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Everyday Shoes from Outdoor Brands

I love being outdoors and know for sure that when you’re enjoying the countryside what you need is something decent on your feet to make getting around nice and comfortable. I lean towards decent outdoors footwear brands such as Merrell, KEEN, The North Face and Salomon (to name just a few – I’m not fussy

Review: Dare 2B Transpose Cycling Jacket from Go Outdoors

The Dare 2b Transpose is a lightweight cycling jacket made from a waterproof and breathable material designed to keep you dry when it’s wet and comfortable when you start to warm up. I was offered one by Go Outdoors to try out on my commute to work. The jacket is made from Ared 5000 which

The Graham Homes Memorial Motorcycle Ride

Unless you are very new to Splodz Blogz you will know all about the Graham Homes Memorial Ride. I didn’t post much about on it here because I set up a special blog to document the challenge properly, but I realise that it has been remiss of me not to share any of my thoughts

Some Goals and Challenges for 2014

Now that 2014 is well under way I thought it was about time that I gave some real thought to what my goals for the year should be. The reason I am doing this now is because I have been incredibly inspired by a few people I follow on twitter. Inspired to consider what my

Head Up Display for Motorcyclists from Skully

Motorcyclists! How often have you been on a journey and got lost? Come off the motorway at the wrong junction? Watched your mate take a turning you didn’t think was right? For those of us without a TomTom Rider or similar already, here’s a new idea from Skully – a helmet with a brand new

Why Outdoor Athletes Should Wear Contacts

A Guest Post by Michael Harris For many outdoor sports and activities, the first step to taking part in them is getting the right equipment. Cyclists and mountain bikers require bicycles and helmets; kayakers, distance swimmers, and divers need to find the right goggles and, occasionally, wetsuits; and hikers and runners alike require footwear ideally

Tips for Holidaying in Ruka, Finland

Having been to Ruka twice (read my travel posts here, here and here), and knowing that we will be going back sometime, I thought I’d share a handful of tips for having a great winter holiday in the resort. Be prepared with lots of layers. This year we doubled up on thermal base layers and

Bright Trainers Make You Run Faster

A friend told me the other day that bright trainers make you run faster. Seems a reasonable statement… And with January being the month when everyone seems to want to get fit, it made sense to do a bit of trainer window shopping and bring you a handful of brightly coloured runners to get you

Ruka for the Second Time

Have you ever enjoyed a holiday so much that you decide to do it all over again? That’s what we decided to do for our ski holiday this season – same country, same resort, same hotel, same week just one year later. Ruka in Finland had such an effect on us that we had no

Cycling LEJOG in the Spare Room

Earlier in the week I read an article over on the Berghaus website written by The Next Challenge, encouraging people to have a micro adventure in January. The three suggestions were swim the channel, climb Everest or cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Cycle LEJOG you say? Hmmm. I tweeted the article and then pretty much instantly

Review: The North Face Thermoball Hoodie Jacket

I’ve been testing out some brand new technology from The North Face over the last couple of weeks. This is the Thermoball Hoodie Jacket – a light weight insulated jacket designed to keep you toasty warm whatever you are up to. I won’t lie. When this jacket arrived and I took it out of the

The Seals at Donna Nook and the Storm Surge

I am so pleased I went to see the seals last Friday (29th November). One week later and the Warden at Donna Nook is looking at devastation as he surveys the site. The storm surge on Thursday night forced them to rip down the fence separating the seals from the dunes (which normally allows people

Review: The North Face Durango Hoodie

The North Face Durango Hoodie is a this-season soft shell outerwear jacket that offers some warmth and protection from rain, ideal for those in-between days when it’s not cold enough to need a hugely insulated coat but when you do still want to get moving. I received this particular one from Snow+Rock to try out.

Review: Hi-Tec St Anton Snow Boots

Every weekend for the last three, at least, one of the red tops has run a “breaking” news story telling us we’re in for Arctic weather conditions in the coming days. Apart from some cold fog and some icy starts to the day it is yet to materialise. And whether we choose to believe the

#BEDN 28 > The Great Outdoors

Any regular Splodz Blogz reader knows that as much as I like to curl up on the sofa and watch back to back episodes of some random American television show, I also love to get outdoors and enjoy the Great British countryside to get some fresh air and exercise. It’s a topic that features a