Get Ready For Alpine Adventures With Montane

When you think about lightweight, breathable and adventure ready outdoor gear one of the first brands that springs to mind is Montane. Here at we’re proud to stock a wide variety of Montane gear so that you’re packed and ready for every adventure you take on.

Designed to get you further, faster Montane have a wide range of backpacks for every adventure from the alpine expeditions to backpacking through the rainforest. True to form, they are all created with exceptional care and attention to quality, and every pack is lightweight for maximum comfort.

Below are our three favourite Montane packs to get you ready for alpine adventure.

Montane Fast Alpine 40 Backpack

Montane Fast Alpine 40 Backpack

The Montane Fast Alpine 40 Backpack is the ultimate backpack for climbing and exploring in the mountains. It offers great durability and function without compromising on all import comfort. Thanks to a 40 litre capacity, tool attachment points and other handy pockets the Montane Fast Alpine 40 Backpack has plenty of room for your gear. Constructed from a blend of fabrics it is lightweight, durable and offers great weather resistance. It also features a VertErgo Climb back system for great ventilation and comfort, and the quick release option can prove invaluable when navigating difficult climbs.

Montane Ultra Alpine 38 Plus 5L Backpack

Montane Ultra Alpine 38 Plus 5L Backpack

The Montane Ultra Alpine 38 Plus 5L Backpack is ideal for testing alpine treks. It boasts an ample 38 litre capacity with the option of expanding to add an extra 5 litres, exceptional comfort and a lightweight construction that makes navigating your route a breeze. Equally useful for climbing it boasts a blend of durable fabrics, and the roll top closure with a large opening is accessible whilst allowing for extra gear to be added to your pack.

Montane Summit Tour 50 Plus 15L Backpack

Montane Summit Tour 50 Plus 15L Backpack

The Montane Summit Tour 50 Plus 15L Backpack is the ultimate pack for your longer alpine expeditions. It boasts a huge 50 litre capacity and an extra 15 litres in the daypack if you need it, and the durable yet comfortable construction won’t let you down on lengthy trips. It boasts plenty of options to organise your gear including a removable 15 litre daypack. The Montane Summit Tour 50 Plus 15L Backpack also features the supportive and comfortable VertErgo back system for lasting comfort on long trails.

So there you have our three favourite Montane Backpacks for every alpine adventure you’re planning this summer. Don’t see exactly what you’re looking for? Check out the rest of our Montane adventure ready gear and

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Prepare For The Elements This Spring With Marmot

British weather isn’t famous for it’s predictability, and so far this Spring has been a classic example of that. But it doesn’t all have to be doom and gloom, Marmot can put a spring in your step and some sunshine in your day with their superior outdoor clothing and accessories.

Marmot are famous in the industry for creating lightweight, breathable and premium quality clothing and accessories to help you face even the harshest elements. Founded in 1971, they have brought us constant innovation and new technologies over the years, including their revolutionary Membrain and NanoPro.

So this spring don’t resign yourself to the sofa, you can still get outdoors with our top Marmot Jackets and Sleeping Bags. Nothing, not even the weather, should stop you getting outdoors and enjoying the adventure.


Marmot PreCip NanoPro Mens Jacket

Marmot PreCip NanoPro Mens Jacket

The Marmot PreCip NanoPro Mens Jacket has been a firm favourite within Marmot’s waterproof jacket collection, but recently has seen a huge upgrade in fabric. It now boats Marmot’s revolutionary NanoPro coating technology that makes it 43% more breathable than the outgoing fabric. The Marmot PreCip NanoPro Mens Jacket is perfect for spring showers and typical British weather. It also features a fully adjustable hood for added protection, two pockets and YKK armpit zips to aid ventilation when you’ve been working your hardest.

Marmot Red Star Mens Jacket

Marmot Red Star Mens Jacket

The Marmot Red Star Mens Jacket is the ultimate alpine adventurer’s jacket. Designed to tackle climbing, mountaineering and backpacking adventures with ease it boasts an athletic fit and Marmot’s innovative NanoPro stretch fabric. This fabric features a 3 layer construction that delivers exceptional breathability whilst still offering waterproof protection. Finished with a 100% seam sealed construction, pit zips, a hood and pockets the Marmot Red Star Mens Jacket is prepared for whatever the mountains throw at you.

Sleeping Bags

Marmot Cloudbreak 0 Sleeping Bag

Marmot Cloudbreak 0 Sleeping Bag

The Marmot Cloudbreak 0 Sleeping Bag will keep you cosy on cold nights after long days of incredible adventure. This premium quality sleeping bag boasts a nylon shell and liner that is durable which is teamed with a synthetic insulation designed by Marmot for exceptional warmth. Thermal R and Thermal R Eco synthetic insulation deliver lasting warmth thanks to a hollow-fibre construction that wicks moisture away from the skin and maintains a lightweight finish. This lightweight design ensures that the Marmot Cloudbreak 0 Sleeping Bag is packable and ideal for taking along on all of your adventures. It also features a full length zip, 3D hood construction, insulated draft tube and Velcro-free face muff.

Marmot Trestles 30 Womens Sleeping Bag

Marmot Trestles 30 Womens Sleeping Bag

The Marmot Trestles 30 Womens Sleeping Bag boasts a female-specific design for personalised comfort and synthetic insulation that will keep you warm all night long. It boasts a comfort limit of -5°C thanks to synthetic Spirafil insulation that is compressible, warm and still insulates when damp. The Marmot Trestles 30 Womens Sleeping Bag is designed to offer you at home comfort outdoors, and it features a trapezoidal foot box, an anti-snag draft baffle, a second side zip and a main zip.

So there you have our top Marmot jackets and sleeping bags for the unpredictable weather this spring. Don’t see quite what you’re looking for? Check out the rest of our Marmot Outdoor Clothing & Accessories now.

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Merrell – Our Top Picks For Spring/Summer 16

Here at Tog-Blog we’re die hard Merrell fans, and who can blame us? They’re world famous for their reliable designs, innovative technologies and their ability to move with the market to give their customers what they want and need when they want and need it.

