I have owned a Paramo Helki jacket for a few years now and
find I wear it most days.
Before I got the Helki I had a lightweight Paramo jacket and
found that while it was great, the lightweight fabric was not really durable
enough for me. I tend to subject my kit to quite a bit of abuse and after a
fair amount of winter climbing the lightweight fabric was showing some wear.
So, I got a Helki (my son inherited my old jacket), seeing in it a good
compromise of features, durability and price.
Paramo has been around since the 1980s and until recently you could tell. Heavily criticised for looking “old fashioned” the Paramo range has changed drastically since the introduction of the Paramo Enduro in 2013.
Thanks to Andy Lees of Go Kayaking Northwest there is a full selection of current Pyranha Demo Kayaks at River Active in Llangollen. As I paddle the site two or three times a week my interest was peaked when asked which boats I would be trying. In return for the loan of the boat I was asked to write a Pyranha 12R Review.
The 12R wasn’t on my list until I turned up on a bright and cold Sunday in February in the mood to paddle a loop, down the River Dee to town, then up the canal and drop back into the river for the return to Mile End mill. I paddle a Jackson Mixmaster mostly, so not ideal for the paddle up the canal, and there above the door was a brand new, unscratched Pyranha 12r just waiting for me to demo.
At ProAdventure we aim to provide you, the Adventurer,
with some of the best kit available. Some of these products are unsung heroes
and we need help and honest assessments to spread the word. We have picked
people with vast experience of leading and instructing in the Outdoor Industry
to check out and review selected products for us.
Knives can be dangerous weapons. They can cause serious injury and knife crime is rising, but knives are also the most commonly used tools we humans have. Show me a chef that doesn’t have a selection or a farmer, woodworker, sailor, fisherman, rock climber, canoeist, scout or bushcrafter who doesn’t own at least one knife specific to his or her craft.
Leave no Trace with Firepot Foods – “Delicious, nutritious, dehydrated, slow-cooked meals inspired by our travels.”
Firepot Foods are a company from Dorset which began just three years ago. They found it so difficult to find a lightweight meal that was delicious, nutritional and natural so they decided to make their own. And they did. In a barn… Three years on and they have a full range of tasty meals which offer great nutritional benefits.
Hennessy Hammock are one of the most highly regarded hammock brands in the world, and they come with a price tag to match. Or so I thought?
As a climber/mountaineer, kayaker and mountain biker working as an outdoor instructor and part time retail assistant money is not in abundance. 5k on a bike? Acceptable. A few hundred quid on climbing gear here and there? Absolutely! £450 on a set of Lettmann Ergonom Pro paddles? Best £450 I’ve ever spent!! £200? For a Hammock? Your kidding right?
When Pete, co-owner of ProAdventure, took a Hennessy Hammock out of stock and told me to give it a try, I thought great, luxury for free. Little did I know that two weeks later I would be totally sold and in love with Hennessy Hammocks!!
We have been using our Uuni 3 pizza oven at ProAdventure for two seasons now, fortnightly at home, at Tipi Camps for up to 30 people, and for more than 60 nursery children and teachers at our local school. We wanted to share the benefit of experience with you.