Introducing the Italian ‘Alpini’ Canvas Rucksack

I’m not one for gear reviews, to be honest they kinda bore me.  If I’m after some new gear then I’ll ask on Twitter and I always get a great response, and then maybe I’ll search for some reviews but on the whole…snoozeville.

Having said that, I know of a lot you really like them and so just for you, here’s a review of my joint-favourite all-time piece of gear (the other being my IKEA hobo stove).

Meet the Italian Alpini Canvas Rucksack, it’s not lightweight but it is extremely sexy.

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The Alpini from the front, rugged!

I can imagine Patrick Leigh Fermor striding out on this trans-European hike in the 30s with one of these on back, or James Bond on a Dolomite peak, with his stuffed full of dynamite for Dr Evil and a box of chocs for Ursula Andress.

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The Alpini from the back. The straps are very comfortable.

The Aplini is very well made, tough and durable. It is also beautiful, an object of desire.

The one I own was produced way back in 1976 and I have a strong suspicion it will outlive me.

I take mine out hiking and also use it as a laptop bag when I’m commuting to and from work.  It is a veritable multi-use sack.

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The Alpini from the side. Lots of room in those pouches.

Wynnchester, the producers and suppliers of this fine bit of kit, procure and then recondition them back to their former glory:

We have scoured the globe for a source of this particular rucksack from the late 1970’s. We then select the best, most complete examples, clean them and give the canvas a wax cotton treatment to bring it back to life.

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The Alpini, classic Italian sexiness!

As I said it’s not a ultra-super-dooper-lightweight kit and if that’s your thing then best ignore this post completely.

If, on the other hand, you’d like a stylish bit of kit that will last you a lifetime then the Alpini is well worth its price tag of £58.

Find out more on the Wynchester site (warning: there is a LOT of nice gear on the site, I won’t be held responsible for what you get up to with your card!)

(Note: I’m not receiving any reward from Wynnchester for this post, I’m doing it because I love the product, that’s all).

My wild camping, hiking, microadventuring plans for the rest of 2015

2015, where have you gone?

Oh my, are we almost half way through the year already! I can’t believe it, where on earth did all that time go?

Before I know it we’ll be turning our clocks forward/backwards/whatever and heading into darkness again, let’s all panic!

Okay, maybe I won’t panic (yet) and instead write up a list of what I really must do by the end of 2015 in terms of adventures close to home.

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Wild camping microadventure blog round-up for April 2015

This post is one of a series about the year of microadventures

Wild camping microadventure blog round-up for April 2015

At the start of the year, Alastair Humphreys called for people to live more adventurously in 2015, challenging us to spend a night out in the wild, once a month for the year.

Since that call to arms I’ve seen a rise in the number of great blog posts, videos and photos of people venturing for wild camping microadventures.

There’s some great stories of adventure out there I thought I’d put together a monthly round-up of ones that caught my attention.

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