Kit review: Snugpak Torrent Jacket

Designed for use in sub-zero temperatures, the Torrent jacket is filled with Snugpak’s trademarked Softie® insulation. It is designed to provide comfort when worn in temperatures to -5°C (23°F) and for use in lows to -10°C (14°F).Importantly, the jacket is light in weight. The extra-large version of the Snugpak Torrent jacket that I can be seen wearing in the photos illustrating this article weighs 950 grams.

Lavender and Lovage by Karen Burns-Booth

Lavender and Lovage is a hardback book that runs to 396 pages. The introduction conveys the author’s passion for tasty, no-nonsense food made with quality, fresh ingredients. It also hints at the global influences that have influenced Burns-Booth’s palette and style of cooking; she has lived in South Africa, Hong Kong, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, France and North Wales. As a food and travel blogger she has had opportunities to traverse the globe and taste dishes that have inspired some of the 160 recipes that feature in this book.

Urban Armor Gear case for the Microsoft Surface Pro

Research takes me to a variety of environments around the world. Sometimes it means spending time in comfortable surroundings reviewing luxury hotels. You’ll also find me jolting along in jungles or remote national parks. Inevitably, I want to feel confident that my laptop is as safe as possible from damage while on the road.

Suffolk ales inspired by recipes of old

The Vintage Fine Ale, a full-bodied beer, is brewed with Bramling Cross, Goldlings and the wonderfully named Fuggle varieties of hops. Too many of these ales, at 6.5 per cent alcohol by volume, and perhaps you could well say that anyone would be ‘fuggled’ up. But, of course, beer consumption is all about enjoying the product in moderation and enjoying the subtleties of the flavour.

Bizhop carry on suitcase for business travellers

The Bizhop carry-on suitcase has been designed to meet the needs of business travellers while complying with the size requirements for cabin baggage of several major airlines. This piece of baggage carries a relatively new name among luggage producers. The Bizhop Luggage company was founded by Iain Begg. Crowdsourcing, via Kickstarter, provided funding for this venture. Shipment of the cases began in December 2017.

Travelling with Cornerstone shaving products

During September I was invited to the Maldives to attend the World Travel Writers Conference organised by Maldives TV. It involved recording interviews for television and speaking on stage. Naturally I wanted to look my best. Prior to my departure Cornerstone contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in reviewing their shaving products. When I explained that my work involves a lot of travel they said they’d send one of their crushed buffalo leather wash bags with a waterproof lining. I was also sent a blade protector, so that the razor can be transported safely.