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Title: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Hedgetrimmer on 18:11:48, 05/09/16
Today I did buy an Osprey Daylite 13l day pack to replace my old Berghaus pack which is a bit big and heavy, and looking decidedly tatty.
Also, a Leki trekking pole; decided to give it a shot again, as my knee isn't getting any better.
And, replaced a couple of my OS maps of the Lake District, as the old ones are getting a bit faded around the creases.
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Post by: ninthace on 18:15:54, 05/09/16
OL9 OL28 OS Explorer sheets 109, 113,114,127. Anyone spot an underlying theme?
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Post by: sussamb on 18:28:24, 05/09/16
New compass, see here

http://www.walkingforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=33182.msg477248;topicseen#msg477248

and a fleece  O0
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Post by: adalard on 19:08:33, 05/09/16
A humble pack of socks... Mainly because my brother and his girlfriend were treating themselves to some very nice-looking walking boots at Blacks yesterday afternoon and I was feeling left out.   ;D


(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14224919_10154458439868834_1835954736821868218_n.jpg?oh=588c01dac39e8cb1b1596bddc8788ce4&oe=5839C3CD)
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Post by: Ridge on 19:20:14, 05/09/16
OS181 and OS182.
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Post by: maximurph on 19:45:48, 05/09/16
Just picked up a freebie boot bag from screwfix with a voucher that was posted through the door.
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Post by: Sarah Pitht on 21:20:47, 05/09/16
Not really gear - compeed...

The other half just got a Garmin Montana handheld gps.
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Post by: sussamb on 22:29:21, 05/09/16
Hardly seems fair  ;D
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Post by: Jac on 22:52:47, 05/09/16
New tent - not a superduper lightweight backpacking tent :( - just a bog standard eurohike dome for use on campsites as my old one has started to rip after 16 yrs.
It's green >:( the old one was blue :) I like blue :D green is sort of military >:(
But it was cheap ;D
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Post by: Sarah Pitht on 22:55:33, 05/09/16
Hardly seems fair  ;D

S'oright - I'll hold his blisters hostage unless he lets me have a go 😱😃😈
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Post by: Downdale on 23:08:41, 05/09/16
Last bit of kit I bought was a Montane Minimus hybrid jacket, well made, looks spiffing and hopefully lasts years.
Next on the hit list is a Gortex baseball cap and the Super Terra strides then I'll leave my poor piggy bank alone... ::)
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Post by: Tomo on 09:17:54, 06/09/16
Another set of Alpkit Carbonlite trekking poles. I got a set for my birthday back in May but my girlfriend immediately 'borrowed' one and I never saw it again! Bought another set as they are fantastic bits of kit :)
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Post by: jea_p on 09:59:44, 06/09/16
Insect repellent, which I have yet to use despite there being plenty of insects around.
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Post by: youradvocate on 16:34:31, 06/09/16
I bought a Thermarest NeoAir inflatable mattress earlier this year. Its main drwback is that its not self inflating, it takes me about 40 puffs which wears me out. Thermarest seels a battery powered pump but I settled for their low-tech answer. Its a yellow plastic bag with a hole in the end which fits over the open valve. All I have to do is roll up the bag and squeeze the air into the mattress. I inflated it at the weekend with just 4 goes. Its a good idea, no moving parts, no batteries and the bag weighs next to nothing. When not in use I can use it in my rucksack for storage.
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Post by: DevonDave on 17:06:19, 06/09/16
I've just been into my local Mountain Warehouse and made use of a 10% discount code that I was given back in June and bought a pair of their own brand waterproof overtrousers.  The cheapest ones they had were £25.99 but for £29.99 I was able to get a much more expensive pair that had been reduced.  If you buy anything else at the same time it is half price, so I bought some waterproofing treatment and also a water bottle that my wife wanted.  After discount the whole lot came to about £35, which I was quite happy with.
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Post by: Owen on 20:27:16, 06/09/16
Not very exciting, a new spoon.
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Post by: snakehips on 20:33:22, 06/09/16
A suunto ambit 3 peak I absolutely love it  O0 O0
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Post by: Strider on 20:56:35, 06/09/16
A midge net.  Could have done with it last weekend!
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Post by: Sloth on 22:00:41, 06/09/16
Mini line locks for my power lizard.
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Post by: Mel on 22:08:27, 06/09/16
Antihistamines and bite cream  :-[
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Post by: Ridge on 08:25:51, 07/09/16
Antihistamines and bite cream  :-[
Having a good time in Scotland Mel?
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Post by: jimbob on 13:35:25, 07/09/16
Merrell Moab ventilators, to be broken in via canal paths, road walking and general use in readiness for next years Camino Frances.
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Post by: sussamb on 14:33:49, 07/09/16
Won't take much breaking in, wore mine straight out of the box without issue  O0
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Post by: jimbob on 14:42:34, 07/09/16
Sussamb I've read some of your stuff. You are geet hard! I am not surprised you did'nt need to break in the shoes. ;)
I am in awe of the stuff you have done.  :)

By the way the gps stuff you sent me for the pennine way was fantastic. I give public thanks. O0

Have you done the CaminoFrances or is there too much road walking for you?

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Post by: sussamb on 14:53:17, 07/09/16
Nah never walked it. As you said, too much road walking  ;)

Glad the GPX route proved useful  O0
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Post by: Sam85 on 15:00:17, 07/09/16
Montane Featherlite Down Jacket.


I've been toying with the idea of an insulated jacket for about a year but couldn't find one that seemed to fit my shape quite right, went into Go Outdoors at the weekend and saw it was on sale, hadn't even spotted the jacket before for some reason. Fits me perfect and was on sale so got a bit of money off, was obviously just meant to be!
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Post by: Hedgetrimmer on 17:41:40, 07/09/16
Won't take much breaking in, wore mine straight out of the box without issue  O0


Agree. I'm on my 2nd pair, comfortable from the start.
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Post by: jimbob on 18:44:26, 07/09/16
Just been out for just over 4 miles around the town in the new Merrells. Sussamb & Hedgetrimmer are correct they seem to be well fitting from the word go.
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Post by: forgotmyoldpassword on 18:50:56, 07/09/16
Montane Featherlite Down Jacket.


I've been toying with the idea of an insulated jacket for about a year but couldn't find one that seemed to fit my shape quite right, went into Go Outdoors at the weekend and saw it was on sale, hadn't even spotted the jacket before for some reason. Fits me perfect and was on sale so got a bit of money off, was obviously just meant to be!


Pretty much everyone looks like they've just been heavily eating for several days wearing those, even if you are stick thin, I wouldn't worry about it.
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Post by: sunnydale on 19:51:36, 07/09/16
A new map  :D
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Post by: pauldawes on 14:22:23, 08/09/16
Honestly can't remember...and this from a guy that was becoming a borderline kit-aholic last year.


No...a memory dredge has supplied the answer. One quid gel protector for my big toe. (I usually slip one over my big toes when going on long walks when breaking in new boots or when going on longer walks.) About 3 months ago.


Or if repairs count...5 quid to stitch a jacket I ripped getting over a stile. About 6 weeks ago.


But I'll succumb to some proper spending soon...am getting a bit "restive". Goodness knows why...for walking I do nowadays got 3 times as much kit as I need.
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Post by: barewirewalker on 14:46:01, 08/09/16
Pack of A4 paper to print the map for my next walk. Next will probably be these d""" ink cartidges.
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Post by: Dyffryn Ardudwy on 16:28:09, 08/09/16
New Camelbak water pipe and bight valve.
Over the year's my favourite Camalbak system, has got very dirty, and no amount of cleaning will remove the residue half way through the pipe.
A new one was purchased last week, and arrived Tuesday morning.
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Post by: Glyno on 19:07:50, 08/09/16
I bought a stock of flapjack from Holland & Barrett. I usually make it but couldn't be bothered.
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Post by: Thedogsmother on 18:09:40, 09/09/16
Well today I was looking for a very light single person cookset and ended up with the Vango hard adonised cookset. It hardly weighs anything, isn't very big and didn't break the bank so I'm happy. I also bought the Osprey Talon 44 rucksack so am just spreading out my hiking kit on the lounge floor, stripping it down to essentials only and practising packing it.
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Post by: youradvocate on 18:13:57, 09/09/16
The best moment of a hike, packing and repacking my rucksack!
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Post by: youradvocate on 18:22:50, 09/09/16
What I would like to purchase if it exists is a very lightweight fold up clothes dryer that will snap-fit to my rucksack to 'peg' my washed clothes to for quicker drying as I walk. Any ideas please?

Plus I would like to buy a passport sized 'purse' to hang around my neck designed with a properly shaped flat strap about a half inch wide. I can see ones with string (like Lifeventure) but I find this type of purse uncomfortable to wear.
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Post by: Thedogsmother on 20:00:53, 09/09/16
The best moment of a hike, packing and repacking my rucksack!
Definitely. The planning and perusing maps is a lot of fun. Not sure I've seen anything like you clothes dryer contraption but its a good idea. You should invent it!
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Post by: youradvocate on 09:34:12, 10/09/16
I wish I could invent one but I do not have the talent to think it through.
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Post by: Downdale on 17:14:52, 10/09/16
What I would like to purchase if it exists is a very lightweight fold up clothes dryer that will snap-fit to my rucksack to 'peg' my washed clothes to for quicker drying as I walk. Any ideas please?

Plus I would like to buy a passport sized 'purse' to hang around my neck designed with a properly shaped flat strap about a half inch wide. I can see ones with string (like Lifeventure) but I find this type of purse uncomfortable to wear.
Wire coat hanger!  ;) :)
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Post by: PeakRambler on 15:58:51, 12/09/16
I've been a bit naughty,  two new items, a genuine Tilly hat and a Columbia Mens PFG Henry's Fork V Vest

Very impressed with both when out in the sun while at Monsal Head on Sunday.
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Post by: Jon71 on 16:03:39, 12/09/16
Some zinc oxide tape lol to stop the blisters forming from new boots (just starting hiking? :) and it works great!
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Post by: robrymond on 02:39:16, 13/09/16
I bought these: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Karrimor-Toledo-Weathertite-Hiking-Shoes/dp/B010AD36N4 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Karrimor-Toledo-Weathertite-Hiking-Shoes/dp/B010AD36N4) from Tog24 at Trentham Gardens, which cost £55. I can see they are cheaper on Amazon but only in Size 12 and the small sizes and I'm Size 11 (which Amazon don't even stock).


I can't actually find this particular boot for sale anywhere else. They feel so comfy and lightweight compared to my old ones (450g). I can even drive in them which is a bonus!
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Post by: DalesWalesLakesandPeaks on 15:12:48, 29/09/16
Sealskinz socks, arrived today from SportPursuit, £17.99.


They're £32 in Cotswold.


Perfect preparation for autumn in Snowdonia.


 ;D 8)
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Post by: sussamb on 18:00:33, 29/09/16
New compass  O0

My current one is at least 30 years old  :D
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Post by: Tomo on 07:06:35, 30/09/16
A new titanium cooking pot- Alpkit Mytipot 900 - £29.99

https://www.alpkit.com/products/mytipot
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Post by: Dyffryn Ardudwy on 11:49:55, 30/09/16
In the local branch of "The Range" in Bangor, they are selling Regatta fleece lined thermal tops, for an amazing £5.99.
Annoyingly, most of the best sizes have already gone,resulting in most of the tops being XL or XXL.
Thankfully i did locate a L, and the quality is amazing, and even though it has not got the right name on the front, for £6, i do not really care.
What Berghaus,The North Face or similar manufacturer would charge for similar kit, i do not know, but £6 was an out and out steal.
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Post by: ChasingViews on 12:43:10, 30/09/16
My latest piece of kit is a Vango Contour 50+10.
Purchased to replace my old tired rucksack.
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Post by: Bhod on 13:53:23, 01/10/16
3 x baselayer tops, a new goretex jacket and a new beanie hat, 50% off everything too, bargain !
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Post by: youradvocate on 14:12:53, 01/10/16
At least you have the ability to make a decision. I have been planning to buy a couple of baselayers for about a week now and still can't make up my mind. So much choice out there!
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Post by: Bhod on 15:25:21, 01/10/16
Believe me it was helped by the 50% off reductions, 1 x Rab, 1 x Mountain Equipment and 1 x Norrona.  Rab and Mountain Equipment I already have and like, the Norrona is an unkown entity to me will have to see how it performs out on the hills in the near future.
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Post by: Owen on 19:01:02, 01/10/16
Starting to prepare for another Arctic trip, in winter this time, so along with some new maps, new skis, ski boots, bindings and new salopettes. Not to mention flights, trains, accommodation on route, food and fuel. etc, etc.
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Post by: phil1960 on 13:07:26, 02/10/16
It was my birthday yesterday and as a surprise my kids clubbed together and bought me a GoPro  :)
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Post by: Bhod on 19:45:08, 02/10/16
Another visit to LD Mountain Centre today saw me buying some walking poles, a couple of boil in the bag meals, a couple of dry bags and a new titanium spork.  The bank balance and the wife are really happy that I resisted the urge to buy another goretex jacket, another backpack and another hat :).
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Post by: jontea on 19:56:25, 02/10/16
Alt-Berg Mallerstang boots  ;)
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Post by: fernman on 20:08:33, 02/10/16
The bank balance and the wife are really happy that I resisted the urge to buy another goretex jacket, another backpack and another hat :) .
LOL, I've got one like that!
"What? Another rucksack? What have you bought another one for? What's wrong with the last one you bought? How many have you got now?"
And on, and on, and on....

Daren't tell her I've just bought another new pair of walking trousers. Fortunately she was out when the postman delivered them  ;)
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Post by: TonyJ on 20:46:39, 02/10/16
Altberg Tethera boots. Looking forward to using them.  O0
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Post by: - Dave - on 13:29:31, 03/10/16
Last thing I bought was woolly hat
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Post by: Innominate Man on 23:59:40, 03/10/16
LOL, I've got one like that!
"What? Another rucksack? What have you bought another one for? What's wrong with the last one you bought? How many have you got now?"


Aha, not just me then !
Due to space and the fact that some haven't been used for some time I have been putting a few rucksacks on fleabay recently. My fourth is up for sale at the moment ..... And getting to the point of the question of this post:- my latest piece of kit was a Osprey rucksack, which I was bitterly disappointed  with and after a bit of soul searching I decided to sell (having held on to it for too long since purchase I couldn't return it).
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Post by: BuzyG on 19:53:47, 05/10/16
Just ordered a head torch, now the nights are drawing in.


https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01CEI5N3E?ref_=ams_ad_dp_asin_1


Should arrive tomorrow. :)
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Post by: Tribble on 22:02:47, 05/10/16
Berghaus Fellmaster GTX walking boots.

These boots used to be branded "brasher", but now taken over(?) by berghaus.

Very good quality - with proviso about laces, see above.
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Post by: Bhod on 22:25:56, 05/10/16
Survive Outdoors Longer emergency bivvy, lighter than a light thing and will opefully just sit in the bottom of my bag never to see the light of day ;).
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Post by: BuzyG on 23:27:33, 05/10/16
Survive Outdoors Longer emergency bivvy, lighter than a light thing and will opefully just sit in the bottom of my bag never to see the light of day ;) .


I've been carrying one around for 8 months.  Assuming it is actually in there,  it's a great piece of kit, because you do just forget you are carrying the thing. It's so small and light weight. O0
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Post by: Jon71 on 12:54:25, 07/10/16
Berghaus Privatale 2 fleece jacket (without the hood) in the black carbon which is very nice and got at a discount which is even nicer :)
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Post by: NANT on 13:38:17, 13/10/16
Just bought some Scarpa Marmolada boots, very comfortable and for a bargain price!!


Look forward to breaking them in and attacking the Berwyn Mountains this winter!



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Post by: Bhod on 14:22:41, 13/10/16
Called in to the Montane Outlet Shop in Ashington for a looksee, managed to resist the fleeces and waterproofs but did leave with a new beanie hat, 2 new hoodys (slight 2nd's £10 each) and a new Polestar 2.0 down jacket for the bargain basement price of £40, well pleased.  Just a word of advice, don't go there expecting larger sizes, most of the stuff for sale are  salesperson samples therefore around the medium/large size, some bargains to be had though.
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Post by: Jon71 on 21:49:10, 13/10/16
Called in to the Montane Outlet Shop in Ashington for a looksee, managed to resist the fleeces and waterproofs but did leave with a new beanie hat, 2 new hoodys (slight 2nd's £10 each) and a new Polestar 2.0 down jacket for the bargain basement price of £40, well pleased.  Just a word of advice, don't go there expecting larger sizes, most of the stuff for sale are  salesperson samples therefore around the medium/large size, some bargains to be had though.

Is that Ashington, Northumberland? If so that's near me 😊
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Post by: Bhod on 22:43:28, 13/10/16
Is that Ashington, Northumberland? If so that's near me 😊
It is indeed and a mere 20 mins up the road from me :D
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Post by: Islandplodder on 09:35:14, 14/10/16
Could I ask why you were bitterly disappointed with you Osprey rucksack Innominate man?  A new rucksack is high on my wish-list just now and I was thinking of an Osprey to replace a Lowe Alpine airzone one, which though it's perfectly ok and very comfortable, is quite heavy.  On my last LDP I think the rucksack comprised nearly a third of the weight I was carrying, which seemed stupid.

On another note I totted up my wish list last night, and it might be a while before I get it.  Plenty time to do some research!
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Post by: sussamb on 10:53:25, 14/10/16
Funnily enough I too have a Lowe Alpine air zone, 35l, which I chose in preference to an Osprey, for the simple reason it felt more comfortable and fitted me better than the equivalent Osprey.  Had it for a few years now, done 3  LDPs with it and still find it excellent.  We're all built differently and to me fit/comfort is more important than weight.
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Post by: tonyjoe on 11:40:13, 14/10/16
Montane Minimus Grand Tour jacket for spring, summer months to replace my Packlite. So far so good. Got it with £60 off so fairly pleased
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Post by: Dyffryn Ardudwy on 11:55:50, 14/10/16
Used my new Regatta long sleeved fleece styled thermal top yesterday, going up Snowdon.
Very warm and comfortable, and with a lightweight waterproof top, it was more than adequate for a rather chilly ascent of Snowdon.
£5.99 is all it cost, and it performed magnificently.

You can pay significantly more, if you must have that all important right logo on your clothing, but if the garment is fit for purpose, and is well made, why pay more.

Spend the money you saved, on a higher quality waterproof.
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Post by: Innominate Man on 14:14:00, 14/10/16
Could I ask why you were bitterly disappointed with you Osprey rucksack Innominate man?  A new rucksack is high on my wish-list just now and I was thinking of an Osprey to replace a Lowe Alpine air zone one ....
I'm sure my reasons wouldn't apply to other people but for what it's worth here goes;
It was their Mutant 38, which I could use for climbing (dry & winter as well as general walking). My problem was that I'd only seen it in the flesh in black colour and it seemed reasonable enough. The info on the net gave a list of features as long as your arm and it was available in a lime green colour which I fancied the look of. Nobody had one in a shop to look at (other than the black version) so after trawling for a good price I measured my back and bought a M size lime green one.
It came and as I was removing it from the packaging it was clear that it was indeed very light. Maybe easier at this stage to just list my niggles;
I wasn't impressed with the side compression straps that zig-zagged up the sides. It seemed like pulling up shoe laces to tighten them - you had to pull each section rather than one tug for the whole length.
When you placed anything inside it was visible from the outside e.g. I put some gear in dry bags and stuffed them in the sack and when you looked from the outside you could make out the logos of the dry bags. I know it is probably technical material but it just seemed so flimsy.
I was initially impressed with the ice axe attachment system but in the centre of the pack is a vinyl device (pattern) that acts as abrasion protection - again it seemed flimsy and I didn't have confidence that it would last long and given the thin sack material I had visions of the whole thing wearing through.
Added to which this lack of robustness didn't fill me with confidence as far as attaching my crampons to the outside and with no obvious location for them (i.e.no point of reinforcement to protect the material).
There were several other points which were less problematic but on top of these points left me feeling it was a lot of money for something that didn't seem as 'fit for purpose' as what I already had.
To make matters worse - by chance I came across a Deuter 35+ guide in a shop and inspecting that left me thinking I made the wrong choice. In almost every respect it had +ve points where the Osprey was 'iffy'.
I know this was all my own fault but some of the bad aspects weren't as obvious with the black coloured rucksack and only apparent with the lime green one.
And that is it really (I do have more to say on the matter but this post is long enough and I don't want to bore everyone rigid) and these are the highlights. They may sound incidental as written up but when you have the bag in front of you and you start loading your gear into it there is this feeling of  -  why did I pay that money for this ??

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Post by: domtheone on 14:23:27, 14/10/16

Interesting thoughts. O0    Tis a very nice looking backpack though.   I considered one for winter stuff a while back


(http://www.joggen-online.de/sportartikel/sport/Osprey/Osprey-Mutant-38-Rucksack-von-Osprey-71905517.jpg)





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Post by: Islandplodder on 14:43:07, 14/10/16
I do take your point about whether anything so light is really going to last long enough to justify the outlay.
It's a bigger one I am looking for, round the 50-55 litres, a friend has just bought one for a long trek, perhaps I'll wait til she comes back with it and see how well it survived.  And I'll find one in a shop and carry it round with lots of stuff in it to make sure it's as comfortable as the Lowe Alpine one before taking the plunge.
I am always very impressed with people who do LDPs with a 35 litre rucksack Sussamb.  I seem to be better at paring down weight than bulk.  There's never room for lunch and the fleece I take off when it's warm when I try to get it all into a smaller pack.  I always need my 45 litres worth.  Perhaps I should invest in some of those compression sacs.

Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: sussamb on 15:06:30, 14/10/16
I am always very impressed with people who do LDPs with a 35 litre rucksack Sussamb.

Should perhaps add I mainly b&b so most I carry in the way of camping gear is a tarp as a 'just in case' item and the occasional wild camp. Any more and I'd need more than 35l  ;)
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Post by: Downdale on 15:27:46, 14/10/16
I've gone and bought a pair of Adidas Terrex fast R GTX boots, I have been eyeing them for a while because I want a second lightweight pair for summer/spring/autumn.
I also pulled the trigger on the Montane black ice 2 hybrid down jacket, it was seriously reduced in a sale and I couldn't resist, I'll probably use it more for bimbling about town in than taking it out walking.

I wonder if there's ten step program for gear addiction?
 :-[
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Post by: Islandplodder on 15:28:52, 14/10/16
I b&b too.  I must be just a bad packer.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Dyffryn Ardudwy on 18:02:53, 14/10/16
Ive found that it pays to buy the best sac you can afford, and ive still got a Berghaus Dart 45L sac in my wardrobe, a bit discoloured, but should outlast me.

Its a bit discoloured, but was made out of bulletproof materials all those years ago, and before i moved up to North Wales several years ago, it was in regular use.
Nothing has failed on it over the years, even the zips are in fine fettle.
Granted it may have been manufactured close on thirty years ago, but the manufacturing quality was magnificent.

The choice of ruc sacs today, is probably just as extensive as it was back in the 1980s, but one does not buy a sac every few years, its a bit of kit that can last the owner a considerable time.

Just make sure you buy a sac of the correct size, with 50-55 Litres a great combination for a good allround day sac, or something that can be used for longer journies.

Within reason, set your budget to purchase the best sac you can sensibly afford, you will certainly not regret buying quality decades later.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Glyno on 18:50:06, 14/10/16

Just make sure you buy a sac of the correct size, with 50-55 Litres a great combination for a good allround day sac



jeezus... I could survive for a month on the contents of a 55 ltr sack!
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Andies on 18:58:34, 14/10/16

jeezus... I could survive for a month on the contents of a 55 ltr sack!

Been OK with a now ancient Berghaus Freeflow 20l day pack for very many years. Seems almost indestructible. Not sure I would want to use a 55l pact even if half empty as a day pack, but each to their own  :)
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Dyffryn Ardudwy on 19:01:37, 14/10/16
I certainly agree, but i find that my Dart 45L would be too small to carry a weeks full of gear, if i was tackling a Long Distance trail.
I wonder what the ideal size would be for most forum members.

My 45L sac is a good size, but i know ive got enough kit that could swallow that capacity with little trouble.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 19:11:51, 14/10/16
My Deuter Guide 35+ 8 is more than adequate to carry everything I need on day trips and would probably suffice for an extended trip of perhaps a week but I've never had need to put it to that test.  OK so it's not the lightest of packs out there but for me the robustness, design and comfort far outweigh the only negative I can think of.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Andies on 19:19:04, 14/10/16
To be honest 20l isn't really enough at times for a day pack but then Mrs A has a bigger 28l pack  ;D
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Islandplodder on 19:24:30, 14/10/16
If there was an ideal size of pack some of us wouldn't own so many!
The ideal pack is just slightly bigger, or possibly smaller, than any of those in the cupboard.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Cairncamper on 19:25:56, 14/10/16
I'm always interested in how peoples pack size varies.


I'd be interested to know what equipment everyone takes, and what foods, for a day hike,  a couple of day's, and a weeks wild camping?
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 22:34:28, 14/10/16
Deuter Guide 35+

Essentials carried (most) every trip -

2L Hydration bladder
SOL Emergency Bivvy
First Aid Kit
Head Torch
Spare pair of socks
Spare Baselayer
Sealskinz gloves
Beanie hat
Small pack towel
Map, Compass, GPS
T-27 Trangia
MSR Mugmate coffee filter
KFS
Titanium Mug
Food, coffee, snacks etc

Depending on weather forecast -

If raining or rain forecast then I will either carry or wear my ME Goretex Jkt and Trousers

If no rain forecast then I will probably carry my lightweight Montane Pertex Jkt and trousers

Also how cold the temperature is going to be and the range of activity decides whether I carry or wear my microlight down jacket or Extreme smock.

The above is not an exhaustive list by any means and things do get swopped in or out but it gives you a general idea of what I would carry for a full day/weekend on the hills.


Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 00:40:45, 30/10/16
Couldn't resist another trip to the Montane Outlet today, left with two pairs of gloves, another beanie hat, a Spitfire One Jacket and a Flux jacket, I really must stop buying jackets  :-\
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: ljmeerkat75 on 08:11:32, 30/10/16
I have a Berghaus 25L for a day out i can even squeeze in my winter gear in it but if i am taking a helmet it goes on the outside and the rope under the hood but i have just bought a Vango Boulder 45L which fits all my climbing gear inside including my rope etc much better another recent buys are a Petzl Tikka my cheapy headtorch wasn't cutting it on a few dark descents recently and some Rab guide gloves for the coming winter
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: youradvocate on 15:07:55, 30/10/16
Bought a pair of gloves at Millets, £10.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Dyffryn Ardudwy on 17:58:56, 30/10/16
OS Map 449, showing the area of the extreme top of the  Scottish highlands i visited a few weeks ago.
Looking towards Ben Hope, the most northerly Monroe, made me make up my mind to do the entire North Coast 500 in a year or two.
Stunning scenery, that only the sheer height of the Scottish Highlands can offer, and the peace and solitude of travelling in hellish remote countryside.

Must make sure my AA cover is up to date, before i travel, as the Kyle of Tongue is not the place for a puncture.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Glyno on 18:02:25, 30/10/16

Must make sure my AA cover is up to date, before i travel, as the Kyle of Tongue is not the place for a puncture.



nor is it the place for a phone signal  ::)
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: ninthace on 18:07:01, 30/10/16
Best learn to change a wheel then  :)
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: bricam2096 on 18:13:25, 30/10/16
Best learn to change a wheel then  :)

He'll just talk into the valve. All the hot air that comes out of him will have his motor looking like an American monster truck in minutes  :D
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: fernman on 19:46:41, 30/10/16
Just had a fleece balaclava delivered, £3.42 + 60p postage on Amazon - maybe I should have posted it on the Bargain thread, lol.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009NETUBY/ref=pe_385721_37986871_TE_item (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009NETUBY/ref=pe_385721_37986871_TE_item)
 
Pull it down the back of my head and it's a neck warmer, or I can fold it up to make a slightly bulky hat. It's better than in the illustration that shows cords to tighten around the face coming out at cheek level, because on my one they are near the chin.
It is better quality than one I had before from eBay, that was absolute rubbish. I bought the new one on the basis of two reviewers saying it was windproof; time will tell if they were right.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: fernman on 20:05:05, 30/10/16
I'm always interested in how peoples pack size varies.

I'd be interested to know what equipment everyone takes, and what foods, for a day hike,  a couple of day's, and a weeks wild camping?

Well, it looks like some of you are going to die laughing when I say I use a 35L day sack and a 75L backpack!

Day: waterproofs, insulated jacket (nearly all of my walks are between  autumn and late spring), fleece hat, sun hat, 2 sandwiches, chocolate, 2 cans of fizzy pop, dslr camera, spare batteries for it, and occasionally a macro lens.
Muliple-day:see https://snowdoniabackpacking.wordpress.com/gear-list/ (https://snowdoniabackpacking.wordpress.com/gear-list/)
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: alewife on 21:56:47, 30/10/16
Well, it looks like some of you are going to die laughing when I say I use a 35L day sack and a 75L backpack!

Day: waterproofs, insulated jacket (nearly all of my walks are between  autumn and late spring), fleece hat, sun hat, 2 sandwiches, chocolate, 2 cans of fizzy pop, dslr camera, spare batteries for it, and occasionally a macro lens.
Muliple-day:see https://snowdoniabackpacking.wordpress.com/gear-list/ (https://snowdoniabackpacking.wordpress.com/gear-list/)

Perhaps we should start another thread for this, I bet loads of peeps would be interested, I'd certainly find it useful O0



I can't remember what I last bought but I do have a short shopping list so will report back.

I did buy some zimbubuluba (sp?) 'Walking'trousers but since they are cotton and quite baggy I don't think they'd be suitable for walking really. Fun though, I just wear them about at home.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Mel on 22:06:10, 30/10/16
Last walking related thing I bought was 2 nights in a B&B for £70  O0
 
Prior to that it was a cheap pay as you go smartphone with GPS ... for sole use as a GPS  :)
 
 
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: fernman on 22:35:02, 30/10/16
@ alewife
Agreed re. a separate thread, I was thinking the same myself.
And agreed re. the cotton trousers not being suitable for outdoors. Cotton soaks up moisture easily, makes you cold once it gets wet, and it doesn't dry easily. When I was looking for new hiking trousers this year I was rather shocked to find that although the UK's probable biggest outdoors gear supplier had the largest selection, the majority of these were cotton. Irresponsible, in my opinion.

@ Mel
As I'm thinking of asking for a replacment for my Fred Flintstone flip phone for Christmas but can't decide which make and model, do you mind me asking which was the cheap pay as you go smartphone with gps you bought?
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Mel on 22:42:04, 30/10/16
It was this one fernman
 
http://www.tesco.com/direct/tesco-mobile-alcatel-pixi-4-6-volcano-black/707-1709.prd?skuId=707-1709&pageLevel=sku&icid=spiffy_alcatel_707-1709_alcatel (http://www.tesco.com/direct/tesco-mobile-alcatel-pixi-4-6-volcano-black/707-1709.prd?skuId=707-1709&pageLevel=sku&icid=spiffy_alcatel_707-1709_alcatel)
 
I didn't pay that price for it though  :-\
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: RubberSoul on 13:24:40, 31/10/16
Got a pair of bins this week end Bushnells 10x25 and got a tenner off the price too. Awesome little things. Perfect for what I need and waterproof and lightweight too. Wish I bough a pair sooner.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Zizag on 21:30:27, 05/11/16
Decided to treat myself to a New lightweight tent

Its a Helium Force 10 .   ;)

One man tent approx  1.3kg. :o

  Nice and light for future Camping and Hiking .
Zizag O0
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: jontea on 08:19:18, 06/11/16
Kahtoola Microspikes £20 arrived this week. Plus as we're heading into winter season, just replaced my two head torch battries adding spares as well, came to about £12. O0

I have some plans  :D
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: kinkyboots on 09:08:25, 06/11/16
Kahtoola Microspikes £20 arrived this week.

At that price where ever you got them from ought to be in the bargain thread.  ;)
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: maximurph on 09:31:01, 06/11/16
Kinkyboots thanks for your post on the inov8 Roclites just what I was looking for its saved me a good few quid :-*
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: jontea on 10:05:02, 06/11/16
At that price where ever you got them from ought to be in the bargain thread.  ;)

http://www.icegripper.co.uk/kahtoola-microspikes.html

 O0
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: jimbob on 15:17:12, 06/11/16
A pack of the Ulvang merino Hiking socks as per Kinkyboots on the Bargains thread.Just couldn't resist the chance of a needed item at a bargain price. I do seem to get through my liner socks.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: youradvocate on 22:17:21, 06/11/16
I've just bought myself a very lightweight SeatoSummit 10L washing bowel from Ebay, I saved about £6 on the Cotswold Outdoors price. It comes in a tiny little container and there's a diagram how to fold it up small again. I just cannot work out the sequence of moves to make it small again. My wife looks after a friends 8 year old daughter for two hours after school on Monday. If I offer her a fiver I'm sure she will work it out and teach me.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: bricam2096 on 23:43:51, 06/11/16
I've just bought myself a very lightweight SeatoSummit 10L washing bowel from Ebay, I saved about £6 on the Cotswold Outdoors price. It comes in a tiny little container and there's a diagram how to fold it up small again. I just cannot work out the sequence of moves to make it small again. My wife looks after a friends 8 year old daughter for two hours after school on Monday. If I offer her a fiver I'm sure she will work it out and teach me.

If it's the "kitchen sink", the video in the link below might help you  O0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVsF9-C0xr0
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Deolman on 06:38:42, 07/11/16
Pair of Alt-Berg leather boots and Paramo gaiters paid for by the bank after receiving PPI compensation.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: youradvocate on 10:43:34, 07/11/16
Well done, make the bar***ds pay! I've just bought a thin pair of Astexryx gloves. I just use them as inners for my mittens.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: youradvocate on 20:27:04, 07/11/16
My wife's friends 8 year old daughter came to stay for a couple of hours today. I asked her if she could work out how to refold my 10L bowel and put it back into its little container. I had tried and tried but could not work it out at all. She did it in two minutes! She then taught me how to do it.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Owen on 20:53:50, 07/11/16
Is it one with a spring wire ring around the top?
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: bricam2096 on 20:57:12, 07/11/16
My wife's friends 8 year old daughter came to stay for a couple of hours today. I asked her if she could work out how to refold my 10L bowel and put it back into its little container. I had tried and tried but could not work it out at all. She did it in two minutes! She then taught me how to do it.

did you see the video that I linked to after your earlier post about it?
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Percy on 07:31:32, 08/11/16
I asked her if she could work out how to refold my 10L bowel and put it back into its little container.
:o

Sounds painful.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: youradvocate on 16:06:01, 08/11/16
Sorry missed the video. Just watched it, all so easy, but I couldn't work it out from the diagram provided.

My next purchase will be a foldable shower! £10 I think from Cotswold Camping.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: BuzyG on 17:13:17, 09/11/16
Picked up one of these for £30.00 In Truro.  Stock clearance. 


http://www.regatta.com/blackfell-rucksack-35-litres-0-14.html


Tried it out on my 16  miles romp out to Cranmere pool last Saturday.  Delighted with it.   O0
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Forkbeard on 20:04:35, 09/11/16
Two pairs of Grisport boots (Peak lander and Crusader), Paramo Fuero smock and a Berghaus half zip fleece. Just need the chance to get out and use some of it now!
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: woggle on 15:33:46, 10/11/16
My latest purchase as a new hand carved shephards Crook as I live and walk in woodland areas.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: gunwharfman on 20:52:43, 10/11/16
My latest purchase is a new glass screen for my smartphone. Dropped it on tarmac and it did not bounce! Cheapest price I could see on line was £65, have just paid £45 to a local phone shop.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: gunwharfman on 10:07:34, 19/11/16
I had a pair of cheap black Thinsulate gloves (£5 at purchase) which were ideal if the weather was chilly but not cold, but I lost them recently. They were at their best first thing in the morning when it was cold to coldish and I needed to pack my tent and other gear into my rucksack. They left enough warmth and feeling in my fingers to complete the packing task without having to keep warming my hands every few minutes. They were also very good when I wore them inside my Montane mittens. The mittens were also a poor buy, my hands stay cold when I use them by themselves.

I decided to buy a new pair of thin gloves but this time decided to go upmarket and bought a pair of Arc'teryx gloves at £20. They looked like my old gloves and the material felt the same as well.

It was chilly and a bit windy on the downs yesterday so I put them on and the wind just blew right through them! Useless! They only worked when I put my mittens on as well.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Forkbeard on 10:31:24, 19/11/16
I had a pair of cheap black Thinsulate gloves (£5 at purchase) which were ideal if the weather was chilly but not cold, but I lost them recently. They were at their best first thing in the morning when it was cold to coldish and I needed to pack my tent and other gear into my rucksack. They left enough warmth and feeling in my fingers to complete the packing task without having to keep warming my hands every few minutes. They were also very good when I wore them inside my Montane mittens. The mittens were also a poor buy, my hands stay cold when I use them by themselves.

I decided to buy a new pair of thin gloves but this time decided to go upmarket and bought a pair of Arc'teryx gloves at £20. They looked like my old gloves and the material felt the same as well.

It was chilly and a bit windy on the downs yesterday so I put them on and the wind just blew right through them! Useless! They only worked when I put my mittens on as well.

I had the same problem with a pair of Seal Skinz. Absolute crap. I would've been better of going to B&M and buying a £3 pair of whatever.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: BuzyG on 20:58:40, 19/11/16
I had the same problem with a pair of Seal Skinz. Absolute crap. I would've been better of going to B&M and buying a £3 pair of whatever.


