THIS MONTH: ASSO, Banana Rods, Powapacs, Wychwood, Ridgemonkey, Sufix, JRC, Babylon
An in-depth look at new products from ASSO, Banana Rods, Powapacs, Wychwood, Ridgemonkey, Sufix and JRC. We also report of how Babylon build their fantastic range
In a very short space of time, this has become Banana Rods’ biggest selling model for those looking for a multi-purpose tool. With a wonderfully forgiving playing-action under the tip for such a powerful blank and without question, market-leading levels of finish and cosmetics, this beautiful rod is still capable of distances between 150-190 metres with ease (in the right hands, of course).
It is available in an almost limitless number of permutations via their website rod-building configurator and is supplied direct to your door. If your budget will allow, these really do warrant closer inspection... and should you so wish, they will send one out for you to try in advance – at a cost deductable from the final balance once you proceed with the purchase.
In their own words, the best just got better! And we’re inclined to agree. As much as the old toasters became an essential part of bankside-life, they were a bugger to carry about if you wanted to keep them separate to theinternals of your main carryall.
Times change however, and, amongst other things, this latest model features detachable, ‘cool touch’ magnetic handles that stowaway inside the pans themselves when in transit, leaving you with a much smaller item to deal with – hence the ‘compact’ moniker!
As mentioned above, the top and bottom pans now disconnect with a simple twist movement, allowing you to cook a few items at once, stoves providing. And as has been the case for a while, a full utensil kit is included too. The fluoropolymer non-stick coating is the same as before, making cooking and cleaning away after use, painless and simple! The toaster comes supplied in its own neoprene carry case. Not a company to rest on their laurels, Ridgemonkey have continually updated their range as time has gone on. The latest incarnation of their bivvy light range, includes the Elite IR model. All the models now benefit from the addition of a green beam and this one is no exception, providing a fairly ludicrous 180 hours of light from just a single 4-hour charge via its micro USB charging port.
It has a new, wireless remote control with a smooth brightness function, a quad LED power indicator and the same sealed IP64 water and dust resistant casing as before. It also features the same strong construction as before, although this time, it’s in a sleek, new gunmetal grey finish.
Another nice touch is the inclusion of a fully-adjustable bankstick adaptor, ideal for those who haven’t got oodles of cash for night-time photographic goodies, such as external flashguns, etc.
Banana Rods Vectrum 12ft 6in, 3½lb TC RRP: From £535Online: www.bananarods.com
Ridgemonkey Connect Compact Sandwich Toaster XL RRP: £22.99 Standard or £29.99 XL Online: www.ridgemonkey.co.uk
Ridgemonkey Bivvy Lite Elite IR RRP: £49.99 Online: www.ridgemonkey.co.uk