It’s easy to get attached to a good rucksack. Maybe it’s travelled the world with you, or has accompanied you on some incredible adventures around your local hills, carrying your kit and providing essential support along the way. But once your rucksack is reaching the end of its life, it can become more and more of a burden. Don’t let your rucksack hamper your progress and spoil your adventures. Look out for these tell-tale signs to spot when it’s time to retire your trusty rucksack…
1. It Doesn't Fit You ProperlyPerhaps you bought your pack years ago before a growth spurt, you’ve put on or lost some weight, or your pack’s just lost its shape over the years. Whatever the reason, if your rucksack doesn’t fit your back span or the hip belt doesn’t hug your hips like it should do, it may be time to move on.
A well-fitting rucksack will keep you comfortable, and avoid stress on your back which could lead to long-term damage. Take a look at our Rucksack Fitting Guide, or pop into one of our stores for a free rucksack fitting consultation to make sure your next pack fits like a glove.
2. It Weighs More than the Kit You're Carrying
The technologies used to craft rucksacks have come a long way in the last few years. Gone are the days of heavy external framed backpacks, with manufacturers now creating packs that are astonishingly light. If your trusty old pack feels heavier than the kit you’re putting inside it, it may be time to think about getting a new one. Get yourself to any Cotswold Outdoor store and spend some time trying on the latest packs. If you’re surprised by how light they are in comparison to yours, it’s probably a sign it’s time to upgrade!
3. You're Getting Aches and Pains Where You Weren't Before
An achy back after a long walk could mean your pack isn’t providing the support it should. A bag with a hip belt will shift 70-80% of the load you’re carrying onto your hips, meaning your shoulders shouldn’t be the only area supporting the weight. If you’re getting new aches in your shoulders or back after a long walk, consider opting for a more supportive pack. Back systems have improved a lot since the heavy metal frames of the previous century, providing much better support and weighing much less, so treat yourself to an upgraded model for the sake of your back.
4. Your Bag's Tearing at the Seam or has a Broken ZipSplitting seams or zips broken beyond repair are the most obvious sign that your pack is giving up the ghost. While small tears in the body fabric can be repaired, if you’re seeing major tears in the seam of your bag, or if one of the main zips has given up, it’s probably worth investing in a new one before your kit ends up all over the trail.
Before splashing out on a new bag, check your manufacturer’s warranty. Some brands like Osprey and Millican offer lifetime guarantees against manufacturer issues, so it’s well worth getting in touch before you purchase a new one.
5. It's Too Big, or Too Small, for Your Needs
Lugging around a 60 litre pack on short day hikes when you don’t need much kit can be a real pain. Equally, if you’re heading out for a few days at a time and your bag doesn’t have space for all the kit you need, you may want to re-invest in a larger one. Check out our Rucksack Buying Guide to find out the ideal pack size for your next adventure.
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Looking ahead to New Year’s Resolutions for 2017? Trying to decide how to work off those Christmas calories? How about walking? Getting outside and walking in Britain is free, easy and accessible to most of us.We’ve already seen 2016 prove to be a big year for the outdoor enthusiast with the nation either donning their running shoes or walking boots to #GetOutside.
With the year coming to an end we’ve taken a look back at the most popular destinations searched by walkers on our popular OS Maps online service. An amazing 1.4 million destination searches were carried out via our online version of OS Maps in 2016. So, where were people hoping to explore?
Nick Giles, Managing Director of Ordnance Survey Leisure, said: “Great Britain is a beautiful nation and we are blessed with amazing areas which we can easily access and enjoy. I am not overly surprised by the majority of the locations in the search results, as they focus on popular visitor hot spots and National Parks.
“There are a few locations on the list which I have personally not visited yet and I’ll be aiming tick these off my to do list in the New Year. So why not make 2017 the year you discover more of Great Britain and start planning today?”
We want to make the outdoors as enjoyable, accessible and safe as we possibly can. We have a range of map products and resources for all abilities so there really is no excuse why we can’t all get outside in 2017.
Original Blog can be found at https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/blog/author/gemma/
Where will you explore? OS Maps mobile – photo by #GetOutside champion Aleks Kashefi
There are a lot of reviews and articles about the importance of using the correct footwear when out walking in the hills. Now don't get us wrong we know (from painful experience) that having correctly fitted footwear suitable for the terrain and weather is vitally important, but one thing that is commonly overlooked is the importance of the sock!
