Six Fun Things to Do With the Kids on a Rainy Day November 13 2014

There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re trapped indoors with nothing to do when the weather outside is simply too bad to venture out. Add 3 restless kids to the equation and you could have a nightmare situation on your hands. But not to worry! We are here to help with our top six things to do indoors on a rainy day.

Play an Imagination Game

Here are a couple of games that are great fun for the kids and can be played anywhere as there are no props required:

One-word story: Sit around in a circle and start off the game by saying, “Once upon a time,” then go around the room and have each person add a single word to the story. It’s a good idea to decide on a genre first like a fairy tale, ghost story, etc.

Improvised poetry: Start off by saying a line of poetry. Something simple and easy to rhyme with like, “The cat sat on the mat”. The next person must then say a line that rhymes with it, and so on.

Little Chefs

It’s a great idea to get the kids involved in the kitchen on a rainy day. Keep the recipes simple so there is nothing too difficult or dangerous. Home-made pizzas or Rice Krispie cakes are simple, delicious and great fun to make. You can enjoy your food when it is ready by having an indoor picnic- you could even invite the teddies too.

 

Organize Your Own Film Festival

Queue up some classics, old (Mary Poppins?) and new (Frozen?) and have a marathon screening. Keep a cosy throw on hand, a big bowl of popcorn to dip into, and settle in to enjoy the show(s).

Make You Own Instruments

You would be surprised at what you can do with what’s lying around the house. Tissue boxes with elastic bands can make great guitars, a couple of paper plates with milk bottle tops make tambourines and some dried rice or pasta in bottles, tins or plastic containers make great maracas and shakers. You could even bang pan lids together for cymbals and cooking pots with wooden spoons for drums. Then it’s time to get practising for the bands big debut!

Host a “Tea” Party

Play dress up in fancy clothes, set the table with the “good” china, and put on your most formal manners (be sure to extend your little finger and sip politely). On the menu: tea (for you), juice (for the kids), and easy egg or chicken salad sandwiches cut into fun shapes, thanks to the cookie cutters lurking in your cupboard. The kids can decide the guest list, being careful to choose which of their favourite dolls or stuffed animals are on it.

 

Have an Indoor Treasure Hunt

Play an indoor treasure hunt to keep the day lively. The kids will need to work as a team to uncover the treasure. Make a set of clues for the players to try and solve (try rhyming the clues for fun or writing riddles). Each clue will lead to the next one and then finally, to the treasure. Seal the clues in envelopes marked with a number like ‘2/7’, or “Two of Seven”). This will help the treasure hunters to keep track. The treasure can be anything you like such as a small toy (or a few depending on how many players are in the team), cinema tickets, maybe a stash of coins (regular or chocolate), or some sweets.

*OR if all else fails, you can always get the Kids' Mac in a Sacs on and head out in the rain anyway! The choice is yours!


Spooky Halloween Party Ideas for the Kids October 29 2014

With Halloween Weekend creeping up on us (no pun intended!) we thought it would be the perfect time to share some spooky party ideas that will get the kids super excited. We've included our favourite Halloween recipes for ghoulish, yet tasty party treats, and our pick of the best hair-raising party games that your kids will love.

Party Food

Our top three delicious and fun recipes to make your party the scariest (but tastiest) ever!

Slime Bug Cups

You will need:

  • 4 x 135g packs lime flavoured jelly
  • a selection of animal and bug sweets
  • 2 x 154g packs Oreo biscuits

Method:

  1. Follow the pack instructions to make the jelly. Pour a third of the mixture into 12 small pots (or glasses). Add a couple of bug sweets to each pot, then leave to set in the fridge. Keeping remaining jelly at room temperature.
  2. Once set, add more bugs to each pot, leaning some against the edges to make them poke out the top. Pour over a third of the jelly and leave to set in the fridge. Repeat with remaining bugs and jelly.
  3. For the soil topping, place cookies in a plastic bag and gently crush with a rolling pin.
  4. Just before serving, sprinkle a layer of soil over each slime cup, then top with a few left over creepy crawlies. Perfect!

 

Eye Ball Pops

You will need:

  • 100g/4oz Madeira cake
  • 100g Oreo cookies
  • 100g bar milk chocolate, melted
  • 200g bar white chocolate, melted
  • few Smarties and icing pens, to decorate

You will also need:

  • 10 wooden skewers
  • ½ small pumpkin or butternut squash, deseeded, to stand pops in

Method:

  1. Break up the Madeira cake and Oreos and whizz together in a food processor along with the melted milk chocolate.
  2. Tip the mixture into a bowl, then using your hands, roll into about 10 or 12 walnut-sized balls. Chill for 2 hrs until firm.
  3. Push a skewer into the base of each ball, then spoon the white chocolate over the balls to cover. Stand the cake pops in the pumpkin, then press a Smartie onto the surface while wet. Pop them back into the fridge until the chocolate has set. Before serving, using the icing pens, add a pupil to each Smartie and some red veins to the eyeballs.

