There are many things that I love about the Scottish Highlands but the inevitable summer midge invasion is not one of them! Those that have experienced the swarm of the Scottish midge will know how ferocious these tiny biting terrors can be, those that haven't may wonder how such a minuscule flying beastie can be so feared.
As I booked my summer holiday in the midge hotspot of the NW Scottish Highlands this year I gratefully accepted an offer from Pyramid Travel Products to try out their midge protection range, FYI t-shirts telling them to F**k Off don't work!
A Scottish business with considerable practical and scientific expertise in global travel and developing products that protect against insect and water-borne diseases, they are a small but innovative company.
I tried three of their products, offering various degrees of protection and suitable for different occasions. Over my holidays I developed a 3 step plan and here is how I used their products.
1. Repel Midge
This is a spray on lotion which can be applied direct to exposed parts of the skin as per instructions.
When midges are out in force I find sprays are a bit limited as to where you can apply them and how long they last, not to mention that it is easy to miss bits so I personally prefer to keep covered with a long sleeve top and trousers.
I mainly used the spray on the back of my hands and it seemed to work as promised as my hands were bite free.
I must admit to being a big Berghaus fan since buying the comfiest pair of walking boots about ten years ago which have lasted me to this day! I now have numerous Berghaus products including my backpack which has travelled around the world with me and I have always found their products to be great quality and well worth the money.
When I got the opportunity to test the ladies Bowfell waterproof jacket I couldn't wait to try it out.
Images from Berghaus
Firstly it looks stylish and is in my favourite colours of pink and purple so it was already off to a good start but it was the technical spec that I really wanted to test. Fashion is one thing but the practicalities of staying dry and comfortable outdoors is what really matters to me, after all looking like a drowned rat even in a pretty pink jacket is never a good look!
To test it out I took it on a few wet and windy walks and as expected I was pleased with it's performance.
Features and Technical Info
This is how Berghaus describes the jacket -
From winter trail walking to a stroll down the high street the Women’s Bowfell GORE-TEX® Jacket will keep you protected whatever the weather and is styled for any setting.
The Bowfell is a fantastic trail jacket – the GORE-TEX® laminate creates an outer jacket that is guaranteed to keep you dry while Nylon ripstop offers a great strength to weight ratio. An adaptable style with both functionality and performance is offered through a number of features including the women’s active fit, the zip-off roll-away hood and three zipped pockets.
When you spend as much time outdoors in the Scottish winter as I do, it is important to wear the right clothing to keep you cosy and warm. When I got the chance to try out the Sealskinz Tait Waterproof Beanie Hat from the Sealskinz range on the Polimil Factory Shop website it sounded like the perfect head wear for the wintry weather. Described as totally waterproof, breathable and windproof, I couldn't wait to test these claims out.
With the wild weekend weather, affectionately known as #ScotStorm, battering across the country, it seemed the perfect time to put my new hat to good use. I braved the elements including wind, rain, hail and snow and can testify that my new stripy head gear kept me toasty warm and dry. Just to be sure that the test was thoroughly scientific when I got home I gave the hat a little extra spin under the shower (not whilst still wearing it I might add!) and there was still no leakage thanks to the waterproof lining which I thought was pretty impressive.
The hat comes in a variety of colours but I particularly like the girly combo of pink and purple, my two favourite shades! So far I am really pleased with my new head wear which is not only warm and dry but also a little bit funky. One other great feature for me is that the soft fleece lining means my head doesn't itch which is a problem I have had with winter hats in the past.
Polimil may not be the first company that springs to mind for outdoor clothing and accessories, however I have shopped with them previously and found they stock a range of well known outdoor brands and camping equipment.
I was invited to review this product by Polimil, however I only review products and businesses that I believe in and as always all views and windswept hair are my own.
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