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    • Pro Fitness Ankle Weights / Fitness / 96 Readings / 91 Ratings
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      23.08.2010 00:43
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      I felt that after finishing my ab workout I wasn't tired and needed more resistance to challenge myself. To solve it I purchased a pair of (2x2.5lb) Pro fitness ankle weights from Argos for £7.99. I didn't buy the product to wear under my clothing for walking/running or everyday activities as I didn't want it to have an impact on my joints. I only wear the ankle weights for simple abdominal exercises at home.

      If you chose to wear the ankle weights for either running or walking it would work on strengthening your legs rather than your heart and lungs because your leg muscles would tire first therefore your legs will be more built and toned in comparison to running/walking without them. Bear in mind before buying the product that you should consult a doctor beforehand to make sure it is safe for you to use.

      The weights are fixed firmly around the ankles with Velcro which is adjustable to fit any size. The ankle weights are padded which make wearing comfortable and not cut in or aggravate skin.

      I only use the weights when performing reverse crunches, leg raises, full vertical crunches, bicycle crunches, captain's chair leg raise etc. to help increase the intensity of the workout. The workout for me now is more tiring and saves me having to waste too much time doing even more reps.

      The product for me has provided me with the extra resistance I needed and I feel that they are well worth the price I paid, a great addition to my workout routine! Recommended!

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        22.08.2010 22:14
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        From time to time my mum and dad like to drag us all out to the Trentham Estate, which for those who aren't familiar with it, it's basically a shopping centre surrounded with other attractions such as a monkey forest, a shopping village, gardens/woodlands etc.

        Well we were in the centre and decided we'd had enough of staring at garden furniture and wandered deeper into the centre. Ahh the things we had seen... :) You honestly wouldn't believe how much junk they sell - I mean who would buy a personalized pair of toe-clippers - we did gather quite a few stares from workers who'd heard our remarks. After having got lost several minutes later, we quite conveniently stumbled upon a corner full of massage tools.

        They had massaging chairs, hand massagers and - eye massagers strangely enough, which was like a pair of goggles which vibrate - hardly relaxing. In fact they were painful, it made me feel as though my eyes were been ripped out, not to mention I looked a total moron with them on - never again :(

        Some (well-spent) hours later, having tested them all I discovered the HoMedics shiatsu foot massager. You were allowed to test this too, but with your hands only thankfully. I was hooked to this little gem for a good while before a rather angry set of parents discovered our whereabouts. Their moods were quickly lifted having insisted they try the foot massager, which they fell in love with also and decided to purchase for the sale price of £27.99.

        The package includes with the foot massager itself, an instructions booklet and a 2 year warranty - not too shabby :). The unit looks rather fetching: it's mainly white with a silver rim. Located in the centre are two sets of massage heads for each foot that counter-rotate and are illuminated with LED lighting that adds to the whole experience. It's really easy to use having only one operative button and all, I wouldn't say the instructions booklet was necessary but anyway its there if you need it at least. The 'toe-touch' control enables you to opt for a massage with or without heat with one touch of a toe - I prefer heat personally. It has special 'crinkles' on the massager which make it a whole lot easier to arrange and keep your feet in position throughout the process. The unit is quite compact, light and easily stored away when not in use.

        The massager is powered through mains electricity and comes complete with a conveniently long power cable meaning you may never be without your new best friend wherever you are in your house. Money well spent if you ask me, highly recommended!

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          22.08.2010 22:05
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          My sister is a HUGE lady gaga fan and with her birthday fast approaching, it wasn't hard to guess what to get her, especially since she made sure to leave subtle hints around the house. We guessed the 'heartbeats' as they're titled, would be snapped up instantly by enthusiastic fans after their release. Luckily they weren't and my brother, working at HMV, managed to get us a pair in rose-red for £79.99 - ridiculously overpriced if you ask me >:( (The headphones are also available in 'bright chrome' and 'black chrome' for the same price.)

