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ThermaDry Polypropylene Possum Gloves

Thermadry Polyprop Possum Gloves

ThermaDry Polypropylene Possum Gloves are made from a specially designed blend of 22% possum fur, 32% merino wool, 32% polypropylene and 14% elastane to ensure maximum warmth, comfort and fit.

Possum fur and merino wool retain warmth next to the skin. The possum fur is a hollow core fibre which doesn’t freeze in sub zero temperatures.

Polypropylene provides wickability to draw moisture to the exterior of the gloves. It also gives the gloves a hard wearing outer surface.

Elastane gives the glove stretch and a firm fit to the hand.

ThermaDry Polypropylene Possum Gloves are suitable for tough outdoor environments and activities in which dexterity is required. The range includes both full finger and fingerless versions. The available colours include black marle and black charcoal.

Made in New Zealand.

Want to know more? Drop us a line via the Contact page of of our website.

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King Gee Tradie Zip Boot

The top selling, super comfortable, and ultra-protective Tradie Zip Boot from King Gee is in stock now at Ballina Camping and Rhino Workwear.  Endorsed by the Australian Podiatry Association, the King Gee Tradie Zip Boot is packed full of all the features you need to protect your feet while you are at work. Come in and try them today. Your feet will thank you for it.

The King Gee Tradie Zip Boot is certified to AS/NZS 2210.3:2009 meeting all Benchmark® requirements under the Australian and New Zealand standards.

Features

  • Water Resistant Leather & Breathable Nylon
  • YKK 10 Gauge Coil Zipper
  • Dual Layer Memory foam / PU (polyurethane) foot bed – Sensitive to pressure and moulds perfectly around the contours of your foot. The PU bottom layer provides permanent cushioning and shock absorption.
  • Dri-Lex lining treated with Aegis Anti-Microbial – Patented superior mesh designed to manage moisture. Wicks away moisture and keeps your feet dry. Allows your feet to breath and keeps them cool.
  • Wide profile steel toe cap with PU toe bump – Designed to withstand a force of 200 joules and compression resistance of 1.5 ton. Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) protective cap liner for added comfort. Steel cap protective liner to ensure that your toes are comfortable and not in contact with the protective safety cap.
  • Nylon (Non-Metallic) Shank
  • ARZ+ Pad Technology – Anatomical Rebound Zone (ARZ+) with an expandable polymer that provides excellent cushioning and rebound. ARZ+ heel protection difference is apparent at heel strike the soft contouring material dissipates force upon impact.
  • TPU Outsole, PU Midsole – Polyurethane (PU) provides an excellent balance of shock absorption (cushioning) and energy return (rebound). Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) has many useful properties including elasticity and resistance to most oil, grease and abrasion.
  • 130° degree Celsius heat resistance
  • Fuel oil and slip resistance
  • Anti Static – Designed to reduce the build up of excess static electricity by conducting body charge to the ground. Protects against ignition hazards such as flammable materials and gasses.

30 Day Comfort Guarantee

King Gee Tradie Zip Boots have been engineered to provide maximum comfort. After careful study of the Australian foot anatomy, King Gee work boots are designed with a wider last, sole & toe cap. King Gee is so confident you will love these boots that they come with a 30 day comfort guarantee.

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Blundstone 992 Workboots

Blundstone 992 is now available in the expanded work boot and work wear section of our store.

The Blundstone 992 was designed to meet the needs of tradies requiring a boot that’s easy to get on and off but with the greater ankle support that a lace up provides. With easy access zip side this boot is packed with safety and comfort features complete with a toe guard to take the kicks. Features thermal regulating Bamboo lining and a shock absorbing polyurethane midsole

The Blundstone 992 features:

• Wheat premium nubuck, 150mm height, safety
boot
• 7 eyelet lace up with lace locking device
• Convenient heavy duty zip with zip fastener
• Moulded TPU toe guard for added leather
protection
• Padded tongue and collar
• Thermal regulating bamboo lining
• Low density shock absorbing polyurethane
midsole
• Rubber outsole designed to specifically increase
slip resistance in varied environments.
– excellent cut and slip resistance, highly
resistant to hydrolysis and microbial attack
– heat resistant to 300˚C
– oil, acid & organic fat resistant
• XRD® inserted into both the heel and forepart
of the sole construction
• Removable luxury footbed with arch support
and the revolutionary XRD® for supreme shock
absorption. Footbed is also anti-bacterial,
breathable, and washable
• Steel shank for maximum torsional stability
• Electrical hazard resistant
• Broad fitting 200 joule impact resistant Type 1
steel toe cap

We know that danger doesn’t take a day off. Blundstone work and safety boots are built tough so the safety of your feet is one less thing you have to worry about on the job.

