GET IN GEAR
1 The Terra Nova Voyager tent
Just the thing for wandering into the wilderness (well, the outer reaches of Sai Kung Country Park), this two-man tent is easy to erect, with just two 'poles' and a few tent pegs. It is also light, weighing just 2.6 kilograms. Its sister tent, the LaserLite, is even lighter, at just 1kg. The price is heavy: #340 ($5,000). See www.terra-nova.co.uk.
2 MSR Miox Purifier
You need never drink cholera-infused water again (unless you want to). This small, light, albeit pricey purifier avoids iodine, using only salt and a few batteries. Price: #120 from www.msrcorp.com.
3 Camp K-9 Trail Pad
This mattress allows dear doggy to rest comfy at night while out in the country, with insulation protecting him from the nasty, cold ground. It's light (about 114 grams) and small (51 x 63 x 2cm), but more importantly, straps are provided so Fido can carry it himself. How democratic. Price: US$30 from www.campk9usa.com.
4 EFX Vintura Mini
Not just 'the world's smallest wine knife' - at 60mm - but a stainless steel corkscrew, blade, nail file and scissors as well. Price: #16.95. Worldwide mail order from www.efx.co.uk.
5 EFX's new Ricardo Picnic Knife Corkscrew
Acts like a traditional penknife (with a touch of iMac thanks to its translucent casing) and also splits into two to make a knife and fork. Price: #12.95. Worldwide mail order from www.efx.co.uk.
6 Tango Freeplay Ranger
Now your music can irritate fellow campers all day. With no need for batteries, this radio operates on solar power. And if you want to keep the neighbours up all night, the radio fires itself up with a bit of elbow grease too - just wind the mechanism. Price: #40 from www.freeplay.net. Or call the Tango group on
44 1452 621888.
7 Compeed Blister plasters
Revolutionary accessories that suck the moisture out of those pesky blisters, these wet plasters are designed to act as a protective second skin, allowing the wound to heal faster. Available at all leading outdoor shops, such as Protrek (466 Nathan Road, Mongkok, tel: 2332 8699). Price: about $50 a pack.
8 North Face MET5 jacket (unisex)
This natty little number has built-in central heating switched on by a battery-operated chest panel. Wear it at home over Lunar New Year to save on convection heater bills. Price: $4,995. Available from The North Face, shop 627, 6/F, Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2320 9009, and the Outdoor Shop, 2/F, Silvercord Centre, 30 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2730 9009. For further details e-mail email@example.com.
9 EFX solar panel
This solar recharger is billed as the most advanced on the market, being highly portable (123mm x 128mm x 15mm) and converting all light (including moonlight and artificial light) into an electric charge stored in rechargeable batteries. Ripe for mobile phones, MP3 players, CD players, PDAs, hand-held GPS units and Game Boy ... all the toys needed for a relaxing weekend away. Price: #34.95. Worldwide mail order from www.efx.co.uk.
10 EFX's Fliklite LS:3 and LS:3 Dive torch
This powerful but snappy-looking aluminium-encased LED flashlight has an internal magnetic switch; simply flick it against your leg to turn on or off. The dive version has a waterproof wetsuit exterior. Across dry land the light is visible for 11 kilometres. It's also small, measuring 150mm by
37mm and weighing 195 grams. Prices: LS:3 (mirror finish aluminium) #69.95; LS:3 Dive #79.95. From www.efx.co.uk.
11 Prolite 4 mattress or Lite chair
This mattress takes the bump and grind from sitting on the ground, insulates against the cold, grips the tent floor to stop itself sliding and rolls to the size of a wine bottle - although it is far lighter. The small mattress and chair kit turns into a sturdy, right-angled seat. Prices from US$29.95 at www.
12 MSR Pocket Rocket
As its name suggests, this palm-sized stove fits in your pocket or packs neatly within the accompanying mug, which also holds the gas cylinder. Boils a litre of water in only three-and-a-half minutes. It weighs a mere 86 grams, which is an advantage but makes it easy to lose. Price: $175. Available at the Hong Kong Mountaineering Training Centre, 1K Fa Yuen Street, Mongkok, tel: 2770 6746 or visit www. firstascent.co.uk.