They’re here for us all seasons, all weathers, and because of this we decided it was time to pay homage to their unwavering reliability. So with that we give you Merrell; our top picks for Spring Summer 2016.


Merrell Azura Strap Womens Sandals

Merrell Azura Strap Womens Sandals

The Merrell Azura Strap Womens Sandals boast a feminine aesthetic with a technical construction that delivers style, comfort and reliable performance from the city streets to the summer trails. They feature a breathable mesh lining, an integrated EVA footbed and an odour control M Select Fresh Treatment for lasting comfort and freshness as well as a Merrell Air Cushion in the heel and an M Select Grip tuned outsole for performance on the trail.

Merrell Kahuna III Mens Sandals

Merrell Kahuna III Mens Sandals


The Merrell Kahuna III Mens Sandals are rugged and reliable sandals ideal for tackling summer trails.They boast superior grip, extended comfort and a contoured footbed that complements the natural shape of your feet. They also boast an air cushion in the heel for shock absorption, a neoprene lining with M Select Fresh treatment that offers lasting freshness and a Vibram Chameleon Sport Sole with TC5+ rubber that delivers unrivalled traction.

Merrell Terran Convertible II Womens Sandals

Merrell Terran Convertible II Womens Sandals

The Merrell Terran Convertible II Womens Sandals are stylish and comfortable ladies summer sandals with a bright pop of colour. Ideal for summer holidays, days shopping in the city and all of your other warm weather adventures. They boast a nubuck leather upper, a breathable mesh lining and a soft microfibre covered footbed for unrivalled next to skin comfort. For reliable performance they feature a hook and loop adjustment system that is quick and easy to use, a nylon arch shank for stability, a Remember Me Foam footbed for cushioning and a Merrell Air Cushion in the heel for shock absorption.

Merrell Mojave Mens Sandals

Merrell Mojave Mens Sandals

The Merrell Mojave Mens Sandals are part of their premium hydro hiker collection. Designed to tackle everything from rocky river crossings to dusty summer trails they boast superior technology and premium quality components. They feature a Polyurethane coated leather construction that is both waterproof and durable, a neoprene lining for great next to skin comfort, a Merrell air cushion in the heel for shock absorption, a nylon arch shank for support and deep lugged outsoles for unrivalled traction even on wet surfaces.

Merrell Terran Cross II Womens Sandals

Merrell Terran Cross II Womens Sandals

The Merrell Terran Cross II Womens Sandals are stylish ladies sandals with Merrell’s signature reliable construction, making them perfect for summer trails and days spent sightseeing in the city. They feature superior comfort thanks to a durable nubuck leather upper with a soft against the skin Lycra lining that is M Select Fresh treated for lasting odour control. For days spent hitting the trails they boast an M Select Move footbed that has a soft microfibre finish and an M Select Grip tuned outsole for traction on all of your adventures.

Walking Shoes

Merrell Moab Edge Mens Walking Shoes

Merrell Moab Edge Mens Walking Shoes

The Merrell Moab Edge Mens Walking Shoes are perfect for walking adventures where breathability and comfort is key. They boast a mesh and 3D mesh printed upper with a breathable mesh lining and M Select Fresh treatment for lasting freshness. For making your way along tough trails they feature M-Select Fit Eco blended EVA contoured footbeds that cradle your feet, a Merrell air cushion in the heel for shock absorption, a moulded nylon arch shank for stability and support and a Vibram TC5+ outsole for unrivalled traction across any trail.

Merrell Helixer Morph Mens Walking Shoes

Merrell Helixer Morph Mens Walking Shoes

The Merrell Helixer Morph Mens Walking Shoes are versatile walking shoes, stylish enough for casual wear but backed by Merrell’s own innovative technologies for performance on the trail. They boast a full grain and suede leather upper that’s stylish and durable, a mesh lining that is breathable and M Select Fresh technology that prevents the build up of odour causing microbes. For days where your adventures take you off the beaten path they boast an EVA footbed, Merrell air cushion in the heel and an M Select Grip tuned outsole.

Merrell Moab GoreTex Mens Walking Shoes

Merrell Moab GoreTex Mens Walking Shoes

The Merrell Moab GoreTex Mens Walking Shoes are highly ventilated, supremely comfortable and equipped to take on any trail. They boast a waterproof yet breathable GoreTex lining, a waterproof Dura leather and mesh upper and a bellows tongue that keeps debris out. The synthetic toe cap and heel counter offer added protection, and the moulded nylon arch shank delivers vital support. An Ortholite Anatomical Footbed cradles the natural contours of your feet and a Vibram Multi-Sport Sole with TC5+ rubber and 5mm lugs delivers unrelenting traction.

Merrell Chameleon Wrap Slam Mens Walking Shoes

Merrell Chameleon Wrap Slam Mens Walking Shoes

The Merrell Chameleon Wrap Slam Mens Walking Shoes feature an innovative Slip Lasted construction that wraps around your feet for lasting comfort, protection and performance. The upper is constructed from breathable mesh, and a Lycra/Neoprene 4-way stretch collar makes them easy to take on and off. For protection on rocky trails they feature a moulded rubber rand, a moulded rubber toe bumper and an Air Cushion midsole for shock absorption. They’re even vegan friendly, and feature a Vibram Chameleon Hiker sole with TC5+ rubber and 4mm lugs that stick you to any surface.

Merrell Allout Blaze Vent Mens Walking Shoes

Merrell Allout Blaze Vent Mens Walking Shoes

The Merrell Allout Blaze Vent Mens Walking Shoes are amazingly innovative, comfortable and ready for all of your walking adventures. Ideal for warm weather walks they are lightweight and breathable, but perfect for any terrain they boast a UniFly midsole that prevents fatigue and delivers stability along with a stick rubber outsole with deep lugs that delivers unrivalled traction.

So there you have our top Merrell footwear picks for Spring/Summer 2016. There’s something for every adventure from sight seeing on your next holiday to blazing new trails through your favourite landscapes. Don’t see quite what you’re looking for? Check out the rest of our Merrell Footwear collection.

