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  1. Clinton Mackintosh Reviews the First Ascent Polypropylene Baselayer Range
    Clinton Mackintosh Reviews the First Ascent Polypropylene Baselayer Range
    First Ascent
    17 June 2020
    Clinton Mackintosh is no stranger to extreme conditions. He provides us with the low-down on our First Ascent Polypropylene baselayer range. Read the gear review today.
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    Race Report: Knysna Bull 2019
    First Ascent
    04 March 2019
    Team First Ascent riders, Zandi Rohrer and Luke Evans took to the trails of Knysna, for this year's Knysna Bull, a 3-day stage race + prologue through the breathtaking Knysna forests. Luke and Zandi placed 3rd and 5th in the Knysna Young Bull category and 6th and 10th Overall.
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    Race Report: Tankwa Trek 2019
    Team First Ascent
    19 February 2019
    Team First Ascent took to the trails of Ceres for the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek presented by Biogen, South Africa's premier 4-day stage race. In this article they share with us their experience of this year's event, which saw them covering a distance of 288km with a vertical ascent of 5760m.
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    Team First Ascent take on the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek presented by Biogen
    First Ascent
    06 February 2019
    Team First Ascent will be taking to the trails of Ceres today for the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek presented by Biogen. We caught up with team riders, Luke, Zandi and Richard for a quick build-up Q & A on Tankwa Trek! Good luck to the team!
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    The Momentum Health Tankwa Trek presented by Biogen Leader's Jerseys
    First Ascent
    05 February 2019
    This year First Ascent is proud to announce our development of the leader's jerseys, based on the concept of the new First Ascent Pro Elite Cycling Jersey Range launching in August this year. These jerseys combine high-quality fabric with innovative design, to deliver a jersey worthy of been called a leader in its field.
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  6. A Breakdown of Baselayers
    A Breakdown of Baselayers
    First Ascent
    30 April 2021
    Arguably the most important layer, the base layer helps to regulate the bodies core temperature by wicking moisture away from your body to keep you dry and comfortable. From hiking to cycling, select a base layer that is optimally suited to the type of activity and conditions, cause staying dry is key to staying warm.
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  7. Derma-Tec Baselayer Review
    Derma-Tec Baselayer Review
    Shane Raw
    09 June 2020
    The Derma-Tec Baselayer range from First Ascent is my all-time favourite baselayer for kayaking expeditions and also my “go-to” everyday baselayer for just about any other outdoor activity. I use Derma-Tec for a wide range of activities, from whitewater kayaking in extreme Arctic conditions to milder SA temperatures, for trail running, hiking, mountain biking, snow-boarding, paragliding etc, etc… In winter, I even sleep in them (I kid you not!) I have used many different brands of thermals and baselayers over the years but ever since First Ascent launched the Derma-Tec range I have looked no further. Here’s why.
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  8. Men's X-Trail Running Range Review
    Men's X-Trail Running Range Review
    Jaco Pelser
    08 June 2020
    Do you remember that childhood feeling of running? Without a plan, a goal or route in mind. Running along with the wind around you, finding the flow in the trail and jumping from rock to rock. Escaping the distractions of everyday life and being fully present in the moment. I pitched up at a local trail run recently and did just that.
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  9. The Podium Bib Review – a Virtual Everest Finisher
    The Podium Bib Review – a Virtual Everest Finisher
    First Ascent
    05 June 2020
    Franci van der Walt virtually summited Mt Everest in the Men's Podium Cycling bib. This is his honest review.
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  10. How to Sew a Button
    How to Sew a Button
    First Ascent
    17 April 2020
    Buttons are necessary. Buttons that pop off during outdoor adventures is extremely unnecessary. Not to worry, follow these easy steps and you’ll be back on the adventure path in no time.
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  11. How to Repair a Broken Zip
    How to Repair a Broken Zip
    First Ascent
    17 April 2020
    The constant on, off of any zipper can sometimes take its toll. Don’t stress, it’s an easy fix that will have you back in the outdoors in no time.
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  12. How to Repair Your Backpack’s Shoulder Strap
    How to Repair Your Backpack’s Shoulder Strap
    First Ascent
    14 March 2020
    Nothing is more annoying than a shoulder strap coming off mid-adventure. Luckily, with our easy guidelines below, you’ll be backpacking in the wild again in no time.
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  13. How to Patch a Down Jacket
    How to Patch a Down Jacket
    First Ascent
    17 April 2020
    Any down jacket is an investment against the cold, so when a tear appears, it defeats the entire purpose of insulation. Follow our easy patch guidelines before you write off your down jacket for good.
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  14. How to Repair a Hole in Your Trousers
    How to Repair a Hole in Your Trousers
    First Ascent
    17 April 2020
    Keep those hiking trousers happy, hardwearing & water resistant through upcoming adventures.
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  15. First Ascent Manufacturing Medical Masks To Assist The Battle Against Covid-19
    First Ascent Manufacturing Medical Masks To Assist The Battle Against Covid-19
    First Ascent
    06 April 2020
    In what has certainly been a challenging past 11 days, not only for South Africa but for the entire world, the demand for Medical Masks has risen drastically as South African Health Services tackle the spread of the Covid-19 Virus. On the 24th of March with the 21-day National Lockdown looming, First Ascent immediately opened discussions with various medical services and suppliers to find a way in which to assist with the manufacturing of face masks for hospital staff around the country.
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  16. Why is Primaloft the future of insulation?
    Why is Primaloft the future of insulation?
    First Ascent
    04 February 2020
    There’s no denying that high-quality down is the champion at providing warmth in dry weather. But, it also has several downsides – it doesn’t perform well when wet, it’s difficult to care for and it’s expensive to source. This is where PrimaLoft comes in.
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