Kit Focus – Helinox Chair Zero Lightweight Camping Chair

Last year, I wrote a piece on titled 'The Importance of Comfort (and Tea)'—the post was intended to highlight my ethos of making smart decisions to avoid discomfort—as the saying goes "any fool can be uncomfortable".

With my sea kayaking expeditions becoming increasingly adventurous and challenging, I started to consider what I could do to enhance my comfort levels on long-distance paddles. Thinking 'outside the boat', I looked at my stop-over setup, and decided that to rest my back muscles and legs at a mid-paddle stopover, a lightweight camping chair would be a worthwhile investment.

The model I set upon was the industry leading Helinox Chair Zero. This is my review...

The Helinox Chair Zero is the ultimate lightweight camping chair. Weighing in at just 510 grams, it is a small burden for the amount of comfort that it can deliver; letting you relax, recover, and enjoy your mid-expedition stopovers on kayaking, hiking, and camping adventu…

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

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's…

Expedition Fuel — Endurance Nutrition from FUEL10K

Correctly fuelling for an endurance expedition is one of the toughest logistical challenges you will face. Unsupported, you need to find lightweight nutritious meals and snacks to keep your body functioning at its best throughout your adventure.

The range of products from UK brand FUEL10K is one of the most innovative, natural, and nutritious collections of endurance nutrition products that I have tried to date; perfect for multi-day kayaking expeditions and bikepacking adventures.

FUEL10K Complete Meal Leading the charge is the latest release from FUEL10K—'The Complete Meal'. When on endurance expeditions I try my best to eat fresh local produce; but there are times when that is simply not possible—due to the remoteness of your location or the inability to carry a heavy weight or quantity of produce. Freeze-dried meals are one choice, but recently I have been researching and considering the benefits of liquid meal replacements—FUEL10K's Complete Meal has risen to the top…

Kit Focus — Tilley TWS1 Paddler's Brimmed Hat

A Tilley TWS1 Paddler's Hat is an investment. It is adventure headwear that will keep you comfortable and protected from the elements for a lifetime of paddling, sailing, and hiking pursuits. As far as brimmed sun hats go, there is nothing that will beat a Tilley.

I have always been a huge advocate of proper sun protection—having seen far too many sailors and family members suffer from sun damaged skin. A brimmed hat like the Tilley TWS1 Paddler's Hat is unquestionably the best protection you can deploy for your face and neck—offering certified UPF50+ sun protection, glare protection, and temperature regulation.

On sweltering summer days, the Tilley Paddler's Hat supplies comfort thanks to the broad shading brim—with its unique hunter green under-brim to reduce water glare. Ventilation is plentiful too, thanks to the back vent and vent grommets; whilst perspiration is kept from dripping into your eyes by the soft wicking sweatband.

On windy and wet days, the Tilley TWS1 P…

Kit Focus — Mophie 5000mAh Powerstation Mini Powerbank

A lot of people ask how I keep things charged on expeditions and multi-day tours. The answer is simple—powerbanks. There are many alternative sources of power; such as dynamo hubs, solar panels, and of course wall sockets; but powerbanks are a reliable and safe way to charge any device. My current personal choice is the Mophie 5000mAh Powerstation Mini Powerbank.

The Mophie Powerstation Mini is designed to work seamlessly with your electronic devices. The 5000-mAh battery is a serious power boost—capable of supplying an added 18 hours of use for most smartphones.

You can also charge multiple devices at once by plugging one device into the USB-C port and another into the USB-A port; the integrated four-light LED power indicator then displays charging status and the current battery life.

The Powerstation mini weighs just 130 grams, and it is super slim and minimalist—you will barely notice it in your pocket or bag. It is also surprisingly inexpensive at just £20-30 retail in many outlets.