I have a few pairs of general purpose work & gardening gloves.  Completely waterproof warm and I can even operate my Camera.  Cost £3 at any good hardware store or garden centre.  I have had a few disparaging looks.  But they just work great for me.   O0
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: wobblyknees on 21:08:51, 19/11/16
Agree Seal Skinz are absolute crap and not cheap. One of my worst buys.

I find that the cheap (£5 - £10) Aldi / Lidl skiing gloves are one of the warmest and great value. Warm, waterproof but virtually nil breathability. I also have a pair of Lowe Alpine mittens that are very warm.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: bricam2096 on 10:14:55, 20/11/16
Must admit to going a bit OTT in the last couple of weeks taking advantage of special offers but I like to put a few quid away every week until this time of year when the prices seem lower....hopefully.

So, this week I've bought...
a new wintery waterproof jacket (Paramo Alta 3)
jetboil flash
triangia 25/2 cooking set
3 litre berghaus hydration system
Hiluckey 10000mAh Dual USB Solar Panel Portable Battery Charger
Laser Competition 2 tent (only £200 new  O0 )

Looking forward to 2017 walking/camping very much  O0 O0
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 19:11:32, 20/11/16
Technically not for walking but telling time with  ;) but will hopefully be my "go to" watch when out and about on the hills, I pulled the trigger on a Suunto Core All Black.  Was going to leave it as a Chrimbo pressie but this one came up at the right price so I bagged it while I had the chance.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: PeakRambler on 19:23:58, 21/11/16
I have SealSkinz Winter Gloves, and I've found them to be brilliant.

But.

I'm a great believer that walking kit, can be very individual due to our differences, and I see no reason why gloves should be different, after all, our hands will be different shapes and will fit gloves differently to other folk.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: PeakRambler on 19:29:39, 21/11/16
My latest purchase is a pair of RAB PowerStretch Gloves, to supplement a pair in my rucksack, which at the moment I cannot access due to our house being turned upside down while I'm temporarily disabled....

They're not a full winter glove, just windproof, but the gripability of them is brilliant, and great for using a camera.

http://rab.equipment/uk/power-stretch-grip-glove

They kept my hands warm while sightseeing on Sunday last at the junction of the Pennine Way and Snake Pass.

(Photos to be posted in appropriate thread)
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: gunwharfman on 19:34:50, 21/11/16
I've been looking for a strap lanyard to carry my Pebbell Pendant alarm and my perhaps my phone when I hike? Couldn't find one anywhere, I tried Staples, etc but no luck so popped into Carphone Warehouse and asked. The young lady who served me said they do not sell them but she had 'hundreds' in the back room, so she gave me one for free! A wonderful human being!
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Innominate Man on 00:05:42, 22/11/16
......The young lady who served me ......... gave me one for free! .....
It's amazing what words/phrases stand out when you are in a facetious mood   :D
I wonder if that applies at all of their outlets ?
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Ridge on 09:36:44, 22/11/16
It's amazing what words/phrases stand out when you are in a facetious mood   :D
Or 'always' as it is usually known.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: adalard on 09:53:18, 22/11/16
My latest purchase is a Petzl head torch.


In all the time I've been walking, I've only had recourse to a head torch once around 2 or 3 years ago. That was walking down a lane at the end of a day in the Howgills and more to let motorists know in advance we were at the side of the road than to see where we were going.


So my old torch sat in my bag year in year out and I could never be sure how much life was left in the battery or spare. I decided one I could charge up as part of my pre-walking routine would be a safer bet as I would always know it was fully powered-up when I set off in the winter months. Haven't had to use it yet but I'm pleased with it after testing it out at home.



Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Innominate Man on 13:03:01, 22/11/16
Or 'always' as it is usually known.


 ;D   ;D   ;D  ...... O0
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: mananddog on 14:20:19, 22/11/16
Sealskins Sea Leopard gloves - very cosy!
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: jimbob on 17:02:43, 22/11/16
 Pair of Sorbothane Sorbo Pro footbeds as per Slogger's recommendation in the sorbothane insole thread.

Also a pair of Salomon X-Trail shoes to replace the Merrel Moab Ventilators I bought a few weeks ago. I just cannot get them to be comfortable and so passed them on to my son who has smaller feet than me. The Salomon's have orthotic insoles and I have just been out today for a quick 5 miler in the mountain crags of Lincolnshire ( ;D ) ,they are very comfortable.

 I got them fitted in LD Mountain Centre in Newcastle when I was up home at the weekend. Overall I found the make to be small fitting and ended up with 12s. I normally take an 11 in boots to allow for extra pairs of socks and foot swellage (is this a word?) over a long day walking, but in order to do that had to go up to 12 in Salomons. The footbeds are ultra comfortable so will stick with the manufacturer's as supplied.

Also I noticed they had a superfeet footbed /insole maker in the shop. You shove your foot in a machine and they make a superfeet insole on the spot to fit your feet. Didn't use it, but if Slogger's recommendation doesn't work out I know where I am going to go for my next lot of footbeds.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Saethwr on 17:49:51, 22/11/16
I just bought a pair of Salomon Quest 4D II GTX Hiking Boots.  Was able to get a 20% discount so the price wasn't too bad.  I'm hoping to do a few 5-10 mile walks this weekend.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Lolly on 18:59:22, 22/11/16
Today I bought a beanie hat and my first pair of poles - both Christmas presents from my parents  :)
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Innominate Man on 23:35:21, 22/11/16
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Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 00:06:27, 23/11/16
I just bought a pair of Salomon Quest 4D II GTX Hiking Boots.  Was able to get a 20% discount so the price wasn't too bad.  I'm hoping to do a few 5-10 mile walks this weekend.

Excellent choice of boot, may I ask where the 20% discount was and is ut still available?
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Saethwr on 00:36:06, 23/11/16
Bhod - I bought them at REI in the US.  They have annual sales where you an get one item for 20% off.  My plan is to use them on the Pennine Way the summer of 2017.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 06:41:51, 23/11/16
Ahh thank you, bit too far to go even for a 20% discount :D.  Hope you are as pleased with your boots as I have been with mine.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: mananddog on 08:17:50, 23/11/16
I just bought a pair of Salomon Quest 4D II GTX Hiking Boots.  Was able to get a 20% discount so the price wasn't too bad.  I'm hoping to do a few 5-10 mile walks this weekend.

I hope they have improved. I bought a air a few years ago - took them to a wet week in the lakes and they did not so much as leak as have the property of a pair of cheap sandals - they went back the day /I got home.

Mind you I am/was an Altberg convert, my last pair are completely shot and still waterproof, the replacement which have done about 1500 miles look new but are leaking. Altberg do not seem to want to know.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: jimbob on 18:43:44, 25/11/16
Walking up and down Steep Hill in Lincoln today popped into Blacks as their Black Friday sale caught my eye. I walked out with a pair of Peter Storm Ramble zip offs for £15.00 which I do not really need but they were the bargain of the day.

 Sales like this are designed to catch mugs like me, and today it worked for them.

P.S. For those who don't know, Steep Hill is actually very steep indeed it has a 14% gradient.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: gunwharfman on 20:05:21, 25/11/16
Re: Salomon Quest boots. I too bought a pair a while back for a good price. I'm still nervous about them but so far they are waterproof. They are however supremely comfortable!

Bought a very nice pouch for my mobile yesterday, needed one because I dropped my last phone and the screen shattered.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Cairncamper on 21:50:10, 25/11/16
Re: Salomon Quest boots. I too bought a pair a while back for a good price. I'm still nervous about them but so far they are waterproof. They are however supremely comfortable!

Bought a very nice pouch for my mobile yesterday, needed one because I dropped my last phone and the screen shattered.


What phone do you have?


You can get tempered glass screen protectors which are much cheaper to replace than your phones screen.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: jimbob on 12:33:08, 27/11/16
Daggnabbit!! In Lidl to get some bacon & mushrooms for brekkies when I spotted the latest gear today. Bought a long-sleeve thermal top for £3.99. Supposedly wicking and pong resistant, we'll see.

I have some of their merino base layers which I like so thought well why not?


Must stop buying things NOW.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Dyffryn Ardudwy on 16:46:15, 27/11/16
Salomon GoreTex cross trail shoes for £39 in Bettws Y Coed.
It was surplus stock held over from last year, and up for grabs in their sale this afternoon.
As you could imagine, the stock did not last long, and only the very large sizes above size 11 hung around.

I bought a pair for a friend for xmas, and saved nearly £60 over the latest model.

Just goes to show the extreme mark up in pricing.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 14:39:35, 02/12/16
A Camelbak Arete 18 with Antidote bladder from this post -

A bargain for anyone looking for a bladder.


A 2 Litre Cambelbak Antidote bladder AND a 16 litre day pack, for £20!!!!!


https://www.sportsshoes.com/product/cam17/camelbak-arete-18-backpack/ (https://www.sportsshoes.com/product/cam17/camelbak-arete-18-backpack/)
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: - Dave - on 16:45:57, 02/12/16
Just bought some seam sealer for my new Scarp 1 :)
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Penygadair on 17:18:24, 02/12/16
Excellent choice of boot, may I ask where the 20% discount was and is ut still available?


Got 30% off in Milletts on Wednesday.  [size=78%] Same boots.[/size]
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Cairncamper on 18:09:19, 02/12/16
A Camelbak Arete 18 with Antidote bladder from this post -


 O0



I read a review for the Arete 18 on Amazon, that said it came with a previous generation of the Antidote bladder, that doesn't have the Quicklink system.


Maybe that's why they're so cheap.


Be interesting to find out if you get the older bladder or the latest one, and if having a bladder without the Quicklink system bothers you?


I still think it's a bargain though for the price.


EDIT


It does say you get the Quicklink System Antidote bladder in the description.  O0
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: NeilC on 18:42:11, 02/12/16
Dexshell Beanie, given to me as a present. Seems pretty good, windproof and waterproof. Almost no membrane rustle.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Lolly on 19:00:59, 02/12/16
A pair of Rab Trek gaiters  ;)
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: GRAHAM G on 18:36:12, 05/12/16
This weekend I have not incurred unreasonable costs. I have made shrewd long term investments. That's how I have packaged the purchase of new winter boots (Mammut GTX), Rab Accent 900 sleeping bag, G10 Grivel crampons and a "T" rated ice axe also Grivel.
Have to confess Mrs G has not, as yet, responded.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Owen on 20:55:09, 05/12/16
I must confess to splashing out on yet another rucksack, a second-hand ULA CDT (it's American) very lightweight. Some new socks and some gaiters to fit my trail running shoes.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Innominate Man on 23:53:33, 05/12/16
This weekend I have not incurred unreasonable costs. I have made shrewd long term investments. That's how I have packaged the purchase of new winter boots (Mammut GTX), Rab Accent 900 sleeping bag, G10 Grivel crampons and a "T" rated ice axe also Grivel.
Have to confess Mrs G has not, as yet, responded.
Oh dear,  I think she probably will ......  :knuppel2:   What did 'The Stranglers' say (sing) ..." He got an ice pick, that made his ears burn "
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Firefly55 on 08:49:42, 06/12/16
Scarpa Delta GTX.  O0 O0 O0
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 21:42:37, 18/12/16
Montane Prism gloves and what an absolute brilliant choice, very lightweight, very very warm amd very comfortable, looking forward to the weather getting colder so I can really put them to the test.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: gary m on 22:14:19, 20/12/16
Marmot expedition mitts and a lovely bit of kit
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: pdstsp on 17:48:15, 21/12/16
Montane Sabretooth jacket - really chuffed with this.  Only used twice in anger so far - a claggy day on Coniston fells and a clear chilly day on Seat Sandal, both with just this and a couple of thin baselayers and felt perfect.  I get very hot and incredibly sweaty  - this jacket seems to be very good at not making me boil over!  Recommended.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: KimE on 22:23:58, 29/12/16
A HaglŲfs Nejd 65l and some material to build a toboggan/pulk.

http://www.haglofs.com/se/en/Backpacks-and-Bags/NEJD-65/p/338032.2XV
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: pmerryman on 11:01:46, 31/12/16
Just treated myself to a new waterproof with some Christmas money.  Rab Spark purchased from Go Outdoors for £110
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: nesty on 23:43:17, 31/12/16
At Christmas I added a Paramo Helki to my collection.
I already have a Paramo Cascada which is good for usual walking days. Though wanted a more shorter jacket which I could wear with backpack etc in case I go further up levels.
Quite nice I have to say!   
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: FOX160 on 05:39:12, 04/01/17
Tarptent Motrail which as reduced my pack weight by 880grams
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Mel on 17:45:16, 05/02/17
I've just bought an Osprey Tempest 20 Daypack  (http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/walking/equipment/rucksacks/mfr/871/attr/volume-l/20)brand new from GO for £37  8)
 
I'm really rather chuffed with that  :) 
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: DevonDave on 16:55:02, 06/02/17
Just ordered a Gamma II head torch from Alpkit.  Seems to be good value at £21.00.  The only slight disadvantage is that it doesn't take rechargeable batteries but I don't think that will be a problem.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: craven50 on 17:43:56, 07/02/17
Just ordered a Gamma II head torch from Alpkit.  Seems to be good value at £21.00.  The only slight disadvantage is that it doesn't take rechargeable batteries but I don't think that will be a problem.

Alpkit state that they don't recommend rechargable batteries. Not that they don't work. They do. I have two Alpkit head torches including the Gamma II. Have no problem with using rechargables for over 2 years. Rechargable batteries are usually if not always are lower in voltage than the normal battery so will not blow the LEDs.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: DevonDave on 19:09:35, 07/02/17
Thanks for that craven50.  I shan't be using it that often, so I think I shall just use normal batteries and keep a set of spares, but it's useful to know that I can use rechargeables if I need to.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: SplanK on 14:00:26, 11/02/17
Just bought:

Anker 10,000mah battery pack + USB C cable
Quechua Escape 20 backpack

On the look out for a good scarf/face mask/neckwarmer combo!
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: pmerryman on 14:04:54, 11/02/17
Just bought:

Anker 10,000mah battery pack + USB C cable
Quechua Escape 20 backpack

On the look out for a good scarf/face mask/neckwarmer combo!


Take a look at the Buff range.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: SplanK on 17:24:04, 11/02/17

Take a look at the Buff range.


Thanks,
Finished work earlier than expecting and nipped to go outdoors where I picked up a buff polar! 
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: pmerryman on 17:27:21, 11/02/17
They are a great bit of kit for the money.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 17:30:30, 12/02/17
Trying very hard not to buy a Suunto Ambit 3 Peak, need some new walking boots first!
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Murphy on 18:57:22, 12/02/17
Such a grey day today, so took the opportunity to bob up the M6 to Whalley Warm and Dry to buy some new properly fitted walking shoes as my other pairs have seen better days (or so I told myself!).........as a change from my boots.   Bought a couple of other bits and bobs including a new buff...
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: pmerryman on 18:59:05, 12/02/17
I'll be doing exactly the same come my birthday. New pair of boots are needed. (Altbergs)
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Murphy on 19:05:17, 12/02/17
It's a great place - always get fixed up there - Suppose it depends where you are based, but not too far for me so wouldn't go anywhere else for boots.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: pmerryman on 19:09:27, 12/02/17
I'm about 40mins away in Oldham. Do you need to book a slot for fitting?
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Murphy on 20:19:04, 12/02/17
You don't have to book but it might be best depending on when you go.  I've been numerous times over the years. Sometimes seen straight away, other times had to wait.  Closed on Mondays. 
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: pmerryman on 20:26:37, 12/02/17
Cheers. I think I'll make an appointment then.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: MudMagnet on 12:43:45, 14/02/17
Alpkit Ordos 2 winging its way to me as I type this.  Looking forward to getting it out and testing it during March.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 08:11:16, 15/02/17
Trying very hard not to buy a Suunto Ambit 3 Peak

After a long, hard, valiant battle I must report a failure  ::)   Next up a new pair of boots.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: fat goat on 10:16:53, 15/02/17
Last month I got myself a new pair of Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX Men's Hiking Boots - they were a birthday gift as well as necessity as I kept falling over in my Hi-Tec Men's Eurotrek Waterproof Hiking Boots. I've still not worn them  :-\  But hopefully they'll get an airing this weekend with a Ramblers' trip to Arnside - although exactly where we're going is beyond me  :D
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 11:56:46, 15/02/17
Ok so not exactly a "kit" purchase but have just booked a place on a supported West to East crossing (traditional) Lyke Wake Walk in April.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Islandplodder on 16:28:09, 15/02/17

Pair of Paramo velez trousers.
Got £50 towards them by recycling the old pair which were falling to bits, between thorns, fences and tripping
over a couple of times, once on that endless (and stony) road to Garrigill off Cross Fell.
Even more satisfying, the new ones are a size smaller!
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: - Dave - on 10:31:15, 16/02/17
Just bought a Rab Infinity 300 from their factory shop
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: sussamb on 11:19:59, 16/02/17
Not strictly a purchase but an Aquapac for my phone FOC from Aquapac to help support my Pennine Way walk when I'm also trying to raise money for our SAR Team


https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Penninewayat65
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: jimbob on 21:59:57, 16/02/17
Well, having purchased some Salomon x-ultras not too long ago I have given up on them as walking shoes for me. They are extremely comfortable around the house and for short walks but after about six miles my feet seem to be in a vice across the wide part of my foot across the toes and  my toes are jamming up against each other. So not too good for long distances. Went into a couple of specialist shops in Lincoln today and ended up (again) in Blacks where their trained fitter had me on the measure and after heaping praise on my Salomons then showed me the problem, he actually put the sole of the Salomans over the sole of another make and they were visually narrower. So I purchased some North face Hedgehogs Fastpack GTX. This has got to be my last purchase this year. (Merrels, no more given away, Salomons , keep for going down the street.) I still use my North Face Boots and have to say they are the most comfortable pair of footwear I have ever owned, just fancied some shoes for the Camino., since it is mainly on hard track and road.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 11:53:01, 18/02/17
New boots bought, plumped for some old favourites, a pair of Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX and also thought I'd try a  pair of Mammut Mercury Advanced High II GTX.  It's been an expensive month :(
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: ninthace on 15:08:31, 18/02/17
Just bought Mrs Ninthace some gaiters of her very own, my cast off Peter Storms were not cutting the mustard for her any more! Surprised that none of the Rab, Berghaus or Montane gaiters on offer in Go had zips. Good job we took her boots to try them on with as only the Berghaus GTX had hooks that could cope with the laces on her Altbergs. The hook on the Rab Latoks was way too narrow to engage the lace (as well as being the wrong way up for ease of attachment/detachment IMHO). The hook on the Montanes was attached by a flimsy looking strap and was a struggle to hook onto her laces. We considered the Trekmates which had a decent hook and a zip but recent reviews of them have not been great. The Higear gaiters were a non starter in terms of quality and durability.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: sussamb on 15:38:12, 18/02/17
The hook on the Rab Latoks .... (as well as being the wrong way up for ease of attachment/detachment IMHO).

I have these and you're quite right, I'm used to them now but they are a bit of a pain to get on, not sure why Rab do them that way  :-\
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Glyno on 16:17:56, 18/02/17
...not sure why Rab do them that way  :-\


the 'upside-down' type hooks tend to stay in place better. Easiest way is to attach the hook under the lace before doing anything else, then fasten the front of the gaiter as normal.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: sussamb on 16:26:57, 18/02/17
Yep, that's how I do them but still a tad more difficult than my others that have the hook 'the right way around'.  Get your point about staying in place better though, my Rabs have never 'unhooked' themselves  O0
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: gunwharfman on 16:34:37, 18/02/17
My latest walking kit purchase actually became a non-purchase! I was going to buy a Lowe Alpine warm hat (goes over the ears) in a Cotswold shop today, its the one with a short peak rather than the longer one, as on the Paramo version. I tried it on, looked in the mirror and thought that my face looked like a football with a nose poking out! I glanced to my left, there was a mum nearby looking the other way but her little 4-5yr old daughter was standing there laughing at me! I didn't buy it. I'll carry on looking at other brands before I decide for sure.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: ninthace on 18:02:55, 18/02/17
Yep, that's how I do them but still a tad more difficult than my others that have the hook 'the right way around'.  Get your point about staying in place better though, my Rabs have never 'unhooked' themselves  O0


My own Rab gaiters have hooks the "right" way up. Never had any trouble with them unhooking either. I was very surprised that I could not get the circular section bootlace through the hook aperture. Had I succeeded there is an interior lip to prevent the lace coming out again. Must be a real faff to get the gaiters off again and thoroughly unpleasant if you have been through a lot of mud.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: fat goat on 13:23:23, 21/02/17
Last month I got myself a new pair of Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX Men's Hiking Boots - they were a birthday gift as well as necessity as I kept falling over in my Hi-Tec Men's Eurotrek Waterproof Hiking Boots. I've still not worn them  :-\  But hopefully they'll get an airing this weekend with a Ramblers' trip to Arnside


And an airing is what they got :) And these were without doubt the least uncomfortable thing that I have ever had on my feet. A great bit of intuitive buying on my behalf  ;D

Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: DK on 14:16:29, 21/02/17

And an airing is what they got :) And these were without doubt the least uncomfortable thing that I have ever had on my feet. A great bit of intuitive buying on my behalf  ;D

Carry a pair of waterproof socks in your kit, as comforatable as they are they are not the best at the waterproof part of their description  ::)
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Sarah Pitht on 08:36:18, 22/02/17
i just purchased myself easy access to the Langdale Pikes etc - a weekend break in Great Langdale at the NDG in May!
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 09:59:05, 22/02/17
New boots bought, plumped for some old favourites, a pair of Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX and also thought I'd try a  pair of Mammut Mercury Advanced High II GTX.  It's been an expensive month :(

I thought My Salomon Quests have always been comfortable straight out of the box and now I've found something equally as comfortable in the Mammuts.  Have worn them around the house for a couple of hours and was quite impressed, 4 hours into my working day and they are still as comfortable as when I put them on first thing this morning.  They'll do a fair bit of up and down stairs today and also about 6 miles or so of walking, so will just have to see how comforatble they are at the end of the day, but on first impressions  they are feeling good.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: SplanK on 13:40:24, 22/02/17
Well, I didnt expect to be making a purchase today!  Alt-berg Malham boots and new socks..

Now all I need to do is them and the credit card bill from the wife  :D ;D
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: DK on 18:52:53, 22/02/17
Today's purchase was a new Ruffwear harness for ma dawg, complete with grab handle for lifting up rocks and over stiles  ;D
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: DevonDave on 12:58:29, 23/02/17
For many years I have had a power bank for charging up my phone when using Viewranger, but over the past year it has been losing its charge quickly so I have just replaced it with an Anker 10000.  I'm very pleased with it.  Many thanks to gunwharfman for the recommendation whilst we were on the Yorkshire Dales meet last year.  O0
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: SplanK on 13:21:11, 23/02/17
For many years I have had a power bank for charging up my phone when using Viewranger, but over the past year it has been losing its charge quickly so I have just replaced it with an Anker 10000.  I'm very pleased with it.  Many thanks to gunwharfman for the recommendation whilst we were on the Yorkshire Dales meet last year.  O0

Snap!  I recently got one of these, rather compact for the power it stores.  The advise given with the power bank is use them 'with reasonable frequency' to keep them in good health.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Murphy on 14:54:31, 23/02/17
Not very exciting - Bits and pieces - four season gas, new striker and some windproof matches.

Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: toadoftoadhall on 21:32:32, 23/02/17
Xiaomi Mi Band 2 smart watch. Heart rate monitor, pedometer watch. More accurate than my sammsung phone, and very cheap.[/font][/size]
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: toadoftoadhall on 11:08:09, 24/02/17
update on yesterdays post
bought Montane 25l rucksack, bargain day bag.
http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/montane-cobra-25-m-l-p371448
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 19:09:12, 28/02/17
Not really walking kit per se but after a very unfortunate incident with a lot of moisture and a nearly brand new iPhone 6s last year, I've been using a combination of an Otterbox cover and a Ortlieb dry bag to carry my phone in when out on the hills, an arrangement which is highly inconvenient when wanting to take photos etc.  So I've just splashed out on a Lifeproof  Fre case for the phone for when out walking, hopefully it will give me the access I want to my phone and the freedom to use it without being fearful of ending up with another waterlogged useless phone.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Mel on 22:13:23, 28/02/17
I've just bought some more map tiles credit thingies for ViewRanger  O0
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: SplanK on 13:40:23, 02/03/17
Karrimor Mount Low 7... lets see how these hold up against >40 miles a week pavement pounding!
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: sussamb on 13:53:34, 02/03/17
New pair of Berghaus Deluge trousers, fed up switching my only pair from my SAR kit to walking kit and vice versa.  Now got a pair for each  :)
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: gary m on 13:17:44, 04/03/17
trekkertent stealth 1, not used it yet but will be soon
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Owen on 17:19:51, 04/03/17
trekkertent stealth 1, not used it yet but will be soon


How long did it take to arrive?
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Percy on 17:01:42, 06/03/17
New boots purchased last week. Just been for their first proper walk - 13.1 miles on very wet and muddy paths. Very pleased with them.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: bricam2096 on 11:46:41, 07/03/17
Not exactly "gear" but just as important. I just got a Cicerone guide off ebay for £2, the Tour Of The Lake District.

A 93 mile circular walk starting from Windermere (if you choose) and heading through Ambleside, Coniston, Eskdale, Wasdale, Buttermere, Keswick, Grasmere and Patterdale with some low and high alternatives.

The book gives an itinerary for 8 days but it can be shortened.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: SplanK on 13:55:58, 17/03/17
Karrimor Mount Low 7... lets see how these hold up against >40 miles a week pavement pounding!

Well.... they didn't last very long at all  :D!  120 miles and the sole had significant ware in some areas so took them back yesterday for a full refund.  That and they were not that comfortable either!

Picked up some Regatta Burrell Mid boots this morning for £45 from GO (black version should have been £75... but with the help of google and their 10% better discount offer!).  The Vibram sole on this seems to have a much deeper than anything else I could find and didn't appear too soft.  Took them on a 7 mile plod around town as soon as I got home with no issues...  Not holding much hope on the water proofness of them, but all they have to do is resist the odd puddle!
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 23:45:41, 11/05/17
Jetboil Minimo arrives tuesday, looking forward to giving it an outing the following weekend.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Dovegirl on 13:08:12, 19/05/17
Scarpa Terra GTX boots
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: buntonn on 14:23:26, 19/05/17

Merrell Moab GTX walking shoesMSR Groundhog tent pegs
Wainwright's Guide book 3
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 14:34:01, 19/05/17
Jetboil Minimo arrives tuesday, looking forward to giving it an outing the following weekend.

Should have arrived Tuesday, still waiting :( Bad Form Cotswold Outdoor.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Sarah Pitht on 19:04:38, 20/05/17
Not good Bhod - and I wanted your review as I am keen on getting something similar.


I appear to have bought a new waterproof from the berghaus outlet at Gretna. Reduced from £130 to £52. A Light hike hydro shell jacket.  Tested it out today in light rain - kept me dry, wind proof, functional.  Not too much condensation. I would not have forked out full price for it. But for a light waterproof to stuff in the day sack in the summer it is fine.
Would recommend it on today's try out. Just found  the link http://www.berghaus.com/light-hike-womens-waterproof-jacket/421552.html
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 08:51:21, 21/05/17
Not good Bhod - and I wanted your review as I am keen on getting something similar.

Apparently the item I ordered was coming into Cotswold from the "supplier" and they haven't as yet delivered them.  Hopefully the helpful customer services assistant will be true to her word and find out what the supply problem was and get back to me with an expected arrival date, hopefully it will be before this coming weekend as I had planned on taking it with me for the walk up to Gaping Gill.

Still think it's bad form from Cotswold though not keeping me informed of the situation but rather leaving it up to me to chase them up.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Requiem on 10:24:50, 21/05/17
Just received a blow up mattress - about 18 quid - from China. 390g, 30mm thick - Bargain on eBay. Can't believe that years ago I was spending about 90-100 for ones which were just as good
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: bricam2096 on 10:35:20, 21/05/17
Just received a blow up mattress - about 18 quid - from China. 390g, 30mm thick - Bargain on eBay. Can't believe that years ago I was spending about 90-100 for ones which were just as good

Question is....will it last as long?
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Requiem on 11:34:03, 21/05/17
Question is....will it last as long?

Probably maybe :-) Even it lasts only a third as long its still a bargain
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: gunwharfman on 12:20:59, 21/05/17
Not exactly a new purchase, just something I spent money on to improve my camping experience, at least I hope it will.

I have a one man Marmot Pulsar 1 tent and I have to admit I like it a lot. Its very spacious for one, I can easily sit upright in it and its easy to erect.

As a camper I have always wanted to find a way of getting a better appreciation of whats outside my tent when I am wild camping, until recently I had to rely on sound only and then make a judgement as to whether I unzip my outer tent to properly make sure what's there.

So I went to a sailmaker and he has cut, sowed and waterproofed four 3" x 6" see-through panels about 4" from the base of my outer tent, two on the front and two on the rear of the tent.

My inner tent is mesh so I should be able at least to see, if I hear a noise that bothers me, if it has two or four legs and how close the individual or beast is to me!

I never worried about this until 2015 when wild camping in the Pyrenees. I was rudely awakened by what at first I thought was Wild Boar! It wasn't, it was a group of large domesticated sows who tried to get in my tent with me! I first heard them grunting, then a couple of big snotty snouts tried to lift my outer tent from the ground and I then had to jump out of my tent to confront them! All very exciting but since them I've thought a few times that it 'could' have been Wild Boar. I wonder what I would have done or coped if it was?
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: wobblyknees on 22:21:39, 22/05/17
I damaged my old Paramo Cascada pants by ripping the leg and ruining the ĺ length zip near the hem. I decided to send them back to Paramo for repair and leg shortening. On checking their website, repairs were going to cost at least £142.50 plus postage. Cost of brand new Cascada 2 pants is £145 from Paramo and £120 from Paramo Seconds.


I decided this was better value but on checking the spec I noted the new pants are lighter than the originals. (Is anybody else noticing a trend among manufacturers to lighter and lighter materials). I didn't want a scaled down version so a web search showed that some shops are offloading the original Cascadas at reduced prices. I bought a pair here for £85 inc. postage


http://www.foothills.uk.com/sale-paramo-cascada-trousers-mens-521-p.asp


A good outcome.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Innominate Man on 23:15:35, 22/05/17

I never worried about this until 2015 when wild camping in the Pyrenees. I was rudely awakened by what at first I thought was Wild Boar! It wasn't, it was a group of large domesticated sows who tried to get in my tent with me! I first heard them grunting, then a couple of big snotty snouts tried to lift my outer tent from the ground and I then had to jump out of my tent to confront them! All very exciting but since them I've thought a few times that it 'could' have been Wild Boar. I wonder what I would have done or coped if it was?


If you'd ever seen the film 'Razorback' you would have been worried hearing that snuffling & grunting outside !
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 15:01:05, 23/05/17
Satisfactory resolution to the JetBoil from Cotswold Outdoors saga, I am now the owner of a Jetboil Minimo  O0

Now for a mini review.  I quite like the squatness and compactness of the whole Minimo package, about 2/3's the height of the equivalent 1L Jetboil cup.  Particularly like the proper handles on the cup rather than the neoprene loop found on the other Jetboil versions, one of the things that swung the purchase for me.  The gas stand tucks away into the lid , although if it tucked away inside the base I think it would be better utilisation of space.  Quite surprised at how light it feels even with a gas canister, suppose I've grown too used to carrying the Trangia around with me.  Haven't used it yet so can't comment on how good the simmer facility is but I have no reason to doubt any of the online reviews.

Now for some honesty about the product- do I think it is worth the full asking price of £140+ ?, No would be my honest answer.  Yes it has Piezo ignition, yes it has a simmer facility, yes it is compact and has proper handles but is that worth and extra £70 over a basic model, no,  not in my opinion.   In my mind I have got a good product at a very good price, it's probably worth £100 of anyones money but definately not £100+.

Will get back and let you know how it performs at the weekend.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: DK on 15:39:22, 23/05/17
About 6 months ago I treated myself to a Mountain Equipment Lhotse jacket on an amazing price match deal at GO. I have always admired the jacket and its reputation, so after 6 months what has this jacket been like?

Absolutely awesome is the simple answer, the best hardshell I have owned and it has performed at altitiude as well as lowland use in the full range of UK winter, spring and early summer weather. Totally windproof, lightweight, tough and up to the heaviest rainfall. It has been equally at home scrambling on the Welsh 3000's and Lakeland summits, as tramping across Dartmoor and the SW coastal path. Money well spent  O0
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: buntonn on 15:49:35, 23/05/17
#Request


I am sure it's been mentioned before, but it would be good to have sub forum within Gear for member to post tried and tested reviews of gear, if they are done within a reasonable timeframe the item should still be current and available and it's way better than reviews about how lovely the package in or it's shiny and fits in my pocket perfectly...



Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: wobblyknees on 16:34:34, 23/05/17
Agreed. I've had walking gear that I thought was good on first use only to change my mind after a few months use in a broad range of conditions.[/size]

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Even the "professionals" get it wrong. I have sometimes read rave reviews (Best in test, Best value,etc) by Which magazine about brand new electrical and electronic equipment only to hear all the complaints coming in about faults within a few months.[/size]
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: sunnydale on 22:18:36, 23/05/17
My latest kit item was this....


http://www.trekitt.co.uk/10760/products/lowe-alpine-space-case-black.aspx?origin=pla&kwd=&currency=GBP&gclid=CMOvvdr3htQCFYqRGwodfhUM-Q


Great for Summer use and it's surprising just how much you can fit in it.  I'm impressed!  8)
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Innominate Man on 00:02:17, 24/05/17
#Request


I am sure it's been mentioned before, but it would be good to have sub forum within Gear for member to post tried and tested reviews of gear .....


My favourite of recent times (but not the latest item) is a pair of Craghopper shorts. A couple of years ago I spent a while trying to get a decent pair and had set my heart on the Montane Terra Nova something or other. They looked very swish and I went to Go only to find that waist and leg length didn't suit my legs. The correct waist fit was too short in the leg and the only way of getting a reasonable length was to go for a ridiculously fitting waist.
I the end I paid more money than I intended but purely to get the best fit out of dozens I'd tried. I ended up with a pair of Haglofs.
Subsequently I came across the Craghopper shorts that are about 1/2 the price of the Haglofs.
Being a tight s0d my next pair will be ............. :-\
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Peter on 14:22:33, 24/05/17
I've been investing in walking kit lately.
Outdoor Research Helium 2 jacket. Pertex shield, very light, supposed to be windproof and waterproof. Certainly seems wind proof, yet to test the waterproof.
But so far it ticks the boxes I wanted.
My plan is to cut down on the kit, having all 'superlite' layers.
We will see..


Also today took delivery of 3 Steel water bottles, insulated and guaranteed to keep my drink chilled all day. (3x 500ml= 1.5litre..)
I'm ditching my back pack in favour of a bum bag with attachments. Again the theory is having everything to hand. I tend not to stop to get things out of my rucksack, this way I am more likely to make use of something.. or stop using it.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: wobblyknees on 00:15:48, 25/05/17
My latest kit item was this....


http://www.trekitt.co.uk/10760/products/lowe-alpine-space-case-black.aspx?origin=pla&kwd=&currency=GBP&gclid=CMOvvdr3htQCFYqRGwodfhUM-Q (http://www.trekitt.co.uk/10760/products/lowe-alpine-space-case-black.aspx?origin=pla&kwd=&currency=GBP&gclid=CMOvvdr3htQCFYqRGwodfhUM-Q)



Nice find. I've looking for something like that.


Is the waist strap elasticated? My current one has an elasticated waist strap and with any weight in the bag, it's difficult to stop it slipping down over my bum.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: sunnydale on 13:01:30, 25/05/17

Nice find. I've looking for something like that.


Is the waist strap elasticated? My current one has an elasticated waist strap and with any weight in the bag, it's difficult to stop it slipping down over my bum.


No, not elasticated.  I find it really comfy and it doesn't bounce about like my old one did. Also, it doesn't want to hang down once I've got all my bits and bobs in there...including water bottles!
The lumbar panel is really snug on the lower back too  O0
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: gunwharfman on 19:38:58, 25/05/17
Although I'm retired I still have a few people to worry about so still 'work' when I'm hiking. I was involved in a daily ongoing thing when I was recently hiking the GR4 in France and really got fed up with typing emails on a mobile phone. I've now bought a folding bluetooth keyboard, I just hope it will make life easier.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Owen on 19:56:58, 25/05/17
Another pair of Zamberlan Trail lite boots, these will be the third pair I've had. My last pair developed a split in the leather just above the sole last week. The boots were about five years old and very worn but it's not what you want on day three of an eight day walk. I find these just fit my feet so well and are like walking in slippers after next to no time. Just as well as I'll be taking them to Sweden in six weeks time for fifteen days walking in the wilds.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: gunwharfman on 20:09:13, 25/05/17
I had the leather splitting problem (inside the boot, just over my toes) in the Pyrenees in 2015. Very painful, very quickly. I threw them away at the first opportunity and finished the walk in a pair of cheap trainers.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Owen on 21:25:24, 25/05/17
It wasn't a problem and in fact didn't even let in much water, I think the cause was doing a lot of walking on sharp scree.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: gunwharfman on 21:31:21, 25/05/17
I decided to buy a new sunhat just over two weeks ago. I looked at the prices, would someone really pay between £50 to £70 for such a thing? Anyway, after a look around and a try on I settled at £25, its perfect for me. I chose a light blue one, it has a nice stable rim, a soft top with vents, can wash easily by hand, crushable and drys very quickly.

