If only Cheryl had known…
National awareness of Malaria has risen since Cheryl Cole contracted the disease after holidaying in Tanzania recently. She took ill even after apparently taking malaria pills – the truth is that although malaria tablets are 99 per cent effective, it is important to further reduce the risk by taking additional precautions. In come Bugsox, new this season from Care Plus, the health and safety travel brand with its vast range of anti-mosquito products. Certain types of
malaria mosquito are attracted to the feet, ankles and lower leg, making these protective Bugsox a travel essential.
Launched this spring, these revolutionary anti-mosquito Bugsox are designed to provide maximum comfort whilst also offering protection from mosquitoes, something no other socks do. They have been impregnated with HealthGuard Vital Protection, a unique insect-resistant product with prolonged effect (lasting approx 50 washes). Tests using HealthGuard have shown it to be 90% effective against blood sucking insects, with 45% fewer landings of mosquitoes.
Price: Bugsox Adventure (in Navy or Khaki) cost £14.99 while Bugsox City (in Navy or Black) cost £10.99 from CarePlus (www.careplus.eu
). Care Plus also offers a new alternative to DEET- based repellents, Repel-it, a Picaridin-based odourless insect repellent. Picaridin is similar in effectiveness to Deet, but more pleasant to use and much less likely to cause skin irritation. Not surprisingly therefore, the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated it was the best choice of insect repellent for protection against malaria, thanks to its combination of efficiency, safety and cosmetic characteristics. With a lighter, cleaner feel, it is suitable for all the family. Price: Care Plus Picaridin Repel-It Spray (60ml) costs £5.99 from CarePlus (www.careplus.eu
Platypus Hydration’s new pack line
Cascade Designs has an upcoming line of Platypus Origin hydration packs which are weatherproof, lightweight and designed and built to offer the best performance, comfort and customization for a wide variety of outdoor activities.
Each of the five new Platypus Origin hydration packs features superior gear protection in any weather with precisely integrated hydration and a refined, contoured fit designed for a variety of day and overnight activities. A premium taste-free, Platypus Big Zip SL reservoir is the foundation of every pack in the line. The designated hydration compartment is built to easily accommodate both the two-litre and three-litre sizes without affecting the capacity of the pack itself.
Further design enhancements include pressure-relieving BioCurve™ ventilated centre back panels, stretch-woven fabric for comfort on touch points and more.
The new Platypus Origin hydration packs include: Origin 3 – Built for one to three hours of activity, this pack is the ideal performance-support system for a quick trail run or hot-lapping the local circuit. Pack includes a two-liter Big Zip SL reservoir and three liters of weatherproof storage.
Origin 5 – Built for two to four hours of activity such as an ultralight half- day outing or a quick trek. Pack includes a two-litre Big Zip SL reservoir and five litres of weatherproof storage.
Origin 9 – A full-fledged day pack designed for everything from cold weather hiking to all-day summer epics. Pack includes a three- litre Big Zip SL reservoir and nine litres of weatherproof storage.
Origin 22.18 and 22.20 – Ideal for fast-packing overnights or a day at the crags, this pack can be used for a broad range of adventures. Some features are removable to lighten the weight. Pack includes a two-liter Big Zip SL reservoir with 22 litres of weatherproof storage and is available in two torso lengths.
Origin 32.20 and 32.22 – The largest Platypus pack is the mainstay of multi-night fast and light trips, as well as overnight alpine scrambles and gear-intensive day use activities. Pack includes a three- litre Big Zip SL reservoir with 32 litres of weatherproof storage and is available in two torso lengths.
The new Platypus Origin Hydration Packs debuted in Europe at the July 2010 OutDoor Trade Fair and in North America at the August 2010 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. The collection is available in stores January 2011.
Therm-a-Rest Sleep Systems line expands
Cascade Designs has expanded the Therm-a-Rest Sleep Systems line for 2011 with the addition of the Alpine 2C° Down Blanket. The complete Sleep System collection offers a variety of products that can be mixed-and-matched to create a personalized system unique to the user’s needs of warmth, weight and comfort in the outdoors.
At only 624 grams, the Alpine Down Blanket is ideal for fast and light three-season excursions. The zipper-less Alpine Down Blanket surrounds the top of the mattress, offering a freedom to move that traditional sleeping bags don’t. Perimeter snaps provide multiple Therm-a-Rest mattress integration options and the box-baffled 700-fill goose down design provides luxurious comfort and compresses down small for packing.
The Alpine Down Blanket joins the Haven Top Bag, Ventra Down Comforter and Tech Blanket as unique sleeping bag alternatives in the Therm-a-Rest Sleep Systems collection. Also available are the Down Coupler, Fitted Sheet and DreamTime Comfort Cover to fit over a Therm-a-Rest mattress and enhance the warmth and luxurious comfort beneath the user, as well as the Compressible Pillow, an ultra-soft expandable pillow filled with the up-cycled foam used in the production of Therm-a-Rest self-inflating mattresses. The collection will be available in stores January 2011.
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