Author: Peter Grant

Review: LifeProof FRÉ Phone Case

As soon as you buy a mobile phone, it’s on a conveyor belt to redundancy. If you’re unlucky, or careless, you’ll discover there are lots of ways to kill one early. Drop it, wet it, smash it, lose it, even plunge it in the toilet. If you’re lucky, or very careful, you might eke ten years out of it. Enter LifeProof phone cases. They claim to be waterproof, dirt proof, snow proof and drop proof. If that’s true, they just might be able to slow down your phone’s inevitable trip to the tech graveyard. Design & Durability (Rating: 90%)...

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Review: Arc’teryx Zeta AR Jacket – The holy grail of hiking jackets?

The search for the ideal waterproof, breathable bushwalking jacket, sometimes feels like the quest for the Holy Grail. Is there really something out there will keep me dry no matter how much rain or sweat is happening? In 37 years of multi-day walking in Tasmania and other wild places, my quest has seen me try oiled japara, Hydronaute, Gore-tex, Repel, Reflex, Event and Pertex rainjackets. In the process I’ve not only learned outdoor geek-speak, I’ve also spent more dollars than I’d care to tally up. And yet that grail has remained elusive. Finally, after years of hearing whispers about...

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Review: Wigwam Highline Pro “Peak 2 Pub” Socks

More than a decade ago, while on a three-month walking spree in New Zealand, I first discovered merino socks. I’d been having blister troubles and was talked into trying a well-known NZ brand of merino socks. Problem solved! Except the socks developed holes after a week of tramping, which made them an expensive solution. Since then I’ve watched carefully as outdoor sock manufacturers work on ways of combining the comfort of merino wool with something that has greater durability. Most use nylon or polyester, and a touch of lycra, to achieve greater thread strength and a bit of stretch....

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Review: Energizer Vision HD+ Focus LED Head Torch (250 Lumens)

If you ever associated the Energizer brand with head torches, you were probably thinking of the batteries to power them. As with a computer software manufacturer, you’d look elsewhere for the hardware. Well now the battery company has entered the head torch hardware business. And judging by the Energizer® Vision HD+ Focus range, the more established brands have a worthy competitor. Design, Comfort & Durability (Rating: 75%) The design of the squat-torch-on-an-elasticised-headband might have earned it the nickname “dorklight” (because you look like a dork when you wear one), but it’s hard to beat for hands-free practicality in the...

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