Taunton Leisure News

  • Osprey Kyte Review

    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. I have the 36ltr, and I’ve tested it on day walks on the hills and as a...
  • Pablo's trip to the Alps with the Osprey Kestrel 38

    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 it was perfect for this. The landscape was beautiful and have summarised that in photos below...
  • Family Tent Buying Guide

    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 of tents...
  • Exeter Tent Show 6-8 April

    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 the South West at Westpoint...
  • Braam's Snowdon Adventure with the Osprey Kestrel 38

    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 in Snowdonia and I jumped at the chance. The Kestrel have a number of features...
  • How to wash a down jacket 2019

    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 as...
  • The Evolution of the Petzl Actik Core

    I have tried Blackdiamond, Ledlenser and Primus head torches and always just go back to Petzl. In my opinion they are the most efficient, reliable and most often strike the right balance between performance and price. The 4 torches pictured have a timeline of about 10 years so it's...
  • Rab Mantra Jacket Review

    It’s been a while since I’ve had a decent waterproof shell jacket so I jumped at the chance to review this Mantra, breathable and waterproof jacket from Rab. I tested it in two locations, wearing different layers under the coat to see how warm and windproof it would be.The first...
  • Gear Guide for Duke of Edinburgh, Ten Tors and Hiking Challenges - Sleeping Bags

    Activities like DofE, Ten Tors and the Exmoor Challenge are great for young people in the South West as they teach them important skills like team building, leadership and navigation. It gets them outside and lets them enjoy the beauty of the British countryside. As well as this, it looks...
  • Gear Guide for Duke of Edinburgh, Ten Tors and Hiking Challenges - Rucksacks

    Activities like DofE, Ten Tors and the Exmoor Challenge are great for young people in the South West as they teach them important skills like team building, leadership and navigation. It gets them outside and lets them enjoy the beauty of the British countryside. As well as this, it looks...

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