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LincsGeek and I are fairly new to the skiing game. We went on our first ski holiday just three years ago after some ski lessons at snozone. Before that first holiday we kitted ourselves up as cheaply as we could – we wanted good quality at low cost, and so bought coat, pants, gloves, socks and thermals in the sales and at discount stores. Skiing is expensive, and you can spend a fortune on kit if you wanted to. I want to, there is so much fabulous kit about, but can’t warrant it.
So when The North Face offered me one this season’s jackets for our trip to Finland I was delighted. You already know I like The North Face as a brand, I find their clothing fits me nicely and their shoes are comfortable. And I love my down slippers! But they are a technical brand with very high price points.
This is the Honee Snugs Delux Parka, and as soon as I saw it I knew that this was exactly my kind of coat. Just look at the colour for a start, the muted green (Boyce Green) is just lovely, so much better than the (boring) black of my existing ski coat. And it just looks comfortable and warm. I couldn’t wait to try it out.
A military-style parka offering skiers and boarders serious protection from the elements. This longer-length jacket is built with Heatseeker™ synthetic insulation, ensuring a warm ride whatever the weather. An adjustable hem system, adjustable cuffs and powder skirt provide a secure and comfortable fit. When the holiday is over, convert the parka into street wear by removing the powder skirt and unzipping the hood down the centre to reveal long-pile fleece lining. Core zip-vents help to prevent overheating when pounding the hill or park. Chest, hand, wrist and media pockets provide ample storage for all necessities. Created to look effortlessly stylish, The North Face Women’s Honee Snugs Delux Parka is street cool for the mountain and beyond.
I was a little worried about the length – this is a long line ski coat – and as I am short it could have looked silly and restricted my movement. I think you’ll agree though that it looks great on (I hope you agree!) and thanks to the shorter front and longer back I can move my legs about with no trouble at all. Actually that lower bit at the back is genius – it was just right to sit on when I was on chair lifts, which made a big difference to keeping me warm on the way up to the top of the slopes. There was plenty of room under the coat for me to layer up (I had the medium); while this coat has a feminine cut it isn’t tight.
I could tell this coat had been designed for winter sports. The large goggle pocket, the internal phone/mp3 player pocket with hole for the headphone wires, the powder skirt, the sleeve pocket in exactly the right place for your lift pass – all make this coat very useful on the slopes. That sleeve pocket even has a glasses cloth attached, which was a very useful feature, and the long toggles on the zips mean you can use them with gloves on. The two pockets at the front are massive – I could easily fit my wallet and some chocolate in one and my camera in its case in the other – and those little hand warmer pockets half way up were also useful for my poor cold fingers.
All the pockets aside, the whole point of a ski coat is for it to keep you warm and dry. And it did. Thankfully. The insulation did its job and I stayed totally dry for the whole holiday and in all the weather conditions Finland threw at us. The main zip has a flap over the top to stop wind and moisture getting through, and it does right up over your chin which helped keep my neck warm and dry. I think it goes without saying that I wore this coat over the required thermal layers, and needed a neck tube too, but it definitely went a long way to keeping my body warm and comfortable. I was very thankful for such a good quality coat when it was -22 and blowing a gale in the middle of the day. I wonder if the addition of comfort cuffs would have helped keep my hands any warmer – LincsGeek has them on his ski coat and I like the idea, they stop snow going up the sleeves and fit underneath his gloves adding a layer to his wrists.
[I will never make a model, but we had a great laugh taking these photos at the bottom of the Ski Jump in Ruka, Finland... below shows what happens when you run in the snow and it suddenly gets a lot deeper!]
This coat isn’t just for wearing on the slopes. The North Face has designed this for casual wear at home too, and you may have seen me sporting around and about quite a lot since we got home. The powder skirt comes out, the hood zips down the middle leaving it flat on your back, and you are left with a very nice parka style coat for everyday winter wear. The double zip is also very useful when wearing this coat casually – it means you can unzip it a little bit when you’re sat in the car driving.
I think you can tell that I really like this coat. I love the style, I really love the colour, and the fact that it’s great for the slopes and in town is perfect. It also fits well and is flattering – it’s not too bulky. This has become my “go everywhere” jacket, fit for all my winter activities. As for whether it’s worth the £260 price tag to be honest I really don’t know – I am not and probably will never be in the position to spend that much on any item of clothing, and so have nothing to compare it to. I know that with outdoors gear you get what you pay for and it is certainly superior to the ski coat I bought a few years ago, as well as my other winter coat. It has immediately become my coat of choice when heading out in the cold, wet and snow, and I think that is down to the design and quality.
I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist – anyone around my age can most probably remember some or all of that advert for Um Bongo, a juice drink aimed at kids waaaaaaaaaay back.
And now it’s back!
