Luxury travel treats: MX4 mountain bike from Ridgeback, ski jackets from Simply Hike and more

We have a great round-up of products to share with you this week – everything from bags to bikes. Whether you’re heading out to explore the outdoors, wanting to wrap up warm for the forthcoming ski season or currently in the market for travel-friendly apparel or an affordable digital camera, we have a slew of items to interest you! Please read on and, as always, we welcome your comments and questions at the end of the post.

MX4 mountain bike from Ridgeback

We’ve been road-testing – or rather trail-testing – these bikes over the last few weeks and will have some great content to share with you over the coming months, detailing some of our off-road rides around the English Lake District. What I can tell you so far is that they are truly great bikes built with a lightweight alloy frame and, for those in the know about these things, come complete with Shimano gearing, Suntour suspension forks and Tektro Novela disc brakes. The upshot of all this is that it’s a robust all-round mountain bike from the very people who introduced mountain biking to the UK in the early 1980s – Ridgeback.

It’s the top of the range in Ridgeback’s MX series and with good reason. We’ve taken them on some pretty rugged terrain already and they’ve handled the ground admirably – apart from the time when I found myself going head-first into a pile of ferns (a mis-judgement on my part rather than anything else!).

Ski jackets from Simply Hike

Shop Simply Hike‘s ski jacket range for women’s, men’s and kids’ clothing for your next skiing holiday. They have a wide range of ski jackets to suit every budget and sell stock from top quality brands including North Face, Salomon, Schoffel and more. For example, this Salomon Men’s Brilliant Ski Jacket in black.

It’s a tried and tested ski jacket that is Salomon’s best selling style – waterproof, breathable and insulated, the Brilliant Jacket gives 4 way stretch for comfort and freedom of movement and has a sporty bomber jacket design. Salomon’s fabric technologies ensure you’ll stay warm and dry on the mountain.

PIXPRO AZ652 digital camera from Kodak

Here’s something you don’t often see on a camera at this price point (RRP £349.99): the Kodak PIXPRO AZ652 is a bridge camera that offers astounding 65x optical zoom. Yes, you read that right! It comes with an incredible 20-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and 24mm-1560mm zoom lens: that’s one hell of a zoom for a camera at this level.

The Kodak PIXPRO AZ65 is also capable of 5 fps multi-burst and has a 3” articulating LCD. Photos and HD videos are crystal clear with amazing, razor sharp detail, although you’ll probably need to use a tripod if you’re using the full capabilities of the zoom. What’s more, you can share your moments instantly with your friends and family via WiFi connectivity. Finally, if you want more out of your photos, you can switch to RAW files when shooting with this camera, giving you lots of post-processing flexibility to get the most from your shots.

Shirts from Fisher + Baker

Founded by designer and craftsman Greg Horvitz, and named after two of his maker passions, Fisher + Baker‘s concise collection of shirts comprises men’s functional lifestyle clothing that is timeless in style, offers purposeful details and performs to meet your everyday needs.

Not only are they super-comfortable but they are also very versatile: they can be worn in the city or out in the outdoors. These are shirts that are built to last, with purposeful details and performing to meet your everyday needs. Timeless gifts for the timeless man.

Travel bags from Nomatic

Nomatic is a Utah based backpack company that is focused on life on the move… they have a huge selection of backpacks that really helps to simplify the packing process. They folks behind Nomatic have been all over the world and tried several methods of packing and have found it all comes down to the bag – if your bag has features that help you stay organised, then maximising your space is easy.

Their bags have features like shoe storage, a vacuum bag to fit more in less space, and a shirt organiser so that everything has a place. They have different bags to suit trips of different lengths. As seen on Kickstarter.

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