12 Jul 2019

Gloves - Mittens

I am doing a lot of day hikes around my home town of Wanaka. I have always found lightweight finger gloves do not keep my finger ends from going numb!

I decided to purchase these combo gloves as a trial. They worked!

I like the ability to flip the mitt to allow the naked thumb or finger to use iPhone navigation.

They are light in weight and I like the hemming around the finger ends - well made - no risk of fraying.

Two criticisms, I use walking poles and I note the fleece on these gloves are causing wear. Secondly, the domes to hold back the finger or thumb flaps have aggressive secures - be careful to hold both the male and female edges of the dome to avoid pulling it through the fabric.

Overall, good hand warmth and they keep the fingers warm. At $NZ30 they are a snap!

He's the link to buy (I am not on any affiliate program!)


4 Apr 2019

Solar sCharger 5

A couple of years back I posted details about my newly purchased Suntactics solar sCharger5. At the time it was a ground-breaker at 245grams and very efficient.

Suntactics has just released a new Ultralite version coming in at 159 Grams (5.6oz)!

They have improved the solar cells, waterproofness and hinging.

Testing of the updated version in direct sunlight on an iPhone 7 proves the charging speed to be almost identical to a fixed power source using an Apple power plug - about 2 hours to charge from zero to one hundred per cent.

The price is also very acceptable at $US109.95 - of course, NZ purchasers will have to add shipping unless you are going stateside or have a friend holidaying there.

sCharger-5 solar charger
You can learn more at - https://www.suntactics.com/scharger5-portable-solar-charger?utm_campaign=sCharger5%2FLite&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter