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After a bit of research I bought these as a treat for myself from Amazon for £129.99 as I am quite into watching wildlife and am so glad I decided to buy these. They are suitable for a wide range of activities including nature watching, birdwatching, mountaineering, camping, hiking, fishing and spectator sports making them highly versatile.
The binoculars came packaged securely so they didn't move around too much. They also came with a case which fits the binoculars nicely and protects against dust and scratches. They have a very impressive appearance with dark grey and black covering. The thick lenses are surrounded by soft rubber to make them more comfortable. All of the lenses and prisms are made from eco-glass optics which are free from lead and arsenic. The binoculars are medium-sized with a length of 187mm and width of 139mm. They weigh only 825g with rubber sides for grip making them easy to hold onto for long time periods although if you hold them up to your eyes for too long your arms begin to ache a little.
The magnification strength is 10x with a close-focusing distance of 5m. The image you get is excellent and has great clarity even at full zoom. The focus is easily adjustable and it doesn't take long to bring the image into focus. The lenses are multi-layered which allows good light transmission to provide a good balance of colour and most importantly images which are bright and clear. The binoculars have a relative brightness of 25 which is good for use at slightly lower light levels.
The binoculars are not only waterproof, which is a highly important feature in England, but they are also fog-proof. This is great as one of the best times for birdwatching tends to be early morning when fog is likely to be around so this is a useful feature. The waterproofing also means you can use them underwater although I have never tried this myself. To give extra protection from the weather the binoculars have O-ring seals and nitrogen gas. Another feature is that the rubber eyecups twist and slide to click into place into one of the multiple settings which allow you to easily position the eye. The design also provides excellent field of view at 1000m -98m even for those who wear glasses.
They have proved to be very durable and well-made as I have dropped them at least twice now with no apparent damage. I wouldn't recommend throwing them around too much due to the delicate lenses but the rubber coating seems to provide quite a bit of protection.
I bought this sleeping bag for a camping trip last year as, although I already had one, the place we were going would be very cold and I am one of those people who feels the cold very easily. I decided on this Marmot sleeping bag which I brought from Amazon for £168.50.
The sleeping bag is made by a company called Marmot which started out in 1974 in a grocery shop on Colarado. They now make a range of outdoor gear which is influenced by the experience of mountain guides and inspired by an "alpinist spirit of adventure".
This particular sleeping bag has a nice design with a mummy-like shape and comes in a light blue colour with darker blue stripes on the outside made from polyester and nylon material and black lining fabric on the inside. It is also available with same design in green. It has a length of 178cm and a weight of 1.25kg although it folds nicely into the stuff and storage sack provided after a bit of effort to get it in. It is available in either right-handed or left-handed orientations so you don't have to struggle with the zip.
I have used this sleeping bag on several trips now and it is fantastically warm and comfortable to sleep in. The lining is very thick and it warms you up within minutes no matter how cold you are. Despite the great deal of padding the sleeping bag is still very roomy and you can easily turn over. The bag is lined with 600+ goose down, particularly around the collar and feet area, that provides great insulation and softness. The lowest temperature I have used it at so far is 2 degrees and I was nice and warm all night although it can be used for temperatures down to -4. When it gets to the morning I don't want to get out - it's so snug and toasty!
The sleeping bag has a few good features which make it stand out. It is made to specifically fit women in such a way that provides extra insulation to key areas that have an increased rate of heat loss such as the feet and head. In the bottom is a trapedzoidal foot box which is basically a heat pocket for providing optimum warmth on the feet and gives more room to move. At the top is a hood with easily accessible draw cords to tighten it or just keep it loose and a Velcro-free face muff. There are small stash pockets to store items in although I tend not use these much. The zips have two way sliders and guards and are also lockable for added security during the night.
Overall the sleeping bag has a high-quality feel to it and so far has proved to be very durable. I would definitely recommend for a warm, cosy night of camping.
I brought this ladder at Christmas in order to put up the decorations as we always put some on the ceiling. I have since found it has come in handy for many different uses around the house. As originally I didn't plan to use it that often I looked around for a cheaper option and came across this one in Argos for £12.99.
