Month: March 2015

Altitude Extreme Mens Ski Gloves – Review

Altitude Extreme Mens Ski Gloves
£59.99 Mountain Warehouse

 Altitude Extreme Mens Ski Gloves

Technical Features

  •  Waterproof, windproof and breathable
  • Taped seams
  • Textured fingers for added grip
  • Goggle wipe
  • Nose wipe
  • Extra warm insulation
  • Wrist straps

Our Verdict

When snowboarding, gloves take an absolute battering, and never more so when learning. Falling over happens a lot, mountains are cold, and taking your bindings on and off all take their toll. Just carrying a snowboard to the slopes can prove fatal for gloves thanks to their sharp edges, so a decent pair of gloves is a must.

Beginners in particular will spend an awful lot of time on the ground, and will continually have their hands in snow when pushing themselves up after a fall. Even experienced skiiers and boarders need gloves that will keep their hands both warm and dry on the slopes, making decent gloves an important investment.

We are big fans of Dakine and Drop gloves usually, as trial and error has taught us that gloves are not something to scrimp on. During our recent trip to Morzine, Alistair put his Altitude Extreme Mens Ski Gloves, from Mountain Warehouse through their paces. Alistair went for the Large size (he’s just under 6ft) and they provided a good, if slightly generous fit.

Performance wise the gloves kept him warm, dry and survived the week, looking as good as new. Previous gloves (at a lower price) had ripped after just a couple of days use, letting water in and making them almost immediately useless. The Altitude Extreme gloves however are clearly, of a much higher quality. Having an elasticated adjustment at the wrist proved useful, effectively keeping snow out, and whilst sat on a cold chair lift, the little vents that allow you to breath warm air into the glove proved useful.

The gloves don’t come with removable inner liners like some of our previous gloves have done, but they were plenty warm enough without the additional layer, and inner gloves can still be used with them, if wanted. The gloves performed well and thanks to their taped seams, Alistair didn’t experience cold or damp hands.

Would We Recommend It?

The Altitude Extreme Men’s Ski Glove is a high quality glove and well worth the price. The glove is ideal for skiing or snowboarding and will keep you warm and dry, providing you with more than a few seasons of use.

Product Pictures

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Mountain Warehouse Greta Jacket – Review

Greta Ladies Ski Jacket In Teal
£139.99 Now £29.99 Mountain Warehouse

 Greta Womens Ski Jacket

Greta Ladies Ski Jacket In Teal From Mountain Warehouse

Features

  • Waterproof and breathable
  • Fully taped seams
  • Detachable hood
  • Adjustable cuffs
  • Snow gaiters at the waist
  • Underarm ventilation zips
  • Multiple pockets including two front zipped pockets, one zipped chest pocket, internal MP3, goggle and mobile phone pocket with one lift pass pocket in the sleeve

 Our Verdict

The Greta Ski Jacket is a bright vibrant shade of teal, which I paired with purple boarding pants and a pink helmet. Hard as it may be to believe, I’m not colour blind, just a sucker for bright clashing colours. On our latest trip to the mountains, I put the jacket through it’s paces, on the slopes of Morzine and Avoriaz in the French Alps.

I usually layer up on the mountain, but the jacket was so well insulated I was boarding without my usual thermals, in just a long sleeve tee with the jacket on top. The weather was nowhere near as cold as usual, with Spring snow conditions for a few days before the temperature dropped a little and gave us new snow. On the colder days, the jacket was ideal and kept me snug.

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As a snowboarder with many seasons under my belt, I’ve been through a lot of gear. For very cold conditions, I always go for my Helly Hensen jacket which performs brilliantly in the cold. The Mountain Warehouse Greta jacket however provides incredible levels of insulation to rival my usual cold conditions jacket of choice, keeping me toasty warm and dry even when out all day in heavy snow.

Chairlifts always present a real test for any ski jacket. Sitting there exposed, high up with the wind whistling around you, chairlift-cold means seriously cold. On day 3 I headed up to the top of Avoriaz mountain in heavy snow, seeking the highest, most exposed lift I could, to see how the jacket fared. Whilst my legs were freezing, my torso was kept warm and cosy, the bracing cold of the chairlift unable to penetrate the jackets immense insulation. Impressive performance at a good price.

Pros

  • Great styling and vibrant teal colour
  • Ample pockets for various things, including a handy lift pass pocket
  • Snow gaiters at the waist for added protection from the elements
  • Superb insulation, ideal for cold conditions and snowboarding beginners who will spend a lot of time falling into the snow
  • Excellent quality, to rival my Helly Hensen boarding jacket and better than my Burton and Animal jackets
  • Good true to size fit

Cons

  • Although the sleeves are a good length, I found them quite wide and baggy
  • The neck is very narrow, making it difficult to cover the lower part of your face when fully zipped up

Would We Recommend It?

