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Rohan Elite Rider Dog Coat Review

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 12th April, 2014

Scrappy Nelson-Elite Rider Dog Coat

I was excited when I found out I was finally going to have a Rohan coat of my own. Now I know there a those out the who say dogs don’t need coats – and as a Border Terrier with a lovely double coat of fur I would normally agree, but let me explain. For the last year I have begun to suffer badly with environmental allergies. The short of it being that come Spring I am bathed in medicated shampoo if I’m lucky only twice a week. It’s not so bad and I’ve grown accustomed to it, but it does mean my coat doesn’t get the opportunity to produce its lovely natural oils meaning it has no natural waterproofing and I can get cold very quickly. But enough about me.

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My olds (you know – the ones I live with) have a lot of Rohan kit for every eventuality. This particular coat started out as an Elite Rider Jacket belonging to my old man. Following a Mountain Biking accident the jacket did sustain a small tear on the sleeve (and him a broken thumb) rendering it out of action, but this is where I got lucky. The ripped coat was passed to my friend Jo at Trampy Ted for a re-style. What came back was the first ever hand made bespoke Rohan Dog Elite Jacket and this is my review.

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So I’ve had coats before, mostly for winter time. Who can forget the lovely Barbour jacket – I rolled that in sheep poo on its inaugural outing. What I was missing was a lightweight waterproof, suited to the April showers without being padded or weighty and uncomfortable. The Elite is perfect. The lightweight material gives it a barely there feel which means it doesn’t irritate my already sensitive skin. It’s wind and waterproofing means my body is kept dry during any sudden downpours so no shivering or needing to turn back when the spring weather takes a sudden turn. It’s crease resistance means I can still look smart even if it’s been packed into their pocket, and the bright colour and reflective trim means I can be safe and seen even into Dusk and Darkness. Due to the original design of the Rider jacket and clever tailoring of Jo I even have a pocket for emergency noms. My new Rohan coat provides me with the practical protection my allergy shampooed coat lacks and without fuss. I plan to be wearing it for many years to come and adding to my collection should my olds have any other, how shall I put it – little accidents.

Scrappy Nelson




Scrappy Nelson



Gift Your Gear… Don’t Ditch Your Gear

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 3rd March, 2014

donate your unwanted outdoor clothing and equipment

Born to be worn, not stitched to be ditched

In wardrobes, attics and garages, long forgotten items of outdoor clothing and equipment are gathering dust. The great outdoors is where they belong.

Gift Your Gear is an award-winning nationwide initiative that provides outdoor clothing and equipment to UK community organisations, youth groups and charities working with young people in the outdoors. Founded by Sarah Howcroft, Gift Your Gear encourages people to donate outdoor gear they no longer want or need.

Partnering the unwanted with the needed

Gift Your Gear - Partnering the unwanted with the needed

Young people need to get outdoors for their physical and emotional well-being. The cost of outdoor clothing and equipment is often a barrier to participation.

First impressions count and It’s hard to enjoy your early experiences in the outdoors when you’re cold, wet and uncomfortable. Having the right clothing and equipment helps to ensure that outdoor experiences are safe and enjoyable.

“The benefit of Gift Your Gear is best defined as providing an opportunity to all so as to ensure that ability to pay for kit is not the over-riding criteria for participation.” – Laurence Parsons

The outdoor gear you donate will make a real difference to the community organisations, youth groups and charities who receive it. Enabling others to benefit from life changing experiences in the great outdoors regardless of their circumstances.

Donate your unwanted outdoor clothing

Gift Your Gear has partnered with Rohan, the award-winning outdoor and travel clothing company. Drop off your unwanted waterproofs, fleeces, outdoor trousers, insulated jackets, hats and gloves regardless of brand including children’s clothing at any Rohan Shop during March and in return Rohan would like to offer you 15% off a full priced purchase made the same day as a qualifying Gift Your Gear donation. 