It is quite a small size with only two steps. The dimensions measure 89(H) x 46(W) x 5.5(D)cm. The height of the top step is therefore only 46cm which does make it quite short but then again this is perfect just for domestic use around the house. It doesn't weigh a huge amount - only 4.5kg, so is reasonable lightweight for transport around the house. I have no problem getting it up and down the stairs when I need to. The structure itself is made from steel making it strong and stable. Folding is very quick and simple by pulling the sides away from each other and allows it to be stored in cupboard or something to keep it out the way.
The surfaces of each step are non-slip due to the tiny grooves in the metal so you don't have to worry about wearing certain shoes and the feet have rubber pads on to prevent slippage on smooth flooring for a stable base. They are also really wide so you can spread your feet for comfort rather than having your feet squished together as on some ladders. The rungs are easy to grip either side for extra support. There are also four stable feet at the base which provide a reliable stand. The ladder does not rock at all when I'm on it and it feels very safe.
Overall I am very happy with my little stepladder and it has definitely made life around the house easier. Perfect for us short people!
This is the latest in a long line of hoovers after my last one got damaged. I did quite a bit of research as I needed one which would be reliable and last me a long time and came across this one. It cost me £260 on amazon which is expensive but so far it has been well worth it.
When the hoover came it was packed securely along with some extra gadgets including a combination tool, a mini turbine head as well as the instructions manual and a separate quick start guide. This hoover also comes with a 5 year guarantee just in case.
It has quite a modern style and it has an open design so that you can see all the insides. I like the purple and grey colouring and for a vacuum it looks pretty impressive. It is one of the most lightweight vacuums I have handled and not bulky so is easy to transport around the house and up and down the stairs. Apparently it's the lightest upright vacuum that Dyson make at 5.4kg. The cable is more than long enough to get from one side of a room to the other and the handle can also be compressed for easier storage.
So far I have used this on both carpets and laminate flooring and it does a great job on both surfaces. You can see how much dirt was on your floor due to the transparent dust collector (you'll probably be quite surprised at the amount!). It is very easy to push and pull and doesn't require much force. Steering is wonderfully easy. My last vacuum had the standard fixed wheels underneath but Dyson have introduced ball technology in which there are polypropylene balls located underneath with a motor inside which lowers the centre of gravity. All of this makes it easy to manoeuvre and you can change direction just by a small wrist movement - it's great, especially as there's no more backwards and forwards malarkey to get around a corner.
Dyson have really outdone themselves at giving this vacuum a ton of unique features all of which make it a pleasure to use. The first of these is the Root Cyclone technology which replaces bags. This means that the vacuum does not lose any suction power as the dirt gets spun around (like a cyclone) which forces dirt straight into the bin. This is a huge advantage as it means you don't have to keep buying replacement bags and filters. To clean it you just detach the bin by pressing the button and empty it out. The filter can be washed over and over again so it never needs to be replaced - just rinsed with cold water every month or so.
As well as this it is also fantastic at removing pet hairs which is the main factor that drew me to this vacuum in the first place. The brush on the bottom is motorised so the bristles spin rapidly to dislodge and suck up hair and dirt. This can be turned off on hard surfaces. The mini turbine head tool is another great feature for removing pet hair in tight spaces such as under the sofa or in the car.
For those of you with dust allergies this vacuum is also efficient at trapping almost microscopic particles including pollen and mould spores.
Overall this is by far the best (and admittedly most expensive) vacuum I have ever owned. I would 100% recommend this to anyone.
I have recently started jogging to try and shed the pounds after a month of sitting around revising and eating after uni exams and decided a drinks bottle would be a good idea. I found this one on amazon which cost me £5.99.
The bottle has a stylish, modern design and comes in either blue, black, silver or pink (which is the one I have). It has black rubber areas and the black logo is situated centrally on the front. The material is slightly see-through so that you can see the level of the liquid inside when held up to the light. It comes in sizes of either a large 700ml which is the one I have or a smaller 450ml. The design is ergonomic and the shape makes it comfortable to hold.