The shop was Snow and Rock here in Portsmouth and whilst I was there I was really struck by the cost of sunglasses, do people really spend that kind of money on them? Wow! I've had sunglasses, cheap ones about a tenner maximum, but I always lose them. I never bother nowadays, just another gramme of weight to carry around. I'm of that age where I hate it when people talk to me and don't take them off, especially when I cannot see their eyes at all, so rude in my book.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Innominate Man on 08:20:20, 26/05/17
I'm of that age where I hate it when people talk to me and don't take them off, especially when I cannot see their eyes at all, so rude in my book.


Totally agree (could be a small rant of the day).
Sunglasses are a peculiar item as I have tended to go for cheapish brands, but I noticed the lenses can give a slightly distorted view that wasn't enough to change the general landscape but was clearly noticeable when walking over rough terrain:- if you looked without the glasses and then popped the glasses on - the distance between you and the ground when placing your feet was very slightly distorted. I found it very disconcerting and gave up on a particular pair as it wasn't worth the chance of a twisted ankle.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: DK on 10:41:34, 26/05/17
I'm of that age where I hate it when people talk to me and don't take them off, especially when I cannot see their eyes at all, so rude in my book.

I'm of the age when my shades are prescription issue so tough titty if you don't like looking into them  ;D
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: jimbob on 17:27:52, 26/05/17
Quote
I'm of the age when my shades are prescription issue so tough titty if you don't like looking into them  (http://walkingforum.co.uk/Smileys/alive/grin.gif)

I also wear prescription sun glasses when out and about on the three or four days God allows us to have very bright days. being extremely, short sighted I also don't think I can be bothered with the (in) sensitivities of others ;D to go scraffling for my normal glasses when they intrude on my walks. 8)
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: - Dave - on 15:26:28, 30/05/17
Just bought a raft of Montane AW18 samples from Sportspursuit. Sadly I have to wait until mid-June before they arrive :(
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: gunwharfman on 15:54:56, 30/05/17
Sorry folks did not think my sunglasses matter through properly! But I still think it rude (I am of that age group) when people talk to me without taking their sunglasses off, unless of course the individiual need the for, e.g. medical reasons. I really and truly like to look at people eyes.

I bought a Lifeventure showerhead today, looking forward to trying it out. Never been a fan of camping site shower cubicles so hope this will be my answer?
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: BuzyG on 23:21:39, 30/05/17
Hopefully I have bought another pair of boots.  I say hopefully as the last two pairs I ordered didn't turn up.    Identical to my current pair, some may recall I split the stitching by over heating/drying them.  Will not make the same mistake with the new pair.  Assuming they arrive this time.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Dyffryn Ardudwy on 11:02:11, 31/05/17
A carbonfibre Smatree pole for my GoPro.
It's £29, and is supposed to be the highest quality and lightest bit of kit available.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Jonfun on 17:13:54, 01/06/17
Just bought a raft of Montane AW18 samples from Sportspursuit. Sadly I have to wait until mid-June before they arrive :(


Whats this website actually like? I've refrained from signing up as I'm weary of website like that. What sort of sample gear did you buy?
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: forgotmyoldpassword on 14:41:09, 02/06/17
Hi Jon, my own experience of Sportpursuit has been good.  I tend to use it for premium kit which usually isn't on discount elsewhere.


The way it works is pretty much like this, you join the site (https://www.sportpursuit.com/join/td2017), which gives you access to their catalogue.  It appears the reason they do this (so they say), is to reduce the visibility of the deals in search results, thus letting premium brands dump stock to Sportpursuit members without affecting their new season range/the majority of their customers.  You find what you want, buy it, and then wait for Sportpursuit to finish the sale - when they order all of the items together, along with everyone else's order.  These get dispatched to your door.


Some lessons I've learned:


- The sizes go quickly on in demand brands, if you buy medium or large like me, order quickly or prepare to miss out.  In most cases, once they are gone, they are gone.
- Generally they have been the best price available online for an item, I understand they will guarantee this if you find someone selling it cheaper. However, do consider P and P costs, which unusually they do not grant after you spend a certain amount.
- The cost of reduced prices is you have a long lead time, sometimes be prepared to wait 3-6 weeks for your item depending on how close to the end of the sale you order.


Personally find them useful, it's a well designed website, has some excellent kit on there, and a lot of companies dump samples at much reduced prices.  If you buy outdoors kit all the year round for different activities without wanting something 'last minute', I'd say go ahead and use it. There are some notable gaps in their range of outdoors equipment, little technical climbing stuff, little camping kit - but that is balanced by good kit with usually solid descriptions coming up often.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: gunwharfman on 16:05:22, 05/06/17
I've merino baselayers and bamboo baselayers, never really happy with them. I popped into Snow and Rock yesterday and they were having an Odlo synthetic baselayer sale so bought myself two long sleeved tops. I buy long sleeves these days as a few years ago I had to have a pre-cancerous mole removed. The dermatologist told me that like so many older men and women I've spent too many years resting my right arm on the car door in hot sunlight. The Odlo sizing really seemed odd, I tried on Small but couldn't get it on, it was so tight! I then tried Medium and that didn't feel much better. In the end I decided to buy Large, still close fitting but comfortable. I wonder how firms work out their sizing? When I bought my Merino the Small fitted me really well, as do my bamboo tops. I'm not sure if I've purchased well, I'll find out next week when I start a new hike.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: buntonn on 16:19:24, 05/06/17
Picked up a Ortlieb Waterproof Map Case whist in Keswick, preferred the roll over seal to the Silva push seal model.

Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: pauldawes on 17:32:35, 05/06/17
I've merino baselayers and bamboo baselayers, never really happy with them. I popped into Snow and Rock yesterday and they were having an Odlo synthetic baselayer sale so bought myself two long sleeved tops. I buy long sleeves these days as a few years ago I had to have a pre-cancerous mole removed. The dermatologist told me that like so many older men and women I've spent too many years resting my right arm on the car door in hot sunlight. The Odlo sizing really seemed odd, I tried on Small but couldn't get it on, it was so tight! I then tried Medium and that didn't feel much better. In the end I decided to buy Large, still close fitting but comfortable. I wonder how firms work out their sizing? When I bought my Merino the Small fitted me really well, as do my bamboo tops. I'm not sure if I've purchased well, I'll find out next week when I start a new hike.


I like Odlo gear, but thought most of range was for cold weather/ cool weather. Certainly the ones I've got, tend to use cool weather only.


Of synthetic stuff I've tried in same price range (as Odlo), one I'd suggest as worth considering is Paramo's Parameta base layers.


They (Parameta base layers) are reversible...wear one way round in warm weather, other way round in colder weather. Sounds gimmicky, but found it works quite well. I'd prefer Odlo in winter conditions though.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: gunwharfman on 18:55:35, 05/06/17
You have reminded me of a decision I had to make when purchasing the Odlo products. One set was labelled 'cool', the other set labelled 'warm', the 'cool' garment was slightly less weight than the 'warm' version. I stood there dithering about what should I buy, I asked myself do these 'cool' and 'warm' words actually mean anything, or is it yet more marketing nonsense? Each pack even had a little graph printed on the label showing the temperature range of each product. My problem is, that when I was at university in the 60s I read 'How to lie with Statistics' by Daryll Huff. Only a small book but its had a lifelong and possibly negative effect on me, in that I cannot bring myself to believe any marketing guff without feeling cynical, after all their primary function is to make a profit!

So I decided to dismiss all of the box wording and graphs and thought, I live in the UK, we do not have many hot days in a year normally, so based on this simple criteria I chose the buy the 'warm' version. I thought to myself, I'd rather be a bit hotter than to be a bit colder, so I told myself to buy the 'warm' product in the hope it will be useful to me throughout the year. The mind knots I wind myself into, I just can't help it, I'm a hopeless case!
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: photonut on 19:35:19, 05/06/17
Just purchased a Garmin 64s.


Having read many of the threads on here about handheld GPS units I find it very easy to use and I'm thoroughly pleased with it.


I bought it as a back-up, just in case my map and compass reading abilities go awry  :)


Cheers
Lee
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: pauldawes on 19:36:48, 05/06/17

So I decided to dismiss all of the box wording and graphs and thought, I live in the UK, we do not have many hot days in a year normally, so based on this simple criteria I chose the buy the 'warm' version. I thought to myself, I'd rather be a bit hotter than to be a bit colder, so I told myself to buy the 'warm' product in the hope it will be useful to me throughout the year. The mind knots I wind myself into, I just can't help it, I'm a hopeless case!


Odlo's "background" is in making specialist ski wear...the warm stuff is "designed" to keep you warm in winter.


In my case, like you I'd sooner be too warm than too cold (and I walk slowish now, so don't generate much heat via speed)...but wouldn't go out in Odlo gear on an average British summers day.


But...people vary enormously, well worth giving it a go in various conditions...in my opinion it's pretty good stuff, it's just a matter of finding what "temperature range" you want to use it in.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Peakandfell on 21:52:15, 05/06/17
I run an online gear store and regularly get equipment to check out. My last purchase was a Jack Wolfskin Northern Sky jacket which went to Iceland with me. Superb outer shell that is just as much at home on the streets as in the hills. For really cold weather I can get a light down jacket underneath. I have it in grey/blue with a bright orange lining.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: DevonDave on 18:25:51, 12/06/17
Just been to the Altberg factory and treated myself to a new pair of Tethera boots. I've only worn them around the house so far,  but it feels like I'm wearing a pair of slippers.  :)
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: gunwharfman on 18:43:06, 12/06/17
Just bought a small pouch to hold my Lidl cashews, walnuts and almonds. I'm starting the Pennine Journey tomorrow and I can't leave without nuts!
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: ninthace on 18:57:22, 12/06/17
Just bought a small pouch to hold my Lidl cashews, walnuts and almonds. I'm starting the Pennine Journey tomorrow and I can't leave without nuts!


Yes - you would be nuts to go without your nuts.  I usually meet the odd nut on my walks - failing that there is the loose nut located between my trekking poles keeping my rucksack off the ground.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Peter on 23:17:32, 12/06/17
Just been to the Altberg factory and treated myself to a new pair of Tethera boots. I've only worn them around the house so far,  but it feels like I'm wearing a pair of slippers.  :)


Just wondering. I'm thinking of getting some Altbergs myself, do they mix and match sizes to allow for different sized feet?

Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: kinkyboots on 08:09:37, 13/06/17

Just wondering. I'm thinking of getting some Altbergs myself, do they mix and match sizes to allow for different sized feet?

I'm not sure that anywhere (including the Altberg factory) offers that unless you're prepared to buy both pairs. No harm in phoning or emailing them to ask though.

Whalley Warm & Dry are Altberg Premier Retailers and may be a bit nearer for you to travel to. Their boot fitters are trained at the Altberg factory and they have an excellent reputation with customers travelling from all over the country to use their boot fitting services.

http://www.whalleyoutdoor.co.uk/boot-fitting-service/ (http://www.whalleyoutdoor.co.uk/boot-fitting-service/)

I can personally recommend them and the best advice I can offer you is to book an appointment, go with an open mind and be prepared to be guided by the advice and expertise they offer.

 
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: DevonDave on 08:20:44, 13/06/17

Just wondering. I'm thinking of getting some Altbergs myself, do they mix and match sizes to allow for different sized feet?


I'm afraid I don't know the answer to your question either Peter.  I'm fortunate enough to have both feet the same size, although I do normally have trouble buying boots and shoes as I have long and narrow feet.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: DartmoorWildCamper on 13:08:13, 13/06/17
I just used my recently purchased sit mat, I'm fed up getting a damp backside! It's now an essential part of my kit  :coolsmiley:
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: ninthace on 14:11:25, 13/06/17
A trip to Taunton today while getting over the scratches from yesterday's trip on the SWCP.
Bought 2 tins of Leder Gris from Taunton Leisure - the only place round here that seems to stock it
From Go Outdoors a pair of Sorbathane Double Strikes to replace the pair of Sida insoles that are now well past their best. I also took the chance to increase my stock of long sleeved trekking shirts with 2 Craghoppers Nosilife Adventurer shirts in preparation for a forthcoming trip to the Austrian Alps and OS maps 115 and 116 to support my assault on the southern SWCP.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: DevonDave on 17:59:30, 13/06/17
A trip to Taunton today while getting over the scratches from yesterday's trip on the SWCP.
Bought 2 tins of Leder Gris from Taunton Leisure - the only place round here that seems to stock it
From Go Outdoors a pair of Sorbathane Double Strikes to replace the pair of Sida insoles that are now well past their best. I also took the chance to increase my stock of long sleeved trekking shirts with 2 Craghoppers Nosilife Adventurer shirts in preparation for a forthcoming trip to the Austrian Alps and OS maps 115 and 116 to support my assault on the southern SWCP.


Taunton Leisure have a branch in Exeter that may be closer to you.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Murphy on 18:38:19, 13/06/17
I would second what Kinkyboots has said.  I wouldn't go anywhere else for my boots...they offer an excellent service and cater for all needs.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: ninthace on 18:51:17, 13/06/17

Taunton Leisure have a branch in Exeter that may be closer to you.


Thanks. I know about them but I needed to go Go too and, whilst the Exeter stores are closer geographically, I wanted to see the Taunton stores and timewise there isn't much in it since the direct route to Exeter involves 10 miles of Devon lanes followed by a run in from Crediton.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Jac on 07:45:59, 14/06/17

Thanks. I know about them but I needed to go Go too and, whilst the Exeter stores are closer geographically, I wanted to see the Taunton stores and timewise there isn't much in it since the direct route to Exeter involves 10 miles of Devon lanes followed by a run in from Crediton.

How did the Taunton stores compare with those in Exeter?
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Peter on 12:45:25, 14/06/17
I'm not sure that anywhere (including the Altberg factory) offers that unless you're prepared to buy both pairs. No harm in phoning or emailing them to ask though.

Whalley Warm & Dry are Altberg Premier Retailers and may be a bit nearer for you to travel to. Their boot fitters are trained at the Altberg factory and they have an excellent reputation with customers travelling from all over the country to use their boot fitting services.

http://www.whalleyoutdoor.co.uk/boot-fitting-service/ (http://www.whalleyoutdoor.co.uk/boot-fitting-service/)

I can personally recommend them and the best advice I can offer you is to book an appointment, go with an open mind and be prepared to be guided by the advice and expertise they offer.


Yes I was thinking of going there thanks.
I know I wouldn't ask or expect a retailer to split a par of boots, but at a factory every boot is simply added to a matching size to make a pair. Logically they simply return each boot to the appropriate size coming off the line. Then it gets matched back in.  ::)
Its because they take a pride in ensuring a proper fit that I assume they would do this?


I was unaware of any difference in my feet (beyond a bunion on one) until quite recently. Though I gather that lots of people have different size feet (maybe not a big difference). Mine is just a half size I think.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: ninthace on 14:32:31, 14/06/17
How did the Taunton stores compare with those in Exeter?


There is not a lot to choose between the two Go stores, the Exeter store is perhaps a little larger. The Exeter TL store is bigger and better presented than the Taunton store. Incidentally, both stores sold the Craghoppers shirt I was after but it was £10 cheaper in Go.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: kinkyboots on 16:28:57, 14/06/17

Yes I was thinking of going there thanks.
I know I wouldn't ask or expect a retailer to split a par of boots, but at a factory every boot is simply added to a matching size to make a pair. Logically they simply return each boot to the appropriate size coming off the line. Then it gets matched back in.  ::)
Its because they take a pride in ensuring a proper fit that I assume they would do this?


I was unaware of any difference in my feet (beyond a bunion on one) until quite recently. Though I gather that lots of people have different size feet (maybe not a big difference). Mine is just a half size I think.

A quick phone call to the factory will confirm whether they are prepared to sell you a split sized pair or not.

If the information on the website below is still correct the only boots manufactured onsite at the factory in Richmond these days are the made to measure boots with all the rest being made in a factory in Italy. Prior to seeing that I had understood that the Military and Police contract boots were made in Italy but the walking boots were made in Richmond.

https://www.timeoutdoors.com/Blogs/Andrew-Risbey/January-2014/Visit-to-Alt-Berg,-the-Yorkshire-Bootmakers (https://www.timeoutdoors.com/Blogs/Andrew-Risbey/January-2014/Visit-to-Alt-Berg,-the-Yorkshire-Bootmakers)

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The off-the-shelf walking boots are all made in Treviso, Italy (under close supervision from Richmond!), which is also where all of the leather is sourced.
 
 The only walking boots still made in Richmond are made to measure boots - but this is very unusual given that the standard boots come in English sizes 3 - 15 together with 5 width fittings, making a total of 115 different fittings! Made to measure is really a last resort for people with very unusual feet or injuries etc.

I also have a Ĺ size difference between my feet when weighted and ended up with a same size pair but did find that I had to go up a full size on my actual measured size to achieve what feels like an extremely comfortable fit to me. I've seen others reporting exactly the same thing as it seems that Altberg do like to fit their boots very snugly indeed - perhaps too close fitting for some including myself.

Whalley Warm & Dry will be best placed to advise you once they have measured your feet and you've tried a few pairs on. Trust your first impressions when trying them on as you will immediately know when they feel just right and after 10 minutes wearing them and wandering about you should not even be aware of them being on your feet.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: bricam2096 on 20:20:36, 14/06/17
Not as much a "walking kit purchase", a bit more like something to take with me while walking to take photos with.

Nope, not a camera  :D Got one of those bendy tripod thingamyjigs so I can take selfie scenery photos etc a bit easier instead of looking for level rocks. It comes with bluetooth so I can use the little remote control rather than a self-timer then run to get in position.

I can see some Alps-selfies coming soon, haha
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: jethro10 on 20:31:01, 14/06/17
I just used my recently purchased sit mat, I'm fed up getting a damp backside! It's now an essential part of my kit  :coolsmiley:
I keep meaning to do that, every time it's lunch I remember. Get home. I forget. Now I've remembered!
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: gary m on 12:19:31, 16/06/17
trekkertent stealth 1 not used it yet but it is so light
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: SteveCRunner on 14:54:35, 16/06/17
I do a lot of walk-running on national paths so I have just ordered a pair of Salomon Sense Pro Max trail shoes at 47% off at Wiggle.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: SteveCRunner on 15:03:06, 16/06/17
I do a lot of walk-running on national paths so I have just ordered a pair of Salomon Sense Pro Max trail shoes at 47% off at Wiggle.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: bricam2096 on 15:19:03, 16/06/17
Is that 2 pairs then? They must be goid  :D
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: KimE on 11:54:53, 18/06/17
I bought a Exped synmat UL lite M its a litte narrow for my ams, i havn`t tried it in the feilds yet. 450g including pump,bag and repairkit.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 19:42:03, 20/06/17
Sawyer mini water filter, hopefully it will help me lighten my load on day walks.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: pdstsp on 11:17:33, 21/06/17
My latest kit item was this....


http://www.trekitt.co.uk/10760/products/lowe-alpine-space-case-black.aspx?origin=pla&kwd=&currency=GBP&gclid=CMOvvdr3htQCFYqRGwodfhUM-Q (http://www.trekitt.co.uk/10760/products/lowe-alpine-space-case-black.aspx?origin=pla&kwd=&currency=GBP&gclid=CMOvvdr3htQCFYqRGwodfhUM-Q)


Great for Summer use and it's surprising just how much you can fit in it.  I'm impressed!  8)


Just got one of these for my birthday and, have to say, very impressed.  Thanks for the heads up on this Sunnydale.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Penygadair on 19:30:33, 21/06/17
Temp hitting 30c yesterday so went to Go Outdoors for a few bits and bobs and ended up buying a new fleece.


No, I haven't worn it yet.  :)
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Zizag on 22:09:06, 21/06/17
Just ordered a OMM Mountain raid 1.0. Sleeping bag . Lightweight synthetic .  Less than 400 Grams .  O0
Trying to Reduce my Rucksack load for future Walks /hikes and Camping out .
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: sunnydale on 13:53:16, 23/06/17

Just got one of these for my birthday and, have to say, very impressed.  Thanks for the heads up on this Sunnydale.


Glad you like it pleb! O0
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 16:07:40, 23/06/17
A quick visit to the Montane outlet for some "lighter" wear for summer use saw me leave with a couple of Sonic short sleeved shirts, a pair of  terra trousers and a Dyno Jacket. 
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Peter on 08:42:00, 24/06/17
I know it's a self inflicted problem, but I really envy the fact you can all go out and buy quality kit.
Due to my size and weight I can't get near the good stuff.  :-[
& I probably need it more, since its quite likely I walk the fells far more than many.  :(
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Requiem on 14:29:33, 25/06/17
My Wife has just texted me that she has bought me something 'for your hillwalking'
I've just texted back to ask what it is, thinking it may be some nice new stretchy trousers or some 1000 mile socks, but no


'I've bought you a T-reg Land Rover Freelander so you can [censored] off out in the snow when you're grumpy'


Charming.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: toadoftoadhall on 13:53:44, 26/06/17
Merrell Kahuna sandals. Got Go Outdoors to price match, plus 10% off.  £54.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Peter on 08:21:30, 27/06/17
My Wife has just texted me that she has bought me something 'for your hillwalking'
I've just texted back to ask what it is, thinking it may be some nice new stretchy trousers or some 1000 mile socks, but no


'I've bought you a T-reg Land Rover Freelander so you can [censored] off out in the snow when you're grumpy'


Charming.


You would rather have some new socks??  :o
I'll swap.... ::)
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Requiem on 09:47:45, 27/06/17

You would rather have some new socks??  :o
I'll swap.... ::)


Just given it a pootle up to White Edge and back to Chesterfield - the Brakes are LETHAL. Great fun. I'm keeping it.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Surfer99 on 10:18:42, 27/06/17
Brakes are LETHAL.


That was the main reason she bought it for you  ;D
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: photonut on 08:30:35, 28/06/17
Following on from absolutely soaking feet after a walk around Grizedales (Malham) last Sunday I elected to purchase some new walking boots that will keep my feet dry.


My new purchase: Salomon 4d GTX boots (courtesy of a price match at Go Outdoors) .... OMG they felt like slippers when I tried them on compared to my previous boots.


Well worth the money if they do the job and I'm looking forward to testing them out this weekend  :)


Cheers
Lee
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Alan Kilroy on 08:52:04, 28/06/17
Just got a pair of Montane Terra pants. They are what they are hyped up to be. Very good. Black, wasn't keen on the "patchy" look. Very thin and light material so will dry easily.
Got large and they're snug enough and I'm no chunker  :) .
Great pockets.
Sorted.  O0
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: sussamb on 08:57:08, 28/06/17
My new purchase: Salomon 4d GTX boots (courtesy of a price match at Go Outdoors) ....


I've just got a pair too after returning my Salomon Quests, which were 10 months old, to Cotswold as they had leaked during my recent Pennine Way walk, causing a blister after about 40 years of blister free walking!


Cotswold were brilliant, immediate option of a refund or another pair of boots, and rather than choose the quests again I paid a bit more and got the 4d boots  O0
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Peter on 10:05:31, 28/06/17
Just got a pair of Montane Terra pants. They are what they are hyped up to be. Very good. Black, wasn't keen on the "patchy" look. Very thin and light material so will dry easily.
Got large and they're snug enough and I'm no chunker  :) .
Great pockets.
Sorted.  O0



Chunker??   >:(    ;D


Nah seriously.. their XXL is a whopping 38" waist... that's 6" away from me.. (the wrong way). I want to wear good kit too... calling a 38 "XXL" is actually upsetting.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 11:29:17, 28/06/17
An OS OL4 weatherproof map.  Could have sworn I had one but no, good job I had the gpx file for Skiddaw Little Man and Skiddaw on the gps, a serious lack of forethought and planning on my side.  :-[
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: DK on 14:11:49, 28/06/17

I've just got a pair too after returning my Salomon Quests, which were 10 months old, to Cotswold as they had leaked during my recent Pennine Way walk, causing a blister after about 40 years of blister free walking!


Cotswold were brilliant, immediate option of a refund or another pair of boots, and rather than choose the quests again I paid a bit more and got the 4d boots  O0

Bad news guys, the 4D's leak just as bad! I recommend sealskinz socks if it looks to be wet  ::)
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: sussamb on 15:51:17, 28/06/17
If you have boots that leak take them back  O0


I've used mainly Berghaus in the past which remained waterproof for many years.  The only other boots that leaked were a pair of Asolos, they too were replaced without issue.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Alan Kilroy on 20:30:01, 30/06/17
Just bought my first day pack (online  :-* ), an Osprey Talon 33.
Going on my first intro. hike in July.
Looking forward to it now  :D .
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: DK on 20:37:09, 30/06/17
If you have boots that leak take them back  O0

I've used mainly Berghaus in the past which remained waterproof for many years.  The only other boots that leaked were a pair of Asolos, they too were replaced without issue.

These are the fourth pair since 2012 (obviously starting with the originals), each pair has been exchanged before the two year guarantee is up. That makes 5 years walking so far on the original price match outlay of £76, they can keep on leaking as far as I'm concerned but I keep them for dryish days now...  O0
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: BuzyG on 20:45:38, 30/06/17
Finally tracked down a new pair of boots. O0   Exactly the same as my old pair, so I'm a happy hiker again. :)
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Requiem on 17:23:39, 01/07/17
Every ten years or so three or four of my absolute favourites wear out all at the same time - usually my fave socks (yes, sad), my waterproof and my besty fleece along with maybe some walking shoes or (ag heaven forbid) my rucksack. Last night during my quiet nightshift I went online to replace my old OMM Rucksack, my Lowe walking shoes, my 1000mile socks with what appear to have metallic thread to stop them stinking, my Montaine super duper waterproof and my Montane microfleece.
Amazingly, after shopping around for newer better products I've eventually settled on pretty much the same product from the same brands - some like the OMM rucksack and the Montane stuff are equivalent, but they've remained the same price after discounts so I'm happy that I'll have another 5-10 years of use.


I can't decide if my brand loyalty is due to picking the best I could get in the first place, due to getting old and fearful of change, or a combination of the two. But its like always having a Latte when you go into Cafe Nero - its strangely satisfying and warm, which is also like weeing in your walking trousers when you're already saturated from a rainstorm in the winter.


[size=78%]Roy[/size]
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: pdstsp on 16:13:24, 02/07/17

Glad you like it pleb! O0


Cheers - though I'm not sure whether you are mixing me up with another user or just referring to my social standing  ;D
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Jac on 00:03:12, 03/07/17
But its like always having a Latte when you go into Cafe Nero - its strangely satisfying and warm, which is also like weeing in your walking trousers when you're already saturated from a rainstorm in the winter.
[size=78%]Roy[/size]

Somehow Cafe Nero will never seem the same again
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Welsh Rambler on 20:34:45, 03/07/17
Millets are selling a pack of two rubber tips for walking poles for £3 reduced from £5 and if you buy two packs you get the second pack half-price so you get 4 tips for £4.50.

Regards Keith
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Jac on 08:06:41, 04/07/17
Millets are selling a pack of two rubber tips for walking poles for £3 reduced from £5 and if you buy two packs you get the second pack half-price so you get 4 tips for £4.50.

Regards Keith

More useful in the 'Bargain' thread?
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: ninthace on 14:29:23, 04/07/17
Millets are selling a pack of two rubber tips for walking poles for £3 reduced from £5 and if you buy two packs you get the second pack half-price so you get 4 tips for £4.50.

Regards Keith


If they are the tips with concentric rings as a tread pattern I find they skid very easily when loaded, especially on grass or rock.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Welsh Rambler on 16:33:09, 04/07/17

If they are the tips with concentric rings as a tread pattern I find they skid very easily when loaded, especially on grass or rock.
These are the Eurohike http://www.millets.co.uk/equipment/147401-trekking-basket-and-dlx-rubber-tip.html. Couldn't find them on the website so maybe offer has expired. I've found they grip fine but I go through about two tips a years.
Regards Keith
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: ninthace on 19:08:39, 04/07/17
These are the Eurohike http://www.millets.co.uk/equipment/147401-trekking-basket-and-dlx-rubber-tip.html (http://www.millets.co.uk/equipment/147401-trekking-basket-and-dlx-rubber-tip.html). Couldn't find them on the website so maybe offer has expired. I've found they grip fine but I go through about two tips a years.
Regards Keith


I use a similar type, they grip better but like you I find they don't last - 2prs a year sounds about right.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Innominate Man on 12:24:23, 05/07/17
Somehow Cafe Nero will never seem the same again
Yes, but best not to be standing in Cafe Nero when doing so  :D
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Innominate Man on 12:30:06, 05/07/17
........ its like always having a Latte when you go into Cafe Nero - its strangely satisfying and warm, which is also like weeing in your walking trousers when you're already saturated from a rainstorm in the winter.



That's quite a disturbing thought  :D   :D  I'm not adverse to 'Al fresco' but I make sure my back is to the wind.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Swift and bold on 16:33:00, 05/07/17
I bought a Thermarest NeoAir inflatable mattress earlier this year. Its main drwback is that its not self inflating, it takes me about 40 puffs which wears me out. Thermarest seels a battery powered pump but I settled for their low-tech answer. Its a yellow plastic bag with a hole in the end which fits over the open valve. All I have to do is roll up the bag and squeeze the air into the mattress. I inflated it at the weekend with just 4 goes. Its a good idea, no moving parts, no batteries and the bag weighs next to nothing. When not in use I can use it in my rucksack for storage.


Me too but I'm lazy and brought a stuff sack that doubles as a pump   O0
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: jethro10 on 18:32:07, 06/07/17
Well my Tarp Hat from another thread has arrived. Tarphat.co.uk
Wow it's amazing.
Looks so good. Wired brim. Also ordered a neck strap. Wifey decided to get one also. And I agree with her, it's the only hat she ever looked good in.
Thoroughly recommended. We ordered the "slight seconds" from eBay for less than £18 each, looks way more expensive.
These should be way more popular. So glad we ordered these instead of a Tilley, irregardless of price.


J
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: gunwharfman on 20:06:10, 06/07/17
I just had an online look at a Tarphat. Hey, they look good, a real lived in look, for me better than wearing a hat where it looks if I just came from leafy surburbia. I'll seek one out if I can.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: wobblyknees on 22:16:53, 06/07/17
- its strangely satisfying and warm, which is also like weeing in your walking trousers when you're already saturated from a rainstorm in the winter.


[size=78%]Roy[/size]


An even more disturbing thought:
Have you heard of the 4 signs of Alzheimer's:


I. First you forget people's names.
2. Then their faces.
3.Then you forget to close your fly.
and worst of all
4. You forget to open your fly.


Wouldn't it be so much more hygienic just to unzip it.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: pdstsp on 15:40:07, 10/07/17
Bought an Osprey Stratos 26 as my new day pack and gave it its first outing on Saturday and was very impressed.  It lacks the stretchy front pocket of the Talon but feels very sturdy and was supremely comfortable, on a hot day.  The padded belt seems great and sits on the hips well, with enough space for a camera in one hip pocket and phone gps in the other.


Have been using a Talon 33 for a couple of years but it has taken a real battering after a couple of tumbles, so my son has taken it for a three week inter-rail trip round Italy - I suspect I'll not want it back, even if it comes back in one piece!
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Requiem on 10:15:29, 11/07/17

An even more disturbing thought:
Have you heard of the 4 signs of Alzheimer's:


I. First you forget people's names.
2. Then their faces.
3.Then you forget to close your fly.
and worst of all
4. You forget to open your fly.


Wouldn't it be so much more hygienic just to unzip it.


That sums me up perfectly, but I've been doing all those things since I was a kid. What now worries me is that when I eventually get to a point where I fall ill, no-one will notice...  ???
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Moorview on 19:03:21, 13/07/17
Berghaus Deluge overtrousers, see advice post.Thanks to all for help. :D
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Dyffryn Ardudwy on 11:33:34, 14/07/17
The OS 147 map of the Elan Valley and Builth Wells area.
Having discovered my family history has Droving connections just outside Tregaron, i am going down maybe next week, to search out the area around Abergwesyn and along the Abergwesyn Common.
If one knows where to look, there are a significant number of ruined buildings and specially designed shoeing enclosures, where the cattle were shod by the local blacksmiths.
Locating them without the latest OS map, is virtually impossible.

Long may the paper OS document remain in print, as it provides a vital historical reference for budding family tree researchers.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: buntonn on 12:35:37, 14/07/17
After a very painful steep descent from the Langdale Pikes in my knees, mainly my right from a bad car accident years ago. I was given the advise from several walkers to invest in some poles. I found a set on offer in Cotswolds Keswick, Lexi Thermolite and I have to say it was a very good £75 investment as they helped significantly not just in my knees, but confidence over loose slate etc on the descents and I also felt my arms getting a good workout too.





Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 15:09:08, 14/07/17
It's taken two or three trips out with the poles to stop me looking like bambi on ice when I walk now, I no longer seem to trip myself up with them  ;D   Some good youtube videos on technique for walking with poles, especially on grip, swing and technique.  I picked up my  Black diamond trail pro poles for less than half price at the last LD Mountain centre sale, one of the best purchaes I've made.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Ventasilurum on 10:44:52, 15/07/17
The OS 147 map of the Elan Valley and Builth Wells area.
Having discovered my family history has Droving connections just outside Tregaron, i am going down maybe next week, to search out the area around Abergwesyn and along the Abergwesyn Common.
If one knows where to look, there are a significant number of ruined buildings and specially designed shoeing enclosures, where the cattle were shod by the local blacksmiths.
Locating them without the latest OS map, is virtually impossible.

Long may the paper OS document remain in print, as it provides a vital historical reference for budding family tree researchers.


stunning area and Abergwesyn brings back *happy memories of cycling up that valley and then up that famous road


(*= painful)
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: jontea on 11:54:19, 15/07/17
Osprey 2ltr drinks bladder  :(


See new post for a short review  :-\
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Moorview on 12:49:59, 16/07/17
New maps for the Lickeys and Kidderminster.Can also use digitally so helpful to plot mileage.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Pitboot on 15:04:41, 17/07/17
A Mountain Equipment Rupal jacket. Seems bomb proof but then it hasn't rained on me yet. Anyway it was cheap-ish in a sale nearby.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: nesty on 16:58:09, 24/07/17
Bought Berghaus deluge overtrousers. £29.  Got a price match + 10% via Go outdoors!
Happy with that! 
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Mel on 19:26:12, 24/07/17
My latest walking kit purchase is a great big bag of absolutely NAFF ALL to assist me in my quest to achieve practically ZERO Quality Walking Days this year  >:(   >:(   >:(   >:(   >:(   :tickedoff:
 
Sorry, this should probably be in The Small Rant Thread  :'(
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 06:51:06, 11/08/17
Not exactly a purchase as I won it, but I shall soon be in posession of a Petzl Nao+ headtorch.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Requiem on 10:38:09, 11/08/17
A new pair of Sealskinz off eBay for £7 - I constantly berate myself for buying these infernal things when I KNOW they leak after the second wearing, but I STILL buy them. I think its psychological.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 12:16:19, 11/08/17
A new pair of Sealskinz off eBay for £7 - I constantly berate myself for buying these infernal things when I KNOW they leak after the second wearing, but I STILL buy them. I think its psychological.

Strange that, I'm still on my first pair of Sealskinz gloves must be coming up for 3 years old now and they still perform faultlessly ie still waterproof.  I've washed them countless times with my other outdoor gear in tech wash and then put them through the machine with TX wash in maybe that's helped ?
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: BimblingBob on 12:20:28, 11/08/17
Berghaus Stronsay jacket (I'm starting to look like a walking berghaus advert) and a pair of Karrimor Anti Shock Carbon poles someone on here recommended.  28 quid new and posted from eBay.


Can't find the thread now but thanks to who ever pointed out the eBay seller for the poles.  O0
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: archaeoroutes on 17:38:50, 11/08/17
I've been on the hunt for a pair of super-lightweight summer boots for a while. Just got some Inov8 Roclite 325GTX to try out: http://amzn.to/2vMoqVw
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Jac on 21:13:30, 12/08/17
I've been on the hunt for a pair of super-lightweight summer boots for a while. Just got some Inov8 Roclite 325GTX to try out: http://amzn.to/2vMoqVw

I love my Inov8 roclites (286 I think) they were great walking the Polish Tatras the last couple of weeks.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: nesty on 00:49:09, 13/08/17
Berghaus Stronsay jacket (I'm starting to look like a walking berghaus advert) and a pair of Karrimor Anti Shock Carbon poles someone on here recommended.  28 quid new and posted from eBay.


Can't find the thread now but thanks to who ever pointed out the eBay seller for the poles.  O0

I was asking about them and Kinkyboots pointed me in the directon of ebay for those Karrimor poles. I bought a set. Quite good for the money!
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: NeilC on 00:08:21, 14/08/17
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Aegismax-Lengthened-Ultralight-Envelope-Type-White-Goose-Down-Camping-Hiking-Outdoor-Sleeping-Bag-Bags-200X80cm-M/32731517781.html?spm=2114.search0304.4.29.UaH4ol


Cheap chinese down oblong sleeping bag. Very happy with it. Have used it fully opened up as nice wide down quilt over the summer which I find super comfortable. It got unexpectedly cold on the hill last night so actually used it as a sleeping bag and was warm, and enjoyed the extra space you get from that shape.  Mine is 550g, packs to a ridiculously small size. Only had it down to about 10C as far as I know. Ideal for 2 season use.[/size]
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: NeilC on 00:17:00, 14/08/17
https://www.optimusstoves.com/us/us/93-8018907-optimus-clip-on-windshield


Clip on windshield. Fits perfectly around those ubiquitous chinese pot sets: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Useful-Cooking-Bowl-Pot-Pan-Set-Outdoor-Backpacking-Picnic-Cookware-Supplies-Hot-/131641500741?hash=item1ea671e445:g:U6wAAOSwo6lWNE-Q - such a good fit it clips onto the pot for storage.


