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.


Elle Floral Waterproof Jacket for Women - Product Spotlight April 23 2013

New to Mac in a Sac for 2013 is the Elle Waterproof Jacket - a floral print, ladies only packaway. Featuring our highly capable waterproof, breathable & windproof material, you can be sure of keeping dry in a downpour.

It packs down into its own floral print stuff sac, complete with a feminine ribbon tie (for extra style). This makes it easy to carry around with you, and it won't take up much room in a handbag.

 

Available in both Teal and Lavender Floral in sizes from 8-18. Enjoy Free UK Delivery and a 2 Year Guarantee!

 

 


Easter Deliveries March 28 2013

 Due to the Easter Bank Holidays all orders placed on Friday 29th March - Tuesday 2nd April will not be dispatched until Wednesday 3rd April, when our usual speedy service will resume.

Mac in a Sac HQ is open as normal on Good Friday to answer any calls or emails regarding your order.

We will be closed Easter Monday and Tuesday and will be back in the office on Wednesday 3rd April.

Enjoy the Easter break everyone!

Who Invented the Waterproof Coat? March 25 2013

We've all had the benefit of a sturdy waterproof jacket or coat over the years… But who do we have to thank for this creation?

In the early 1800's, people could only keep themselves dry by wearing oiled fabrics like cotton. They were heavy, water repellent and smelled pretty bad.
 
Charles MacIntoshIn 1823, Scotsman Charles MacIntosh (pictured) was granted a patent on the first 'waterproof' fabric. It was made by squeezing liquid rubber in between two pieces of fabric, then pressing them together.
This first range had it's unique problems though - when the weather heated up, the rubber would become sticky, and when it got cold it became too stiff.
 
The 1839 invention of Vulcanization by Charles Goodyear (of the tyres fame) changed the game. Vulcanized rubber rested temperature changes, and made 'Mackintosh' Coats a perfect rainwear solution.
 
Initially, it had success for horse riders, then became adopted for use in the British Army. More recently, The Mackintosh brand has been resurrected as a luxury raincoat manufacturer, and is hugely popular in Japan.
 
Our Mac in a Sac raincoats are manufactured with Polyester; these fabrics are both fully waterproof and breathable, as well as lightweight. Seam sealing ensures that no rain can seep in though stitching holes. 
 
Thanks Mr Charles MacIntosh for your creativity. We're in your debt.

The Camping Manifesto March 01 2013

 

Via Inspired Camping


Valentine? 10% off for Everybody February 14 2013

 

Enter the code: VALENTINE13 today for a lil' love.

For one day, you're either:

a.) Expecting a rose filled evening with luscious chocolates from the man / woman of your dreams.

b.) Trying to avoid all sightings of the colour red and staying away from restaurant windows.

Whatever your plan, we'll have you covered when it starts to rain on the way home...


15% Discount at Mac in a Sac this Weekend February 01 2013

 

Limited time offer

Ok, so for a lot of us, the skies might not be blue this weekend... To make things better, you can buy anything from the Mac in a Sac store this weekend (1st - 3rd February 2013) with 15% OFF and free UK delivery!

Enjoy.

Hiking Etiquette February 01 2013

 

Do these

  • Stop every now and again - enjoy where you are
  • Explore new trails. Go on a path you haven't been on before
  • Take photos. Share them when you get home
  • Say hello to people you meet
  • Carry a first aid pack & survival bag
  • Respect the mountains

Don't do these

  • Leave rubbish or food scraps
  • Spend all your time listing to music, or on your phone!
  • Go to the toilet near camp, or a water supply.
 

Christmas Delivery Dates December 14 2012

It's starting to feel like Christmas at Mac in a Sac HQ - Chris Rea on the Radio and a couple of tins of sweets to hand… Dangerous.

Thanks for all your orders this year, and for the great feedback. If you're looking to get a Mac in time for Christmas, you better get a move on! The lovely people at Royal Mail will be picking up the last items from us on the 17th December.



PLUS, we've extended our return policy to 45 days, for all orders placed up to the 17th. That way you can be sure that there's no problem returning items if you're buying gifts.

Delivery will resume again on the 7th January.

Have a great Christmas & enjoy the weather, whatever it brings!


Outdoor Gift Ideas Roundup November 28 2012

When it comes to gift ideas for Christmas, you can be forgiven for getting a little overwhelmed at the choice available. The outdoor-lover in your household is a tricky one to buy for... 

We've taken the  hard work out of it for you with this handy compilation of gift ideas, sourced from the world's best outdoor gear blogs. To see more ideas from each of these sites, just click on the image.

We also compiled a handy Pinterest board as a little bonus too, so be sure to check that out.

1. GSI Personal Java Press - Via Gear Patrol


This two part coffee press won't take up too much space in your bag. Or stocking?
Tweet Gear Patrol's Blog here:  

2. Telepen - Via Gearweare


Super-handy little pen that's bound to come in handy.
Tweet Gear We Are's Reviews here:  

3. Climate Changer™ Dog Fleece - Via The GearCaster



Kit out your dog this christmas with a layer of warm fleece!
Tweet The Gear Caster's Gift Ideas Here:  

4. Oru Folding Kayak - Via Gear Patrol



Stores in a backpack? Amazing.
Tweet Gear Patrol's Blog here:  

5. Polar Bottle Ergo - Via Gear Guide



Keeps your drinking fluids chilled. No need to put any more plastic bottles in landfill either.
Tweet Gear Guide’s Blog here:  

6. The Wave Cave - Via Gear Patrol



Aside from the awesome name of this product, its very clever too. A tent that stores into a surf bag - this works for our next roadtrip.
Tweet Gear Patrol's Blog here:  

7. Tickcard - Via Gearweare



Designed for use on animals and humans, this credit-card tick removal could prevent Lyme Disease...
Tweet Gear We Are's Reviews here:  

8. Poc Fornix Helmet - Via The Gear Caster



With a background in mountain biking, POC have have put together this rather tasty looking and lightweight (420g) snow helmet. 
Tweet The Gear Caster's Gift Ideas Here:  

9. Heart Part - Via Cool Hunting


 

Spotted earlier in the year, this biodegradable eating utensil is perfect for camping. Comes in a pack of 10.
Tweet Cool Hunting's Gift Idea Here:  

10. Victorinox Sneakers Knife (we found this one)



The classic Victorinox Swiss Army Knife. Now in this limited edition version!


How to Pack a "Mac in a Sac" into its Bag November 21 2012

Ever wondered how our Mac in a Sac Jackets get back into that little sac?

Here's a handy video and step by step guide to make it easy!


  1. Place the jacket zip down on a table
  2. Fold the arms in, so they make an 'x' shape
  3. Fold the jacket vertically, to create a long strip of material
  4. Taking hold of the collar, fold once horizontally
  5. Roll up the jacket, starting from the collar.
  6. Slide into the sac, twisting the rolled jacket as you go.

Welcome to Mac in a Sac! November 07 2012

A very big hello from the Mac in a Sac team! We're really happy with our new site, and we're looking forward to your feedback and comments. The new site not only looks amazing, but it performs really well. It loads quickly, is clutter-free, and focuses on our strengths - great products and happy customers.

Here's a brief overview of what we've put together:

  • Mac in a Sac products only
  • Clear navigation options
  • Quick & easy checkout, with the option of Paypal
  • Transparency - It's easy to see our customer reviews
  • Detailed product images with zoom