Sunday, 19 January 2014

Polish Army Lavvu Poncho Shelter - An Overview

One of the most popular army surplus items of kit, has recently been the Polish army lavvu, which consists of two canvas poncho's, buttoned together. Plus 2 aluminum sectional pole kits to create a tepee style shelter. I was on the lookout myself for a more substantial shelter, to protect me from the elements in the winter months.

And so I drove down to my local army surplus dealer in Lancashire, called MilitaryMart and handed over my £17.99

Very pleased with my purchase I walked out of the shop with my new shelter under my arm and straight away I was aware of the difference in weight, compared to my British army basha and walking pole setup. My current Basha setup, which consisted of the Basha itself, walking pole, pegs etc. came in at about 2.3Kg, whereas the Polish Lavvu was 3.7Kg. I did manage to reduce that a little by swapping the metal pegs for heavy duty plastic ones, but still quite a bit heavier.
So, what are my reasons for chosing this particular shelter and why do I like it so much ?
Obviously this form of protection from the adverse UK weather isn't designed or meant to be used for backpacking purposes or traveling light. I enjoy walking up hills and mountains, setting up a portable CB radio station (Or Activation) and making contact with like minded people up and down the country. And if I'm lucky and the conditions are favorable, overseas. Whilst on these activations I can be sat for hours at a time in high winds, rain, hail stone and even snow. So it is important for my own safety to be protected from these conditions. The basha is great for the warmer, drier months and is without doubt much lighter to carry in your rucksack. But for the added protection the Lavvu gives me, I am prepared to carry that extra weight.
Good Points

1. Strong & durable - Made from canvas, will withstand anything that is thrown at it and will last a lifetime if looked after. Ensure that you thoroughly dry the Lavvu after ever outing and re-proof the poncho's with Fabsil Plus UV Paint on Proofer once a year.

2. Quick and easy to erect - Due to its central pole and shape the shelter requires no guy ropes. Simply peg out on the floor then insert the pole and lift up. A quick re-adjustment of the pegs to make the shelter taught.

3. Excellent protection - Once setup, the shelter will cope with high winds from any direction and if properly waterproofed will keep out even the heaviest rain. Due to the heavy canvas, inside the shelter is also a lot quieter, which is an advantage when trying to sleep at night.

4. Great for cooking in - You can safely cook inside the Polish poncho tent, without the worry of setting fire to highly flamable materials. I have even seen people use a wood burning stove inside a Lavvu like this, using the arm hole to vent the chimney. Plus it even raises the temperature inside the shelter, when using a simple cook set, such as a Trangia or BCB Crusader cooker.

5. Price - At under £20.00 from your local army surplus dealer, you just can't complain.

6. Visibility - Due the the dark canvas, it can get quite dark inside, which is great if you are sleeping in your Lavvu. No worries about being woken early by the rising sun.

Bad Points

1. Weight - There's no getting away from this. It's canvas and weighs a lot more than modern fabrics. Something you should always bare in mind that this will feel heavy in your rucksack, but will feel even heavier if it gets wet. So make sure you account for this when planning your pack weight.

2. Size - Although not too bad (depending on what your used to), it can be on the bulky side. I like to carry mine in a British army arctic sleeping bag compression sac, which allows me to stuff it all in and compress down to a smaller size. Again be aware of the difference in weight and pack size when wet...

3. Visibility - Due the the dark canvas, it can get quite dark inside, even during the daytime. A decent head torch or tea light style lantern, such as a UCO Micro lantern works great.

I have made a couple of additions to my setup, to improve the rigidity and ease of setup. I added paracord loops to each pegging eyelet, which enables me to use heavy duty plastic pegs. Plus I included an old plastic pole support from an old tent. This just stops the pole from sinking into soft ground, which in turn would make the tent sides sag a little. You could quite easily use a jam jar lid or similar to produce the same effect.

In conclusion, this is a very affordable shelter option, that has been tried and tested by the military. If looked after it will no doubt last you a lifetime and will protect you from all forms of weather, especially in the winter months. It is on the heavy side, but for the protection the Polish army lavvu provides, I believe is well worth carrying the extra weight. I have already used this shelter on several occasions in pretty nasty conditions and it has served me well...

