sam09 has reviewed 5 products

Down Jacket

Posted: 13 December 2008
Overall: Bought this Jan08 in a field and trek sale for £40. Used a lot around town held up well during those unexpected winter showers. Worn around camp at minus 3 degrees in Snowdonia. Was plenty warm enough with just light baselayer and micro fleece underneath. Can't fault it for the money I paid. I don't know why the've stopper stocking these. I would buy a couple more.

Snugpak Travelpak Xtreme

Posted: 14 November 2008
Overall: Mines from 2007 and hasn't got the mossy net. Its a nice lightweight bag for the money. Usefull for say late spring to early autumn but wouldn't use it if there is a good risk of frost without the backup of extra clothes. Very breathable fabrics I've gone to bed with wet trousers and socks and woke up dry as a bone. Recently on Dartmoor on the last weekend in October It was blowing a gale with rain all through the night. However once in the tent and out of the wind it felt considerably warmer than usual for late October so I didn't need to wear the jacket I had taken as back up.

Vango Typhoon 300 Tent

Posted: 16 April 2008
Overall: I Got this tent heavily reduced as were clearing the lines to makeway for the 2008 model just after Xmas. I've used it for 2 nights on Dartmoor mid April08. Had some heavy rain in the night plus constant 20-30mph winds. Shrugged the weather off no problem and put no strain on the tent what so ever. Despite the weight of 4.5k the extra room came in handy for cooking and getting changed in cold wet weather and was nice that my friend and I could eat together under cover. Seems more aerodynamic if pitched small vestible into the wind although we tried it sideways and performed just as well but it wasn't blowing a gale, just 20-30mph winds.

Vango Niteline

Posted: 08 July 2007
Overall: Bought this on a whim whilst window shopping in Millets for £20. Used it in early October in Snowden and was far too hot with clothes on however the weather was quite warm for October. Also I used it in mid April on Dartmoor and was warm enough with a micro fleece and hat even though it was quite chilly at night. mine weighs 80 grams under the stated 1580g it compresses quite well for a dirt cheap bag, haven't tested it with a frost on the ground but would probally be ok if wearing clothes and a decent mat underneath you. Well impressed for £20 excellent value for money. wouldn't risk zero without good thermals and fleece.

Craghoppers Napier Jacket

Posted: 25 March 2007
Overall: spent a long time looking on internet and in shops, seems pretty good for the money, but haven't put it to the test going up Ben Nevis soon.