Sea to Summit Comfort Light Insulated Sleeping Mat | Review

Hybrid Layer Air Sprung Cell technology in this camping mat means you’ll be well rested ahead of another day of adventure

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of righteous tiredness you get at the end of a day’s adventure. Hiking, climbing or trail running all day makes your lie down at the end of it all feel that much more rewarding. Well, that is if you’ve got the right gear. If you stumble back to your tent only to unroll the same sleeping mat you’ve been “making the most of” for the past seven years, your sleep might not be all that comfortable after all.

That’s where Sea to Summit come in. They produce some of the best sleeping mats on the market. If you’re heading back to kip on the Comfort Light Insulated mat at the end of the day, you better rely on more than just the birdsong to wake you up the next morning.

“We tested this on a week long trek through Swedish Lapland where the temperature hovered around zero degrees celsius at night.”

The first thing you’ll notice about this is the strange looking air cells, which have replaced the lilo-like tubes you’d find on a conventional inflatable sleeping mat. That’s what’s known as Hybrid Layer Air Sprung Cell technology. The idea is that lots of little pockets of air are more stable than a few big ones, offering you greater support and comfort than “large, squishy tubes.”

The mat is warm enough to be used in cold weather, and is ideal for trekking in the colder months of the year or even for ski touring trips. The Exkin Platinum fabric reflects radiant heat back to the camper, while Thermolite insulation prevents heat loss between the user and the ground.

We tested this on a week long trek through Swedish Lapland where the temperature hovered around zero degrees celsius at night. We found it perfectly comfortable to sleep on – both in terms of how warm it kept us and how it felt. In fact, after a while we stopped worrying about pitching our tent over smaller rocks because we knew we just wouldn’t feel them through the mat.

Hybrid Layer Air Sprung Cell technology provides extra comfort and support. Photo: Chris Johnson.

The pumpsack inflated the airbed, so no need to fill lung after lung when you’ve been out in the field all day. Photo: Chris Johnson.

In its stuff sack, the mat packs down to a roll of 11 x 23cm – roughly the size of a small loaf of bread. Photo: Chris Johnson.

Filling the mat with air is super simple. Photo: Chris Johnson.

It packs down really small when deflated (a roll of 11 x 23cm) so it fits easily into a backpack, and it’s lightweight too at only 620 grams. Having the inflate and deflate valves on top of each other is a neat touch and they’re very easy to switch between. In fact the only criticism we could level at the Sea to Summit comfort light is that the pump sack could perhaps do with being a little bit bigger. It took us on average four to five fills of the bag to get it fully blown up as opposed to two to three on some camping mats – but that’s a very minor point.

A bonus with any Sea to Summit mat is there’s a repair kit including adhesive patches which are simple to use, and a spare valve insert. Lightweight, small, warm and properly comfortable, this is a great piece of kit, and well worth the price if you’re thinking of going camping this season.

Sea to Summit Comfort Light Insulated Sleeping Mat

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Knocking On Heaven’s Door | We Try Out The “Champing” Craze At An Ancient Church In Kent

What happened when we took our sleeping bags inside a spooky church that dates back to the 11th century?

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Photo: Jack Clayton

It’s my birthday, and I’m having a house party. There’s a White Walker from Game of Thrones dancing in the lounge, and bicycle wheels where the lower halves of my legs should be. Everyone’s having a really good time, knocking back Ribena, and… wait… what’s Judi Dench doing here? And, hang on, whose house is this? And, actually, why are there road bike wheels where my shins should be? And…

I awake in the eerie, darkened, silence of St Mary’s Church – Fordwich, Kent. It must be two, maybe three, o’clock in the morning and not for the first time tonight I’ve exited suddenly from a strange dream. I sit up and look around, unable to see beyond the glow of the camping light and into the cold blackness beyond. My girlfriend’s sound asleep on the camping bed next to me, oblivious to the weirdness of my dreams and sudden urge to visit the toilet.

“…the cold silence of the church makes me hesitate.”

Driving into Fordwich 12 hours earlier, I see that the welcome sign for the place is proudly announcing to the world that this is “Britain’s Smallest Town.” It feels cruel to remark at this point that my mind does wander to thoughts of Royston Vasey in the ‘The League of Gentleman’, but I can’t lie to you. Despite this first impression, I’m happy to report that tiny Fordwich is far more idyllic and far less sinister than the nightmarish place where Tubbs and Edward tell outsiders: “This is a local shop, for local people.” Usually, right before killing them.