 

Owl Cupcakes

You will need:

For the cupcakes

  • 280g butter, softened
  • 280g golden caster sugar
  • 200g self-raising flour, minus 1 rounded tbsp
  • 1 rounded tbsp cocoa powder
  • 6 medium eggs

For icing and decoration

  • 200g butter, softened
  • 280g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tube orange ready-to-use icing
  • 1 small bag Maltesers
  • 1 tube chocolate M&Ms minis (just the brown ones) or Cadbury's mini buttons
  • 1 tub jelly diamonds (just the orange ones)

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with brown cases. Beat the cupcake ingredients to a smooth batter and spoon into the cases. Fill them up to the top (you may have a little left over). Bake for 20-25 mins until risen and spongy. Leave to cool on a rack.
  2. Beat the butter and icing sugar until smooth. Slice off the very tops of the cakes and cut each piece in half. Spread a generous layer of icing over each cake.
  3. Work on one cake at a time, squirt a pea-sized blob of orange icing onto two Maltesers and use to fix a brown M&M (or button) on each. Sit the eyes, two pieces of cake top (curved edge up) and a jelly diamond on the icing to make an owl. This can be great fun to get the kids to help with.

 

Party Games

Now that you have the food sorted out, it's time to invite the guests round and get the party started! Here's our top three party games to play at Halloween that the kids are sure to love. Enjoy!

Dress the Mummy

You will need:

  • a big supply of toilet paper!

Separate the party guests into groups of three or four (two is fine for smaller parties) and give them a few rolls of toilet paper. The object of the game is to try and turn one member of the group into a mummy by wrapping them up in the toilet roll! There are special prizes to be won for quickest or the best attempt.

Witches Cauldron

You will need:

  • a large cooking pot
  • a damp sponge
  • a shelled hard-boiled egg
  • a large piece of orange peel
  • selection of rubber toys from the toyshop (frog, snake, etc)
  • blindfold

Fill your cooking pot with items such as the above (and any other suitable things you can think of - you'll need enough items to allow each child a turn). Each child has a go at being blindfolded and sticking their hand into the 'cauldron' to find the imaginary item you name.

For example, you could ask them to look for: 'A hairy giant's tongue' (the damp sponge), 'a dragon's eye' (the egg), a goblin's skin (the orange peel), 'a frog/snake' (rubber toys), etc.  

Brain Digging

You will need:

  • a big bowl of cooked spaghetti
  • some ping-pong balls or similar
  • some small bags of sweets

Get the kids to dig in amongst some bits of 'brain' to find a trick or a treat! Cook a big pan of spaghetti, leave to cool for a moment and then turn into a big bowl. In amongst the pasta hide some ping-pong balls or similar. Three balls will have 'treat' written on them, and the other three will have 'trick' written on them. Each child gets a turn to dig through the 'brains' and pull out a ball. If they choose a trick ball they have to do a forfeit (something silly, like go for a run around the garden, or do a silly impression), but if they pick a treat they get a small prize, such as a small bag of sweets.

We hope you like our ideas for hosting the perfect kids spooky party! Enjoy, and Happy Halloween!


Tips for Running in the Winter Chill October 15 2014

After the hottest September on record, now in mid-October the chilly weather has finally set in. We’re finding it harder to get up in the mornings with the darkness still lingering at 7am and finding ourselves reaching for a woolly jumper to wear in to the office. It can be a very tempting time of year to hang up the gym gear and lie up in front of the fire with a hot chocolate and a film. Forget about the exercise routine for a couple of months and just relax indoors in the heat.

Tempting as it may be, there are too many benefits to ignore when it comes to keeping up your fitness routine through the winter months. You’ll keep your fitness levels high (not to mention your spirits!), improve your immune system and help keep those extra pounds at bay with the coming over-indulgent holiday season.

We’ve put together a post with a few tips for staying motivated, keeping up your routine and staying safe as you continue to run the roads in the darker mornings and evenings.

Wear the right clothes!

With the dark evenings setting in, now is the time to make sure you are wearing the right clothes to ensure you are visible to other runners, cyclists and motorists. Very often we see too many runners out in dark clothing which makes them hard to spot and consequently makes them very vulnerable. Make sure you invest in some high-vis gear such as our Mac in a Sac Active Lite Running Jacket, and you could even add some ankle and wrist straps to make you stand out even more.

