The Daily Dust delivering the best bric a brac, daily news and events with a British flavour » Gadgets Reviews Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:05:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dust Review: Men Barts Ski Gloves Wed, 16 Mar 2011 16:00:12 +0000 The DailyDust reporter This week we have been asked to review something from Chelston

With a wide range of Outdoor and  Ski Wear – we selected to try out a pair of Barts Ski Gloves as one of our writers has Raynaud syndrome – basically, their fingers go white the minute they get cold and the said writer will simply just moan about “cold hands”…all the time.

Dryshell waterproof breathable Barts Ski gloves

-Shell: Water Resistant
-Palm: Pigskin
-Lining: Soft Bemberg
-Insulation: Fiberfill
-Insert: Dryshell

The gloves are really comfortable and grasping is easy thanks to the Pigskin finger tips and palm, the heat circulates without overheating and our resident cold fingered writer had  absolutely zero problems to report.

Men Barts Ski Gloves Tight Fastening

The only downside was the fact the gloves didn’t allow us to open our Iphone by using the tactile screen slider, and that is the only reason the Barts Ski Gloves got an 8 Dusts out of 10

You can engage with Chelston Direct and find out more about their range on both twitter and facebook

Disclosure – we were not paid to write this review

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Dust Review: Philips & O’Neill – The Stretch Headphones Mon, 11 Oct 2010 10:42:44 +0000 The DailyDust reporter From time to time, reviewing products on the DailyDust is more than a pleasure.  We have been lucky enough to get our hands on a new set of headphones called “The Stretch” – a marriage between the cool brand O’Neill (think surf dudes) and the masters of headphones, Philips.


The new headsets are made from TR55LX, a durable temperature resistant material 6 times stronger than Poly Carbonate.  These headphones are made for action, using the same material that is used in O’Neill’s wetsuits, the headband is really comfortable and stretches easily.  The cable is tough, it looks like a shoelace and is said to be tangle-free.  During our usage, it never became tangled – this made the headset ideal for running.


Now to the sound.  Awesome.  With the volume of our iPod at only half level – we could not hear the screaming children in our local park.  The quality of the sound was clear and fresh, with just the correct level of bass.  One small complaint is that on full volume, people within a few feet can hear the music blasting out.

These are perfect for listening to music and podcasts on flights, we listened to the excellent “This week in Tech” and for the first time, could hear every word at a mile high.

Overall, these are a fantastic set of headphones, they look rugged, fit amazingly well, sound great and with the collaboration with O’Neill, Philips just got much cooler.

Overall we give “The Stretch” an uber 9.5 Dusts out of 10.philips1

Find out more on the Philips website.

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Review: Filofax Beauty Gift Pack Tue, 29 Dec 2009 13:04:40 +0000 Ewan image

The UK Filofax team have let The Daily Dust have a look at their Filofax Beauty Gift Pack.

Following on from their first adventures in ‘bundling’ with the Lifestyle Packs, I wondered if they would continue this line of thinking and create more appropriate bundles. The Beauty Gift pack is the next step.

Sporting a personal sized Domino Filofax; a filofax page sized mirror, and a ‘James Bond’ pen with a perfume atomiser hidden in the cap for a quick spray during the day; it’s clear that this pack is aimed at a certain segment of the population.

There’s nothing wrong in this approach, and to be honest I think that’ it’s the right way to go about building up the brand of Filofax in the 21st Century. Build up small pockets of support in new areas, and expand them out as the company grows. Filofax has moved on from the yuppie era of the 1980’s.

The key to the marketing of the Gift Pack is the enclosed voucher for a beauty Session at various locations around the UK. I’m going to pass this on to someone else, partly because I don’t think a beauty session would make a dent on me. It’s also not supplied by Filofax themselves, so they’ve little control over the final product (but they have put their name to it, so it does count).

Again it’s the combined pack of voucher (to tempt), the mirror and the customised pen (to enhance the targeting), and finally a choice of style of Domino Filofax (art deco print, snakeskin or shocking pink) to seal the deal with the customer.

Of course the core product is one I’m familiar with – a Filofax – and I know how useful and versatile they can be. From a personal point of view, the more of them in the hands of the public, the better! With a reviewers hat on, this is a great package even without the addition of a manicure, hair styling or other treat. You get the fashionable hit at the start, and the continuing reward of organisation (maybe) into the New Year.

The question now is how are Filofax going to address the more masculine side of the market in 2010, and how innovative will they be? I’m looking forward to finding out.

Filofax in the UK are currently offering the pack for just £30, and their end of year sale has a store wide discount of up to 30% on other goods.

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