Category Archives: Sports

Mess tin and mess tin set, quality mess tins, British made mess tin as supplied to the MOD.

Mess tin and mess tin set, quality mess tins, British made mess tin as supplied to the MOD.

“These Mess Tins are manufactured by TOC (Tools of Coventry) Ltd. TOC Ltd supply products to the Ministry of Defence; they are reputedly the best and are often still recommended by expeditionary groups and outdoor people.

Ideal for campers, scout group’s, cadets, Duke of Edinburgh Awards or anyone who simply enjoys outdoor cooking!”

There’s a great video review of mess tins generally below.

Size:  Large 60mm x 135mm x 180mm, Small 56mm x 128mm x 165mm. Supplied as a pair of tins, one nests inside the other.

Weight:  0.375kgs

Weight Pair:  390 gms

Specification:  1mm Food Grade Alloy

Handle:  5mm. Strong handles properly manufactured to original Military design.

Material:  Aluminium.

Care instructions;  Wash in soapy water before use and after each use – dry thoroughly before storing.

Used for cooking, boiling or to simply eat out of when camping, walking, trekking, and on expeditions; just like the military.

“Still one of the best methods of cooking and eating”. . .these “Mess Tins are built for life not just for one trip …”.

Brand new – made in Coventry, England. Genuine British Army issue direct from MOD supplier TOC Ltd. TOC Ltd is based in Coventry, England and has been supplying these mess tins and other equipment to the Ministry of Defence for over 30 years. Great value for money made in England mess tins.

http://www.messtin.co.uk

TOC Ltd also have a Cycle Frame Building & Finishing service under the name tocycle (clever use of their name here). Renovation, Re-spray and Frame Finishing Services. Bespoke Cycle frames built in the UK with the benefits of batch production prices and lead times – http://www.tocycle.co.uk

Genuine Britisg Army Mess Tin set. Made in England.

Genuine Britisg Army Mess Tin set. Made in England.

Mess Tin Set. Made in England.

Mess Tin Set. Made in England.

Mess Tin set. Made in the UK.

Mess Tin set. Made in the UK.

British made Mess Tin Set.

British made Mess Tin Set. Photograph by author.

Clothing made in the UK – British clothes manufacturers and British Made Clothes – UK made clothes and accessories. Who made your clothes?

British made menswear, British made womenswear, British made children’s clothes.  Clothing made in the UK.

Is ANYTHING you’re wearing made in Britain?

#BuyBritishMadeClothes

This article on British made clothes is very comprehensive – please give it a few seconds to load. You may wish to use ‘find on page’ to help you look for something in particular.

I sense a revival of British clothes manufacturing. Much has gone, but there is still a fantastic choice of British made clothes out there, whether you want to spend a lot or not very much money.

Here you can find links and information, in no particular order, about British made clothes, for men, women and children. This article is ongoing and I will add to it when I discover more British clothes manufacturers and suppliers. Only companies that actually make or supply clothes made in the UK will be featured here, not simply companies that used to make clothes in the UK or are just selling clothes in the UK. The products I list here are genuinely made in the UK, not simply labelled to imply British heritage or manufacture.

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LIFESAVER Systems made in Great Britain

LIFESAVER Systems are a British Company. On their website they say that they “…Invent, Design & Manufacture all of” their “products in Great Britain”. They serve 3 main markets: Humanitarian, Leisure & Military, making hand-pump action filtering water bottles, gerry cans, cubes, and such that remove bacteria, viruses, cysts, parasites, fungi and waterborne pathogens from dirty water to produce sterile drinking water in seconds. I came across this company on the net and have not seen their products but they look very useful and for example have been used following the earthquakes in Napal in May 2015. Have a look at the video below to get an idea of how they work.

http://www.lifesaversystems.com

SeaSafe Foul Weather Coats and Life Jackets + Nookie Watersports

SeaSafe Systems Ltd make the majority of their items in their factory in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. They make SeaSafe Foul Weather Coats and Life Jackets, as well as the physical safety components of the life jacket. Off-the-peg or bespoke. They are in the process of updating their website to show which products they make in their factory in Cowes which should make it easier for their customers, and British made products on their website either say “made in Britain” in the description or carry the “made in Britain” logo. They also sell foreign made products, such as Draper tools, life rafts, SOLAS Lights, and Corporate Clothing – http://www.seasafe.co.uk

Seasafe Systems Pro-Zip 170N Commercial LifeJacket.  Made in Britain.

Seasafe Systems Pro-Zip 170N Commercial LifeJacket. Made in Britain. Note the made in Britain logo bottom left.

Seasafe Systems Mariner Automatic coat, with an Integrated fully automatic Life Jacket.  Made in Britain.

Seasafe Systems Mariner Automatic coat, with an Integrated fully automatic Life Jacket. Made in Britain.

Nookie make and sell products for canoeing, kayaking & stand-up paddling. A few of their products, such as some splash desks, drysuits and dry trousers, are made in Cornwall, England – http://www.nookie.co.uk

Darts, Dart Boards and Darts Accessories Made in the UK

If you’re a budding Bristow buy British made darts…

Harrows Darts is the world’s leading and most widely distributed darts brand and the only major darts brand maintaining production in England. If buying Harrows darts accessories and such items please check these are UK made, as I am not sure for some products – http://www.harrows-darts.com*

Harrows Darts flight. Made in England.