Monday, 15 April 2013

An Interview With Patrick From Terra Firma Films As He Embarks On His Scottish Adventure

I have been uploading videos to Youtube for quite some time now, mostly relating to bushcraft and the outdoors. And during that time you come across some great channels, with similar interests.
But I have to say not all of them have captured my attention, as much as a channel I was recently introduced to.
The channel I am talking about (As are a number of people on the Youtube Bushcraft Community) is Terra Firma Films and is hosted by a great guy called Patrick.
Patrick contacted me a few months ago to introduce himself and his new channel. Turns out he has been watching my channel, along with several other channels for over a year now, to build up his knowledge of the outdoors and how to cope with situations when out on the trail .
As Patrick quite freely admits, he is no expert in camping, survival, bushcraft etc. But as he embarks on his new filming project, has decided he should brush up on some vital skills, before venturing into the rugged and unforgiving Scottish wilderness.
Patrick, plans to spend 12 months or so, venturing into the Scottish hills and rugged landscapes to capture his findings, in what will be a short film at the end of his journey.
Watching Patrick's Youtube videos, that he has already uploaded, really captured my attention and I found myself glued to the screen, just listening to what he has planned, what he needs to learn and kit he may need for his journey.
And it was this interested in his proposed project, that I decided to ask Patrick if I could interview him and find out a little bit more about the guy behind Terra Firma Films and his journey ahead.
And this is how the interview panned out...

Tell us a little bit about your background I.e where you are from, where you are now living and what you do for a living...
I was born in West London but have been living on the east coast of Scotland since the age of about 12. I studied photography and digital imaging and recently left an IT job in London to start a small landscaping business and pursue an outdoor lifestyle.
 
Your Youtube channel is called Terra Firma and the logo mentions Terra Firma Films. Explain a bit more about Terra Firma Films and how it came about...
My YouTube channel name is Terra Firma Films. Terra Firma is Latin for Solid Earth which will be the subject of my films, hence the name choice.
 
Where do you see Terra Firma Films going in the next 2 years and what do you hope to achieve ?
I have no expectations for Terra Firma Films. It is purely a hobby and I will allow it to go in whatever direction it naturally takes. All I hope to achieve is a more simple way of life and happiness in the great outdoors.
 
What can your viewers expect to see in this short film ?
My viewers can expect to see epic vistas of the natural Scottish landscape and wilderness captured using a variety of imaging techniques such as time lapse and slow motion movement. Probably with music and possibly narration although it is too early to say for sure.
 
You have chosen to learn more about living outdoors (camping, backpacking, bushcraft etc.) to assist you on your travels around Scotland. What experience do you currently have with this ?
I have absolutely no experience in the great outdoors except a bit of sea fishing. I am a complete beginner which is why I have asked for the support of my YouTube viewers. I have been watching bush craft, prepping and survival channels for over a year so have some good theory knowledge but am yet to put it in to practice.
 
Youtube has been a good source of knowledge to help you prepare for your adventures in the Scottish wilderness. Explain why you think Youtube is such a valuable resource for anyone seeking to learn new skills or colate information on a chosen topic.
I have always used YouTube as a learning application. I find it to be an excellent source for tuition, particularly when people are talking directly to me in video. It is a much more personal way of absorbing information despite the technology involved. Perhaps this is because I respond well to human emotion which you don’t get from static text.
 
You are a relatively “New Kid On The Block” in the “Youtube Outdoor/Bushcraft” community. How do you think you and your proposed venture has been received by the community ?
I wouldn’t like to say how I have been received. I wouldn’t like to get ahead of myself but I can tell you how the YouTube community has been received by me – I have had nothing but support and generosity from bush crafters, preppers and survivalists on YouTube. I hope one day I will cross paths with some of you in the real world and thank you in person.
 
How do you see your Terra Firma Youtube channel progessing ? What type of videos do you hope to be uploading to your channel ?
Throughout 2013 I will be uploading video diaries of my outdoor adventures on a weekly/fortnightly basis. My viewers will see me wild camping, hiking and also snippets of my film as it is captured along the way. After this project is finished I may delete all evidence of it, leaving only memories to a few. But we shall see.
 
Will you be taking on this project alone or do you have a team behind you. Both in front of the camera and behind.
I have no team. I am completely on my own. It is simply me, my camera and my YouTube audience.
 