Steel Toe Caps

We don’t believe in compromising on safety, which is why we use steel safety toe caps in all our safety footwear. Steel toe caps provide the maximum protection against impact, cuts, penetration and rolling forces.

Our steel toe caps are broad fitting (in width, height and length) and tested to a compression load of 15kN.

CERTIFIED TO:
Standard AS/NZS 2210.3.2009-
Classification I
Standard ASTM F 2413-11 including
electrical shock resistance (Clause 5.5)

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Sea to Summit Gaiters and the snake season

With snake season upon us some advice from Sea to Summit for Australian snake bite prevention and treatment, also a guide to their suitable gaiters.

“It’s September which means that snakes are coming out in search of some sun so we thought we’d put together a post about the prevention and treatment of snake bites in Australia. This letter can help you understand snake behaviour and avoid dangerous situations.

The following information has been offered by Bob Cooper, an Australian expert in reptiles and outback survival. NB: These guidelines are relevant for Australian snakes species and are intended as guidelines only.

Prevention better than cure:

• Do not approach a snake: it doesn’t know what your intention is, and that you are just observing or trying to help.
• You can make a snake very scared by pointing and waving your arms in the air above the snake, so instead, keep your movements calm and slow. Also, dont raise your feet up in front of the snake – that will provoke a strike.
• Wear closed-in footwear at all times when bushwalking and preferably wear long trousers and/or gaiters.
• Use a dead stick or trekking pole to probe long grass as you walk through, as this will encourage the snake to move out of your path.
• Do not cast a shadow onto a snake as that will make it nervous

There are 30 species of snakes in Australia that are considered to have life-threatening venom.

Fortunately, these belong to one group of snakes known as elapids, meaning they have fixed front fangs. The average length would be 4-6mm on a metre long snake and up to 12mm on a very large snake. These relatively small fangs mean that by wearing gaiters you can greatly decrease the chance of a snake successfully piercing your skin.

Sea to Summit offer a large range of gaiters which will help prevent a bite but can never offer 100% protection against snake bites. The most densely woven, puncture-resistant gaiter currently made by Sea to Summit is the Quagmire Canvas Gaiter. The Quagmire provides at least 39cm coverage up your leg delivering peace of mind no matter where you are bushwalking,

Treatment method:

“I believe the pressure and immobilisation technique (PIT) is the most effective first-aid treatment for all venomous land and sea snake bites in Australia and other elapid snakes worldwide. To my knowledge, there have been no reported deaths once this bandaging has been applied. The short fangs of the elapid snake deliver the venom into our lymphatic system and not directly into our bloodstream. The bandaging slows the venom movement and absorption rate down to as much as one-twentieth, buying the victim much more time to get to hospital.”

Written by Bob Cooper

This Bob Cooper Snake Bite and Venomous Creatures Kit has 3 x 10 cm compression bandages that can maintain the correct pressure and will remain tight. The included first aid booklet can equip you with the know-how to handle bites and stings from the following deadly Australian creatures: land, sea and burrowing snakes, funnel web spiders, blue-ringed octopus, and cone shells.” We stock the Sea to Summit Gaiters and the Bob Cooper Snake bit kit in our store.

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Exciting new Products from Roman

Roman is proud to introduce an exciting new range of tents and shelters this Spring. Roman tents and shelters providing quality and value for over 55 years. Great range now available in our store.

The ever-popular Escape series dome tents now comes with updated colours and an improved water head rating.

ESCAPE FEATURES:
• Large front ‘D’ door for easy access
• Silver coated flysheet to block out heat
• Heat sealed seams for maximum water proofing
• Front vestibule for extra storage
• 4V/6V now with larger window

The instant-up range of Bullet & Rapid tents offer a contemporary design, quality components, with models to suit individual campers to larger families.

RAPID TENT FEATURES

• Quick set-up with instant frame system
• Oversized windows and large D-door
• Front vestibule with floor for additional storage space
• Internal gear loft & storage pockets

BULLET TENT FEATURES

• Sets up in seconds with the instant up hub mechanism
• Large roll up side windows and  rear vent for maximum airflow
• Front vestibule for extra storage
• Oversize carry bag

 

For those who prefer a no-fuss, affordable pop-up style tent, the Roman POD offers all that and more. With a striking combination of red and gunmetal grey colours, a removable roof cover and ample room for two, the POD is perfect for festival use or short weekend trips.

