We are building big stocks for the spring. Here are some of our favourite new products.

1.Kelty Cosmic Ultra sleeping bag

Never heard of the brand? - maybe, but don't let that put you off, we are been impressed with the excellent value and quality that Kelty keeps coming up with from Sierra Designs sister company, both part of Exxcel Outdoor. The Haleyville factory in USA, alone produces 1.5 million sleeping bags a year.  The Cosmic Ultra range is exceptional value for money. The 3 season version we have been using on recent trips has impressive specs with trapezoid baffle construction giving thermal efficiency with premium lightweight 800 fill Dridown, PFC free fabrics with one of softest 'hand feels' we have experienced.  The price £250, £300? no, we have the 3 season version at under £170!   Also available in a women and four season versions.

2. MSR LowDown Remote Stove adapter

We first saw this last June whilst attending a trade show and immdediately thought what a great idea and now we are a MSR retailer we have recently got our hands on quite a few of them.  The LowDown  is an upgrade for your canister stove or stove system.  It can turn your tiny, ultralight stove like the Pocket Rocket 2 into a remote canister stove when you need stability or need to cook with bigger pans or transform a tall stove system into a stable cooking system.

The foldout legs create a wide, stable base that significantly lowers your stove height, for stability on uneven ground.  The remote valve and fuel line moves the flame control away from the stove and pot, making cooking adjustments easier.  

3. Big Agnes Twister Biofoam sleeping mat and sit mat

Two views of the TwisterCane BioFoam mat with the Sit Mat at the bottom

We are also on the look out for more environmentally sustainable products to stock in our store. The Twister Biofoam from Big Agnes meets that by utilising an environmentally conscious material with a unique EVA foam that contains more than 60% sustainably grown sugarcane resin. The sugarcane resin is grown and harvested in an environmentally sustainable manner then audited by a third party.

Use it alone or underneath an insulated sleeping mat for additional warmth and comfort and where you can also achieve a four-season system.  A cut down version of the Biofoam is also available as a sit-mat.

4. Big Agnes BlownDown Tent Anchors

Can't get pegs into snow or loose soil, such as sand and peat, then these may be for you. I purchased something similar from a USA brand that has no distribution in Europe a few years back on one of my trips to the USA. I have found them useful and now Big Agnes are doing these and have improved on the product I purchased.

Available in a pack of 4, they are made from tough nylon with a nylon taupulin bottom for bomber abrasion resistance and come with reflective guylines to attached to your shelter.

5. MSR Front Range Ultralight Tarp Shelter

This is a featherweight, all season pyramid style tarp shelter for up to 4 people but weighs less than 1 kg with an interior height of 162 cm (5' 4"). A simple no- nonsense ultra light shelter, ideal for 2 with plenty of kit. Can be pitched with two trekking poles strapped together or a collapsible pole.

6.  Mountainsmith  Stash and Side Kick

With the Mountainsmith Stash get your kit organised on or off  the trail. A zipped case with lots of storage options, internal dividers and pockets with easy access for tools, first aid kits, electronics, toiletries and other camp essentials.  

Side Kick is  like a traditional lumber pack or use as a cross body sling.  Remove the waist belt and use the rear velcro tabs to attach it to bike or motorcycle handlebars, compression straps of a backpack, day pack waist belts, MOLLE attachments, chest or sternum straps, and more.

7. Platypus Quickdraw microfilter system

The QuickDraw Microfilter System provides one of  the best user experience of any fill-and-squeeze water filter on the market. The easy-to-use system comes in two parts: the durable and taste-free 1L QuickDraw reservoir and the hollow fibre filter cartridge.

Weighing just 95 g and filtering up to 3L per minute, the QuickDraw system ensures quick and easy access to clean water on any trip. You can either shake-to-clean the hollow fibre filter or perform a tool-free back-flush to ensure the fast flow rates will stick around for the duration of your trips.  The QuickDraw attaches to other Platy bottles and reservoirs allowing you to develop an ideal system for you.

8. Sierra Designs Backcountry Bivy

The Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 3000 is the European version of the standard Backcountry Bivy available in Stealth Green. Great value, waterproof and breathable Bivy weighing just 400g. Ideal for use on its own or under a tarp.  We have been using this bivy for awhile for steath camps in the 'lowlands' and using with tents and shelters where we have taken out the inner giving more space in the winter.

9. Sea to Summit Extreme Mat

Recently we have started to stock Sea to Summit Ether light  XT Extreme mats. We haven't tried them out yet in winter conditions but we have been impressed with the 3 season versions of this mat for comfort and these look even more luxurious.  Available in many sizes: Regular, Large, Rectangular Regular Wide and Rectangular Large and in Womens Regular and Large.

NEW brands to us

Finally if you haven't visited our online store for a while, you may like to know that we are stocking these brands new to us. Black Diamond, Nordisk and Terra Nova in addition to 40+ great high quality brands and of course our own range of UK manufactured quilts and accessories.