|Autumn Gear List|
The Lake District isnt the harshest place in the universe (thats HD189773b, a planet with 4000mph winds that rains glass) but on some days in autumn it can get a little chilly. So Ive threw my shorts and polyester tees in the bottom of the wardrobe to fester for the winter and dug out my warmer stuff.
|How Many Jackets do you Actually Need?|
The pole in our hall cupboard looks really fed up. Its been straining for years to hold the weight of all of our jackets and now has a deep bend in the centre that looks close to snapping . There must be 40 jackets in there, not ski jackets, theyre in the spare bedroom, and not fancy nights out jackets theyre in the cupboard next to it these are just our outdoor jackets. But how many outdoor jackets do you really need?
|Mallorys Everest Clothing 1924|
Its always good to take a glance at the past just to see how were doing now. When you look at those old photos of Mallory and Irvines expedition up Everest in 1924, its easy to think they just found an old pair of boots in the pantry, threw their dads tweed jackets on and set off up the mountain - but if you thought that, youre about to feel pretty thick.
|Nanotechnology and the Outdoors|
Nanotechnology sounds super exciting. In my mind it implies complex microscopic machines, in fact, atomic factories with some sort of miniscule propulsion system that transforms things or cleans things or finds and destroys things, all at a sub-atomic level. When I see it in outdoor clothing I go crazy...
|Softshell or Hardshell?|
First of all lets get this obvious question out of the way what is a softshell? Im going to manage your expectation here and tell you youre going to be disappointed with the answer. Here it is: a softshell is similar to a hardshell only softer...
|Deciphering Waterproof Jacket Labels|
So you go into a shop with forty-eleven jackets hanging up. Your first instinct is: the moroccan blue with the burnt sienna cuffs looks amazing Ill have that one, but you cant. Not in a specialist outdoor clothing shop. Its not what it looks like its what it does. Thats right isnt it? So you start reading all the labels...
|How Gore-Tex Really Works|
Yonks ago, W.L. Gore created a thin membrane of expanded PTFE. This membrane was waterproof and amazingly stopped everyone drowning in their own perspiration by letting water in gas form out...
|Which Baselayer is the Smelliest?|
When we owned the shop in Keswick we got a lot of people through the door who had spent a week on the fells without scraping out their arm pits or changing their under garments. I did a little survey and asked the whiffiest people what baselayers they were wearing dont cringe, I was subtle...
|Reproofing and waterproofing your jacket|
When it comes to waterproofing and cleaning waterproof jackets I've never known men discuss ironing so much down the local on a Friday night, here's what I heard last week...
|Which insulated jacket? Down or Synthetic?|
According to Ian McCaskill, or whoever now does the BBC weather, it's going to be parky this January and February, so choosing outdoor gear that will keep you warm in the UK climate could be of interest to you Here's a brief description of the beauty of insulation.
|UPF - Sun Protection Clothing|
Here's another thing I don't know that much about here in The Lake District - Sunshine. I'm told this phenomenon is quite common in regions south of Kendal, so unselfishly I've decided to help protect the rest of the world against these deadly rays.
|Outdoor Clothing Fabrics Explained|
We get lots of questions about the different types of fabrics used on the outdoor clothing that we sell, so here's my effort to explain a few of the fabrics. It's not a very big list to begin with but I'll keep adding to it.
|Helly Hansen Men's Tofino Jacket - Water Blue |
The Helly Hansen Men's Tofino Jacket is a solid performer in town and on the trail. Featuring durable Helly Tech®waterproof breathable nylon and a full storm hood.