Every so often I come across a product that I find really useful, different or interesting. SplashMaps are exactly that. These lightweight fabric maps are washable, wearable and durable as well as being aesthetically pleasing. Unlike paper maps they won’t turn to mush if they get wet and whereas laminated maps take up a lot of space these can simply be folded up and carried in a pocket or in your bumbag.
They have a whole host of uses: you can wear them, wipe your nose on them (sacrilege!), clean your bike with them, use them as a table mat – or even use them as a map! Based on Ordnance Survey and Open Street Map data they are accurate and come in a range of scales including 1:25,000 and 1:40,000 making them ideal for navigating. You can even mark up your route and then wash it away when you’re done.
The range currently includes the National Parks of Scotland, England and Wales, some areas in the south of England and some specialist events maps including one for the Bob Graham Round! It is also possible to have one made to order with your chosen area and the title you want.
Novel and quirky they make a great present for trail runners, fell runners, mountain bikers, walkers or anyone who uses or is interested in maps. So if you see me running around the fells with a map on my head, I’ve not gone mad – it’s a SplashMap!