You briefly mentioned about airing your completed film on your website. Is this website currently live and can we visit to learn more about you and Terra Firma Films ?
I don’t currently have a website but do have a facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/terrafirmafilms
 
When do you expect to begin filming ? And will we be able to follow your progress ?
I will begin filming in the coming days. Just waiting for this horrid weather to pass. We’ve had nothing but high winds, rain and hail for two weeks now. I am prepared for most weather condition but want to start in slightly easier ones.
 
Do you have a planned route of which locations in Scotland you will be visiting. If so, which areas do you plan to visit ?
I don’t have a planned route. It is going to be more spontaneous. But Scotland is a small country and I have a car so there is no where I can’t go. I will go anywhere that my film dictates me to in the search of epic landscapes and scenery. I will however at some point camp in the Cairngorm Mountains, the Trossachs, Loch Lomand, Loch Ness and travel to the North West which has been described as the last real wilderness of Great Britain.
 
Do you have backing for this project or is it completely self funded ?
I don’t have any backing or sponsorship. It is entirely self funded but if anyone wishes to collaborate with me or donate any equipment I am more than happy to talk to them about sponsorship.


Final Statement :

I would just like to say a thank you to all the bushcraft, preppers and survivalist for the support they have given me. I hope more of you will join me on my journey which you can do via my YouTube channel. Perhaps I will bump into some of you along the way. If there is anything I will take out of this adventure it is that we must do everything we can to prolong the health of the planet. It is the only one we have and if we do not take responsibility for it ourselves, even our own existence will be in jeopardy.
 

So there you go, that was my interview with Patrick (Who is pictured to the left, during his first overnight camp, testing new kit for the filming project).

I for one am really keen to hear and watch how Patrick gets on with his filming project. And I think it will be interesting to see how he copes with whatever the Scottish landscape has to throw at him. And no doubt we will witness a change in Patrick's outdoor skills over the next 12 months, as Im sure he will learn a lot about the outdoors, bushcraft, survival and most importantly, himself.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Patrick for his time, allowing me to throw these questions at him and I wish you well my friend. I look forward to the up and coming months, the Youtube videos you will be uploading along the way and the short film at the end of your Scottish adventure.
If you haven't already checked Patrick's channel out, I recommend you pay him a visit. He will welcome you with open arms, as he has done with us all.

Friday, 15 March 2013

eGear Survival Essentials - Outdoor Survival Kit From Whitby&Co

Earlier this year I was kindly sent an assortment of outdoor gadgets, gizmos and kit items, by Outdoor Accessory Distributor Whitby And Co. The first of which was the Nite-Ize CamJam Cord Tighteners, that I reviewed in January.

And so we move onto the second item, that came in my box of goodies, The eGear Survival Essentials Ready Kit 200.

Whitby&Co are based in Kendal, Cumbria. Which is known as the gateway to the Lake District and is just a short drive up the M6 Motorway for me. They are suppliers to a wide range of markets and industries, from outdoor and camping, hunting and fishing, gift, DIY and agricultural.
Any sensible outdoors person, who likes to enjoy pursuits such as Bushcraft, Climbing, Backpacking, Camping etc. is likely to have a first aid kit, somewhere on their person or in a rucksack. Its just common sense !

But how many of us are prepared for other such emergencies, that may not require first aid or medical attention.

You may have gone out for a days hike in the hills, only to realise that you have left your coat in the car and it is starting to rain.

You may have accidentally dropped your compass and smashed it on some rocks.

Or on a more serious note, you may have injured your ankle, when falling down a small ravine. You are unable to walk and you may now find yourself having to spend longer than you expected in challenging circumstances.

Do you have the necessary items with you to be able to last for long periods of time, in these conditions ?

This is where the Outdoor Survival Kit from eGear Survival Essentials, could be a great asset to your kit bag. Hopefully, you will never need to ever open the kit up, but if the circumstances ever arise, you know that your chances of survival or coping with challenging scenarios, will have increased.

The pouch itself and all its contents (That are supplied as part of the Ready Kit 200) weigh just 502g and measures approx 18cm x 5cm.

The durable pouch is brightly colored orange, so you're not likely to miss it and also has a reflective side, which could be used for signaling. The pouch also comes with a small carabiner to enable you to attach it to a loop on your rucksack.