The most useful feature is the removable ice tube to keep drinks cold. The tube can be taken out filled with water and placed in the freezer and then once frozen placed back in the drinks bottle. This is very efficient at keeping the temperature cold for hours but it also reduces the amount of drink the bottle will hold. The lid is leak-proof and there is a mouthpiece with a extra rubber bit to further prevent spillages. I have found that the bottle has been great at preventing leaking even when kept on its side for long periods.
One of the things Thermos have stressed about this bottle is that they are made from BPA free material. The reason for this concern is due to the media attention that BPA is associated with numerous health implications including cancer.
During use water flows through quickly and easily which is good when you need water quickly after a run or intense exercise. It has good resistance to wear and tear. The polypropylene surface is strong and resistant to damage and still looks virtually new despite being dropped many times. It is easy to wash and can be put in the dishwater.
Overall a decent drinks bottle that is easy to use doesn't leak and looks good. I would recommend this to anyone.
I am a university student living in a rented house which can get very, very cold during the winter. We can't keep the heating on for long periods due to cost and so I decided it would be a good idea to invest in a fan heater. I found this one which costs £19.99 in Argos. It's not the cheapest heater but then it's also not as expensive as some of the top models.
The heater has a unique flattened shape allowing easy storage compared to most models which are usually a square or round shape. Its size measures H14xW32x D24cm. The look is quite basic with a white shiny plastic covering and a black grill with the logo situated above. Short legs are located underneath which prevent slipping on laminate flooring and raise it off the ground. The switch is located on the side. It doesn't weigh much making it portable for moving from room to room.
It has one cool setting with a cool air blow feature for summer allowing a flow of cool air to circulate. Most importantly there are two heat settings. Previous heaters I have owned have had more than two settings but I've found this simplistic approach to much easier to use. I use the high setting initially to get the room warm and then switch to the low setting to keep the room toasty. If the high setting is kept on for any length of time the room does start to become unbearably hot. To prevent overheating it has a cut out switch for safety and frost protection. The heat output is 3kW. The heater has thermostatic control which means that once a certain temperature has been reached the heater will switch off and then switch off again when the temperature drops to maintain a constant temperature. I have to say I find this feature more annoying than useful and would much rather do this manually. Sometimes the heater switches off while I am still cold and will then refuse to switch on again. Also there have been times when it has switched off for long periods meaning I have totally forgotten is still on and have walked out leaving it plugged in or have jumped a foot in the air when it starts itself up again!
It is very easy to use by simply plugging in and then using the switch on the side to select which setting you'd like. Unfortunately there are no labels but as there are only 3 settings you can easily learn through trial and error which way to turn the switch. Like most fan heaters it does produce a continuous noise. Some people have found this annoying but it doesn't bother me as the noise is constant and unchanging and so after a while I don't notice it that much. I have no trouble working with it on although it is a bit distracting during revision. Even when the heater has been on for over 30mins the outer surface doesn't get overly hot although the grill can be a bit of a hazard. I have never had any problems with it so far and it has been completely reliable.
Overall a fantastic little heater which heats up my room quickly and efficiently. It doesn't break the bank and the features are simple but exactly what I need and would expect from a fan heater. I would definitely recommend.
I needed a mattress protector for uni as I didn't trust the beds in halls and after searching around for the cheapest option came across this one in Sainsbury's for just £6 for a single. They come in 3 sizes; single (90x190cm), double (135x190cm) or kingsize (150x200cm).
When I brought the protector it was tightly folded into a clear plastic container. As I pulled it out it expanded a bit so it is slightly larger than it originally appears. The protector is available only in a plain white colour. Due to the low price this is a very basic item as you would expect and lacks certain features found in more expensive protectors. For example it is not waterproof which is a major drawback if you want it for use with a small child but fine if, like me, you just want a clean surface between yourself and a questionable mattress. It also lacks anti-microbial properties so there's no barrier against dust mites unfortunately.
The protector is fitted but fits loosely around the edges of the mattress although it is worth noting that university mattresses are often smaller than standard ones so it may be a better fit on a regular mattress. As the corners weren't tight around the edges of the mattress it does get a bit crumpled by the morning and has sometimes come loose. Personally I found that it didn't add much to comfort and I could still feel the mattress through the thinness of the protector.
