In this week's newsletter we hunt around for our new super-small headtorch to cast light on the week's competitions, gear reviews, and news. Now, where's the on-switch?
Posted: 26 October 2006
Remember when headtorches looked and felt a bit like stadium
floodlights, the batteries lasted 20 minutes and weighed 20lb - or at
least that's how it felt.
Boy have things changed. Would you believe a headtorch that weighs
about the same as a single AA battery, has five different beam
settings, clips onto flat surfaces and lots more besides? We do
because we've tested
We've other reviews too, but our man Gear, Richard
Gear has been busy talking pants - or rather legwear. From
how to repair it, which bibs to choose for mountaineering this winter
and why waistlines are being worn high this year.
And last but not least this week, it's the little Snowdonian
mountain that gets overlooked because it's a bit shy of 3,000 feet,
but packs a scenic punch. This week's route
is an ideal alternative for those days when you fancy something a bit
different in North Wales.
Something for the weekend eh?
Have a good one.
Jon and the team at OUTDOORSmagic.com
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