ROMAN POD FEATURES

• Pops up in seconds
• Multiple ultra-fine mesh panels for ventilation
• Silver coated material to block out heat
• Fully removable roof cover
• Large front door for easy access

The new Freedome shelters offer a compact, portable and stylish solution compared to traditional gazebos. Priced from RRP $229, with the option of adding walls and mesh panels, they are sure to be a hit this summer.

FREEDOME FEATURES:
• Long lasting, polyester canopy
• UPF 50+ protection from the sun
• Silver coated material
to block out heat
• Internal storage pockets
• Detachable webbing straps

 

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Steel Blue Work Boots

At Steel Blue, we know that safety and comfort is essential for those who work on their feet all day. We have been providing comfortable work boots for over 20 years. We know that our Steel Blue boots offer quality and comfort at the highest level, making Steel Blue boots the most comfortable safety footwear around.

With a solid reputation built on innovation and comfort, Steel Blue offer a comprehensive range of work boots to suit all trades and lifestyles. Our increasing range of safety footwear includes Men’s work bootsWomen’s work boots, safety shoes and steel cap boots.

Steel Blue is proudly Australian owned and operated, our mission is to use quality materials in order to manufacture the most comfortable work boots in the world.

Footwear has an enormous influence on the way we move, yet many overlook the importance of comfortable work boots. Steel Blue boots are the first and only safety boots in Australia endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), the peak body representing the interests of Australian Physiotherapists and their patients. By absorbing more shock while cushioning the feet from day-to-day fatigue, Steel Blue boots assist to protect the body from stress-related injury to the ankles, knees, hips and spine. The APA only endorse products that offer clear health benefits to the patients of Physiotherapists which again highlights our strong focus on manufacturing quality steel toe work boots and safety boots.

We stand by our products and guarantee that when you buy Steel Blue boots, you are buying the best work boots on the market. Our 100% Comfort Guarantee is offered on every style in the range. Our direct injection, dual density soling system featuring Tri-Sole™ Comfort Technology is unique and patented to us. By strategically placing pads made of Poron® to target peak stress areas of the foot, we pride ourselves on the level of comfort our safety boots offer.

Steel Blue is dedicated to providing you with the best quality and most comfortable work boots available by utilising the latest technology combined with legendary levels of comfort. Premium quality materials including New Zealand leather, soft and flexible moisture wicking anti-bacterial lining materials, and heavy-duty quality zips and laces are all incorporated to create our durable safety boots; and together ensure we create comfortable work boots. A generous fit with ergonomically shaped steel or composite safety toe cap, combined with an impact absorbing polyurethane full footbed is just the start.

We are determined to continue to stay at the forefront of safety footwear innovation and believe that safety is paramount. All Steel Blue boots are independently certified to meet or exceed Australian, European and American Footwear Safety Standards.

 

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Osprey Backpacks

The History of Osprey Backpacks.

Since Osprey was founded in 1974, every single product design bearing the Osprey name has passed through the hands of owner and founder Mike Pfotenhauer, undergoing relentless scrutiny. From stitching the first lines of custom-fitted packs, to meticulously designing innovative products with intuitive features, to forging personal relationships with the sewing operators who construct the packs, Mike has been the unbreakable thread that makes Osprey a company like no other.

Mike remembers backpacking as a young boy in his home state of Oregon with his brothers and father, wearing a backpack with an awful fit. With the help of his mother, he learned to sew, and created his first backpack at age 16.

As a young entrepreneur in Santa Cruz, California, Mike opened a retail shop in the front of his rented house where backpackers and travelers – drawn by word of mouth – came to get measured for the custom-fitted, made-to-order packs. Each was constructed by Mike himself over the course of several days. To these avid travelers, the legendary packs were worth the wait. The original name of Osprey Packs was Santa Cruz Recreational Packs.

By 1987, Osprey started selling wholesale and Mike delegated much of the sewing to seven or eight employees while he focused on design.

As the demand for the great-fitting packs increased, Mike and business partner/wife Diane Wren found themselves in Dolores, Colorado, population 864, the exact day a local Gore-Tex factory was closing down. Soon after, they rented the 8,000-square-foot building – originally built in the 1920s as Ford Model-T factory.

They recruited a team of women sewers from the nearby Navajo reservation, many of whom had built upon their traditional sand painting and blanket weaving skills to sew at area factories. Mike trained these experienced sewers in the art and science of constructing Osprey Packs. In 1994, they expanded sewing operations to Cortez, Colorado, and five years later, Osprey moved all operations to this facility in preparation for more expansion.