Actually there are two versions now – the original one, which is a combination of Apple, Lemon, Orange, Pineapple, Passion Fruit and Mandarin juices (along with water, sugar and other ingredients), and an orange one.
Um Bongo is of course a tropical fruit juice drink with added vitamin C. It is just as I remember it – a proper throwback to my childhood. It is thin – watery rather than pulpy – and very sweet.
The same applies to the orange one I tried. Not orange juice, but an orange juice drink. It’s like having squash ready made from a carton.
I was so excited when I received these samples of Um Bongo, I couldn’t wait to give them a try, they simply couldn’t chill fast enough. And I wasn’t disappointed with the drinks at all – I enjoyed them, they made me smile, they brought back memories. But I do wonder whether these will be as popular now. I hope so.
I am a BzzAgent and this is a Bzz Review…
I was recently sent on one of the new J2O Fridge Packs to try at home. I am already a fan of J2O, I enjoy the juice drinks very much and, even though they are very sweet, they are something nice to have when I go out. I have been known to buy the packs of bottles from the supermarket to put in the fridge at home, but not very often.
J2O now comes in cans. To begin with I wasn’t really sure what the point of that was. Glass bottles give the drink some sophistication, make it a bit special, and of course look great. But when I thought about it I realised that cans are more every day, and that’s what J2O are trying to do, make this a more every day at home drink.
The cardboard box is designed to go in the fridge with the cans inside, making them easily accessible without having them rolling about the place (a problem I always have when I buy the bottles – they are fine when in that cardboard sleeve, but as soon as you take one out the bottles have to all sit on the shelf taking up space and rolling about). I appreciate fridge packs, they do make the fridge more organised and mean you can reach in a grab a can easily. Each pack comes with six 250ml cans – they are the size of Red Bull cans – which means you get slightly less drink in these (275ml in the bottles); but the price of six cans is about the same as four bottles so you are getting better value here too. I expect cans are cheaper to make than glass bottles, and probably easier to recycle so the move to cans does make sense. Oh and of course with cans you don’t need a bottle opener!
Taste wise, well I have to say I do think the drink tastes a bit different. It’s strange how the container can have an effect on the flavour. It seems thinner somehow, I’m not sure. This is easily solved, though, just pour it into a glass!
At the moment you can get Orange and Passion Fruit and Apple and Raspberry flavours in the Fridge Pack cans in Tesco. I hope they become more widely available as I wouldn’t mind being able to get these more regularly.
If I was going to a Christmas party this year, then I would want some awesome shoes to wear.
It is fair to say I would almost certainly start my outfit by picking my shoes first. It’s very rare that I’d go out and choose a dress and then get some shoes to go with it. Although I have done that once, I found a fabulous dress for my brother-in-law’s wedding and then had to hunt out the perfect green suede court shoes.
Anyway, the lack of a proper Christmas party this year wasn’t going to stop me window shopping for suitable footwear… here are my picks.
The first thing I looked for was a pair of silver sparkly court shoes. They would go with pretty much anything don’t you think? These ones from Buffalo will definitely make your feet stand out – you shall go to the ball!
Wearing a little black dress to your Christmas party? Then definitely don’t wear black shoes. Oh no, wear something bright and punchy that’ll bring some pop to your outfit – like these fantastic green courts by Fericelli. You’d tower above everyone and they’d work with nude or covered legs.
Maybe you’re doing office to party with no time to change? How about these amazing orange shoe boots to take you from day to night.
Can’t do heels? Don’t feel left out, you can still be Cinderella in these sparkly slipper flats (or buy these as your second pair and keep them in your bag ready to change once you’re feet are complaining that you’re dancing too much!).
They might be mainly black, but the detail on these Ed Hardy courts mean they are firmly on my wish list. The colourful flowers would poke out from underneath wide bottomed trousers really nicely.
And of course if it’s your dress that makes you stand out from the crowd, patent black court shoes are your friend! Patent is definitely one of my favourite things at the moment, and this classic shape will go with anything at all.
What are you wearing on your feet to your Christmas party?
But it’s not winter yet, so what we want is something for autumn, something that is colourful like the leaves beginning to fall from the trees, something to keep us bright and cheerful as the evenings draw in.
There are some fabulous autumnal coloured boots about, which mean we can continue to wear those floaty dresses but keep our feet warm.
How about these green Iris Malin boots by Eject? Quite unusual, I like the heel.
If you want to be really unusual these blue Palladium boots – the style is fabulous, casual rock, urban, and so very bright – definitely on my wish list.
Orange is a traditional autumnal colour, and the shops are full of orange fashion at the moment. Airstep have created this biker style boot in camel, something you could wear all day every day.
If autumnal orange just doesn’t do it for you, then go for a nice bright red. These Goldmud Hitra Jiko boots pop.
Which colour will you go for this autumn? I am far too tempted by those blue ones!