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Update: We no longer stock the Arctic Parka and instead recommend The North Face Suzanne Tri Climate Jacket, the Jack Wolfskin Nova Scotia Jacket or the Didricksons Women’s Angelina Parka.

As with many The North Face Jackets, the Arctic Parka is a best seller, normally selling out within days of arrival at our shop. To find out why the Ladies Arctic Parka is such a huge seller we asked Sarah to take it for a test, just as she did with the North Face Womens Resolve Jacket a few weeks ago.

Women's Arctic Parka Jacket from The North Face

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Sleep at night on your cycle tour, with some handy tips Tour by Greg Williams

Sleep at night on your cycle tour, with these handy hints
Image by Greg Williams

Bicycle Touring is an exciting, healthy way to spend your free time, either on your own, with friends or even your family! In my previous article An Introduction to Bicyle Touring the main forms of touring were defined. For most Cycle Tours the gear needed will essentially the same, although it will depend upon how much each individual cyclist is prepared to carry, what they view as essential items, what level of comfort is required, what terrain and distance the tour will cover and whether there are any support vehicles to carry equipment.

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Looking for a 3/4 season down sleeping bag from The North Face?

A down sleeping bag with a comfort temperature -7°C at a great price!

A quick blog post to say that there’s a great price currently on in the CheapTents.com outdoor shop for the The North Face Blue Kazoo sleeping bag.

Reduced from £150, The North Face Blue Kazoo is exceptional value.  A down sleeping bag for £114.95 from The North Face – tell your friends!

North Face Blue Kazoo Down Sleeping bag

Blue Kazoo Sleeping Bag Features:

  • Min. Comfort Temp. = -7°C
  • 600+ Eastern European goose down fill
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Update: During 2014 Cumulus was rebranded as Criterion Sleeping Bags, as such references in this article which were orginally Cumulus have been changed to Criterion.

Reviewing Criterion sleeping bags is quite a pleasure; each has there own specific purpose and each does it very well.  If you’re reading this post and you’re interested in researching the best down sleeping bags, it might also be worth you reading about the Criterion Quantum 200 review and the Criterion Ultralight 200 review.  Here we’ll be looking at the features in more detail and reviewing how the Mysterious Traveller performed in the tests.

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Update: During 2014 Cumulus was rebranded as Criterion Sleeping Bags, as such references in this article which were orginally Cumulus have been changed to Criterion.

To follow on from the Criterion Ultralight 200 review, the following considers the performance of the Criterion Quantum 200 sleeping bag, similar in many ways but quite different in many more.  If you are looking at an ultralight sleeping bag this would be an excellent comparison so do make sure you read the other tests and review.

Criterion Quantum 200 Down Sleeping Bag Features

Firstly, let’s start with the technical specification of the Quantum 200, features include:

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Update: During 2014 Cumulus was rebranded as Criterion Sleeping Bags, as such references in this article which were orginally Cumulus have been changed to Criterion.

Gathering together various bits of results from Criterion Sleeping Bag tests that we’ve carried out, we’ve compiled an overall review of their ability to discover why people like them so much…

Criterion Ultralight 200 Sleeping Bag Review

Firstly, here’s the specification break-down for the Ultralight 200 features:

  • Criterion’s lightest down sleeping bag after the Quantum 200.
    Extremely light; warm; packs down to almost nothing.
  • 200gms of 92:8 Polish Goose Down insulation with 680+ fill power;
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Update: During 2014 Cumulus was rebranded as Criterion Sleeping Bags, as such references in this article which were orginally Cumulus have been changed to Criterion.

 

There has been great interest in Criterion Sleeping Bags in recent years.  if you’ve got one, good choice, if not, read on…

Why Do Criterion Sleeping Bags Stand-Apart?

What stands Criterion apart from the down sleeping bag crowd and the reason for us selling their sleeping bags, is their incredible warmth-to-weight ratio, and at a very affordable price.  To follow is some tests and reviews on the Criterion sleeping bag range, but first a little bit about Criterion:

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Insulated Jackets

 

Insulated clothing is designed to keep you warm. Simple. Down jackets are one great way of doing this, and are often considered as the ultimate means to stay warm whilst out enjoying the great outdoors.

How do insulated jackets keep you warm?

Insulated jackets help keep you warm by storing air that has been warmed by your body in the insulation in the jacket.  The transfer of heat is important when choosing an insulated jacket, because there are three forms to consider: radiation, conduction and convection.

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