Camping Gear

Arc'teryx Altra Pack

Friday, 16 March, 2012, 12:00am

The goods

Back to school

26 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Easy to get carried away by this season's manly creations

For the past couple of years, I have been telling myself to stop looking at bags for the very simple reason that I hoard them. A few years ago I would buy a new bag almost every month and lug it around everywhere no matter how heavy or cumbersome it was. Now I have a closet full of bags that I hardly use beckoning to be carried in my arms again.

23 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Carry off your holiday essentials with bags of flair

There is a scene in the new Sex and the City movie when Carrie, upon arriving at the Abu Dhabi airport, tells the porter to be careful with her luggage as he puts it into a waiting Maybach. She fusses over a scratch on her expensive white trunk, which is understandable because after shelling out big bucks on a luxury suitcase, who wants it scratched and dented by baggage handlers?

28 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Style meter


The nude blazer

Goodbye black blazers with huge shoulders (thank God).

Silky tracksuit bottoms

These ones you can actually wear out of the house.

The utility look

Cargo pants, military jackets, khaki dresses with zips - just make sure the material is super luxe.

Negligee dress

28 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Bags for men increasing in popularity

Fashionable bags for men are taking off. In previous decades, male bags have largely consisted of briefcases and computer cases, with a few continental Europeans carrying travel pouches for their wallets and passports. Traditionally, almost all of these bags were made of leather and often in black or brown.

2 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

The bottom line

Mothers who are reluctant to sacrifice their style should check out Chic O Bello, a new line of quirky nappy bags co-designed by Hongkonger Karin Neuhaus. A mother herself, Neuhaus needed something both fashionable and functional so she recruited a close friend and designer, and the duo came up with a collection that also includes a stroller and changing pad.

18 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Modern schooling can be a pain in the back

A rise in the number of students suffering back pain has prompted the Hong Kong Chiropractors Association to launch a campaign to educate children about how they can avoid back problems later in life.

Dr Jeffrey Shurr, spokesman for the association, said the large backpacks children carried to school and long hours spent studying at a desk were largely to blame.

10 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Pupils' bags found to be the heaviest ever: survey

Primary and secondary school pupils in the new academic year are weighed down with the heaviest bags ever recorded in an annual survey.

One seven-year-old weighing 21.5kg was carrying a rucksack that tipped the scales at 4.5kg - about 20 per cent of his body weight.

9 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Walking tall

Safety, comfort and weight are the key things to consider when selecting clothes and accessories for hiking

Jacko Mini Stickshock absorption pole ($209) from ProTrek

Trekking poles can support your body and absorb shock. Choose aluminium alloy ones over pure aluminium ones because alloys are stronger.

28 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Checkout change - 90pc of shoppers dump plastic bags for the day

Up to 90 per cent of shoppers at Hong Kong's biggest supermarket chains hit the stores with their own carrier bags as the city's first 'No Plastic Bag Day' was hailed a rip-roaring success.

16 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Solar juice booster

One of the biggest restrictions of gadgets is the power they need.

Without power, there isn't much you can do with even the most amazing gadget in the world. No PDA, mobile phone, or digital camera will work without a battery pack.

One US-based company has come up with an innovative solution for people on the go who suffer from power shortages.

24 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Adidas backpacks up for grabs

The annual adidas Streetball Challenge is set to start next month with the best teams vying for the ultimate three-on-three championship title.

The winning team from both men's and women's 19-and-under categories will represent Hong Kong in the Asian grand finals later this year.

23 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Smart textiles

Smart textiles

Reflective textiles: These materials act like mirrors, reflecting light and increasing the wearer's visibility (and safety) at night or in low-light environments. Such fabrics can be windproof, water-repellent, water-resistant and moisture-permeable; recommended for any type of active lifestyle.

16 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Bag your travel needs with the right luggage

Lightweight, miniaturised technology is actually quite heavy and cumbersome when you travel with it.

I generally travel with a 15-inch PowerBook, a pro 35mm camera set-up, a MiniDV video camera and a portable CD/DVD burner. On some trips, I even take a portable printer along, just in case.

16 Sep 2003 - 12:00am