          So what's in the package? We got the heartbeats in ear headphones themselves, a travel pouch and a 3 year warranty. The box also contained a collection of ear tips in multiple shapes and sizes that cater to your individual ear shape. So you're supposed to get a comfortable, sound-isolating seal that keeps all the sound you want in and all the unwanted external noise out. I liked the idea of including a Plush Travel Case also that'll keep your heartbeats safe and sound, especially if you're going to be spending £70 on a pair of headphones, you're going to want to keep them looking brand spanking new.

          One thing I've always hated with earphones is having to spend hours frustratingly trying to untangle them. However, these babies aren't your average tangle prone headphones, featuring Monster's innovative and exclusive patent pending design, they get you the most accurate signal and are tangle-resistant also - no more knots! Plus the look integrates seamlessly into the carefully crafted style of Heartbeats.

          Designed by Lady Gaga herself the headphones are very reflective of her style and imagination. But not only are the heartbeats artistically 'Gaga' but sonically produced by Dr Dre. himself.

          So how did they actually bear up when we put them to the test...? The only criticism I have is that the headphones kept falling out of my ears, despite having various different designs that are supposed to cater to every individual - but no one else in my family had this problem so maybe it's just that I have abnormally deformed ears...? But anyway, other than that, I can't fault them in terms of performance and looks they certainly deliver. The heartbeats speakers deliver music with extreme clarity and bass, without distortion, or interference from external sources!

          Would I recommend them...? Absolutely. But as a matter of personal opinion, if I had an extra £70 at my disposal, I don't think I'd spend it on a pair of headphones, no matter how good they may be in design or quality. Don't get me wrong I like my music as much as the next person, and perhaps if I was a lady gaga enthusiast, I'd most likely buy them, but - hey... I'm not. So on a high note if you have a spare £70 lying around, are a Gaga fanatic or are looking to buy some well-built, stylish and high quality headphones I'd definitely recommend - no hesitation!

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            22.08.2010 22:00
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            Wouldn't recommend :(

            Since buying my Ipod about 6 months ago for £115 (from apple's online store), I've had to replace my headphones about 3 times, the first two included a replacement pair of the original standard Apple headphones and my latest pair being the new Apple In-ear headphones with remote and mic.

            After admitting defeat and taking out my frustration on my last pair, (...and a long calm down period) I realized I had some shopping to do. This time to save myself the misery of yet another psychotic episode, I thought it best to opt for Apple's new and improved headphones. They were considerably more actually at £50 pound a pair they were far-cry from the usual price for a pair of standard earphones at £20.

            The headphones promise crystal clarity, pro audio, performance and impressive sound isolation and with the added option of the remote, the convenient array of buttons allow you adjust the volume, control music and video playback as well as also answer or end calls on your iPhone.
            So having cleared out my sister's kindly donated savings (from her piggy bank that is...), I eagerly awaited their arrival, with the lack of music roaring in my ears slowly beginning to eat away at whatever was left of my sanity.

            Thankfully my package arrived a few days later - so what was in the box? The contents included the Apple In-ear headphones themselves (with remote and Mic), a plush carry case, an assortment of ear tips and 2 replacement mesh caps.

            The length and weight of the headphones are similar to the standard ones, with the cable measuring 136.9 cm in length and about 10 grams in weight. The silicone ear tips included consist of 3 variations which I thought to be quite handy in options small, medium and large that will cater to every individual ear shape as well as offer maximum comfort and isolation from external noise interference.

            I've never received replacement mesh caps when I've bought headphones in the past which is strange as they're usually the first part that goes bust. But then again when you're paying £50 for headphones - I'd expect a replacement set of headphones also :) Silliness aside - with the two added (stainless steel) back-ups you can be sure that the precision acoustic components will be protected fully from dust and debris. The caps are also easily 'popped-off' in case you'd want to clean or replace them.

            It says on the box that each earpiece contains two separate high-performance drivers -- a woofer and a tweeter -- resulting in rich, detailed, and accurate sound reproduction and amazing bass response for all types of music.

