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MSR Pocket Rocket Review

MSR Pocket Rocket 2 and the NEW Pocket Rocket Delux MSR Pocket Rocket 2 The Pocket Rocket stove has been around for quite some time now and has been the go-to stove for many lightweight enthusiasts. It’s efficient performance and minimal size makes it a market leader. How could it be improved? Time moves on [...]

Altberg Dalesway Boots Review

Aleks from Bristol has been out testing the latest Alt-berg Dalesway Vegan Boots The Test I have recently had the pleasure of taking my new Alt-Berg Dalesway Vegan Boots out on the hills for their first outdoor adventure. We had a windy but beautifully sunny Sunday and a couple of my friends wanted to do one [...]

Sleeping Bag Buying Guide

Choosing the right sleeping bag, relevant for your adventures is time well spent. Whether your trips are more suited to a synthetic or down sleeping bag, this guide will help with the technical considerations. Down Bags The benefits of having a down bag are: Warmer Lighter More compressible than synthetic (this helps if you are [...]

Celebrate Somerset countryside with artwork

Does Happiness Grow on Trees? If you live and work in Somerset or are a visitor, then you are invited to enter a creative competition this month (May 2019) demonstrating how you feel when you are outdoors in the county’s green spaces. Somerset’s three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are searching for artwork entries [...]

Sea To Summit Delta Range Review, Camping in the Swedish Winter

The ultimate dinnerware for huddled, chilly, dinner parties in the Scandinavian winter wilderness The Test At the beginning of March, I took part in the Swedish Hilleberg Outdoor Academy Winter Tour 2019. Four days and nights in temperatures as cold as -28c. We trekked for up to 7 hours each day through the stunning forests, [...]

Celebrating National Walking Month

We're celebrating National Walking Month We’re hoping to encourage more people to get out walking across the country as part of National Walking Month this May (2019). We’re offering free advice on footwear, rucksacks and other walking essentials, as well as tips for some of the best walks around. As part of National Walking Month, [...]

Osprey Rook review

Osprey Rook 65L Backpack Two trips out, a very wet and windy day, on the Quantocks and a more amenable day on Dartmoor. This gave contrasting conditions to test out the new ‘Rook’ rucksack from Osprey. The features First impressions, with a fairly straightforward ‘top loader’ style of design, was a sack with enough key [...]

Free footwear check for Healthy Feet Month

Free Footwear check for Healthy Feet Month Keen and amateur walkers are being invited to take advantage of our free footwear fitting service being offered as part of a national Healthy Feet Month We’re supporting the April event, which is run by the College of Podiatry, by offering complimentary boot fittings daily during normal opening [...]

Osprey Kestrel Review

Osprey Kestrel 38l Backpack The test An opportunity to test the Kestrel 38 fell perfectly with my up and coming training sessions with Ten Tors and DofE groups.  The need for a good day sack that has enough room for additional ‘leader’ gear plus the usual personal stuff had been on my mind.  I usually [...]

Hilleberg Training Winter 2019

Hilleberg training is no classroom lesson, it is five days hiking and camping in temperatures as low as -35 degrees C. The Trip I had never been to Sweden. I had never been camping in winter or snow. I had certainly never even contemplated the idea of sleeping out in a sleeping bag when temperatures [...]

Rab Kinetic Plus Review

Alice from our Taunton store tested the Rab Kinetic Plus Jacket while hiking, cycling and kayaking in the rain. Did it stand up to the test? Rab In 1981 Rab Carrington, a key figure in climbing and mountaineering, started making down sleeping bags and clothing in his home in Sheffield, using knowledge from his years [...]

Osprey Renn Review

Beth from our Bristol store took the Osprey Renn on a hike on the Malverns and recommends it for a first time traveller. Osprey's Rook/Renn series is the brand new, budget friendly offering. Both women's and men's versions are available in 50 and 65 litre capacities and are designed for backpacking and adventure travel. The [...]

Osprey Kyte Review

Alice from our Taunton store took the Osprey Kyte on a hike on the Quantocks and discovers all the features. The test The Osprey Kyte is a highly versatile backpack which is suitable for most hikes and travels. The Kyte is the women’s specific version of the men’s Kestrel, and it comes in three sizes. [...]

Pablo’s trip to the Alps with the Osprey Kestrel 38

Pablo from Bristol took his Osprey Kestrel Backpack skiing and hiking in the French Alps. What did he think? The Test I was given the opportunity to test the Osprey Kestrel 38 and took it on a week long trip to Chamonix in the French Alps. I was going to be hiking and skiing so [...]

Family Tent Buying Guide

Why buy a tent from Taunton Leisure? Here at Taunton Leisure we have over 40 years’ experience in selling tents of all shapes and sizes; so I guess you could say we know a thing or two about tents and what to look out for when buying one. With arguably have the most diverse range [...]

Exeter Tent Show 6-8 April

Peg down your dream tent at our free Tent Show If you’re looking for a tent for the summer and come from Devon or are in the area this April (2019), then we’d like to invite you to our free Camping Show. We’ll be hosting one of the largest displays and ranges of tents in [...]

Braam’s Snowdon Adventure with the Osprey Kestrel 38

Braam, our Bristol Store Manager tested the Osprey Kestrel 38 on a trip to Snowdon and here's how it performed... I have been looking to add to my back pack range for a while with the Kestrel 38 and Talon 33 the main contenders.  I was offered to test the Kestrel 38 for a weekend [...]

How to wash a down jacket 2019

How to wash a down jacket A down jacket will inevitably need washing after much use, whether it's used to keep warm everyday in the winter or on a climbing trip in the mountains. The down properties that keep us warm need to be treated carefully. They can get damaged when wet and drying is [...]

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