All posts by Honesty Cooper

Shedding Light on the World of Headtorches

Running, walking, trekking, camping, paddling, climbing, walking the dog, finding the car, finding your keys – whatever you’re up to, its a lot easier when you shed some light on the situation.

Now, i’m no expert, but with work, training and finding myself doing many different things day by day, (and admittedly still being a little scared of the dark, even at 20-something) I need to make sure i’m always equipped, whether its finding my way around my friends bunkhouse, trail running or navigating on the hills.
My solution? Three beauties from the Petzl range! Continue reading Shedding Light on the World of Headtorches

Fresh Fish and Icebergs, by Leo Hoare – A Crash Course in Sea Kayaking Expeditions in the Early Days

At the beginning of the month Llangollen’s own, renowned Paddlesport Coach – Leo Hoare gave us an insight into Sea Kayaking Expeditions in the early days, back when Drysuits weren’t available and paddling kit was a lot less luxurious. Continue reading Fresh Fish and Icebergs, by Leo Hoare – A Crash Course in Sea Kayaking Expeditions in the Early Days

Klean Kanteen – The New Kids on the Block

Over the last couple of years Klean Kanteen have gone from only being seen in the hands of hipsters, to the outdoor enthusiasts staple. With big ideas on cleaning up the planet, one re-usable bottle at a time, Klean Kanteen are a company that boasts the best in terms of their positive impact on the world. But are you really thinking about that when you’re at the top of a mountain, or on the river bank, with freezing hands, craving that hot cup’o tea or hot chocolate? So I decided to put Klean Kanteen to the test. Continue reading Klean Kanteen – The New Kids on the Block

The New Age of Outdoor Legwear

One of the most common questions I get asked from women starting out walking or even more experienced walkers is ‘why can I never find walking trousers that fit?’. Whilst women are defining their own realms of greatness in the outdoors, outdoor clothing can sometimes feel a little slow on the catch up. For years I have had to apologise to women of all shapes and sizes for the lack of comfortable outdoor trousers, whether it be for climbing, walking, travel or just enjoying the outdoors in style. However, a revolution is happening but is it here to stay?

Continue reading The New Age of Outdoor Legwear

How To Fit Your Back Pack for Comfort

Choosing the right rucksack might seem easy but so many get it wrong and suffer the consequences. No matter what you’re up to and what type of pack you need, it HAS to fit you right.

Everyone is a different shape and size, so you need to put as much thought into getting the right pack as you do the right pair of trousers or the right pair of boots. There is a wide variety of different sized bags on the market but sadly not all packs are ‘one-size-fits-all’, although a lot of them do have enough adjustment options that one pack may fit many members of one family, or you could share the pack with your partner, once you know how to adjust the fit for each person. Some packs have different size options which are based on you back size or length which you can measure this at home but we suggest you come in to store to get measured up to get it right first time.

Continue reading How To Fit Your Back Pack for Comfort

IPX WATERPROOF RATINGS AND WHAT THEY MEAN FOR OUTDOOR GEAR

IP waterproof ratings are a great guide for buying outdoor gadgets, gear or protection but what do they really mean. We’ve all be there, searching the packaging and seeing the IPX rating, when all we want to know is ‘is it waterproof?’.

Let’s break it down. The ‘IP’ stands for Ingress Protection or International Protection, which is simply whether the item you’re referring to has been tested for Ingress (Access/Entrance). The numbers after it, then refer to which degree of testing the item stood up to, and therefore how protected it really is.

Continue reading IPX WATERPROOF RATINGS AND WHAT THEY MEAN FOR OUTDOOR GEAR