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Woolpower Base Layers
 
For a great all round base layer system Woolpower is best suited for all environments. Based on a Terry loop stitch and 70% Merino wool, it performs well and gives great breathability and moisture wicking, away from the skin. It comes in three weights 200g, 400g and 600g per square meter and has separate leggings and tops, with various configuration of zips, gilets, mitts and balaclavas.

Mike says...
" Woolpower has been a part of my kit for around 12 years now, and its an item I don’t leave home without. I generally wear a 200g top while moving around, but have a 400g gilet and 200g leggings in my pack. The advantage of using a high percentage of natural fibres within a garment proves well after long periods, as body odour is kept to a minimum, along with operating around fires. All Woolpower garments wash well around 30 degrees in a washing machine or hand wash. I am still wearing the original 200g top from 12 years ago. "

WOOLPOWER BASE LAYERS



Woolpower Tee LITE

Woolpower's lightest knit wool Tee
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Mike says...
" Well, good to see Woolpower back in stock in the shop. It has been in the doldrums for the past couple of years with a poor supply chain, but is now sorted out. I have been wearing the Woolpower Lite shorts for the past three years (not constantly, you understand) and they have been great. Recently bought a Tee to give it a go in the mountains and it worked really well, drying quickly and not smelling after three days of hard graft. The Lite will fit nicely with the Woolpower 200g tops I have had for many years. "


WOOLPOWER TEE LITE





Tiley Coolmax Travel Briefs
  
Tilley Coolmax Travel Briefs wick away moisture from the skin, are cooler to wear, odour resistant and dry fast.

Mike says...
" Our recent trip to Scotland proved these briefs to be a great piece of clothing. Underwear is generally over looked while on extended trips, with a lot of people wearing cotton. A lot of you who read this section know the disadvantages of cotton especially next to skin, add in poorly fitted underwear that could chafe, before you know it your trip becomes miserable. The Tilley briefs were exceptional in all aspects, wicking away moisture, easy to wash and dry. I highly recommend these briefs, but don’t get white. "

TILEY COOLMAX TRAVEL BRIEFS







Tilley Coolmax Boxers

Fast-drying and sweat-defying, they will neither chafe nor bind. These Coolmax® Extreme boxers wick away perspiration better than cotton to keep you cooler and drier in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Mike says….

" Well, reading my comment on the Tilley Briefs on the recommended section i have nothing else to add except these days personally i have moved onto boxer shorts rather than briefs. Still great, comfy, easy to wash and dry."
TILLEY COOLMAX BOXERS




Outdoor Research Helios Sun Hat
 
This broad sun hat has a 50+ UPF rating. The headband moves moisture away from your brow, while the brim offers an oasis of shade. The drawcord adjustment keeps it snug on long trails.

Mike says...
" With the hot late spring early summer we have had, the Helios has come into its own. Great while out in the open mountain and moor, even better when you soak it in a refreshing stream and place a full hat of cold water on your head. The Helios is very comfortable once you find your size, remember your head swells slightly under exertion and has a wide brim to shade the face and neck.

The draw cord is useful when the weather comes in and threatens to blow the hat into the next valley. My first bit of Outdoor Research is great. "

OUTDOOR RESEARCH HELIOS SUN HAT




Outdoor Research Sun Runner Cap

The versatile Sun Runner Cap has a removable, adjustable skirt that shelters you from harsh rays or can be removed when you need only ball-cap coverage.

Mike says...
" I have been using this cap throughout the summer this year and I'm mega impressed. Snug comfy fit with a large peak to keep your face and eyes shaded in the the mountains. On really hot days I add in the Sun Skirt for added protection to my ears and neck. I've also soaked the hat in a tarn or stream to cool down my head and neck in that hot sun when little shade is available. "

OUTDOOR RESEARCH SUN RUNNER CAP




Outdoor Research Swift Cap

Our most popular Training hat, the Swift Cap has sun protection and a full mesh liner crown for superior ventilation in warm weather, while the shaped brim and nylon panels offer serious protection from the sun.


Mike says….

" I have a few of these that i use on day hikes or training walks. I really like them, well designed, plenty of air movement and a good peak to shade the face and eyes from the sun.Never a big fan of wide brimmed hats in the woods though, so i either pack it away or turn it around."
OUTDOOR RESEARCH SWIFT CAP




Tasmanian Tiger Fleece Cap

Microfleece hat.

Mike says...
" Great lightweight and quick drying beanie for all year round use. "


TASMANIAN TIGER FLEECE CAP



Outdoor Research Ninjaclava

With a sleek, Ninja-worthy design, this unique balaclava provides serious protection on cold alpine days. The smooth-faced fabric features a warm, cozy brushed interior, and the overlapping design covers everything but the eyes and can be easily peeled open when high-mountain exertion causes heat to build.


Mike says….

" Great balaclava for mountain winter use and winter camping. Packs small and weighs next to nothing but gives a lot of protection against icy winds."
OUTDOOR RESEARCH NINJACLAVA





Dexshell Toughshield Gloves

A high performance waterproof, breathable glove offering superb protection, cut resistance and flame retardancy.

Works well with touch screen phones so no need to take off and is suitable for a wide range of industrial applications including the emergency services and armed forces.


Mike says...
" The Dexshell Toughshield Gloves are brilliant. I have even washed the pots at home wearing these (as a test !!) and come out with dry hands. Great around camp in winter dealing with hot pots, using cutting tools and operating a compass housing and GPS.

Perfect for winter camping. "
   

DEXSHELL TOUGHSHIELD GLOVES







Outdoor Research Phosphor Mitts

Made with a water-resistant and breathable two-layer GORE® WINDSTOPPER ® fabric, these mitts are filled with warm 600-fill power down.

Mike says...
" Well winter 2016 has hit nice and early this year and I was on the scout for some warm mitts. Over the Spring and Summer I have been using the  Outdoor Research Longhouse Glove along with the Outdoor Research Revel Shell Mitt which is a great combination.

The Phosphor Mitts came on the radar and I have had several outings in the hills and they work really well with the other two gloves. Very warm, easy to take on and off, windproof and water resistant - all these are attributes I want from a mitt. "

OUTDOOR RESEARCH PHOSPHOR MITTS







Outdoor Research Revel Shell Mitts

Constructed of fully-seam-taped, waterproof and breathable mechanical stretch ripstop, these mitts keep hands protected from the weather and move perspiration away from the skin.

Mike says...
" Great lightweight, windproof,waterproof quick drying over mitt for those cold, wet days in the hills. Dry very quickly and pack to nothing in my rucksack. "

OUTDOOR RESEARCH REVEL SHELL MITTS







Nikwax Tech Wash 300ml

Cleans effectively, reviving breathability and water repellency.

Mike says...
" Tech Wash is important to clean all waterproof breathable fabrics when they get dirty. I spend a lot of time outdoors and my outershell gets dirty very quickly. I advise washing garments twice a year ensuring all zips are done up. I place my clothing in a pillow case, tie a knot in it then wash it in the washing machine. "


NIKWAX TECH WASH 300ML







Nikwax TX Direct Wash In 300ml

Adds Durable Water Repellency and revives breathability - in a washing machine.

Mike says...
" After washing my garments with Tech Wash i reproof with TX Direct. This revives the durable water repellency ( DWR ) and aids in the breathability of the fabric. I use TX Direct at least twice a year. "


NIKWAX TX DIRECT WASH IN 300ML