Check the Weather

There’s nothing worse than heading out for a run and then getting caught in a downpour you weren’t expecting. The British winter can be extremely treacherous, casting all kinds of precipitation on you when you least expect it. Make sure you check the forecast and if you think the weather is looking too bad, don’t force yourself out the door for the sake of your routine. You could fall and hurt yourself in icy weather and then it could be even longer waiting to get out for your next run. If you insist on making it out in the rain, you will need a breathable waterproof jacket like our Mac in a Sac 2 to make sure you stay dry while keeping you well ventilated on your run.

Bring a Friend or Tell a Friend

You could plan to go running with a friend during the colder months. This will keep spirits high and will mean you have someone to motivate you when you’re not feeling in the mood to exercise. Even if you go running on your own, make sure you tell someone when and where you are running to and when you will be home. Safety first.

Motivation

It might be a good idea to plan your route ahead of your run. This way, you can plan to run a different route than usual to keep things interesting, or you could plan a shorter journey than you normally would run in warmer weather. Just keep telling yourself at least it’s not as long as usual!

Another good idea is to have a little treat waiting for you when you get home. Even if it’s just a cup of tea. Tell yourself you can’t have it unless you go for a run first.


Sneak Peak at our Spring/Summer 2015 Collection! October 02 2014

It's been a pretty crazy time in the Mac in a Sac office over the past few weeks! Remember our blog post on the new Mac in a Sac Neon a few weeks back? This week we've got another exciting preview for you!

Remember our pretty printed Elle Jacket from our Spring/Summer 2014 collection? We're happy to say that it will be returning next season! Samples of our brand new colours and prints have come in and we thought we just couldn't wait until next year for you all to see them! Well...we're just giving you one colour for now. We'll keep you in suspense about the rest.

The new Elle Jacket comes in this fun "dotty blue" polka-dot pattern with a bright fuchsia zip and cuffs.

 

For anyone not familiar with the Elle, it's just like our regular Mac in a Sac 2, but instead of being a unisex fit, this one is made just for the girls. It currently comes in four prints, three floral and one micro-dot. We will be adding this fresh blue polka-dot creation to the line-up in our Sping/Summer 2015 Collection!

Features:

Here's a little more info on the Elle Jacket. Perfect for keeping you dry at festivals, walks in the park or when you're out for a day's shopping.

  • Waterproof, Breathable & Windproof
  • Fully Taped Seams
  • Adjustable Drawcord at Hem
  • 2 Zipped Front Pockets
  • Concealed, Adjustable Hood
  • Comfort Cuff Tabs
  • Packs into Floral Sac with ribbon
  • 2 Year Guarantee

 

 


Our Top 5 Cycling Routes in Northern Ireland September 18 2014

September is a great time of year to get out on your bike and go exploring. It’s not too cold yet, but not as warm as it was in the height of summer. We thought this week would be perfect timing to bring you a blog post on all of the exciting routes you can take in our home country of Northern Ireland. We've been looking at all of Cycle NI's routes and we've chosen our top 5:

    1. Knockchree Cycle Route- Kilkeel, County Down (18 miles)

    A beautiful country route between Kilkeel and the country village of Attical. This route allows you to take in breath-taking views of the Mourne Mountains. This route is a circular route allowing you to begin and end in the same place. This route takes you past beautiful scenery such as the Whitewater River, Cranfield beach, Greencastle, and then up through the country roads to take a better look at the mountains. We highly recommend this route if you are in the area.

     

    2. Giants Causeway to Benone Cycle Route- Ballycastle, County Antrim- County Londonderry (22 miles)

    Another stunning cycle route takes you along the North Coast of Northern Ireland between the legendary Giants Causeway and Benone, passing through Portrush, Portstewart, Coleraine and Castlerock. Quite a lot of this route follows a traffic-free shared use pathway adjacent to the Giants Causeway & Bushmills Heritage Railway line. With beautiful views of the coastline, this comes in at number 2 on our list of top cycle routes in Northern Ireland.

     

    3. White Rock and Mahee Island Cycle Route, County Down (27 Miles)

    This route follows along the western shores of Strangford Lough and Drumlin Country rewards cyclists with some of the finest views of the Lough to be had by bicycle. Castle Espie Wetland Centre and Nendrum monastic site are particular points of interest on this route. Passing through Kilmood and taking time to appreciate the historic St Mary’s Parish Church built in 1820, you can follow the ridge high above Lisbane from where Strangford Lough can be seen off to one side before re-joining the outward route back to Comber.