The protector is quilted and padded and the material is fabric (35% cotton on the covering and 65% polyester for the inside filling) which is more comfortable and good for allergy sufferers. I have found that it has done a reasonably good job at keeping the mattress clean. However it has quite a poor capacity to withstand wear and tear. The sides are very thin and delicate and I have managed to put my finger through the fabric twice now.
Washing is straightforward and can be machine washed at 40°C or hand washed if you prefer. It is also suitable to tumble dry which is great for university were the alternative would be to drape t over the radiator (not a good idea for such a large item).
Overall this not a quality product but it does do a very good job at protecting the mattress given the price. It brings little to comfort despite the quilting but it has lasted me quite a while and I am rather pleased with it.
This lipstick was part of a Guerlain gift set I received for my birthday. Individually the lipstick costs £20-30 for 0.12 oz in various department stores such as Debenhams or John Lewis and on Amazon. There are 25 shades in the range so you've got a huge selection to choose from. The shade I received was Bloom of Rose 162 which is a bright vibrant red that I absolutely love and would probably have chosen given the choice.
Appearance & Packaging
It comes in a small black box with gold writing on the sides. Inside the lipstick itself is contained in a thin gold rectangular tube. It is posh and looks very impressive. The casing has no lid although when the lipstick is slid down the top seals to prevent dust or dirt accumulating. According to the box it contains crystal pigments with a complex of oil and resin for a pure finish.
To extend or retract the lipstick from the tube there is a simple slider located on the side. I find this easier and more convenient to use than twisting the base as is found in most cheaper lipsticks. The square shape of the tube can make handling a little tricky but this is only a minor issue.
To apply you just extend the lipstick out and rub firmly over the lips. It provides good coverage and the colour doesn't bleed at all. It has a lovely even texture and feels quite moisturising after application whilst not feeling to weighty. The colour is rich and bold and gives a lovely shiny, shimmery finish. I often add some clear lip gloss over the top on nights out just to give it that added wow factor. Unfortunately it is not very long lasting and does need to be reapplied every few hours or so. There is no strong scent and it tastes quite bland which is ideal for a lipstick.
It is a good product but as with most overly expensive cosmetics you can get high street brands which do an equally good job for less than half the price and this is probably not something I would buy myself.
I had never used Guerlain before this product and can't say I was all that familiar with the brand. I received the exfoliator as part of a gift set for my birthday and have since found that the exfoliator alone costs £20-30 for a 75ml bottle on Amazon and department stores such as John Lewis and Debenhams. I had no idea it was so expensive and definitely wouldn't pay this price myself.
It is part of a range that contains Lotus flower in the ingredients. According to the box the flower has properties such as purifying and restoring the skin. The micro seeds act to clear pores and these are the small beads you feel scratching the skin while massaging.
The products comes in a posh and quite attractive white tube with golden writing and a screw lid as a base. The back of the tube contains the ingredients and usage instructions. It is supposed to be suitable for all skin types and was fine on my skin which can be quite sensitive. The cream is a white colour with visible little black dots which are the exfoliating micro seeds. It looks impressive and is something I would be proud to display on my bathroom shelf.
I use the product 3 times a week as personally i don't like the idea of exfoliating every day. My skin definitely feels cleansed and smoother afterwards. It does a good job at removing dirt and dry or dead skin. However the product also claims to have anti-ageing properties by reducing wrinkles and giving skin an "illuminating glow". After using this product several times a week for 2 months I have seen no difference. It has a strong scent due to the acidity of the flower chemicals in it but it does have a slight floral aroma as well.
Applying the exfoliator is very simple. You just need to squeeze out a small amount and gently massage the product onto your face in circular movements for about 30 seconds to a minute. It comes out really easily. Skin should be wet and obviously eyes should be avoided. Afterwards you rinse it off thoroughly with warm water. I tend to use a flannel for this. It has a thick consistency but still spreads nicely. The tiny size of the beads means you can hardly feel them but it also means they are difficult to wash off. Afterwards I often find numerous small beads on my face that have been missed even hours afterwards.
