Just as we are getting into camping, we are discovering that a lot of outdoor gear can be...how shall I put this...? Utilitarian? Dull? Khaki? Boring?
Well, enter OLPro with their beautifully designed co-ordinated ranges like this one The Witley with its repeat pattern of badgers, trees and tents it's perfect for a forest-loving family like ours.
The seven-pole windbreak has been put through it's paces over the past few weeks and had performed brilliantly both on grass and sand - it even did a reasonable job at staying up on a pebble beach in Normandy.
It's generous 18ft length means you can adjust it to cover several angles, keeping the elements out and giving you some shade and privacy, or even setting it up in the round to make a cover-all changing area - perfect for the Old Man who likes to whip his kit off and go wild swimming at the drop of a hat!
The cotton fabric is rot-proof and is guaranteed for 2 years, the ends of the poles are steel tipped to prevent the wood splitting as you hammer it into the ground and there are clever little clips to keep the fabric in place.
Check out Mammasaurus' blog where she's giving away the five-pole version of these beauties currently.
To compliment the range, is a gorgeous melamine dinnerware service perfect for camping or picnics. Available in a set of 16 pieces (for 4 people) or 8 pieces (for 2 people) or as individual items - great for families like us who tend to lose things! Check out Stressy Mummy's blog review of the melamine ware in their other design - Berrow Hill.
For cosying down under canvas, there's the snugly sleeping bag with it's poly-cotton inner lining and microfibre filling to keep you warm but not sweaty. It's a zip-up type too, not one of those that you have to wriggle about like a dying caterpillar to wrestle into, and for those who like to snuggle, two can be zipped together to form a double.
So there you have it, if the dullness of gear is putting you off camping, go check out OLPro. They have a great range of tents too and you can read reviews from Thinly Spread here and Mamasaurus here.
Disclosure: We were sent the windbreak free of charge for the purposes of this review. All opinion is my own. No financial reward was given.