So with a cheap titanium stove it's created a cheap DIY stove setup that seems to work well in the sort of conditions I camp in. Much better than my previous foil attempts or those fold-up 7-panel aluminium shields they sell.
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Post by: fernman on 09:22:27, 17/08/17
https://www.optimusstoves.com/us/us/93-8018907-optimus-clip-on-windshield (https://www.optimusstoves.com/us/us/93-8018907-optimus-clip-on-windshield)

Clip on windshield. Fits perfectly around those ubiquitous chinese pot sets

Clips under the edge of the ring on a standard gas canister, briiliant!
But £13, and 3 oz too  :-\ Guess I'll wait till there's a knockoff one in Poundland. 
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Post by: NeilC on 19:09:10, 17/08/17
double post
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Post by: NeilC on 19:10:46, 17/08/17
yes it's pretty outrageous for what is a bent bit of metal.


I think the weight is OK. Total weight of stove is c.320g including the cooking pot. Compared with a Brukit at about 460g it seems fair, albeit not as good.,
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Post by: NeilC on 19:16:27, 17/08/17
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000ECQ9KY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


A little plastic encapsulated thermometer that clips onto the zlpper of my rucksack - at last an end to the question of "how cold was it last night" that I tend to ask myself when trying to judge how my sleeping kit has performed.
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Post by: fernman on 20:39:11, 17/08/17
I think the weight is OK. Total weight of stove is c.320g including the cooking pot. Compared with a Brukit at about 460g it seems fair, albeit not as good.,

My stove, SnowPeak Gigapower, is 110g. Plus gas cartridge of course*.
But my 550ml (~ 1 pint) titanium pot & lid is 79g, which is less than the weight of the Optimus windshield @ 87g!

*Anyone else noticed that there's less gas in them now, 230g when it used to be 250g?
I always used to have a bit of gas left at the end of my 3-4 day trips, but last one I almost ran out.
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Post by: NeilC on 21:36:42, 17/08/17
My stove, SnowPeak Gigapower, is 110g. Plus gas cartridge of course*.
But my 550ml (~ 1 pint) titanium pot & lid is 79g, which is less than the weight of the Optimus windshield @ 87g!

*Anyone else noticed that there's less gas in them now, 230g when it used to be 250g?
I always used to have a bit of gas left at the end of my 3-4 day trips, but last one I almost ran out.


The stove itself is 29g. And the 1 litre pot set cost £8 off ebay so not gonna be the lightest thing. But it is super cheap and the setup is windproof and the lid serves as a cup/bowl. I got sick of trying to come up with foil windshields etc and decided it was worth a few ounces to not have to think about the wind anymore. I'm too tight to pay for titanium pots and stuff. The only time those sorts of things come my way is birthdays so maybe one will turn up one day!

I tend to use the 100g canisters and they do me for 3 days - just.

I try to cut the weight etc and then ruin it all by carrying a bottle of rum or wine anyway!
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Post by: Sloth on 21:55:28, 17/08/17
Neilc, rum does not ruin anything! In fact it should be an essential and does not even count towards your total pack weight. the preferred rum for hiking is Woods.  O0
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Post by: NeilC on 21:57:04, 17/08/17
Neilc, rum does not ruin anything! In fact it should be an essential and does not even count towards your total pack weight. the preferred rum for hiking is Woods.  O0


I agree on both fronts. And of course Woods is ideal for the weight-conscious as it's alcohol:gram ratio is high  ;D
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Post by: nesty on 01:04:22, 19/08/17
Neilc, rum does not ruin anything! In fact it should be an essential and does not even count towards your total pack weight. the preferred rum for hiking is Woods.  O0

That brings back bad memories for me. I did about 1/2 a bottle of that stuff back in the 90's and I was bed ridden hangover style for 2 days!
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Post by: Sloth on 10:17:41, 19/08/17
Nesty, I cannot believe you blame the Woods for that! Obviously it was something you ate!  ;D
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Post by: Bhod on 06:35:15, 22/08/17
Pop top caravan, a Fleurette Tamaris 31 to be exact.  Not strictly for walking  as such but will enable me to head off to my intended walks the night before instead of having to get up at stupid o'clock on a Sunday morning, added bonus is that Samantha (wife) and the two idiot spaniels will be able to come to come and do some of the easier walks too.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: fernman on 10:32:08, 24/08/17
A new Explorer OL17 Snowdon map for my forthcoming circuit around the massif.
Bought because my old one didn't show the restored Welsh Highland Railway which I'll be encountering on the western side.

Mildly disappointed to find that the mobile download offered on and inside the card cover is only for Android and iOS, and not for Wind-up Phones like mine; it's not made clear on the map, you have to go to the website to find out for sure. Good job I didn't buy the map specifically to get the download.
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Post by: Dyffryn Ardudwy on 10:39:33, 24/08/17
The latest Explorer maps of my area, around Dyffryn and Cadair Idris.
I am currently exploring the history of the 18C Droving routes, in and around Harlech and Dolgellau regions.

The OS Explorer maps are an absolute must have, to learn about the areas ancient history, and to follow the Drovers route from Cwm Nantcol, all the way to Barmouth and beyond.

Without the trusty bit of paper, i would walk past ancient ruins, that have great significance, you simply do not know their there, without the aid of a map.

The Digital map is extremely popular, but receiving both my bits of paper from Cornwall, it was like opening Christmas pressies  early.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: archaeoroutes on 18:41:51, 24/08/17
I've been on the hunt for a pair of super-lightweight summer boots for a while. Just got some Inov8 Roclite 325GTX to try out: http://amzn.to/2vMoqVw (http://amzn.to/2vMoqVw)
Well, first impression was good. Very lightweight. Seemed well-made. Good treads and a reasonably solid sole (so shouldn't feel stones).
Tried them round the house. Very comfy and a good fit (I did go half a size up as recommended in reviews I'd read).
Tried them for a walk near the house. Very worrying pressure point on inner ankle. This is probably just me as I had this problem with school shoes when I was a child.
Wore them for their first proper walk a couple of days ago. Just a few hours in the Brecon Beacons. Luckily the pressure point didn't reappear, hopefully this was due to a different lacing I tried and will sty away. Very nice boots to wear for summer. Not convinced they'll be properly waterproof as they rely on GTX, but they're for summer use so it shouldn't matter too much (I still have other boots for harsh conditions). Best thing is, I can run in them while still having some ankle support. Perfect!
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: NeilC on 09:44:41, 25/08/17
Bought an additional inflatable sleeping mat: https://www.decathlon.co.uk/forclaz-air-inflatable-camping-sleeping-mat-red-50cm-id_8298497.html


This is for the kids rather than me. I take one of the kids backpacking fairly often (they take turns, the lucky devils) and we both sleep in my small 2-man tent. My extra long extra wide Synmat takes up most of the floor. They've been making do with a Gelert 3/4 length but I've been getting complaints recently. Saw this in Decathlon and noticed it's pretty narrow so would fit the tent and at £30 for 550g of comfort seemed like a good idea. I does seem well made out of tough-looking fabric.


I really need to stop going into Decathlon with any means of spending on me. I cannot leave without coming away with stuff: camping gear, dartboards, tennis table set - I wouldn't be surprised if I become the owner of an inflatable kayak soon if I'm not careful.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 13:17:19, 17/12/17
Montane Super Terra Pants,   been after a pair for a while but held off, spotted today they had dropped in price on one of the online stores, headed down to GO and got them to price match +10% brought the price down to a less eye watering £94, fantastic price for a fantastic pair of winter trousers.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: gunwharfman on 14:01:14, 17/12/17
A Lowe Alpine warm the ears hat and a 2L fold up water bottle and a rain skirt from Alli Exprees, so cheap! I want the water bottle to complete my shower-anywhere system, especially when wild camping. I have the small shower head from Lifeventure so I am now complete, assuming I can find water on route of course.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: MichaelUK on 18:47:57, 17/12/17
Mountain Equipment Vulcan jacket. My xmas present to my self. Love it, so comfy and a great  fit. Im surprised how water resistant it is too!!! Also purchased some mini spikes. Pleased I did as our group walk on the 16th was on very frozen ground. Felt like a mountain goat. Wore them for 20 mile, quite comy too
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Post by: walking pole on 19:31:23, 17/12/17
Just ordered myself a zehpyros 1 man ep, so looking forward to testing it out hopefully before the new year
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: NeilC on 20:31:59, 17/12/17
Got an UCO candle lantern for birthday present. Not the lightest thing but gives out a lovely warming glow on a cold night without burning the tent down.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Peter on 00:18:25, 18/12/17
Forgot about this post and I have been busy squandering my hard earned..
Pair of Agile Parcour 2 wellies, not yet worn.
Keela waterproof coat, not yet delivered :(
Keela scuffer trousers, not yet delivered :(
Keela waterproof overtrousers, got to be altered. (and I would need to go out in rain too, which seems a bit foolish these days)
Sealskinz Dragoneye waterproof gloves. Too small despite measuring my hand and ordering accordingly.
Sealskinz Waterproof/windproof beanie hat. Actually worn and very nice ta.
Overboard 30 litre waterproof rucksack. Delivered last week, not been out since :(
Colman head torch, rechargeable 300 lumens. (Who the hell goes out in the dark??)
I also bought a pair of boots from Whalley Warm & Dry that despite being carefully measured and fitted, did NOT fit in action.
So, that is the best part of £1000 spent and so far my ears have been warm enough.
 >:( ??? :-[ :-\ [size=78%] [/size]
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: lostme1 on 08:35:45, 18/12/17
Forgot about this post and I have been busy squandering my hard earned..
Pair of Agile Parcour 2 wellies, not yet worn.
Keela waterproof coat, not yet delivered :(
Keela scuffer trousers, not yet delivered :(
Keela waterproof overtrousers, got to be altered. (and I would need to go out in rain too, which seems a bit foolish these days)
Sealskinz Dragoneye waterproof gloves. Too small despite measuring my hand and ordering accordingly.
Sealskinz Waterproof/windproof beanie hat. Actually worn and very nice ta.
Overboard 30 litre waterproof rucksack. Delivered last week, not been out since :(
Colman head torch, rechargeable 300 lumens. (Who the hell goes out in the dark??)
I also bought a pair of boots from Whalley Warm & Dry that despite being carefully measured and fitted, did NOT fit in action.
So, that is the best part of £1000 spent and so far my ears have been warm enough.
 >:( ??? :-[ :-\ [size=78%] [/size]

£500 an ear. That's good value  :) Hope the rest of your kit arrives soon. It's annoying when you did everything possible to get a good boot fit and they are not comfortable in the real world.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Requiem on 16:51:18, 26/12/17
I almost got through Boxing Day without buying anything, but .. I succumbed


F10 Helium UL1 which imho is my second favourite tent behind the Terra Nova Laser is a bit pricey at 200 quid-ish, but when Amazon offer you one for £63 its gotta be had. So I had it. Roll on pay day now.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: landy87 on 20:50:08, 26/12/17
I almost got through Boxing Day without buying anything, but .. I succumbed


F10 Helium UL1 which imho is my second favourite tent behind the Terra Nova Laser is a bit pricey at 200 quid-ish, but when Amazon offer you one for £63 its gotta be had. So I had it. Roll on pay day now.


 :o just checked amazon was it second hand?
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Peter on 18:37:16, 27/12/17
Forgot about this post and I have been busy squandering my hard earned..
Pair of Agile Parcour 2 wellies, not yet worn.
Keela waterproof coat, not yet delivered :(
Keela scuffer trousers, not yet delivered :(
Keela waterproof overtrousers, got to be altered. (and I would need to go out in rain too, which seems a bit foolish these days)
Sealskinz Dragoneye waterproof gloves. Too small despite measuring my hand and ordering accordingly.
Sealskinz Waterproof/windproof beanie hat. Actually worn and very nice ta.
Overboard 30 litre waterproof rucksack. Delivered last week, not been out since :(
Colman head torch, rechargeable 300 lumens. (Who the hell goes out in the dark??)
I also bought a pair of boots from Whalley Warm & Dry that despite being carefully measured and fitted, did NOT fit in action.
So, that is the best part of £1000 spent and so far my ears have been warm enough.
 >:( ??? :-[ :-\


Taken delivery of everything now, was so looking forward to the Keela kit, perhaps the weather is exceptionally cold at the moment but I am worried that I feel cold in the coat.
I have a thin quilted coat from Decatholon that is warm enough to wear with just a shirt. The Keela coat feels cold from the moment I put it on.??
Just doesn't feel right. £150 and I feel cold??
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Mel on 22:25:49, 27/12/17
It might be one of those types of things that feels cold initially until you've generated a warm layer of body heat which it retains  :-\
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Peter on 15:39:22, 28/12/17
It might be one of those types of things that feels cold initially until you've generated a warm layer of body heat which it retains  :-\


Like most of us I can cope with being cold. But I really am surprised with how the coat feels. I thought maybe it wasn't tightened around the hem line, but I sorted that and it made little difference. It IS very cold here at the moment, but I don't normally need much to be warm. It is not impressing me so far. Though otherwise its a lovely well made coat.
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Post by: Requiem on 17:18:48, 28/12/17

 :o just checked amazon was it second hand?


Nope, says its new - from Amazon International
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Post by: NeilC on 18:21:57, 28/12/17

Taken delivery of everything now, was so looking forward to the Keela kit, perhaps the weather is exceptionally cold at the moment but I am worried that I feel cold in the coat.
I have a thin quilted coat from Decatholon that is warm enough to wear with just a shirt. The Keela coat feels cold from the moment I put it on.??
Just doesn't feel right. £150 and I feel cold??


Why would a non insulated waterproof be warm?
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: landy87 on 20:05:55, 28/12/17

Nope, says its new - from Amazon International

managed to get one myself for just over 100 price + customs +shipping still a bargain O0
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Post by: MichaelUK on 20:23:47, 28/12/17
A belated xmas present to myself. Rab Microlite Jacket, sans hood, just what I needed/wanted !

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Post by: sunnydale on 12:54:03, 29/12/17
Not something I bought myself....but a friend very kindly got me some Kahtoola microspikes for Christmas, which I'm hoping I'll get to use at least once this Winter! :D
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Post by: FOX160 on 19:39:35, 29/12/17
EE Revelation quilt
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Peter on 10:36:25, 01/01/18
Sadly yet another outdoor supplier is closing doors in Settle. Cave and Crag have been there a lifetime it feels.
Anyway I bought a Rab Nimbus jacket for half price. That's £50 cheaper than the cheapest price on the net.



Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: DevonDave on 11:06:16, 01/01/18
Sadly yet another outdoor supplier is closing doors in Settle. Cave and Crag have been there a lifetime it feels.
Anyway I bought a Rab Nimbus jacket for half price. That's £50 cheaper than the cheapest price on the net.
Yes Peter, it's always a shame when a long-established supplier closes it's doors.  Actually, this was mentioned in the Bargain Thread a couple of days ago, where someone thought it was an online scam.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 18:30:40, 02/01/18
Not something I bought myself....but a friend very kindly got me some Kahtoola microspikes for Christmas, which I'm hoping I'll get to use at least once this Winter! :D

I'll be interested in any comments about them Sunnydale, have been thinking about investing in a pair, buuuut, have heard horrible things about the 2016 models, apparently the have changed the compound of the rubber/silicone and they are more prone to snapping according to some online reviews  :-\

Edited for name change cos I is a doofus :D

 
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Post by: bricam2096 on 19:53:46, 02/01/18
I'll be interested in any comments about them April, have been thinking about investing in a pair, buuuut, have heard horrible things about the 2016 models, apparently the have changed the compound of the rubber/silicone and they are more prone to snapping according to some online reviews  :-\

April??? lol O0
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Post by: MichaelUK on 19:54:29, 02/01/18
Have a look at the Grivel Rans, look good
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Post by: April on 20:56:38, 02/01/18
Not something I bought myself....but a friend very kindly got me some Kahtoola microspikes for Christmas, which I'm hoping I'll get to use at least once this Winter! :D

I'll be interested in any comments about them April, have been thinking about investing in a pair, buuuut, have heard horrible things about the 2016 models, apparently the have changed the compound of the rubber/silicone and they are more prone to snapping according to some online reviews  :-\

April??? lol O0

 :) I nearly always have an opinion anyway  :D

I have the Pogu spikes and beefy actually got the new 2016 Kahtoola spikes last year to replace his damaged Pogus. Beefy thinks they are better than the Pogu ones, easier to put on and get off and so far they have been very durable. If I were getting new microspikes it would be a toss up between the Kahtoolas and the Grivel Rans I think. Perhaps some people are using their spikes on ground that is too steep and that is causing the snapping?  :-\
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Post by: Bhod on 21:45:39, 02/01/18
April??? lol O0

Woops, my bad  :-[
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Post by: Bhod on 21:52:03, 02/01/18
Perhaps some people are using their spikes on ground that is too steep and that is causing the snapping?  :-\

Apparently it is when they have been fitting them to their boots, not in actual usage, only seen one or two negative comments  but it appears the rubber has split/torn in the same places.
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Post by: Bhod on 21:51:34, 09/01/18
Oh well. Christmas present money burning a hole in my pocket so I've bought a pair of Kahtoola microspikes to try them out for myself (hopefully this weekend somehwere in the lakes) :D
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Post by: sunnydale on 09:37:25, 10/01/18
Apparently it is when they have been fitting them to their boots, not in actual usage, only seen one or two negative comments  but it appears the rubber has split/torn in the same places.


They shouldn't be at all loose once fitted to your boots and they should feel quite taut...but I rather think folk maybe buying the wrong size in the first place ie. buying a size too small for a larger boot, hence the splitting/snapping when being over-stretched to fit.


I thought mine would be too small at first...but they were fairly easy to get on/off and while they were quite a taut fit, they weren't under excessive strain.


I haven't used them out on the hill yet, so I've no idea how they perform :-\


Tracey :)
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Post by: gunwharfman on 12:06:08, 10/01/18
For me, a pair of mobile phone headphones! I'll be buying them today.

I went out for a longer than usual run yesterday and I was bothered by phone call after phone call concerning one of my clients. It became an intellectual challenge for all concerned. When a man has a severe alcohol problem and the plan is to restrict him to a maximum 4 cans of lager per day and without warning his disability scooter breaks down (can only walk about 5-10 steps) and it can't be repaired for nearly five days, what do you do? Everyone panics! The off licence is one mile away. As a one-off, a relative agreed to pay for a taxi, the 'passenger' was four cans and one pouch of tobacco! A Plan B had never been considered. Why would they need to, the scooter would obviously work forever and he would never change. Wrong! His lager plan has worked well for four years, but yesterday everything fell apart at the seams.

My run obviously then turned into a walk. Ideas were put forward, one suggestion was for 6' high locked metal cabinet to be placed in his flat and the Care Company would then be asked to unlock and give him his daily allowance at each mornings first visit. They refused of course, which is fair enough. Another idea, is there a Deliveroo type service in the area and if so what would they charge? Still waiting on this one. Problem not yet solved.

I worked out that along my 10 mile route I must have had about 15 phone calls, back and forth, some short, duration and some long. Ahh, the pleasures of Care in the Community, I get that warm fuzzy feeling just thinking about it!

Why do I need the headphones? Hopefully, I can then have my hands free(ish) to quickly get out my notebook and pen and be able to write some legible notes. At one point yeasterday I managed to lay my phone on the top of a fence and turned the loudspeaker on, but at the other places en route one of my hands had to hold my phone to my ear, not good for writing notes on a piece of paper.

I'm in a good mood today, sunny and calm, just off for a run and have just heard that a neighbour is going to collect todays booze. If I was clever I could write a TV comedy programme about all this stuff, along the lines of Just Minister.



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Post by: BuzyG on 16:22:57, 10/01/18
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Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: pauldawes on 17:04:34, 10/01/18
For me, a pair of mobile phone headphones! I'll be buying them today.

I went out for a longer than usual run yesterday and I was bothered by phone call after phone call concerning one of my clients. It became an intellectual challenge for all concerned. When a man has a severe alcohol problem and the plan is to restrict him to a maximum 4 cans of lager per day and without warning his disability scooter breaks down (can only walk about 5-10 steps) and it can't be repaired for nearly five days, what do you do? Everyone panics! The off licence is one mile away. As a one-off, a relative agreed to pay for a taxi, the 'passenger' was four cans and one pouch of tobacco! A Plan B had never been considered. Why would they need to, the scooter would obviously work forever and he would never change. Wrong! His lager plan has worked well for four years, but yesterday everything fell apart at the seams.




Not for first time, something youíve put makes me regard you as strong candidate for sainthood.


Possible solutions for back-up...that youíve probably considered:-
1/ Short term hire of a disability scooter, or even loan of one from repairers.
2/ Just extend taxi plan: one of local drivers might do it for a cut rate price, if you negotiate on basis that he can just drop off the four cans as heís passing by doing other work.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: gunwharfman on 17:39:40, 10/01/18
It was just me identifying that when hiking I'm happy enough to take calls but not necessarily so when I'm running. On a long day, when perhaps I'm bored and fed up with my lot, I sometimes find a phone call a bit of welcome relief. Given a choice I would have preferred to run the day before yesterday but it was my own fault, I forgot to switch my phone off at the start. As I was self employed for a lot of years (I'm almost retired now but old habits die hard) if my phone rings and work is offered I still find it hard to say no. I know other people who hike prefer to avoid such intrusions

Anyway, I bought my headphones around lunch time, £9.99 from a local shop and I then went for an off road run. I decided to wear them while I ran, just to try them out. I now realise I didn't choose well, I'm not used to earphones so they felt odd but I persevered and then found they were fine until I started to sweat. Then they just fell out. Can anyone please recommend a headphone set that doesn't fall out?
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Mylo on 18:56:16, 10/01/18
Apologies if already posted,  Cave & Crag is closing down. A lot of stuff discounted


Can't post links, but cave-crag - uk
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Post by: Bhod on 20:14:31, 18/01/18
Damn Montane Outlet/end of season sale - New Windstopper Shirt, New Down Jacket, New Supa Terra Stretch trousers and a new  "buff"  O0 , managed to not buy a new beanie, new gloves, new tshirts, new waterproof, new rucksack, new fleece etc  ::)
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Post by: MichaelUK on 20:30:54, 24/01/18
Deuter Futura 26  £65 from Deutera UK web site. £40 cheaper tham retailers!
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Peter on 23:10:40, 24/01/18
It was just me identifying that when hiking I'm happy enough to take calls but not necessarily so when I'm running. On a long day, when perhaps I'm bored and fed up with my lot, I sometimes find a phone call a bit of welcome relief. Given a choice I would have preferred to run the day before yesterday but it was my own fault, I forgot to switch my phone off at the start. As I was self employed for a lot of years (I'm almost retired now but old habits die hard) if my phone rings and work is offered I still find it hard to say no. I know other people who hike prefer to avoid such intrusions

Anyway, I bought my headphones around lunch time, £9.99 from a local shop and I then went for an off road run. I decided to wear them while I ran, just to try them out. I now realise I didn't choose well, I'm not used to earphones so they felt odd but I persevered and then found they were fine until I started to sweat. Then they just fell out. Can anyone please recommend a headphone set that doesn't fall out?


Reg, they sell sports headphones for just such a purpose. They have hooks to hang on to the ears.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Alan Kilroy on 13:48:04, 08/02/18
Fjallraven Greenland Jeans.


Just arrived from Germany this morning.....difficult to find in stock anywhere, size etc.


Been looking at them for a while, probably the least obtrusive in their extensive range re: cargo pockets etc etc.
Two regular deepish front pockets, same back. One cargo pocket on front of right leg  :knuppel2: , not too bad. The leg length, which I knew about, was massively long. Just dropped them off to the local "Snip n Sew", ready tomo 10am.
Size 50, which is 33"-34" and fits well, happy with that. Adding a belt will add more comfort. Button down fly.
Material is bomb/nuclear/armageddon proof alright.  :coolsmiley:  Tarmac colour, will have them on permanently I reckon.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: KimE on 13:15:24, 10/02/18

Mora Eldris knife 2,25" blade.


https://morakniv.se/en/product/eldris/
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Islandplodder on 11:45:07, 11/02/18

Paramo cascada 2 walking trousers.
Nothing really wrong with old ones except they are so baggy.  I'll keep them for serious mud.  I thought of doing the recycle thing, but decided that it was worth hanging on to the old ones as a spare.  that might mean the new ones get washed more often!
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: jimbob on 13:45:33, 11/02/18
In relation to KimE's mail, she is clearly not from the UK where the law states that "The Criminal Justice Act (1988) says that you may carry a knife with a blade length of 3.0" or less so long as it is capable of folding and does not lock" -  so no fixed blade knives as an every day carry!! "Unless someone knows differently then even a 2 and half inch fixed blade may not be carried in areas where the public may be. or to carry out a specific job of work, where the constabulary has been given a certain amount of discretion, seemingly. (I have myself wondered about those sliding/locking blade craft knives where a 4" blade can be achieved?
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Bhod on 21:37:51, 11/02/18
In relation to KimE's mail, she is clearly not from the UK where the law states that "The Criminal Justice Act (1988) says that you may carry a knife with a blade length of 3.0" or less so long as it is capable of folding and does not lock" -  so no fixed blade knives as an every day carry!! "Unless someone knows differently then even a 2 and half inch fixed blade may not be carried in areas where the public may be. or to carry out a specific job of work, where the constabulary has been given a certain amount of discretion, seemingly. (I have myself wondered about those sliding/locking blade craft knives where a 4" blade can be achieved?

KimE doesn't state it is an edc, just that they've bought one.  It is also possible to carry a blade either fixed or locking of longer than 2.5 inches in Public areas "as long as you have a valid reason for doing so"  (Freelance chefs for instance, travelling between engagements), as an outdoors person I frequently carry a knife with me on excursions, it's normallly carried  in the bottom of my pack until I reach my destination, obviously you'd be foolish to travel through public areas with it strapped to your waist or in your pocket but as long as you can prove a valid reason for having it about your person then there are no comebacks.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: KimE on 21:43:39, 11/02/18
Yes we have a law in Sweden about not carry knifes in public areas it doesn`t say anything about size or fixed blades, forests and mountains are not counted as public areas. In the rural area i live in people are not so picky about it.

No its not an every day carry its for outdoorslife mostly cooking, making fire, skinning small game.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Pitboot on 23:53:14, 25/05/18
My latest purchase has been a hip belt pouch by Aiguille. My Osprey Talon pouches are next to useless, too small and too far round the sides, and this pouch slides over a hip belt fin and over one of the fixed pouches. Much better now i can actually reach it and it opens easily, has two compartments for snacks, camera, etc. I got to try it out at Ennerdale last Tuesday. I'll try to find a way of fixing the pouch semi permanently so it does not slide off when I undo the belt.

Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Mel on 23:59:51, 25/05/18
... I'll try to find a way of fixing the pouch semi permanently so it does not slide off when I undo the belt.


A bit of carefully placed velcro on the loops of the pouch/belt of rucksack.


Alternatively, fasten it to your trousers belt (this is what I do with mine).



Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: sussamb on 06:31:08, 26/05/18
I used cable ties to fix a pouch to the hip belt of my LA  rucksack  O0
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: zuludog on 06:42:50, 26/05/18
As you might have seen in another post, I have recently bought an MSR Hubba NX Solo tent, and I think it's pretty good
The quality of the sewing and the general workmanship is excellent
Typical price is just over £300, with the footprint another £30 to £40, but Elite Mountain Supplies have an offer - tent & footprint for £306[size=78%] [/size]
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[size=78%]They also have Platypus water bladders on offer, so I got 2l one, and a couple of other odds & ends[/size]
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: MichaelUK on 15:56:22, 27/05/18
Oboz Firebrand 11 B-Dry trail shoes. £112 from Go Outdoors, very comfy strait out of the box. A Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 1 tent,  £174 from SportPursuit, well chuffed.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: marmottungsten on 20:19:37, 27/05/18
A Brother FS70WT sewing machine, from Argos.  I bought it to make custom made webbing straps and pouches.  At first I just wanted to replace the awful pouch my lovely Alpkit Splitta ultralight camping table came in, because it was bright high-viz orange, making it totally unsuitable for stealth camping.  So I bought some medium weight, water resistant, Polyester fabric in a dark olive green colour, perfect for stealth camping, then I bought the sewing machine to actually turn the fabric into a new pouch.  Took me a whole day to master the machine, then it was plane sailing.  I changed the design from the original pouch, which had a flap on one end held down with velcro, to one with a full width flap (for easier access), expanding sides (to increase the pouches volume (so it could carry other awkward-to-carry items, like my Qi-Wiz ultralight Titanium cathole trowel), webbing loops sewn on the back to allow it to attach securely to the top of the daisy chain on either side of my back pack, and the top flap is held down with two webbing straps which can be tightened down via ladderlock buckles...These also allow the front of the pouch to be cinched down tight,  to keep everything inside from rattling around when I walk.  Another bonus is that despite the webbing on it, it is actually 5g lighter than the original pouch!  I was so pleased with the result I made a new pouch for my Helinox Chair Zero out of the same fabric.  Before that, I was having to carry the Chair Zero in a Helinox Table One carry bag, which weighs a whopping 56g...The new pouch has a rolltop and the top can be cinched down via two quick release buckles, and the sides of the pouch can also be cinched down via the ladderlock buckle straps I made to hold the pouch vertically on the back of my backpack.  It only weighs just over 20g, at least half the weight of the Table One bag.   It is strapped onto one corner, and my tent poles are strapped vertically to the other corner, in the camo green tent pole bag that was supplied with my tent...This balances the weight evenly, frees up useful space in my backpack, allows me to keep the width of the pack as narrow as possible, so it can't snag on branches when walking through dense forest and it still allows me to have unhindered access the mesh side pockets and the big mesh pocket in the middle.  It has got me thinking of maybe going into business making ultralight custom rucksack/backpack accessory packs and pouches and selling them on sites like ebay or Amazon...Not sure if there is a big market for such items though.   
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Troggy on 08:52:53, 29/05/18
Marmottungsden...I'm jealous! I bought a 2nd hand sewing machine with the hope of modifying and making my camping and walking gear. Hah! Can't even work out how to put a new reel on!! If you're thinking of making some really lightweight items, why not have a go with one and stick it on Ebay just to see how it goes? Best wishes if you do.As I've just put on another thread, I've just bought a pair of Meindl boots for £45 and can't wait to try them out tomorrow. I've kept them on all day, for a couple of days and they're really comfortable and I'm chuffed to bits. First proper pair of boots for ages.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: marmottungsten on 09:32:48, 29/05/18
Meindl boots for £45???  I just looked them up and Cotswold Outdoors is selling Meindl boots for £210!  Either they are second hand or you got a real bargain!
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Peter on 11:35:23, 29/05/18
My latest purchase has been a hip belt pouch by Aiguille. My Osprey Talon pouches are next to useless, too small and too far round the sides, and this pouch slides over a hip belt fin and over one of the fixed pouches. Much better now i can actually reach it and it opens easily, has two compartments for snacks, camera, etc. I got to try it out at Ennerdale last Tuesday. I'll try to find a way of fixing the pouch semi permanently so it does not slide off when I undo the belt.


I've tried both press studs, velcro tabs and staples. Nothing is perfect. Sometimes you want/need to push a pouch away, other times you want it at the front.. :-\
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Peter on 11:40:39, 29/05/18
A Brother FS70WT sewing machine, from Argos.  I bought it to make custom made webbing straps and pouches.  At first I just wanted to replace the awful pouch my lovely Alpkit Splitta ultralight camping table came in, because it was bright high-viz orange, making it totally unsuitable for stealth camping.  So I bought some medium weight, water resistant, Polyester fabric in a dark olive green colour, perfect for stealth camping, then I bought the sewing machine to actually turn the fabric into a new pouch.  Took me a whole day to master the machine, then it was plane sailing.  I changed the design from the original pouch, which had a flap on one end held down with velcro, to one with a full width flap (for easier access), expanding sides (to increase the pouches volume (so it could carry other awkward-to-carry items, like my Qi-Wiz ultralight Titanium cathole trowel), webbing loops sewn on the back to allow it to attach securely to the top of the daisy chain on either side of my back pack, and the top flap is held down with two webbing straps which can be tightened down via ladderlock buckles...These also allow the front of the pouch to be cinched down tight,  to keep everything inside from rattling around when I walk.  Another bonus is that despite the webbing on it, it is actually 5g lighter than the original pouch!  I was so pleased with the result I made a new pouch for my Helinox Chair Zero out of the same fabric.  Before that, I was having to carry the Chair Zero in a Helinox Table One carry bag, which weighs a whopping 56g...The new pouch has a rolltop and the top can be cinched down via two quick release buckles, and the sides of the pouch can also be cinched down via the ladderlock buckle straps I made to hold the pouch vertically on the back of my backpack.  It only weighs just over 20g, at least half the weight of the Table One bag.   It is strapped onto one corner, and my tent poles are strapped vertically to the other corner, in the camo green tent pole bag that was supplied with my tent...This balances the weight evenly, frees up useful space in my backpack, allows me to keep the width of the pack as narrow as possible, so it can't snag on branches when walking through dense forest and it still allows me to have unhindered access the mesh side pockets and the big mesh pocket in the middle.  It has got me thinking of maybe going into business making ultralight custom rucksack/backpack accessory packs and pouches and selling them on sites like ebay or Amazon...Not sure if there is a big market for such items though.


I've spent an absolute fortune on material and bits and pieces to make bespoke kit.. failed far too often.  :-[
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: marmottungsten on 12:37:31, 29/05/18

I've spent an absolute fortune on material and bits and pieces to make bespoke kit.. failed far too often.  :-[


Don't worry, maybe I could make some for you instead?   ;)
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Troggy on 12:57:21, 29/05/18
Meindl Boots... Yep Marmottungsden, they were off Ebay and 2nd hand. Luckily, the soles are in cracking condition and they fit me really well. The leather is bashed around at the toe end (think he's been working on a building site! But I've dubbined them and they've come up pretty good and the leather and memory foam is very comfortable. I took a chance though; but luckily enough for once it worked out. I saw the prices this morning and couldn't believe just how dear they are.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: marmottungsten on 13:17:06, 29/05/18
Meindl Boots... Yep Marmottungsden, they were off Ebay and 2nd hand. Luckily, the soles are in cracking condition and they fit me really well. The leather is bashed around at the toe end (think he's been working on a building site! But I've dubbined them and they've come up pretty good and the leather and memory foam is very comfortable. I took a chance though; but luckily enough for once it worked out. I saw the prices this morning and couldn't believe just how dear they are.


YUK!  I would never ever buy second hand shoes because the person who had them before might have had Athletes Foot!  Once you get that it is really hard to get rid of it, especially if it gets under your toenails, and it can lead to other fungal related diseases like trench foot. Hope this wont happen to you, but it might...
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: kinkyboots on 13:54:38, 29/05/18

YUK!  I would never ever buy second hand shoes because the person who had them before might have had Athletes Foot!  Once you get that it is really hard to get rid of it, especially if it gets under your toenails, and it can lead to other fungal related diseases like trench foot. Hope this wont happen to you, but it might...

Meindl used to make/sell a product called Cleaner In and Out specifically to clean both the inside and outside of boots. Think they may have stopped selling it due to lack of sales and because of the change in Post Office regulations on posting pressurised containers. Other manufacturers or Grangers may still sell similar products. https://www.hillanddaleoutdoors.co.uk/productDetail.php?productId=838&brand=9 (https://www.hillanddaleoutdoors.co.uk/productDetail.php?productId=838&brand=9)

Filling your boots with luke warm water which has been dosed with Nikwax Tech Wash or liquid soap and soaking for a few hours before giving the insides a gentle scrub in the difficult to reach areas with an old toothbrush before thoroughly rinsing them out will shift most things.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Percy on 14:49:55, 29/05/18
A new pair of lightweight walking socks. Most of my pairs are bit on the heavy side for this weather.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Mel on 18:02:39, 29/05/18

..... Athletes Foot!  Once you get that it is really hard to get rid of it, especially if it gets under your toenails, and it can lead to other fungal related diseases like trench foot. Hope this wont happen to you, but it might...


Not entirely true.  Trenchfoot can cause Athlete's Foot but not the other way round.  You can give yourself Athlete's Foot and subsequent nail infections by simply not looking after your feet if they are subject to prolonged moist conditions (eg. sweating inside a pair of boots).


But, regardless, giving the inside of the boots a gentle wash/dry as kinkyboots says and giving the insides an occasional spray with proprietary fungal spray will keep your boots infection free.  That, combined with good foot care and you should be okay.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Zizag on 18:53:07, 29/05/18
I bought an Exped synmat HL
Looks the bees knees .
Very comfy . 
Quoted 350 grams on spec , when I checked It was 365 grams In reality ,so no big deal .
But the thing I did not like was all the Fffffffffaffing about with the Dry bag called the Snozzle for pumping it up , as blowing with your mouth will deteriorate the Sim with moisture and affect the warranty . It'[censored] or miss if It take's me 2 goes or 5 goes  :-[
I almost sent the  thing back  >:(  but decided on persevering  :-\  as I trying to get my Rucksack weight down


Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Troggy on 14:24:02, 31/05/18
I ahd a fungal infection which was a sod to get rid of, so I'm careful with what |I wear. And although I'm not well up in the health side of feet, the chiropodist is. She advised using dettol and rubbing the inners of shoes/ boots with it after each days use. She also recommended taking care of my feet regularly with anti fungal treatment which I do. My guess is that if I've replaced the insoles (which I have) rinsed the inners out with dettol and continue that regularly, change my socks after each use then I'm much more prone to getting a fungal infection by not taking care of my feet.
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: gunwharfman on 16:15:05, 31/05/18
Actually I bought some new laces, I always felt that my previous ones were too long. Much better now.

