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Kit Focus – NATRUE Skincare Products

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Looking after yourself and looking after the planet should not be two distinct pursuits. The products we choose to purchase for our daily lives and adventures have a direct impact on us – when we use them; but their manufacture has a notable impact on the environment, before they even make it into our hands. Just as you would hopefully consider purchasing recycled clothing or sustainably sourced fabrics, I believe you should also consider nature in the cosmetics that you purchase to fill your bathroom cupboards and kit bags. NATRUE is the non-profit organisation behind the acclaimed international certification standard for natural and organic cosmetics: it sets strict criteria for third-party certification of natural and organic beauty products — to distinguish truly natural cosmetics from the myriad of nature-inspired products on the market, and to help consumers navigate through the 'greenwash' that is all too common in cosmetics.  So, what are the benefits of natural cosmeti

Kit Focus – VOITED Packable Rain Poncho

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Head to Asia in the monsoon season and you will find seas of scooter riders sporting waterproof ponchos to shield them from the torrential downpours. VOITED have taken the humble waterproof poncho design and brought it up to date with modern waterproof fabrics and features; making this a simple but versatile rain cape that will keep you and your gear protected on outdoor adventures. A poncho bridges the gap between a rain jacket and a rucksack cover—serving the purpose of both, in one packable design. The Voited Rain Poncho is a complete rain cover designed especially for everyday city commuting and outdoor activities such as camping, cycling, trekking, fishing and festivals. Made using 50D 100% recycled REPREVE® polyester fibres, the fabric used in the poncho is 18K waterproof rated to keep you dry no matter how hard the rainfall. Fully taped seams and a waterproof hood and pocket zippers prevent water ingress through these areas too. The poncho packs up small, within its own waist po

Kit Focus – Lowe Alpine Lightflite 2 Beltpack

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Longer trail runs and hikes are safer if you can pack a few essentials: a mobile phone, lightweight windproof jacket, space blanket, a clip-on light, perhaps even some sun cream and a chapstick. You don't want to be cramming these essentials into the pockets of your running shorts though, so a lightweight belt pack or 'bum bag' is the ideal solution. The Lowe Alpine Lightflite 2 has fast become my new favourite pack for 'light and fast' adventures. Featuring an adjustable narrow webbing belt and padded wicking back panel, the Lightflite 2 is comfortable to wear and doesn't work loose or bounce as you up the pace on the trails. Inside there is a key clip for house keys and enough room for a large mobile phone and windproof jacket. On the outside, two fast-access mesh pockets are ideal for trail snacks, and a reflective LED light loop can prove very useful in low light conditions. Perfect for housing all the essentials listed above, the Lowe Alpine Lightflite

Kit Focus – 361 Degrees Nemesis 2 Stability Running Shoes

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In it for the long run. The 361 Nemesis 2 are stability running shoes designed for experience runners who want extra support and cushioning for long endurance runs. I have been testing them out over 300 kilometres of mixed surface running and have found them to be one of the most supportive and comfortable pairs of running shoes I have used to date. I have had a great experience with the 361° brand over the last few years; using their Yushan trail shoes to complete my first off-road marathon, as well as training for many miles on the road in the Strata 3 road running shoes. The Nemesis 2 comes from good company therefore, and I was excited to see how they performed on longer endurance runs, primarily on the road. The 361° Nemesis 2 is a stability shoe suitable for runners that have a high tendency to overpronate. It is a proven classic; with the original 1.0 model a popular everyday trainer; with the extended medial post providing a secure and supportive ride for mid to long-dist

Kit Focus – Stanley Master Unbreakable Trigger Action 0.35L 16oz Insulated Travel Mug

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I have a bad habit of breaking Thermos flasks… throwing them out of bottle cages; dropping them on slipways; knocking them about in kit bags. The result is that I have wiped-out at least four in the last year of adventuring and expeditions... A thermal insulated mug or flask is a fantastic companion for all kind of cycling, kayaking, sailing, and hiking adventures though; letting you take a comforting hot drink (or ice-cold beverage) with you when you head out into the wilderness. That drink could save you from hypothermia or heat-stroke, if things get really out-of-hand. In the pursuit of an unbreakable thermally insulated mug, I turned to the heritage brand Stanley. Known worldwide for their range of bombproof lunchboxes, mugs, and flasks; Stanley looked to have the answer to my quest… The Stanley Master Unbreakable Trigger-Action Insulated Mug is my new adventure companion. Made from thick food-grade stainless steel—it is rugged and rust-proof, and built to last. Using Stanley&#