There has been a lot of focus around cycling recently, including the success of the track cycling World Championships, build up to sport relief and the constant push to drive more people out of cars and onto bikes in order to help the environment. However, for anyone thinking of taking up cycling or taking it to the next level, it is important to choose the right bike.
People often make the mistake of choosing the cheapest, prettiest or most available bike and don’t always think about the specific qualities they need to posses, depending on the use. MuddyFox are specialists in all disciplines of cycling and have a wide range of bicycles, available on FieldandTrek.com, that are suited for commuters, tricksters and off-roaders.
For people who either currently use a bike to commute to work or to get around town then a road bike like the MuddyFox Fixie at £149.99 is ideal. Benefiting from a lightweight frame, single speed design and wheels that are fitted with stick road tyres, this bike is quick and smooth, as well as being very easy to maintain, making it great for casual cyclists.
Alternatively, for someone who prefers to go off the beaten track and perform the latest stunts then a BMX bike is the ideal choice. The MuddyFox Double Deuce BMX bike at £100.00, from FieldandTrek.com, offers everything that is needed to cope with rough and uneven terrains and can be put through its paces. Featuring a slick freestyle frame, front and rear U-breaks, a three-piece crank set and rear stunt pegs this bike boasts all the qualities a stunt bike needs.
Cross-country and off-road biking is great for improving fitness and working on major muscle groups. For this type of biking mountain bikes should be the choice of weapon. With mechanical breaks and 24 Shimano Acera gearing, the MuddyFox Turbulence mountain bike at £199.99 has been especially designed to take on some of the toughest trails around. This bike also benefits from a lightweight frame and front suspension forks for an easy ride.
Using a bike that is intended for a specific purpose not only means cycling will be easier, but it also means there is less chance of injury.
GPS’s and navigation systems are undoubtedly very useful, not only for everyday life, but also for scientific advancements and tracking. With this in mind there are therefore many reasons why we love GPS’s,
FieldandTrek.com take a look at some of their special features.
With scientists using them to determine the size of an earthquake and biologists using them to track animals through migrations the navigation system has come a long way since it was first used as part of a project of the U.S. military in 1978. Now, they are part of everyday life with people all over the World using them in cars and on foot to help plan and direct their route.
There are a wide range of GPS’s available on the market that all have various qualities and specialist features to help make life easier. An increasing amount of walkers are now using GPS’s, and although some people speculate that this will stop people from learning key compass and map reading skills, when used appropriately they can be very useful and contrary to popular belief, they still require navigation skills.
The Garmin GPSMAP 62s is ideal for serious adventurers. Featuring a durable and waterproof shell, this GPS boasts a 3-axis tilt-compensated compass to ensure precision, coupled with a built-in worldwide basemap with plenty of memory to store 200 maps. This navigation system also benefits from area calculation, sun and moon information, photo navigation and automatic routing.
Suitable for casual walkers and adventurers, the Memory Map Adventurer 2800 comes with a 2GB micro SD card with pre-loaded Ordnance Survey® Land Ranger® maps of selected British National Parks. This GPS also benefits from Memory-Map PC software for route planning and map printing.
Geocaching is the perfect family activity and for families that are new to the new-age treasure hunting then the Garmin eTrex 10 Geocaching Bundle is ideal. The device is waterproof and has a battery life of up to 25hours, coupled with a Worldwide basemap and sensitive GPS receiver with HotFix and GLONASS support. The kit comes with all the necessities to ensure that the geocaching adventure can start straight away.
Fishing has many sides to it and, although it is sometimes dubbed as a boring sport, the likes of sea fishing is anything but. Not only doe they provide the opportunity to delve into deeper waters and leave the shore behind but they can also be quite dangerous.
Some people love nothing more than relaxing by the side of a river bank on a Sunday afternoon, and while this is lovely, some require more of a challenge and a change in scenery. Going further afield and venturing beyond the shore once in a while provides a bit of variety and new experiences.
Sea angling by boat or kayak is not only fun, but there is also a greater opportunity to catch rarer species than shore anglers such as fish from the ray family, tope and sharks. Underwater structures such as wrecks, reefs and sandbanks are an excellent habitat for fish and you find will that they vary in species.
