How To Sleep Like A King Outdoors

Whether you’re a seasoned outdoor lifestyle enthusiast or you’ve only just started to dip your toes into the endless ocean of opportunity that is the great outdoors we’ve all suffered at the hand of a poorly planned out sleeping area. Going to bed with a full bladder, not checking that the surface you’ve chosen to pitch is completely flat or tossing all order to the wind and heading out without a pillow; these are all common and easy to make mistakes.

So, are there a set of rules that will always guarantee a great nights sleep outdoors? How do the experts do it? Is sleeping comfortably outdoors something that is reserved soley for the likes of cinema, books and fairytales?

Yes, we assume practise makes perfect and no. Thanks to the genius’ over at Thermarest we can all now rest well outdoors. Say hello to their latest little lifesaver; The Sleeping Well Outdoors Infographic. Follow these simple rules and you’re pretty much guaranteed to be snug, as a bug in a rug, even in the Great Outdoors.

12 Essential Tips For Sleeping Well In The Outdoors


There you have it, 12 simple steps that you can take for an amazing nights sleep. As you can see Thermarest have the experience, passion and knowledge that drives them to create great products and offer us life saving tips. If you’d really like to sleep like a King outdoors, check out our full range of Thermarest Gear and utilise the clever tips in this useful infographic.








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Leki Walking Poles Now 10% Off At

Here at we are proud to stock an extensive range of the world leading brand in walking poles; Leki, and for a limited time only we are offering 10% off all of our Leki Walking Poles, using the code LK10 at the checkout, so that you can enjoy their iconic design and quality for the best price.

Leki is undoubtedly the leading brand in the industry, and with over 60 years experience and countless innovations and firsts to it’s name it isn’t hard to see why. From their original glass fibre poles to their most recent development, Trigger Shark 2.0, they continue to surpass the industry standards already set by their own leading designs.

Whether you’re a walking novice or you’re a seasoned adventurer Leki walking poles offer unrivalled quality and superior performance. Just look at our top 5 Leki Walking Poles for example.

Leki Khumbu Pair Walking Poles

Leki Khumbu Speed Lock Pair Walking Poles

These lightweight walking poles offer support, durability and stability for all of your outdoor adventures. With Leki’s award winning Speedlock system which allows you to lock the pole into place in mere seconds, tough aluminium for durability, a carbide tip for superior traction and rubber Aergon grips for an ergonomic and comfortable grip these premium quality walking poles are the ultimate performer.

Leki Sherpa XL Speed Lock Pair Walking Poles

Leki Sherpa XL Speed Lock Pair Walking Poles

The Leki Sherpa XL Speed Lock Pair Walking Poles are ideal for tackling steep terrain or snow. They feature an extended section down the shaft which offers an alternative grip ideal for these more extreme walking situations. Similar to their other popular pole designs they also feature a Speedlock system, Aergon Thermo grip and robust Premium series tubing.

Leki Trail Walking Poles

Leki Trail Walking Poles

Equipped with Leki’s renowned Speedlock system, round top comfort soft grip, a lock security strap  and a carbide flex tip with a trekking basket they have a minimalistic yet super effective design. Sometimes the simple approach is the most effective when tackling outdoor adventures and trails.

Leki Wanderfreund Speed Lock Single Walking Poles

Leki Wanderfreund Speed Lock Single Walking Poles

The Leki Wanderfreund Speed Lock Single Walking Pole is a technical and brilliantly innovative walking pole for the seasoned outdoor explorer. It features an extensive list of technologies that provide reliable comfort, stability and durability including; a Speedlock System, a lightweight aluminium shaft, a three section collapsable construction, a Carbide Trekking Flextip and an AergoMed Grip handle.

Leki Micro Vario Titanium Pair Walking Poles

Leki Micro Vario Titanium Pair Walking Poles

Multi-functional, exceptionally lightweight and perfect in design the Micro Vario Titanium Walking Poles from Leki mean business. They feature an outstanding design with all of their most ground breaking technologies including; Aergon grip, shell cavity construction, non-slip mid extension, Push Button Release Mechanism, Speedlock System, a filigrane high performance tensioning rope with Kevlar reinforcement and a PE coating.

As you can see just by looking at our top 5 Leki Walking Poles they offer a wide range of poles with exceptional quality and superior technology in each design. But these bestseller’s are only a small part of the picture. Take a look at our huge collection of Leki Walking Poles and get 10% off using the code LK10 at the checkout until the 12th August 2015.

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A New Era in Breathable Design, Columbia Ventelation

A new era in breathable design, Columbia Ventelation technology incorporates a selection of innovative technologies and premium quality constructions to create the ultimate series of shoes. Boasting a range of extraordinary qualities including breathability, lightweight, flexibility, cushioning, versatility and comfort this latest series of shoes from Columbia has something for everyone.

Ventilating materials and innovative channels create the perfect breathable shoe and allow superior water drainage.  From the seasoned hiker to beginners in the world of adventure; these versatile shoes are perfect for all of your outdoor pursuits. Ventilating materials and innovative channels create the perfect breathable shoe and allow superior water drainage.

Here at we are excited to announce that we now stock this innovative range of shoes so you too can enjoy their amazingly advanced design.


