THIS MONTH: ASSO, Banana Rods, Powa­pacs, Wy­ch­wood, Ridge­mon­key, Su­fix, JRC, Baby­lon

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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

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