By 2000, manufacturing in the U.S. became increasingly challenging. As domestic fabric mills closed, sourcing quality materials became more difficult. Moreover, Osprey’s competitors had moved manufacturing overseas to reduce product costs and prices. There were issues with capacity. As Osprey signed on with distributors around the globe, the company was missing deadlines and business opportunities. Moving manufacturing overseas was crucial to the company’s survival.

Osprey began working with Korean manufacturers that owned and managed facilities in Vietnam. Distance didn’t dilute Mike’s incessant desire to ensure that his packs were built with the utmost quality and according to his design specs, which meant he was spending months traveling between Cortez and Vietnam. The trip alone took two days.

In 2003, Mike and Diane relocated their family to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and set up a design center where Mike could more closely manage production. Intending to live there for two years, they stayed for four. Mike recalls, “We visited the factories almost daily to make sure production was running smoothly and that our designs were produced accurately and faithfully.” Mike hired a Vietnamese designer to create the prototypes and samples. Then he hired another local to manage quality assurance. Now, Osprey’s fully-staffed product development office continues to ensure face-to-face relationships with the factory technicians as well as transparency with the company’s suppliers.

To celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2009, Osprey launched the All Mighty Guarantee, an enhancement of a lifetime warranty that was already one of the most robust in the industry. Free of charge, the company will repair any damage or defect in its product – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. If Osprey is unable to repair the item, it will happily replace it. The All Mighty Guarantee: any product, any reason, any era.

Mike isn’t the only one ensuring that every product meets the exacting standards worthy of this lifetime guarantee. Hired in 1990 as one of the original Navajo sewers, Marilyn Jones has had a hand in creating Osprey packs for 20 years. She is now responsible for all pack repairs. “Sometimes a pack comes in and I’ll recognize it,” Marilyn says. “I see how it’s held up over the years, and what adventures it’s been through. Then, I make sure it goes even further.”

Mike says his innovative designs and commitment to top-notch manufacturing shows in every product, even, or especially, decades later. “Osprey is, in large part, about exceptional relationships,” says Mike. “Between the pack and its wearer. The pack and its makers. The company and its staff.” He continues, “So many of our staff have been with the company for decades. It shows how fervently we believe in our process and products. The All Mighty Guarantee proves it.” No wonder there’s such a close relationship between the words “Osprey” and “quality”. You could say it’s a lifetime commitment.

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Ledlenser Outdoor Series

This year, Ledlenser is putting their new ‘Outdoor Series’ of portable lighting solutions in the limelight – a range of products developed by their in-house team of professionals with the ultimate outdoor experience in mind. Three headlamps and four torches ensure any individual needs are met – for amateur sports enthusiasts through to top athletes. Whether in the wilderness, atop a mountain, or on the water – with the new series, outdoor adventures are equipped with the right light in any situation. Functionality, design and use have been specially developed for experiencing nature at night. Ledlenser offers three powerful headlamps, the MH10, MH6 and MH2, for everyone who needs to keep their hands free. All adventurers can keep a firm hold on light with the four torches (MT18, MT14, MT10, and MT6).

A colour attachment can be easily fitted to the pocket torches (MT10, MT14, and MT18) as well as the head-torch (MH10) to ensure consistent, optimum visibility while hunting and fishing or even in fog.

All new products at a glance:

MH10
The headlamp is distinguished by its minimal weight, versatility, and superb light output of up to 600 lumen! Close-up and distance vision can be perfectly adjusted using the step-less focus. Speed charging technology fully charges the light in just eight hours, offering up to 120 hours’ battery life. A red rear light and an emergency light function when the battery is running low offer additional visibility and security.
Recommended Retail Price: $174.95

MH6
Experience the special charm of the night with the new Ledlenser Outdoor series. The MH6 has three light modes: Power, Low Power and Blink, which can be intuitively operated using the front switch. With a light output of 200 lumen and a lighting range of up to 120 metres, the MH6 can be relied upon to light up roads and paths. The USB rechargeable battery is a unique component of the MH6, where it can either be charged directly from the unit, or removed and charged independently to make room for operation with 3 x AAA alkaline batteries. An integrated charging indicator shows the battery level and provides a warning in sufficient time when the battery is running low.
Recommended Retail Price: $109.95

MH2
The MH2 is the Outdoor series’ entry-level headlamp. It produces 100 lumens, thus offering high performance at a low price. Its ability to provide light for up to 40 hours makes it a handy companion for short or spontaneous adventures. The headlamp can also be operated with one hand and features a rapid focus system. The headband on the MH10, MH6 or MH2 can be replaced or washed and therefore always stays hygienically clean.
Recommended Retail Price: $79.95