I was really impressed by the jacket, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great combination of technical features, comfort and value.

The Mountain Warehouse Greta Ski Jacket is currently on sale for just £29.99 which is an absolute steal. Grab yours now ready for next season, and you can treat yourself to some extra apres ski with the money you saved!

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Thank you to Mountain Warehouse who provided the jacket for us to test.

Fell End Holiday Park, Milnthorpe Cumbria – Review

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The Lowdown

Fell End Holiday Park, Milnthorpe, Cumbria
pureleisuregroup.com

  • Camping pods £40 per night
  • Electric light, heater and power socket
  • No tent pitches
  • 5 star holiday park
  • Tourers & motorhomes
  • Static caravans
  • Indoor swimming pool & gym
  • Kids play area
  • Shop, bar and restaurant
  • Secluded woodland location

Our Visit

Friday 6th March – Sunday 8th March 2015

The nitty gritty

On arrival we checked in and headed over to Pod number 2, and parked up beside it. It was a cold night, so as soon as we got in we turned the little wall heater on, and set about quickly unpacking the car so we could get settled. There is good spacing between the pods and due to the angles they are set at, you don’t feel too overlooked and you can park right next to most of the pods.

Inside, the camping pods are slightly bigger than previous pods we’ve stayed in before, and due to the large volume of gear we always seem to bring with us, the extra size made for a truly comfortable stay. As well as camping and cooking gear, we also had walking gear with us and even with beds, chairs and a table inside, there was still plenty of room to move around.

Once our gear was inside we headed back to the main complex which houses the reception, shop leisure facilities and the bar/restaurant, to grab a bite to eat before it closed at 9pm. The choice of food was good, with a typical pub food menu along with a decent selection of pizzas. My freshly battered fish was delicious, and with prices similar to your average pub, we thought the value of food and drink was good.

I loved the woodland that the pods are located in, and the tremendous morning bird song was a delight to wake up to.

The website stated that the pods had heaters, but just to be on the safe side, we took one with us anyway but despite it being bitterly cold, we didn’t need it. I was truly amazed at just how warm and cosy the pod was – the addition of electricity and a heater makes for a comfortable stay whatever the weather. When camping in a tent or pod, I usually sleep in thermals, and always have an extra duvet on top of my sleeping bag, but I just didn’t need any extra layers at all and woke up in the night (when i’d normally be shivering) and was as toasty warm as I would have been at home, which makes packing light and taking just the bear essentials realistic, even for us!

Camping pods are amazingly convenient, and the electric heater kept us warm and cosy, even on a very cold weekend in March!

The pods at Fell End get top marks from us, and we’d highly recommend them for anyone wanting to camp comfortably during the colder months, or for families looking for value and convenience. The location is great too, and meant we got to explore a different part of the Lake District. I also loved the woodland feel of the pod area, and the tremendous morning bird song, which was a delight to wake up.

The facilities

The on site facilities are good, and the leisure centre is excellent. There is an indoor heated pool, and a very well equipped gym too; i’ve stayed in 4 star hotels with gyms much less well equipped, so I was super impressed and everywhere was very clean too. The pool and gym are housed in the main building complex, and childish as ever we couldn’t resist a visit to the arcade to try and beat the 10p machine (we failed of course).

I’ve stayed in 4 star hotels with a less well equipped gyms, and the indoor heated pool was lovely and good size too..

All of the static, seasonal and tourer pitches were pristine and very well kept, as were the camping pods which are all grouped together near the entrance, close to the main complex. There is a large, clean toilet and shower block that was a short walk away from the pods, which were warm, airy and pleasant to use. There was also a washing up and a laundry room, with coin operated washer and dryers.

For children, there is a field and great little play park; a lovely safe place to let small people play, surrounded as it is by static caravans.

Out and about

Fell End holiday park is in a great location. It’s not far from the M6 and is close to Kendal, Windemere and Morecombe, making it an ideal base for exploring the southern part of the Lake District.

We had planned to take a half hour drive over the border into Yorkshire, to walk the Ingelton Waterfalls Trail, but the weather was so cold and overcast that we decided that taking pictures on such a dull day wouldn’t do the falls any justice, so instead, we headed into the lovely town of Kendal for the Kendal Festival of Food. The food festival was a great choice, and gave us an excuse to try some delicious local produce (mainly cakes).

We then headed to Sizergh Castle & Gardens, a National Trust property just a few miles south of Kendal. Unfortunately the house itself was closed, but we spent a lovely couple of hours walking in the grounds, and had a brilliant time following the fabulous wild play adventure trail, which we can thoroughly recommend, even if like us, you don’t have children with you! With free parking and a lovely cafe and shop, if you are staying at Fell End, we’d thoroughly recommend a day out there.