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The Jack Wolfskin Technology Guide

Jack Wolfskin has been an industry leader since it’s inception in 1981, and the world renowned brand shows no signs of slowing down.

Over the years their ranges have expanded and their list of technologies has grown but one thing remains the same; their dedication to providing their customers with the best gear for all weathers and adventures. True to their original core values; Jack Wolfskin aim to provide the best gear possible to ensure that everyone can get outside and enjoy what mother nature has to offer.

Here at Tog-Blog we decided that a brand with such a formidable reputation was well overdue one of our comprehensive technology guides. The North Face and Merrell already have their own dedicated guides on our blog, so finally today we bring to you The Jack Wolfskin Technology Guide.


ACS technology involves the curvature of the pack sack and a large mesh surface to create a ventilation space between your back and the backpack. This allows warm air to escape for superior ventilation, efficient heat transport and a comfortable fit.

ACS Tight

ACS Tight features two soft back pads that sit either side of the spine to form a central ventilation panel as well as a reinforcement plate that evenly distributes the weight of the pack and protects from heavy loads. This ensures excellent ventilation, superior freedom of movement and a close contact pressure free fit.


Jack Wolfskin regularly use down fill to insulate their products for cold weather performance. It offers a great warmth to weight ratio, heat retention, compressibility, loftiness and a small pack size; making it ideal for garments and sleeping bags intended for use in cold dry weather (unless treated with water repellent technology).


DownFiber technology boasts the insulating warmth of down with the moisture resistance of synthetic fibres for versatile outdoor performance. This innovative insulation is constructed from 70% down and 30% Fibrecloud, and the loft can be customised by changing the type of down used. The 70% down is also treated to be water repellent with a PFC treatment for superior insulation in wet and damp conditions. DownFiber dries fast, has an excellent warmth to weight ratio, a small pack size, high heat retention, is moisture resistant and durable.

EDS – Ergo Dynamic System

EDS, short for Ergo Dynamic System, is a suspension system that adjusts according to the body’s movement and conditions to offer a comfortable ergonomic fit. It offers excellent performance for longer treks and adventures, and ensures that the load stays stable for unrestricted movement. It is easy to adjust to different body shapes, offers a dynamic fit and offers adjustable height for a customised fit. EDS features open ventilation channels, minimised support points, upper weight optimisation, adjustable waist belt flaps, adjustable lumbar padding and a butterfly back.


Fibercloud is a loose synthetic fibrefill insulation used across many of Jack Wolfskin’s garments. It has particularly high loft and heat retention, but is more moisture resistant than down for versatile performance in cold and wet weather. It features hollow fibres of different lengths, types and fineness with work together to form a loose fluff that is then packed into chambers where it expands to full loft for maximum effect. Fibercloud is heavier than traditional down insulation, but it is also fast drying, has hight heat retention, is moisture resistant and is durable.

Flex Motion

Flex Motion technology involves curvature of the pack sack and a large mesh surface which creates a space between the backpack and your back for superior ventilation. This ensures flexible close contact suspension, excellent freedom of movement and great insulation.


Flexcontact is a thermoformed close contact suspension system technology. It offers excellent weight distribution, freedom of movement and versatile performance. It can easily be changed to a soft pack by removing the waist belt and back plate making this technology great for all rounder backpacks.


Microguard is is a synthetic fibre interlining used in many of Jack Wolfskin’s sleeping bags and garments. It is robust and durable, moisture resistant, has a good warmth to weight ratio and available in different thicknesses for versatile multi-sport performance. They include:

Microguard Silver which features an additional layer of thin breathable fleece with metallic particles on the body contact side. These reflect body heat for better heat retention.

Microguard Maxloft which is an especially thick interlining that boasts a similar warmth to weight ratio to down and hollow fibres that trap body heat for greater heat retention.

Real Dome

Real Dome is an innovative technology used to offer excellent space and stability in Jack Wolfskin’s dome tents. It boasts Reverse Combination poles with varying diameters which meet at steeper angles to stay stable in strong winds and maximise headspace for excellent comfort. Real Dome also features DAC Fast Pitch tent component system which makes it easier and faster to pitch.

Real Tunnel

Real Tunnel is one of Jack Wolfskin’s patented technologies for tunnel tents, and it has won several awards. It boasts Combination Poles that have different diameters to make the tent stronger and more flexible at the sides and roof, triangular guying points at the foot of the pole for stability and Corner Edges in the vestibules to increase the amount of useable space. Real Tunnel technology ensures wind stability, better use of space and no need for guylines except for in exceptional circumstances.

Snuggle Up

Snuggle Up is Jack Wolfskin’s own innovative daypack suspension system. It offers a perfect fit, even load distribution and flexible padding for superior performance and comfort. It boasts a wide shoulder yoke for comfortable extra wide shoulder straps and a fully padded back and EV foam back contact surfaces for superior padding and load management.


Texapore materials are ‘hardshell’ and offer superior waterproofing and windproofing without compromising on breathability. They consist of a water repellent coated shell, a waterproof membrane or PU coating on the inside and depending on the construction also feature a smooth liner material. All Texapore fabrics are waterproof, windproof and breathable.

Texapore Air

Texapore Air is designed to deliver waterproof and windproof performance whilst remaining air permeable. This makes them dynamically breathable and extremely comfortable, and is achieved by using a microporous PU coating or membrane. This fabric is ideal for garments intended for active outdoor use.

Texapore Softshell

Texapore Softshell is waterproof, windproof, extremely breathable and stretchy; the best of both worlds between a hard and soft shell. It features a triple layer laminate with a knitted softshell outer layer, a waterproof PU membrane and a smooth jersey inner lining. It also boasts special tape that ensures fully waterproof seams. Texapore Softshell is ideal for garments intended for highly active outdoor use and is waterproof, windproof, breathable, highly flexible, smooth and comfortable next to the skin.


X-Transition is an innovative carry system that offers even weight distribution, superior comfort, excellent freedom of moevement and an adjustable back length. It boasts padded contact surfaces that offer great comfort, two aluminium struts in an X shape that direct the bulk of the load to the hips and an adjustable back length to ensure a perfect fit.