We have just had a new Decathlon shop open near to us. Its like an Aladdins Cave, just the sort of shop I like to wander around in. I wonder how its going to affect Snow and Rock and Millets who are nearby?
Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
Post by: Peter on 08:50:00, 01/06/18

Don't worry, maybe I could make some for you instead?   ;)


That would be brilliant!
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Post by: alan de enfield on 10:50:27, 01/06/18

Got a bargain at Aldi yesterday.
'Climbing Trousers' reduced from £14.99 to £7.


Nice lightweight and supposed to be 'water resistant' size L = waist 36-38


Got them home and tried them on - how strange - fasten the 'wrong way' and the zip operates with your left hand.


Looked at the packaging "LADIES"



Felt OK, looked almost 'smart', (much smarter than my baggy 'cargo pants') had sufficient room for all the 'bits' & SWMBO said "they look OK, go and see if they have any more", so will be keeping them.


Gave the leg a 'squirt' of water and it beaded off (maybe just the 'newness' tho)

Features

     Waistband with elastic tape at back/ sides
  • Internal contrast waistband binding
  • Belt loops
  • Shell loop at front belt
  • 4-hole plastic button at front closure
  • Zip fly with YKK Nylon No. 5 zip, with zip under placket
  • Knee part with dividing seams
  • Knee and back area lined with double layer fabric
  • 2 hand-in side pockets with additional concealed zipper side pockets
  • Patched leg pocket: shell flap closure with hook and loop fastener
  • Inner leg pocket with additional mobile phone pocket with elastic tape at pocket entry
  • Bionic finish
  • Soil repellent
  • Water repellent
  • UPF 50+
  • UV protection
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Built for all weather
  • Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: marmottungsten on 10:58:30, 01/06/18

    That would be brilliant!


    There are lots of well made but inexpensive military Molle webbing pouches in various sizes and colours online, (usually in black, desert sand (coyote), olive or woodland camo) but they are usually made of a very thick, strong Cordura material, which makes them quite heavy...For instance, a 2.7 litre capacity medical Molle pouch weighs 360g.  I am trying to save weight where possible so I have looked around for lighter pouch options.  Zpacks in the States make an ultralight 3.2 litre capacity DCM pack/pouch that can be mounted or carried in various ways, such as over your chest via four adjustable webbing straps, or you can wear it hanging via one shoulder strap, or even as a belt pouch...It only weighs 82g!  It costs $49 (£36.85), which is very cheap for such a lightweight pouch.  I have ordered one and I'm still waiting for it to arrive.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 11:06:07, 01/06/18

    There are lots of well made but inexpensive military Molle webbing pouches in various sizes and colours online, (usually in black, desert sand (coyote), olive or woodland camo) but they are usually made of a very thick, strong Cordura material, which makes them quite heavy...For instance, a 2.7 litre capacity medical Molle pouch weighs 360g.  I am trying to save weight where possible so I have looked around for lighter pouch options.  Zpacks in the States make an ultralight 3.2 litre capacity DCM pack/pouch that can be mounted or carried in various ways, such as over your chest via four adjustable webbing straps, or you can wear it hanging via one shoulder strap, or even as a belt pouch...It only weighs 82g!  It costs $49 (£36.85), which is very cheap for such a lightweight pouch.  I have ordered one and I'm still waiting for it to arrive.



    Do you not find that after a certain point, weight reduction begins to seriously impact of the usefulness and suitability of a product for everyday 'knock-about' hiking and camping usage ?
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Beth FF on 11:46:48, 01/06/18
    Just waiting for a delivery of a pair of Craghoppers Kiwi zip-off trousers. Never had anything like them before but needed some multi-function clothes. Not sure other hikers are ready to see my glaringly white legs but I can always warn them to put sunglasses on whilst passing me I suppose  ;D Other than them my latest kit additions are Under Armour sports bras (so sick of bra straps slipping during hikes!) and Under Armour shorties.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Peter on 14:36:32, 01/06/18

    There are lots of well made but inexpensive military Molle webbing pouches in various sizes and colours online, (usually in black, desert sand (coyote), olive or woodland camo) but they are usually made of a very thick, strong Cordura material, which makes them quite heavy...For instance, a 2.7 litre capacity medical Molle pouch weighs 360g.  I am trying to save weight where possible so I have looked around for lighter pouch options.  Zpacks in the States make an ultralight 3.2 litre capacity DCM pack/pouch that can be mounted or carried in various ways, such as over your chest via four adjustable webbing straps, or you can wear it hanging via one shoulder strap, or even as a belt pouch...It only weighs 82g!  It costs $49 (£36.85), which is very cheap for such a lightweight pouch.  I have ordered one and I'm still waiting for it to arrive.


    Yes, I tried various Molle bits and pieces. They contributed to the fortune I've paid out.
    One successful (in part) item was a standard dry bag which I stitched onto a belt. Worked very well for putting gloves and hat into. Just not quite perfect.
    One of the concepts I was working towards was having items quickly to hand. I've found that too many trousers no longer have good cargo pockets. So I was trying to figure out a 'belt' that would replace trouser pockets. Needs to be waterproof. Something that can go over rain pants and coats.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: adalard on 15:36:26, 01/06/18
    One of those credit card-shaped tick removal tools after my partner picked up a tick in Wales on Monday.


    The tool's now in my wallet, seems a handy little gizmo and worked well.




    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Beth FF on 16:16:37, 01/06/18
    One of those credit card-shaped tick removal tools after my partner picked up a tick in Wales on Monday.
    I've got one of the crowbar shaped ones, called a Tom O'Twister or something, and it's brilliant. Not had to use it on myself yet but got a couple off the dog.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: fernman on 20:06:35, 01/06/18
    I successfully used the larger of my two O'Tom tools two times in North Wales a couple of weeks ago. It is now my preference over the lasso tool.

    But it was entirely my fault that I got the animals, for I had something new for me, a Pocket Smidge, which I applied to my arms, around my neck and shoulders and down the front of my chest where they might have got in my shirt. (I didn't do ankles and shins as I keep my trousers tucked into my socks.)

    So why did I get the ticks? I had one on the back of a hand where I hadn't thought to apply the repellent, and a couple of days later one on the inside of my wrist because I packed up camp in a hurry (I was at 600m in cloud with a freezing east wind) and didn't bother to put any on me.

    This tells me there were ticks around and the product was effective because I didn't get any where and when it was used.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: marmottungsten on 00:16:59, 02/06/18

    Yes, I tried various Molle bits and pieces. They contributed to the fortune I've paid out.
    One successful (in part) item was a standard dry bag which I stitched onto a belt. Worked very well for putting gloves and hat into. Just not quite perfect.
    One of the concepts I was working towards was having items quickly to hand. I've found that too many trousers no longer have good cargo pockets. So I was trying to figure out a 'belt' that would replace trouser pockets. Needs to be waterproof. Something that can go over rain pants and coats.


    Again, Zpacks seem to be the only company offering what you are looking for: http://www.zpacks.com/images/accessories/multipack/multipack-waist-l.jpg
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 00:27:37, 02/06/18
    So I was trying to figure out a 'belt' that would replace trouser pockets. Needs to be waterproof. Something that can go over rain pants and coats.
    I got a quite cheap bumbag from mountain warehouse soaked it in Fabsil.
    Keep phone, gloves, cash, cards, keys passport, etc in it plus a few snack bars. Never had a problem with getting into it or keeping things dry. Really lightweight cheapo option.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Owen on 09:52:09, 02/06/18
    In the endless search for the perfect backpacking pack I've just ordered one of these https://www.atompacks.co.uk/product-page/the-prospector costom made to order.
    I've a lightwave ultrahike 60 for long trips where I need to carry two weeks food and my kit.
    I've an OMM classic 32lt for 1-2 night trips but it's a real squeeze for any longer.
    At 40lt + mesh pockets the Atom pack should fill the gap between the other two. 
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 15:10:28, 02/06/18
    Not seen those before, let us know what you think when it arrives  O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: dank86 on 19:10:40, 07/06/18
    DD 3X3 tarp, can't wait to use it tbf looks very good
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: MichaelUK on 17:49:41, 09/06/18
    Big Agnus Fly Creek HV UL 1 tent. £174 from Sportspursuit
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: marmottungsten on 18:23:51, 09/06/18
    Big Agnus Fly Creek HV UL 1 tent. £174 from Sportspursuit


    There are four main problems with the Fly Creek HV UL1...   1) They are very flimsy in construction, so will rip or tear easily. 2) They are made from Nylon, which is easily damaged by the UV light in sunlight outdoors so the fabric will degrade over time, making it even easier to rip or tear. 3) Nylon absorbs water, so the rain fly will sag when wet, which can both loosen your guy lines (and if it is windy out this can cause you real issues) and allow the rain fly to touch the inner tent allowing any condensation inside to run down and into the mesh inner, leaving you and your kit wet. 4) Because the door is on the front, and partially covered by the top of the vestibule, you have no choice but to crawl into it on your hands and knees...And if the bare ground inside the vestibule space is wet and/or muddy, your hands and knees will get dirty and muddy too! It is a terrible design.  It's only saving grace is it's light weight...But I don't mind carrying a bit more weight to allow me to have a better designed tent, with more space inside, made with much longer lasting materials and with a rain fly that won't sag when it gets wet, which stops my guy lines loosening and keeps me much drier.  But I am sure you must have been well aware of these issues and decided you are prepared to live with them, or you wouldn't have bought a Fly Creek HV UL1.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 18:29:31, 09/06/18

    But I don't mind carrying a bit more weight to allow me to have a better designed tent, with more space inside, made with much longer lasting materials and with a rain fly that won't sag when it gets wet. 



    I never thought I'd see something like that from 'the micro-gram counter'


    Comfort can often trump weight.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: marmottungsten on 18:45:41, 09/06/18

    I never thought I'd see something like that from 'the micro-gram counter'


    Comfort can often trump weight.


    Not often, just occasionally, but when buying a tent this is one occasion when quality, practicality and comfort do matter more than the weight.  If I was going to buy tent with low weight being my priority, it would be something made by Zpacks, because they are made from from DCM (previously known as Cuben Fibre), which is even lighter than Nylon, but much stronger and it does not absorb water (in fact DCM is one of the most waterproof fabrics available (typically 15000mm head!).  Most of their tent designs have side doors for easier access, and some have one on either side so you can get real through breeze on hot days or so you can just enjoy the view outside more easily from inside.  They are not cheap though, but that is to be expected as most of the best ultralight kit is expensive.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: scottk on 23:48:57, 09/06/18
    I would go for a tarptent Notch Lithium as I prefer double wall tents. The z pack tents are nice but I'm wary of them outside of the good weather.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: MichaelUK on 17:55:08, 10/06/18

    There are four main problems with the Fly Creek HV UL1...   1) They are very flimsy in construction, so will rip or tear easily. 2) They are made from Nylon, which is easily damaged by the UV light in sunlight outdoors so the fabric will degrade over time, making it even easier to rip or tear. 3) Nylon absorbs water, so the rain fly will sag when wet, which can both loosen your guy lines (and if it is windy out this can cause you real issues) and allow the rain fly to touch the inner tent allowing any condensation inside to run down and into the mesh inner, leaving you and your kit wet. 4) Because the door is on the front, and partially covered by the top of the vestibule, you have no choice but to crawl into it on your hands and knees...And if the bare ground inside the vestibule space is wet and/or muddy, your hands and knees will get dirty and muddy too! It is a terrible design.  It's only saving grace is it's light weight...But I don't mind carrying a bit more weight to allow me to have a better designed tent, with more space inside, made with much longer lasting materials and with a rain fly that won't sag when it gets wet, which stops my guy lines loosening and keeps me much drier.  But I am sure you must have been well aware of these issues and decided you are prepared to live with them, or you wouldn't have bought a Fly Creek HV UL1.
    The majority of tents in that price range, full price that is, are made from nylon - various deniers. The choice of front or side opening can still lead to a potential wet entry\ exit. Im not defending my purchase, as I bought it because it was cheap! I have no experience with tents or camping, but Im sure that will develop as time goes on. Will wait and see how well, or not, the tent performs. I did read and watch several reiews and none were overly negative. Personal preference and experience I suppose.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: FOX160 on 18:33:51, 11/06/18
    Bought a Yamama Mountain Gear Swiftline 2 recently https://www.yamamountaingear.com/swiftline-2P/ (https://www.yamamountaingear.com/swiftline-2P/)
    Only 962grams without carbon stakes at 66grams plus a new Hyberg rucksack [size=78%]https://hyberg.de/produkt/hyberg-attila-x-ultraleicht-rucksack/ (https://hyberg.de/produkt/hyberg-attila-x-ultraleicht-rucksack/)[/size] and a new stormin cone together with at Toaks 135ml ti pot.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Mel on 18:51:38, 11/06/18
    My latest walking kit purchase was some new socks and a fleece.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: marmottungsten on 00:48:58, 12/06/18
    Bought a Yamama Mountain Gear Swiftline 2 recently https://www.yamamountaingear.com/swiftline-2P/ (https://www.yamamountaingear.com/swiftline-2P/)
    Only 962grams without carbon stakes at 66grams plus a new Hyberg rucksack [size=78%]https://hyberg.de/produkt/hyberg-attila-x-ultraleicht-rucksack/ (https://hyberg.de/produkt/hyberg-attila-x-ultraleicht-rucksack/)[/size] and a new stormin cone together with at Toaks 135ml ti pot.


    Not bad...My only concern is that you have to have hiking poles with you in order to set it up and that is a real drawback.  Suppose you forget your hiking poles...you could use some mouldy old branches to do the same job but then you would have to worry about breathing in mould spores all night and that would probably keep you you up all night!  And unless there is forest around, you may not even have access to old branches in the first place.  Another reason I don't like tents that rely on hiking poles to erect them, is if you find a nice site to set up your tent, say at the bottom of a hill or mountain summit and pitch your tent there and then decide to climb up the hill or mountain above you to enjoy the view...You get half way up and realise you are struggling with the steep incline and you suddenly realise you don't have your hiking sticks with you anymore because they are still holding your tent up in the valley below!  I have seen several youtube videos where hikers have experienced this same scenario.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 07:46:56, 12/06/18

    The majority of tents in that price range, full price that is, are made from nylon - various deniers. The choice of front or side opening can still lead to a potential wet entry\ exit. Im not defending my purchase, as I bought it because it was cheap! I have no experience with tents or camping, but Im sure that will develop as time goes on. Will wait and see how well, or not, the tent performs. I did read and watch several reiews and none were overly negative. Personal preference and experience I suppose.


    Looks like an excellent 3 season lightweight tent to me!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 07:52:59, 12/06/18

    My most recent purchase is a Coleman Phad X3 tent (3 man semi geodesic) from ebay; hardly used, and a steal at £25 + postage.


    Just the job for some modest family backpacking, or for 'boot of the car' use in all but the most extreme conditions.


    (https://image.ibb.co/eGcA7o/Phad_By_The_Sea_1.jpg)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: beefy on 08:03:53, 12/06/18
    Bought a Yamama Mountain Gear Swiftline 2 recently https://www.yamamountaingear.com/swiftline-2P/ (https://www.yamamountaingear.com/swiftline-2P/)
    Only 962grams without carbon stakes at 66grams plus a new Hyberg rucksack [size=78%]https://hyberg.de/produkt/hyberg-attila-x-ultraleicht-rucksack/ (https://hyberg.de/produkt/hyberg-attila-x-ultraleicht-rucksack/)[/size] and a new stormin cone together with at Toaks 135ml ti pot.
    Great idea using trekking poles to save weight  O0


    you could use some mouldy old branches to do the same job[/size] as the poles if you want to go for a walk after pitching your tent [/size]
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: April on 08:34:00, 12/06/18
    you could use some mouldy old branches to do the same job as the poles if you want to go for a walk after pitching your tent

    Do you think we could use these mouldy branches in the MSR if you forget to bring the poles for our tent?

    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: beefy on 08:43:12, 12/06/18
    Do you think we could use these mouldy branches in the MSR if you forget to bring the poles for our tent?


    ;D
    e

    There are four main problems with the Fly Creek HV UL1...   1) They are very flimsy in construction, so will rip or tear easily. 2) They are made from Nylon, which is easily damaged by the UV light in sunlight outdoors so the fabric will degrade over time, making it even easier to rip or tear. 3) Nylon absorbs water, so the rain fly will sag when wet, which can both loosen your guy lines (and if it is windy out this can cause you real issues) and allow the rain fly to touch the inner tent allowing any condensation inside to run down and into the mesh inner, leaving you and your kit wet. 4) Because the door is on the front, and partially covered by the top of the vestibule, you have no choice but to crawl into it on your hands and knees...And if the bare ground inside the vestibule space is wet and/or muddy, your hands and knees will get dirty and muddy too! It is a terrible design.  It's only saving grace is it's light weight...But I don't mind carrying a bit more weight to allow me to have a better designed tent, with more space inside, made with much longer lasting materials and with a rain fly that won't sag when it gets wet, which stops my guy lines loosening and keeps me much drier.  But I am sure you must have been well aware of these issues and decided you are prepared to live with them, or you wouldn't have bought a Fly Creek HV UL1.


    I never thought I'd see something like that from 'the micro-gram counter'


    Comfort can often trump weight.j
    ;D  just spotted this one
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 09:03:41, 12/06/18
    I bought some underwear from Decathlon for £3. I'm always looking for synthetic underwear, specifically for hiking trips, that are lightweight, will last and can be washed in an instant and then dry quickly. Most underwear which seem to fit my criteria can be over £15, Odlo for example. I have ordinary Odlo versions but only as briefs so this time I thought I would try figure hugging boxers. I bought a Medium pair which fits me well but just too well! I'm going to go back to Decathlon today and buy a Large in the hope they fit as I want them too. If the Large does the trick for me then £3 a pair is not bad.

    I've also decided to be a bit more security conscious with my phone and cards and have been looking for a neck pouch to carry them next to my skin under my shirt or baselayer. My experience is that all of the basic pouches from Blacks, Cotswold and so on have one or even two major weakness, the cord or strap that goes around the neck and the compartment for the phone. They are fine just to carry cards and a few notes but that's all. I find that once I try to carry my phone as well, the extra weight around my neckjust becomes irritating. I do not even look at the corded types, for me once the phone is in the pouch they are always uncomfortable. The pouch in Decathlon has a thin strap but is still irritating because it does not widen at its weight bearing point. The phone is half an inch too long for the compartment so cannot be zipped closed.

    I know I sound fussy but I like to walk as comfortably as I can, after a few days little irritations can easily become big irritations. I think my previous set up was better, my wife's friend sewed three debit card sized pockets to my baselayer. I may decide to go back to this arrangement if I cannot find a suitable neck pouch.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 09:08:43, 12/06/18


     The phone is half an inch too long for the compartment so cannot be zipped closed.





    Solution :- Get a smaller phone - simples !!!!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: marmottungsten on 12:14:30, 12/06/18
    I bought some underwear from Decathlon for £3. I'm always looking for synthetic underwear, specifically for hiking trips, that are lightweight, will last and can be washed in an instant and then dry quickly. Most underwear which seem to fit my criteria can be over £15, Odlo for example. I have ordinary Odlo versions but only as briefs so this time I thought I would try figure hugging boxers. I bought a Medium pair which fits me well but just too well! I'm going to go back to Decathlon today and buy a Large in the hope they fit as I want them too. If the Large does the trick for me then £3 a pair is not bad.

    I've also decided to be a bit more security conscious with my phone and cards and have been looking for a neck pouch to carry them next to my skin under my shirt or baselayer. My experience is that all of the basic pouches from Blacks, Cotswold and so on have one or even two major weakness, the cord or strap that goes around the neck and the compartment for the phone. They are fine just to carry cards and a few notes but that's all. I find that once I try to carry my phone as well, the extra weight around my neckjust becomes irritating. I do not even look at the corded types, for me once the phone is in the pouch they are always uncomfortable. The pouch in Decathlon has a thin strap but is still irritating because it does not widen at its weight bearing point. The phone is half an inch too long for the compartment so cannot be zipped closed.

    I know I sound fussy but I like to walk as comfortably as I can, after a few days little irritations can easily become big irritations. I think my previous set up was better, my wife's friend sewed three debit card sized pockets to my baselayer. I may decide to go back to this arrangement if I cannot find a suitable neck pouch.


    Wear shorts or trousers with two front pockets and at least one cargo pocket on the side/thigh...Your phone will fit perfectly in there and in that position it will not irritate you when you walk. Put your card/card wallet in one of the front pockets...Never keep your cards right next to your phone as the magnetic field can erase the data on your card!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: NeilC on 14:23:46, 12/06/18
    I bought some underwear from Decathlon for £3. I'm always looking for synthetic underwear, specifically for hiking trips, that are lightweight, will last and can be washed in an instant and then dry quickly. Most underwear which seem to fit my criteria can be over £15, Odlo for example. I have ordinary Odlo versions but only as briefs so this time I thought I would try figure hugging boxers. I bought a Medium pair which fits me well but just too well! I'm going to go back to Decathlon today and buy a Large in the hope they fit as I want them too. If the Large does the trick for me then £3 a pair is not bad.



    Funnily enough I've been looking to go over to Decathlon to get these myself. I tend to wear whatever cotton boxers I have in the drawer but they do get soggy and stay that way in damp/hot conditions. Various outdoor brands do pricey underwear but it doesn't look much different to the Decathlon running underwear.


    I have have one of their running tops as a baselayer which is pretty good too. Wicks well, not too warm and dries really quick. I wanted the least warm baselayer I could find for wearing under Paramo.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: NeilC on 14:42:00, 12/06/18

    Never keep your cards right next to your phone as the magnetic field can erase the data on your card!


    That's not actually true. The speakers on phones don't use magnets and the radio waves won't induce a magnetic field of any significant strength in a magnetic strip.


    It's more likely to get damaged from a magnetic clasp on a phone case or similar, and even then it's not common unless in direct contact for hours.


    I store my cards in my phone case and they've been there for months on end and they're just fine.

    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 22:09:40, 12/06/18
    I visited Decathlon again today, I'm hooked, so much to see and study! Decathlon is a French company and their head office is in Mons and about three of the staff in my local branch are French. I was looking for a new water container today to fit into my rucksack but couldn't find them. I saw a young woman staff standing nearby and asked her where I could find them. That's when I realised she was French, she didn't understand me at first, I kept asking for a flexible water container, but at one point I must have used the word bladder. Her face then lit up, she now knew what I was asking for and she gave me a very white toothy grin, perfect teeth in fact, laughed out loud and said "do you mean bladdeeer monsieur", all I could say clumsingly smiling back was "Oui, yes, bladdeeer, Merci".That grin and laugh was really worth going shopping for! A classic case of an old man charmed!

    I've now bought two synthetic pairs of boxer underwear, one blue, one red specifically for my hiking trips. I got it wrong in my earlier post, they were £3.99 each, not £2.99, sorry about that. My first underwear purchase was a Medium which I found to be too tight, so I've now purchased the Large which fit me perfectly. All I have to do now is go on a hike.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: dank86 on 22:28:38, 12/06/18
    I do miss going to decathlon stores, lived in France for 4 years and spent so much there 😂
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: marmottungsten on 01:17:54, 13/06/18
    I visited Decathlon again today, I'm hooked, so much to see and study! Decathlon is a French company and their head office is in Mons and about three of the staff in my local branch are French. I was looking for a new water container today to fit into my rucksack but couldn't find them. I saw a young woman staff standing nearby and asked her where I could find them. That's when I realised she was French, she didn't understand me at first, I kept asking for a flexible water container, but at one point I must have used the word bladder. Her face then lit up, she now knew what I was asking for and she gave me a very white toothy grin, perfect teeth in fact, laughed out loud and said "do you mean bladdeeer monsieur", all I could say clumsingly smiling back was "Oui, yes, bladdeeer, Merci".That grin and laugh was really worth going shopping for! A classic case of an old man charmed!

    I've now bought two synthetic pairs of boxer underwear, one blue, one red specifically for my hiking trips. I got it wrong in my earlier post, they were £3.99 each, not £2.99, sorry about that. My first underwear purchase was a Medium which I found to be too tight, so I've now purchased the Large which fit me perfectly. All I have to do now is go on a hike.


    ???  Do you live in France?  If that store was in the UK I would have expected her to have better English than that.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 08:57:42, 13/06/18
    No. I live in Portsmouth and our store opened its doors for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I thought her English was great, no problems from me that she could not say bladder as we do. As I wrote, a very charming young woman. I assume that once the store is well established, staff like her will move on to help open new ones? I was told thats what happens when they open new stores in Spain for example.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 12:18:21, 13/06/18
    Having lived and worked in France and Spain for a French company it is my impression that most of them speak English an awful lot better, even with accents, than the British manage with their languages.  As for accents then it is fair to say that these small islands are blessed with a huge range if broad varieties.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: marmottungsten on 12:32:25, 13/06/18
    I have visited Decathlon stores in Greece, Italy, Cyprus and Tenerife, as well as in the UK (Reading is the closest one to me)...They don't sell much ultralight lightweight kit so the only thing I find them handy for is for somewhere cheap to buy gas canisters (In Venice you can't get gas canisters for a BRS3000T and you have to visit the Decathlon store on the mainland, several hours away, just to get one)  However, now I have ditched using gas in favour of solid fuel tablets, because they are lighter, I have little reason to visit Decathlon.  I did buy a pair of trekking trainers from their Rome branch whilst I was out there (which lasted years), but haven't found anything in there since that I couldn't buy cheaper online.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: forgotmyoldpassword on 13:38:16, 13/06/18
    I have visited Decathlon stores in Greece, Italy, Cyprus and Tenerife, as well as in the UK (Reading is the closest one to me)...They don't sell much ultralight lightweight kit so the only thing I find them handy for is for somewhere cheap to buy gas canisters (In Venice you can't get gas canisters for a BRS3000T and you have to visit the Decathlon store on the mainland, several hours away, just to get one)  However, now I have ditched using gas in favour of solid fuel tablets, because they are lighter, I have little reason to visit Decathlon.  I did buy a pair of trekking trainers from their Rome branch whilst I was out there (which lasted years), but haven't found anything in there since that I couldn't buy cheaper online.


    They do cheap as hell base layers, rucksacks and I'd send anyone beginning a life of camping in the hills there to save themselves a few pennies, not to mention the base layers/synthetics are functionally very similar to more expensive models.  I do agree ordering online can be brilliant, but there is also the truth that if we do not support bricks and mortar stores then they will close and high streets turn to an absolute barren wasteland.   
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: marmottungsten on 13:58:56, 13/06/18

    They do cheap as hell base layers, rucksacks and I'd send anyone beginning a life of camping in the hills there to save themselves a few pennies, not to mention the base layers/synthetics are functionally very similar to more expensive models.  I do agree ordering online can be brilliant, but there is also the truth that if we do not support bricks and mortar stores then they will close and high streets turn to an absolute barren wasteland.   


    Yes, but it's simply cheaper to buy online and that is the most important thing to most buyers.  If the greedy high St stores don't lower their prices in order to compete with cheaper online sellers, then yes, they will go the way of the Dodo...But how many really care?
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 14:08:27, 13/06/18

    Yes, but it's simply cheaper to buy online and that is the most important thing to most buyers.  If the greedy high St stores don't lower their prices in order to compete with cheaper online sellers, then yes, they will go the way of the Dodo...But how many really care?



    What a load of ill-informed drivel.
    I suppose you go into 'Go-Outdoors' (other 'real stores' are available) take an hour or two of their time and try all of the different brands and sizes of boots on, then once you know exactly what brand and size you require go and order them on ebay (other on-line suppliers available)


    How do you expect high-street stores to be competitive when they are paying huge rent, rates, staff wages, pensions, holiday pay etc etc. Your 'on-line' supplier has a shed with a limited range of sizes and virtually no overheads.


    To answer your question "who really cares ?" - I DO !!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 15:14:17, 13/06/18



    Yes, but it's simply cheaper to buy online and that is the most important thing to most buyers.  If the greedy high St stores don't lower their prices in order to compete with cheaper online sellers, then yes, they will go the way of the Dodo...But how many really care?


    That's not really fair on the many small independent outdoor stores; it's not a matter of greed; they're just struggling to survive.


    And I care too.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: NeilC on 15:34:13, 13/06/18

    What a load of ill-informed drivel.
    I suppose you go into 'Go-Outdoors' (other 'real stores' are available) take an hour or two of their time and try all of the different brands and sizes of boots on, then once you know exactly what brand and size you require go and order them on ebay (other on-line suppliers available)

    How do you expect high-street stores to be competitive when they are paying huge rent, rates, staff wages, pensions, holiday pay etc etc. Your 'on-line' supplier has a shed with a limited range of sizes and virtually no overheads.


    To answer your question "who really cares ?" - I DO !!


    That's a bit harsh. He's dead right that for most people, price comes first. And convenience and choice come a close second - the internet often wins on these, hence the decline of shops.
    Also for a lot of people going for the cheapest isn't a choice, it's a necessity.

    Where he's wrong is the greed thing. Some shops used to be greedy when they had a semi-monopoly in a town, but those days are over and now they're generally as reasonable as they can afford to me.


    Re: Decathlon - I don't think you can get stuff much cheaper online. They're already very cheap. I don't see any online retailers beating Decathlon for the synthetic underwear Gunwharfman bought there. They're generally not selling the cream of lightweight gear but they usually sell well-priced gear. I've got plenty of it.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 15:44:34, 13/06/18
    Go outdoors, Cotswold etc will price match if asked and if their terms and conditions are met.  Always worth asking so you get the cheapest price but also support local retailers.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 15:45:35, 13/06/18

    That's a bit harsh. He's dead right that for most people, price comes first...ÖÖ..




    It may be harsh, but in response to :


    If the greedy high St stores don't lower their prices in order to compete with cheaper online sellers, then yes, they will go the way of the Dodo...But how many really care?


    It is clear that he has a limited (if any) understanding in the costs involved in running a 'bricks & mortar' business and employing staff.


    Where is the evidence to support the accusation of 'greedy High St stores' ?
    Look at their accounts and see how much they are making - particularly the smaller independents with limited purchasing power.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 17:40:35, 13/06/18

    What a load of ill-informed drivel.
    I suppose you go into 'Go-Outdoors' (other 'real stores' are available) take an hour or two of their time and try all of the different brands and sizes of boots on, then once you know exactly what brand and size you require go and order them on ebay (other on-line suppliers available)


    How do you expect high-street stores to be competitive when they are paying huge rent, rates, staff wages, pensions, holiday pay etc etc. Your 'on-line' supplier has a shed with a limited range of sizes and virtually no overheads.


    To answer your question "who really cares ?" - I DO !!
    Well said. This is actually what it is really all about.  Those who try on things in a store then buy online actually cost the high street shop real money, which the tax avoiding online companies benefit from.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Mel on 18:29:06, 13/06/18
    Well done marmottungsten.  Your trolling has finally paid off ... you've got the discussion wildly off topic and caused genuine forum members to bicker amongst themselves  O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: beefy on 18:34:32, 13/06/18
    Well done marmottungsten.  Your trolling has finally paid off ... you've got the discussion wildly off topic and caused genuine forum members to bicker amongst themselves  O0
    +1  :D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: April on 18:56:35, 13/06/18
    I rather enjoy reading his posts but probably for all the wrong reasons  :)

    Oh and I care about the high street shops too. Boots, rucksacks especially, I always buy from the shop I've tried them on in regardless of price. If the shops aren't there for us to try things for size it would make buying these things more problematic.

    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: nesty on 21:24:21, 13/06/18
    Just my 2p about the high street and online.
    The thing the High street has to learn is to keep actual stock. The amount of times I have made a specific trip and there is nothing in stock to try on. Then you enquire only to be told you can order it online from them, but it's chargeable return postage if it doesn't fit! Decathlon stores I find them ok though, base layers are good value for money, have a few!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 21:57:34, 13/06/18
    Just my 2p about the high street and online.
    The thing the High street has to learn is to keep actual stock. The amount of times I have made a specific trip and there is nothing in stock to try on.



    I find that a quick telephone call before departure tends to give the required information.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: April on 22:01:42, 13/06/18
    I find that a quick telephone call before departure tends to give the required information.

    Yes call ahead or some shops have stock levels you can check online before you go too.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: nesty on 22:17:56, 13/06/18

    I find that a quick telephone call before departure tends to give the required information.


    Yes of course I never thought of doing that when my trip maybe involving 3 or 4 shops by the time I have waited on the phone for their reply I could be in town!   
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 22:21:08, 13/06/18

    Yes of course I never thought of doing that when my trip maybe involving 3 or 4 shops by the time I have waited on the phone for their reply I could be in town!



    My apologies I misunderstood what you meant by a 'specific trip'.



    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: nesty on 22:30:01, 13/06/18

    My apologies I misunderstood what you meant by a 'specific trip'.


    Specific trip covering being a few items etc my bad!
    I do find places like Go are great for stock or finding out what stock there is beforehand.
    It's a sad case rest of the high street shops don't do the same trend customer service as go. I think the high streets stores have shot themselves in the foot, as they don't make the experience enjoyable as it once used to be, poorly trained staff etc, stock levels low, high prices.
    I am not surprised the high streets are suffering as there is so much competition from online though for any outdoor gear I try to support the bricks and mortar stores within the outdoor circles as such!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: FOX160 on 07:27:16, 17/06/18
    Just purchased an hybrid jacket (in Blue) it works but itís just getting your mind around it.
    https://www.berghaus.com/mens-extrem-ulvetanna-hybrid-2.0-down-insulated-jacket/421916.html (https://www.berghaus.com/mens-extrem-ulvetanna-hybrid-2.0-down-insulated-jacket/421916.html)



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    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: marmottungsten on 10:35:35, 17/06/18
    Just purchased an hybrid jacket (in Blue) it works but itís just getting your mind around it.
    https://www.berghaus.com/mens-extrem-ulvetanna-hybrid-2.0-down-insulated-jacket/421916.html (https://www.berghaus.com/mens-extrem-ulvetanna-hybrid-2.0-down-insulated-jacket/421916.html)



    (http://www.walkingforum.co.uk/blob:http://www.walkingforum.co.uk/58ce0ca7-e4c8-48f2-994d-35ad44a40901)


    I watched the video they provided and at 0:30 the sales guy says "the Hydrodown we use will stay dry for over 16 hours". 
    Huh???  But what happens after that?  Does the hydrophobic coating on the down break down suddenly, allowing the down to get soaked and therefore useless?  Does the coating break down permanently?
    A very strange thing to say in an advertising vid as it has put me off buying it!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 15:22:27, 17/06/18

    I watched the video they provided and at 0:30 the sales guy says "the Hydrodown we use will stay dry for over 16 hours". 
    Huh???  But what happens after that?  Does the hydrophobic coating on the down break down suddenly, allowing the down to get soaked and therefore useless?  Does the coating break down permanently?
    A very strange thing to say in an advertising vid as it has put me off buying it!
    Maybe this comment should have opened a new topic since you didn't actually purchase one????? In general most people try to stick to the subject.
    I bought a long sleeved Merino base layer for £24.00 via sports direct. Recently tried one of their short sleeved ones and was pleased with it.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: NeilC on 11:52:23, 18/06/18
    Man this forum is getting a bit catty of late...
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 13:49:37, 18/06/18
    Man this forum is getting a bit catty of late...
    Sorry Neil. I'll go and eat humble  pie, or maybe leaves and berries. :-[
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 14:08:59, 18/06/18

    I have found that with an internal water bladder it is not easy to clean and you tend to lose track of how much / little you have drunk, rather than taking off the pack to get to water bottles I have been using a Heath-Robinson arrangement of elastics and 'bottle hangers' but finally decided to 'splash -out' (see what I did there ?) on water bottle holder that can be attached to my rucksack strap.


    Spent a whole £2 on a cyclists water bottle holder, adjustable for all shapes and sizes of bottles, simple attachment to my shoulder strap and only weighs in at 35 grams.




    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: NeilC on 14:33:38, 18/06/18
    Sorry Neil. I'll go and eat humble  pie, or maybe leaves and berries. :-[


    I wasn't just referring to you. Seems a couple of the newer members are attracting a few comments that don't seem entirely kind-hearted. I know people say some stupid things but it just reads a bit catty to me. Without new members forums tend to die so wouldn't want them put off.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: NeilC on 14:34:32, 18/06/18
    I have found that with an internal water bladder it is not easy to clean and you tend to lose track of how much / little you have drunk, rather than taking off the pack to get to water bottles I have been using a Heath-Robinson arrangement of elastics and 'bottle hangers' but finally decided to 'splash -out' (see what I did there ?) on water bottle holder that can be attached to my rucksack strap.


    Spent a whole £2 on a cyclists water bottle holder, adjustable for all shapes and sizes of bottles, simple attachment to my shoulder strap and only weighs in at 35 grams.


    That's actually not an entirely bad idea.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: marmottungsten on 16:48:49, 18/06/18
    I have found that with an internal water bladder it is not easy to clean and you tend to lose track of how much / little you have drunk, rather than taking off the pack to get to water bottles I have been using a Heath-Robinson arrangement of elastics and 'bottle hangers' but finally decided to 'splash -out' (see what I did there ?) on water bottle holder that can be attached to my rucksack strap.


    Spent a whole £2 on a cyclists water bottle holder, adjustable for all shapes and sizes of bottles, simple attachment to my shoulder strap and only weighs in at 35 grams.


