As we approach the festive season, thoughts turn to Christmas presents and the dreaded list. I know all too well the pain this can create as just last week my wife said those dreaded words
What do you want for Christmas?
So, this is my ideal Christmas Present List, and before you ask, it is not my list for this year. This is a list of my favourite things that I thought you might like or know someone who would appreciate.
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With the worse winters for years predicted an insulated down jacket could be an essential. Personally, I use the Mountain Equipment Lightline Down Jacket which gives exceptional warmth and protection in sub-zero conditions. However, there are numerous good quality Insulated Jackets available to suit most pockets
I use the Rab 50 Litre Kit Bag, which I find adequate for 2-3-day trips. It is roomy, light weight and waterproof. There is a vast assortment of different size bags by different Brands.
Over the years I have tried numerous Trekking Poles and have found nothing else to match the quality and durability of Leki poles. This year I have been using the amazing Leki Micro Vario Carbon Trekking Poles and they are well worth the more generous price tag.
With the shorter days and worsening weather, the chances of getting caught out after dusk has increased. Therefore, it is essential to carry a good quality headtorch (plus spare batteries) at all times. My go to favourite is the Petzl range, but there is a wide range of excellent quality headtorches available
Water Purification Bottle
One of the best pieces of kit I have ever come across is the Pure Hydration Aquapure Traveller filter bottle. It is a high-performance personal water purification system that is designed for those who may find themselves in places where water quality is dubious or even dangerous. Do not leave home without one.
The worst thing you can have is all the kit in your rucksack getting wet in heavy rain. Therefore, it is import to put everything into dry-bags. The Regatta Dry Bag Set use a seam sealed, roll top construction to keep your gear dry and safe.
This time of year, you can frequently encounter wet grass, deep snow and muddy bogs. But these are no match for a good pair of waterproof gaiters. Whenever you are out walking it is important to have dry, comfy legs.
I hope this has given you some food for thought – happy spending.
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