Thermozone Technology

Thermozone technology works by adding additional layers of filling to the more vulnerable parts of the body such as the head and feet. Thermozones are adapted to each model of sleeping bag and temperature range.

So there you have our comprehensive guide to Jack Wolfskin’s impressive list of technologies. Head over and check out our huge Jack Wolfskin collection now to make the most of what these innovative creations have to offer.

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The North Face Technology Guide

The North Face is a brand with a formidable reputation; boasting countless technologies and expeditions under its belt as well as several awards. No matter where you go from your morning commute to a once in a lifetime adventure holiday you’re bound to see someone sporting a piece of their premium quality gear.

With all of these achievements and innovations it isn’t easy to keep up, and here at we often find ourselves struggling to remember which technology does what. It’s understandable and with an industry leading brand like North Face no one can blame us. They have a piece of technology, a new fabric or a new construction for every garment and adventure.

So, with it being the New Year and all we decided that it was time to make some resolutions. We’re determined to keep on top of tech this year and we decided that the best way to do that was to create a definitive guide of all North Face technologies. So if you’re like us and you can’t keep up with the full steam ahead pace of this game-changing brand keep reading and bookmark this page for future reference!


FuseForm is one of the North Face’s latest and greatest innovations. It offers a seamless, lightweight construction by using advanced manufacturing techniques to weave two material properties into one single fabric. This eliminates the extra thread and tape of traditional seams which means a lighter weight, lower bulk, stronger and more durable construction with a clean aesthetic.


Developed in partnership with Primaloft; Thermoball is the new synthetic insulation alternative to down. Thermoball works with small, round synethetic fibre that clusters closely together to trap heat within small air pockets. This ensures excellent heat retention, compressibility, loft and low weight like traditional down insulation but boasts the added benefit of wet weather performance. Unlike traditional down insulation Thermoball still offers exceptional insulation when wet making it perfect for alpine adventures.


FlashDry is an innovative proprietary fabric created to offer superior moisture management and temperature regulation. FlashDry is ideal for creating active outdoor use garments and offers drier, more comfortable performance in unreliable weather conditions. FlashDry fabric works by accelerating the evaporation process and is permanently embedded in the yarn so that performance doesn’t diminish within a few washes.

There are actually three different types of FlashDry, each suited to creating a different garment.

FlashDry Fibre Technology works by permanently embedding a microporous additive in at the fibre level to increase the surface area. This aids cooling, drying and makes it ideal for base layers.

FlashDry Thermal Technology works by permanently embedding a microporous additive into synthetic fibres which ensures an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio. This allows for excellent warmth with minimal bulk and is ideal for fleeces.

FlashDry Laminate Technology features a three dimensional, microporous layer of additives printed onto a hydrophilic membrane surface. This allows liquid and evapourative moisture to be transferred away from the body ensuring a 100 percent waterproof exterior and superior next to skin comfort. It is durable and ideal for use in wet and alpine environments.

Goose Down Fill

The North Face only use premium quality goose down fill in their down products. Tested for loftiness, moisture resistance and ability to regain loft after compression you can be sure that you are getting the best down. Several different fill powers of down are used in their products depending on the garment and the activity that is designed for. All goose down fills boast superior comfort and warmth, light weight and unrivalled quality.

900 fill goose down is the highest quality commercially available down. It is generally considered the highest standard of insulation with an unrivalled warmth to weight ratio, superior compressibility, ultralight weight and excellent comfort. It is generally used in North Face’s Summit Series.

800 fill goose down is the next fill often used in North Face’s products. It offers exceptional warmth thanks to it’s high cluster to feather ratio and boasts increased loft as well as compressibility.

700 fill goose down offers a good warmth to weight ratio, is lightweight and is great for insulating across a range of different temperatures. 700 fill is often chosen for it’s versatility and is ideal when you need to be prepared for a range of climates.

600 fill down is most often the lowest fill down that is used in the North Face’s products, although they have been known to use 550 and 500 in some of their gloves and smaller products. It is warm, lightweight, durable and offers ideal performance for general day to day or outdoor use.


Gore-Tex is a waterproof, windproof and breathable membrane technology that allows the user to enjoy maximised protection and comfort without compromising on performance. The North Face generally uses two different kinds of Gore-Tex membrane technology.

Gore-Tex Pro technology is designed to be rugged for extreme use. Gore-Tex Pro garments are durable, waterproof, windproof and breathable and are designed for high impact action packed adventures. It boasts a three layer construction with a membrane that is bonded to a durable outer material and a robust inner lining. This ensures no movement between the layers and maximises durability.

Gore-Tex Active technology boasts superior breathability ideal for highly aerobic activities. Ideal for short bursts of active use such as a day hiking in the hills is boasts fine laminate denier performance textiles and a three layer construction. Proprietary lamination technology integrates the backer textile directly into the Gore-Tex membrane; therefore allowing enhanced breathability and comfort.


Hyvent is a waterproof and breathable technology that uses a polyurethane coating consisting of a tri component to deliver superior waterproofing, moisture permeability and durability. The North Face uses several different specialised types of Hyvent depending on the garment and intended use. All Hyvent technologies are waterproof, breathable and offer excellent protection in rain and snow.

Hyvent Alpha is most commonly used in the Summit Series collection. It is rugged, waterproof and uses a microporous hydrophobic lamination technology to maintain durability and waterproofing in extreme conditions. Hyvent Alpha garments are designed for heavy duty alpine performance.

Hyvent 2 Layer, as the name suggests, boasts a two layer construction that allows it to stay waterproof and breathable and severe conditions. Ideal for exploration it boasts a durable woven outer layer to repel wet weather and an inner layer with a PU coating and micro-pores to channel water vapour out of the garment. This water vapour redirecting technology is ideal for climbing and skiing.

Hyvent 3 Layer is a three layer construction technology and like it’s counterparts it is both breathable and waterproof. It features a durable woven outer layer that repels wet weather, a PU coated mid layer with micro pores to redirect water vapour and a design that is geared towards superior moisture management. This technology excels in alpine environments.