    My rucksack allows me to take out and replace each of the water bottles in the side pockets without having to take it off, but I have to twist my upper body a bit to do it which is obviously a little bit uncomfortable, so to make it easier I decided to buy a hydration tube adapter kit.  I bought it from a seller in Israel on ebay for under £32 inc postage.  It basically allows you to convert virtually any plastic water bottle (including PET bottles with a Sawyer Mini thread, Nalgene bottles and others) into a rigid water bladder.  It comes with a Silicone drinking hose and mouthpiece.  so you can drink on the move.  It's certainly not as cheap as a bike water bottle holder, but it's a lot more convenient, and you can buy various camo pattern or plain coloured cover tubes to cover the blue drinking tube to keep it camouflaged for when you are stealth camping.  I went for an insulated Neoprene cover in Drab Olive green  which costs £3.99 on ebay...It helps to keep your drinking water cooler in summer and prevents it freezing in the winter.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Source-Outdoor-SNEP-Convertube-Water-Bottle-Adapter-Into-A-Hydration-System-Kit/273127785189?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Source-Outdoor-SNEP-Convertube-Water-Bottle-Adapter-Into-A-Hydration-System-Kit/273127785189?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649)


    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Insulated-Thermal-Hydration-TUBE-COVER-Camelbak-Water-Bladder-Neoprene-Platypus/191291190915?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=490405825526&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649 (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Insulated-Thermal-Hydration-TUBE-COVER-Camelbak-Water-Bladder-Neoprene-Platypus/191291190915?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=490405825526&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Owen on 18:59:38, 18/06/18
    I don't like the internal water bladder pockets on rucksacks, a, they take up space that could be better used for something more useful. b, Platypus's do  leak from time to tome, so you'd end up with water inside your pack. c, They're a pain to get your platypus out of to refill.


    I have mesh pockets on my pack so I just stuff mine in there and thread the tube up over my shoulder.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: beefy on 19:52:21, 18/06/18
    you can buy various camo pattern or plain coloured cover tubes to cover the blue drinking tube to keep it camouflaged for when you are stealth camping. [/size]

    I think people would see you before they saw the tube, do you wear camo clothes too  :D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: dittzzy on 00:25:32, 19/06/18
    I just bought these for nice dry days when I'm not walking up High Tove.
    https://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/p/meindl-womens-respond-xcr-shoe-B2222142.html?colour=105 (https://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/p/meindl-womens-respond-xcr-shoe-B2222142.html?colour=105)

    At the moment, I have a pair of Merrils - in hindsight I should have taken them back when I bought them about 4 years ago, because they have always been a bit tight across the top of my foot, and I develop a very tender callus on my little toe if I wear them for a couple days.  With that in mind I had the poor guy in Cotswold Outdoors get out just about every pair of trail shoes in my size, including the mens, so I could make sure I got the absolute proper fit.The very curious thing about these trail shoes though, is that my nice new Meindl, woman's size 8, are probably a full cm longer than my Merrills, and they feel wider too.  German sizing versus American sizing?
    PS 15% of Cotswold Outdoors if you are a member of the National Trust
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Beth FF on 17:06:02, 19/06/18
    Spent a whole £2 on a cyclists water bottle holder, adjustable for all shapes and sizes of bottles, simple attachment to my shoulder strap and only weighs in at 35 grams.

    That sounds exactly the thing I'm after. As you say, there are potential hygiene issues with a water bladder, and I'm finding carrying water bottles in my rucksack really awkward - out of sight out of mind and having to take my pack off whenever I need a sip is a bit of a PITA. Even carrying bottles in my side panels is awkward as I still need to remove the pack or risk pulling a muscle in my side as I twist to reach them! What bottle holder did you get and where did you buy it?
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 17:12:56, 19/06/18
    What bottle holder did you get and where did you buy it?



    I got the one in the picture above.
    Two-pounds and some pennies, delivered within 48 hours.
    Will take "standard" shop 500ml water bottles, 650ml cyclists 'chubby bottles' and some of the real 'fat wide mouth' bottles.


    I have used a couple of cable ties to attach it thru the screw holes and into the 'daisy chain' on my shoulder straps - I reckon if you don't have daisy-chain straps then it would be pretty easy to sew it on.



    Been out walking today - its so nice to be able to reach the bottle without dislocating my shoulder or pulling a muscle trying to reach the mesh side-pockets.


    Edit to add a link - it was this one;
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Adjustable-Mountain-Bike-Mount-Cycling-Bicycle-Water-Bottle-Cup-Holder-Cage-Rack/253237049309?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649





    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 17:42:06, 19/06/18
    I've just bought a 'shoulder holster' made by Deuter for £15, which I can wear under or over my baselayer when hiking and it can stay strapped to me comfortably when I'm sleeping as well. Not a bargain cost wise, but I specifically looked for a soft material holster with zipped pockets that would hold my phone, passport and cards in zipped compartments. It also comes with an elasticated strap that goes around the waist. Its all do do with my new policy of being more security conscious with these things.

    I saw similar items on Amazon but the photos were not good enough for me to know if they were any good or not, so I played safe with the Deuter.

    I'm also using a smaller Forclaz neck holster from Decathlon on a day to day basis, rather than just putting my phone in my shirt pocket, or stuffing it in my trouser pocket. I now feel better about how best to carry my cards around this way as well.

    I'll obviously never be fully secured but my new way feels much better now than before.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Dyffryn Ardudwy on 19:13:05, 19/06/18
    Ive just returned from a great trip to both Orkney and the Shetland isles.
    Whilst looking around Lerwick last Saturday afternoon, it was a struggle to find anything to buy, so i bought a rather nice waterproof coat for just £18.
    Its made by a company called Highlander, and its their Pack & Go model.

    It may not be the most technical bit of kit out there, but its surprisingly well made for something so cheap,  and has one heck of a good hood, with good adjusters, a lot better than far more expensive jackets ive tried on.

    Why did i buy it ?  well i had to have something to remind me of my trip to Shetland, and its the kind of waterproof one can hide away in the car just incase you get caught in the rain.

    I know there are far better waterproofs available, but i very much doubt anyone will find a similar spec fully waterproof coat for such little money, and its surprisingly breathable as well, as i wore the thing to walk around Lerwick in fairly warm conditions.


    No sweat or condensation built up inside, so for £18, i was much impressed.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Beth FF on 19:19:06, 19/06/18
    Thanks Alan  :) I'm also considering making a water holder from paracord and a carabiner (seen a video in YouTube) as I like a craft project.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 19:22:18, 19/06/18
    Thanks Alan  :) I'm also considering making a water holder from paracord and a carabiner (seen a video in YouTube) as I like a craft project.



    That's what I was using - to be honest, no comparison to the 'bike water carrier'.
    With the paracord slip-loop, its either banging about like a weight on a pendulum, or it loosens off and drops out.
    I made them with cord-loks which should have performed better than paracord slip-knots.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Beth FF on 19:28:45, 19/06/18
    I've bought more kit too  :D Just received my Paramo Alize windprof and water"proof" very lightweight jacket. I wanted something that didn't add warmth, like my Paramo Valez smock does, but was more suitable for spring to autumn weather. It also had to be at light as possible and this really is pretty good in that area. Not had a chance to try it in the rain yet but water certainly beads off it, but it was great in the hills on Sunday when it was mild but windy. Carmine red and orange...like a beacon!  :D
    Also just ordered another pair of Salomon trail-running shoes. I already walk in running shoes - a Saucony road pair for tarmac or good surfaces, and a pair of Salomon goretex trail runners for rough and/or muddy terrain - but I wanted something that had excellent grip (like my other trail runners) but with a mesh top so they're cooler in the summer.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: tom83 on 21:24:56, 19/06/18
    I have found that with an internal water bladder it is not easy to clean and you tend to lose track of how much / little you have drunk, rather than taking off the pack to get to water bottles I have been using a Heath-Robinson arrangement of elastics and 'bottle hangers' but finally decided to 'splash -out' (see what I did there ?) on water bottle holder that can be attached to my rucksack strap.


    Spent a whole £2 on a cyclists water bottle holder, adjustable for all shapes and sizes of bottles, simple attachment to my shoulder strap and only weighs in at 35 grams.


    This is superb. A genuinely very good idea. I may have to rig something similar up for myself, as I struggle to reach my backpack's side pockets.


    In other news, my boy actually made me my Fathers Day present this year, and Im made up with it.


    (https://i.imgur.com/weKLPlW.jpg)


    A walking stick with my initials in it. Ignore the mess on the table, we are getting the boys DofE kit together.



    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 06:24:43, 20/06/18

    Berghaus 'Deluge' overtrousers; £35 from Blacks in Aviemore (reduced from £60). Quite decent, with zips most of the way up the sides.


    PS - like the stick, Tom!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 17:04:58, 20/06/18
    Just bought a Vaude Poncho from Amazon £36.00 in green the Blue was much more expensive. Was going to buy an Altus but due to rereading various threads on ponchos over the years on this forum decided to go for the Vaude when it was at such a good price.  My old cheapo poncho may become a small tarp for use with a bivi, if I can be tempted to buy one. The idea appeals when it is nice and warm.A couple of days in the allotment will be followed by my previously aborted walk along the Wall in God's countryside.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: NeilC on 15:03:24, 21/06/18
    I took Gunwharfman's lead and got some Decathlon running underwear - briefs and boxers. Very cheap and look decent. I've been meaning to get some synthetic underwear for ages after many trips with sodden cotton M&S boxers: https://www.decathlon.co.uk/breathable-boxers-id_8489345.html



    Whilst I was there I noticed they have their Helium windproofs back on the shelves so got one of those. £15.99 for a 110g windproof is good value. Fits well, the DWR works under the tap test. Not so sure about the design but it's time I bought some things that weren't black or grey: https://www.decathlon.co.uk/fh500-helium-wind-mens-jacket-id_8492440.html


    I was reading on some site about a fellow Paramo user who packs a windproof to go with his Quito and puts it over that in the case of really hard, prolonged rain. He says the windproof makes a big difference, taking the brunt of the rain and stopping it getting into pit zips etc. I.e no random wet-outs. So I'm thinking that could be a nice combo



    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: marmottungsten on 15:40:47, 21/06/18
    I took Gunwharfman's lead and got some Decathlon running underwear - briefs and boxers. Very cheap and look decent. I've been meaning to get some synthetic underwear for ages after many trips with sodden cotton M&S boxers: https://www.decathlon.co.uk/breathable-boxers-id_8489345.html (https://www.decathlon.co.uk/breathable-boxers-id_8489345.html)



    Whilst I was there I noticed they have their Helium windproofs back on the shelves so got one of those. £15.99 for a 110g windproof is good value. Fits well, the DWR works under the tap test. Not so sure about the design but it's time I bought some things that weren't black or grey: https://www.decathlon.co.uk/fh500-helium-wind-mens-jacket-id_8492440.html (https://www.decathlon.co.uk/fh500-helium-wind-mens-jacket-id_8492440.html)


    Wind proof?...The small print says it's wing proof...So you should be fine if you disturb a flock of pigeons up on a mountain!  :D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 10:58:58, 22/06/18
    I just gave my son £50 for his 'old' (two years) 32" TV and its now my PC monitor. I define it as a walking kit purchase because I can now watch You Tube and Vimeo films of the walks that I have done on a BIG screen. Its great!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Nomad32 on 21:39:14, 23/06/18
    My latest purchase is a set of sea to summit dry bags to keep my sleeping bag and down jacket dry and my gear organised. Ok now my bag has become a Russian doll of sorts but I like it.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: marmottungsten on 00:10:43, 24/06/18
    My latest purchase is a set of sea to summit dry bags to keep my sleeping bag and down jacket dry and my gear organised. Ok now my bag has become a Russian doll of sorts but I like it.


    I got myself a lightweight 100% water proof rucksack instead, so I don't need to carry the extra weight of a rucksack cover (at least 80g) or the weight of several drybags.  If you bought the lightweight set of 3 drybags (1, 2 and 4 litre) then they weigh a total of 142g...so this has reduced my base weight by nearly 250g.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 07:15:48, 24/06/18

    I got myself a lightweight 100% water proof rucksack instead, so I don't need to carry the extra weight of a rucksack cover (at least 80g) or the weight of several drybags.  If you bought the lightweight set of 3 drybags (1, 2 and 4 litre) then they weigh a total of 142g...so this has reduced my base weight by nearly 250g.



    Knowing that no rucksack is going to be always 100% watertight I use a 'garden waste' heavy duty bin bag, weight 47g, cost a few pennies.
    Fits inside the pack as a 'liner', top rolls over, does the job for me.


    There is more than one way to skin a cat.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 08:18:04, 24/06/18


    Knowing that no rucksack is going to be always 100% watertight I use a 'garden waste' heavy duty bin bag, weight 47g, cost a few pennies.
    Fits inside the pack as a 'liner', top rolls over, does the job for me.


    There is more than one way to skin a cat.


    Perfect.


    The simple solutions are always the best. And often the cheapest.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: marmottungsten on 14:44:21, 24/06/18

    Knowing that no rucksack is going to be always 100% watertight
    [size=78%] [/size]


    Clearly you have not discovered the Mountain Hardware Outdry rucksack range then!...They are so waterproof you can even go swimming with them on and everything inside will stay bone dry...And if you don't believe me:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhFeecwF_24&t=12s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhFeecwF_24&t=12s)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 18:05:05, 24/06/18


    Clearly you have not discovered the Mountain Hardware Outdry rucksack range then!...They are so waterproof you can even go swimming with them on and everything inside will stay bone dry...And if you don't believe me:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhFeecwF_24&t=12s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhFeecwF_24&t=12s)


    Indeed. In my former work I used cheapo 60 litre drybag rucsacs from Lomo - so waterproof that we could just throw them into the sea when we were making beach landings on remote islands (I had an unusual job). They were heavy, though, but I'm sure that there are lighter alternatives.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Mel on 18:18:00, 24/06/18
    That's useful to know MMT. I often like to go swimming wearing nothing but a rucksack ;)

    But in all seriousness, I use clear ziplok type plastic bags (free from work!) to keep my stuff dry. They also float in water when sealed should I ever happen upon a situation that required it.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: bricam2096 on 18:29:37, 24/06/18
    That's useful to know MMT. I often like to go swimming wearing nothing but a rucksack ;)


    Remind me to attend your next Lakes holiday, just to check, lol
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Mel on 18:54:22, 24/06/18
    Lol. Trust me. You'll think Nessie has relocated!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Peter on 10:18:16, 25/06/18
    I see that I'm not alone in looking for a 'water carrier' that is actually well designed.
    Last year I tried moving to vacuum bottles that are lightweight metal and therefore robust. FAIL.


    My idea is this, all bladder type carriers are meant to slip into the pocket on the rucksack and be next to our backs. yet they all are designed to become bottles when in use.
    Why not add gussets to the design so that a shape can be created that has less impact? The bladder could then occupy more space whilst being maybe as little as 1/2 inch thick. The possibilities become endless with the use of gussets to add shape,,



    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Hazy81 on 13:17:02, 26/06/18
    I've been stalking the forum for a while now and as I'm going on an overnight wild camp on Saturday I have bought a few things recently. I've bought a 3l water bladder to go in my other new purchase, a new Viking Patrol 60l rucksack :)


    To be honest I could / should have gone for a much lighter pack, but it fits everything in and has so many pockets as to make the extra weight worth it.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 18:19:55, 26/06/18

    I've been stalking the forum for a while now and as I'm going on an overnight wild camp on Saturday I have bought a few things recently. I've bought a 3l water bladder to go in my other new purchase, a new Viking Patrol 60l rucksack :)


    To be honest I could / should have gone for a much lighter pack, but it fits everything in and has so many pockets as to make the extra weight worth it.


    Welcome to the forum, Hazy, and enjoy your wild camp.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Nomad32 on 19:57:03, 26/06/18

    Welcome to the forum, Hazy, and enjoy your wild camp.
    I found that platypus bags or comebacks taint my water with a horrid plastic taste. I use smart water bottles. A because they I light B because they are easy to fill with a Sawyer mini. C because they fit in my bags side pockets for quick access and D they are easy and cheap to replace when they get too dirty.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 20:26:52, 26/06/18
    The one I have doesn't give out a plastic taste. I've tried bottles in my side pouches but my arms won't bend enough to reach them  ;D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 20:44:56, 26/06/18
    The one I have doesn't give out a plastic taste. I've tried bottles in my side pouches but my arms won't bend enough to reach them  ;D





    I had the same issues so ended up with one of these fastened onto my shoulder strap

    Is adjustable and fits everything from a standard 500ml supermarket water bottle to a 'chubby', wide mouth 650ml bottle to ??? ??


    £2 on ebay:
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Hazy81 on 15:23:51, 27/06/18

    Welcome to the forum, Hazy, and enjoy your wild camp.


    Thanks Richard, luckily we've planned to camp around Buxton and not Saddleworth, really bad what's happening there at the moment. I live about 15 miles away and I could smell the smoke with my windows open this morning!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Hazy81 on 15:24:49, 27/06/18
    I found that platypus bags or comebacks taint my water with a horrid plastic taste. I use smart water bottles. A because they I light B because they are easy to fill with a Sawyer mini. C because they fit in my bags side pockets for quick access and D they are easy and cheap to replace when they get too dirty.


    On the reviews of the one I've got it says there is no plastic taste, but I guess time will tell :)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Ronin83 on 11:44:08, 02/07/18
    Recently I bought a British army tarp in perfect condition, then some paracord(can u see where this so going?). I haven't used it before so I'm trying to learn a simple setup and pack away routine for tying it to 2 trees. YouTube helps.
    Think I need a hammock next.
    Also got an east German kidney shape mess tin set. I chose that because I wanted a tin with a handle to hang over fire. Most tins seem to have a side handle. It seems to be a solid bit of basic kit and all stored together.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Nomad32 on 12:48:25, 05/07/18
    Recently I bought a British army tarp in perfect condition, then some paracord(can u see where this so going?). I haven't used it before so I'm trying to learn a simple setup and pack away routine for tying it to 2 trees. YouTube helps.
    Think I need a hammock next.
    Also got an east German kidney shape mess tin set. I chose that because I wanted a tin with a handle to hang over fire. Most tins seem to have a side handle. It seems to be a solid bit of basic kit and all stored together.
    I had that exact set up a few years ago.
    Good times.
    It's fun trying to get in a hammock after a few pints. 🤣
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: April on 08:41:04, 06/07/18
    We have bought a new stove. We got the MSR pocket rocket 2. Under £30, 73g and we like MSR gear. We will be trying it out this weekend, we are away for 2 nights  :)

    I await a reply from someone telling me what we should have bought instead  ;)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 08:46:46, 06/07/18
    We have bought a new stove. We got the MSR pocket rocket 2. Under £30, 73g and we like MSR gear. We will be trying it out this weekend, we are away for 2 nights  :)

    I await a reply from someone telling me what we should have bought instead  ;)



    What a mistake - you should have gone for the Xxxxxx, it only weighs 72 grams and costs £72, at £1 per gram it is excellent value and far better than the 'heavyweight' MSR stove.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: April on 08:52:19, 06/07/18
    What a mistake - you should have gone for the Xxxxxx, it only weighs 72 grams and costs £72, at £1 per gram it is excellent value and far better than the 'heavyweight' MSR stove.

     ;D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: beefy on 09:09:09, 06/07/18
    We have bought a new stove. We got the MSR pocket rocket 2. Under £30, 73g and we like MSR gear. We will be trying it out this weekend, we are away for 2 nights  ;D

    I await a reply from someone telling me what we should have bought instead  ;)
    ;D ;D

    What a mistake - you should have gone for the Xxxxxx, it only weighs 72 grams and costs £72, at £1 per gram it is excellent value and far better than the 'heavyweight' MSR stove.
    Yes but does it have mesh ?
     :D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 09:13:29, 06/07/18


    What a mistake - you should have gone for the Xxxxxx, it only weighs 72 grams and costs £72, at £1 per gram it is excellent value and far better than the 'heavyweight' MSR stove.


    Priceless  ;D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 09:19:49, 06/07/18
    ;D ;D Yes but does it have mesh ?
     :D



    Of course it does - it makes a windproof 'shield' for the stove.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 09:22:51, 06/07/18
    ..and its made of magic mylar, so it reflects 110% of the heat back to the pot.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 09:24:20, 06/07/18
    ..and its made of magic mylar, so it reflects 110% of the heat back to the pot.



     O0 O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 11:12:52, 06/07/18
    Two ball of the foot pads that fit over my index toe to keep them in place. From Superdrug, a couple of pounds. I'm hoping that they will make my feet feel more comfortable when I hike next week.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: NeilC on 11:24:52, 06/07/18
    I got a pair of these new windproof trousers. No-see-um obviously, so very breathable too.

    However they do tend to reveal my Pocket Rocket depending how I pack it.

    (https://cdn-images.farfetch-contents.com/11/60/86/15/11608615_8164496_322.jpg)

    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: beefy on 11:37:15, 06/07/18
     ;D
    The stove comes with  a couple of sachets of free dehydrated water too that should lighten our packs
    And it comes with a free dehumidifier so no need to worry about all that condensation  :D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 11:37:47, 06/07/18

    Now you are just extracting the urine.


    However - in an emergency they will make a useful light weight fishing net and crayfish trap.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 11:38:48, 06/07/18
    ;D
    The stove comes with  a couple of sachets of free dehydrated water too that should lighten our packs





    Amazing stuff - just add water and you've got ÖÖ..wait for it ÖÖÖÖÖ. water.


    The stuff I carry is just a cannister of Hydrogen and a cannister of Oxygen, simply mix at a rate of 2:1 and you get...ÖÖÖ?
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: beefy on 11:39:10, 06/07/18
    Yeah and ya can ditch yer waterproof pants because noseeum mesh is waterproof ;D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: April on 13:28:17, 06/07/18
     ;D  ;D  ;D @ everyone's replies

    Ya boggers  O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 15:57:14, 16/07/18
    Just bought some Karrimor carbon fibre walking poles as frequently commented on in this forum.  Crikey they are extremly light. Hope they do the job as good as my last pair of cheapie aluminium poles. That is very nearly the last of my Christmas gift tokens spent.Maybe looking for an extremely light tarp to finish off my kit expenditure for the year. Suggestions  anyone? Oh and did I mention, cheap.

    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: RogerA on 16:14:11, 16/07/18
    I just got myself a small backpack to use when I dont need the space my Lowe Alpine Airzone Pro + 35:45 offers. Only needed to be simple and cheap - just enough for some water and a few odds and ends so got this Lixada 15l backpack:https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00VLPKL6G/
    Very happy with it (price has gone up a little since I purchased)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: dank86 on 20:46:44, 08/08/18
    My last item was an alpkit numo sleeping mat
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Mel on 22:15:28, 11/09/18
    My latest walking kit purchase was a pair of Craghoppers Pro-Stretch trousers from Winfields.  Normally they seem to be £45 but they were reduced to £29.99.  I had some gift vouchers from Xmas/birthday so I actually paid £4.99 for them  O0


    I went in looking for new walking shoes  :-[
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: April on 23:05:51, 11/09/18
    Rab Downpour Jacket from Cotswold Outdoor, with my 15% off with Friends of the Lake District membership it was £85. It will get a waterproofness test this weekend most likely  :)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Couchwalker on 13:26:36, 26/09/18
    Other than a map of Dartmoor for our upcoming holiday, my latest purchase was a compass. Now I need to learn how to use it properly and hopefully we'll be able to find our way back to the cottage we have rented.


    In the next couple of weeks I will be looking at trousers and backpack, if I can ever decide which to go for!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: ninthace on 15:39:47, 26/09/18
    I usually use the Red Sidas Gel 2012 insoles but Amazon were out of stock in my size so I tried a different set of Sidas Gel insoles in my boots today - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00HAWDK1M/ref=pe_3187911_189395841_TE_dp_2
    Quite comfortable at the start but in the bin after 8 miles and replaced by the maufacturer's owninsoles which I put in my pack "just in case*
     The new ones gave me exactly the same problems as I have had with Sorbothane Double Strike insoles.  At first they are fine but after a while my feet got hot and sore underneath.  I think it is down to the excessive degree of softness which allows the insole to expand and contract generating friction as it as it moves laterally with respect to my foot.


    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Dyffryn Ardudwy on 16:50:05, 26/09/18
    This afternoon,ive managed to obtain a almost mint Camera Care System pouch for my Digital SLR camera.
    It was collecting dust in a local charity shop in Porthmadog, so i still gave them a crisp £10 note for it.
    CCS camera equipment was amongst the best quality gear you could buy back in the 1980s and early 90s.
    It was a very sad day when they went into receivership, as no company really has rivalled them for durability and quality.

    Lowe Alpine make camera cases or pouches, but the quality is simply not there compared to those of CCS.

    Chuffed to bits when i saw it on their shelf, as their now getting very hard to find, and they were more than pleased with my offer of a tenner, as they had marked it up for a silly £4.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: nigellionhearts on 18:10:14, 26/09/18
    This afternoon,ive managed to obtain a almost mint Camera Care System pouch for my Digital SLR camera.
    It was collecting dust in a local charity shop in Porthmadog, so i still gave them a crisp £10 note for it.
    CCS camera equipment was amongst the best quality gear you could buy back in the 1980s and early 90s.
    It was a very sad day when they went into receivership, as no company really has rivalled them for durability and quality.

    Lowe Alpine make camera cases or pouches, but the quality is simply not there compared to those of CCS.

    Chuffed to bits when i saw it on their shelf, as their now getting very hard to find, and they were more than pleased with my offer of a tenner, as they had marked it up for a silly £4.

    I agree all modern pouch's are just not to the same standard as CCS, however they are very abrasive against delicate fabrics.  I had my SLR pouch slung over my shoulder for just 1 hour on Dartmoor before I noticed the abrashion damaged it caused to my Montane Lite-speed jacket.  Okay on tougher fabrics so now carefull what I'm wearing if I use this case. O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: pauldawes on 19:05:39, 26/09/18
    Other than a map of Dartmoor for our upcoming holiday, my latest purchase was a compass. Now I need to learn how to use it properly and hopefully we'll be able to find our way back to the cottage we have rented.


    In the next couple of weeks I will be looking at trousers and backpack, if I can ever decide which to go for!


    You probably know already, but just in case you donít...


    If that map of Dartmoor you bought was an ordnance survey one, and youíve got a smartphone you can download OS map app onto your phone, then download map details into the app.


    That makes it a fair bit easier to navigate around, because your position on on-line map (on phone) and other key details are shown as you move around.


    But yes, still just about essential to learn basic map/compass techniques.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Couchwalker on 20:06:12, 26/09/18

    If that map of Dartmoor you bought was an ordnance survey one, and youíve got a smartphone you can download OS map app onto your phone, then download map details into the app.


    That makes it a fair bit easier to navigate around, because your position on on-line map (on phone) and other key details are shown as you move around.


    But yes, still just about essential to learn basic map/compass techniques.


    Thanks very much  Paul, I wasn't aware that you could do all that with it. This is my first ever OS map and although it mentioned something about downloading it to your phone, I assumed it was just the map, I didn't realise it was GPS location as well. I will use it as a backup to my map and compass skills.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 20:18:12, 26/09/18
    You need to have location switched on on your phone in order to grab the gps positioning.
    EDITED 27/09/2018
    Just bit the bullet today and subscribed to the 1:25 OS annual subscription via Viewranger.

    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: BuzyG on 21:18:03, 27/09/18
    OL9 OL28 OS Explorer sheets 109, 113,114,127. Anyone spot an underlying theme?


    You have bought North Devon and need to explore your estate.






    As for the Bodmin Map, that is my patch. ;)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: ninthace on 22:22:44, 27/09/18

    You have bought North Devon and need to explore your estate.






    As for the Bodmin Map, that is my patch. ;)


    Was your patch  ;)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sunnydale on 06:49:44, 28/09/18
    I recently bought a new pair of Rab Latok Alpine gaiters ready for the Winter. It's my second pair of these, as I've found them to be really good. They fit well, are easy to clean and are very durable.
    Slightly different design this time but should be as good, if not better, than before O0


    I've also bought a map of Crete!  Going for a week's holiday on the 7th October 8)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 07:21:35, 28/09/18
    Slightly different design this time but should be as good, if not better, than before O0


    Are the hooks the right way up now? If that's the design change I'll grab a new pair as don't like the ones I have as struggle with the hooks!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sunnydale on 07:49:05, 29/09/18

    Are the hooks the right way up now? If that's the design change I'll grab a new pair as don't like the ones I have as struggle with the hooks!


    I remember having a conversation about the said hooks before John! Sadly, they are still the same...but it doesn't  bother me enough to change brands.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 11:55:30, 29/09/18
     ;D OK thanks. Not enough to make me change brands either but as the hooks are the same I'll stick with my current pair  O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: BuzyG on 23:02:11, 30/09/18
    Well I was hoping to buy a winter jacket this month.  Alas the zip on my day sac failed today.  Only had it 2 1/2 years, so not buying another regatta.  So I just ordered a new Low Alpine, Air Zone trek 45/55.  Bit bigger than my Regatta which should work out better in the winter and mean I don't need to use my old 65 on winter day trips. :)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Mel on 22:55:09, 01/10/18
    My latest walking kit purchase is a walking staff to give me a bit more confidence going down steep, rocky hills  :)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: bricam2096 on 23:02:20, 01/10/18
    My latest walking kit purchase is a walking staff to give me a bit more confidence going down steep, rocky hills  :)

    How posh. You have walking staff to walk down hills for you  :D :D :D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: ninthace on 23:27:41, 01/10/18
    How posh. You have walking staff to walk down hills for you  :D :D :D
    You mean there are people that don't?!!  :o
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: BuzyG on 19:32:06, 02/10/18
    My latest walking kit purchase is a walking staff to give me a bit more confidence going down steep, rocky hills  :)
    What is the daily rate Mel.  I may apply for the position. O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Mel on 20:22:20, 02/10/18
    Just had me a little chuckle at the last few posts  :D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: BuzyG on 21:24:47, 09/10/18
    Used my new Low Alpine rucksack on Sunday.  Took a bit of getting used to the higher position for the water bottles. But otherwise a huge improvement over my previous Regatta day sack.  It may also take a while to find uses for all the pockets.  But that's a good problem to have. :)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 07:09:18, 10/10/18
    You may find extending the back length, if not already at maximum extension, may help with access to the side pockets
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: bricam2096 on 19:26:54, 10/10/18
    Whilst not exactly "walking kit", I have bought the latest GoPro camera  O0

    This seems to be highly superior to my cheapo one that I've used previously so I'm hoping to make some better videos and buying this makes me want to get out and use it more on day walks, something that I've not done much of this year.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Pitboot on 22:28:20, 10/10/18
    Darn Tough socks, bought them yesterday, walked in them today. Expensive but they are very comfortable, the best I have ever used, (I have, over the years, tried Thorlo, Bridgedale, 1000 mile, Smartwool, and others.)
    As I say, expensive but they have a guarantee.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 11:58:17, 11/10/18
    I bought myself a pair of Decathlon Long Johns, £9.99, they look and feel OK, I'll know for sure if they will keep me warm when I wear them on my next outing.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Magic girl on 11:19:08, 13/10/18
    An arcteryx atom lt jacket reduced from £200 to £100 from trekkit and also 2 pairs of darn tough socks,they're the only socks i wear now they're so comfortable and they keep my feet warm in winter and cool in summer x
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Rob Goes Walking on 11:36:45, 13/10/18
    I bought the Regatta Men's Birchdale jacket. Would have preferred to get a Gore-Tex jacket to be sure of it's dryness properties but couldn't find one in 4XL (in the Birchdale I'm 5XL, this is the only clothing item ever I've been 5XL in, many of my t-shirts are 3XL, beware of it's smallness if you order one yourself). So far it's been out for a couple of hours around town in heavy, windy rain yesterday and kept me dry so I'm happy with it. I wasn't sure it's hydrostatic head of 10,000 would be enough but it seems to be.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 13:29:48, 15/10/18
    I decided to test out my Decachlon £9.99 long johns last night so spent a night in my tent in the garden. They worked well, soft and cosey, I bought the larger size, so the legs are loose fitting which I prefer to skin tight.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: dank86 on 22:01:43, 15/10/18
    Latest purchases are a pair of Scarpa r-evos and a sleeping bag liner
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Ronin83 on 22:02:34, 15/10/18
    Berghaus peak 3.3 tent. Tested it sat night. From about 3 or 4 am we had powerful winds and heavy rain. It did well and was very practical, light and easy to put up/down. Perfect for me n the missus.
    Pleased with it so far.

    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 11:39:49, 16/10/18
    Its not a purchase as such, it a free app which I have used all this year. I downloaded Zello, a walkie-talkie app and I think its potential is really great. I opened it up and it offers the user the opportunity to have your own free channel. I called mine 'UK BACKPACKING' and when I've had the chance I've asked hikers to download it as well.

    The time it worked best for me was during my last hike in the Pyrenees. I was going towards the Bay of Biscay and I met a bloke, Martin (from North London) who was walking to St Jean Pied du Por. He had never hiked before and his rucksac was SO, SO heavy! I helped him sort out what he needed and what he could send back home. We then had a few drinks and a meal together.

    I also downloaded Zello onto his phone and about a week later we had a two way conversation about his hike and where he had made it too. He was in St Jean and was making plans to carry on through Spain on the Camino Francais trail. I haven't heard from him since then but am hoping to find out if he made it to the end? I also used it to talk to my niece, nephews and a couple of friends whilst en route as well, great fun!

    The beauty of this app is that people, even groups of people can talk at the same time and no one needs to know anyones telephone number. In my case the link between us is just 'UK BACKPACKING, that's all anyone needs to know.'
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Bigfoot_Mike on 15:46:35, 18/10/18
    A pair of Altberg Tethera boors, size 12W, some Ledergris, Smartwool walking socks and an Osprey Talon 44 backpack.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: BuzyG on 00:16:13, 01/11/18
    OL44 and 126 ordered this evening, ready to continue our excursions along the SW coast path.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: taxino8 on 21:39:50, 01/11/18
    Iíve just ordered an Alpkit Skyhigh 500 sleeping bag.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: peapod21 on 14:20:21, 05/11/18
    In preparation for my Offa's Dyke Path holiday next year, I've today bought an OEX Phoxx II 2 man tent and a Vango Ultralite Pro 300 sleeping bag. Just buying the gear has got me excited for next year  :D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 15:03:27, 05/11/18
    Off to Kukudrill's country for a fortnight. So just for fun and lightness in my baggage have bought some trailrunners ,.Decided to buy cheap to (a) see if I like wearing trailrunners for walking, if yes I will get some better ones and (b) for Airline baggage weight. So went to that den of iniquity Sports Direct and pestered the sales girl ragged until I got a pair that truly fitted me. ( She thought I was mad wearing two pairs of socks ( and I had walked 4 miles before I got to the shop,) In the end I bought the most comfy ones which were Karrimor Sabre. I used my usual waterproof spay on them as soon as I could and have now worn them in the house and outside for a week. They are super comfy, and remain bone dry no matter what I throw at them so far. They will get tested on the stony terrain in Malta.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: bricam2096 on 19:40:28, 14/11/18
    Took the plunge and bought my first pair of leather boots today, Scarpa Delta Activ GTX. Normally I wear fabric gtx boots but I'll save them for the better weather and longer walks. Hopefully these will be as waterproof as people say as fabric ones in Winter usually end up soaking and it's a struggle to get them dry before the next days walk.

    Got them at Go Outdoors with their price guarantee, reduced from just under £200 to £108.

    Now, just have to get motivated, lose weight and get my backside near hills  O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Bigfoot_Mike on 20:05:26, 14/11/18
    Now, just have to get motivated, lose weight and get my backside near hills  O0


    Ditto O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jo90 on 21:23:34, 14/11/18
    I treat myself to a zebralight H600fc. Got the chance to use it for the first time on Saturday night with a late night walk from Seathwaite up to styhead. It was just like having my very own personal sunshine on my head lighting up the way.🌞
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: wombat on 18:01:12, 15/11/18
    A Black Diamond Spot head torch, to replace my trusty 30 year old Petzl zoom O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 18:48:55, 15/11/18
    Pair of Salomon Quest 4D 3GTX boots  O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: fernman on 14:25:16, 16/11/18
    My 10 years-old overtrousers were no longer doing their job, and for me the replacement had to be olive colour or similar, I do not want black ones which are commonly available.

    After searching high and low on the net I bought a pair of Champion 'Typhoon' waterproof overtrousers which are the colour I want, allegedly breathable (I haven't used them in any serious rain yet) and they were only £9.95 (plus rather overpriced p&p).

    They are pleasingly lightweight, only 205g plus a 15g bag, a good fit for my waist and legs and they have slits for access to trouser pockets (but no fly). The zips are long enough to get them on and off over my boots, something I was a bit anxious about before they arrived because I once had some cheap Regatta ones whose zips were too short.

    If I get just a year's use out of them I shall be satisfied for that price.

    The only thing that has ruffled my feathers is that the country clothing seller has since emailed me every week asking me to review my purchase, for which they're not getting one.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: peapod21 on 12:49:44, 28/11/18
    Pair of Salomon Quest 4D 3GTX boots  O0


    I've been eyeing a new pair of Salomon boots. How would you rate the quality and fit to previous Salomons?
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: peapod21 on 12:51:35, 28/11/18
    I've recently bought a Berghaus Ridgeway backpack, again for ODP next year  ;D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 14:55:02, 28/11/18

    I've been eyeing a new pair of Salomon boots. How would you rate the quality and fit to previous Salomons?


    Similar as far as I can tell
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Maggot on 15:50:55, 28/11/18
    I have just got myself an old respirator bag for my day walks.  Perfect size, £8  O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 17:55:43, 28/11/18
    I have just got myself an old respirator bag for my day walks.  Perfect size, £8
    Hope it is better material than the old khaki canvas one I used to carry my flask and bait (sarnies ) to work over 50 years ago.

