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Freelance writer and editor. One-time designer. Contributing Editor for Men’s Health magazine. Devoted to fitness, adventure, gear, tech, travel, good photography, great coffee and two Staffordshire Terriers named Frank and Ruby. Based in Cape Town.

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Advocates: Thule Enroute Blur Daypack

Written by | Found in: Advocates | Posted on: 17 Mar 2014 - 3:15 pm
  • Thule Enroute Blur Daypack, From R1 499, Thule
  • Thule Enroute Blur Daypack, From R1 499, Thule

One of my favourite brands, these Swedes sure know how to make bulletproof, practical packs that look and feel good on your back. This lightweight range straddles the two areas of work and exercise, providing proper protection for laptops and tablets while still keeping room for some of your training and adventure gear (especially in the larger daypacks, the 28 and 29 litre options). These daypacks are ultra-light, comfortable and are filled with clever compartments like the crush-proof SafeZone for your sunglasses. Thule have got so much faith in their build quality that they provide a 25 year quality guarantee, so you’ll never have to worry about these bags falling apart.

Advocates: Bose Soundlink Mini Bluetooth Speaker

Written by | Found in: Advocates Living | Posted on: 26 Feb 2014 - 1:45 pm
  • BOSE Soundlink Mini Cover Orange, R400, Dion Wired

High-quality portable sound is a luxury. A luxury that you’ll only appreciate once you’ve got it. Most of the wireless competition in the market sound like tinny PC speakers and have a shocking build quality. Those two factors are exactly what set this Bluetooth-powered speaker apart. Thanks to technical wizardy and next-level engineering, the quality of sound that comes out of this little box is truly amazing, and the impeccable build quality means it won’t fall apart either.

Granted, it’s not cheap – but if you invest in quality like this, it won’t let you down in a few years time. Consider it a sound investment to play music off your phone, tablet or laptop.

Advocates: Leatherman Piranha

Written by | Found in: Advocates | Posted on: 3 Feb 2014 - 3:43 pm
  • Leatherman Piranha, R599,

Powertools are covetable, problem-solver items, but you don’t often carry one around in your pocket (and if you do, then you may need a little help). When it comes to daily issues, most of them can be solved with this small, slim little gear item called the Leatherman Piranha. It’s a single-piece, multi-purpose pocket tool that’s made from heat-treated, 100% stainless steel. It comes with an obligatory bottle opener, a metric and English wrench, a scraper and a 1/4 inch hex bit driver. A built-in rubber bit holder secures the full size bits, so you can tighten screws, loosen bolts, pry things open and even open your beer.

Advocates: Nike Flyknit Lunar 1+

Written by | Found in: Advocates Fashion | Posted on: 28 Jan 2014 - 8:40 am

Knitting may conjure up images of granny working on socks, but the latest tech in sneakers involved knitted, one-piece uppers. It makes them lighter, more flexible, and better ventilated cutting out the need for 95 percent of the seams – so no chafing or irritation. It also makes them super-comfortable; wear them for running and just about everything else you do. The smart engineers at the tick company wanted to replicate the feeling and comfort of wearing socks, but with the support of the Lunarlon cushioning. It took four years to find a way to make these uppers, and now they’ve created the perfect running shoe: featherlight, form-fitting and virtually seamless.