Columbia Ventrailia Mens Walking Shoes - Platinum HeatwaveColumbia Ventrailia Mens Walking Shoes

These versatile men’s walking shoes feature an innovative design to deliver maximum comfort and performance. They incorporate midsole ports to deliver superior ventilation and cooling as well as a Techlite midsole for a lightweight feel. Despite their lightweight and breathable design they still deliver unrivalled grip and support thanks to the OmniGrip outsole and welded synthetic overlays.



Columbia Sunbreeze Vent Womens Sandals - Mud SorbetColumbia Sunbreeze Vent Womens Sandals

This feminine sandal features an attractive design and superior comfort to create the ultimate water friendly women’s sandal. Perfect for all of your adventures on and off road, it has an OmniGrip outsole for superior traction and a lightweight Techlite midsole with air-flow and drainage ports. Stylish, lightweight and ready for wherever the adventure takes you these sandals are a summer essential.



Columbia Conspiracy III Outdry Mens Walking Shoes - Black LuxColumbia Conspiracy III Outdry Mens Walking Shoes

These superior men’s walking shoes feature a comfortable, breathable and waterproof design to deliver maximum performance. They feature an OutDry waterproof and breathable construction for comfortable protection and have FluidFrame multi-density underfoot support. For grip with every step they incorporate the popular OmniGrip outsole with high traction rubber and a synthetic toe cap protects the toes from bumps.



Columbia Ventero Mens Sandals - Cordovan CedarColumbia Ventero Mens Sandals

These casual men’s sandals are ideal for all of your outdoor adventures. The breathable mesh upper and midsole ports offer superior ventilation and cooling when you’re working hard. The synthetic toe cap and internal support frame offer outstanding protection and support, whilst the OmniGrip outsole provides unrivalled grip. Comfortable, casual and supportive these attractive men’s sandals are ready for the adventure.



Columbia Drainmaker III Mens Shoes - Black NuclearColumbia Drainmaker III Mens Shoes

The Columbia Drainmaker III Mens Shoes are the ultimate water friendly sports shoe. They feature a comfortable and supportive design thanks to the Techlite midsole, and offer superior water drainage and ventilation through their midsole ports, open mesh and synthetic upper. They also feature the outstanding OmniGrip outsole for unwavering grip. Fast drying, comfortable, grippy, stylish and water friendly the Drainmaker III are ready for any action packed adventure.



Columbia Megavent Mens Shoes - Azul BlazeColumbia Megavent Mens Shoes

Stylish and exceptionally breathable the Columbia Megavent Mens Shoes are ideal for getting your sweat on. They offer outstanding comfort and superior support thanks to their lightweight Techlite midsole and Cast PU cage. They feature the famous OmniGrip outsole for unrivalled grip and have innovative ports in the midsole to offer high performance ventilation. This combined with the open mesh upper offers all day long comfort when you’re out adventuring.



As you can see, the Columbia Ventelation series is extremely impressive. The combination of innovative design with tried and tested technologies offers unrivalled comfort and performance. To see the rest of Columbia’s outstanding expertise and clever design check out the rest of our Columbia collection.

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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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Jack Wolfskin, Salomon and more New Brands at Webtogs

We always aim to bring you the best outdoor gear from all the best manufacturers and brands and at the best prices which is why recently here at Webtogs a number of well-known and diverse names have been added to our roster.  It’s always exciting to have the privilege of being approved for stocking products of brands new to us; even more so when we have a number of different types in one go.


Jack Wolfskin

Jack Wolfskin are a name well known amongst experienced outdoor enthusiasts having over three decades worth of experience in making high quality outdoor clothing such as jackets, tops, pants, headwear and shorts; plus footwear, rucksacks and handy accessories like water bottles, walking socks and more.  The extensive range of Jack Wolfskin outdoor gear covers every kind of activity from a simple short walk to braving a mountain trail as their aim has always been to get everyone out and exploring the wilderness whatever their ability or favoured type trail by being as comfortable as possible and you can find their premium products with us at Webtogs.

Also now at Webtogs are the bestselling footwear brand Salomon who since 1947 have specialised in durable technical hiking boots, shoes and sandals for hikers, climbers, trail runners and everyone who likes to take a walk outside.  The Salomon designs are stylish fairly distinct as shown in their popular 4D GTX boots collection and the entire range features the pinnacle of footwear technology such as Vibram outsoles, OrthoLite footbeds and GORE-TEX lining and constructions so that they can take on the terrain and climate conditions so you stay comfortable and supported.

We’ve also acquired brands that produce accessories and equipment that make adventures in the wilderness much easier such as Pure Hydration and Water To Go who produce canteens and water bottles designed to allow you to drink more safely plus BioLite who make compact and highly effective stoves that merely require small amounts of biomass to ignite a contained fire that will cook and charge electronic devices.  Other brands include Extremities with their range of gloves, socks and headwear that work to keep your appendages and head warm and dry without losing any flexibility at all and Buff who have quite simply created the most versatile range of garments around that can be used as everything from a balaclava, to a neck scarf and even a wrist band.

So please take a look at the great new brands and products we have for even more options for making any journey into the outdoors much more comfortable and enjoyable so you can focus on the trail ahead.

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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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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 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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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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