            After putting the headphones to the test, I admit they were maybe a slight improvement to the standard lower priced headphones but were nothing special. I liked the fitting of the headphones as they felt comfortable and sealed out most external noise - all except my bawling mum. Despite this in terms of sound quality the double drivers definitely did not deliver the promised 'substantially better bass' in fact I'd find it difficult to tell them apart from a cheap pair. As for the 'remote control' located on the cable of the right earpiece, the unit features a microphone and three buttons. Basically the remote allows you to adjust volume with the - and + keys, control music and video playback and on some compatible devices you can also record voice memos and answer/end calls.

            I wouldn't necessarily recommend you buy these, I for one plan to return mine shortly, they aren't worth £50 of my (sister's :D) money and certainly don't live up to their promises. You can buy cheaper pairs else where that offer double the quality and have an added control also - shop elsewhere!

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              22.08.2010 21:55
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              From someone who never goes anywhere without her musical friend, sometimes headphones don't cut it and you'd rather give your ears a rest and just listen to your music in all its natural glory. Time for a dock station :) I had a little shop around online for one that would be compatible with my iPod. Eventually I settled for the apple universal dock which robbed me £35 from their online store.

              The item arrived relatively quickly - so what exactly is in the box? Well the package includes the iPod Universal Dock itself, an apple remote control, an instructions manual and five adapters that ensure compatibility with various models - not bad :)

              I cannot deny the dock and remote certainly makes an attractive addition to my bedroom with its stylish, minimalistic white finish. It's quite convenient too, acting as a home base for things such as charging, syncing, and more. I only own an iPod, but it's really handy for those of you that own various other i-products, be it iPhones or other versions of iPods, through the adapters included with the purchase you need only buy one station.

              Once placed in the dock and connected to a television or stereo system you can use the handy little remote control to listen to music, flick through your photos - and all from the comfort of your bed :) Functions available with the Apple remote include play, pause, volume and backwards and forwards keys.

              I'd recommend without hesitation to anyone owning one or more iPod/iPhones, its well worth the price and is compatible with most models.

              Thanks for reading! :)

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              22.08.2010 19:57
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              Sometimes when you lead a busy and hectic lifestyle, certain things tend to be put on hold or neglected. In my case it's my diet that suffers, whether its college assignments building up, juggling part-time work, or family illness - diet tends to take a seat on the back burner. But honestly, it's hard not to take the easy option and buy those quick, cheap ready meals or snacks that certainly don't contain a crumb of nutrients.

              Though I realize I need to drastically change my diet also, I thought these Multivitamins from boots were a good place to start. They cost just 99 pence for a pot containing 30 multivitamin tablets. The tub is white with a bright red label and lid - of which happens to have a safety opening mechanism, where you have to squeeze and then unscrew clockwise which is ideal if you have kids around.

              The suggested daily intake is one boots multivitamin tablet a day, which as directed, is to be taken with a liquid - preferably water. The tablets are not advised for children under the age of 12 years or pregnant women.

              The multivitamin tablets contain over 10 essential vitamins to support the body's nutritional needs to promote health and wellbeing. These multivitamins have been thoroughly checked to meet Boots high quality and safety standards and contain a reduced level of vitamin A to make them safe to take with other supplements.

              Overall these Boots Multivitamin tablets are ideal for just about anyone especially those like me, who have busy schedules. These tablets offer an affordable, quick and easy way to support a balanced diet to ensure you'll be getting all the nutrients required to maintain healthy.

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              I recently visited my aunt (a self-confessed fitness fanatic), who couldn't resist showing me all the latest additions to her already brimming gym. Amongst the equipment was a V-Fit Abdominus tummy trainer, or as I call it the 'cruncher'. I decided to have a go, before asking her it was effective, as I was thinking of buying some fitness equipment to tackle my abs. She recommended them, saying that they had worked wonders for her.