     

    4. A Country Down Tour, County Down (28 miles)

    This route gives a hilly ride through Drumlin country towards the south end of Lisburn. It takes you past lakes and loughs with great views of the Mourne Mountains, Belfast Hills and the Lagan Valley. This route is hilly for the most part with several short steep hills around Annahilt so it is recommended for experienced cyclists and people who are looking for a fitness challenge. There are also several fast descents on return to the Lagan Towpath so remember to take care.

    5. Castle Archdale Family Cycle, County Fermanagh (6 miles)

    We thought we would finish off our top five with a short 6 mile route that’s perfect for the whole family. The Castle Archdale Family Cycle Route is situated 15km north west of Enniskillen and explores 230 acres of mature forest. Situated on the shores of Lower Lough Erne, this route provides truly beautiful scenery for the whole family to enjoy.

    We hope you enjoyed our run down of our top cycling routes in Northern Ireland. For more information on any of these routes, visit www.cycleni.com. And as always- don't forget your Mac in a Sac! :)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Delivery Options September 04 2014

    One of the worst things about ordering online is wondering when your purchase will be delivered and if it will reach you on time for that holiday or business trip you have planned. Here at Mac in a Sac, we have done everything in our power to make sure that your parcel reaches you in as little time as possible.

    UK Standard Delivery - FREE!

    All of our UK orders are shipped out free of charge- no threshold spend limit to qualify for free shipping here! We use Royal Mail’s First Class delivery system which should have your parcel with you within 1-3 days of posting it. We regularly hear feedback from customers stating their surprise and delight at having their package delivered the very next day for free.

    Expedited Next Day Delivery

    If you are in a hurry to receive your order and need to have it guaranteed for delivery the next day, we have a Next Day Delivery shipping option which comes at a cost of £7.95.

    The added bonus of choosing this option is that you can use your unique tracking number and courier to find out how your order is progressing. Visit our Track Your Express Order page now to see where your expedited order is.

    If you have a question about international delivery, visit our Delivery & Returns page for all the information you need. If you still have unanswered questions, drop us an email at shop@macinasac.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


    Where can I wear my Mac in a Sac? August 21 2014

    What’s the perfect occasion to make sure you have your Mac in a Sac on hand? We have been reading all of your reviews telling us where you have worn your Mac in a Sacs or why you bought them and we must say we have loved reading your feedback! Here are some of the best ones…

    Disney Land

    We heard from one very happy customer telling us they had brought their Mac in a Sac on holiday to Disney Land, Florida! Perfect protection for all of those water rides. Thanks Zoobie69!

    Water Hose War

    One of the more surprising uses for our Mac in a Sacs was revealed in this review from Michael who bought one of our jackets back in April. We're glad you are getting good use out of your purchase!

    A Gift...

    Joshua bought one as a gift for a friend after finding his own so useful on a previous trip across the Scottish Highlands. Impressed with the value for money and the high performance level of the jacket, we're very happy to hear Joshua feels that he can recommend us! 

     

    Whale Watching

    It's always great to hear when our jackets get to do some traveling. In this case, one of our Mac in a Sacs found it's way across to Australia to go whale watching! Thanks for letting us know- we hope you enjoyed your trip!

    A Tour of Ireland

    It's equally exciting to hear that our Mac in a Sacs are being put to good use here at home in Northern Ireland. We loved this review from Graham who has visited the Causeway Coast and the Sperrin Mountains in our jacket.

    We want to say a huge thanks to everyone who has shared their experiences with us on our websites, Amazon and Trustpilot. Keep them coming! It's great to let others know about the sizing, quality and generally what to expect from our products. It also puts a big smile on the faces of all of the team here at Mac in a Sac! :)


    New colours in our Mac in a Sac Strata! August 06 2014

    August has just begun and some of our brand new Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection is starting to arrive with us already! This season, we are introducing two brand new colours in our thermal lined packaway Mac in a Sac Strata. Nautical Blue with a contrasting red zip and Acid Lime with an equally striking blue zip are our fresh new colours for the coming winter season.

    Both of these new colours are available to pre-order now. We are expecting them to arrive with us on the 16th August- not long to wait! Be sure to get your order placed soon to avoid any disappointment.

    We will do a full product review on the features of the Mac in a Sac Strata when the new colours come in, so stay tuned! 


    Mac in a Sac Neon: A Sneak Peak at our 2015 Collection! July 23 2014

    Last week, our team was over at Outdoor Friedrichshafen, one of the largest trade fairs for the outdoor sector in Friedrichshafen, Germany. We were very excited to be unveiling one of our new products for 2015: the Mac in a Sac Neon.