Hyvent DT features the same principle as Hyvent 3 Layer but with a reduced thickness of the third layer. This makes it exceptionally lightweight and packable whilst still offering excellent moisture management. This technology is ideal for multi-day adventures and is sometimes referred to as Hyvent 2.5 Layer.

Hyvent DT EC is created using naturally derived materials and uses 50 percent less synthetic components compared to other conventional fabric membranes. It maintains excellent waterproof and breathable performance in cool to cold conditions, but with the added bonus of a reduced environmental impact. This technology is ideal for backpacking.


PrimaLoft sport offers high performance insulation by combining ultra-fine and multi-diameter fibres to deliver specific performance characteristics. The ultra-fine fibres are specifically treated to aid water resistance, and the multi-diameter fibres help to build loft. There are three main types of PrimaLoft insulation that the North Face uses.

PrimaLoft One is arguably their leading microfibre insulation. It is created by treating ultra-fine fibres in a patented process and combining them into an insulating core for lightweight, soft and water resistant performance. PrimaLoft one is 14 percent warmer when dry and 24 percent warmer when we than other competitive insulation.

PrimaLoft Eco is the earth-friendly insulation in the range. It combines a minimum of 50 percent recycled material with standard PrimaLoft fibres to create high loft and thermally efficient insulation. PrimaLoft Eco boasts excellent performance and comfort with a lightweight and water resistant finish. It is ideal for users conscious of their environmental impact.

PrimaLoft Infinity is a high loft and continuous filament insulation that offers 20 percent more compressibility than it’s competitors. It achieves this through the use of a fine denier fibre which also allows it to offer superior thermal efficiency, water resistant and durability. This superior continuous filament insulation even performs well when wet, so is ideal for cold and wet conditions.


Polartec has been the favoured insulation layer amongst outdoor enthusiasts for nearly twenty years. It offers exceptional warmth and is available in a range of variations for different garments and activities.

Polartec Thermal Pro fabrics are the most technically advanced and aesthetically pleasing fabrics in the range. They come in variety of textures and patterns designed to deliver tailored performance. Newer high loft versions offer the highest warmth to weight ratios and other versions deliver the look of traditional wool with the performance of a fleece. Polartec Thermal Pro fabrics are ideal for a huge number of uses thanks to their versatility.

Polartec Classic series fabrics are available in lightweight, midweight or heavyweight fleece. Polartec 100 is the lightest and are great for a warm first layer, Polartec 200 is the midweight fleece  so offers excellent warmth and versatility and Polartec 300 fabrics are the heaviest option providing a superior thermal layer for very cold weather.

Polartec Eco is the environmentally conscious alternative in the collection. It offers the same warmth and comfort of other Polartec fabrics but boasts a more environmentally friendly package. Solid colourways are derived from 87 percent recycled content and heather colourways are derived from 65 percent recycled content.


TKA (Thermal Kinetic Advancement) Fleece are a range of proprietary fabrics created by the North Face to offer excellent insulation and durability. There are three different weights of TKA fleece and a TKA Superstretch fabric that is designed for aerobic activities.

TKA 100 is the lightest microfibre fleece weight and offers high performance with a luxurious finish. It provides excellent warmth even when wet and is ideal for use in a layering system. It also launders well and compresses to a small size that is easy to store in your pack.

TKA 200 is the midweight fleece and is ideal for use as a mid layer. It is 100 percent polyester, warm, breathable and pill resistance.

TKA 300 is a mid to heavyweight fleece that can be worn as a layering piece or by itself as a casual outer layer. It offers high performance, pill resistance and great warmth.

TKA Superstretch boasts a supple four way stretch that offers great breathability and comfort; ideal for aerobic activity. It has a soft brushed inner that helps to control moisture whilst offering great next to skin comfort, and a polyester and spandex construction that contributes to a supportive fit. This fabric is ideal for use as a layering piece in cool to cold conditions.

TNF Apex

TNX Apex soft shell fabrics are developed exclusively by the North Face and offer great protection and mobility. It boasts a tightly woven abrasion phobic face for protection and a soft brushed interior for superior comfort. They stretch for mobility and are treated with a Durable Water Resistant finish to offer great weather resistance without compromising on breathability.

Apparel created with TNF Apex are designed to ensure warmth and keep you dry in a thick fog or mist of rain so they are great for active outdoor use.

TNF Apex Aerobic fabric is the lightest and most breathable in the range, and the offer the best stretch and mobility for performance enhancing comfort. They are also windproof making them great for running or cycling.

TNF Apex ClimateBlock is the most protective fabric in the range. It is the most water resistance, practically waterproof, and windproof but doesn’t compromise on breathability. It is ideal for alpine adventures such as skiing and trekking.

TNF Apex Universal is the most versatile fabric in the range. It is breathable, water resistant and is ideal for a huge range of activities and conditions.


Windstopper soft shells offer full wind protection without compromising breathability, and offer the comfort of a mid layer with the water resistance of a shell. They provide great freedom of movement for enhanced performance and are ideal for active use in cold windy conditions.


Windwall is a fleece fabric that is exclusive to North Face. It boasts the flexibility, breathability and comfort of a traditional fleece but eliminates windchill. Windwall is created with a unique fabric bonding process that cuts 80 to 95 percent of wind keeping you warm without compromising on breathability.

WindWall 1 fabric is created with a unique fabric bonding process and boasts a mesh liner that allows a limited degree of external air permeability. It is wind resistant, enhances warmth and comfort and is ideal for activities such as climbing and backpacking.

WindWall 2 boasts a gridded fleece liner for even better insulation and utilises the same specialised fabric bonding process for a limited degree of external air permeability. It delivers great insulation, wind resistance, warmth and is ideal for hiking and climbing on cold windy days.

So there you have our definitive guide to North Face technology. Next time you’re weighing up the pros and cons of your next pair of hiking boots or struggling to decide on a new down jacket head over here and get the lowdown on all of their premium technologies. Check out our North Face collection now and put your new found knowledge to test!

