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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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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Take Note World: Rab is Awesome

Last weekend whilst discussing work with my friend Alex, I was surprised to hear that he had never heard of the brand Rab. This was very surprising to me, because of the 50+ brands we sell at Webtogs, Rab ranks second only to The North Face in terms of sales – and even then it’s a close-run thing. It’s also very much the ‘it’ brand in the market at the moment, with a rapidly expanding fan-base and amazing sell-through, not to mention the fact that it’s been around as a flag bearer of the British outdoor kit industry since the 1980s. (more…)

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Webtogs Autumn/Winter Photo Competition 2013!

I am excited to announce that in the run-up to Christmas Webtogs will be running a fortnightly photo competition! Think of it as a sort of online Webtogs advent calendar.

Every two weeks we will be releasing a theme or buzzword upon which photos are to be based. How you interpret each fortnightly theme is up to you, although they must depict, or at least be related to the great outdoors (depictions of Webtogs kit in action appreciated)! This week’s photo theme is AUTUMN. (more…)

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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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Mud, mud, glorious mud (nothing quite like it for cooling the blood)

BE SAFE: BE SEEN
BE SAFE: BE SEEN

I managed to complete a full mountain bike ride yesterday with bike intact and a full complement of body parts, which is something to celebrate. Despite threatening skies, near total darkness and lashings of mud, this week’s Bike Club was a big success. Fun was had by all (3 of us) on a varied 15 and a bit-mile route around the forested hills and valleys of the Stourhead Estate, taking in Stourhead house itself, a close-encounter with a deer, enjoyable downhills and tiring climbs. Feeling thoroughly buoyed by the experience, I intend to keep carrying the Webtogs Bike Night torch on through the cold, dark winter months! (more…)

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Our New Blog Home

For those of you who have never read us before, howdy! For those of you who have followed us previously welcome to our new home at http://tog-blog.co.uk We’ve been busy shoving the old site in to the theoretical moving van and here we are.

If you really want to know why we’ve moved, we’re making changes to the main site and want to ensure that it runs faster than a speeding bullet.  Moving the blog to a new domain helps us do this. We’ve also realised that this blog has been going for nearly 5 years now (phew) and there is a shed load of good stuff here. It deserves it’s own place, so pull up a pew, hit the subscribe link on the right or add our RSS feed to whatever programme tickles your fancy and we’ll pour the tea.

As for what you will see now you are here, well we are going to include the following;

  • There will be pictures of kittens from time to time
  • We won’t take ourselves too seriously
  • We won’t just turn this in to a blog where we go blah blah blah product blah blah blah product, buy buy buy all the time.
  • We’ll post useful stuff you want to know about the outdoors.
  • We’ll post routes of stuff we have done and let you download them and use them however you want.
  • We’ll try to sort out World peace in the next 18 months and post random words and numbers like 92Z5CYCA9FKD to confuse you.

One of those is a fib. Guess away as to which one. If you want to see something specific apart from rude pictures, post up below and we’ll see what we can do.

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