Much to the annoyance of my local post office (I have parcels delivered there as I cannot hear the doorbell from my garden office!), I have had a few deliveries of new kit over the last few days.
First up is a North Face Men’s Apex Bionic Soft Shell Jacket, sent for review from Webtogs (the jacket on the left in the picture). Over the last year or so, I have really felt the absence of a soft shell jacket in my kit – for a lot of the walking I do, neither a fleece or a waterproof jacket have quite been right. I was hoping for a first use on Dartmoor this weekend, but judging by the weather forecast it is set to be a lovely weekend! (although I doubt the good weather will last!)
The jacket on the right is a Montane Extreme Smock, bought during @philoutdoors recent kit clearance at a bargain price. I do not really do much ‘extreme’ walking (none in fact), so this is not the jacket I would ever justify buying at full price. However I can see it coming in handy a few times a year, and it potentially opens up some new experiences, so I leapt on the chance to snap it up. The red tent peg is a bonus gift from Phil – “I’m a toilet trowel” – awesome 🙂 (I am hoping that it is as new as it looks though!)
The little box is a pair of Icebreaker Boxers (bought from Webtogs). I would potentially put underwear very high up my list of “most important kit”. When I first got back into walking, it took me several attempts to find something suitable – some M&S sport underwear in the end- but these are now at the end of their life. After reading Steven Horner’s Mega Icebreaker Review, I was sold on the idea of Icebreaker underwear.
I am looking forward to getting out to use them all 🙂