    My son bought me one made in the old way two years ago when he remembered it. Never thought of using it for that purpose. But you've got me thinking.Bit of waterproofing needed though. Hopefully not on yours.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: BuzyG on 18:13:08, 28/11/18
    I have just got myself an old respirator bag for my day walks.  Perfect size, £8  O0
    LoL.  I have one in the garage, with my resperator and dog tags still in it.  Must be 29 years since I last used it.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 12:04:48, 30/11/18
    Just ordered one of these, reduced from £130 to £75 ... Been after something like this for a while


    https://www.outdoorgb.com/p/Jack_Wolfskin_Mens_Vingen_Insulated_Jacket/
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: taxino8 on 17:43:36, 30/11/18
    Iíve just been to Blacks in Harrogate and bought an Osprey Aether AG 70l.

    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: BuzyG on 19:43:38, 30/11/18
    Just ordered one of these, reduced from £130 to £75 ... Been after something like this for a while


    https://www.outdoorgb.com/p/Jack_Wolfskin_Mens_Vingen_Insulated_Jacket/ (https://www.outdoorgb.com/p/Jack_Wolfskin_Mens_Vingen_Insulated_Jacket/)


    Your going to be nice and toasty in that. O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 20:26:32, 30/11/18
    Hope so  :)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Troggy on 09:52:55, 06/12/18
    The Naturehike Star River 2, I ordered off ebay, arrived yesterday. It's a quite impressive tent for 50 quid brand new. A bit on the heavy side, I should think, for backpacking at 2.2 kg; but it's the version where the outer comes down to the ground. The build quality looks good and it's massive for a 2 man tent and palatial for a 1 man tent. 2 doorways, 7' by 4'3"w by 3'6"h. A lot of mesh above about 1ft from the floor, so I might decide to get some inner tent material and the needle and cotton out but I'll see how it's like as it is first. Roll on Spring!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Sonatine on 20:17:13, 07/12/18
    Last purchase was a Rab SilPoncho. Utilising 15% off (YHA membership) at cotswold outdoors = £59.50. Not used it yet...
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: AFANASIEW on 22:10:33, 07/12/18
    Bought a silicone toothbrush head cover (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Momola-Silicone-Toothbrush-Protection-Traveling/dp/B0774HSNB9/ref=pd_sbs_201_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0774HSNB9&pd_rd_r=f58070c7-fa6b-11e8-8312-596663aa5301&pd_rd_w=NKYSC&pd_rd_wg=1z9wb&pf_rd_p=18edf98b-139a-41ee-bb40-d725dd59d1d3&pf_rd_r=AMK6JWMBNSE58VA2NH6J&psc=1&refRID=AMK6JWMBNSE58VA2NH6J) to replace a toothbrush case (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Plastic-Toothbrush-Outdoor-Travel-Holder/dp/B071V54NVN/ref=sr_1_12?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1544220449&sr=1-12&keywords=toothbrush+case), with a view to shaving a few more grams off the pack weight. Do I get the prize for the cheapest item on here??
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: ninthace on 22:58:52, 07/12/18
    Bought a silicone toothbrush head cover (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Momola-Silicone-Toothbrush-Protection-Traveling/dp/B0774HSNB9/ref=pd_sbs_201_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0774HSNB9&pd_rd_r=f58070c7-fa6b-11e8-8312-596663aa5301&pd_rd_w=NKYSC&pd_rd_wg=1z9wb&pf_rd_p=18edf98b-139a-41ee-bb40-d725dd59d1d3&pf_rd_r=AMK6JWMBNSE58VA2NH6J&psc=1&refRID=AMK6JWMBNSE58VA2NH6J) to replace a toothbrush case (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Plastic-Toothbrush-Outdoor-Travel-Holder/dp/B071V54NVN/ref=sr_1_12?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1544220449&sr=1-12&keywords=toothbrush+case), with a view to shaving a few more grams off the pack weight. Do I get the prize for the cheapest item on here??
    Hope you have cut half the handle off your brush to save weight too.  Can't you buy a folding brush so the handle protects the head?  https://www.mountainwarehouse.com/travel/accessories/wash-gear/foldable-toothbrush-p11966.aspx/
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: AFANASIEW on 23:06:44, 07/12/18
    Hope you have cut half the handle off your brush to save weight too.  Can't you buy a folding brush so the handle protects the head?
    If you cut half the handle off the folding brush.... nuff said.  ;)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: ninthace on 23:14:09, 07/12/18
    If you cut half the handle off the folding brush.... nuff said.  ;)
      I was thinking either or  ::)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 09:00:37, 08/12/18
    I haven't bought it but I noticed in Decathlon yesterday some kind of plastic 'snow clogs' (about £8) which click over walking boots to help when walking on ice and snow. I have no idea if they are any good but someone might like to give them the once over?
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: ninthace on 10:50:16, 08/12/18
    I haven't bought it but I noticed in Decathlon yesterday some kind of plastic 'snow clogs' (about £8) which click over walking boots to help when walking on ice and snow. I have no idea if they are any good but someone might like to give them the once over?
    I tried to find them on the website and failed. I had something similar to what you described to go on ski boots. They didnít work well as they tended to stretch under load and you walked out of them. Without a link I couldnít say if these would have the same problem.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: the aged plodder on 14:57:28, 08/12/18
    Today I did buy an Osprey Daylite 13l day pack to replace my old Berghaus pack which is a bit big and heavy, and looking decidedly tatty.
    Also, a Leki trekking pole; decided to give it a shot again, as my knee isn't getting any better.
    And, replaced a couple of my OS maps of the Lake District, as the old ones are getting a bit faded around the creases.
    After four days of walking (Exmoor) last month I found out why some walkers use two poles where none is sufficient. I have a bad knee too and it protests as the miles add up, so my single emergency pole came out of my backpack. After more miles I realized that to fully support that knee it needs assistance on each stride. That is, when the pole in my left hand is now at the rear of it's stroke. At that point a second pole in the other hand was needed for the next stride.That wasn't very clear! Try walking at a reasonable clip and you see what I mean.Actually - both knees have torn cartilages and the other seems to be becoming jealous of the attention t'other is  getting. So it might be two poles for me soon.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 15:12:43, 08/12/18
    Actually - both knees have torn cartilages and the other seems to be becoming jealous...ÖÖÖÖÖÖÖ..




    Is, by any chance, your name Jake ?
    Did you used to work with Rolf Harris ?

    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Sonatine on 18:25:23, 08/12/18
    Postie brought me some wax for boots, and a Trangia 27 with HA pots. I couldn't resist. Fortunately I managed to divert the delivery into my backpacking supplies before anyone realised. I have too many stoves...  ::)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: peapod21 on 18:38:06, 13/12/18
    Bought a Garmin Instinct after my Forerunner 305 started giving up the battery after 10 years  ;D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: BuzyG on 21:13:19, 16/12/18
    Bought a new pair of clear safety glasses from Screwfix yesterday.  Came in handy in today's hail.


    Also bought a 65ltr Berghaus rucksack for my son's trip to New Zeeland.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: happyhiker on 23:11:00, 16/12/18
    Had a mad spend a couple of weeks ago when in Ambleside onthe basis that with so many walking shops, competition would keep the price down!


    1) some Mountain Equipment gaiters. Three outings so far and they seem fine.
    2) a North Face fleece, bought specifically because it has a "wrong way round" zip so it will zip into my Marmot shell.
    4) a RAB mid layer, which will probably be my outer layer a lot of the time as I run so hot.


    By next winter, will need some more leather boots. I have been a Scarpa person but the ones I have wore through the inner lining in no time. I complained to Scarpa and they glued some thin leather inside, since when they have been fine, although I was disappointed that such quality boots had that problem. Funnily enough, my wife had a similar problem with some cheaper boots but which looked to have the same type of lining. Not sure how wide spread a problem this is. I never had problems before.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: zuludog on 14:00:13, 17/12/18
    I got a flyer from Go Outdoors a couple of days ago, saying they have more reductions on their sale items; presumably they want to get rid of ends of ranges. I got -

    2 fleece jackets and 2 waterproof jackets for my grandsons, all £ 10 each

    A pair of Merrell MQM trail shoes for myself, £45, to add to the Merrell MOAB Ventilators that I have already. I have noticed that some brands of trail shoes tend to be narrow at the toe, presumably in keeping with their fast & light & agile image, but Merrells are a bit wider and suit me very well
    They are orange in colour - officially 'antique gold' - but I'm sure they will tone down in use
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 14:34:47, 17/12/18
    Merino baselayer from Decathlon sale. £11.99 arrived today looks well made. Now I have enough merino baselayers to last me for many years. (Just watch LIdl putting them on sale next week ;D ;D )

    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: BuzyG on 23:41:14, 17/12/18
    Had a couple of Karrimoor sit mats through the door today.  They will come in handy for coast path walks with MrsG and our daughter, when the weather pics up.  For £1.99. You can't really go wrong.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 09:14:30, 18/12/18
    Couple of dry bags from Trespass reduced to half price


    https://www.trespass.com/euphoria-2-pack-dry-bags (https://www.trespass.com/euphoria-2-pack-dry-bags)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Innominate Man on 13:42:34, 18/12/18
    Well, compared to a lot of people I buy very little new stuff and certainly nothing to add on here on a weekly/daily basis.
    In summary for the last six months - I bought a Rab base layer T in September and a new tin of wax for my boots in October. If you include some sachets of Tailwind nutrition (which I don't suppose is truly 'kit') - that's it !


    If there is any point to me mentioning this meagre re-stock of gear, it is purely that what I buy (nowadays) I tend to keep until it falls to bits. Some of that even gets repaired (e.g. new elastic to lid on a rucksack).
    I'd like to say this shows I'm not influenced by glossy marketing/mail shots etc ....... but that isn't entirely true. When something special comes to light, I'm like most people. Presently ogling a Deuter rucksack but as I already have too many rucksacks, I can't really justify it.
    In my defence, I have off-loaded a few that get little use, through ebay recently.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 15:17:11, 18/12/18
    I get your point Innominate Man, but by posting on here we all get the chance to find  new, possibly less costly sources of things we are looking for , even if it is only one thing per year.
    I am at the stage now where I don't think I "need" anything else.
     ;D Unless of course someone mentions something that I suddenly discover the need for. ;D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Innominate Man on 15:40:15, 18/12/18
    ........ by posting on here we all get the chance to find  new, possibly less costly sources of things we are looking for , even if it is only one thing per year.
    I am at the stage now where I don't think I "need" anything else.
     ;D Unless of course someone mentions something that I suddenly discover the need for. ;D


    I agree with the 'new' finds that come along out of the blue or the ability to hear of others experiences. What I'm less interested in is the simple "I went out and bought myself .. x.. y... &  z" that may not be intended, but can come across as bragging. Especially when regularly repeated.
    I appreciate to newcomers this is a whole new World to be explored (kit that is) and that may lead to several purchases, whereas I have a collection of kit built up over decades and being a grumpy, tight-fisted Yorkshire sod, need to let other indulge if it makes them happy.
    Bah, humbug !
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 20:35:53, 18/12/18
    I know what you mean, I too now have trusty and reliable items and would never think of upgrading them. But there is always the temptation to buy the new item, these days I'm pretty good at saying no!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 22:31:45, 18/12/18
    I know what you mean, I too now have trusty and reliable items and would never think of upgrading them. But there is always the temptation to buy the new item, these days I'm pretty good at saying no!
    Yeah, but it was you got me looking at Decathlon stuff. :D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Innominate Man on 22:35:08, 18/12/18
    Yeah, but it was you got me looking at Decathlon stuff. :D


    Hmm... peer pressure eh ?   ;D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 23:20:19, 18/12/18

    Hmm... peer pressure eh ?   ;D
    I didn't realise. Lord Gunwaharman twas you got me looking at Decathlon. ::)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: nesty on 17:42:38, 21/12/18
    Not so much for the walking but emergency put on in case of rain, I got myself a Highlander Stow & go for £20. Looks ok, hood is very good and fit seems ok, I'll let you know how breathable/waterproof it is!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Doddy on 16:19:14, 01/01/19

    From Zpacks in the US I bought a 3oz flight bag for use in transit, on the hike it can then be put in the pack as a pack liner
    On a recent Holland trip at Amsterdam  Schipol I did see a service to buy a heavier flight bag, or they will wrap your bag. I guess other airports have a similar service.
    .
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Magic girl on 15:16:48, 08/01/19
    An alpkit gamma head torch which I'm very impressed with for the price and a craghoppers waterproof coat which was a bargain for £22.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: GinAndPlatonic on 19:44:29, 08/01/19
    It`s been a while now since I bought them, but it is my Anatom leather boots. My feet are eternally grateful, after years of wearing a particular brand that were supposed to be some of the best. I had almost resigned myself to the fact I had putty feet and was prone to blisters....not any more,  oh the satisfaction & relief. O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 20:09:12, 08/01/19
    A 2/3 man emergency shelter, been meaning to get one for a while having seen how effective they were when I was a 'casualty' on a local SAR training ex.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Dovegirl on 20:27:33, 08/01/19
    A Berghaus 15L rucksack. It's very comfortable, and so far has been adequate for day walks.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: taxino8 on 10:35:58, 09/01/19
    Just took delivery of a Garmin InReach Mini yesterday.
    Iím at the age where Iím starting to ďthinkĒ about stuff going wrong, weird really as itís never bothered me for the past forty years or so.
    My first impressions are itís a very handy and lightweight addition to my kit that I hopefully wonít need to use in anger but at least my family will have peace of mind knowing they can contact me if thereís no phone service.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 11:10:46, 09/01/19
    Would be great later if you can post your experience with it, I suspect there are a few here who are considering something similar  O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: taxino8 on 11:52:22, 09/01/19
    Would be great later if you can post your experience with it, I suspect there are a few here who are considering something similar  O0
    Iíll certainly do that but wonít need it in earnest until it warms up a bit, I donít do cold!
    Playing about with it itís really easy to use and the test texts Iíve sent went instantaneously.
    Registering it with Garmin Europe was also easy as was setting up a subscription, which incidentally Iíve gone on the Freedom Safety Plan at a cost of £15 per month for the months you want to use it.
    You can suspend and reactivate that anytime.
    It weighs next to nothing, feels well made and looks as though it could take some abuse without breaking.
    I did a lot of research, particularly watching videos on YouTube that helped me decide and also helped me to get going once I got my hands on it.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 11:57:20, 09/01/19
    Thanks for that, must have a good look at it  O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Couchwalker on 16:19:33, 09/01/19
    After months of deliberation, finally bit the bullet and bought a Osprey Talon 22. Hopefully big enough for the day hikes.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: ninthace on 17:29:25, 09/01/19
    After months of deliberation, finally bit the bullet and bought a Osprey Talon 22. Hopefully big enough for the day hikes.
      If it isn't, you are doing it wrong!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: wombat on 18:01:00, 09/01/19
    Berghaus Mera Peak jacket and a Montane Antifreeze jacket
    As a result I am not allowed into Go Outdoors on my own anymore !!  :( :(
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: phil1960 on 19:38:43, 09/01/19
    Berghaus Mera Peak jacket and a Montane Antifreeze jacket
    As a result I am not allowed into Go Outdoors on my own anymore !!  :( :(
    I had the older type Mera Peak, bit on the heavy side but an excellent bit of kit.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Bigfoot_Mike on 20:13:33, 09/01/19
    I had the older type Mera Peak, bit on the heavy side but an excellent bit of kit.
    I also had the older style and loved the big pockets. I havenít been able to find any jacket with similar sized pockets as the fashion now seems to be for closer fitting styles, which really doesnít suit my frame.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: phil1960 on 20:56:49, 09/01/19
    Mine neither Mike, itís been a while since my frame was racing snake proportions  ;D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Couchwalker on 08:49:43, 10/01/19
      If it isn't, you are doing it wrong!


    Haha, I will quite probably be doing it wrong then!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: taxino8 on 12:18:05, 19/01/19
    Iíve just taken delivery of a Goal Zero Lighthouse Mini Lantern, got it a bit cheaper than anywhere else from
    E-Outdoor.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: BuzyG on 12:41:00, 19/01/19
      If it isn't, you are doing it wrong!
    Depends What your doing. ;)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: fernman on 14:09:00, 19/01/19
    Iíve just taken delivery of a Goal Zero Lighthouse Mini Lantern, got it a bit cheaper than anywhere else from
    E-Outdoor.

    I'll be very interested to know what yours weighs.

    It was in Goal Zero's Tech Specs as 68g, but mine received for Christmas is 78g on digital scales.
    I took it up with them, response was a bit slow, they thought maybe I was talking about the wrong lantern, I had to send them photos, and the end result amounted to little more than 'we'll look into it'.
    I just checked on their website, they've since dropped the grammes from the specs and just state 2.4oz - which converted is 68g. Amazon, meanwhile, says 73g.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: taxino8 on 17:28:27, 19/01/19
    I'll be very interested to know what yours weighs.

    It was in Goal Zero's Tech Specs as 68g, but mine received for Christmas is 78g on digital scales.
    I took it up with them, response was a bit slow, they thought maybe I was talking about the wrong lantern, I had to send them photos, and the end result amounted to little more than 'we'll look into it'.
    I just checked on their website, they've since dropped the grammes from the specs and just state 2.4oz - which converted is 68g. Amazon, meanwhile, says 73g.
    You must have the Micro Mini which is not what I have, mine is the Lighthouse Mini, spec on that says 226.8g but Iíve weighed mine on very accurate scales that Iíve just calibrated and mine comes in at 234.77g.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: taxino8 on 20:54:53, 19/01/19
    A
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: taxino8 on 22:03:16, 19/01/19
    I'll be very interested to know what yours weighs.

    It was in Goal Zero's Tech Specs as 68g, but mine received for Christmas is 78g on digital scales.
    I took it up with them, response was a bit slow, they thought maybe I was talking about the wrong lantern, I had to send them photos, and the end result amounted to little more than 'we'll look into it'.
    I just checked on their website, they've since dropped the grammes from the specs and just state 2.4oz - which converted is 68g. Amazon, meanwhile, says 73g.
    Thanks Fenman, youíve just made me press the ďadd to basketĒ button on Amazon as Iíve looked at the one you have and decided I needed one too, just donít tell my wife.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: fernman on 22:39:50, 19/01/19
    I looked at them on there today when I was composing my 14:09 post. No doubt you bought the one that was £10 less than the other seller?

    Well, you can let me know what that one weighs when you get it! :)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: taxino8 on 03:40:41, 20/01/19
    I looked at them on there today when I was composing my 14:09 post. No doubt you bought the one that was £10 less than the other seller?

    Well, you can let me know what that one weighs when you get it! :)
    Iíll weigh it
    This is the one Iíve ordered
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01IQXDTFA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01IQXDTFA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jontea on 08:36:05, 20/01/19
    After a couple of late finishing walks in the dark, I decided I needed to invest in a more substantial head torch. I currently have a Petzl e lite and a cheap one from Tesco for £10 Iíve had for years.


    So Iíve gone for the Petzl Myo RXP.


    Iím hoping itís a good choice  :)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 08:50:58, 20/01/19
    Unlikely to go wrong with Petzl.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Sonatine on 16:19:27, 20/01/19
    My old Karrimor 25L ish rucksack is 17 years old and starting to go a bit fluffy, so I thought I needed a new low capacity bag - have gone for a Berghaus Fast Hike 32L. I haven't tried yet, but I'm confident I can use as a 2-3 day bag with tent, bag, pad, cooking gear etc., and if I can get my Helinox chair in there too, bonus!  O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: taxino8 on 19:17:45, 21/01/19
    I'll be very interested to know what yours weighs.

    It was in Goal Zero's Tech Specs as 68g, but mine received for Christmas is 78g on digital scales.
    I took it up with them, response was a bit slow, they thought maybe I was talking about the wrong lantern, I had to send them photos, and the end result amounted to little more than 'we'll look into it'.
    I just checked on their website, they've since dropped the grammes from the specs and just state 2.4oz - which converted is 68g. Amazon, meanwhile, says 73g.
    Iíve just weighed mine and itís 78g too.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 19:36:54, 21/01/19
    I hate to admit it, I resisted for as long as possible, but I bought a bluetooth selfie stick today. I'm being nagged by my son and his wife to provide more photos when I'm hiking, they want to see some of me in them, rather than taking straightforward landscape views.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: April on 19:38:43, 21/01/19
    https://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk/equipment-c3/lighting-c30/lanterns-c163/lighthouse-micro-usb-rechargeable-lantern-p8001

    Iíve just weighed mine and itís 78g too.

    I have one of these, bought it last year and used it when we wild camped. Mine weighs 78g too, just weighed it. I really don't care if it is 10g heavier than advertised, it is a great lantern. Perhaps the weight listed didn't include the battery or summat?  :-\
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: taxino8 on 19:47:16, 21/01/19
    https://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk/equipment-c3/lighting-c30/lanterns-c163/lighthouse-micro-usb-rechargeable-lantern-p8001 (https://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk/equipment-c3/lighting-c30/lanterns-c163/lighthouse-micro-usb-rechargeable-lantern-p8001)

    I have one of these, bought it last year and used it when we wild camped. Mine weighs 78g too, just weighed it. I really don't care if it is 10g heavier than advertised, it is a great lantern. Perhaps the weight listed didn't include the battery or summat?  :-\
    Same here, 10g is nowt, especially compared to the weight of wine I carry! LOL.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: April on 19:56:11, 21/01/19
    Same here, 10g is nowt, especially compared to the weight of wine I carry! LOL.

    I carry the lantern, beefy carries the wine. I don't mind the 10g extra either  :D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 11:36:52, 24/01/19
    Aldi - This weeks 'specials'

    Merino wool Glove liners £5.99 - seem OK now for the trial.

    They also have merino wool (50%) long socks and Merino wool beanie hats and balaclavas.

    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: forgotmyoldpassword on 14:08:07, 24/01/19
    Aldi - This weeks 'specials'

    Merino wool Glove liners £5.99 - seem OK now for the trial.

    They also have merino wool (50%) long socks and Merino wool beanie hats and balaclavas.


    That is pretty decent.  It really irritates me when the 'premium brand' companies put out liner gloves for £20-25 each - and they still fall apart with a similar amount of use.  Well worth it for winter use when you end up pulling the inner out of your main set of gloves otherwise.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 15:32:42, 24/01/19
    Aldi - This weeks 'specials'

    Merino wool Glove liners £5.99 - seem OK now for the trial.

    They also have merino wool (50%) long socks and Merino wool beanie hats and balaclavas.



    Update :


    Been for an afternoon '5 mile mooch'.


    I 'walk hot' so would normally just wear a thin pullover and no gloves but it was 2.5*C today so tried out the liners on their own.


    I walked the 1st 2 miles wearing just one 'glove' and that hand was comfortably warm (maybe almost 'clammy') whilst the hand without the glove was definitely on the 'cold' side of comfortable.
    Put on the 2nd glove and within half-a-mile both hands were now comfortably warm.
    Walked another 3 miles and, for the 1st time really noticed how cold my wrists were (warm hands, warm arms but the gap between was very chilly)


    I am Diabetic and do suffer from poor circulation so these will be staying with me.
    At 42 grams for the pair they can live in the pack until needed



    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 17:10:40, 24/01/19
    I've just bought myself an Aldi reversable merino beanie hat, grey/black, £5.99.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Ronin83 on 18:33:06, 24/01/19
    I did check these today. I guess £5.99 isn't bad for merino, but the gloves seemed badly stitched and inconsistent. Also the beanie was packaged so I couldn't try it on.

    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 21:27:20, 24/01/19
    Yes, a one size fits all claim. I took a chance, bought it and it fits fine.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Dyffryn Ardudwy on 18:49:24, 27/01/19
    Just picked up a Sigg Hot & Cold 0.3L flask for £6.99 in TK Maxx
    It may only hold a cup and a half of hot or cold liquid, but its the perfect size for that day out in the hills.
    £6.99 was a total steal for a beautifully made product.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Ronin83 on 21:44:47, 27/01/19
    Peter storm neck gaiter, half micro fleece lined - £4.13 and gaiters - £8.50.
    Ive never used gaiters before as I set out with waterproof overtrousers in winter, but theyre recommended on the kit list for peru.
    Found a Berghaus storm cloud jacket for the missus for £42.50
    Millets gave us 15% off everything on top of sale prices just for asking(theres always a code) so they are post discount prices.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: fernman on 15:53:45, 01/02/19
    Iíve just weighed mine and itís 78g too.

    After not hearing anything from Goal Zero for three weeks regarding the lantern stated to be 68g, I gave them a prod, and this is the reply they sent me yesterday:

    "We do apologize for the delay on this. To get things changed within our documentation, It has to go through several levels of clearance and retesting before  we can make the change. This is in progress now. We have confirmed though that you are correct at 78 grams. We do again apologize this was missed the first time. There should be no excuse for that. We do assure you though that the data is being changed and  will be finalized soon. We will not continue to have false data out there."
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Slowcoach on 19:17:38, 01/02/19
    2 pairs of Oboz Sawtooth mid height boots.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: BuzyG on 21:45:15, 01/02/19
    Bought a Crampon bag.  I could just chuck spikes/crampons in an external pocket in my old rucksack.  My latest low Alpine seems a little flimsy in comparison, hence I will give the crampon bag a try.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: taxino8 on 21:58:05, 01/02/19
    Just got a 0.3lt Primus fuel bottle for my Omnifuel.
    I used this for fishing so always took a 1Lt one in the car but Iíve decided to take it on the hill this year so wanted to save a bit of weight.
    I just love the roar of it when itís going on full throttle.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 07:15:12, 03/02/19
    Just got a 0.3lt Primus fuel bottle for my Omnifuel.
    I used this for fishing so always took a 1Lt one in the car but Iíve decided to take it on the hill this year so wanted to save a bit of weight.
    I just love the roar of it when itís going on full throttle.



    I've got the Omnilite - it's like a jet engine!


    My latest purchase - a buff for my wife. Just the job for keeping the neck and lower face warm whilst walking into the teeth of an Orkney gale.
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    Post by: alan de enfield on 08:58:53, 03/02/19


    My latest purchase - a buff for my wife.



    Was it a part-exchange offer ?
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Ronin83 on 18:52:43, 03/02/19

    Was it a part-exchange offer ?


    Boom!


    I got a really nice deep pile, super soft, windproof fleece by tog 24. Cant believe the quality for £40. Better than the higher end brands I've tried in shops.
    Also got a craghoppers compresslite iii jacket. Seems nice for £32, warm, comfy fit, really light and feels just like down, but questionable lifespan.


    Then paid a visit to decathlon(always dangerous) and got cheapo glove liners, Waterproof mitts and a cheap extremely light, zip neck sports longsleeve. It has mesh under arms for breathability and feels lovely for £11.99
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    Post by: BuzyG on 22:14:07, 03/02/19
    Was it a part-exchange offer ?


    LoL   ;D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sunnydale on 08:52:25, 04/02/19
    I bought myself some new gloves a few days ago - Rab Storm. I certainly needed them yesterday morning up at the Cat & Fiddle! :o


    It's my birthday soon too, so my daughter has bought me a new rucksack (which I'm not allowed to use just yet.)
    I chose the Osprey Tempest 30.  I reckon she'll have fun gift wrapping it! :D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: taxino8 on 20:20:00, 05/02/19
    Just taken delivery from Amazon of a Garmin 64S and a subscription to Talky Toaster.
    Having spent a fortune over the last few months upgrading my gear Iím hoping this is the last big expense I have.
    I just need some decent weather to get out and use it now.
    Donít tell the wife though!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sunnydale on 20:35:35, 05/02/19
    Nearly forgot....another birthday prezzie that I'll get to play with next week...
    Satmap Active 20 GPS (with the Platinum bundle) :D :D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 21:08:04, 05/02/19
    Nearly forgot....another birthday prezzie that I'll get to play with next week...
    Satmap Active 20 GPS (with the Platinum bundle) :D :D



    I have the Active 10, with full UK platinum bundle - have often thought about trading-up to the 20, but the 10 does all I need.


    I'm a convert.
    I'm sure you will be impressed - If I walk up one side of a road/track, and return on the other side you can see the 'snail trail' running along each side.
    Basic operation is simple but to get the best out of it takes some practice and a good memory.



    Planning at 1:50k, zoom in to 1:25k for more detail, then super-zoom to 1:10k mapping and you can look in every 'front-garden', etc.
    The increase in detail between 1:50k to 1:25k to 1:10k mapping is amazing - its not just 'zoomed in' 1:50k

    A good choice.



    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 22:31:26, 10/02/19
    OMM Chest pack.4.5 L with map pouch.Tried it today ; happy with it.Carried my Garmin,  my gps (Viewranger) dedicated simless phone,  small camera , a few antistatic wipes and a few snack bars, with space for the tablets I musg carry. Space behind zip compartment for maps but think they need to be in a zip lock were I to keep them in there because that bit is open (ish) to the elements  and I think if the wind and rain were coming straight  at me they would get soaked.
    Happy chappy, does what I want  it to.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sunnydale on 14:47:05, 11/02/19


    I'm sure you will be impressed



    I hope so!  Looking forward to getting started :D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Pitboot on 16:42:45, 12/02/19
    https://www.decathlon.co.uk/media/849/8493644/big_1500719.jpg


    Walking trousers for £24.99. They arrived today, they fit well, have stretch panels, good pockets. The material, though light weight, feels tough. First time I've ordered from Decathlon and I'm impressed. Judging by the numbers of hikers I've seen on my foreign travels this seems to be a very popular brand, they have the Quechua brand in  their range.
    I make this comparison with the gear I have from ME, Paramo, Montane, etc, so it's an informed comment, although how the trousers will perform in the field is another matter.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 09:44:04, 14/02/19
    Cheapo thin pair of gloves from Poundland - cost £2. Not a bad lightweight glove for day to day use.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 14:12:34, 14/02/19
    Cheapo thin pair of gloves from Poundland - cost £2. Not a bad lightweight glove for day to day use.
    Mmm, Pound land? ??I suppose that would be one pound per glove.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Zizag on 18:46:03, 16/02/19
    I bought a Hydrapak Stash  750ml flexible bottle
    84Grams
    Looks and feels good .
    collapsed to a quarter of its size
    Ideal for chilled and hot water .
    Just the job for hikeing and camping .
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Owen on 10:19:08, 22/02/19
    Just ordered a pair of cheap wetsuit shoes to wear when wading rivers. I've been wearing trail shoes for this but their getting quite tatty and the neoprene ones are cheaper and should be a little lighter. I've a couple of trips planned where crossing rivers will be unavoidable.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 14:14:06, 22/02/19
    Just ordered a pair of cheap wetsuit shoes to wear when wading rivers. I've been wearing trail shoes for this but their getting quite tatty and the neoprene ones are cheaper and should be a little lighter. I've a couple of trips planned where crossing rivers will be unavoidable.
    I did this a couple of years ago. They are also used as my footwear when I take my boots off of an evening. Light as a feather yet surprisingly padded against sharp objects.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 16:11:30, 22/02/19
    I have just visited Decathlon and have bought one of their £24.99 merino baselayers. In the past, everytime I've worn merino I itch. If I still itch with the Decathlon brand I'll give it to my nephew.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Owen on 10:27:47, 23/02/19
    Just ordered a pair of cheap wetsuit shoes to wear when wading rivers. I've been wearing trail shoes for this but their getting quite tatty and the neoprene ones are cheaper and should be a little lighter. I've a couple of trips planned where crossing rivers will be unavoidable.


    Ordered 10.00 yesterday, arrived 10.00 today, not bad service. I ordered then from Lomo wetsuits in Glasgow.


    There actually exactly the same weight as my old trail shoes - inov8 285's. But only £13.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 13:32:47, 23/02/19

    Ordered 10.00 yesterday, arrived 10.00 today, not bad service. I ordered then from Lomo wetsuits in Glasgow.


    There actually exactly the same weight as my old trail shoes - inov8 285's. But only £13.



    I've used Lomo a lot for ordering stuff for work - 60 litre drybag rucksacks for boat landings at lighthouses.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 13:30:14, 26/02/19
    A Merino Wool 'Cardigan / Fleece.

    These are supplied to the French Military and I managed to pick up an 'unused' one for £35 inc P+P.
    I could not justify over £100.


    (https://i.postimg.cc/grjRSJ33/A3.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/grjRSJ33)

    Very thick and it seems very warm - not a thin 'base layer' type of thing.

    Extra long sleeves with 'thumb holes'.
    70% Merino Wool



    Woolpower Ullfrotte Original Full Zip Jacket - 400g - Green
    £110.00


    Brand: Woolpower Ullfrotte Original
    Weight: 528 g         13 reviews
    The Woolpower Ullfrotte Original Full Zip Jacket - 400g can be worn directly next to the skin as a base-layer, or as a mid-layer garment. In very cold conditions it can be worn over the top of a Woolpower - 200g turtleneck.

    Each garment features a terry-knit soft inner in fine merino wool, reinforced with polyamide for better wear-resistance, making it comfortable yet durable. Each garment part is knitted conically to reduce the need for seams, providing a great, comfortable fit.

    Woolpower - 400g clothing has a unique warming ability because of its construction and material: moisture is wicked away from the skin keeping you dry, while the wool is capable of retaining body heat even when damp.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 12:29:43, 06/03/19
    Flame-less flask. Following Sussamb's thread regarding cooking stoves I mentioned the flame-less system and yep, I went out and bought the flame-less flask.
    Cost a tenner with 5 x 20gm fuel pouches. For this you get a neoprene cover, a plastic outer flask a removable stainless steel inner and a clip on lid.
    I have tried it out twice ( cup a soup & hot chocolate, not together though). You pop an fuel pouch into the plastic outer, pour on 40 ml of water pop in the steel liner with the goodies plus the appropriate amount of water, fasten the lid and wait a couple of minutes.
    I have to say that the drink was piping hot in no time at all.  the set up was much quicker than getting out and setting up any type of stove I have ever seen, and weight wise is way lighter than jetboils. As for safety well it is flame-less and the fumes are stated as being non noxious.

    Completely won over by this little flask which can be used to carry water when not in use as a cooker.
    Thinking about getting the full system for cooking food, the flask may be good for pot noodle type things but who wants that?
    The great thing about this system is that it can be used inside your tent safely, probably even inside your bivi. It is naturally flameless so safe to use on tinder dry moors, woodland etc. Light. 5 fuel pouches = 100gm.  not heavy. Cons getting the fuel pouches in the first place, though decent paint shops sell quick lime in quantities so you may be clever enough to make your own pouches at a fraction of the cost.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 17:25:59, 06/03/19
    Looks good Jimbob. I'll have a look at one of those. Thanks!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 19:51:19, 06/03/19
    There are also these https://www.alloutdoor.co.uk/clearance-deals/yellowstone-flameless-cook-pouch-pack-of-5-.htm

    @jimbob do you have a link for the one you bought please?
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 23:42:25, 06/03/19
    I got it on offer two weeks ago from Camping Direct Online.I then got another ten per cent discount on the sale price because I filled in everything as if I was going to buy but delayed finishing  the transaction for a few days and they sent me the discount offer. I only delayed because I was away from home and didn't want a failed delivery.
    Those pouches look good, less bulk than the sandwich box type cooker. I may give those a try.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Litehiker on 03:07:01, 09/03/19
    1. REI FLASH Insulated All Season (R5.3) air mattress for winter camping - 1 lb. 3 oz.
    2. Eddie Bauer PEAK XV expedition down parka (good to -30 F., -25 C.) fully baffled & the hood is helmet compatible for skiing & climbing
    I have experienced -40 F./C. and I'm sure this parka is OK at that temperature. (On a 50% off sale!!)
    3.eight MSR Ground Hog tent stakes (At an outrageous US $2.95 each + an equally outrageous 8.3% tax) But these are the best light tent stakes.


    Earlier this year:
     Council Took Wood Crafter's camp axe (looks like a Hudson's Bay short axe) For canoe and car camping, it has a 17" handle.


    Eric B.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 12:03:44, 09/03/19
    I've just bought a £15 Champion brand long waterproof coat. I plan to use it in my quest to completely separate the need to keep dry, from my other, more important (as I see it) clothing purchases, when I have to deal with the other weather conditions, cold, wind and so on. I started hiking by buying an expensive bottom length waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers, waterproof gaiters and waterproof boots, but I was never happy with this arrangment.

    I especially dislike waterproof trousers, just makes me hot and sweaty in all of the wrong places and are always a faff to put on and off. I'm going to use the Champion long coat as a testbed to try to prove to myself that I can stay dry, without having to make any future large financial 'waterproof' clothing outlays on what is marketed as sophiscated high tec waterproof clothing.

    I also run off road and my coat can be worn as I run in the rain. Did it yesterday, it worked well.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Jac on 08:55:29, 10/03/19

    Walking pole £5 from Go with shock absorber function.
    Has just performed perfectly on a week's walking in the Alpajurras.