              I later bought the V-Fit Abdominus tummy trimmer for £29.99 from Argos in store. I tend to be hopeless when it comes to flat pack furniture but assembling this item took only around 10 minutes. So the set-up is pretty straight-forward, but if you cant figure it out, there's a user manual included to guide you through the process. The tummy trimmer looks quite attractive in its design: the unit is mostly black which some matt silver to finish. It measures approximately 61cm in height, 72cm in width, 61cm in depth and weighs a total of 4kg. Also the item has an automatically positioned and padded head rest as well as comfortable hand grips. Located on the top of the trimmer is an exercise monitor which is powered through two AAA batteries (which weren't included) and displays information such as reps, calories burned, time, heart pulse and reset modes.

              The digital monitor does look slightly tacky and it could do with a backlight to enhance the visibility during the evening. However the item is a bit of a novelty, the counter isn't necessary as I'm sure we can all count but admittedly it does provide some satisfaction to look up and suddenly realise you've done 150 reps.

              As for the pulse monitor however, it never seems to function properly and sounds a bit pointless as it's not a highly strenuous workout that is likely to raise your heart rate significantly to begin with. Moving on, the maximum weight that the piece of equipment can withhold is 100kg or 15 stone 10 pounds. The product collapses slightly for easy storage, which is an added bonus as I've bought expensive ones in the past that sit around eating up tons of living space.

              So what about performance? It certainly beats sit-ups shall we say. Thanks to the comfortable and supportive head rest, there's no sign of neck ache. The trimmer was admittedly a little tricky to get the hang of to begin with, but once you realise you have to use your stomach more than your arms you can really feel it working. It concentrates all the energy into where it should be - to trim and tone not only your abdominal muscles but lower back muscles also.

              Since purchasing, I've been doing 200 sit-ups on a daily basis with the tummy trimmer along with my normal routine for about 4 weeks now, and am already seeing incredible results. It goes without saying that for the equipment to be effective, you have to put the effort in and stick with it to get the results you desire. Don't waste your money on a product that you'll probably use now and then and expect wonders from. For a bargain price it's compact, effective, comfortable and has a novelty monitor too! When used in addition to a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine - you'll soon be amazed at how the tu/mmy trimmer can transform your abs!

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                Microsoft Paint is a free painting program that can be used to teach students the basics of painting software. Many sophisticated graphics software applications (such as Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop) use the same basic principles that can be learned using MS Paint.
                Using any painting program involves learning how to use the menu bar and the tool bar. MS Paint also includes a colour palette that allows the user to choose both foreground and background colours with which to work.

                MS Paint also includes a great Help system that will have you mastering your virtual brush-strokes in minutes. This compendium of information was produced from screenshots of many of the MS Paint Help Files.

                These pages are meant to be a visual catalogue of the MS Paint tools and their functions. While incomplete, it allows you to click on the words and symbols shown on the image at left to find out how to use MS.

                Advantages of the program include that Comes MS Paint is pre-installed on every computer that runs the Windows system, its tools enable Basic drawing, shapes, and cropping and it Supports for JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG images. Drawing tools can be accessed from the main toolbar, this includes fill tool, Eraser, eyedropper, magnifier, pencil, paintbrush, spray can, fonts, lines and shapes. The colour palette can also be further edited for custom selection.

                The program does however have its disadvantages, which are that it's very basic editing limits its capabilities, the program is only available on windows and it does not support layers. Considering its limits I would not fully recommend this program for anything other than simple designs which is why I would suggest investing in a professional graphic program to produce bitmap/vector imaging if the results you require are of high quality. Nevertheless, MS paint is practically free and the graphics it would produce, though remaining simple would still be attractive and appealing.

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                  A great temporary solution to provide relief for pain.

                  I'm particularly prone to headaches, migraines especially and have come to rely on these Kool 'n' Soothe sheets since recommended them by a friend. Initially, I admit I was fairly skeptical with regards to their effectiveness, after all they were just sheets.

                  I guessed there was no harm in trying them out, and so picked up a pack from boots for £2.99 which contained 4 sheets. Their range also includes kool 'n' soothe fever which is available in Boots for the same price. The only difference between the two products is the size of the gel sheets, the migraine sheets are designed especially for adults and the fever sheets are significantly smaller and so ideal for children.

