Pete cart it around on the beach. Doesn’t he look nice?

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Autumn layers: cosy parkas and yellow wellingtons

September 25, 2013 § Leave a reply

I spent the weekend staying near the beautiful Camber Sands in East Sussex and wrapped up in a fuzzy parka and some super-rad-amazing acid yellow swallow print wellies. I also competed with Grazia for Most Stylish Beach Photoshoot (guess who won).

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Gift Your Gear with Rohan

September 17, 2013 § Leave a reply

Want to give a little outdoors loving back? Sarah Howcroft’s genius initiative, Gift Your Gear, takes your donated old kit and uses it to help kids develop a love of the great outdoors. And as a little reward for being so good, if you have a clear out before the end of September you’ll get 15% off at Rohan, too.

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Review: Jack Wolfskin Vapor Trail XT Jacket

August 9, 2013 § Leave a reply

The thunderstorms rumbling over Bristol made me all happy as I got to stomp about in puddles in my new Jack Wolfskin Vapor Trail XT jacket (£140). It’s now with me on a monsoon-y adventure in the Thai jungle, dealing with storms, sweat and having Chang beer spilled down it on a daily basis.

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My pick of the best new outdoors kit

June 18, 2013 § 2 Replies

Things I love from the world of outdoors gear. Because I get excited by words like ‘neoprene’ and phrases like ‘sweat-wicking action’.

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Wisteria Hunter wellingtons go wild swimming

June 12, 2013 § 3 Replies

Hunter wellingtons the colour of icecream were made for elderflower picking, cow befriending, buttercup stomping and wild swimming at one of my favourite places, Claverton Weir.

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Review: Jack Wolfskin Flyweight jacket

June 10, 2013 § 2 Replies

I love outdoors kit you can boast about. “Dude, you think your jacket is light? Mine weighs half as much as piece of paper. Yeah, PAPER.”
So I greatly enjoyed testing out my new Flyweight Softshell jacket from Jack Wolfskin (£80) whilst mountain biking around in the Negev Desert in Israel last week. It was hot.

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Surfdome’s festival essentials

May 13, 2013 § Leave a reply

It’s allllllmost festival season! I know, I can’t wait either. In the meantime, check out my pick of festie essentials from surf/ski/style geniuses Surfdome. Mash up delicate bird prints with mint ice-cream wellingtons, trendy tipi tents and glow in the dark pegs and add a sizzling barbeque and a cheeky cider or two for the perfect summer of muddy musical love.

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Review: Target Dry Olivia jacket

May 8, 2013 § 1 Reply

I’m a sucker for a nice little waterproof number, and it doesn’t get much more cheerful than the bright spotty lining and cheery cherry red hue of Target Dry’s new waterproof jacket, the Olivia (£59.99), which came with me on my recent 90 mile cycle from Bristol to Oxford, through wind, rain, hail and glorious countryside.

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Review: Target Dry Elle Mac in a Sac

May 3, 2013 § Leave a reply

It’s all springlike and sunshiney suddenly! I feel very happy indeed. The only issue I seem to be having is that I can’t seem to get dressing for unpredictable showers and bursts of sunshine, and have spent most of my time putting on and taking off jumpers at half-hour intervals. Luckily my sartorial dilemmas have been sold by Target Dry. Makers of my all-time favourite raincoats, Mac in a Sacs, they’ve launched a gorgeous new collection of lightweight, waterproof coverups in new shades and patterns, like this lovely floral Elle jacket (£29.99).

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How to: have a little garden party

April 15, 2013 § Leave a reply

We spent last weekend at a cottage on the Dorset coast enjoying the sunshine, and gorgeous gift website www.dotcomgiftshop.com sent me the loveliest gardeny things to take – some dinky coloured jamjar tealights, fun spotty bunting and a recycled picnic mat – Just add cider and good company.

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Review: Sealskinz grey cable knit waterproof beanie hat

April 14, 2013 § 1 Reply

This lovely little beanie is the newest addition to my hat collection, thanks to the fab outdoorsy kids over at Sealskinz. I’ve always been a big fan of their brilliant waterproof ski gloves so I was very excited to try out this knitted number from their new season collection in rain, wind and snow to see how it shaped up.

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Cycling chic: gear for biking beauties

March 6, 2013 § 2 Replies

Make your morning commute a bit brighter with the coolest new cycle accessories.

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Review: Mountain Warehouse women’s Shimana merino base layer

February 18, 2013 § 1 Reply

I do like a good baselayer – especially one as fluffy and soft as my new Shimana merino layer, £29.99 from the fantastic Mountain Warehouse. After a very chilly week skiing in Val Thorens (chilly when not being cuddled by friendly bears) I’ve been wearing it long-distance running, so it’s had a pretty exhaustive test, all in all.

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Deer Antler Bike Handlebars for the terribly hip

February 8, 2013 § 3 Replies

So gorgeous, so ridiculous. Taylor Simpson‘s ‘Moniker’ handlebars are a masterpiece of cycling design, if you feel like pedalling along about a million miles ahead of the fash pack (and possibly hurting yourself quite a lot if you ever fall over).

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Review: Mountain Warehouse Heavenly Extreme women’s ski jacket

January 31, 2013 § Leave a reply

I spent last week skiing like a loon in Val Thorens, and the fab folk at Mountain Warehouse kitted me out before I left for my Three Valleys adventure with this gorgeous purple Heavenly Extreme Ski Jacket, £69.99. Seven days of relentless bombing down pistes, falling over in powder and attempting to look cool in the park seemed like the ideal way to put it through its paces.

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Competition: win £100 to spend on winter goodies from Fat Face

November 13, 2012 § 51 Replies

I’ve always been a little bit in love with Fat Face’s philosophy:

“Hunt down the perfect wave, ski from dawn till dusk, shed your 9 to 5 skin. When all is said and done, better a bad day on the slopes than a good day in the office.”

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Review: Hi-Tec Lynx Trail mid women’s boots

October 30, 2012 § Leave a reply

I like post. Especially when it’s a box containing a lovely new pair of Hi-Tec Lynx trail hiking boots (£54.00) from the very nice people at Go Outdoors. My new boots are a pretty dove grey and they are all soft and suedey. But are they as comfy as they look?

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How to: Use a storm kettle

October 26, 2012 § 1 Reply

If you’re as much of a fan as I am of going off on adventures down rivers in wooden canoes, Famous Five Style (lashings of ginger beer optional), you may have used a storm kettle before. If you haven’t, it’s going to be your new best friend, and we’ve got one to give away, too!

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