    Mac in a Sac Neon Packaway Jacket - Colour range

    Designed to make you stand out when out doing a spot of late-evening walking (and keep you dry, of course!), the new Mac in a Sac Neon will be available in 4 vibrant neon colours: Pink, Yellow, Blue and Green.

    Mac in a Sac Neon Stand

    As part of our Spring/Summer 2015 Collection, the new Mac in a Sac Neon will be set to hit stores in February/March time next year. We're excited to hear what you all think so be sure to drop us a comment on social media to let us know! :)


    Mac in a sac. Cag in a bag. Jacket in a Packet. Coat in a tote? July 02 2014

    It’s a handy, waterproof, packaway jacket.  But what do you call it? The answer to this question can yield a wide variety of answers!  Listening to our customer feedback and reviews it has been referred to as Pac a Mac or Cag in a Bag, and even Jacket in a Packet and a Coat in a Tote! You are an inventive bunch :-)

    With so many different names, we thought we’d give you a brief breakdown of a few different types of rain jackets. 

    Mackintosh Raincoat

    The Mackintosh or raincoat can trace its roots back to 1823 when Mr. Charles Mackintosh patented the first ‘waterproof fabric’, and started selling this form of raincoats the very next year.  Essentially the Mackintosh was a rubberised or rubber-laminated coat, and despite having early setbacks like smelling bad, stiffness and melting in hot weather, went on to spread all over the UK.

    Anorak Parka

    The terms Anorak and Parka are perhaps used interchangably, but strickly speaking an Anorak is a waterproof, hooded, pull-over jacket without a front-opening. We have the Caribou Inuit to thank for its invention, and they were originally made from Seal Skin, as recently resurrected by Bear Grylls in this Discover Channel Episode of Man Vs Wild Seal Skin Wetsuit!

    Cagoule

    The Cagoule itself has a variety of spellings including cagoule, cagoul, kagoule or kagool.  This term refers to a lightweight, weatherproof and hooded raincoat.  Variants generally include a packaway version with a ½ zip.

    Packaway Mac

    As raincoats have been improved and developed, the lightweight breathable fabrics have allowed for the products to become increasingly versatile.  A small lightweight waterproof packable jacket sounds like a great idea! As our customer feedback shows, these types of products have been referred to as Pac a Mac, Cag in a Bag or even a Mac in a Bag.

    The versatility of these products have meant that they are very well travelled!  Our Customers have told us that they have been used everywhere from the Inca Trail Walk to Disney Land Florida to, well, Bus Stops and Train Spotting!  

    Best Performing Packaway in its Class - Mac in a Sac

    Whether you call it an anorak, mackintosh or cagoule, or perhaps a Pac a Mac, Cag in a Bag or Mac in a Bag - We know that if you have a Mac in a Sac, you have the Best Performing Packaway in its Class.  We offer a lightweight, waterproof, breathable and packaway range of products.  We’ve tested our Mac in a Sac range to 5000mm for waterproofing, and 5000gsm for breathability, and offer a great range of colours to suit everyone!  

     


    Get ready for Summer with 20% OFF! June 20 2014

    The sun is out and the barbeque is burning... yep, it's the beginning of summer! And with that, comes the packing of the suitcase for your big summer get-away.

    This weekend we thought we would give you all a special treat to celebrate. We're offering you 20% OFF our entire range for the whole weekend! Just enter GETREADY20 at the checkout to claim your discount. But hurry- the offer will expire on Monday at 12 midnight.

    Enjoy! And from everyone at Mac in a Sac- have a great holiday!


    Mac in a Sac Classic vs. Mac in a Sac 2... What's the difference? June 19 2014

    Our Mac in a Sac Jacket is one of the most popular products in our range. The Mac in a Sac 2 Packaway Jacket (pictured below) replaced the Classic Mac in a Sac in 2012 and we are often asked about the differences between the two designs and what makes the new version an 'upgrade'. Below we have included two diagrams of the front and back features of the new jacket and what makes it even better than it's predecessor.

    Front features of the Mac in a Sac 2 Packaway Jacket

    The overall fit of the Mac in a Sac 2 is more tailored than the previous design, while still allowing room for another layer underneath. The zip has been reversed, making it more windproof and streamlined. A three piece hood provides the ultimate protection from the wind and rain and easily packs away into the collar when the shower is over. The cuffs have been changed to elastic rather than tabs to provide the perfect fit instantly. There is also reflective branding on the side to make sure you are seen if you are out walking at night.