Rohan has high street shops from Inverness to Truro, you’re sure to find one near you. Whether it’s to drop off your unwanted outdoor gear or to browse the new spring range you’re guaranteed to get a warm welcome. Find your nearest Rohan shop.

Gift YOUR Gear it belongs outdoors

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Unwanted Tents Become High Fashion

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 27th January, 2014


We get a number of enquiries every day regarding the how, what, when and where around recycling of all outdoor gear. A category that we struggle to help with is recycling of tents.

So when we do get enquiries about reusing and recycling tents our ears go up.

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This was the case with Jess, who contacted us recently.  A fashion student in London creating her final collection based around the idea of mountaineering using recycled fabrics. She is hoping to make jackets out of recycled tents. So guess what she needs tents!

We asked her for some more details on her project and back came Jess’s own explanation on her motivation for her project…

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The collection follows the happenings of a group of girl guides and their activities. All forced to wear the same uniform they make a statement, even if they don’t realise they’re making one. Though uniform should enforce utility and sameness the standard size only helps to make the silhouette more varied and pronounced, exploring the idea of clothes being too big, leaving room to grow in to them, or too short, having grown out of them too quickly. More interested in creating their own adventures than those planned for them their imaginations and habitat begin to shape their aesthetic, merging starched silhouettes with bagginess and dishevelment. The collection also draws inspiration from the images taken from the first ascent of Mount Everest, which adds key details to the collection, and an idea of practical clothing being created in an imaginative way.

The idea of utility combined with playful imagination and adventure sees the coming together of practical details, such as drawstrings and boxy pockets, with recycled fabrics. Space blankets and climbing ropes lose their functionality with their purpose altered through the imagination of the gang. Recycled tents are reinvented to create oversized anoraks and parka coats.

The focus of the collection is to promote the idea of reuse and recycling within the fashion industry but in a way that isn’t too obvious. A garment appeals to the customer because it is beautiful, not because it is ethical. Therefore the garment should be exquisitely made and then cherished because it stands for something greater than just aesthetics.

If you have any unwanted tents please contact Recycle Outdoor Gear.

If you know of any tent upcycling, recycling or reuse projects please let us know.

These are the other projects that have expressed interest on the subject in the past:

Tent Recycling, Sheep and The Lookerers

Clothing with intent

Could you be a Gift Your Gear Beneficiary in 2014?

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 31st December, 2013


Could you be a Gift Your Gear Beneficiary in 2014

This year has been a very busy year for Gift Your Gear, ending in the fantastic award from The Great Outdoors Magazine
In order to make sure they continue to further the Gift Your Gear initiative they have just announces a new call for potential beneficiaries of quality used outdoor gear.

Do you represent or know of a UK-based charity or community group working with young people in the outdoors that need outdoor gear? Please take a moment to check the Gift Your Gear Guide Lines for potential beneficiaries. If you are happy with this please contact us as soon as possible.

Sarah Howcroft founder Gift Your Gear told Recycle Outdoor Gear

“2014 is gong to be a busy year for Gift Your Gear it is important we get to know our new beneficiaries to make sue we provide them with gear that is suitable for all their needs and help make the very best of the donated gear. To do this we need as much time as possible. So anyone that is interested please let us know as soon as possible”

Gift Your Gear has some fantastic beneficiaries built up over the last year. If your organisation has received outdoor gear from Gift Your Gear in the past there is no need to contact  Gift Your Gear they will be contacting you soon.

If you have any questions you may find some helpful information on  Gift Your Gear – Frequently Asked Questions. If you can’t find the answer to your question please just contact us


Black Friday time to get out and shop till you drop

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 28th November, 2013

Black Friday, a day when every outdoor retailer in The States is trying to get people to buy more gear.

In the middle of all this Patagonia is encouraging people to keep their wallets in their pockets and use the stuff they have.

They have releasing Worn Wear, a short film which celebrates the stuff people already own and the quality of the life people can enjoy.It takes you to an off-the-grid surf camp in Baja, Mexico; a family’s maple syrup harvest in Contoocook, Vermont; an organic farm in Ojai, California; and into the lives of a champion skier, a National Geographic photographer, and a legendary Alpinist. Worn Wear also features exclusive interviews with Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard.

