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Suunto Men's Quest Running Pack Watch  Heart Rate Belt  Foot Pod  Mini Move Stick - Black
Suunto Men's Quest Running Pack Watch Heart Rate Belt Foot Pod Mini Move Stick - Black
Price: 158.96

2.0 out of 5 stars Hit and miss, 10 April 2014
Expected a reliable and sturdy piece of kit for the brand and the price:

Pros
- Clear easy to read screen
- Simlpe & configurable set-up
- Good provision of data to their website

Cons
- When activity in flight, impossible to check the current time of day
- Poor quality casing. After 7 months of use, the strap has started to come-away from the watch body. It appears the 'plastic' molded tube on the body has cracked. Given it's used for cycling, jogging and trekking I'd hoped for something more durable at that price
- Heart Rate Monitor not sensitive enough; during a 2 hour session I'll have atleast 4 data gaps

Once the strap finally snaps off (and it will! I will try Suunto warranty route & report back), I'll research Garmin alternative.


Mission Mongolia: Two Men, One Van, No Turning Back
Mission Mongolia: Two Men, One Van, No Turning Back
by David Treanor
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars light-hearted witty adventure, 12 Sep 2013
This is not your near-death adventure; it's a light-hearted witty journey to a place I'd never actually want to visit. It's a genuine enjoyable read a fine balance of description and pace; most of all I enjoyed the two personalities, and it makes you appreciate they are doing something that any normal (i.e. non Bear G/Kenton Cool) of us could do.


Walking the Amazon: 860 Days. The Impossible Task. The Incredible Journey
Walking the Amazon: 860 Days. The Impossible Task. The Incredible Journey
by Ed Stafford
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.79

3.0 out of 5 stars Great achievment maybe not conveyed so well, 29 Aug 2013
As other reviewer suggested, this is worth a read but the narrative does lack depth.

The balance of discussion is skewed too far towards the depressive mental challenge at the expense of any real detail of the surrounding environment; this almost makes his achievement feel understated. The positive change in personality is very clear as the journey progressed, which was needed for both author and reader.


Sunwise Canary Wharf Polarfusion Sunglasses - Black
Sunwise Canary Wharf Polarfusion Sunglasses - Black
Offered by Accessory-Shop
Price: 39.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great value, 26 July 2013
Picked up a pair of these at half price while my Oakleys were being fixed.

Only minor grumble: The Sunwise logo on top left lens should be smaller; it occasionally catches peripheral vision as do the plastic of the frame on the ear side of the lens.

Overall, very impressive though; I'm wearing these more than the Oakley Whiskers now!

The polafusion clarity is excellent.


Synology DS212J DiskStation 2TB (2 x 1TB WD Red HDD) 2 Bay Desktop NAS Solution
Synology DS212J DiskStation 2TB (2 x 1TB WD Red HDD) 2 Bay Desktop NAS Solution
Offered by ADMI Limited UK
Price: 329.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Great home NAS, may not be easy to set-up to for the non techie, 12 July 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Purchased to replace my ageing Debian based NSLU2, needing a NAS that had more oomph to run DLNA server and could reboot itself in the event of a power cut.

Initial set-up was a little tricky, hence the 4 stars. I'm using the latest BT Home Hub, but the NAS connects via a Netgear 5 port router; I suspect that *maybe* the reason it couldn't autodetect the Hub to automatically set-up the appropriate ports for external access to its apps. This NAS does not just work out of the box, it requires a couple of hours and basic understanding of port-forwarding; I wouldn't suggest a non techie purchase this unless they know someone who they could call-upon or they don't wish to make the content available outside of their own network.

Once set-up, it is excellent. Plenty of linux based apps available to extend it's functionality. I've also installed the Synology Android apps on my phone. Assuming port-forwarding is all good and the user has the appropriate authorisation in the WebDev admin area, then these are very good too.

This is a powerful home NAS, for me it is happily running file backups, media server (DLNA) and surveillance cam on the front door at gige speed. It sits in the eaves on a rubber mat, so I don't hear a sound from it.

Highly recommend, but could be tricky to set-up for some.