We’ve come to Fordwich to experience a night of ‘champing’. Champing, as you might have already guessed, is a portmanteau that merges together churches and camping in one neat micro-adventuring package. Currently there are 12 historic churches in the UK involved in the Champing Project, churches you can pay to spend the night in between the end of March and the end of September. Run by the Churches Conservation Trust, it might sound like an eerie thing to do but an increasing number of people can’t seem to get enough of it.

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The sign that welcomes you into “Britain’s Smallest Town” | Photo: Jack Clayton

“Ah, yeah. There’s people sleeping in there all the time,” says the landlord at the adjacent Fordwich Arms, midway through pulling us a couple of refreshing-looking beers, “Very popular it is, very popular indeed,” he adds, before trailing off in that way every single pub landlord you’ve ever met seems to do.

Located just three miles from Canterbury, the church itself sits on the Way of St Augustine – a 19 mile walk that follows in the footsteps of the man widely considered to be a founder of the Catholic Church in England. The pilgrimage gives anyone who walks along it the chance to lap up the gorgeously green landscapes of the Stour Valley, and explore all of the significant old churches dotted along its route. It’s meant to be extremely nice and, presumably, slightly more peaceful than Margate’s Dreamland – the theme park where I’ve spent my morning queuing for rides behind kids high on a cocktail of summer holiday optimism and sugar.

On the topic of old St Augustine, St Mary’s Church (which dates back to the Norman times) is actually home to a large block of limestone from around the year 1100, which is believed to have once been part of a shrine dedicated to none other than St Augustine himself. History nerds, take note.

“…you’re walking to the toilet in the dead of night and step on the exact spot where someone is buried…”

After drinking four more beers in The Fordwich Arms, playing an epic best-of-three chess match that locals will be talking about for years to come, and engaging in some confusing verbal tennis with the Hot Fuzz landlord, we make the decision to head out for an evening stroll along the River Stour. The sun is just beginning to dip over the horizon, turning the sky a pinky shade of orange that brings to mind the watercolour masterpieces of JMW Turner.

Fordwich, and its surrounding countryside, is a lovely place to simply be in and let time pass. On an end of summer evening like the one I’m experiencing tonight, the River Stour and Westbere Marshes deliver postcard levels of prettiness. This corner of Kent, I imagine, is the kind of uber English place that resides in the mind of a very particular type of American; the one you only ever meet at all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, the one who’s never been to “Ing-er-land” and who thinks our entire country consists of London, a village with some bunting, and three fields.

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Pictured: The corner of St Mary’s in Fordwich where we spent the night. Photo: Jack Clayton

Before bedding down for the night, we grab a few more jars and a bite to eat at the town’s only other pub – The George and Dragon. Over dinner, I notice my girlfriend has gone quiet.

“Are you OK?” I ask.

“Yeah, I’m fine” she says, in a way which suggests she’s definitely not fine.

“Is it… the sleeping in a church thing?”

“I just think we should be ready to escape,” she replies, “I think, if we don’t like it, we should be ready to get in the car and drive away as quickly as possible.”

“But… but… we’ve had *starts counting today’s beer tally, before hiccuping loudly and giving up* a lot of beer. We can’t drive anywhere with this much beer in our bodies. And besides, what are you worried about? There’s no such thing as ghosts.”

Church – interior. It’s 3am and I’m busting for a wee. Reluctant to step out into the darkness of the church, but not as reluctant as I am to stay where I am and wet the bed, I make the only decision a sensible adult can make in this situation – I decide to visit the toilet.

The toilet, dubbed a ‘ChampLav’ on the pre-arrival document we were sent, is inside a shed which itself is inside the church’s vestry. The vestry is on the opposite side of the church, not a million miles away by any stretch but the cold silence of the church makes me hesitate.

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Pictured: Church of St Mary the Virgin in Fordwich, Kent. Photo: Jack Clayton.

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Pictured: Sunset just outside of Fordwich. Photo: Jack Clayton

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Pictured: One of the blankets piled on my legs to keep out the cold. Photo: Jack Clayton

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Pictured: The eerie darkness of the church at 3am in the morning. Photo: Jack Clayton

Swinging a leg out, I put my foot down on words that say: “Here lyeth the body of…” I stop reading there, as if continuing to do so would somehow raise the corpse beneath my feet from the dead. It’s a stupid thought, completely irrational, and yet I have it anyway. I don’t want to paint champing as some sort of scary, ghoulish, experience because it really isn’t. For the most past, it’s extremely pleasant.