     

    Back features of the Mac in a Sac 2 Packaway Jacket

    The new Mac in a Sac has the same high level of performance as the old one. It has a waterproof rating of 5000mm and a breathability of 5000gsm. There is a reflective safety strip along the back vent to ensure you will be seen from all angles on dark evenings. This is a notable upgrade as the old Mac in a Sac had no reflective branding or piping at all. We have also included a drawcord at the curved hem. The curved hem will give longer length coverage at the back while the drawcord will allow you to reduce any cold drafts and make the jacket even more windproof.  


    Sizing Guides: Hints & Tips June 05 2014

    There is no doubt that buying online has taken off in a way no one ever could have expected when the internet was first launched. With just a few clicks, you can see the product, read some reviews, buy it and have it delivered right to your door the very next day. What a world we live in, eh?

    But of course, with every silver lining, there is a grey cloud looming. How are you supposed to know which size to buy? Obviously you can’t try it on. And won’t it be really annoying to have to send it back if it doesn’t fit?

    Here at Mac in a Sac we have made a special effort to make sure this doesn’t happen. Our size charts on each product page are a little different to what you might expect. We understand that everyone likes different things- some people prefer a more relaxed fit and others, a more fitted style. Keeping this in mind, we have included the measurements of the actual coat, as opposed to the measurements of the person who will wear it. This means you can measure the coat against one you already have and decide which size will offer the best fit for you with ease. These measurements can be located under the "Size Chart/Guide" tab on each product page. 

    If you need a little extra help deciding which size will suit you best, we have included some sizing guides below which will give a more generic idea of our sizing.

    Women's Sizing Chart 

    Men's Sizing Chart

    Children's Sizing Chart


    The Khaki Poncho: New for Spring/Summer 2014 May 22 2014

    This summer sees the introduction of a new colour in our Poncho. We've designed a poncho for the outdoors-man who enjoys recreational activities such as bird-watching and shooting. When the rain comes on, our new Khaki Poncho is quick and easy to throw on over the top of your clothes and is big enough to keep your backpack and anything else you are carrying underneath dry too. The colour is designed to ensure you remain unseen by the wildlife around you and are able to carry on through the storms.

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    Features

    Including a high level of waterproofing and breathability, snap adjustable side openings to create the perfect fit around you and your backpack, and the fact that it packs conveniently into it's own pocket, the Khaki Poncho has plenty of features to prove why it's the best choice. You can see the full list of features below:

    • Waterproof (5000mm)
    • Breathable (5000gsm)
    • Windproof
    • Fully taped seams
    • Integral, adjustable hood
    • Packs into front pouch pocket
    • Pouch doubles as emergency pillow
    • Snap adjustable side openings
    • Reflective piping
    • Cycle wrist strips

    The Khaki Poncho is already proving to be popular so make sure you don't miss out! :)


    Special Offers and Giveaways to Celebrate the Giro d’Italia in Belfast! May 07 2014

    We’re very proud that Belfast, the home of our Mac in a Sac HQ, is to be the official host to the Giro d’Italia’s Big Start this weekend the 9th-11th May 2014. Local companies are celebrating all over Northern Ireland and we thought it was the perfect event to get involved with.

    About the Giro d’Italia

    The Giro d’Italia is one of the cycling world’s most elite and iconic events. It commands a huge worldwide audience of 775 million people, so naturally we are very excited to be involved with all of the buzz in Belfast surrounding the event. The start of the Giro d’Italia is rarely taken outside Italy but this year, Northern Ireland will host the Grande Partenza or ‘Big Start’ - a four day celebration (kicking off on Thursday night) of elite professional cycling with three competition stages visiting Belfast on Friday, the Causeway Coast on Saturday, and Armagh heading down towards Dublin on Sunday.

    "On 8 May 2014 over 200 elite cyclists and entourage will descend on Northern Ireland in search of glory. Belfast will host a welcome celebration to remember!"

    To give you a good idea of the routes the cyclists will be taking, we've included these three maps so you can see what will be happening each day...

    Day 1

    Day 2

    Day 3

    How we're getting involved...

    To celebrate this exciting event, we're giving away 5 of our Fuchsia Pink Mac in a Sacs! If you would like to enter for your chance to win one, you can do so via the little pop-up entry on our home page, or you can like and share our Facebook post (pictured below) and like our page to double your chances.

     

    We're also offering a 15% discount off our entire range to all of our customers! Just enter 'GIRO15' at the checkout to claim your 15% off. Enjoy! :)

    So have a fantastic weekend, get out there and make the most of the event! We're looking forward to it!


    Product Spotlight: Unisex Travel Coat April 25 2014

    If the Easter holidays have taught us anything, it’s that our lovely British weather can be extremely unpredictable at times. One minute you’re reaching for your sunglasses and the next minute it’s started raining! One way you can stay prepared at all times is to carry around our Mac in a Sac Unisex Travel Coat in your bag. Here’s why it’s perfect for the springtime showers...