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The Merrell Technology Guide

Merrell is arguably one of the most innovative and successful brands in the industry. Their premium quality outdoor gear can be seen brandished in some of the most inhospitable environments on Earth as well as on city streets everywhere; a sign that they cater to the extreme adventurer as well as the everyday user. The mark of their success; they have an ever growing list of reliable technologies under their belt which they use in conjunction with other innovative technologies developed by industry leaders to create their premium quality gear.

With so much going on and new tech constantly being released it isn’t easy to keep up and even we here at get confused sometimes! It’s understandable in an industry that is always changing for the better. So today to help combat that issue and refresh our own memories we decided to bring you a definitive guide to the technologies that Merrell use.

Below is a list of their own proprietary technologies and their benefits, as well as ones developed by other experts that they commonly use. So the next time that we’re struggling to get to grips with Merrell’s extensive specifications we all have a place to come for answers!


M Select Dry

M Select Dry is a waterproof technology designed to deliver moisture wicking performance that is still breathable for comfort. It uses a membrane technology to selectively shed precipitation without inhibiting airflow and the ability of moisture to escape the garment/footwear.

M Select Fresh

M Select Fresh is an antimicrobial treatment that is featured in most of Merrell’s footwear. This technology combats the build up of odour causing microbes to keep your shoes fresher for longer; great for multi-day trips.

M Select Grip

M Select Grip is one of Merrell’s most popular proprietary technologies. It involves using durable, extra slip resistant materials and a specialised lug pattern and depth to ensure maximum traction and reliability on wet or dry surfaces. This technology can be applied to several different types of shoe for versatile outdoor performance.

M Select Warm

M Select Warm insulation is a compressible, lightweight and low bulk form of insulation; perfect for adventures where you have to travel fast and light. It works by creating reflective micro-spaces which then trap your body heat and retain if for efficient warmth that is still packable and compressible.

M Select Move

The M Select Move footframe is designed to provide reliable performance and comfort like no other. This premium quality technology is anatomically designed meaning that it follows the natural flex and contours of your foot for personal comfort. It also integrates Return Foam that supports your natural freedom of movement with added stability and extended comfort.

M Bound

M Bound is another one of Merrell’s cushioning technologies. It offers tailored cushioning to provide the perfect balance of cushioning and responsiveness which enhances stability and agility by providing immediate feedback. This technology can be found in many of Merrell’s designs but is most common in their trail running and hiking shoes.


Gore-Tex is another alternative to Merrell’s own M Select Dry technology. It offers exceptional waterproof performance that doesn’t compromise on breathability by allowing water vapour to pass through whilst repelling liquid water. This technology is often used in both their garments and footwear because it is lightweight and ideal for active use.

Full Grain Nubuck Leather

Full grain nubuck leather is a durable and flexible material most commonly used in their hiking boots and shoes. It is hardwearing for protection and can help towards a fully waterproof construction. As it is a natural product leather breathes which makes it comfortable too.

3D Printed Mesh

Merrell’s 3D printed mesh can be found in many of their trail running and summer shoes. It is used for it’s superior breathability; ideal for active days outdoors in the hot summer sun.


DWR, short for durable water repellent, is another treatment that Merrell gives their footwear and garments for weatherproof performance. DWR is ideal for situations where you need water repellence rather than full waterproof protection. This coating allows garments and footwear to shed water and snow effectively.

Vegan Friendly

Merrell’s Vegan Friendly footwear is made with the same reliable quality and comfort as the rest of their range but with the added benefit of being made from 100% synthetic material. This not only allows for peace of mind but also means that man made materials can be tailored to deliver precise performance and benefits.


Merrell use Vibram soles in many of their designs. Favoured by many brands in the outdoor industry for their reliable performance they offer slip resistant grip and excellent durability.


So there you have our complete Merrell Technology Guide. We hope that this helps some of you next time you’re looking into their award winning gear, and you can be certain that we ourselves will be checking back regularly to keep this knowledge fresh in our minds!

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New For AW15; Montane HyperDry Down Jackets

Here at we are proud to stock a wide range of premium quality Montane outdoor gear; the industry leader’s in lightweight, breathable clothing.

For over 20 years now Montane has been churning out ground breaking designs and innovative technologies to bring us the best gear on the market, and they show no signs of slowing down. They work passionately alongside athletes and explorers to ensure that their designs perform in harsh alpine environments as well as in everyday use, and place a huge emphasis not only in the design but also in the testing phase of manufacture. This passion, knowledge and team approach ensures that Montane outdoor gear really is the lightest weight and most breathable gear available.

Ending the year as they mean to go on into the next; Montane have realised an exciting new technology for AW15 – HyperDry.

What is HyperDry?

HyperDry is a revolutionary new form of down insulation that uses a nanotechnology treatment procedure to create water resistant performance that doesn’t compromise the colour of texture of the down.

This method allows industry leading water resistance, washable performance and is Bluesign approved; making it great for outdoor and everyday adventures alike. From frequent winter use to your yearly ski trip this down is sure to perform and Montane is set to lead an industry revolution with this premium quality down technology.

Montane Featherlite Mens Jacket

Montane Featherlite Mens Jacket

The Montane Featherlite Mens Jacket is an ultra lightweight, premium quality down jacket. For compressible warmth it boasts 405g of 750+ fill power HyperDry down insulation for comfort than doesn’t compromise on the packable size of this jacket. This warm down jacket has a micro baffle construction that prevents down migrating and also ensures that it can be worn as a mid or top layering piece. Finished off with a Pertex Quantum outer the Montane Featherlite Mens Jacket is windproof and water resistant; perfect for winter adventures on the mountain or around the town.

Montane North Star Lite Mens Jacket

Montane North Star Lite Mens Jacket

The Montane North Star Lite Mens Jacket is a lightweight and versatile alpine jacket. For superior comfort it uses 800+ fill power water resistant HyperDry goose down which offers the same benefits as traditional down insulation but is water resistant and washable. It has a waterproof and wind resistant Pertex Quantum shell ideal for alpine conditions and a fully insulated, baffled and pre-elasticated hood that aids heat retention and comfort. This lightweight alpine jacket also features two hand warmer pockets, a full length reversed and baffled YKK front zip and an adjustable hem to prevent spin drift entry.

