Sam B.

Sam B.

Wellington, New Zealand

An outdoor lover, traveller, climber
,adventurer and general embracer of everything nature has to offer


My Products

Lowe Alpine Airzone Trail 25 Backpack

Lowe Alpine Airzone Trail 25 Backpack
Perfect for all occasions

When you are looking for a pack there are many things to consider: weight, body shape and size, capacity, features etc etc. The list can go on and on. Fortunately Lowe Alpine have been considering this list for a long time and have pretty much nailed it in this exceptional little pack. The Airzone Trail has all the features you need from an approach and summit pack and the 25L capacity can certainly be stretched to over that limit. The Airzone technology keeps the pack off you back reducing sweat and body drag with the pack becoming an extension of your body. Water bladder enabled and with a built in pack cover you won’t need to go out and purchase all the additional extras. The only downfall I have found is that the pack cover isn’t especially waterproof but with one treatment of Nixwax it was good to go. For your first pack or one to take you to the top of the mountain don’t look too farther than the Lowe Alpine Airzone Trail.

NEMO Dagger 2P Tent

NEMO Dagger 2P Tent
Backpacking the light way

Prior to heading off to camp around the world for a year we researched more tents than I knew existed. One brand the rose to the top of the bowl of cream was Nemo Equipment, a company out of New England that are producing quality outdoor equipment. We are travelling for 12 months with only 55L packs so we wanted something small, light and durable that would stand up to rigorous use and be capable of sheltering us in comfort from the depths of Patagonia to the scorching beaches of the Colombia. The Nemo Dagger 2p; weighing in at only 1.52kgs; and taking little more room than a fully stuffed down sleeping bag, is perfect for all backpacking needs. Below is a breakdown of the pros and cons of this versatile backpacking tent compiled after six months of rigorous use through Patagonia, The Central Andes, Peruvian Highlands, Colombian coastal zones and Canadian Forests. Pros: - Light weight (one of the lightest in its class available) - Compact - Incredibly quick to erect and dismantle, perfect when it’s raining. - Comfortable length (I am 6’2 and fit easily) - Good storage areas for packs, boots etc in the external vestibules - Warm in all conditions. We have used it on mountains in Peru where it was -10degC and we’re fine. - Quick drying when wet. - Lots of options for opening the vestibules and doors etc for amazing views from your campsite. - Separable storage bags so you can spread the load. Cons: - The air vents are not the best so it can get a bit dewy. - When wet the fly goes a little bit soapy which is gross when packing up wet. (This dries really quickly though) - After six months the mesh is starting to wear quite hard and we are constantly patching. Overall 8/10, we love our Nemo and rate it as a great tent for you backpacking adventure!

Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow Premium

Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow Premium
Nails all three key criteria

When it comes to travel pillows there are three key requirements: Is it comfortable? How much room will it take up in my pack? And will it pop after a couple of months? The good news here is the Sea to Summit pillow range nails all three criteria. We have been travelling with our pillows for 6 months now and they couldn’t perform better. Weighing in a 50g and taking up the smallest spaces in your pack don’t look past this as a perfect option for outdoor activity.