Every so often though, like when you’re walking to the toilet in the dead of night and step on the exact spot where someone is buried, you can’t help but be reminded of those frightening old stories you heard when you were a kid; of those 18 certificate horror films you watched at sleepovers when you were 11. A church after dark, it turns out, makes a lot of unexplained noises. Noises you put down to the wind, or wandering mice, or the creaking of old wooden beams because to think of them differently is to take your imagination down a bad footpath. 

You’ll no doubt be relieved to discover, at this point, that I successfully make it to the toilet without being brutally murdered by any monster living or dead. A moth does fly at my face and make me jump a bit but that’s as dramatic as it gets. The rest of the night passes by in a cascading blur of weird dreams; dreams borne out of the meditative quietness that comes with sleeping in a church.

“…we come across graves from as far back as the 1640s.”

I awake to the sight of sunlight pouring in through old, stained-glass, windows. The soothing sense of calm I feel is the same one I experienced when wild camping amongst the mountains of Snowdonia. No noise, no stress, no reminders of real-life responsibility; it’s perfect.

“Why are you whispering?” my girlfriend asks me, while we’re drinking coffee.

“Because it’s…” I pause, .”…you know… a church.”

After exploring the place a bit more, and then packing up our things, we soak up the silence one final time and leave through St Mary’s big wooden door; remembering, as we do so, to put the ancient-looking church key we’ve briefly been responsible for back in its designated hiding spot.

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Pictured: One of the spookier gravestones in St Mary’s graveyard. Photo: Jack Clayton

Walking through the graveyard, we come across graves from as far back as the 1640s. There’s some other, even older looking, stones with inscriptions that have been weathered over the centuries to the point of illegibility. The history of the place is palpable and you can’t help but wonder what 17th century locals would have made of this whole champing phenomenon.  

On the drive back to London, we discuss last night’s experience.

“You were scared,” my girlfriend says, “You were definitely scared.”

“I was not,” I reply; deciding, there and then, not to mention my spooky late night run-in with a moth.

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We spent the night at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Fordwich, Kent. There are 12 churches across the UK, including this one, where you can go champing. For more information on the activity, and the Churches Conservation Trust, visit the official Champing website.

Check out the rest of the Mpora ‘Dark’ issue here

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Gear Guide | Choosing The Right Knife For Your Outdoor Adventure In The UK

Looking to get a knife for your outdoor adventures? Be sure to read this first.

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Buying an outdoorsy knife if you don’t know what you’re doing can be tricky. You might end up buying a spoon, or a fork, or some sort of pine-handled spatula. No? OK. That was a really bad joke. For obvious reasons, purchasing a knife is serious business. Get the right knife and you’ll have a useful tool for your roamings in the wild. Buy the wrong knife and you’ll have a superfluous bit of kit that weighs you down, brings nothing useful to your trip, and scares those around you. Think: do you really need a barbed machete for a couple of days camping in Wales? Probably not.

So, what should you look for when buying a knife for use in the UK? What should you consider? How big does it need to be? What sort of stuff do you need to use it for? And so on, and so forth.

Here are some things an outdoor knife can be used for:

  • Slicing
  • Digging
  • Fire Making
  • Food Preparation
  • First Aid Tool
  • Opening Beers

Is Knife Size Important?

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Kershaw offer a wide variety of outdoor knives, in various different shapes and sizes.

That cheeky old saying that people 50 and above use on a daily basis, the one that goes “It’s not how big it is, it’s what you do with it that counts”, doesn’t really apply to outdoor knives. When it comes to items such as this, its ability to completely the task set is largely dependent on how big or small the knife is (as well as, of course, the experience of the person wielding it).

A knife that’s too small will be unable to chop down trees, or be driven through thick wood. While, at the other end of the scale, a knife that’s too big will be useless for tasks that require a precise and delicate approach.

Depending on who you ask, and how passionate they are about adventure knives, you’re likely to get very different answers to the recommended size question. Some say a top of knife to bottom of handle length between six and ten inches is the most versatile (with blade length around the three to five inches mark). This size, it’s reckoned, can hold up well to a variety of different tasks without being cumbersome. That said, we’d recommend you really think about whether you need a knife that big for your adventure as there are smaller knives that might be more appropriate for UK-based stuff.

Fixed or Folding?

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Pictured: Whether you want a fixed knife or a folding one, Kershaw have got you covered.

There’s a lot to be said for both types of knives here. A fixed knife is arguably more durable than a folder, as a joint of any kind is seen by some experts as being a potential weak spot.