Montane Featherlite Womens Jacket

Montane Featherlite Womens Jacket

The Montane Featherlite Womens Jacket offers great comfort and warmth in a compact design that is ideal for alpine use. Perfect for multi-day trips it packs small, and designed for exceptional comfort it boasts 750+ fill power down insulation. Similar to the men’s Featherlite it has a micro baffle construction and a Pertex Quantum outer to prevent migration and deliver windproof and water resistant performance. However this jacket is cut with a slim women’s specific fit to hug the female form and provide the best possible fit for great comfort.

With Montane ending the year on such a huge announcement, we are excited to see what they have in store for 2016. In the meantime, check out the rest of our Montane Outdoor Gear for award winning performance and reliable quality.

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Rab Microlight Range – The Ultimate Winter Warmers

Here at we are proud to stock an unrivalled collection of Rab’s premium quality outdoor gear. From hats and accessories to walking trousers and gilets; we have Rab products for every adventure.

Rab are a British brand that are passionate about providing the most functional and high quality designs in the outdoor industry. They have a rich history in the manufacture of down products, and you can see their logo being sported by some of the world’s leading explorer’s and pioneers of adventure.

Today we’d like to talk a bit about Rab’s Microlight collection; an essential for the cold winter months. Rab’s range of men’s and women’s Microlight jackets and gilets are created with Pertex Microlight fabric; which ensures down insulation retains loft. Pertex Microlight also offers excellent wind proofing, abrasion resistance, water repellence, and down proof stability whilst retaining a lightweight and soft to the touch finish.
Rab Microlight Mens Jackety

Rab Microlight Mens Jacket

The Rab Microlight Mens Jacket is a super lightweight, only 340g, and super warm down jacket. It features 750 fill power goose down insulation that keeps your core cozy and warm, with a micro baffle construction that prevents down migration to allow for a more even distribution of insulation. This particular jacket has a slim fit – ideal for when the weather worsens and you need to slip a shell on over the top. Finished off with the Microlight range’s signature Pertex Microlight outer this jacket is weather and abrasion resistant whilst still exceptionally comfortable.

Rab Microlight Mens Gilet

Rab Microlight Mens Gilet

The Rab Microlight Mens Gilet is a classic winter vest; perfect for keeping your core cozy and warm in the harsh winter weather. It features 750 fill power down insulation wish a mini baffle construction that holds it all in place. This comfortable gilet has Lycra armholes that also help to prevent trap the body’s heat to keep you warm. The Microlight Men’s Gilet is finished off with the collection’s trademark Pertex Microlight outer, and a super streamlined fit that makes it a perfect layering piece.

Rab Microlight Alpine Mens Jacket

Rab Microlight Alpine Mens Jacket

The Rab Microlight Alpine Mens Jacket, as the name suggests, is the ultimate alpine adventurer’s down jacket. Featuring a weatherproof Pertex Microlight outer, a narrow baffle construction and a streamlined fit it keeps you warm and doesn’t develop cold spots. Unlike the regular Microlight jackets and gilets, it’s 750+ fill power down insulation is treated with Nikwax which ensures hydrophobic performance and keeps you warm even when the down becomes wet. This adventure ready jacket also packs conveniently small – perfect for stuffing in your pack in case of emergencies, something that you can never be sure of in an unpredictable alpine climate.

Rab Microlight Womens Jacket

Rab Microlight Womens Jacket

The women’s version of the Rab Microlight Jacket boasts all the same premium features including 750 fill power down, a micro baffle construction and a Pertex Microlight outer. However it also features a comfortable women’s specific fit and a lighter weight of just 310g. This ensures that this adventure ready jacket is still warm, prevents cold spots and layers up well but it also offers personalised comfort for days spent in the mountains exploring.

Rab Microlight Womens Gilet

Rab Microlight Womens Gilet

This women’s specific gilet vest is the ultimate lightweight body warmer. It features 750 fill power down for exceptional warmth. a mini baffle construction that holds the down in place and a slim cut that enables it to be layered up. It also boasts a women’s specific shape that extends your level of comfort, and fleece lined hand warmer pockets that are great for storage or quickly warming up your digits when they get chilly.

Rab Microlight Alpine Womens Jacket

Rab Microlight Alpine Womens Jacket

The Rab Microlight Alpine Womens Jacket follows the same theme as the rest of this excellent collection; lightweight, warm, comfortable and durable. However, like the male version of this comfortable jacket, it is also extremely packable and made for use in even more unpredictable alpine weather conditions. It features a European goose down insulation with a fill power of 750+. This insulation is coated with a Nikwax hydrophobic solution, which ensures that this jacket stays warm even when it becomes wet.


So there you have the Rab Microlight collection; a collaboration that allows Rab’s knowledge and the exceptional quality of Pertex Microlight fabric to come together to deliver unrivalled performance. Can’t see exactly what you’re looking for? Check out the rest of our unrivalled Rab Outdoor Gear collection for all of your outdoor adventures this winter.

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Access Every Adventure With Petzl Head Torches

Here at we are proud to stock a huge range of Petzl head torches. Founded in 1968 by Fernand Petzl, a true pioneer of underground exploration, Petzl creates elite head torches and equipment to allow you to go where others haven’t before.

Created using his own insight into the world of caving and mountaineering, you can rely on every Petzl head torch to deliver exceptional performance with superior quality. Whether you’re an explorer with an insatiable thirst for the outdoors, or you just need a convenient source of light for those dark winter mornings walking the dog; Petzl has you covered.

There are two main types of Petzl head torch in our huge collection; classic and active. Their classic line is compact, lightweight and effortlessly easy to use. Ideal for the everyday user, they offer standard lighting that is perfect for proximity lighting, camping, walking the dog and other general use. The Petzl active line offers constant lighting, is compact and multi-beam. Their active head torches are perfect for versatile use offering constant lighting over time – great for mountaineering, hiking and trail walking.