Overall my skin doesn't look much different to how it did before I started using the product. In my opinion a cheaper alternative such as St. Ives does just as good a job for less than half the price and lasts longer.
I decided to get this tripod for a family holiday to Spain to avoid the blurriness you sometimes get with handheld photos. It costs about £7 on amazon so is a complete bargain compared to most other tripods. However the price reflects the basic nature of this equipment. It is not remotely advanced or specialized but is fine for family photos.
This is an unusual looking tripod as most other reviewers have noted. The plastic is the cheap silver kind but it holds up surprisingly well against wear and scratches. It is very lightweight but the shape is bulky when unfolded although it can be folded into a small flat shape making it ideal for travelling. The feet have thin rubber strips to provide grip which actually do a really good job on most of the surfaces i have tried.
It couldn't be much easier to use. The 3 legs just fold out easily and the angle of the tripod can then be altered and placed on the closest available flat surface. Unfortunately you cannot adjust the length of the legs so the only way you can alter the height is to put it on a different surface or put something underneath it which is definitely one of the drawbacks of this tripod. I have only used it with one camera but the mounting frame has a screw at the edge for adjusting the size to fit different types. It is nice and stable while the camera is on top providing a reliable base to keep the camera level.
Overall I am incredibly happy with the quality of this tripod given the price and have used it many times. It produces great photographs with no blur and you can avoid having to hold the camera at arms length when trying to snap yourself.
This is a lovely digital photo frame. I looked at several before deciding on this one which I purchased from Amazon for £90 although when I looked today they have shot up to £140. This is very expensive and the only reason I paid £90 was because I had amazon vouchers - otherwise I would probably have gone for a cheaper model.
On arrival the photo frame came packed in a box along with a remote control. It was very easy to set up - you simply plug it in then place either the memory card, USB stick or computer into the frame and the photos will come up on the screen. There is an LED light which turns green to let you know the frame is on.
This looks brilliant on my coffee table and would look equally impressive on a shelf or fireplace. Its very good for showing off when guests are visiting! It has a very sleek, modern design. The 8 inch center screen is framed by a shiny, black plastic surround frame. On many models the black frame is large and chunky but on this one it is thin enough so that it doesn't take attention away from the picture. The quality of the images is excellent and this is definitely were this frame excels - they are visually great to look at. On the bottom there is a LED Sony logo which can be illuminated if you choose. Unfortunately the only way to power it is to plug it in - there is no option to use batteries. This both detracts from the attractiveness and means it has to relatively close to a plug.
There are small buttons located on the left side of the frame which allow you to access the options or settings. These buttons are practically invisible unless you are close to the frame. Alternatively if you don't feel like getting up there is a remote control provided which can also be used for accessing options and scrolling through the pictures. You can have the frame anyway you want as if you flip the frame around the images automatically rotate so they are positioned correctly. It has a large memory - 256MB which means it can store up to 500 photos.
This frame has some great features on it which you can access by going into the menu and options. Firstly aside from pictures you can also use the frame as a clock (either digital or analogue) which appears discreetly next to the image. Similarly there is also a calendar (can be by week, month or year) which you can set up to appear alongside the photo. There is a built-in timer so if you want the frame to switch off at certain times e.g. at night then you can set it up to turn off automatically. Its really easy to search for a specific image as it has a "smart search" function allowing you to pick only your favorite photos or skip through ones you don't like. You can pick from 10 different slideshow effects of how the photos change from one to another.
Overall I am very impressed with this digital frame. It is easy to use, the quality of the pictures is brilliant and it has fantastic, useful features. There are only a couple of drawback such as the expensive price and the fact that it has to be plugged in but the quality is so good that you can overlook these problems. I would definitely recommend.
I purchased this shredder a couple of months ago after our old one died. I got mine from amazon for £34 although I had vouchers so you can probably get it cheaper elsewhere. This is a good, inexpensive price for a shredder although it is one of the more basic models.
This is a small little shredder and takes up very little room. Its dimensions are 22 x 30cm. I can fit it easily next to my desk and it would also be ideal for using in the office at work. It has a shiny black plastic covering with silver or blue controls at the top depending which model you get. The black coloring and design look quite attractive.
