Introducing the Sapling Child Carrier

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Webtogs have teamed with Thule to give away a free Sapling Child Carrier Raincover with any Thule Sapling Child Carrier, creating the perfect opportunity to take your children out on your next hike or walk during the school holidays. With a carry weight of up to 20kg, toddlers and young children can make the most of exploration on your back; taking in all the views in comfort. As is the way with the British weather, the Sapling Child Carrier Raincover is an essential addition to your outdoor lifestyle so you’re prepared come rain or shine.

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Both the Sapling Child Carrier and the Elite edition come packed with plenty of features to create a premium design built for any adventure. Thule know that everyone is different, so have incorporated a quick and easy transition method to adjust the high of the torso and hip belt to suit any size, whilst including  two zippered hip belt pockets. These are a great addition as the straps can block jacket pockets, so this is a handy spot for your essentials, and the rest can be put into the large zippered compartment or the water reservoir pocket for additional storage and added convenience on the go. It’s easy to load your child with dual access from the top or side of the carrier, and once in, the load stabiliser straps allow constant adjustment, and the ergonomic shift distributes the child’s weight with inner thigh support so both child and adult will stay comfortable during the trip. With stirrups for your little one to readjust themselves or rest their legs on the trail, and a breathable back panel for padding and support along with ventilation points, the backpack was created for the child’s comfort in mind as well as the adult. Finally, the deployable sunshade keeps your child protected from harsh elements without blocking the views.

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The Elite addition of the Sapling Child Carrier comes with additional features perfect for growing children. Notably, this design has a plush height adjustable seat, creating an optimal view whatever age or size your little one is. Additionally, the Elite edition comes with a mirror so you can check up on and monitor your precious cargo, and comes with an attachable backpack ideal for all the gear you need to carry for you or your child, from diapers to maps. Each of the styles weigh just 7.5Ib, and come in a choice of two colour ways- cobalt or dark shadow.

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The Sapling Child Carrier Raincover has been created in a durable ripstop nylon with taped seams and a waterproof coating, making this highly waterproof when the rain comes down. With clear side windows, your little one is protected from the elements but can still enjoy the views, and the roll away front window provides additional protection when needed. With an integrated stuff pack for extra storage and a reflective logo for extra visibility, this innovative product is ideal for dark and wet conditions, and can be tightly packed away when the sun comes out.

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New Merrell Autumn/Winter 2014 Season Footwear

Just in time for the colder seasons Merrell have launched their latest seasonal shoes and boots collection which sees some favourites mixed in with new models but all feature a slightly darker overall colouring due to the slick and rugged oiled leather uppers the majority of them feature.  Many of the new and enhanced designs both include exclusive Merrell technical fabrics and components like their M-Select series, Air Cushion system and the versatile Remember Me Foam footbeds which have been updated for greater comfort and support or alternatively well-known brand components like GORE-TEX and Vibram soles; either way these new Merrell Autumn/Winter 2014 Season footwear collection is one here at Webtogs we’re pretty excited about.

Merrell Moab Rover Footwear

Merrell MoabLet’s start with a design that’s practically a classic: the Merrell Moab.  The versatility of this design is what makes it so successful as not only do you often have multi-purpose footwear in each one but there is a variation for every season or occasion so as well.  The models include the bestselling Moc for casual everyday wear; the low-profile shoe for summer walks and treks and the mid-height boot for tougher hikes and trails in colder weather meaning everyone can enjoy the Moab style throughout the year and now with stylish oily leather uppers.

Merrell Annex Mens Walking Shoes

Merrell Annex 63992-500-1The Merrell Annex shoes are a new design which has a modern styling with the intention of them being worn both on and off the trail yet are packed with features and technologies that make each pair quite formidable walking footwear.  Besides the standard Annex shoe there is a GORE-TEX version which gives greater waterproof protection but both models have the same supportive and comfortable midsole and footbed constructions, anti-odour treatment and the oiled leather upper construction that most of this range uses for water and abrasion resistance.