Coming at it from a different angle though, it’s clear that a folding knife has a number of benefits. The main ones being that it’s far more practical in terms of storage and transportation. Kershaw, you’ll be pleased to know, offer a wide variety of knives; both fixed and folding.

Full Tang?

‘Full Tang’ knives are seen by some as being the be-all and end-all of the adventure knife. The argument goes that because the blade and handle are constructed from one continuous piece of metal, full tangs are stronger and more robust than half tang or rat-tail pang knives.

Over periods of time, partial tang knives can loosen under the heavy stresses that occur during high stress activities This loosening will, in the long run, leave you with a knife that’s difficult, and potentially dangerous, to use.

One way to easily spot a full tang knife, although it apparently doesn’t apply to all knife products, is to turn the knife on its side and look to see whether the handle has exposed metal sandwiched between the two opposing sides of the handle. Metal sandwich = full tang.

Versatile?

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Pictured: The nicely versatile Kershaw Shuffle.

It goes without saying that you want an adventure knife that’s got a bit of versatility to it; one that can provide you with solutions to whatever challenges come your way. Take the Kershaw Shuffle, for example. It has a short and stubby blade so ticks the standard knife box, but it also has a bottle opener (for when you want to kick back with a beer) and a flathead screwdriver (for when you, presumably, want to put together some flatpack furniture). Little touches like the built in pocket clip are easy to love, and go to show that a decent outdoors knife isn’t just about how sharp the blade is.

Lightweight?

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Pictured: The Kershaw Fraxion could be an excellent lightweight option in your search for an outdoor knife.

If you’re trekking around for days at a time, with a heavy backpack hanging from your shoulders, you want to minimise additional weight where possible. Walking about in the woods with three axes, two machetes, and a samurai sword might make you look like a countryside Rambo (cool) but it will also mean your kit’s overall weight is far above what it should be (not cool). Something to consider when buying an outdoor knife is how much it weighs.

The Fraxion, which is the result of a collaboration between Kershaw and Danish toolmaker Anso, brings together a strong stainless steel blade with a G-10 handle that has carbon fibre overlays. The knife is very light, weighing in at just 53g. Oh, and before we forget, it also has a clip so that you can attach it to your pocket. As you’ve probably already noticed, we’re a sucker for a feature like that.

For more information on Kershaw’s range of outdoor knives, visit the website.

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Camping Gear | 10 of the Best Bits of Summer Camping Kit

From bluetooth speakers to festival tents, board shorts and even suncream, here are ten bits of camping gear you shouldn’t be without this summer

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“What do I need to go camping this summer?” is a question a lot of people ask. Maybe you’re hoping to pitch your tent near the beach to make the most of the British summer, or you might be wondering what to pack for a festival this summer.

There’s a whole world of summer camping gear out there, and it can be a bit confusing, so we’ve found ten of the best things you need to take camping this summer.

Coleman Kobuk Plus 3 Tent Review

Coleman’s Kobuk Plus 3 Tent will help you sleep longer in the mornings thanks to the blackout bedroom

Coleman Kobuk Valley 3 Plus Tent

Price: £100

More information: coleman.eu

The best tents for camping in the summer have to be capable of keeping you dry on trips to the middle of nowhere, but also able to handle the mud, sweat and tears of a music festival.

Thankfully this ticks both boxes. The Coleman Kobuk Valley 3 Plus is one of the best festival tents we’ve ever slept in, chiefly thanks to the innovative ‘Blackout Bedroom’ feature. The inside of the tent is coated in black material which stops sunlight coming in and waking you up early.

Not only is it dark inside the blackout material also keeps it up to 5 degrees cooler than other tents, so you don’t feel like you’re cooking either. Having tested this ourselves at a rare, warm Glastonbury this year, we can honestly say it’s a game changer – Mpora slept until midday on some of the hottest days of the summer. Being hungover in a tent has never felt so comfortable.

Of course it’s not just for festivals – the blackout bedroom is really useful feature wherever you’re camping and the tent is waterproof enough to handle anything the British summer can throw at it – whether it’s a rainy mission to Scafell Pike or a wet weekend at Secret Garden Party.