But personally I would just leave the kit somewhere in the bottom of my rucksack. On the inside cover of the pouch is an area to write any personal details, such as contact details, emergency contacts (next of kin), medical conditions, medication and allergies etc. all useful information, should you ever be found by the rescue services.
The Ready Kit 200 includes a varied selection of items, which are listed below. But you could always add (or remove) any items you think may enhance the kit, more to your specific requirements :
  • 125ml of emergency drinking water
  • 2 emergency food ration bars
  • Ultra lightweight poncho
  • Foil survival blanket
  • Green light stick
  • Survival towel
  • Signalling mirror
  • Button compass
  • Whistle
  • Tea light candle
  • Magnesium block, ferro rod and striker
  • Pocket survival guide
All in all a nice selection of items, that would cater for most of your basic survival requirements.

  • Water
  • Food
  • Protection
  • Navigation
  • Rescue
Two of the items in the kit that caught my eye were the emergency drinking water and the pocket survival guide. All of the other items, you would expect to see in such a kit. But the sealed pack of emergency drinking water, is something I have never come across before and I thought it was a nice item to include.

The same goes for the pocket survival guide. This highlights some great survival points and lists them in a straight forward but highly informative way. The small 6 page (double sided) guide covers:

  • Food & Water - Treating, Consumer Guidelines etc.
  • Trails & Travel - Hazards, Best Practices etc.
  • S.T.O.P - Stop, Think, Orientate, Plan
  • HIS/HERS - Hazard, Injury, shelter, Heat, Energy, Rescue
  • Survival Chant - To keep spirits up
  • Shelter - Basic guidelines
  • Fire - Fire lighting basics
  • Signals - Different signal methods
  • First Aid - Hypothermia & Heat exhaustion basics
  • Winter - Winter survival basics
This type of kit, doesn't just have to be for emergency situations. It may just be the fact you have left your lighter at home and have no means to ignite your camping stove.

What you decide to keep in your emergency Survival Kit, is personal preference, but as a starting point this handy little kit from eGear is as good as anything I have come across.

I am very thankful to Whitby&Co for sending me this kit to try out and it will now be a regular addition to my rucksack, whenever I venture out into the woods or hills. You never know what could happen when venturing into the outdoors.But if you have this type of kit in your bag, it could save your life or someone elses life.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Trialing The Blogger App On A Morning Woodland Walk

On a gorgeous Sunday morning, myself and the kids decided to go for a walk through a small local woodland. And I thought it would be a great opportunity to post an article using just my iTouch and the Blogger app, to see how easy it is to use.

The woodland is just a stone's throw away from our house and so it wasn't long before the kids found the start of the footpath and a chance for the first photo.

This walk is renowned for being on the muddy side and the kids are always on the lookout for animal tracks. Being popular with dog walkers, it was no surprise that this was the first track to be identified.

The kids are slowly being "Programmed" to be on high alert for any fungi, when out on country walks. But due to the lack of species in these woods (and the time of year), we resorted to other things like catkins and gooseberry bushes.

We ventured on along the stream and into the meadow, where I have previously spotted fox scatt.

Back in the woods and close to a bridle way I spotted some different animal tracks, which initially I thought were deer prints. But the chance of deer in these woods are pretty slim. And on further inspection realised they were more likely to be from the sheep that graze in adjacent fields.

It was now time to head back home, collecting some firewood on the way back followed by the write up of this article using the Blogger app on my iTouch.

Before leaving the wood, my son was quick to spot a bear climbing a tree. But living in the UK didn't cause any concern for alarm.

And so, back home in my comfy armchair I sit writing this article using the onscreen keyboard of my iTouch, adding photos as I write. Not knowing if the photos will appear as I added them or in a bunch at the foot of the article.

I have no idea how this article will look when published to my blog and I have no intention of amending it, using the full Blogger software on my main computer.

The Blogger app would allow you to write articles on the go, taking photos from within the app and then saving as draft for editing at a later date.

But to enable you to see how the basic published article would look I have left it unedited.

Ok, so there we are... My first article using the Blogger app on my iTouch. If you have any experience using this app please leave a comment... Good or Bad.



