The shredder is very easy to use. You simply plug it in and then slide the button at the top over and then insert the paper into the slot and it shreds. This shredder is a cross-cutter so cuts paper up into a confetti style which ensures that any details are completely destroyed. You are supposed to shred no more than 5 sheets of paper at any one time although I have tried it with 8 and it still shreds well, a little slower but the paper is still sufficiently destroyed. Unfortunately like most shredders it is quite noisy but it shreds very quickly so the noise doesn't last more than few seconds. The shredder is small so only has the capacity to store a small amount of paper, apparently up to 12L according to the instructions, so needs emptying a bit more often than a standard large shredder. Emptying it is very straightforward, you just pull the top half off to expose the collecting paper bin and then empty it before replacing it back on.
This shredder is capable of shredding not just paper but also credit cards which is a very useful feature to have as it can be tedious using scissors to cut cards into tiny pieces. If you put in to much paper then instead of just jamming like my old shredder this one has a reverse feature. You slide the top button to the "R" and the paper is reversed out of the slot so you can easily remove it and reinsert a smaller amount. For those of you with small children the shredder also has a child lock which blocks the top button from sliding across. This ensures the appliance remains switched off while you are not watching it in case children decide to test out shredding their fingers.
Overall this is a great shredder for use in the home for making sure you have protection from identity theft etc. It does exactly what a shredder should do and does it better than some of the more expensive, flashy models in my opinion. I would recommend it.
I won this radio in competition a couple of years ago. Obviously I didn't pay anything but I believe you can get them from amazon for £50 - £80. When the radio arrived it was packaged in a box along with an AC power adapter, an instruction manual and a two year warranty card.
This radio comes in different colours including white, pink and the one I have, black. The plastic surface is shiny and smooth to touch. On the front there is a large speaker which takes up the left hand side. On the right at the top is a small screen. The screen shows not only the time and station name but also has the name of the current artist and song playing running along the bottom. Below this are some silver buttons. The large one in the center changes the station. This is surrounded by 7 smaller buttons which from left to right are volume, timer, presets, info, DAB/FM, Menu and stations. At the bottom is a white button which is the on/off/standby switch. A silver arial is ocated on top and can be folded down when not in use. At the bottom are 2 rubber strips to prevent slipping. The dimensions are 7.2 x 21 x 14.5 cm and it weighs 1.2kg according to amazon. It is quite small and can easily be transported ffrom room to room and fits nicely on a shelf or desk.
This radio is very easy to use. The initial set up is very straightforward. You simply plug it in or insert batteries and the radio automatically finds the stations available in your area. These are then stored and ready whenever you switch on the radio. To select or change stations you turn the large centre buttons to scroll through the options then press it when you find a station you like. To use other features you simply have to press the appropriate button around the edge. This radio is very easy to use even if you have never used a digital radio before. Unlike analogues the digital searches for radio stations autiomatically and allows yo to choose what you want from name rather than having to remember frequencies. My radio picks up a huge number of stations although I only find I listen to few of them. Some of the more popular ones include BBC radio 1, 2, 3 and 4, Heart and Classic FM as well as the stations which are exclusively didgital such as Planet Rock. The sound quality is one of the most important feautures of a radio and is really good. There is none of the crackling or hissing you get with analogues.
one of the great things about this radio is the amount of features it has for such a simple device. The first is the textscan feature in the screen showing the song and artist. It plays both digital and FM stations. The bass and treble can be adjusted. You can also pause and rewind the radio using the ReVu. However unfortunatley you can only do this for up to 15 minutes so not good if you have to leave the room for a while. If you dont want to listen to a radio station there is also an input for an ipod or MP3 player so you can use it like a portable speaker. It also has some other useful features such as a timer which you can use both in the kitchen and as an alarm clock. The screen has a blue backlit display which lights the screen up blue so it can be seen easily even in the dark. One final feature is Intellitext which is very similar to teletext on TV and lets you search for news on sports, traffic etc.