Rab Morpheus 3 Sleeping Bag

Rab’s Morpheus 3 Sleeping Bag is filled with Nikwax Hydrophobic Down

Rab Morpheus 3 Sleeping Bag

Price: £220

More information: rab.equipment

Camping in the UK can mean enjoying or enduring temperatures that are as changeable as, well, as the British weather. So a sleeping bag that can cope with a range of conditions is essential. The Rab Morpheus 3 sleeping bag, is a great option. It’s a three-season sleeping bag, which means it’s good from Spring through to Autumn. You’ll still be completely comfortable when it’s -2°C outside, although this bag is tested down to positively baltic -27°C

Inside, the Rab Morpheus 3 is filled with a combination of Hydrophobic Down (made by waterproofing experts Nikwax) and Pyrotec insulation. This not only keeps you nice and toasty at night, but also really light, and means the sleeping bag can pack down to a pretty tiny size in its stuff sack, leaving more room for other camping essentials.

Therm-A-Rest’s Neo Air Camping Mat is a great one for summer trips

Therm-a-Rest Neo Air All Season Camping Mat

Price: £110

More information: thermarest.com

If you’ve ever tried sleeping in a field without a camping mat of some kind, having contorted your spine around hidden rocks and tree roots, you’ll know how essential a good bit of bedding is. The Therm-a-rest NeoAir All Season SV inflatable camping mat is perfect to ensure you get a good night’s sleep wherever you pitch your tent.

It inflates really easily, not even requiring a pump. A cleverly designed valve lets you breathe through the opening, inflating the mat, but stopping air coming back out. We found between 20 and 30 good lung-fulls got the NeoAir good and firm. For a softer sleep, there’s a small release valve that’s really easy to reach, even when you’re lying on it, should you want to let some air out. It packs down smaller than a loaf of bread, so you’ll hardly notice it’s there when you’re not using it.

Primus PrimeTech Stove Set Review

The Primus PrimeTech Stove Set is like a portable, packable kitchen.

Primus Primetech Camping Stove Set

Price: £130

More information: primus.eu

One of the best things about camping in the summer is cooking outdoors. There is something undeniably rewarding about rustling up some grub in the open air. The Primus Primetech stove set is basically a fully functioning kitchen that can fit in the bottom of your backpack, so getting a good meal when you’re camping has never been easier.

Primus have packed a lot of tech into this tiny package. There are two one litre pots that fit neatly into each other – ideal for cooking different food. Both pots feel really stable when you place them on the heater, which when you’ve hooked it up the the gas, can have a pan of water boiling in no time. The removable pot handle doubles up as a pair of tongues, which is perfect for that early morning bacon sandwich before you head out for a day of activities, or watching your favourite bands.

Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar powered charger

Goal Zero’s Nomad 7 solar panel charges your phone and other electronics on the move

Goal Zero Nomad7 Solar Charger

Price: £100

More information: goalzero.com

Going camping is all about getting away from the world, but in reality, we all have some tech that we like to keep with us, even if we’re getting a bit Bear Grylls. Whether it’s a camera, a SatNav, or a smartphone, keeping them charged while you’re camping this summer can be tricky. One way to stop you from having to spend hours each day bumming free electricity from the local pub to charge your iPhone is to harness the power of the sun, and get a solar charger.

The Goal Zero Nomad7 solar charger is a good way of getting natural energy back into your phone’s dwindling battery. Its internal USB means you can hook up your phone directly, or use the panel to top up a remote battery. We found it worked best in strong, direct sunlight, with the power fading when the Nomad7 was in shade. But as a natural way to keep your tech fully charged, it’s portable, lightweight, and effective.

Finisterre Boardshorts Review

Finisterre’s True North Vendavel Board Shortsare made from recycled materials.

Finisterre True North Vendavel Board Shorts

Price: £75

More information: finisterre.com

There are a tonne of board shorts out there these days, but a really good pair is worth investing in. And good board shorts don’t get much better than these Finisterre True North Vendavels.

The look good, and feel incredibly comfortable to wear – almost like wearing nothing, but without the shocked screams of onlookers in Tesco. But it’s not just an aesthetic thing. The True North Vendavel are made from 100 per cent recycled polyester, which is turned into stretchable, ripstop fabric, that’s also UV protective. In short, good looks, good performance, and good for the environment.

Zinka Water resistant sun block

Suncream is good, water resistant suncream is better

Zinka Water Resistant Sunblock

Price: Varies

More information: zinka.com

Even in summer, the idea of getting sunburnt in an all-too-often rainy Britain may seem laughable. But when you’re camping, and especially if you’re going for a dip in the ocean or surfing at some point, a bit of sunburn is rarely far away, and as the voice of experience, burnt eyelids are no joke.