For sea anglers who plan to delve into deep waters and aim to catch large fish then boat rods and reels are a necessity, like the Fladen Charter boat rod or Shakespeare Salt boat rod as they have tremendous power, balance and resistance. Fly, bait and lure fishing can all be used to entice sea fish, but fly fishing is becoming increasingly popular and is definitely worth a try.
Some of the dangers around sea and salt water fishing is, quite obviously, the weather. Always check the forecast for how strong the wind is forecasted to be, and in which direction it is expected. Summer is the opportune time for offshore fishing but that doesn’t mean it will be plain sailing. Waters may be calm in the morning but, as with anytime of the year, this could all change in the afternoon.
There are many charter boats and trips, as well as clubs for saltwater fishing and they are a great way to try out offshore fishing and can be great fun!
Recent reports from the Mountaineering Council of Scotland have announced that wearing cotton clothing poses serious risks to suffering from hypothermia when out trekking in the winter. With this in mind, Fieldandtrek.com take a look at what mountaineers, expeditionists and serious walkers should wear during the bitter months.
The main reason why cotton is not a suitable fabric for winter activities is because as soon as it begins to rain, snow or gets a little wet, its insulation properties no longer exist, causing the skin to cool down very quickly. This in turn could cause hypothermia.
When out walking in harsh weather conditions it is vital to be prepared and wear the correct clothing. Many waterproof and breathable items are constructed from modern polymers and laminated with a polymer membrane called polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE) and polyurethane, so always check before purchasing waterproofs that they are constructed with these materials. When it comes to waterproofing and fabric being breathable it is also best to look out for jackets and trousers with eVent® or GORE-TEX® properties as they work to wick away any moisture.
In terms of insulation, microfleeces are much more insulated than a normal fleece, which is crucial when out in the snow or facing tough conditions. Down fabric, whether it’s goose or duck, is also desirable as it aims to retain both warm air and cold to ensure a comfortable temperature.
On a whole, synthetic materials are lightweight, strong and durable which is everything that is required from outdoor clothing. However, nylon is not the best option when it comes to protection in the outdoors. Although it is lightweight, tough and keeps water from seeping through, it also doesn’t allow any moisture to escape. Therefore, any sweat that builds up on the inside will stay there which won’t be very comfortable.
Wearing waterproof, breathable and well insulated clothing may seem like common sense, but sometimes it can be overlooked and wearing the wrong materials could pose serious health risks.
Valentines Day is just around the corner and with shops and online stores bursting with gift ideas, FieldandTrek.com take a look at a more subtle way to share the love this month – a romantic walk.
Many people spend a fortune on presents, cards and going out for meals on Valentines Day, but going for an idyllic walk promises just as much romance as any of the above. Rather than being crammed into a busy restaurant, a peaceful walk somewhere in the dales, for example, offers a more intimate and cherished atmosphere.
Bath is well known for its beauty and iconic history, including the Roman Baths, and offers stunning walks, both planned and unplanned. The Cotswold Way National Trail offers over 100 miles of stunning scenery with journeys through small villages and famous historic sites to choose from.
The Malvern Hills divide the counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire and at their high points offer picturesque views for miles. Worcestershire is also home to the UK’s best-known rivers; the Severn and Avon, a gentle stroll along the Severn Valley will see the Holt Castle and Church as well as the beautiful countryside.
A trip to Dorset to walk along Durdle Door or White Nothe will provide an abundance of romance thanks to the coastal views and arches carved by the sea. If the weather is okay then a walk along the beach or through the coves would be a real treat.
For people who love nature as much as they do their partner then the Bodnant Gardens in north Wales is perfect. Owned by the National Trust, the gardens boasts stiles, kissing gates and wooden gates along the path which are perfect for stopping and admiring the views.
North Yorkshire is home to some breath-taking sights, and the Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal offer just that. The Abbey and Water Garden estates boast a tranquil and romantic setting thanks to the ponds, statues and temples as well as the river from the Abbey.
Rucksacks have developed a lot over the past few years, both in terms of aesthetics and technical features, meaning that their usability has also increased. FieldandTrek.com take a look at the different types of rucksacks available and who they are suited to.