Petzl Tikkina Head Torch

Petzl Tikkina Head Torch

The Petzl Tikkina Head Torch is the ultimate everyday lighting torch. It is compact, easy to use and feature two lighting modes allowing you to adapt the quantity of light you want to your needs. It also offers ambient and widebeam settings, is weather resistant and has an easy to use push button function – perfect for camping trips or walking the dog early in the morning.

Petzl Tikka Head Torch

Petzl Tikka Head Torch

The Petzl Tikka Head Torch is a fully packed version of it’s brother; the Tikkina. It features two lighting modes, giving you the option to favour brightness or burning time, and uses LEDs to give 80 lumens in maximum mode with a distance of up to 40 metres. The Tikka is easily operated for comfortable proximity lighting or wide beam making it ideal for activities such as camping, hiking and everyday use. Unlike some other standard lighting head torches it is IP X4 water resistant and has a comfortable, adjustable elastic headband.



Petzl Tikka Plus Head Torch

Petzl Tikka Plus Head Torch

The Petzl Tikka Plus Head Torch, as the name suggests, is an even more versatile version of the Tikka. This makes it great for a larger number of outdoor activities including hiking, trail walking and mountaineering. It boasts constant lighting technology to ensure that the brightness of the light does not decrease with the battery life and features several modes making it adaptable to different activities. These modes include a close range vision mode, a mode adapted for movement, a boost mode, red lighting mode and strobe mode. The Tikka Plus also features battery life management.

Petzl Tikka XP Head Torch

Petzl Tikka XP Head Torch

The Petzl Tikka XP Head Torch is the ultimate torch of the Tikka range; ideal for high action outdoor adventures. It offers unrivalled vision at any range thanks to it’s modes including; a single beam proximity mode, a dual-beam movement mode, a boost mode, a red light mode and a focussed beam mode. There are also strobe modes in both red and white light. It is operated via a single button on the top casing – effortless, and is weather resistant for superior lasting performance.


As you can see, Petzl offer an exciting collection of versatile head torches ideal for everyday and active use. Compact, convenient and supremely easy to use they are definitely our new favourite adventure essential. Not seen quite what you’re looking for? Check out the rest of our Petzl head torches today and “access the inaccessible.”

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Berghaus Hydroloft and Hydrodown Insulation

Born in 1966, Berghaus is one of the most respected British brands in the world – let alone the outdoor industry. Drawing on almost fifty years of experience to create their award winning products and technologies; they are true leaders of innovation.

Berghaus are able to create premium quality, reliable and user friendly products because they focus on just that – the needs of the user. Being outdoor enthusiasts themselves, they are able to use that insight to create products that work exactly as you need them to. Combine this with their inclusion of some of the outdoor industry’s most successful technologies, and a few of their own innovative creations, and that is what makes each and every Berghaus product.

True to their nature; Berghaus aren’t slowing down any time soon. In fact, they have just brought to us two excellent new insulation technologies; Hydroloft and Hydrodown.




Hydroloft is a synthetic insulation system designed to offer exceptional breathability and superior comfort whilst maintaining a lightweight design. It offers water resistance, is fast drying and performs extremely well in wet conditions.

Hydroloft works by using super-fine fibres which mimic the structure of traditional down insulation, creating small air pockets that allow moisture to escape and trap heat. The main benefits of this type of insulation compared to traditional synthetic and down alternatives are increased breathability, lighter weight and lower bulk, water resistance and fast drying.

It is able to perform better in wet conditions than traditional methods of insulation thanks to the synthetic fibre construction. These fibres do not absorb water, and combined with a water repellent outer layer can dry quickly to perform well in adverse conditions.

H-down TECH


Hydrodown insulation offers an innovative new take on nature’s traditional method of insulation. It offers the same benefits of natural down insulation without any of the downsides; enabling you to stay dry, warm, comfortable and travel light.

Hydrodown is created by giving goose down a durable water repellent (DWR) treatment. This ensures that is better able to resist the effects of wet weather, dries quickly and retains insulation properties even when it does become damp. Ensuring that like traditional down it has an excellent warmth to weight ratio that makes it perfect for cold weather expeditions, but it is better prepared to perform when the weather becomes wet.

The key benefits of this type of insulation are that it is compressible and packable, breathable, has a great warmth to weight ratio, repels moisture, retains lost and dries fast for quick recovery. This means that Hydrodown is the perfect option for mountain weather and cold weather adventures where you need to travel light and fast but don’t want to compromise on performance or comfort.


Here at we are proud to be offer a wide range of Berghaus products that boast the advantage of their expert knowledge and innovative technologies; including Hydroloft and Hydrodown insulation.

Berghaus Asgard Hybrid Mens Jackets

Berghaus Asgard Hybrid Mens Jacket

The Berghaus Asgard Hybrid Mens Jacket is a hybrid insulation jacket designed perfectly for versatile active performance. It boasts a range of premium technologies for superior performance in cold and damp conditions. The Asgard Hybrid features a Pertex Quantum outer fabric for enhanced durability, wind and water resistance as well as a combination of Hydroloft and Hydrodown insulation, a draw cord hem adjustment for heat retention, plenty of storage pockets and a helmet compatible fixed hood for the ultimate mountain performance.


Berghaus Asgard Tribrid Mens Jacket

Berghaus Asgard Tribrid Mens Jacket

The Berghaus Asgard Tribrid Mens Jacket is a versatile insulating layer perfect for comfortable performance on alpine adventures. It utilises body mapping technology to offer greater comfort and insulation in the areas that you need it most. Hydrodown insulation is used in the areas where heat retention is key, Hydroloft insulation is used in the areas where breathability is most important and fleece fabric is used on the arm where freedom of movement is essential. This body mapping construction means that the Berghaus Asgard Tribrid Mens Jacket is able to adapt to the needs of different parts of your body; ensuring that everything works for optimum performance.


As you can see, Hydroloft and Hydrodown insulation technology is a huge advancement for Berghaus. It will allow greater performance without compromise, therefore ensuring that outdoor enthusiasts are able to push the boundaries and go comfortably where others have not before.

Check out the rest of our huge collection of Berghaus outdoor gear to enjoy superior performance for all of your adventures this Autumn.

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