Reviews on products and gear that appeal to families in New Zealand (particularly dads who like gadgets).

Macpac Rain Cover Sizes

Macpac Waterproof Pack Cover Sizing

I ended up with three Macpac waterproof pack raincovers thanks to sizing which didn’t quite fit my expectations, so I’ve put them all to the test here.

Identify Peaks with the PeakFinder App

Looking for an app to help you identify peaks while out hiking and climbing? The PeakFinder app uses AR to great effect. Watch the video.

The Stanley Shortstack Adventure Travel Mug 8oz

Review of the Stanley Adventure Shortstack Travel Mug 8oz

With the demise of my glass Keep Cup 8oz, the time came to find a new travel mug. Suitable for both medium and large coffees, easy to wash, classy for the office and suitable for hiking, I was pleased to find the Stanley Adventure Shortstack Travel Mug ticked all boxes.

Liv Vecta Seat Bag

The Best Small Bike Seat Bag: Liv Vecta

My review of the Liv Vecta Seat Bag, the best small seat bag whether you’re a lady or a fella. Includes comparison photos with the Topeak.

Hydro Flask Trail Series Water Bottles

Hydro Flask Water Bottle Trail Series Review

On the hunt for a light weight water bottle for hiking and camping, I discovered the Hydro Flask Trail Series water bottle range. Perfect for my needs.

A route in the Footpath app

3 Mapping & Route Planning Apps for Hikers

Three of the best mapping and route planning apps for hikers. Apps that allow you to export a route to a GPS device.

Kathmandu Kids Kite v2 Size

Kathmandu Kids Kite V2 Review

I reviewed the Kathmandu Kids Kite v2 because I couldn’t find any photos or info it on the web. So check out mine here before you buy.

Hydro Flask Coffee Mug Size

Hydro Flask Coffee Mug with Flex Sip Lid

I researched a few coffee mugs and chose the Hydro Flask 12oz with Flex Sip Lid. Perfect for throwing in a hiking pack without fear of leaks.

The Patagonia Torrentshell 3L rain jacket in Andes Blue

Review of the Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Rain Jacket

The time has come to get a new, light weight, waterproof jacket. I wanted to make an ethical choice, and after a heap of research I finally settled on the Patagonia Torrentshell 3L. Find out why.

Reusable Masks

Reusable Face Mask Options in New Zealand

I’ve carried out some research into some reusable mask options available in New Zealand. It can be a minefield as there are many craft-style mask makers making very cheap masks, but then pointing out that the masks don’t necessarily offer the protection you need.