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Having tried a couple of other manufacturer’s devices in the past and found them disappointing in a few respects, I was keen to play with the Suunto Spartan Sport watch which was kindly lent to me.
Now let’s be clear. I’m not a keen sports person desperate to know their current VO2 max or how long I can sustain exercise at a certain heart rate (although I know someone who would want all those features). But the Suunto gives you all this information and more, including how much recovery time you need to get over your most recent exertions (useful leverage to get the OH to cook dinner). It tells you heart rate measurement with calories, Peak Training Effect and recovery time. It supports interval training, gives lap tables, step count, is compatible with Bike Sensor and BLE power meters (for the cycling nuts amongst us). It gives 30 day training summary, and long term analysis of training loads, PTE’s and HR zones if you sync with Suunto Movescount app.
All very nice, and my obsessively sporty friends would use all that. But what I would buy it for is the navigation and GPS features. I walk. Whenever I can, and as often as I can in places where I can get myself lost (and have done in the past, despite having a navigation qualification!) But the Suunto gives an extra feature which I think is a game changer. The breadcrumb navigation (similar to a sat-nav) shows you whether you are on your planned route at all times. When I went out at the weekend, I didn’t take my map. I planned a route into Suunto Movescount app on my PC, which synced to the watch. I started the navigation (it picked up the satellites much more quickly than I am used to with my other branded device) and followed it for several hours without the need to check where I was or which direction I was heading in. It took me exactly where I wanted to go (the pub on the other side of the scrubland) and then got me home again without blinking.
I know, I know. You should never go out without a map and compass (the watch has a built in digital compass), and without knowing how to use them. But this little device gives a level of reassurance that I would find invaluable, especially if I were leading a group of friends on an unfamiliar walk.
The stats and route recording of where I’d been, how many miles, how fast I’d walked, how many calories I’d burned, what my heart rate was (all of which I get from my other branded device) is all very nice to know, but I’m sold on the navigation and compass and I have now put the Suunto Spartan watch on my Christmas list.
Not long now until the Farnham Walking Festival which offers walks for everyone, of all ages and fitness levels, including wheelchair users, to discover historic Farnham and the beautiful surrounding area through a range of walks.
All walks are led by experts in their field and are free of charge. Find out about life in the castle, the industrial heritage of the town, public art, how to walk properly and of course the natural landscape surrounding the town.
Booking, on a first come first serve basis, is required for all walks and all walkers are responsible for ensuring they wear the correct clothing.
Book via the website: http://www.farnham.gov.uk/walking-festival-booking-form or pick up a form from Breaking Free and return it to us.
Deadline for booking Tuesday 16 May.
With the weather finally heating up, the long awaited range of Teva sandals are now in stock, and selling fast!
Super grippy, super comfortable, with features such as water-chanelling technology, shock pads, and microban zinc to counter the stink, Teva have thought of everything to make your feet love their footwear.
If you're keen on having cool and comfy feet when the sun shows up, then come and take a look!
Join us as we walk 57 miles of beautiful Kent and Surrey countryside. Pretty villages, orchards, hop gardens, Chartwell, Leith Hill and ending up at the famous NT Punchbowl at Hindhead on Sunday afternoon for a Survivor’s Party.
We start most days at a pub at 9am, or just whenever you wish. Please do as little or as much of the four days as you can. Even a few hours with the dog would be fantastic!
Thursday Linton Bull Inn ME17 4AW to Sevenoaks Riverhill Gardens -17 miles.
Friday Riverhill Gardens TN15 0RR to CarpentersArms Limpsfield Chart -12 miles.
Saturday Westcott Prince of Wales RH4 3QE to Hascombe White Horse -17 miles.
Sunday Hascombe White Horse GU8 4JA to Hindhead Punchbowl -11 miles.
There will be a start at 12 midday on Sunday 30th at the Hascombe White Horse. This is not intended as a race and you will please need to be self sufficient. i.e. there are no water stations.
There will be a Survivor’s Picnic Party at The Punchbowl, Hindhead on Sunday afternoon with FREE refreshments.
BOOK YOUR PLACE ONLINE AT: www.Eventbrite Greensand Scramble
Entrance fee is just £10 (+ booking fee) for a short dog walk or the full four days.
Details on parking and transport back to your cars will follow by email nearer the time (as long as you enter.)
THE SIMON TRUST
All proceeds will go to The Simon Trust, a new local charity raising £500,000 towards a much needed home for ten young adults with severe autism in Alfold, Surrey.
Please visit www.thesimontrust.org for more information.
It seems that Rab have decided to tempt us all with the innovative new Rab Kinetic Jacket, a stylish yet super lightweight stretchy waterproof softshell which is also highly breathable.
The new Proflex™ fabric technology allows fantastic freedom of movement which means that you can use the jacket as either a mid layer in winter or an outer layer in warmer seasons.
Technically, the jacket is designed for day-long use in changeable weather conditions, with a waterproof component hidden inside: a high performance, flexible membrane with a waterproof measure of 10,000mm and an exceptional breathability level in excess of 35,000cc/sqm/24hrs.
The outer and inner layers of Proflex™ are engineered, high gauge knits – the outer treated for water repellency, the inner wicking to move moisture rapidly through the system.
We love the choice and flexibility the Kinetic gives over traditional waterproofs, more style and less rustle rustle of the fabric as you walk. There is a Mens and a Womens version, so no need to feel left out ladies!
Here at Breaking Free we have stocked Royal Robbins summer clothing for many years now and we’re still loving the new ideas they put into their funky but functional clothing.
If you haven’t heard of Royal Robbins, well he was an American climber, one of the best in the world in the 1960’s. At the time the outdoor apparel industry started and ended with Army surplus and jean cut-offs. Climbers and hikers desperately needed well-fitting clothing that could move, and that looked good. Royal and his wife started to produce a range of functional clothing for travel which not only lasts but is easy to pack and you can wear straight out of a suitcase.
The Royal Robbins makes use of some technologically advanced and renewable fibres which perform well in the outdoor environment, for example Modal®, a super soft material extracted from beech trees and Tencel®, a highly functional natural fibre extracted from raw eucalyptus wood. Instead of Nylon, they use Sorona®, an eco-conscious, corn-based biopolymer that reduces energy consumption by 30-40% and greenhouse gas emissions by 55-60%.
Read about the technology that goes into the clothes here: https://www.royalrobbins.com/about/technology
If you are looking for versatile but great looking and easy to manage travel clothes, then check out our Royal Robbins range for this summer’s travels.
Here at Breaking Free outdoor and travel shop, we are celebrating our 20th birthday this month, having been trading from the Townhall Buildings in the centre of Farnham since 1997.
We are now the only independent outdoor shop in the whole of Surrey and Hampshire combined.
Owners Dave and Sandra Harvey, formally proprietors of Birdworld, started the business out of their love of everything outdoors, with Walking, Climbing and Caving being well loved hobbies of theirs. Being a Scout Leader, Dave is well known in Farnham and his technical knowledge of all things outdoor is second to none.
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.” So said Alfred Wainwright, father of “Peak Bagging” and the Coast to Coast Walk. Whether you are rambling around Frensham Pond with your dog, or yomping around in the mountains, or photographing Whales in Iceland, or fighting of the mozzies in Malaysia, Breaking Free aims to provide you with whatever footwear, clothing and equipment is appropriate for your trip.