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Bushcraft Clothing & Equipment

Steve with his 5.11 Rucksack in colder times

Woodlore Review – 5.11 Rush 12 Backpack

Here at Woodlore HQ, we’ve asked the members of our full-time team to pick their favourite courses and kit from our range, to find out just what it is that makes them so good. Company director Steve Gurney picked his 5.11 Rush 12 Backpack:

Steve with his 5.11 Rucksack in colder times

Steve with his 5.11 Rucksack in colder times

I have owned my 5.11 Tactical Rush 12 Backpack for over two years now.  I purchased mine before Woodlore stocked them, but I liked and trusted 5.11 gear so it seemed a sensible choice to go for a 5.11 rucksack.  The Tactical Rush 12 seemed to be just what I was looking for – a discreet, smart, functional and good-sized day sack. Continue reading

Three of the Best: Thermal Mid Layers

When it comes to cold weather clothing, we’ve always been firm believers in the layering system; opting for a separate base layermid layer and outer jacket offers far more flexibility than your all-in-one padded coat and, of course, means that you can use the garments individually at different times of the year. There are plenty of options when it comes to mid layers, but these are the three you’ll find on the Woodlore Team the most:

1. Swanndri Ranger Bushshirt

The Swanndri Ranger Shirt belongs to a very special group of garments which Ray Mears and the Woodlore Team rarely leave home without. Despite retaining the same, simple design as the 1913 original, the Ranger Shirt is as relevant to today’s outdoorsmen as it was a century ago. Made from 100% New Zealand wool, it provides excellent warmth as well as protection from wind and rain. And, while perfect as a mid layer, its rugged build means that you will use it just as much as your top layer when the winter chill begins to relent. Look no further than the front cover of the Ray Mears Outdoor Survival Handbook to see that Ray has been putting Swanndri shirts to the test for over 20 years.

The Swanndri Ranger Shirt

The Swanndri Ranger Shirt

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Woodlore Review – Swazi Nahanni Shirt

Here at Woodlore HQ, we’ve asked the members of our full-time team to pick their favourite courses and kit from our range, to find out just what it is that makes them so good. Team member Keith Whitehead picked his Swazi Nahanni Shirt:

Swazi Nahanni Shirt - Tussock Green

Keith modelling the Swazi Nahanni Shirt

I’m going to admit that I was a bit sceptical about the Nahanni Shirt when I first saw it. For a long time, I have been a huge fan of wool, especially for working in the conditions that we do for a large part of the year. My concern was that fleece would not be able to match my traditional choice in terms of hard wear or general practicality. I’m glad to say that I was wrong. Continue reading

Woodlore Review – Buffalo Systems Womens Active Lite Shirt

Here at Woodlore HQ, we asked the members of our full-time team to pick their favourite courses and kit from our range, to find out just what it is that makes them so good. Head of Merchandise Jane Mitchell chose her Buffalo Systems Womens Active Lite Shirt:

Jane with her Buffalo Active Lite Shirt on Vancouver Island

Jane with her Buffalo Active Lite Shirt on Vancouver Island

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Ray Mears – My Outdoor Life

Ray Mears is a man who can shape a canoe out of natural materials, make fire without matches, track man or wolf, make shelter of snow or sticks, and knows which plant is good to eat and which is not. But where his drive to be outside came from, what prompted his interest in nature, and why he took the route he has in life is now clear, through this, his autobiography:

 

Ray Mears - My Outdoor Life

 

Published today, My Outdoor Life tells the story of how a young boy growing up on the North Downs of England eventually became one of the world’s most highly regarded figures in the field of Bushcraft and survival.

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Woodlore Review – Rogue Desert Boots

Here at Woodlore HQ, we asked the members of our full-time team to pick their favourite courses and pieces of kit from our range, to find out just what it is that makes them so good. Woodlore’s Head of Operations, Dan Hume, picked his Rogue Desert Boots:

Dan Hume and his Rogue Desert Boots, during Woodlore's Birch Bark Canoe Building course

Dan Hume and his Rogue Desert Boots, during Woodlore’s Birch Bark Canoe Building course

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Introducing the Ray Mears Leaf Cutter Rucksack

It gives us great pleasure to introduce to you the Ray Mears Leaf Cutter Rucksack, the first ever pack to have been designed and tested by Ray Mears himself:

The Ray Mears Leaf Cutter Rucksack

The Ray Mears Leaf Cutter Rucksack

Manufactured in small numbers right here in Great Britain, the Leaf Cutter Rucksack offers 58 litres of packing volume in its main compartment despite weighing in at just 1.8 kg.
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Order Your Signed Copy of Ray Mears’ Autobiography, My Outdoor Life

The first ever autobiography by Ray Mears, entitled My Outdoor Life, is now available to pre-order. Each copy sold through Woodlore will come individually signed by Ray Mears himself – a service that is not available through any other stockists.

Please click here to pre-order your copy today

My Outdoor Life - The Ray Mears Autobiography

 

*All orders will be dispatched following the book’s release date of 12th September 2013.

Three of the Best: Waterproof Jackets

Your jacket is often your first line of defence against the elements, so it’s important to choose one that isn’t going to let you down. Woodlore stock a wide range of premium outdoor jackets – here are just three of our favourites:

1. Swazi/Ray Mears Tahr XP Anorak

First in line is the legendary Swazi Tahr XP Anorak – an unmistakable piece of outdoor gear that has become Ray Mears’ firm favourite over the years. Originally designed for use by the farm workers of New Zealand (a people who see more than their fair share of rain), news soon spread of its unrivalled wet-weather performance and the anorak was quickly adopted by bushcraft enthusiasts and outdoor professionals around the world. With its extra-long cut, world-renowned hood design and highly breathable AEGIS fabric, the Tahr XP is the cream of the crop when it comes to staying dry.

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How to Sharpen Your Knife or Axe with Ice Bear Waterstones

For anyone interested in buying a set of Ice Bear Japanese Waterstones, the following video guides from Ray Mears may prove to be very useful. They’re especially helpful if you are not already familiar with the different techniques involved in using these larger benchstones.

Ice Bear Japanese Waterstones - Sharpening Set

The Ice Bear Japanese Waterstone Sharpening Set

Each video shows Ray using the comprehensive Ice Bear Sharpening Set (which includes both 800 and 2,000 grit stones, a clamp and nagura stone), as well as an additional 1,200 Grit Waterstone.

First up is the Ray Mears guide on how to sharpen your bushcraft knife:

Second is a guide for owners of Gransfors Axes:

Click here to view the full range of Sharpening Tools at Woodlore