MT18
The MT18 offers bright illumination on any dark night. It produces up to 3,000 lumens and provides a lighting range of up to 540 metres, lighting up nighttime surroundings. The homogeneous light is excellent at illuminating everything from a small campsite to vast expanses. An integrated transport lock prevents the torch from being turned on accidentally, thus preserving battery power. The brightest torch of the series has a USB 3.0 connection through which the 10,200 mAh battery can be charged in just eight hours.
Recommended Retail Price: $399.00

MT14
The handy MT14 offers 1,000 lumens, a lighting range of up to 180 metres and provides light for up to 192 hours. Speed charging ensures that the battery-operated torch is ready for use again after eight hours. It can be operated with one hand and also uses Smart Light Technology, which provides the ideal light function at all times.
Recommended Retail Price: $219.00

MT10
Weighing in at a mere 156g and 12.8cm in length, the MT10 is truly lightweight and can fit in any jacket pocket. The battery operation and speed charging system ensure that the torch is fully charged after just six hours and can offer up to 144 hours’ battery life. The small diameter also makes the MT10 suitable for illuminating narrow spaces or rock crevices.
Recommended Retail Price: $179.95

MT6
Stable, robust, and compact – the MT6, the series’ most cost-efficient Outdoor flashlight, is impressive on all counts. It produces 600 lumen, which is ideal for night-time hikes or walks. The one-handed focusing makes it easy to use and allows the light beam to be adjusted quickly. Like all other lights in the Outdoor series, the MT6 can be used in temperatures ranging between -20 °C and +40 °C.
Recommended Retail Price: $129.95

About Ledlenser:
Located in Solingen, Germany, Ledlenser is among the world’s leading producers of quality LED torches and headlamps. Synonymous with quality and innovation, the light experts have been offering a wide range of products for over 20 years. All Ledlenser products come with a five-year guarantee that can now be extended to up to seven years by registering on the website.

 

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How to choose Keen hiking boots and walking shoes

The right Keen  hiking boots can make your time outside extraordinary—and the wrong ones can make you miserable. Finding the best boots for you can take some trial and error, but there are a few tips and tricks to help you start off on the right foot. It’s all about the basics: when, where and how are you hiking?

When?

For summertime treks you might want lightweight low-tops with lots of breathable mesh, while late-season and winter walks could require insulation and waterproof protection.

Where?

Trail conditions, elevation change and the type of terrain all have a bearing on your boot choice.

How? Will you be wearing your boots for backpacking or day hiking? Your intended use should help you choose them.

Here’s What to Look For

Weight

The weight of your boot can affect comfort over the course of a long hike, so go as light as you can. If short day hikes and fast trail walking are your thing, consider low-profile Keen hiking shoes. They’re lighter and more flexible, but they offer a little less support. If you’re hiking on tough terrain, for long distances or with a full pack you’ll want heavy-duty hiking boots, with enhanced traction and structure. You’ll be adding a few ounces, but it’s worth it to keep your feet feeling good.

Support & Stability

For rough, rocky trails or serious elevation changes, choose boots with more support. Mid-height boots can help avoid ankle twists, and they’re the best option if you have old ankle injuries. We build our boots with stiff stability shanks between the midsole and outsole—this adds midfoot support and helps balance the weight of your backpack. 

Comfort

KEEN shoes are known for out-of-the-box comfort. We use dual-density footbeds and molded midsoles that form to your feet, so every step is cushioned in all the right places. Our hiking boots are built to provide excellent arch support, cradling the natural contours of the foot. Every hiker has had sore feet at some point (and sometimes that can’t be avoided), but our goal is to get you to the end of the trail feeling as good as possible.

Fit

Finding the right fit is so important. You want a little extra room and a wide toe box—feet get bigger over the course of the day, and even more so when you’re doing lots of walking. But if the shoe’s too big your ankle might lift and rub the back of the boot, causing blisters. To get a feel for the fit before you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere, try on your new boots later in the afternoon, wearing the same type of socks you plan to wear on your hike.

Waterproof Protection

If you do most of your hiking in dry, warm weather, waterproofing might not be necessary. But if you like to hike all year long and don’t want to worry about weather, it’s probably worth the extra weight to pick up a pair of waterproof hiking boots. We’ve developed our own waterproofing technology called KEEN.Dry, a breathable membrane that lets vapor out without letting water in. This is crucial to trail comfort—perspiration and moisture naturally produced by the body can escape while your feet stay dry.

Last, But Not Least…

Once you pick your pair, wear them around the house a bit before hitting the trail. Even the most comfortable boot feels better once it’s broken in. Happy trails to you!