Lifestyle, Reviews

5 Perfect Christmas stocking fillers…

Ok, so it is now December and it seems legitimate to start thinking about Christmas.  This is the first time I have done a festive-themed post but I thought it was timely to jump on the bandwagon!

My family often bemoan the fact I’m difficult to buy gifts for.  They know I’m very particular about my equipment choices and feel they have no chance of getting me something outdoors-related that I actually need or want.  I concede it is hard to know where to start, so I thought I’d stick my neck out to come up with a short list of relatively inexpensive items that I imagine most outdoor sports fans would be glad to receive…

1.  LuminAid Packlite Halo (about £15)  Such a versatile device I think everybody could find a use for one.  A solar charged, flat folding, lightweight, waterproof, bright LED lantern.  I now have two and use them for everything from lighting up a tent in the wild to putting on the table as an atmospheric light outside on a summer’s evening.  I think the latest version is now called the Packlite Nova if you can’t get hold of a Halo.

2.  Aquapac Trailproof Phone Case (about £15)  So your phone says it’s waterproof eh? Er, have you checked the standard for IPX7 – ‘protected against immersion for 30 minutes to a depth of less than 3ft/1m’.  My friends and I can confirm that IPX7 devices do not reliably stand up to use in paddlesports and to be safe you are still better off using a waterproof case…

3.  Alpkit Clippers (£5-£8 per pack)  These are so useful that I have loads and use them all the time, for, well, clipping stuff together!  All of my rucksacks, waterproof cases and SUP boards have these bad boys dangling from them ready to clip more stuff on…

4.  Alternative Toiletries (£8-14)  Sometimes a bottle of bubble bath just doesn’t cut it.  For the general, out in all weathers outdoor sports fan this Pro Balm designed for climbers is awesome for dealing with damaged, weather beaten hands.  And for the cyclists, once you’ve started using chamois creme you’ll never look back; my favourite is Assos.

5.  BTR Flexi Mount for Phone/GoPro (£15)  I friend recommended this to me and since I bought mine it mostly stayed attached to my GoPro and goes with me on every adventure.  Great for capturing action shots when there is nobody to hold the camera for you!

Hope the list above helps, but if all else fails I couldn’t possibly be disappointed with anybody who bought me Alpkit Vouchers; as you have probably figured, I really rate their gear!

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