 

Merrell All Out Blaze Shoes

Merrell All OUt 63999-large1If you prefer an active outdoor sporting shoe then the Merrell All Out Blaze Shoes are perfect with a very light construction and plenty of flexibility for a more natural feel while the UniFly cushioning system makes the shoes responsive, supportive and helps to activate your muscles with every footstrike.  These will provide lasting comfort enabling you to go further for longer and even have technologies seen in the rest of the collection like M-Select FRESH, waterproof oily leather uppers and a Vibram soles too all in an athletic sport shoe design.

 

Merrell Azura Womens Walking Shoes

Merrell Azura 64010-large1The Merrell Azura shoes are a bestseller for a reason; stylish with a number of features making them ideal for all kinds of treks and trails in a lightweight construction and this season not only are they available in two different versions; a standard waterproof nubuck leather version with M-Select GRIP or one with a GORE-TEX liner for greater moisture protection and the addition of Winter Compound for snow and ice conditions but also feature the oiled leather look that makes all of these new footwear so distinctive yet obviously Merrell in design.

You may be looking for a higher and more fashionable ladies boot style but with all of the reliable technical features you would expect to find in a high-performance outdoor hiking shoe so no matter where you walk in the colder weather; around town or on a woodland trail the Merrell Dewbrook and Merrell Captiva Boots are perfect.

Also if you want something a bit more casual looking if you prefer a laid back style or just want a decent pair of shoes for everyday life that have lasting comfort and support try the Merrell Traveler Shoes, Traveler WTPF Boots or the Merrell Helixer Trainers instead.  All of these from the new Merrell Autumn/Winter 2014 Season footwear collection are available with us at Webtogs.

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Brasher and Berghaus to “Tie the Knot” under Berghaus Name

Some surprising news reached us last week; Brasher, one of Britain’s most loved footwear brands, is to ‘join together’ with fellow UK Brand, Berghaus. The result of this will be that the Brasher brand will effectively cease to exist, and selected Brasher boots will be sold under the Berghaus name from Spring/Summer 2015 onwards.

Brasher boots will be sold under the Berghaus name from Spring/Summer 2015
Brasher boots will be sold under the Berghaus name from Spring/Summer 2015

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Zamberlan Norwegian Welted Boots

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The ‘Icona’ Zamberlan Norwegian Welted boot collection is a high-end line which demonstrates the immense skill and expertise that has been passed down through generations of master bootmakers at Zamberlan, Italy. One of the oldest and most highly proven methods of boot construction, Norwegian Welting is coupled with advanced modern outsole technology to produce end products that embody the Zamberlan artisan tradition of exquisitely made, reliable and comfortable walking boots.

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Rab Launch New Backpack Range

For some time now Equip outdoor group, custodians of the hugely successful Rab brand, have refrained from taking Rab into the backpack market; seemingly due to their ownership of the primarily pack-making brands Lowe Alpine and Podsacs. Their sale of Podsacs in 2013 however, confirmed that there were changes afoot to Equip’s ‘divide and rule’ approach to outdoor kit…

Utilising the ‘typically Equip’ combination of in-house design experience and renowned Rab build-quality, a brand new pack range bearing the Rab name has been released for the Summer Season of 2014. Spanning a 70-litre expedition backpack, 35 to 55-litre Alpine packs, and a range of fast and light ‘Dynamo’ styles, the new Rab pack range can’t compete with the sheer depth of styles that Lowe Alpine offers – but more than makes up for that in quality and user-appeal.

 

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In their respective size and activity brackets, every new Rab pack hits the nail right on the head. And don’t just take our word for it – the team at Trail Magazine describe Rab’s first foray into backpack manufacture as “accomplished from the off”. They praised the Rab Alpine Backpack range even more highly, awarding it their coveted 5-star verdict.

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Trail Running Kit Picks – Lowe Alpine, Smartwool & XSocks

Having started running regularly in preparation for the upcoming Black Death Run, I’ve bought a few essential clothing items from Webtogs to equip me for the trails. Luckily I’ve had lots of chances to test them out over the past few weeks thanks to the recent (sadly now ended) sunny spell. So, here are my first trail running kit picks from Lowe Alpine, XSocks and Smartwool – expect more from myself and Mike over the coming weeks!

