Olympus Tough TG-810
Everyone wants to remember their time at a festie and many of us have to rely on photographs in order to do so. When being stuck in a few feet of mud is often the only reason we remain balanced, bringing an expensive micro four thirds is asking for trouble. Likewise, do you really want to see your expensive smartphone sink into the ooze to be lost forever?
The Olympus Tough TG-810 is a 14Mp camera that withstands the elements. It's waterproof to 10m, can be dropped from 2m, survive the cold down to -10°C and even a crush of up to 10kg in force. Getting those snaps home in one piece should be easily achievable. Getting them in focus on the other hand is a different prospect entirely.
Of course, rugged photography comes at a cost and if you've already got a decent camera, you probably don't want to fork out for another. Dozens of waterproof cases are available too, should you wish to stick to your trusted model. More on that later.
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Salewa Sigma Hot Flex
Comfort may not be the first thing on your mind at a festie, although the subject will certainly arise at some point. Struggling to squeeze into a spot alongside the fire can always leave campers craving a warm bed.
Instead of jumping on the bandwagon with a full-body sleeping bag though, why not look at getting a heated one?
Salewa manufactures the world's first heatable sleeping bags in co-operation with Therm-ic. An external heating box connects to the bag at foot level and can be removed for an easy wash. Depending on the battery, campers can heat feet for up to 1.5 hours a day over three levels of intensity.
Nothing quite says 'come back to my tent' like a heated sleeping bag. Even if only one of you will fit into it.
Regretfully, the Sigma Hot Flex is on the expensive side of things, but can you put a price on being as warm as a teepee dweller?
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....I once brought a set to Glasto a few years back...
No, you TOOK a set.
I can't help it - it's an illness
The best security at Glasto is to go as a group of about 15. Arrive late Wednesday. Find a nice patch towards the top corner of a field (but not so close you get the pissers) and set up your tents in a circle all linked together with cris-cross guy ropes and only one entrance. Set up a pole in the middle with a flashing L.E.D. Get a particularly motherly aunt to come along, who'll mostly stay with the tents, reading, knitting, chatting to similar women (or guys even).
Don't even think about moving off until late Monday afternoon.
Worked for us in 2000 and we had a fantastic stress-free time with no worries, no losses, and no getting lost.
Wouldn't an IR sensor see straight through the flimsy fabric of a tent?
The alarm would be set of by every hippy who stumbled past.
If you need a heated sleeping bag then you must have accidentally gone to bed at night. In which case, why not stay at home with your giant slipper and a nice cup of cocoa and listen to the highlights on Radio 2?
And anybody who takes their own speakers to a festival needs to be dragged out by their short hairs and strung up from the security fence as a warning to others.
With the possible exception of the waterproof bags (99p for a roll of twenty posh bin bags from your local supermarket), all of this stuff is about as festival-friendly as a mohair cardigan and stilleto heels.
No wonder Glastonbury has gone all U2 if this is an indication of the state of today's festival goer.
Festivals and gadgets! noooooooooooooo!
i would never take anything of any real value to a festival! looting is very common. Tent, beer, food, toiletries and some clean cloths. i would never take an iphone or ipad to a festival.... if you are playing on an ipad at a festival you are one boring person! :D
The only gadgets i would use off that list is the waterproof bags, the intruder alarm 2 keep peskie kids out of my beer tent! and that totally awesome tracking thing! i would attach the bug in the bottem of my crate of beer and if it gets rob'd track em down and get my beer back. WIN!
Beer because that all you really need at a festival!