Monthly Archives: May 2017

Dickies Hereford Fleece Jacket – Gear Review

Dickies is a name I have always associated with workwear – heavy-duty trousers and steel toecap boots. It is not a brand that I would think of with regards to outdoor walking gear. I was proved wrong when I received an email asking if I would like to review one of their fleeces.

As you know I hike Dartmoor a lot, whatever the weather and more often than not that weather is not always as warm as I would like. Dave the dog and myself have often found ourselves sheltering out of the bitter wind over a spot of lunch, high up on a bleak granite tor. Fleeces have become essential kit for my hikes.

Hereford Fleece Reviewed

Fleeces come in a wide range of styles and colours and Dickies have a good selection on their easy to navigate website. I chose a fleece that would be both warm and not look too out-of-place up on the moors or wandering the local rural canal towpath.

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15 Litre Hydration Rucksack – Gear Review

From reading my blog you’ll know that I day-hike all distances; from 6 mile meanders with the dog to 41 mile personal challenges. Every season of the year. I have a lot of great kit but something that was missing from my “must have” list was a compact rucksack.

The people at Trespass contacted me and asked if I would like to review some of their excellent outdoor kit, so it made perfect sense to test out a rucksack that was more suited to my idea of a shorter hike.

Mirror 15 Litre Blue Hydration Backpack

I chose this 15 litre capacity backpack with removable 2 litre water bladder, from Trespass’ excellent range of outdoor equipment because I’ve come to love backpacks with a dedicated water carrier.

Upon arrival I opened the package and checked the backpack over, as you would expect from the Trespass brand the item is well constructed and has several handy features that perhaps you would expect to find on more expensive kit.

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