Our Verdict

My one and only trivial gripe would be that when I camp, I love star gazing, but due to part of the woodland being lit (which does make it look lovely), it made it difficult to see the stars. As far as holiday parks go, my usual issue is that they tend to be big and noisy, but Fell End was truly lovely.  We did of course go out of season, and only a handful of camping pods were occupied, but the general feel of the place was friendly and relaxed, and if we return to the area, we would definitely stay there again.

Find out more about Fell End Holiday Park here.

Fell End Holiday Park Pictures

Fell End Holiday Park Entrance

The entrance to Fell End Holiday Park

Fell End Holiday Park Complex

Fell End Holiday Park Complex

Fell End Holiday Park Complex Reception

Fell End Holiday Park Bar

Restaurant & bar area

Fell End Holiday Park Review

Camping Pod

Our camping pod

Outside the camping pod

Our camping pod, Woodside 2

Inside our pod

Inside our camping pod

Inside our camping pod

The electric and heater made for a very cosy stay

Both beds set up

Both beds set up inside the pod, there was loads of space

SLPY sleeping bag

Chilling in my fab SLPY sleeping bag

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Bird box

Nest box up in the trees with the camping pods in the distance

Kids play area

Kids play park and field

Out and about at Sizergh Castle

Sizergh Castle

Sizergh Castle

Adventure trail

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The great fun kids adventure trail at Sizergh Castle

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A big thank you to Pure Leisure Group who invited us to stay.

Glamping in Wales – the perfect holiday break

If you’re craving the freedom that camping brings, don’t forsake any of life’s luxuries – go glamping in Wales instead. Trust us, it’s incredible and should feature highly on everyone’s bucket list. Continue reading

Budget Camping Gear For Festivals & First Time Campers

Thinking of going camping this summer but don’t have any gear and don’t fancy investing too heavily in case you never go again? Off to a music festival this year but have never camped before? Read on, as I’ve found a range of budget camping gear that could be ideal for you.

Win A Festival Camping Package

Spent all of your money on a festival ticket and now you’re wondering how on earth you’ll afford camping gear on top? Never fear! We are giving away a 2 man dome tent, sleeping bag and camping mat! You’re welcome.

Win a festival camping package here

With the rise of glamping and camping pods, it’s now possible to experience camping without having to invest heavily in a tent or other camping gear, but even a modest camping pod will still cost upwards of £40 a night; considerably more than a straight forward tent pitch.

Let’s be honest, a £25 tent is never going to be amazing quality, able to withstand extreme elements or lots of use, but, a cheap tent is a great way to give camping a go, without having to invest too heavily. When it comes to festivals, no one wants to invest in a tent that ends up getting trashed (think drunk people constantly tripping over your guy ropes and falling against your tent), so for your average music festival, a cheap and cheerful tent makes a lot of sense.

Read more about how to choose budget camping gear here.

Here at Camping With Style we always source camping products from a range of different places, some of which you might not expect. Whilst we’ll happily splash out in some areas, we’re equally happy to scrimp in others. Bargain stores like Poundstretcher are usually our first port of call when it comes to stocking up on things like bottled gas and BBQ coals, but they also have an expanded range of camping gear available, perfect for anyone on a tight budget.

Budget Festival Camping Gear For 2015

Ideal for students, first time campers, festival goers and anyone who wants to camp but is on a budget, here is a round up of what Poundstretcher currently have to offer for summer 2015.

Woodland 2 Man Festival TentWoodland 2 Man Tent, £24.99

Mummy Festival Sleeping BagMummy Sleeping Bag £9.99

Single Inflatable Airbed

Single Airbed £7.99

Sleeping Camping MatCamping Mat £3.99

Camping Foot PumpBellows Foot Pump £4.99

Cheap 2 Man Dome Tent2 Man Dome Tent £9.99

We’ve got a tent, sleeping mat and sleeping bag up for grabs in our latest competition – Win a festival camping package here

Win A Festival Camping Package Including Tent

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED & WINNER H BOYLES NOTIFIED

Festival Tent Competition

How To Enter

This competition is now closed and the winner, H Boyles has been notified. Thank you for all of your entries and don’t forget to join our mailing list and follow us on social media for more great competitions!

If you are looking for an affordable range of camping gear ideal for summer festivals, look here.

Terms & Conditions

  • Competition ends noon on Friday 20th March 2015 (changed from 22nd March due to me being away on this date)
  • No cash alternative offered
  • Camping With Style reserve the right to withdraw or amend this competition at any time
  • Winner will be selected from the comments below, and notified by email after the closing date
  • Prize is forefit if still unclaimed after 30 days, and a new winner will be chosen
  • The prize is kindly supplied by Poundstretcher
  • The prize consists of a 1 man dome tent, 1 sleeping bag, 1 sleeping mat and a set of picnic plates
  • The prize will be sent out week commencing Monday 30th March (after my holiday)