                  Barely three days later, a throbbing headache struck, thankfully though out of paracetamol I realized I had recently bought some kool 'n' soothes. Following the directions on the pack I tore open one of 4 sachets and removed the Kool 'n' Soothe Migraine soft gel sheet. Taking off the translucent film on the back of the sheet I placed the sheet on my forehead, but the product can be applied on the back of your neck also. (sheets can be cut down to size with scissors if need be.)

                  So how does this product work? Well the gel sheets are supposed to contain a large amount of water which works in close partnership with your bodies natural cooling system to help to soothe the pain. As the surface temperature of the skin rises, through either a migraine or fever, the heat of the skin causes the evaporation of the water held within the Kool 'n' Soothe gel sheet - this creates a cooling sensation on the skin, and soothing relief.

                  The convenient kool 'n' soothe stays secured in place with thanks to its adhesive backing which also leaves no residue on the skin. The product is fragrance free, non-medicinal and keeps cooling for up to 8 hours of cooling relief, with no need for refrigeration. It's easy to use, safe to use with other medication and is ready to use straight from the box.

                  Within minutes of applying the product to my forehead, the cooling sensation began to work its magic, and though my headache was completely lifted soon after I continued to leave it on if to soothe me to sleep. After one use I was sold, the Kool 'n' soothe sheets are cheap, convenient, effective and non-medicinal - I'm sick to death of living of paracetamol and aspirin. So certainly recommended for the entire family!

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                • Fitness Mad Wobble Board / Fitness / 10 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                  Recently, my local store (that specialises in gym/fitness equipment) were having a clearance sale due to them going out of business. I thought I may as well go and take advantage, considering all stock was supposedly discounted at 70% off or less. When I finally got the chance to go down however, I was fairly disappointed when I realised all the good stuff had been scavenged. Not wanting to leave empty handed, I noticed a few items that took my fancy including the fitness-mad wobble board.

                  I'd owned a balance board a few years back, and got a lot of use out of it before it finally went bust. I bought one for just £7.50, which was a bargain considering they are currently selling on Amazon for £18.85 and significantly more also direct from the manufacturer's website.

                  I brought the wobble board home, eager to test it out. The box contained no instructions, or booklets demonstrating exercises and thought I realise the concept of the product is rather self-explanatory, for novices perhaps it would have been better to have included some. Nevertheless, the box includes some directions and exercise which are of some help at least.

                  The board measures 40cm wide in diameter and weighs 850 grams. It can be adjusted to suit a variety of abilities, with angles ranging from 19 to 23 degrees and the greater the angle, the greater the difficulty. The board is adjusted simply through screwing or unscrewing the 'rocker', of which is located underneath the base of the product.

                  The wobble board claims to, when used on a regular basis, improve balance, increase core strength and your range of movement. Also it supposedly improves proprioception through the various exercises wobble board offers, can help the body recover from injury. For this reason, it makes the wobble board ideal particularly for those seeking rehabilitation due to a recent leg/ankle that you may be recovering from.

                  I love the wobble board; it allows a range of exercise which steadily increase your strength and stability and at your own pace. I initially used the product twice daily, each for 10-15 minute intervals on the 19 degree angle setting, before gradually increasing to the 23 - of which I'm now, 3 months later, fairly comfortable using. Great product - highly recommended!

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                    Having recently went on a 'fun-filled' family camping trip, we over-packed in every department imaginable, apart from, that is - the cooking. In all the 'excitement' we forgot to bring our travel cook set, and didn't realize until we'd arrived and set-up camp.

                    Luckily for us, there was a friendly elderly couple on the camp site also who kindly let us lend theirs. It was a set by Campingaz - a brand that we are quite familiar with, and within the cook kit contained 5 pieces of travel cook ware. These pieces included 2 pots, with a diameter of 14cm and the larger had 17cm, 1 pan with a diameter of 18cm, 1 lid with a diameter of 16cm, 1 handle and a storage strap.

                    In traveling amongst a family of 8, the set didn't quite meet the demands of the quantities, and is probably better suited perhaps to 1 or 2 people. The set is however of high quality design, made from aluminum, the trekking kit is lightweight and compact for easy storage and the added strap makes for easier traveling.