Once seen as just a necessity for travellers and walkers, backpacks and rucksacks have become much more than that. Now they can be seen down the catwalks and across a wide range of high street stores, available in stylish and sleek designs, as well as funky prints. Due to the shift in their reputation, rucksacks have become somewhat fashionable again and there are more available on the market.
Backpacks and daysacks
Daysacks and backpacks are predominantly used for short adventures, particularly for days out and are great for families who have a lot to carry around with them. Available in a wide choice of designs and colours, FieldandTrek.com’s range includes brands such as Karrimor and Deuter, with most offering rain covers and an array of pockets and compartments to keep organised. They are also the perfect bag to use at the gym, school and for work, with many festival goers also sporting them.
Suitable for: Families, days out, weekends away, commuters.
FieldandTrek’s range of rucksacks come in a variety of sizes and designs, including bright colours and patterns, for an up-to-date and stylish look. Rucksacks are ideal for expeditions and travelling, with many featuring hip belts, compression straps, walking pole loops, multiple pockets and a front shock cord system that is ideal for transporting sleeping bags and mats.
Suitable for: Trekkers, hikers, adventurers.
Duffle bags, that also turn into backpacks, wheel-able backpacks and convertible child carrier’s that double up as backpack and child carriers, are all items that have been developed over the past few years to help make life and travel easier. Rucksacks and backpacks on wheels are perfect for travellers and business professionals and are designed to make travelling a breeze.
Suitable for: Business professionals, sport players, family adventures.
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Many outdoor brands have a variety of different technologies that they incorporate into their collections, but it’s not always clear exactly what they mean. FieldandTrek.com are here to provide the low down on Karrimor’s range of technologies.
First up is XLite. The main aim, and result of XLite is that the product is much lighter in weight than usual. A broad range of their running clothing, rucksacks and walking shoes incorporate XLite and the outcome is that you can travel further, faster and for longer without the weight dragging you down. The overall function is not compromised and it is worth looking out for if you are competing in a marathon or going hiking.
Whether you’re walking, running, cycling or skiing, sweating is inevitable. However, Karrimor have a collection of clothing and footwear that have been designed with eVent® waterproof fabric. This fabric utilises Direct Venting™ Technology which enables sweat to vent directly to the outside of the fabric, allowing moisture to be let out, meaning you will stay dry and comfortable throughout the day. The prefect range for those more challenging activities.
Weathertite™ was introduced back in 1948 and is Karrimor’s durable and waterproof system, that means the weather will never alter your plans again! The breathable and waterproof fabric is incorporated across a range of their walking shoes and clothing to ensure that you stay protected against the rain. Unlike some waterproof footwear and clothing, Karrimor’s range offers a breathable layer so is ideal for use all year round, rather than just in the colder months.
Karrimor’s collection of outdoor clothing, footwear and accessories are all designed with the wearer in mind and each of these technologies enhance the usability.
Visit www.fieldandtrek.com/Karrimor for their full range of outdoor apparel and keep informed by visit their blog at www.fieldandtrek.com/news
Waterproof clothing is a must when it comes to exploring the outdoors, and many provide much more than protection from rain. FieldandTrek.com take a look at what to look out for when it comes to waterproof clothing.
For people who love walking the weather is just one of those obstacles that they need to overcome. The wind, rain and cold are no reasons to stop walking and more often than not, serious walkers won’t let it get in their way. The key, therefore, is to get kited with a suitable clothing that will protect against all the elements.
Ensure to choose an all rounder. FieldandTrek.com have a great selection of 3 in 1 jackets and waterproof coats that have added benefits than just being water resistant. Regatta, Karrimor and Craghoppers all have a range of coats that benefit from either a fleece lining or a separate fleece that can be attached for warmth, coupled with mesh inners for breathability. The Karrimor Weathertite collection is also worth checking out as they are all have windproof, waterproof and breathable properties, without being too bulky for ease of wear.
