Electric Heated Hat, Panasonic Lumix FT4 and Korkers SnowJack
Though it seems the widely-held belief that you lose 30 per cent or more heat through your head has been, well, knocked on the head by researchers, many still feel disproportionately toastier with a hat on. It keeps you warmer, but imagine the extra treat if your bonnet actually heated up too? The Electric Heated Hat is unlikely to win you many gongs at the Horse Show, but it does what it’s called, with heating elements hidden away in a pair of ear covers. The hat is made from nylon with a fleece lining. From Maplin stores at €22
Panasonic Lumix FT4
Panasonic’s Lumix range is expanding apace, with a stream of new cameras, including the much-advertised G5. The FT4 doesn’t boast interchangeable lenses like its stablemate, but makes up for that with travel-proof ruggedness.
It is water resistant to 12m and droppable from 2m. Tough outside, smart innards, with full HD video, HDMI and even GPS. In fact, it’s got a very high tech geo-tagging facility with ABC (altimeter, barometer and compass) and built-in database of places that can put a location name to your satellite co-ordinates. Panasonic Lumix FT4 RRP €420, available from good camera stores.
Korkers has been making waders with interchangeable soles for years. Now it’s applying them to boots too, with a number of versions. SnowJack is middle of their range – a fully waterproof, Thinsulate-lined, breathable hiking-style boot – but with Korkers proprietary OmniTrax Interchangeable Sole System. This lets you swap soles without even taking off your boots. Korkers SnowJack $169.99 from korkers.com