Heinnie Haynes Staff Picks – Olly
Our guest this month is Olly, who is Heinnie Haynes’ Assistant Manager, and, like his colleagues, has been here longer than he can remember (which is probably six or seven years, if he could find the right app to look at and figure it out.).
You’ll have met Olly if you’ve needed to contact our email support team, where he works alongside Richard, Nick and Linda to process your queries. He loves the daily challenges thrown up by your queries, and uses the questions which you ask to pick apart our processes, and work to improve them. Much of Olly’s work is un-seen (no, that’s not code for being a slacker), working to keep heinnie.com operational, and constantly improved. He works with our delivery partners to make sure that your parcels reach you, and if things go wrong, he’ll be sure that he finds out what happened, and how to make sure that it won’t happen again.
Like all the HH team, Olly takes pride in our Trustpilot rating:
We take pride in our 5* rating, and read every review. We are particularly pleased to read about happy outcomes to our customers’ orders.
When Olly’s not busy in the Heinnie warehouse and office complex, he’s likely to be found outside, somewhere, whether running his local Scout group, or out on a long walk somewhere in the beautiful countryside of South Wales.
One of the hazards of working at Heinnie Haynes is that we see so much lovely kit every day. Our blog editor asked Olly to choose _just_ ten items that he uses regularly, so when he came back with a list of “35 essential items”, the editor sighed, and settled down to do some actual editing. Here’s the “absolute essential” list:
A classic design and a lovely thing to use. Yes he also has an MSR WindBurner, http://www.heinnie.com/msr-windboiler-stove-system , but you can’t beat the fun you have with setting up a Trangia, and using the strap as a headband.
It must be written into the contracts that all HH staff must buy a Fallkniven F1…or something. This variant is the left-handed version – same knife, but with a left-handed sheath. It has a little stud perfectly placed for your left thumb to press on.
Kelly Kettle Trekker
Another stove in the top ten? Yes, because it’s so effective at what it does. Olly just about always packs one of these, unless he’s on his silly new bicylce – he says that there aren’t many places that you can go and _not_ find fuel. Our local beaches are covered in driftwood, for instance, which makes a lovely blue flame.
A long-term Petzl user, Olly tells me that these lamps keep getting better each year. the current range, the Reactik is almost spookily clever in the way that it adjusts its output – low for close work, bright for distance, all without touching the lamp. There’s bluetooth too, but that might be a gadget too far.
Nitecore Intellicharge i2
Olly’s been waiting for a while for a decent charger that charges AA and 18650 batteries, and here it is – the Nitecore Intellicharge i2. It works splendidly, and whizzes through the batts, gets them ready to store in your…
Storacell battery case
A well engineered solution to the hassle of having batteries rattling around your bag. The batteries slot into place with a pleasing click, and feel solid when this pack is full.
MSR Hubba Hubba NX
This is a wonderful tent. It’s a super-quick pitch, semi-geodesic design. It can be pitched outer-first, but it’s easier to click the separate groundsheet into the poles, which gives it structure, then put up the inner, with the fly stretched over the top. This tent shrugs off the rain, or vents well in the sun. A real winner.
Oakley Flak Jacket 2.0
Everybody needs a decent pair of sunnies, and the Oakley Flak Jacket XL 2’s are the evolution of Olly’s favourites. The XL size means that the lenses are tallerthan the standard Flak Jackets, giving good shading low down, and blocking wind when crusing along on the bicycle. They look good, too.
These wateproof cases for phones are superb. They’re made extremely well and feel incredibly rugged. On the couple of occasions that Olly has needed his, it’s saved his phone from a dunking. A well-made investment.
Another hazard of working at Heinnie Haynes is that you tend be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing an EDC knife. Perviously, Olly made do with an old, but trusty Victorinox, but that’s gradually made way for the Spyderco UK Penknife, which is hand to have around the warehouse for opening boxes. He hesitates to say that he has a “rotatation” of knives (that would imply that he was turning into some kind of knife collector), but Olly has been seen with other EDC’s on a fairly regular basis. The CRKT Journeyer being the most recent example…