                    When packed the size of the kit is around 19 cm in height and 11 cm in length and weights approximately 600g. When our next camp trip approached, we decided to purchase 3 of the Campinaz cooking sets from our local camp store, who gave us a special deal of just £25 (for the three). Usually the item retails in the region of around £12 elsewhere, so we had a bargain.

                    Overall, yes I would recommend the Campingaz 5 piece trekking cook kit, but only if you were feeding relatively small numbers or well...if you plan on hardly eating throughout your trip. If not, just do as we did and buy a few sets! On a high note - the set is high in quality, lightweight, easily carried and stored - making it especially ideal for camping trips, or any other type of traveling/outdoor activities for that matter. We purchased ours about a year ago, and having used them many, many times since, you can be sure we'll continue to use them in the future trips to come!

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                    A large part of my graphic design course involves photography, and as wonderful as the UK is for it's scenery, I've recently began taking my 'work assignments' abroad with me. Having invested a lot of pennies into my latest camera, solely for the course, I wanted to keep it safe, protected and close to hand. My last trip, came a little sooner than expected, and having little time to buy one, a friend kindly sold me his.

                    It was a Targus expedition standard camera case and I paid just £10 for it, but having shopped around a little online, I found it could only be purchased from either the manufacturer's website or the American Amazon site for around $10.99. I found that the price tends to vary depending on size, of which the range includes mini, small, standard and large.

                    As the name suggests, the case has the capacity to hold most standard sized cameras, that ideally measure around 3.85"x2"x4.5". The case itself has a grey/black design and from the exterior measures 4.13"x3.5"x4.75", weighing 5.3 ounces.

                    The product comes equipped with ample foam padding (and more!) following a special closed cell format for added protection. Organisation need not be a problem either, as the frontal pocket provides safe storage with a zipped closure for all other items, be it batteries, tri-pods, memory cards or any other accessories you may need.

                    The case also features an adjustable 60 inch long shoulder strap, so you never have to risk missing out on a perfect shot, or lose it for that matter. This simple and effective Expedition case is sure to keep your camera protected from scratches, heat, moisture and dust and is constructed with rugged nylon which makes it build to last too!

                    Having survived my trip - me and camera both still in tact, I'd say that was a good result. The targus expedition case shielded my camera from grit, dust and many of times through testing weather conditions, remaining by my side throughout. It fitted my camera like a glove, and still provided full security and storage for my other bits and bobs. I'm currently arranging my next trip and will certainly be taking this again. Great product - highly recommended!

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                    I bought this for my dad's birthday last April, as he's an avid all-terrain cycler, be it mountain biking, bike marathons or just casual cycling - he's there. I was shopping around online for something bike-related and came across the Trek Incite 8i Wireless bicycle computer. I'll be frank - I had no idea what it was, I had to read up about it for a good while to fully understand it's purpose, features etc.

                    I thought the product was really ideal, and purchased one soon after for £21.99 from a site called jejamescycles.co.uk. The product later arrived and included the 'computer', user manual and a two year limited warranty.

                    The item looked quite attractive in terms of design, it had a dark silver finish with a black rim around the display. The product description had said that them product can be mounted to handlebars ranging from 25.4 to 31.8mm and most stems. After several wasted hours, I ended up having to wait for my dad to go out for the day and have the computer professionally fitted to his bike. Finally, the item was fitted perfectly onto his bike handlebar and thought it was difficult to install, at least it was easy to operate. Should you struggle with the features however you can always refer to the manual (available to download from the trek website.)

                    The computer is loaded with features such as time, an odometer that displays distance ridden, and a pacer - that remains stationary at the top of the screen and indicates whether you are travelling faster or slower than your average speed. It also shows information that includes speed, which again is constantly displayed in bold telling you of your current speed in MPH (miles per hour), or KMH (kilometres per hour) and finally your wheel selection (i.e. gives indication of which wheel setting is in use by computer).