Thursday, 21 February 2013

First Test & Review Of My Folding BBQ By Gelert

Having received a Gelert Foldable Barbeque - Silver for Christmas, I thought it was about time I blew the cobwebs off and gave it a maiden test.
On a cold afternoon in February, my 6 year old son and I ventured out into the garden with my new Gelert foldable bbq and a box full of sticks and wood offcuts. My son couldn't contain his excitement at the prospect of building a fire, so I set to work assembling this portable folding bbq.
My initial impressions, were that the setup of bbq was really easy and the seperate componenets fitted together relatively well. The overall quality of the product was also looking good. I would say that from opening the bag that keeps everything together, and setting the bbq up, it takes well under a minute (20-30 seconds with practice).
The bbq is constructed from stainless steel and folded down measures 31 x 4.5 x 20cm, the weight comes in at 1.8Kg and when folded down fits nicely into the sturdy carry bag, which also includes an instruction leaflet, showing you how to set the bbq up.

The Seperate Components Are As Follows :
(1) Folding Framework Stand
(2) Folding BBQ Side Walls
(3) Ash Plate
(4) Bottom Grate
(5) Grill
(6) Carry Bag & Instruction Leaflet

Once constructed, we then used tumble dryer fluff and silver birch bark along with a firesteel to get the fire started. With the tinder ignited, we continued building the fire using smaller twigs, followed by bundles of larger twigs. Due to the clever construction of the bbq walls and the raised lower grate, a good draught flow is produced, ensuring that the fire takes hold quickly and spreads throughout the fire wood material.

We soon had a substantial fire going, in the generously sized main pit and were able to sit the cooking grill in the top section of the bbq. This gives you ample cooking space to make a brew using a BCB Crusader Canteen Cup for example, leaving you plenty of room for billy cans, frying pans or simply placing sausages directly onto the grill.

The only problem I found at this point, was that with grill in place you were unable to add extra fuel to the fire. We got round this by turning the grill 45 degrees, sitting it on top of the bbq walls, rather than in the top portion of the walled section. Extra sticks could now be fed in at the corners quite easily. If you were using bbq brickettes you wouldnt have this problem as they are slow burning, but in a fire pit configuration you would need to make this alteration.
We continued to fuel the fire for a good hour and a half and to my surprise there was hardly any traces of ash being deposited through the bottom section of the bbq onto the ground. There is an ash plate that sits at the bottom of the walled section, under the lower grate and is only sat there, not secured in any way. And despite all the wood being thrown in and my son prodding it consistanlty throughout, little or no ash found its way through the bottom. This is great when using the bbq in woodland areas, where risk of fire could be an issue and you wouldn't have to worry about your LNT principles either, causing fire scares. This was a plus point in my eyes.

Having used the bbq for some considerable time, you would expect there to be some distortion in the sheet stainless steel walls, due to the heat. But this was not a problem and the structure held its shape very well.

Having brewed up successfully and exhausted our wood supplies, we let the fire die down, which left us with a few embers in the bottom of the grate. With a suitable stick I simply lifted the grate out, tipped the ash plate up and allowed the remaining embers (now extinguished) to drop to the floor. The whole structure was then left to cool down, before dismantling and folding up ready to go back in its carry bag.

For such a reasonably priced piece of kit (Approx £13.00) this cleverly designed folding barbeque scores highly for me and I will definitely be using this in my pack when going out on woodland walks with the family or just on my own. It makes a refreshing alternative to gas or meths stoves, especially if you know there are good sources of wood to fuel your fire.

Due to its small pack size, it would fit well into any rucksack you may be using and if you like to cook on an open fire, gives you the option to do so, but raised off the ground eliminating any damage to the ground.

I have used Gelert products before and they have always been a quality item at the cheaper end of the scale. And this folding portable bbq certainly ticks all the boxes.

I plan to do a full review of this Gelert Folding BBQ at a later date, when out in the field. For now please feel free to enjoy this video of its first setup and test. Also look out for some funny comments from my 6 year old son, who has a knack of coming out with some little gems. As you would expect from a little boy, it includes bogies... Enjoy !
If you have one of these portable folding barbeques, I would be interested to hear any comments or experieinces you have had with them, either as a fire pit for cooking in the woods or just as a portable bbq for in the garden, beach etc.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

DIY Camera Tripod Modification For Macro Photography

When out capturing photos for my JesterBushcraft Youtube Channel and Blog, a good portion of those images are of fungi, wild flowers and insects. Which the majority of the time are taken low to the ground.

This usually entails, me led on the floor in the wet grass, trying to keep the camera as still as possible, whilst maintaining the required angle of shot.

