Festive Montane Test! Further Faster Neo and Alpha Guide Jackets

As I posted before Christmas, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a pair of Montane test garments to try out over the festive break – the Montane Further Faster Neo Jacket (shell) and Alpha Gide Jacket (insulator). Sadly they have now been dispatched back to Montane HQ (wish I could have kept them), and I am left to report my thoughts and findings.

Dartmoor - the perfect place for a Montane test!
Dartmoor – the perfect place for a Montane test!

As always seems to be the case over Christmas, I was not able to be quite as active as I’d have liked… multiple food-based family gatherings and grandmother-courier duties getting in the way of my plans to test out the Montane pieces through the trinity of walking, cycling and climbing. I was, able to wear them day-to-dayday-to-day though, on a couple of short walks, and on one longer one on Dartmoor last Friday. I plumped for one of my old favorites, the ‘Widecombe Round’. It’s a varied, scenic route around the village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor, and even more so in the right conditions. Luckily conditions were just perfect for beautiful pictures on this occasion, so I’ve interspersed my Montane review with them to liven up any dry technical details!

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Lowe Alpine DryFlo… The Legend Returns

Lowe Alpine DryFlo is back. And it’s better than ever.

DryFlo is a baselayer technology that first hit the market in the early 2000s to universal acclaim. Its superb wicking, cooling and odour-resistant properties came at an affordable price, and were appreciated across the board by professional bodies and customers alike. Sadly, due to the various financial troubles experienced by Lowe Alpine over the past decade, with it’s former owner Aspen battling to cut costs, DryFlo, along with all Lowe Alpine Apparel, ceased production in 2011.

But thankfully this is not the end of the story. Under the new ownership of Equip, production of Lowe Alpine Apparel has resumed. DryFlo is back, and it’s better than ever! (more…)

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The North Face Zephyrus Optimus Hoodie: Review

The week before last I said that I would be taking a closer look at some of my favourite Winter 2013 The North Face products over the following weeks, to share in my excitement over the arrival of the new TNF stock in the Webtogs/SWMS warehouse. Although I dived straight in with the Point Five NG Jacket, I’ve not had chance to do another post since as I keep getting sidetracked with other things. As promised though here’s my next one, and in my opinion it’s a cracker: The North Face Zephyrus Optimus Hoodie. It’s also available in both Men‘s and Women‘s versions, which is obviously great. (more…)

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Keith Cycles The Velodyssey: French Atlantic Coastal Route

Our MD and long-running cycle touring enthusiast Keith spent his time off last summer cycling the a 800-mile cycle route along the Atlantic Coast. He encountered many revelations about kit, France and cycle touring in general along the way. Here he shares these revelations with us here on the Tog Blog…

 

I spent most of the winter thinking about what I was going to do for my summer cycle tour. I knew that I wanted to do a tour in France and that I wanted to feel like I had been on holiday, so after hours of research I settled on the Velodyssey.
The Velodyessy is a 1,200 kilometre bike ride from Brittany to the boarder of Spain. For ease of logistics I started from the airport at Biarritz and Cycled North. (more…)

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The North Face Winter 2013/14 Arrives at Webtogs! Review 1: The North Face Point Five NG Jacket

It’s an exciting day today here at Webtogs. That’s because the latest range of outdoor clothing from The North Face has finally arrived in our warehouse for the Autumn/Winter season! Whether you’re a long-running TNF fan or one of their sceptics, there are undeniably some exciting items in the 2013/14 range, boasting some technologies and materials as yet unseen on The North Face kit, and even in some cases in the market as a whole. There are also some cool new additional features and even a couple of price drops in their premium Summit Series range. Yes, you heard me right!

Over the next few days I’ll be writing a few posts reviewing and interpreting some of the latest The North Face styles, namely the ones I find most interesting! Today I’m going to lead with one of the tekkier ones, The new North Face Point Five NG Jacket, in their ‘athlete tested, expedition proven’ Summit Series. (more…)

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Rab Jackets on Webtogs

If you could single out any one brand as being the biggest success story in the outdoor clothing industry over the past couple years, it would have to be Rab. In terms of its popularity, sales and general availability in the marketplace, Rab have seen their star rise through the incredible quality and feature-rich value for money that their products offer. Formerly somewhat of a niche brand, though highly regarded within mountaineering and exploration circles, the merits of Rab kit have gradually been realised by less extreme outdoor aficionados, and even Joe Bloggs on the city street – a realisation that has rapidly snowballed. Added diversity and choice in the market, as well as this great British brand becoming more widely available, can only be a good thing – as their kit really does have unbeatable technology and features applicable to a range of different outdoor activities.

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