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Torrential Downpour? The Torrentshell has you covered. Literally.

Torrential Downpour? The Torrentshell has you covered. Literally.
If you are planning a trip to a destination that gets a good amount of rainfall, the Patagonia Torrentshell Rain Jacket should be the first item on your packing list. This jacket incorporates Patagonia’s H2No technology and is sure to keep you dry in the heaviest of rain. The Torrentshell is lightweight and takes up very little space in your luggage, so you never have to think twice when packing for a trip. It’s a favorite of mine for trekking and mountaineering because it doesn’t weigh down my pack and does an amazing job of protecting me from the elements. To keep the jacket handy, pull out one of the pockets and stuff the jacket inside. A nifty carabiner loop allows you to attach it to the outside of your pack for quick use. A frequent problem you may have noticed with some waterproof materials is that they’re not only good...
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These sandals have seen the world

These sandals have seen the world
I have been a huge fan of Chaco’s Z1 Sandals for longer than I can remember. I am currently wearing out my 4th pair. My Chacos have traveled with me to several continents: through rivers, on mountain trails, and pounded street pavement from Mumbai to Seattle. What makes me such a big fan, you ask? Comfort for one – put them on and forget they are there. Single-strap tightening adjusts them. They have a high, supportive arch so they feel like a quality gym shoe. Durability is the second benefit. Chacos can take a beating. Don’t worry if you get them wet or muddy – they dry quickly. This was especially useful traipsing through Bangkok’s flooded streets as I knew I could wash them off along with my feet. Each pair has lasted me 5 – 8 years.  The third reason is they are useful. You can wear them while swimming...
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Ultrathon - Best bug repellent for the bush

Ultrathon - Best bug repellent for the bush
Serious bugs call for a serious bug repellent and 3M's Ultrathon is one of the first things in my pack before heading into the bush. Whether I’m hiking in the Cascades, exploring the jungles of Borneo or on a safari in Botswana, I find this bug repellent to be highly effective at keeping those pesky little bug vampires at bay. I like that it’s effective for up to 12 hrs (it really is) and is sweat and water resistant which means I don’t have to keep reapplying all the time. Also, it comes with a nifty foam applicator on the end so you can easily spread it on without getting your hands all lacquered (ideal for fishing). I’m also OK with the level of Deet in this product (34.34%); meaning it’s strong enough to keep the bugs away but also not so potent that you’re worried about melting through your sleeping bag....
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Tim Hocking
Good one. I used Ultrathon for a week in the Wind Rivers on the way to Gannet Pk during one of the worst mosquito years ever. It... Read More
Monday, 14 July 2014 13:03
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Nothing like a good ole pair of LEECH PROOF SOCKS!

Nothing like a good ole pair of LEECH PROOF SOCKS!
Yes, that’s right. If you’ve planning a trekking trip through the jungles of South East Asia then you may want to heed my advice and get Mosquito Hammocks anti-leech socks. Why I do I like em? 1.) They are well constructed and stand the testament of time on long jungle treks like my last foray into the Maliau Basin of Borneo 2.) They breathe quite well which can be a savior for your feet when the heat and humidy of the jungle starts to climb. 3.) They are longer than the ones you can buy in-country, therefore giving you more surface area of coverage and more leach proofing! Want to see a tiger leach on the move? Check out my video below. If you don’t watch out… the leaches may get you (but don't worry, they don't hurt!. Don't make a blood donation to the leaches of the jungles and get...
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Stay Dry and Cool: Lightweight Travel Umbrella

Stay Dry and Cool: Lightweight Travel Umbrella
Living in the tropics and constantly traveling throughout Central America in very variable weather conditions has made me realize that ponchos, expensive rain jackets, caps and hats can be helpful but a small simple umbrella can be very handy. Umbrellas have many great functions and can not only keep you dry on a rainy day, but also keep you cool in hot sunny weather conditions. It is an item I always carry with me in my day pack as you can never predict the weather here in the tropics. For style and functionality I would recommend the Lewis N. Clark Automatic Travel Umbrella, you can find it on Amazon for $16.50 and it comes in a several different colors to fit your Wild style. It's also light, automatic and packs every easily into a daypack. You can have a lot of fun in the sun, but the sun can be a great danger...
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