    New for our 2014 Spring/Summer Collection, our Unisex Travel Mac in a Sac is full length, meaning your legs will stay as dry as the rest of you when the rain comes on. This coat also packs away into its own pocket eliminating the possibility of losing the bag (you’d be surprised how many phone calls we get from poor souls looking for replacement bags after a windy day on the mountain). When packed away into the pocket, this super lightweight coat is small enough to fit comfortably into any rucksack or handbag.

    Featuring fully taped seams, the Unisex Travel Coat is completely waterproof, windproof and breathable, so you will be kept comfortable while protected from the rain. This coat incorporates a two-way zip designed for added comfort whilst seated and a concealed hood that packs into the collar. Other little details like a removable waist belt and a snap buttoned shoulder covering keep this coat stylish as well as functional.

    If you need a little more info, you can view the full list of features for this coat by clicking here.

    Perfect for hill walking or covering up while out and about in the town or country, the Mac in a Sac Unisex Travel Coat has got you covered.


    What's new for Mac in a Sac in Spring/Summer 2014? April 09 2014

    To our delight, we have managed to make it through the winter to the glorious spring time and we couldn’t be happier to see the temperatures rising. Of course, with the dawning of a new season comes the dawning of a new collection and we are very excited to introduce you all to our newest editions for Spring/Summer 2014.

    Over the next couple of weeks, we will be bringing you blog posts to introduce our new products, and we even have an exciting competition to look forward to! This week, we’re starting with the new colour that has been added to our Mac in a Sac Classic: Caribbean Sea.

    The Mac in a Sac Classic is the centrepiece of our collection. With its 5000mm waterproofing and 5000gsm breathability, fully taped seams and super lightweight ability to pack into a tiny bag that fits comfortably in your rucksack or handbag, its popularity comes as no surprise. The Classic is available in a total of ten colours so you are sure to find something that is right for you that promises to protect you from the unpredictable springtime elements.

    Colours:

    • Caribbean Sea
    • Fern Green
    • Bottle Green
    • Black
    • Navy
    • Orchid
    • Fuchsia
    • Canary Yellow
    • Royal Blue
    • True Red

    In our next Product Spotlight blog post, we'll be discussing a brand new edition to our Collection: the Unisex Travel Coat. Be sure to check it out!


    Mac in a Sac Sponsors TinyLife Operation Lipstick 2014 March 18 2014

    We are delighted to be working with TinyLife, to sponsor their Operation Lipstick 2014 charity event this Saturday (22 March).  Operation Lipstick is a ladies only one day challenge, featuring Orienteering, Archery, Wall Climbing, Raft building and Raft Racing and most importantly lots of fun!  Our good friends over at Life Adventure Company will be organising the events at Castlewellen Forest Park.

     

    Operation Lipstick 2011 Image

     

    The aim of the event is to raise money to support TinyLife's research activities and support for families affected by premature births.  Every day in Northern Ireland 7 babies are born too soon, some will arrive as early as 24 weeks and weigh as little as 1lb!  TinyLife offers practical and emotional support to the parents of premature and sick babies in Northern Ireland. 

     

    It's too late to enter a team for this years event, but you can still go along to support all the competitors!  The winning team will each receive one of our appropriately feminine, Mac in a Sac Elle Jackets.

     

    Operation lipstick 2014

    Date     Saturday 22 March 2014

    Venue   BT31 9BU

     

    We'd like to wish all the competitors a great days fun!  You can keep up to date with all of TinyLife's Charity work on their Facebook page.


    Mac in a Sac at the Malaysian Rainforest Challenge February 12 2014

    A few months ago we were asked to partner up with one of our retailers in Bulgaria, Extreme Sport, to support the Bulgarian team in The International Off-road Challenge of Malaysia - Rainforest Challenge 2013. This is one of the toughest and physically demanding races in the world. The challenge takes place in December which is Malaysia’s rainy season, so the conditions are particularly harsh, raining constantly and making the ground very muddy. Of course, we jumped at the chance to put our products to the ultimate test.

    To give an idea of just how demanding the Challenge is, have a look at the 2013 Trailer of the event below:

    We sent them off to compete in our Mac in a Sac 2 Packaway Jacket and our Mac in a Sac 2 Packaway Overtrousers.

    Beginning on the 30th November and finishing on the 9th December, the team spent a prolonged period of time in extremely wet conditions. The rain, mud and humidity allowed the team to test the true quality of the equipment we had provided as sponsorship.

