Most importantly, it fits me well and feels good against my skin. Winter base layer or lightweight midlayer I have recommended friends have a look and try this garment out. For the first time in an absolute age I have something from the iconic kiwi brand that actually fits and performs as the blurb says. I just bought a Pisa Polartec Alpha Fleece Jacket top on clearance just to see what they are like. The Pisa Polartec Hooded Jacket is a new product at a similar cost. First things first, it… Full review
A relatively inexpensive quality tent that is robust and can be used in much tougher conditions than you might expect. If you are mostly alone and don't have a quiver of tents this is a trusty one stop shop. Like others mentioned it is roomy enough for most, especially if you are organised. Full review
A four-season, plus two you never knew existed, tent. Absolutely bomb proof design, but a trifle on the small side for two. My son who works in Fiordland, NZ, has owned one for a number of years and this tent has never let him down winter or summer. It is heavy at just short of 6 lbs, but the weight is worth it when the going gets really tough. On a trip out to Pysegur there were force 12 hurricane winds and torrential rain, a little inland and in a more sheltered site we spent two days tent bound. Full review
The standard by which other tents could be judged. Capable of keeping you dry and sheltered in gale force winds and torrential rain—this, after all, is what a four-season tent is all about. The first Minaret I ever used was loaned to me by a good friend for a trip into the central North Island sub alpine country in summer. That was over fifteen years ago. This version was over 10 years old and was pretty faded but it still did a good job. A few years later I purchased another one secondhand that… Full review
Daypack with challenges; customer service slow but eventually responsive. I purchased the Macpac Kahu 22 while in New Zealand in December 2016 and, having returned to Canada, and after light use, by April 2017 two holes appeared at the bottom of the bag. The customer service person said my photos were unconvincing and that I would have to mail the pack to New Zealand for repair, costing Can $75. I bought a new pack from Mountain Equipment Coop instead. I requested they send me the patch kit, and… Full review
Macpac was founded in 1973 by Bruce McIntyre, who started making packs in his parents’ Christchurch, New Zealand, garage. In 2008, Macpac was purchased by Mouton Noir Ltd, which also owns Fairydown.