                    The product has just three buttons, two for toggling through modes, and a third to set. The computer has a wireless transmission range of 64cm or 25" and has an automatic start/stop feature.

                    I gather that he liked his present, so much so that he started cycling even more frequently, just to boast at how far he'd travelled. He loves it. Having owned it for around 4 months, he's had no problems with it all. It's robust, reliable, accurate and jam-packed with features. Would highly recommend particularly to casual cyclists, enthusiasts and professionals.

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                    When autumn arrives, and the days of summer are over with, its time to head outdoors for yet another family camping trip. So shopping for equipment - lighting happens to be quite important as we quickly learnt on our first ever camping holiday where we spent ours in the dark sweating blood and tears just to build a fire. Of course we made sure to take our own source of lighting since, in the form of the lantern.
                    They are available in many varieties and can be powered by battery, gas, old fashioned camping lanterns contain actual candles, solar powered and wind-up.

                    We usually go for the battery powered lanterns, as any mention of the candle or gas lanterns to my mum, results in hysterics and her going on being burned alive inside our tents - nice. As ours clapped out recently after owning it for about 3 years, we had a look around our local garden centre that sold camping equipment. A shop assistant recommended the Gelert range, but personally I'd never heard of it. Looking at the Gelert products we noticed they had wind-up lanterns.

                    They were only slightly more expensive than the rest of the range and we particularly liked the look of the gelert 12 LED wind-up lantern which cost £18. The item was beautifully built, with a black and soft touch rubber finish. The lantern has a special water resistant casing which is ideal for typical camping weather conditions. Located on the side of the base is a compact folding winding handle and on top is a very durable folding handle with a foldout hanging hook - ideal for hanging from attachment points within your tent as a nightlight.

                    It was comforting to have when we arrived quite late at our camp site. We quickly set up camp, assembling tents, blow-up mattresses (see my review [;) etc. and it wasn't long before I needed a wee. Thankfully I had the wind-up lantern which allowed me to locate the toilets in time fairly easily. It's quite simple to use, it has two functions: 4LED and 12LED, it can be powered through mains, even regular AAA batteries and you can charge it through winding.

                    I wound the lantern for a good 2 minutes straight, which when left on lasted around 30 minutes - impressive. It provides 360 degree illumination, but includes a detachable light that can be attached to the top of the lantern for more concentrated 90 degree lighting.

                    The wind-up lantern proved quite useful throughout the whole camping trip, whether it helped us navigate to the toilet, search for something in the dark, act as a nightlight or more importantly the odd of late-night game of cards. Not only is the item useful for camping but crucial to have in times of emergencies or black-outs - though thankfully we hadn't had any.

                    So overall, I honestly cannot fault the product in anyway, try it for yourself - it won't let you down!

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                      Highly recommended :) 10/10 Product

                      After recently having to fork out £1500 of my hard earned wages on a lousy notebook, I guessed I may as well invest in a case also to keep it protected. I didn't want to go for the traditional, bulky style carry case, so opted instead for a sleeve. My MacBook Pro was a 15.4" and after failing to find any remotely closer to its size (which were reasonably priced also) I decided to take a gamble :)

                      I bought the 15" Fellowes body glove notebook sleeve from Amazon for $15.99 (or £10) in black, namely because it was the only color available. I wasn't worrying too much over the fitting, as I had read beforehand that the sleeve should stretch due to its neoprene material.

                      Eventually the item arrived and when it came to trying it out - I was pleasantly surprised. Despite being advertised as fitting sizes up to 15", it actually fit a 15.4" quite snuggly - in fact it resembled a custom made wet suit! :D

                      The sleeve measured 1"x15.4"x12" and was very lightweight, weighing just 13 oz. It's made of a durable and water resistant material called neoprene (as mentioned earlier) and has a secure zipper closure. The item provides sufficient padding, though perhaps more would be better suited to ensure full protection. Also included is an interior compartment - ideal for storing papers or bits of work.

                      Overall, I can't pick any major faults with the item. It's half the price of most sleeves currently available on the market and offers both security and quality even whilst banging around my bag. 10/10 great product - highly recommended!

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