Yes, it would be advantageous to use my tripod, but the one I have doesn't have the capability to take shots at low level to the ground.

Taking photos of subjects, such as fungi, from these types of angle can add to the look and feel of the image. So I think its worth the additional time and effort to make the photo look more interesting and appealing to the viewer.

Now there are of course tripods on the market that cater for this application of camera work, such as the Hama Traveller Compact Pro Tripod , but at present I am not in a position to spend any spare cash on a new tripod.

My current tripod, that I use most of the time, won't let me take shots low enough to the ground for what I need. But I do have an old tripod (See Image Right) that is quite short when completely collapsed down. But even this isn't quite at the level I would like to be for the required image.

Having looked at the mechanics of this old tripod, I noticed that the pivot points of each leg were governed by the moulded collar that housed the legs.

So with the Dremel Hobby 300 Series Tool in hand, spent no more than 20mins extending the pivot point channels. this allowed each leg to then open out that little bit further, until they were resting on the actual collar of the tripod.

Yes, I know what you're thinking...

it's not pretty, but nobody's going to see it and it functions just as I wanted it to.

This modification, was actually a lot easier and quicker than I thought to manufacture and the final outcome was great. With the legs extended out, the tripod sat very firmly and stable too, which is just what you want when taking macro images. Even with the weight of the camera, which in my case is a Fujifilm Finepix S9500, the tripod still stood firm, without any flex or strain on the leg pivot points.
With this low cost and simple modification, the overall height of the camera position has been considerably lowered, allowing me to now take the sort of pictures, I managed to capture opposite.
But without the hassle of lying on the ground, trying to hold the camera at the appropriate angle and with a steady hand.
I will now use this modified tripod, in conjunction with my newly purchased remote shutter release cable, to hopefully capture some great macro images. I would appreciate any comments on this article and welcome any feedback you may have.

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Monday, 28 January 2013

Are The Guy's At Handy Hammocks Listening To Their Customers ?

How many times have you purchased a product, then thought "This could be designed better" or "Why don't they do this to make it easier to use"

I think a lot of us have been in that situation before. But how many of you actually take it one step further and contact the company, to suggest design changes or ways to improve the overall functionallity of the product.

I dare say, some of you will have tried this at some point too, but I bet not many of you ever got a response from the company. Or better still, your ideas were actually acted upon and the product design was altered.

So what about the guy's at Handy Hammocks, brothers Jason and Mark Andrews. How have they responded to the feedback from their customers ?

Since the launch of their innovative self-supporting hammock, towards the back end of 2012, there has been much talk of the design and numerous comments about the concept. Understandbly there have been a few raised eyebrows amongst the traditional hammock campers, but also considerable praise and encouragement. Non more so, than from the author of The Ultimate Hang: An Illustrated Guide To Hammock Camping , Derek Hansen, who carried out his own test of the Handy Hammock, which can be seen on his blog article "Handy Hammock Stand Review".

As you will see from Derek's review, he modifies the current setup of the Handy Hammock with a few of his own ideas, to make life that little bit easier when setting up the hammock. These modifications are simple to install, but will make your Handy Hammock experience much more enjoyable.

And what about the guys at HandyHammock.co.uk, how have they responded to this feedback. Well, they have acknowledged that the modifications are beneficial to their design and have now begun encorporating these ideas into future hammock setups.

To me, this speaks volumes about the commitment and enthusiasm that both Jason and Mark have towards the success of the worlds lightest self supporting hammock system.

Having been one of the first people to review the Handy Hammock, I dealt quite a lot with Jason and Mark, bouncing ideas of them (Most of which they had already thought of).
But to their credit they took time to listen to my ideas and comments, responding with sincere words of thanks, whilst also asking opinions on certain aspects of their product, in an attempt to improve on their design. Behaviour that is just unheard of from many other companies.

Listening to their customers can only be an advantage, getting them ever closer to their goal, to grow their UK manufacturing base and establish a home and export market. A goal, which I have no doubt they will achieve in the near future.

The guys continue to come up with new ideas and concepts. Plus subtle alterations to their hammock designs, inspired by existing customers feedback and experiences. Which can only improve on the quality and innovative nature of this exciting new product range from Handy Hammock.

I for one am looking forward to seeing how this fantastic British design develops and would like to think I played a small part in whatever success, they richly deserve.