Thursday, 7 April 2011

Kit Review (Part 1)

Over the last year we have pushed our kit hard, its been tested in a variety of demanding situations and terrains. Some items have excelled whilst others have fallen short. Below we talk about our experience with some of our essential items and attempt to give a unbiased performance review. ||

Like any kit, regular care and maintenance is essential for longevity. On the road it's not always practical to keep things in tip-top condition but we have tried to adhere to the manufacturer's advice as much as possible. If we have deviated from this we have noted it next to the particular item.

We would love to hear your comments if you have had any experience with any of the items below.

Thorn Raven Tour Bicycles Rating: 10/10
Bicycle trouble is one of our worst fears, especially in remote locations. Fortunately the Thorn Raven Tour has risen to every challenge we have thrown at it, it truly is a well thought through touring bike...

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Rohloff Speed Hub Rating: 9/10
We agonised over the decision to pay out for the Rohloff but now looking back over the last 10,000km are so glad we did. On remote trips where you are away from facilities the robust and maintenance...

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Hilleberg Nallo 2 GT Tent Rating: 8/10
There is much to admire about the Nallo 2 GT; it is quick and easy to set up in any weather, completely waterproof, stands strong in heavy storms, is light and compact and is extermly well made. We can...

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Panaracer Pasela Tour Guard Tyres Rating: 9/10
The tyres are light and sporty but amazingly puncture resistant. We used the tyres for 4,000km from London to Istanbul on a variety of surfaces from rough tarmac to lose gravel roads...

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SIGG Water Bottles Rating: 9/10
Fed up with drinking warm plastic water we moved onto the Sigg water bottles. The aluminium shell keeps the water cool and the inner shell allows the water to maintain a neutral taste...

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First Need XL Water Filter Rating: 7/10
We were attracted to this filter as at the time we couldn't find a water filter that filters out Bacteria, Cysts and Viruses. The filter is generally easy to use, though the pumping action...

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