Worn Wear will be released online on Black Friday and in 15 Patagonia retail stores. in The States., Show up at one of the chosen public venues, and you’ll get to sample Patagonia’s new California Route beer made by New Belgium Brewery.

Patagonia’s new gear repair program also launches on Black Friday, in partnership with iFixit. The companies are publishing a series of free repair guides, which include basic sewing lessons. So while you’re recovering on the couch from too much turkey and pumpkin pie, stitch up that old pack or jacket—and then go use them on Black Friday instead of shopping for new gear. Read more

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Lost a glove?

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 27th November, 2013

Five pairs of mittens hanging on strings.

Question: When you lose a glove or mitten what do you do with the one you still have?

Answer: You could send your lonely glove or mitten to a Glove Love who accepts donations of single gloves and mittens; cleans them; pairs them with other unattached gloves/mittens; then sells the mismatched pairs to raise funds for its green-awareness activities.

To buy a newly matched pair of gloves or mittens

To donate your single lonely glove or mitten

The initiative is already being supported by companies such as Transport For London and London’s Natural History Museum, who have extensive lost property offices.

Other mitten or glove reuse ideas?  Please use the comment box below

Then there are socks what happens to the one sock after the wash where do all the other socks go?

Website: www.glovelove.co.uk

Contact: www.glovelove.co.uk/contact

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Would you ‘Lease a fleece’?

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 20th November, 2013


Would you ‘Lease a fleece’?

The concept of hiring items to wear is not new. How many of us have hire that special wedding gear or maybe ski or surf gear. So why not other gear?

The ‘Lease A Fleece’ initiative by Mud Jeans centres around a sweatshirt/hoodie  partially made from recycled organic jeans that anyone can lease for a flat, low monthly rate. Mud Jeans is a young Dutch fashion brand that believes its innovative concept fits seamlessly into the current trend where using products responsibly is more important than ownership. Mud Jeans started with ’Lease A Jeans’ which launched earlier this year.Under this scheme clothes are never thrown away as old jeans are collected and recovered so that all the raw materials and recycled fibres can be remanufactured into new clothes.

You can either pay upfront for the fleece or in monthly instalments. Upfront, the customer pays 100 euros, including a 20 euro deposit, and can continue to wear the sweatshirt or hoody as long as he or she wants.

When the sweatshirt is returned , the customer gets their deposit back in the form of a discount on their next purchase.

If a customer chooses to pay in instalments, an entry fee of 20 euros is paid. Then a lease fee of 5 euros per month is applied, to a total of 80 euros.

At the end of the lease period the customer has three options: they can continue to wear the fleece, return the sweatshirt and get back their deposit; or switch to a new fashion item for an additional fee of only 7.5 euros.

The fleece will initially only be made available to investors on the crowdfunding platform, OnePlanetCrowd.com.

Whilst this garment is not the blend of fleece used for serious outdoor garments it is an interesting.

More information about Mud Jeanes

So Would you ‘Lease a fleece’?

Donating Outdoor Gear Just Got Easier

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 26th October, 2013


Gift Your Gear sent us their news…

We are pleased to announce we now have 57 locations in the UK where you can donate your unwanted outdoor gear.

We are very grateful to our last Gift Your Gear partner Rohan, the award-winning outdoor clothing company for making all their shops available as collection points for Gift Your Gear donations.

If you have used outdoor gear, regardless of brand,  you no longer need please consider dropping into a Rohan Shop. Your gear will be returned to Gift Your Gear and donated to a Gift Your Gear approved beneficiary.

Please join us saying a really big thank you to Rohan.
This is the first for any UK outdoor company. A comprehensive collection system for all used outdoor gear, regardless of brand.

Well done Rohan.

Rohan Shops are located all over the length and breadth of the UK, from Inverness to Truro. By making these available to the outdoor community Rohan has opened up so many possibilities for Gift Your Gear beneficiaries. It is a very generous offer from Rohan and illustrates their commitment ,not only their customers but the outdoor industry in general.