Waterproof trousers are great for keeping in your backpack and donning on when the rain starts to pour. The main properties to look out for is that they are lightweight and have breathable qualities as they will more than likely be worn over ordinary trousers so you don’t want anything too restricting or heavy. Open hems are useful for ease of slipping on, but some also have a popper buttons on them so once they’re on you can adjust to prevent the rain and wind from seeping through.
Walking boots are an essential part of the outdoor getup and being waterproof is a necessity. GORE-TEX boots are definitely worth spending the extra money on, not only do they offer durable waterproof protection but they are also breathable and well insulated to ensure that your feet are warm and dry throughout your adventure.
FieldandTrek.com stock a vast range of waterproof clothing and boots that are suitable for men, women and children so you can get the whole family kitted out for less. Visit: www.fieldandtrek.com/walking for their full collection and keep up to date with their latest products and news online at www.facebook.com/fieldandtrekuk or www.twitter.com/fieldandtrekuk
A new year should bring new adventures, and camping is guaranteed to bring the whole family entertainment and joy. If camping is on the holiday list for 2014 then it’s best to plan early and ensure that there is an ample amount of time to get all the essential equipment and decide when your camping trip will be.
Planning your trip now will also help you get out of the January blues and will give you something to look forward to and get excited about. January is usually a month of people trying to save money and be good, however some campsites only require a small deposit to start off with and the initial planning doesn’t cost anything, plus there is a chance you will save more by booking your holiday now.
Campsites used to be closed over the winter period, however now more and more campsites and caravan parks are open all year round so people are not restricted to when then can go camping. Obviously most people will opt to go between March and September when the weather is, hopefully, nicer and warmer but camping in winter does have its perks too, such as cold, brisk walks and frosty scenery. So you may be able to go sooner than you think.
January is also the best time to stock up on camping equipment. Many stores and online retailers, including outdoor specialists FieldandTrek.com, have sales on at this time of year and you could save a small fortune.
If you are planning to go soon then opt for 3 to 4 season sleeping bags, but if you are more likely to go in the spring/summer than look for 1 to 2 season ones instead. Before you head online or to the store make sure you make a list of the equipment that you will need, and ensure that it is matched to the season in which you plan to go camping. Even though you may want to cut down on the spending it is worth looking now as it could save you a lot of money in the meanwhile.
Even if, realistically, you are not thinking about going camping until August/September time it is still worth planning your trip now so you can get organised and start saving money in preparation.
Visit www.fieldandtrek.com/camping for the latest equipment. Keep up to date with the latest products and ideas to get you active online at www.fieldandtrek.com/news
The post-Christmas sales are in full swing, with some stores and online retailers starting before Christmas Day. Some of the biggest prices cuts can been seen in the January sales and it’s a time when many people search for the best bargains they can find.
Outdoor retailer FieldandTrek.com have joined the sale sensation and are offering discounts of up to 80%. This includes a broad range of their products from cycling, running and skiing equipment, as well as a range of men’s, ladies and children’s clothing.
For people who love camping they have some great deals across sleeping bags, tents, rucksacks as well as cookware and cool boxes that are perfect for any camping trip. They are also ideal for buying now and saving for the summer. Family tents are available from just £110.00 and sleeping bags from £8.00 with brands such as Vango, Gelert and Campri all being discounted.
Get kitted out for the next marathon or fun run with their hot deals across running clothing, footwear and accessories. With Puma running shoes from just £15.00 and Karrimor running vests and shorts from £3.50, they are perfect for stocking up on whilst they are on offer. Plus there are a range of running gloves and hats in the sale that are ideal for running in the winter months.
Their ski sale also offers everything for the avid skier, from snow boots to ski jackets and base layers, to ensure warmth for less on the slopes. Top brands such as Craghoppers and Hot Tuna can been seen in the sale and are a great investment for any skier.
There is also up to 80% off across all waterproofs with some Regatta waterproof jackets at just £20.00, down from £49.99. Waterproof boots and shoes are also available at just £17.00, down from £59.99, a brilliant saving to get the motivation going for walking in January.
The FieldandTrek.com outdoor sale promises great savings and deals that are well suited to any outdoor enthusiast. Visit http://www.fieldandtrek.com/pages/sale for the full January sale and keep up to date with the latest news and products on their blog: www.fieldandtrek.com/news