Overall I think this a great little radio. It is the only digital radio I have had so I can't really compare with others but it definitley beats an anlogue. You can get a broad range of stations, the sound quality is great and there are so many useful features. Also for what it is it is relatuvely inexpensive.
I brought this a few years ago for a trip to Morocco and I have used it many times since on various trips abroad. It has also been used for the occasional overnight stay at friends and for short breaks. It has lasted me 4 years so far and it still has plenty of life left in it.
The medium sized bag costs £79.95 - £99.00 (I think it depends what colour you get) while the large bag costs £90 on Amazon. Seems a bit strange that the large one can be cheaper but there you go. I personally brought mine from OutdoorKit for £79.99.
The size of the bag is 61cm x 38cm x 38cm according to amazon and when empty weighs 1.600 kg with a capacity of 72L. It come in sizes small, medium or large. There are 13 different colours. You can get it in either black with a white logo on the side (which is the one I have) or in red, pink, orange, grey, purple, blue with black straps and a black logo on the side. Not all sizes and colours are avialable in all shops and amazon only have two variation so it depends where you buy it from.
The bag has a d-zip with a zipper flap and there are also locking zippers. Inside the bag there is the main part and then several mesh pockets inside. There is also a pocket on the top for putting ID in. There are no pockets on the outside but there are several hooks on the side which can be used to hang items like saucepans from which is paticulaly useful for camping. The material of the bag has a rugged construction with extra barracks and double stitching to provide strength and security.
The bag has twin haul handles on both ends so that you can drag it but there are no wheels and this will wear down the part that it dragging on the ground. There are handles for carrying it by hand but then the bag is full the handles can start to cut into your hand after a while. There are also alpine-cut shoulder straps to allow you to carry the nag on your back or across the chest. I usually carry it as a backpack as I find this the most comfortable option. There are compression straps around the middle so you can make it a few cm smaller if you are struggling for space.
There are very few pockets and almost everything has to be kept togteher on the main compartment. Wheels would make the bag much more easy to transport. Also when you take this bag on airplanes make sure that all the straps are tied down as otherwise they can get ripped on the belts as one of mine did once.
Overall this bag is incredibly versatile and can be used for many different uses and is probably one of the most durable, secure bags you will ever own. It can be put through almost anything and still come out looking perfectly fine and in tact. The price is high for a bag but perfectly reasonable for the quality and the lenght of time this bag will last you.
I have no idea how I coped before satnavs but I couldn't live without one now. They are so fantastic if you don't know the way to somewhere whether its a long or a short journey. I chose to buy this Tom Tom after reading some great reviews about it. It set me back £95 from amazon. This edition is designed for use around Europe for people who frequently travel to different countries and so if you are more likely to use it just for England you are probably better off getting a model designed for local use.
This GPS comes nicely packaged in a secure box along with a PND, EasyPort holder, USB cable, car charger and instructions.
This TomTom is a plain black with the speaker located on the back and a large screen on the front with the TomTom logo in silver underneath the screen. The screen is 4.3" (11 cm) which is a large widescreen and takes up almost all of the front. This makes it very easy to view and you only have to glance at it to get an idea of where you need to go. The quality of the picture on the screen is also great.
Use and Features
It is very easy to use and is ready immediately when you get it out the box. You literally just plug it in and then touch the screen and it will activate.
This GPS has a touch screen which is very easy to use and responds to even a light touch. The most useful feature by far is the advanced land guidance which guides you into the right lane using a 3D image of the road ahead and a green arrow to point to the appropriate lane. This is particularly useful when on the motorway or tackling a complicated junction. Usually I get quite stressed in a situation like this but the satnav helps to calm me and guide me through which lane I need to be in so is very useful. To find a specific location you can type in the postcode or address or if you want a general search it allows you to choose from a choice of locations such as attractions. It will give you the fastest route to where you need to go and the instructions are very clear and easy to understand. They can be given in either text or speech so that you can focus on driving rather than looking at the satnav all the time. There is also local emergency information available should you need it for hospitals or road assistance. Another great feature is that it will warn you of when a camera is approaching so you can slow down in good time.
Overall I think this a brilliant satnav at a reasonable price. I would definitely recommend.