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Gift Your Gear Rohan September 2013

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 15th October, 2013

Gift Your Gear - September 2013

Gift Your Gear – September 2013 has been tremendous.

This September Rohan partnered with Gift Your Gear to offer the opportunity to take unwanted outdoor gear regardless of brand into any Rohan shop.

The substantial amount of used outdoor gear donated has enable Gift Your Gear to support many more community organisations, youth groups and charities working with young people in the outdoors. Enabling others to benefit from life changing experiences in the great outdoors, regardless of their circumstance.

It’s hard to enjoy the great outdoors when you’re cold, wet and uncomfortable. Having the right clothing and equipment helps to ensure that outdoor experiences are safe and enjoyable.

Gift Your Gear – Beneficiaries – September 2013

Alfrey Activity Centre - Broadwater

Addiction Dependency Solutions (ADS) – Staffordshire

Aspatra Dreamscheme – Wigton

Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Centre, UK Youth – Hampshire

Brathay Trust – Cumbria

Buckie Community High School – Aberdeen

Child Deaf Project - Middlesbrough

Climbing Out – Shropshire

ContinU Plus Academy – Kidderminster

Crankonkshaw Fold Farm – Rossendale

Crossroads Youth and Community Association – Glasgow

Devon Young Explorers – Devon

Essex Boys and Girls Clubs – Essex

Fix The Fells – Cumbria

Follifoot – Harrogate

Grimsby Cadets - Grimsby

Grimsby DofE - Grimsby

Grow Theatre – Sheffield

Harrogate Horticap - Harrogate

Harperden Expedition Club – Hertfordshire

Inclusion Hampshire – Hampshire

Kids Konnect – Middlesburgh

Lightweight Walks Project – Northamptonshire

Linx Project – Middlesburgh

London Youth – Buckinghamshire

Low Mills Outdoor Centre – North Yorkshire

Mind Bradford – Bradford

My Big Adventure – Worcester

NStep – Kettering

North Yorkshire Youth – North Yorkshire

Open Country – Harrogate

Park Mains High School – Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire DofE - Renfrewshire

Ringsfield Eco Centre – Suffolk

Royston Youth Action – Glasgow

Ross-shire Girl Guides- Ross-shire

Salvation Army – Perth

Scouts Atherstone - Warwickshire

Sundorne Educational Centre – Shrewsbury

Ten Tours – Devon

Torquay DofE - Torquay

The Connection at St Martin’s - London

The Factory Youth Zone – Manchester

The Hope Project – Cornwall

WESC Foundation – Devon

Westlands School - Torquay

Widehorizons Ty’ n y Berth Corris Uchaf – Powys

Woodrow High House - Buckinghamshire

Young Bristol - Bristol

More to follow…


Gift Your Gear Starts Today

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 2nd September, 2013

Gift Your Gear - Recycle Outdoor Gear

Gift Your Gear supports local community organisations, youth groups and charities.

Do you have used outdoor clothing and equipment you no longer want or need that still has life in it?

Gift Your Gear is a nationwide initiative that provides outdoor clothing and equipment to local community organisations, youth groups and charities working with young people in the outdoors.

Gift Your Gear it makes a difference. The gear you donate will make a real difference to the community organisations, youth groups and charities who receive it. Enabling others to benefit from life changing experiences in the great outdoors regardless of their circumstances. You get to reclaim your storage space, and selflessly helping someone feels good.

This September Gift Your Gear has partnered with Rohan, the award-winning outdoor and travel clothing company.

Take your unwanted (but in good condition) outdoor clothing to any Rohan shop during the month of September, that’s all outdoor clothing, walking boots and includes children’s clothing regardless of brand and receive a 15% discount to spend on any new item in the shop on the day.

The gear you donate will help local community organisations, youth groups and charities working with young people in the outdoors. Ensuring that their experiences are safe and enjoyable.

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