    During the Challenge, the team tested the products with activities such as hiking through knee-deep mud and crossing fast flowing rivers. We were delighted to hear that our Mac in a Sac Jackets and Overtrousers did not disappoint with their performance. The Bulgarian participants were reportedly “the only riders who remained dry, despite the continuous rain” and upon completion of the challenge, the team praised the quality and durability of the products they had been wearing. They also commented on the breathability of the coats, saying that they managed to maintain the optimum temperature, despite the warm weather.

    A few encouraging words from the team after their rainforest challenge experience: “For maximum protection choose waterproof, breathable and windproof clothing brand Mac in a Sac which stood the test of the Rainforest Challenge 2013.”

    …but don’t just take their word for it! We invite you to test it out and see for yourself.

    Have a look at the photos below to see what the team got up to during their time in the rainforest…


     * A huge thanks to the Bulgarian team for taking so many awesome photos for us! We hope you enjoyed the Challenge. We were absolutely thrilled to be supporting you through the trials of the rainforest.

     


    Final Christmas Delivery dates December 17 2013

    It's that time of the year again and it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Mac in a Sac HQ with the Christmas Tree alight and the tin of Celebrations on the side. If you're a little disorganised this year and you're running late with your shopping- don't panic! There is still time to place an order with us and have it delivered on time for Christmas.

    Our final dispatch date is the 20th December, so be sure to get your order in to us before Friday at 1pm and you'll be sweet.

    Our normal delivery will resume on the 6th January, so please keep this mind if you are placing an order over the holidays and in the new year.

    Last but certainly not least, we just wanted to say a warm word of thanks to all of our customers who have supported us this year. 2013 has been a great year and it would not have been possible without you!

    So have a very Happy Christmas ladies and gents- we will see you in the new year!


    Journey from John O'Groats to Lands End November 01 2013


    Ever fancied taking a bike ride from the most northern point of Scotland to the most southern point of England? These guys have been there and have returned in one piece to tell the story! Chris, Julian and Andy cycled from John O'Groats to Lands End from Thursday 5th to Saturday 14th September 2013. They traveled just short of 1000 miles in 10 days in order to raise money for Help for Heroes. We donated three of our Active Lite Mac in a Sacs to help them along their way and support their cause. The journey is mapped out above to demonstrate the amazing length of the cycle.

    The journey involved cycling around 100 miles each day in very testing weather conditions. Fortunately, through the rain and fog, the men remained highly visible to the other road users in our bright yellow, reflective Active Lite jackets. Thankfully, it didn't rain the entire time and they got to enjoy parts of the journey with some sunshine overhead.

    Despite a few falling-off moments, sore knees, regular doses of pain killers and battling against the elements, all three men returned home safe and sound, very proud of their achievement and having raised a considerable amount of money for charity. You can see some photos of their journey below, and read more about it on their Facebook page: JOGLE H4H 2013.

    Congratulations to Chris, Julian and Andy... fantastic effort!


    Did you spot it? The Fuchsia Polka Dot Poncho on Emmerdale! October 16 2013

    We were pleasantly surprised to see our Mac in a Sac Waterproof Poncho in Fuchsia Polka Dot keeping the cast of Emmerdale dry last night! The girls were keeping their spirits high in the bright poncho despite the teaming rain outside, as they headed off on a hen party. 

    All of our ponchos are waterproof, breathable and windproof so are sure to keep the elements at bay on a rainy autumn day. The ponchos also feature fully taped seams, an integral adjustable hood and cycle wrist straps to keep it all in place while you're on your bike! It has reflective piping too to make sure you are seen by traffic while out in the dark evenings. The best part is that it packs down into it's own front pocket so you can easily carry it with you anywhere, or even use it as a pillow while camping. We also have a 2 year manufacturing guarantee so if anything should happen to your poncho during that time, we will happy send you a replacement!*

    The poncho comes in six different prints/colours, so you are sure to find something to suit you. Whether you are going hiking, camping, to a festival or just out in the town when the rain is coming down, our Mac in a Sac Waterproof Poncho is perfect for you.

    - Lucy

     

     

    *Terms and conditions apply


    Introducing the Mac in a Sac Strata... It's arrived! August 16 2013



    15% Summer Sun Discount! July 11 2013

     

    To make this beautiful weekend even better, we have decided to give our lovely customers a 15% discount on all items purchased from Friday the 12th July. But hurry, the offer expires on Sunday 14th July so you need to be quick! Just enter the discount code SUMMERSUN15 at the checkout.

     

    Enjoy and have a great weekend! 

     

    *All orders will be dispatched from Tuesday 16th July due to the bank holiday weekend.