Fiva: An Adventure That Went Wrong
Fiva: An Adventure That Went Wrong
by Gordon Stainforth
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.97

4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read, 22 Jan 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
A great account of their adventure, without the waffle-space-filling-text like some from this genre; maintains a good pace, picking up the speed towards the end.


EchoStar HDT 610R Ultra Slim Freeview+ HD Digital TV Recorder
EchoStar HDT 610R Ultra Slim Freeview+ HD Digital TV Recorder
Offered by Superfi
Price: 159.00

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Second box success, good as basic HD PVR, 25 Sep 2012
The only reason this was purchased was so I could slide/hide behind a wall hung Sony TV (rests neatly on the wall bracket) out of sight without the need start making holes in plaster board etc.

First box was clearly faulty, constantly freezing during channel changing etc. Replacement in-hand, the box so far has been stable, took about 10 minutes to tune the usual freeview + hd and radio channels, so a bit slow but you only do this occasionally anyway.

Pro's/Con's
+ Slim (only if you need this feature)
+ If box is not faulty, very easy to set-up & use, EPG is neatly laid out and controls intuitive
+ Easy to add IR extender to keep box hidden away
+ Picture quality as good as Sony's built-in tuner

- The power supply is on the large slide given you're buying this device for it's slim features
- The remote control feels very cheap
- Currently (version 109 software) no notable online channel offerings other than BBC iPlayer (which is less obviously accessed by being on BBC 1, not HD channel, and pressing Red button or Text). For me this is not an issue as the Sony TV is internet ready, but for others given its price there are better alternates out there.
- USB ports are currently only there for software updates, so not sure why there are two of them, hopefully a use in later software releases.
- No DLNA support

For me it ticks the box as I had quite a specific need with the size of the device. If you don't care for the size, then other devices offer much more functionality and storage space for the same or less in price.
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Mont Blanc Walks: 50 Walks and 4 Short Treks (Cicerone Guides)
Mont Blanc Walks: 50 Walks and 4 Short Treks (Cicerone Guides)
by Hilary Sharp
Edition: Vinyl Bound
Price: 11.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide, 23 July 2012
I used this book for quick planning of a 2 day trek near Chamonix; it provides good detail to get a close estimate of distance, timing and ability/difficulty for the known routes (the signage along the routes in this region are excellent, any novice can get away with the most basic navigational ability in good conditions).

I would recommend this book for planning, but adapt the routes to suit ability by combining some journeys etc. also combine this with a purchase from the Chamonix Tourist Office 2 decent maps (~4 Euro and 6 Euro) which are really useful when trying to identfy the various peaks in the distance and providing a complete picture of all the key routes.

Once routes were planned, the Tourist Office maps meant I didn't need to carry the book with me (although it's not particularly heavy).
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Apache
Apache
by Ed Macy
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book, 27 Jun 2012
This review is from: Apache (Paperback)
Excellent book, not my typical genre but I couldn't stop reading. The pace of the book is superb, with exhilarating extra burst of speed at the end.

Shows an interesting glance into a life that I'd only ever want to read about. Inspiring to see how these people put themselves on the line for each other in a harsh and surreal environment. Certainly puts a humbling perspective on the dreary, yet safe 9 - 5 that many of us are bound too.


Berghaus Men's Deluge Waterproof Overtrousers - Black - Medium, 33 Inch Leg Length
Berghaus Men's Deluge Waterproof Overtrousers - Black - Medium, 33 Inch Leg Length
Price: 40.50

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Value for money, 27 Jun 2012
Purchased the Large-33.

They pack down fairly well; the side zip comes up from the ankle to mid hip so it is possible to access pockets in the trousers/shorts underneath. Second to keeping you dry they are very easy to remove/put-on without the need to take off walking boots, with more than enough space to avoid covering the inside of them in mud from the boots as well.

All in all excellent value for money. If I could change anything on them I'd probably have included a stuff sock for it, side pockets as well... but at sub 50 they do their job well.

While I fit smack in the middle of a 32-34 waist, I had to chose between medium & large; given it is an over trouser and some comments had suggested ensure you go up in size rather than down if borderline I went for the large, these are indeed a perfect fit. The longer leg is also perfect for my height (6' 1"); these have proven durable in the British weather so far for treks, with the leg comfortably sitting over the boot without scuffing the ground.
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