Harrows Darts flight. Made in England.

Harrows Assassin 80-18gr-steeltip_pack darts. Made in England.

Harrows Assassin 80-18gr-steeltip_pack darts. Made in England.

Harrows MAGNET Dart Stems / Shafts; Black, Medium. Made in England.

Harrows MAGNET Dart Stems / Shafts; Black, Medium. Made in England. Photograph by author.

Harrows Classic / Basic / Standard - Round Stone - Dart Points Sharpener. Made in England.

Harrows Classic / Basic / Standard – Round Stone – Dart Points Sharpener. Made in England. Photograph by author.

Retriever Sports (Pentathlon, Amazon, and Elkadart brands) darts, dart flights, dart barrels, dart shafts and dart accessories are all produced at their factory in England. You can ask them for your nearest stockist or your can find their products online – http://www.retrieversports.com

Pentathlon Royal 23g darts. Made in England.

Pentathlon Royal 23g darts. Made in England.

Bulls Eye Darts are all made in the UK. Available on their website.  I note the website / company are currently for sale and I assume from this that their darts are manufactured for them as no mention is made of their production facilities (elsewhere they also talk about their manufacturers; which confirms this). In their FAQs it says “Are your darts made in the UK? Yes all our darts are professionally engineered in the UK using the finest products” – http://www.bullseyedarts.co.uk

As far as I know Bulls Eye Darts are unconnected with Bullseye, the 80s TV game show with Jim Bowen and Bully.

Bully

Bully

There is a possibility that some Target darts are made in the UK, as I have read on the net that they have production facilities in China and the UK. I have written to the company to clarify this, as their About and FAQ parts of their website do not work, but have had no response. The About section of their website is now working, but they give no county of origin information. I have seen a photograph on the web that shows a packet of Target darts as having been made in China, so do check before buying – http://www.target-darts.co.uk

Winmau darts and dart boards are made in Kenya. They do not giving any information about country of manufacture on their website. Winmau are owned by Nodor who also do not give any information about country of manufacture on their website and presumably all their manufacturing is also abroad. The little Union flag on their logo is therefore misleading.

Unicorn darts and dart boards are made in China. I understand the company moved production to China in 1999.

Datadart don’t give any country of origin information about their darts or darts accessories on their website (which suggests they are foreign made), but it would be worth checking with them just in case they are made in the UK. I have seen a couple of articles on the web suggesting they are.

Mitchell Sydney Swans Afl Team Darts are designed in Australia and made in England. The packaging says Made in England. That’s about all I know about these darts (I found them on eBay and on a website called Mal Atwell).

Does anyone know of any other British made darts please?  Or British made dart boards?  Or British made darts accessories?

UK made darts. British darts. British made darts. Darts manufactured in the UK. Made in England darts. Dart boards made in the UK. British made darts accessories. British made darts equipment. UK made darts boards. UK darts. Darts made in the UK. Darts from Great Britain.

Miles Stronger – British Sports Shop – MilesStronger

 

Miles Stronger – British Sports Shop – MilesStronger.

Miles Stronger is one of my followers on twitter. I have not tried this company’s products myself but it all looks very impressive and apparently everything they sell is made in Britain which is impressive too. British made runners clothing, British made energy drinks and British made energy bars. A site selling British made running gear – I am very excited to find this.

http://www.milesstronger.co.uk

https://twitter.com/MilesStronger

 

Team up this gear with some British made sports shoes from Walsh Trainers or New Balance Trainers.

Snugpak – insulated clothing and sleeping bags – some products are UK made

http://www.snugpak.com – Snugpak do a range of great sleeping bags – take care to choose the manufactured in the United Kingdom ones though.  They also do great UK made cloths (just some jackets, trousers and hats are made in the UK), so likewise with their clothing take care to choose made in the UK. Items that are UK made are clearly labelled as so on their website. You can even filter to just UK made products.  Only some clothes, some sleeping bags, some bivvi bags, some sleeping bag accessories, some hammock blankets, and a stuff sack are UK made; everything else they sell is imported.

Snugpak are based in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. The Sleeka jacket below is made in Yorshire.  It is made using a fabric they call Paratex Light which is lightweight, windproof, water repellant, breathable and wicks moisture and is insulated with their Softie Premier Insulation (which was developed and is actually made in Switzerland). This retains heat even when wet, is washable and high loft. It comes with its own stuff sack. The minimum temperature range given is -5C (comfort) and -10C (Extreme). Long enough and very lightweight (170g). The Sleeker has 2 large zipped outer handwarmer pockets and a large zipped internal pocket. The Snugpak Sleeker is simply a fab jacket and mine gets a lot of use.

They have a specific military website at http://www.snugpak.com/military/

Snugpak Sleeka Jacket.  Made in England.

Snugpak Sleeka Jacket. Made in England.