While regular sunscreen may cut the mustard on land, it’s going to get washed off in seconds if you’re going for a dip in the sea. California based Zinka make a range of really strong sunblock that’s water resistant, so you’re going to stay protected even after a good few dunkings. It’s quite thick, so putting it on does give you a slight Casper-like appearance, but it’s UVA and UVB protective, paraben and oil free, and even contains Aloe Vera, and vitamins A and E.

GoPro Karma Drone

GorPro’s Karma Drone is one of the easiest to operate

GoPro Karma Drone

Price: £1200

More information: gopro.com

Capturing your camping trip in a movie is a must, especially if you’re somewhere particularly scenic. But getting that golden sunset over the hills on your Nokia 3310 isn’t going to look amazing in your Facebook video. GoPro’s Karma drone has made it possible for anybody to get those epic sweeping shots from angles that would have been the preserve of professional film crews as little as five years ago.

Karma is really easy to fly after a few minutes practice – the controller even comes with a demo mode to help you learn before you actually get the drone off the ground. Straight out of the box, it’s not quite ready to fly, requiring some wifi and GPS signal to calibrate, but this only takes about ten minutes. In flight, Karma’s battery last around 20 minutes, but in that time you can get some really special footage.

House of Marley Bluetooth Speaker Review

This Marley Bluetooth Speaker pumps out some serious volume

Marley Get Together Mini Bluetooth Speaker

Price: £130

More information: houseofmarley.co.uk

After a long day in the outdoors, it’s time to head back to the tent, kick back and… And? Who’d brought the entertainment? Luckily, we packed a Marley Get Together Mini bluetooth speaker.

At around three centimetres by seven, this small speaker doesn’t half pack a big old, deep sound. Pair it up with your mobile phone, and you can relax with your friends to some Willy Mason, or crank it and get a small rave on the go with some Skepta. With the battery lasting around 10 hours off a full charge via USB, you’re set for a full weekend of good vibes. The only down-side is the voice command, where the speaker bellows “POWERING ON” when you turn it on.

Dragon TenZig sunglasses review

Dragon’s TenZig Sunglasses will protect your eyes from all forms of UV

Dragon TenZig Sunglasses

Price: £100

More information: dragonalliance.com

Whether you’re wild camping in Scotland, pitching your tent near the beach in Newquay, or packing for a music festival, one item you’ve got to take is a pair of sunglasses, and we love these Dragon TenZigs. They’ve got a classic surf look, which feels like a bit of a stylistic nod to the mid 90’s. Whether you think this solid looking, almost Batman like style is for you or not is rather down to personal preference, but we really like it.

But they’re not just all about looks. The frame of the Dragon TenZig sunglasses is designed to give your eyes maximum protection from the sun. Sitting the the frame is a LumaLens, which optimises colours as you see them, basically giving you the shade of sunglasses, but without any loss of what you can see of your surroundings. They’re also offer 100 per cent UV protection, keeping you safe and looking rad at the same time.

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12 Crazy, Creative, And Cool Tent Designs For Your Summer Camping Adventures

These fun tents will really make you standout at the campsite.

Tents are useful. They shelter you from the elements in a way that thin air just doesn’t, and are a truly vital component of any outdoorsy adventure. But tents are, let’s face it, also extremely boring. Block colours, big brand logo somewhere on the side; you know the formula.

Wouldn’t it be so much more fun if tents were, well, a bit, you know, fun? Shoutout to Field Candy then, who are clearly singing from the same hymn sheet as us with their big collection of weird and wacky designs. You name it, this lot have ‘tented’ it.

Sandwich tent? They’ve ‘tented’ it. Watermelon tent? ‘Tented’ it already, mate.  Iron Maiden tent? Consider it well and truly ‘tented’. Tent that looks like a tiny pub? OK. OK. OK. You get the idea.

Conclusion: these tents are cool.

1) ‘What a Melon’

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Photo via. Field Candy.

2) ‘Picnic Perfect’

Sandwich Tent

Photo via. Field Candy.

3) ‘World’s Smallest Pub’

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Photo via. Field Candy.

4) ‘Tow The Line’

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Photo via. Field Candy.

5) Iron Maiden’s ‘The Trooper’

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Photo via. Field Candy.

6) ‘Cheese Please’

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Photo via. Field Candy.

7) ‘Get a Room’

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Photo via. Field Candy.

8) ‘By the Light of the Fire’

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Photo via. Field Candy.

9) ‘Animal Farm’

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Photo via. Field Candy.

10) ‘Grasslands’

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Photo via. Field Candy.

11) ‘Birds of a Feather’

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Photo via. Field Candy.

12) ‘Wow’

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Photo via. Field Candy.

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