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Marmot NanoPro: Hyper-Breathable Waterproofing For the Masses

This week at Webtogs, we’ve taken delivery of the latest new waterproofs from Marmot, featuring their new family of waterproof technologies – NanoPro. Within the NanoPro family there are two main technologies: NanoPro itself, an entry-level coated technology; and NanoPro MemBrain, a 2.5-layer laminate technology (membrane-based), aimed at the lightweight performance user. The gag with both NanoPro variants, is that they’ve both got an incredibly small pore structure, enabling a far greater number and density of pores to be packed into a single garment without a negative impact on waterproof performance. It’s a simple concept, but one which has a powerful effect on performance. And I’ve got the facts and figures from Marmot to prove it!

Marmot NanoPro: waterproof, windproof, highly durable; and of course, incredibly breathable, with Dynamic Air Permeability
Marmot NanoPro: waterproof, windproof, highly durable; and of course, incredibly breathable, with Dynamic Air Permeability

I’ve already posted an article on the NanoPro to the Gear Guru section of the Webtogs.co.uk, but in an attempt to keep it simple and easy for everyone to take in, I was forced to leave out a significant proportion of the material provided by Marmot, leaving only the essential facts (breathability and waterproof ratings, a couple of microscopic images etc.). Therefore, I’ve decided to get the full technical spec of NanoPro and NanoPro MemBrain out on the TogBlog (here), to indulge the tech geek tendencies of anyone who’s interested – or meticulous potential buyers who want to make sure they’re getting the right kit for the job! You can read the full NanoPro article on Webtogs, complete with microscopic images of NanoPro via the link below. Think of it as the slimmed-down option:

http://www.webtogs.co.uk/gear-guru/technology-guides/marmot-nanopro-technology

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Montane Fireball – Product(s) of the Week

Just a quick post about a product I really like, having had the pleasure of owning it for some time now. It’s called the Montane Fireball Smock, and it is essentially a no-thrills zip-neck pull-on, constructed from Pertex Quantum, and filled with 40g Primaloft Eco insulation throughout. When I say no-frills, I mean that it’s just about as minimalist and pared back as outdoor outerwear gets, with no hand pockets, 1/2 length zip simple elasticated hems and cuffs: and yet I have found myself wearing it for almost every significant excursion I’ve made out of the house this winter!  This is quite simply because it works. (more…)

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Rab Down Sleeping Bags Deal: 40% and up to £228 off RRP

I can announce that the MD, Kieth, has used all his years of experience in the outdoor industry and hard-won contacts at Rab, to wrangle an exclusive deal on a selection of Rab’s finest down sleeping bags, exclusively for Webtogs.

The backstory: Rab have announced that they are re-testing the down in their sleeping bags for next season, and are re-working all of their sleeping bag styles to comply with new European warmth (EAN) ratings. In effect, due to increases in the wholesale cost of down, the outcome of this shake-up will be significantly more expensive bags, that are identical to this year’s bags in terms of performance… with a sprinkling of minor cosmetic changes. Anyhow, Rab had some of their 2013 batch of down left, which the used in some of their best selling, high quality sleeping bags from this winter – which Webtogs have been able to secure an exclusive deal on!

The Deal: This means that we can sell the Rab Expedition 1200 Sleeping Bag, with an RRP of £570, and a comfort limit of -40°C (It only weighs 1920g, to boot), for just £342. That’s £228 off RRP. I defy anyone to find a bag that warm for that cheap anywhere else! (more…)

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Webtogs Road-Trip to the Brit-Brand Trio & Marmot!

Aptly-named snack of the week. Great value too.
Aptly-named snack of the week

I should probably start out by explaining that when I say ‘Brit brand trio’, I’m referring to Rab, Mountain Equipment and Montane. These three brands are the standard-bearers for the UK outdoor industry, and between them they account for over half of the products ranged on Webtogs.co.uk at any given time. It was these brands, along with another of our suppliers; US brand Marmot, that Webtogs MD Keith and I set out to visit last Sunday on a 5-day buying road-trip. I can report that it was epic thanks to the exciting new products on show… and the added bonus of getting to take the bike out on some awesome trails in the Lakes (Altura Trail, Whinlatter & The North Face Trail, Grizedale) and Peak District!

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