Have you ever been walking and the sock has started to move just so you can feel it start to bunch up around the back of the ankle resulting in painful rubbing and a blister and no matter how many times you adjust the sock you just know it is going to continue to happen.
There are of course some socks that claim to keep you blister free and we have used them some of them and the blister free guarantee is more often than not spot on. However, these double layer socks can sometimes be too heavy in the summer and what you really need is a sock that keeps your feet cool.
That is why we love the Bridgedale TrailBlaze. This merino wool blend sock is a lightweight walking sock with hybrid construction to provide excellent protection and ventilation where it's needed most.
It has mesh side and underfoot panels which aid breathability while the WoolFusion® fibre blend helps wick away natural moisture for comfort on all-day walks.
If you are looking for a good sock for walking then the Bridgedale TrailBlaze could be just the one.
REINVENTING BREATHABLE - GT SURROUND
A breathable trail shoe where technical fabrics meet design and manufacturing innovation to let your foot breathe more freely than ever before.
These new trail shoes Observe GT Surround and Explore GT Surround, GORE-TEX® encase the entire foot. But there's no clamminess or discomfort at all - thanks to a series of specially designed air channels that allow the underfoot region to breathe.
The design represents a truly useful spark of innovation that's designed to get the very best out of the material - and provide a balanced and comfortable climate for the feet. The result is a pair of truly comfortable shoes that can be worn anywhere from the office to the forest. They breathe. They provide a stable, solid and secure footing. They're light, and they're protective.
This isn't just a comfort factor. It lets you concentrate on what's most important - namely, where your feet are taking you.
When we read that The Times suggested we swap our wardrobe summer staple, Birkenstocks, for Tevas we immediately thought we needed to see what all the fuss was about.
So when Teva sent us some details of their number Spring 2017 range we sat up and took some notice as their new collection draws on original designs with modern twists.
The spring 2017 collection has been designed to inspire experiences from the trail to the street. The collection features the introduction of modern classics, the Alp and Original sandals, paired with fresh sneaker, flip and active sandal styles.
The Original sandal collection remains true to Teva’s DNA, but has been revamped for spring 2017 with unexpected materials and elevated comfort.
For more information on the coolest spring range around then visit http://www.teva.co.uk/
Mountain rescuers have pleaded with hillgoers to be properly equipped, after two walkers had to be led to safety from the Lake District fells.
The man and woman became disoriented after ascending The Old Man of Coniston on Saturday.
The pair lost their bearings in low cloud and heavy rain.
Coniston Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 2.40pm and nine volunteer members took part in the operation to find and bring the two walkers from the hill.
A team spokesperson said: “As with previous similar incidents, the team used the Sarloc system to confirm their position.
“This uses the missing person’s mobile phone which, where signal allows, pinpoints their position. The couple were slightly north of Dow Crag, above Goats Hawse.
“The couple were given warm dry clothing and walked off the hill via Goats Water and returned to the village in team vehicles.
“Coniston MRT would like to re-iterate previous recommendations to people venturing out onto the hills. There is no substitute for having a map, a compass and being able to use these to navigate in difficult conditions.
“Electronic devices can be used as back up to reassure. A headtorch and a whistle are also useful, as are ensuring you have adequate waterproof clothing and protective equipment.”here to edit.
Winners announced at the OIA Conference Gala Dinner
Following finalist products being on display to 50,000 consumers at The Outdoor Adventure & Camping Show and voting for their favourite products, the winners of this year's UK Outdoor Industry Awards were announced last week at the OIA Conference Gala Dinner in Harrogate.
The winners across the ten categories are as follows:
One of the judges, Jon Doran of OutdoorsMagic said: "It's a pared-down distillation of everything Lowe Alpine has learned about pack-making over the past 50 years. Light and tough with some genuinely innovative touches, but not at the expense of real world usefulness. And it looks really cool too."
We were excited to find out that Osprey have released a new version of their infamous Talon backpack.
We have long been lovers of the trusty Talon and never once has an Osprey pack let us down in performance or reliability.
However, the all new Talon features a clean, modern design.
According to Osprey they say that "When it comes to a perfect all-rounder the Talon 22 won't disappoint, after all it's designed to cling to your back like a frightened monkey.
The cleverly designed new AirScape™ accordion foam backpanel combined with a seamless lumbar-to-hipbelt body wrap increases air flow and provides an even more comfortable carrying experience, by keeping the load close to the body and spreading the weight evenly around the hips."
Further details of the new Osprey Talon can be found https://www.ospreyeurope.com/shop/gb_en/talon-tempest