    The Leki I'd bought turned out not to have shock absorbancy so the Go was a panic buy the day we flew out. The Leki is going back.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: taxino8 on 12:09:14, 10/03/19
    Two pairs of Alpkit Merino wool undies!
    As I donít buy normal stuff and havenít got a clue what stuff costs my wife couldnít believe it when I told her I paid £17, she said ďthatís mad for two pairs of undiesĒ.
    I then said no, they were in a sale and they were £17 per pair, she nearly fell over!
    They are very nice to wear though but again she was not impressed when I told her she had to hand wash them and hang to dry, no tumble dryer.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Bigfoot_Mike on 12:15:32, 10/03/19
    Two pairs of Alpkit Merino wool undies!
    As I donít buy normal stuff and havenít got a clue what stuff costs my wife couldnít believe it when I told her I paid £17, she said ďthatís mad for two pairs of undiesĒ.
    I then said no, they were in a sale and they were £17 per pair, she nearly fell over!
    They are very nice to wear though but again she was not impressed when I told her she had to hand wash them and hang to dry, no tumble dryer.
    Mrs BFMís view is that you should do your own hand washing  ;D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 12:50:27, 10/03/19
    Mrs BFMís view is that you should do your own hand washing  ;D



    I agree - I always manage to wash my own hands, but clothes are the responsibility of SWMBO.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: taxino8 on 12:52:47, 10/03/19

    I agree - I always manage to wash my own hands, but clothes are the responsibility of SWMBO.
    I'm with you 110% on that one.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: forgotmyoldpassword on 12:59:53, 10/03/19
    My view is it's whoever gets to the washing machine first with a few spare minutes.  Not sure anyone does much ironing these days!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Dyffryn Ardudwy on 13:30:28, 10/03/19
    A bit gimmicky, but a rather nice Titanium mug.
    Came from Hong Kong for £4.75, and comparing it with a genuine titanium cutlery set i own, its the real deal.
    Probably does not weigh much less than a normal mug, but for less than a £5 it was a worthy addition to enjoy a favourite cuppa.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: forgotmyoldpassword on 13:41:36, 10/03/19
    A bit gimmicky, but a rather nice Titanium mug.
    Came from Hong Kong for £4.75, and comparing it with a genuine titanium cutlery set i own, its the real deal.
    Probably does not weigh much less than a normal mug, but for less than a £5 it was a worthy addition to enjoy a favourite cuppa.


    Quite like the X-cup for these purposes, but shiny titanium does clink nicely too!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 15:44:26, 10/03/19
    Pack of 3 refillable lighters from Poundland to light my new MSR2 pocket rocket stove  :)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 14:51:40, 22/03/19
    (https://i.postimg.cc/06jNmdzm/A1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/06jNmdzm)




    A Global Distress 'Personal Location beacon'.

    In the event of an accident it sends a GPS location signal up to satellites, which then forwards the location to your nearest SAR centre, who then come to find you.

    You register it with Falmouth Coastguard and they retain details of next of kin, and your details etc. etc. so they can inform people if you are 'missing'.

    Works anywhere on the planet where you can get GPS and no phone signal needed.

    Works on Land, Sea and Air.
    This one is about the size of a 'small mobile phone'
     They cost about £200-£300. Batteries cost £80-£100


    http://www.cactusnav.com/mcmurdo-fa...hd5_I83GmfSz8h7x31TUmFde0tPYvEM4aAvVKEALw_wcB (http://www.cactusnav.com/mcmurdo-fastfind-p-12477.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjwj9LkBRDnARIsAGQ-hUfQ72WRPxpJXq3LOdkZWyMhd5_I83GmfSz8h7x31TUmFde0tPYvEM4aAvVKEALw_wcB)


    This one was on Gumtree at £40 with a 'battery replace date' of October 2023.

    [The Fast Find 220 Personal Locator Beacon (PL B) gives you the reassurance of a last resort safeguard against any life threatening incidents that may occur anywhere in the world. If you find yourself in a remote area without any other form of emergency communication, on land or at sea, your Fast Find 220 can call for help. When triggered, the Fast Find 220 transmits a unique serialised ID to the Cospas-Sarsat satellite system which can pinpoint your location anywhere on the earthís surface. This is typically within 5 minutes, but can be up to 45 minutes depending on satellite coverage. The Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) then forwards the details of the emergency to the appropriate local Search And Rescue (SAR) services. Waterproof and fully submersible to 10 metres, the Fast Find 220 features an inbuilt GPS receiver that can pinpoint your location to within a few metres. Dense tree cover or a steep-sided canyon can sometimes make it difficult for the GPS to obtain a position fix. If this is the case, the satellites will still be able to pinpoint your approximate location and the unitís secondary homing transmitter enables SAR teams to home in on your exact location once they are in the vicinity. The unit also features a flashing SOS light which can be used to attract attention.]
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 15:51:01, 22/03/19
    Why Falmouth coastguard  :-\
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 15:56:39, 22/03/19
    Why Falmouth coastguard  :-\



    They just happen to be the UK Government's office for EPIRB & PLB registration and SAR Co-Ordination centre.
    They take the 'incoming' call from the satellites and then notify/activate the closest SAR team to the co-ordinates given.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: mananddog on 16:29:17, 22/03/19

    A (for me) big splurge.
    A new Exped  sleeping mat - much lighter than my current one which is sensationally comfortable so we shall see if this one is worth the saving in weight.


    New very light waterproof trousers


    New tent pegs - my titanium skewers have reduced in number cos they are easily lost - well I have lost 4 in 8 years.


    Some dehydrated meals


    All the above in preparation for my grand tour (400 Miles) of Wales with the new dog starting in a month.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: GinAndPlatonic on 16:47:30, 22/03/19
    A Regatta three leg lightweight stool...have been finding it tricky to get somewhere comfy to sit when it is wet through the winter...have taken it on three walks now, and still not used it....as I have found great spots to sit on a rock..and logs... :o :o
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 17:23:36, 22/03/19
    I'm feeling very satisfied with myself today. I managed to buy three new tent poles (£15 from Germany, 'extremtextil,' came in three days) and with the help of a junior hacksaw I've managed to repair my tent. I was worried that I might have to get them bent to shape, but I solved the problem without having to worry about this.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 17:27:44, 22/03/19
    They just happen to be the UK Government's office for EPIRB & PLB registration and SAR Co-Ordination centre.
    They take the 'incoming' call from the satellites and then notify/activate the closest SAR team to the co-ordinates given.

    Makes sense  O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jontea on 19:37:12, 22/03/19
    I'm feeling very satisfied with myself today. I managed to buy three new tent poles (£15 from Germany, 'extremtextil,' came in three days) and with the help of a junior hacksaw I've managed to repair my tent. I was worried that I might have to get them bent to shape, but I solved the problem without having to worry about this.


    All set for the April meet up then Reg  O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Rob Goes Walking on 21:37:56, 22/03/19
    A Helly Hansen Loke Jacket which will hopefully serve me better than my last waterproof and more importantly... a car! So now I can get to places I want to walk.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 18:48:41, 23/03/19
    Finally decided to give walking poles a go to see if they are any good, in the past I've always decried them unless they're for those who need them due to some medical or other issue.  If I remember I'll post back after I've given them a bit of a workout :)

    https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LCA4ZAI/ref=pe_3187911_189395841_TE_dp_1
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Percy on 19:54:59, 23/03/19
    Iíve just bought a sit mat from Millets for £2.50.


    My last was blown from the side pocket of my rucksack in 60 mph winds on the Kentmere Horseshoe in January.


    I sat down on a rock just after that and ripped my waterproof trousers, now repaired with tenacious tape but £2.50 is money well spent to stop it happening again.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: taxino8 on 20:32:23, 23/03/19
    Just ordered a Petzl Actik headtorch.
    I didnít bother with the Core version as Iíve enough things to charge already so just kept it simple with AAAís.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: ninthace on 23:11:06, 23/03/19
    Finally decided to give walking poles a go to see if they are any good, in the past I've always decried them unless they're for those who need them due to some medical or other issue.  If I remember I'll post back after I've given them a bit of a workout :)

    https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LCA4ZAI/ref=pe_3187911_189395841_TE_dp_1 (https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LCA4ZAI/ref=pe_3187911_189395841_TE_dp_1)
    Welcome to the dark side young Padawan.  May the Force help you on your chosen path.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Pitboot on 00:09:02, 24/03/19
    Rab Vapour Rise trousers. Very comfortable indeed.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 06:49:08, 24/03/19
    Welcome to the dark side young Padawan.  May the Force help you on your chosen path.


     O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jontea on 07:18:08, 24/03/19
    Iíve just bought a sit mat from Millets for £2.50.


    My last was blown from the side pocket of my rucksack in 60 mph winds on the Kentmere Horseshoe in January.


    I sat down on a rock just after that and ripped my waterproof trousers, now repaired with tenacious tape but £2.50 is money well spent to stop it happening again.


    Tim, I have a homemade seat mat, which I've had for about 8 years, and love it. Cut from an old sleeping camp mat, then taped with a polyethene liner. Folds in two then fits snugly on inner side of my pack.


    The mountains I've sat on with that mat, I think I would genuinely cry if it blew away now  :'(



    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jontea on 07:24:31, 24/03/19
    Finally decided to give walking poles a go to see if they are any good, in the past I've always decried them unless they're for those who need them due to some medical or other issue.  If I remember I'll post back after I've given them a bit of a workout :)

    https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LCA4ZAI/ref=pe_3187911_189395841_TE_dp_1 (https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LCA4ZAI/ref=pe_3187911_189395841_TE_dp_1)


    They make a difference Jon, wouldn't be without mine.
     O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 08:28:00, 24/03/19
    They make a difference Jon, wouldn't be without mine.
     O0

    So people tell me, but I'm still not convinced, time will tell  ;)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 08:28:30, 24/03/19

    6 of those aluminium 'Y' section tent pegs to replace some fatally bent over the last week or so - £4.
    A map reading compass for my daughter - £3.
    A 'Eurohike' aluminium COB LED torch - 100 lumens and lasts 6-7 hours on 3 triple 'A's - £2.50.


    All from Millets in Inverness retail park whilst returning from a trip 'Sooth'.


    Also some Gore Tex patches from Tiso's in Perth - must get that rip in my jacket fixed before I snag it again and make it worse.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 08:31:58, 24/03/19

    Finally decided to give walking poles a go to see if they are any good, in the past I've always decried them unless they're for those who need them due to some medical or other issue.  If I remember I'll post back after I've given them a bit of a workout :)




    That's how I feel about them - I was given a pair a couple of years ago, and I know that I should give them a try, but they always seem to get left behind in the porch or in the boot of the car. I seem to manage just fine whether uphill or down, as long as I take my time on the steep bits.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 10:05:30, 24/03/19
    You don't have to use them, just secured to your rucksack will make you look more professional and will give you that 'John Wayne' look!  ;)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Owen on 10:29:22, 24/03/19
    You don't have to use them, just secured to your rucksack will make you look more professional and will give you that 'John Wayne' look!  ;)




    ?


    Don't tend to use them when walking with just a light day pack but do when carrying a heavy load. Using the arms as well as the legs helps reduce fatigue. As well as helping you keep your balance.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: GinAndPlatonic on 20:05:32, 24/03/19
    You don't have to use them, just secured to your rucksack will make you look more professional and will give you that 'John Wayne' look!  ;)
    I am now the proud owner of a three legged fold up stool hanging from my rucksack...what do I look like...no don`t answer that >:(
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: bipolarbob on 13:56:21, 25/03/19
    this:

    montane mens alpine pro GTX jacket from SportPursuit.com.  [/size]

    51% off it.  Got good reviews too. 



    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Jim Parkin on 21:56:23, 25/03/19
    Harvey's 1:40k ultramaps of the Peak District (three cover the entire area).  Well worth buying - good enough detail for me to hit Kinder Gates from Fairbrook Naze.  Each one has the folded size of a small smartphone, and unfolds very cleverly - it is usable in strong wind, as it is small enouth.  I now prefer it to the OS 1:25k maps, for the Peak District at least.

    Chris Townsend's review here:
    https://www.tgomagazine.co.uk/gear-editors-column/harvey-ultramap/
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Litehiker on 20:15:59, 05/04/19
    Thought I'd replied to this thread but can't find it so here goes:


    1. REI FLASH Insulated 3 season air mattress - good to 15 F.
    2. REI FLASH Insulated All Season (winter) air mattress - good to at least -10 F.
    3. Sea to Summit pump bag/dry bag (to pump up the above mattresses, thus keeping my moist and bacteria-laden breath from the mattresses)
    4. Eddie Bauer PEAK XV expedition -30 F. down parka (on a 50% off sale) An amazing piece of gear. Very well designed and fabricated.
    5. MSR Whisperlite Universal 3 fuel stove (petrol, kerosene and butane canister) changing jets is necessary for each fuel type.


    I considered Dyneema solo tents (Tarptent Notch Li or AEON) but the high cost and 1 to 1.5 lb. weight savings was not worth it. I'll just lose that weight off  the "love muffin" around my waist, thank you very much. Besides, I "need" to buy a new Leica HD-B 2200 laser rangefinder binocular for hunting out here in the wide open spaces of Nevada. (Yeah, I know, they are far more "spendy" than a Dyneema tent.)


    I now have over 100 Kg. of Ultra Light backpacking gear.  ;)


    Eric B.
     











    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: FOX160 on 08:22:43, 06/04/19
    Just bitten the bullet on the ]https://yamamountaingear.com/collections/shelters/products/1p-cirriform-dw- (https://yamamountaingear.com/collections/shelters/products/1p-cirriform-dw-silpoly)
    for my Winter shelter.
    Gone for the stealth Blue tarp and Grey inner combo
    Internet library pic below

    (https://cdn1.bigcommerce.com/server600/bdkmv/images/stencil/2048x2048/products/76/648/crfmsw1p_02__22360.1420572974.jpg?c=2)

    (https://i.imgur.com/L81tGA2.jpg)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Rob Goes Walking on 09:01:05, 24/04/19
    The credit card company is ringing their hands with glee.

    I bought an MSR Windpro II, MSR ceramic solo pot, MSR folding spatula, GSI mug, 3 cylinders of gas

    a platypus hoser reservoir
    Aennon USB rechargeable head torch

    The Ultimate Navigation Manual
    2 chinagraph pencils
    A tally counter
    Silva Compass 4 Militaire
    A grid reference tool
    OS Weatherproof Active maps of Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley, North Pennines and Yorkshire Dales - Northern &
    Central Area
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: mow1701 on 18:10:36, 27/04/19
    Injiinji liner socks. Lots of good reviews in terms of reducing friction and hence blisters.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 11:04:40, 28/04/19
    I bought an Alpkit Akita full zip jacket a couple of weeks ago and wore it on my recent hike from Keswick to Edinburgh. I didn't like it at all, the sleeves were too long, the pockets did not have zips (I should have noticed when purchasing but didn't) and the pockets were pretty useless when my rucksack belt was tightened. I never thought that the jacket was good at keeping me warm either. The body length was fine and so was the zip. My similar Berghaus full zip is much better.

    I also bought a pair of Alpkit black gloves for £13 from the Alpkit shop in Keswick, they performed very well and kept my hands warm, even in the cold wind that I experienced for next 4 days. However, I noticed today when I decided to wash them, that the palm area is showing signs of piling.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: taxino8 on 21:48:31, 06/05/19
    Just got an Osprey Exos 58 delivered today from Amazon for a very reasonable £102.
    I donít know if I was just lucky but they are now selling them for £117.75 less than two days after I ordered mine.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 08:24:21, 07/05/19
    Just got an Osprey Exos 58 delivered today from Amazon for a very reasonable £102.
    I donít know if I was just lucky but they are now selling them for £117.75 less than two days after I ordered mine.



    Nicely timed buy. Usually happens the other way around with me!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: and101 on 13:41:57, 07/05/19
    A small mirror for my first aid kit (I wear contact lenses and trying to re-insert a slipped lens on an overnight camp never good without a mirror) and BCB Crusader for my day hikes to brew up. Whats next on the list? Well it never ends does it?  :-[ 
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Bigfoot_Mike on 19:37:41, 07/05/19
    A small mirror for my first aid kit (I wear contact lenses and trying to re-insert a slipped lens on an overnight camp never good without a mirror) and BCB Crusader for my day hikes to brew up. Whats next on the list? Well it never ends does it?  :-[
    How do you see to insert your contact lens, if you donít have them in place?
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: and101 on 19:48:49, 07/05/19
    Lol I'm long sighted so can get by. I've either rubbed my eye too hard (often done this in my sleep) or got sweat/flies/grit in my eye and need to take the lens out. I've scratched my cornea once too often when something gets under the contact lens. Not good  :(
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 22:02:50, 07/05/19
    I wear glasses, especially reading ones. Why do people wear contact lenses, is there a particular reason?
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Rob Goes Walking on 22:10:32, 07/05/19
    I'm short sighted but not badly so. I considered contacts on the basis I might then have 20/20 vision other than when driving (when I wear the glasses as writing at a distance is a bit blurry which happens to be the legal check of sight for driving) and because glasses get dirty and rained on when I do wear them outside the car.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: and101 on 22:14:18, 07/05/19
    I wear glasses, especially reading ones. Why do people wear contact lenses, is there a particular reason?


    They don't get steamed up in the cold and no rain smudges. I find them comfy to wear especially as they are monthly ones that I wear even when asleep. For me its convenient and comfy. Until it goes missing at the back of my eye.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: ninthace on 22:25:26, 07/05/19

    They don't get steamed up in the cold and no rain smudges. I find them comfy to wear especially as they are monthly ones that I wear even when asleep. For me its convenient and comfy. Until it goes missing at the back of my eye.
      I used to wear disposable contacts before I needed varifocal glasses - as you say, they don't fog up or get mucky.  Eventually I found I found I could not see to read at all with them in.  I spent a time with one in and one out, which was ok for activities like skiing but a bit iffy for flying, then that stopped working so I went back to glasses.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Moorview on 06:39:08, 15/05/19
    My contact lens are amazing.Started because of sport in the rain but one big advantage is my prescription has hardly changed in 40 years. :D


    I can see better in contacts than my glasses so contacts to me are amazing.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Pitboot on 08:08:23, 15/05/19
    A visit to Alpkit Ambleside yesterday to donate some gear in their Continuum scheme saw me leaving the store with some Ti tent stakes and some lightweight trekking socks.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Mark Sabine on 09:08:32, 15/05/19
    As a newbie, currently crocked with a new hip ,I'm not buying ,but trawling the internet salivating at all the new lovliness and driving my beloved mad. In the market for new Zamberlans when I'm back on two legs though as my pair is balder than me ::)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 11:32:43, 15/05/19
    Midge head/face net from Amazon.Just arrived in the post it is enormous.
    It consists of a very long tube of netting with a piece of ripstop nylon for the top of the head and an elasticated  cinch to pull it in tight around the neck.

    Jury is out on this one but it weighs nowt so we'll see. Only a couple of quid so no damage if it is useless. Got it for the Great  Glen Way which I am aiming at next month.

    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Pitboot on 11:53:12, 15/05/19
    Worth its non-weight in gold when the midges get thirsty.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 12:33:30, 15/05/19
    Nice reminder, I have one and wondering if I should pack it for my C2C walk at end June/early July  :-\
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 12:54:08, 15/05/19
    Nice reminder, I have one and wondering if I should pack it for my C2C walk at end June/early July  :-\
    If yours is anything like mine and you don't need it for midges it will be useful as a laundry bag ;D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: archaeoroutes on 13:58:34, 15/05/19
    My sleeping bag came with a dual-purpose midge headwear and airing bag. Very handy for both uses.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 18:31:36, 15/05/19
    I have paid out to an online firm but I'm worried that I might have fallen for a scam? I ordered a Rab Vital Hoody for £24.64 on the 5th May, seemed to be about £50ish everywhere else.

    It's now 15th May and doubts are now creeping into my mind that my desire for a cheap price has possibly dropped me in it? I've emailed the firm twice and they send me a copy of my invoice each time but nothing else.

    I won't name the firm yet, for all I know my suspicion may be way out of order as it might turn up tomorrow. I've never had to wait this long for a delivery before and to date I've never been caught out by an internet purchase but as they say, there's always a first time.

    Their delivery section said it was going to be delivered by something called 'Best Way?' I almost bought a down blanket from another firm the other day but on seeing that they too were offering 'Best Way' delivery I decided not to purchase again until I have clarity about my Rab hoody purchase.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Bigfoot_Mike on 19:01:26, 15/05/19
    I find the midge nets a bit claustrophobic, but they do work, even though they donít stop the midges swarming around you.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: kinkyboots on 19:43:02, 15/05/19
    I have paid out to an online firm but I'm worried that I might have fallen for a scam? I ordered a Rab Vital Hoody for £24.64 on the 5th May, seemed to be about £50ish everywhere else.

    It's now 15th May and doubts are now creeping into my mind that my desire for a cheap price has possibly dropped me in it? I've emailed the firm twice and they send me a copy of my invoice each time but nothing else.

    I won't name the firm yet, for all I know my suspicion may be way out of order as it might turn up tomorrow. I've never had to wait this long for a delivery before and to date I've never been caught out by an internet purchase but as they say, there's always a first time.

    Their delivery section said it was going to be delivered by something called 'Best Way?' I almost bought a down blanket from another firm the other day but on seeing that they too were offering 'Best Way' delivery I decided not to purchase again until I have clarity about my Rab hoody purchase.

    Simple golden rules to follow for all online purchases.

    Does the website in question list a full UK address including postcode and a UK landline telephone number? Is there an email address listed rather than just a few text boxes to fill in?

    Is the website secure? Depending on the web browser being used it usually shows a little padlock or something similar in the address bar.

    If the answer is no the chances are that you've been scammed.

    If the price seems too good to be true the chances are it really is too good to be true and you've been scammed.

    Engage brain and pay special attention when buying anything online!  ::)

    Worse still I'm assuming that they now have your full name and address together with your card details.

    My advice would be not to wait any longer! Take immediate action and contact your card issuer with the details and your concerns and to check if there's been any unauthorised expenditure on your account.

    Feel free to name and shame to warn others who may be tempted.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 20:44:56, 15/05/19
    Google will show you that there is a valid, genuine "Bestway" delivery company.
    If coming from Europe then you may need to wait  another couple of days, and if from China at least another week.

    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: taxino8 on 07:17:27, 16/05/19
    Osprey Exos 38.
    Iíve just got a real bargain off Amazon, new for £63.74.
    Iíve posted the link in the bargain thread.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Dyffryn Ardudwy on 16:04:27, 16/05/19
    My 1974 Showell Styles copy of walking the Rhinogs.

    Ive been looking for a copy for yonks, but i had to go to book finding service to get hold of one.

    £22 was not a bargain, but its a rare publication, and like his others in the Snowdonia District Guide books series,  its worth the investment.

    Their still amongst the best books ive got on the different areas of the National Park.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 15:07:56, 25/05/19

    A TrekMate Polar Choob for £10, for my planned winter campaign in the Lake District (if my house move goes according to plan, that is).


    Just like a Polar Buff, but £17 cheaper.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Litehiker on 22:24:35, 25/05/19
    OSPREY ATMOS 65 backpack. 25% off at $199. on sale at REI, a US membership based co-op company.


    I got it B/C it weighs 4.6 lbs. and am selling my 25 year old, 70 liter Dana Terraplane pack which weighs 7.5 lbs.! Recently I discovered people will pay $200. for this pack as it has become a "collector's item". Good, that pays for the Atmos 65.


    I'll the Atmos 65 is only for winter and hunting season to haul out quartered deer, etc. My 2.5 lb. Osprey EXOS 58 is my 3 season pack.


    The Atmos 65 is even more comfortable than the EXOS 58. With a vertically sliding shoulder harness thermos series can be made to fit very well. And the belt is also very adjustable in the hip area.


    Eric B.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 08:37:34, 26/05/19
    4.6 lb?

    That'll be almost 2.2kg - not as light as I would expect for a modern backpack.

    My 30 year old Karrimor Jaguar 65 weighs 1.8kg, by way of comparison. Still in use (just back from a wild camp on the local clifftops).
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 08:42:43, 26/05/19

    @ Eric - If you want a pack for serious load carrying, I recommend the Tatonka Lastenkraxe.


    https://www.tatonka.com/en/Backpacks-Trekking-Backpacks-Lastenkraxe/1130 (https://www.tatonka.com/en/Backpacks-Trekking-Backpacks-Lastenkraxe/1130)


    Used to use these for hauling awkward loads up to lighthouses (fire extinguishers, lighthouse lanterns, jerrycans etc). Without doubt the most comfortable pack that I have ever worn.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 09:49:58, 26/05/19
    GUNWHARFMAN You are the master of suspense. Did your Rab Vital Hoodie arrive or not?

    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Owen on 10:44:06, 26/05/19
    A full length Neo Air thermarest, I've been using a short Neo Air for a few years but it's tapered from the shoulders down and I find I keep rolling off. The new one isn't tapered as well as being longer. Hopefully I'll stay on this one. It's actually only a few grammes heavier that the short one.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 15:28:43, 26/05/19
    NO, my Rab Vital has never arrived. I've written to the firm 4 times now and all I get back is an email showing me what I ordered and that I have paid for it.

    The site is called 'On Line Store' and the site is www.prakashjiwadarts.co.uk. My item was ordered on the 1st May 2019, paid for by credit card.

    The courier firm is identified as EMS.

    This is the first time one of my internet orders has failed to arrive.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Ridge on 16:02:25, 26/05/19
    The site is called 'On Line Store' and the site is www.prakashjiwadarts.co.uk (http://www.prakashjiwadarts.co.uk). My item was ordered on the 1st May 2019, paid for by credit card.
    One of my tests for if I will order on line is that there is a postal address and landline phone number.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: fernman on 16:21:53, 26/05/19
    I don't think you will be getting your Rab Vital at all, Gunwharfman, it looks like a dodgy site.
    The is no address or phone number on the website and no information about the company.
    The URL is not secure, it is http instead of https.
    The name of the company would be enough to deter me from ordering from them, my prejudices plays some part part in this I know, but it would make me doubly cautious. There are also typos and grammatical errors in the FAQ.
    Do you recall if there was a padlock symbol in the address bar when you placed your order?
    It's time, I think, to report it to ActionFraud (a toothless organisation, but you might as well) and to contact your card provider to get your money back.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 16:24:53, 26/05/19
    I think my desire for such a cheap price overruled sensible judgement!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: fernman on 16:49:45, 26/05/19
    I think my desire for such a cheap price overruled sensible judgement!

    I went to the site again, and started placing a bogus order, short of entering card details. There is no padlock symbol.
    Also the models featuring the hats and garments have rather Chinese features.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: kinkyboots on 17:18:21, 26/05/19
    NO, my Rab Vital has never arrived. I've written to the firm 4 times now and all I get back is an email showing me what I ordered and that I have paid for it.

    The site is called 'On Line Store' and the site is www.prakashjiwadarts.co.uk (http://www.prakashjiwadarts.co.uk). My item was ordered on the 1st May 2019, paid for by credit card.

    The courier firm is identified as EMS.

    This is the first time one of my internet orders has failed to arrive.

    I would agree with the other comments as in my opinion it's clearly a scam website.

    Regardless of how embarrassed you may feel at being scammed you do need to take immediate action.

    It's not the £24.64 you spent that's the main problem it's the potential damage that they could already have done with your name, address and credit card details.

    As I advised earlier in this thread contact your card issuer immediately with your concerns.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 13:16:32, 27/05/19
    An update - I've already ordered new cards. I am a bit more confused this morning, my wife did a deep search through our finances yesterday evening and can find no trace of the £24 being taken out of our account. The online invoice, however, states that the payment has gone through.

    I will not be returning to this site!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: kinkyboots on 13:36:18, 27/05/19
    Depending on what information you provided to your card issuer they may already have taken action behind the scenes or it may be that the website was only after your personal details as part of an I.D theft scam and not the £24.64 payment?

    Keep a close eye on all your accounts and check your statements carefully for the forseeable future just in case anything else untoward comes to light.

    Hopefully this is a lesson learned and you are more careful the next time you order online.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 13:48:14, 27/05/19
    But a bargain is a bargain!  :D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: kinkyboots on 13:55:23, 27/05/19
    But a bargain is a bargain!  :D

    I think you've probably had more than £24.64 worth of niggle, doubt, worry and inconvenience over this so called "bargain"!  ;)

    I think you'll find that a bargain is only a bargain when I tell you it is.  ;D
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: ninthace on 14:31:26, 27/05/19
    Never shop at any site that is not https - from Chrome's own warning on the site "Your connection to this site is not secure. You should not any sensitive information on this site (for example passwords or credit cards), because it could be stolen."  Mr Prakash Jiwa is apparently an Indian darts player.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: BuzyG on 22:48:59, 28/05/19
    NO, my Rab Vital has never arrived. I've written to the firm 4 times now and all I get back is an email showing me what I ordered and that I have paid for it.

    The site is called 'On Line Store' and the site is www.prakashjiwadarts.co.uk (http://www.prakashjiwadarts.co.uk). My item was ordered on the 1st May 2019, paid for by credit card.

    The courier firm is identified as EMS.

    This is the first time one of my internet orders has failed to arrive.
    Was there not a EMS tracking number with the order? Says on their website there should be.  Very dodgy lookng website not secure plus no contact phone number or physical address anywhere.
    On the plus side I can"t find it listed as a scam site anywhere I have searched.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Sonatine on 20:16:42, 31/05/19
    Inov8 Roclite 290s, £64 on ebay (new!).


    Hope these keep me foot issue free, toe nail about to fall off after last walk. Toe box seemed to crimp on my toe. Fun times.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Bigfoot_Mike on 20:40:47, 31/05/19
    Hope these keep me foot issue free, toe nail about to fall off after last walk. Toe box seemed to crimp on my toe. Fun times.


    Ouch. Hopefully, you donít get any long term problems from this. I lost two in the past; one playing football, which grew back OK and the other from running, which damaged the nail bed. The nail has never grown back properly. It grows very thick and tries to grow into my toe.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Sonatine on 20:56:12, 31/05/19

    Ouch. Hopefully, you donít get any long term problems from this. I lost two in the past; one playing football, which grew back OK and the other from running, which damaged the nail bed. The nail has never grown back properly. It grows very thick and tries to grow into my toe.


    Yes hoping all will be ok, this is my third loss in 2-3 years. Others have come back ok, so fingers crossed this will be ok too, but I realise it can go wrong as you have experienced. I think I try to do too many miles, current loss was a 23 mile, previous loss a 30.


    Did anyone see that guy who did a speed record on the Appalachian trail (now surpassed) who had no nails at all? Euch.

    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: taxino8 on 21:21:45, 31/05/19
    Iím expecting a Hilleberg Niak to be delivered tomorrow.
    Found a new one on EBay and bargained it down to below £600 so I reckon I got a bargain and I have the Royal Mail Special Delivery tracking number so know itís on its way.
    I sold my last shotgun the other week as I havenít used it for eight years and the proceeds of the sale paid for the tent with quite a bit left over so no moaning from my wife.
    Hopefully this will be my last tent purchase!!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Jim Parkin on 18:18:29, 04/06/19
    I don't think you will be getting your Rab Vital at all, Gunwharfman, it looks like a dodgy site.
    The is no address or phone number on the website and no information about the company.
    The URL is not secure, it is http instead of https.
    The name of the company would be enough to deter me from ordering from them, my prejudices plays some part part in this I know, but it would make me doubly cautious. There are also typos and grammatical errors in the FAQ.
    Do you recall if there was a padlock symbol in the address bar when you placed your order?
    It's time, I think, to report it to ActionFraud (a toothless organisation, but you might as well) and to contact your card provider to get your money back.
    If it is a dodgy site, and they have gunwharfman's card number and security code, probably a good idea to watch out for any more purchases from them
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 18:38:32, 04/06/19
    Just collected a Merino wool buff and some Montane waterproof gloves, slowly getting together kit I need for the Spine Challenger  O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 18:54:34, 04/06/19

    "You can never have too many Buffs"


    -from the Spine website.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: BuzyG on 20:49:43, 04/06/19
    "You can never have too many Buffs"


    -from the Spine website.
    I have just one and that came as a free gift, when I bought some OS maps.  Prefer my scalf and wooly hats. Though the buff is both lighter and more practical.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 20:59:53, 04/06/19
    I have just one and that came as a free gift, when I bought some OS maps.  Prefer my scalf and wooly hats. Though the buff is both lighter and more practical.



    I'm a real convert. Ideal for winter dog walking, as well as on the hill.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: BuzyG on 21:56:09, 04/06/19

    I'm a real convert. Ideal for winter dog walking, as well as on the hill.
    Mine is actually, in the bottom of my bag with my emergency kit. I lost my hat on my Brecons walk last winter.  Properly cold day that was. Buff was a god send, as you can wear it as a hat, a balaclava or a scalf.  Still prefer my hat and scarf for the moment though.  O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 22:40:52, 04/06/19

    I'm a real convert. Ideal for winter dog walking, as well as on the hill.

    I was converted many many years ago as we were issued them in the Army, my army one must be at least 40 years old and is still in perfect condition  :)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 22:56:07, 04/06/19
    I was converted many many years ago as we were issued them in the Army, my army one must be at least 40 years old and is still in perfect condition  :)
    Do you also have a sheemagh? They're  great, hat,  scarf, towel, modesty screen, spare blanket, shopping bag.I also like buffs for their versatility.


    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sussamb on 06:23:41, 05/06/19
    Nope, just the headover as we called them then  O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 08:06:11, 05/06/19

    Recently ordered a nice Polar Buff for my wife - quite cheap at £11.34


    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07FNPD7LZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07FNPD7LZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)


    Damn - just noticed that they have dropped the price to £9.93! Perhaps this should be on the Bargain Thread.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: BuzyG on 12:16:58, 05/06/19
    Only for walking the really steep bits.  I bought some new climbing shoes.


    https://www.absolute-snow.co.uk/V/Evolv_Defy_VTR_Rock_Climbing_Shoe_UK_105_EU_45_BlackSulphur-(148606)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: sbt on 13:20:15, 05/06/19
    Another pair of Montane Terra trousers in blue this time.  Ready for a week up north Wales in a few weeks.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: pauldawes on 14:13:44, 05/06/19
    Bought first extra kit for about a year...splashed out 3 quid on a pair of bootlaces. (Got to Shrewsbury on Sunday..planning to walk Craven Arms to Much Wenlock next day...realised Iíd left spare bootlaces at home. Then, of course, I start worrying that laces will break at some point of next dayís walk...)


    Still..it got me used to spending money on kit again...and I may well steel myself and buy some new boots this Friday.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: BuzyG on 15:08:18, 05/06/19
    Bought first extra kit for about a year...splashed out 3 quid on a pair of bootlaces. (Got to Shrewsbury on Sunday..planning to walk Craven Arms to Much Wenlock next day...realised Iíd left spare bootlaces at home. Then, of course, I start worrying that laces will break at some point of next dayís walk...)


    Still..it got me used to spending money on kit again...and I may well steel myself and buy some new boots this Friday.
    Always have to have spare laces.  Last time I used one, was to tie a flip flopping sole, back on to one of my walking shoes, in the middle of Dartmoor. Did such a good job I was able to glue the sole, when I got home and keep using the shoes for several more walks.  :)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: alan de enfield on 14:10:19, 10/06/19
    Not sure whether to post this here, in 'Medical',  'latest purchase' or 'todays bargain buy'

    3 packs of 20 latex finger cots (like little condoms) for £1.03 (inc postage)

    * 3 x 20 Pcs Disposable Anti Static Rubber Latex Finger Cots Off White.
    * Fingertip protection with unrestricted movement.
    * Protect your finger from glue, chemical, etc, is comfortable to use with elastic ring.

    I recently sliced a chunk of a finger whilst chopping carrots and fortunately had a couple of these in the 1st aid kit. Held the flap of skin & the bandage in place whilst the blood seeped thru and created a scab.

    Keep cuts clean and dry - very useful little things to have.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3X-New-Practical-White-20-Pcs-Disposable-Anti-Static-Rubber-Latex-Finger-Co-G9P5/173468658180?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3X-New-Practical-White-20-Pcs-Disposable-Anti-Static-Rubber-Latex-Finger-Co-G9P5/173468658180?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649)

    4 Weeks delivery.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: strawy on 12:12:54, 12/06/19
    Needed a spare gas canister,ended up with new boots as well,tried 3 other pairs,but these felt/looked the best,though above my usual price range.
    DofE endorsed so i figured they should be ok.

    My "old" boots(700 miles-£40-no wet feet) are still useable but these are very comfy.
    https://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/15907060/vango-velan-men-s-hiking-boot-15907060/?istCompanyId=c2ec8a5d-93c1-4850-a97a-f4d89d7c99c8&istFeedId=2755fba0-7dfe-46a9-bfd0-09b37aed8b93&istItemId=wapipmtww&istBid=t&gclid=Cj0KCQjwxYLoBRCxARIsAEf16-tIQA43nDDjHjLdsYhQHWOOYCegXAYd2rb-Q0LQ9bYY25dTDRXyAiMaAoP7EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds (https://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/15907060/vango-velan-men-s-hiking-boot-15907060/?istCompanyId=c2ec8a5d-93c1-4850-a97a-f4d89d7c99c8&istFeedId=2755fba0-7dfe-46a9-bfd0-09b37aed8b93&istItemId=wapipmtww&istBid=t&gclid=Cj0KCQjwxYLoBRCxARIsAEf16-tIQA43nDDjHjLdsYhQHWOOYCegXAYd2rb-Q0LQ9bYY25dTDRXyAiMaAoP7EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds)
    Time will tell  ::)
    (http://i68.tinypic.com/2w7q2o4.jpg)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 15:57:11, 12/06/19
    Not for me I'm afraid, Strawy - I've been let down too many times in the past by fabric boots.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: ninthace on 16:05:48, 12/06/19
    Not for me I'm afrait, Strawy - I've been let down too many times in the past by fabric boots.
      Funny, I was just thinking that is an awful lot of stitches.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: strawy on 22:41:31, 12/06/19
    Yeh,i said to myself never buy fabric boots after a crap pair 3 years ago,a "good mood" buy i think,I,ll tread carefully  ;)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 12:07:55, 16/06/19
    My purchase is a SIM card, which I use use most when I'm hiking.

    I have a 2 SIM phone, one card is for phone calls the other is for the internet. I'm not a contract person but on this occasion, I've signed up for an ongoing contract which gives me 1mb of internet per four weeks.

    I was paying £5 for 500mb of internet but I'm now paying £5 for 1mb. I'm pleased.

    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Bigfoot_Mike on 12:17:05, 16/06/19
    My purchase is a SIM card, which I use use most when I'm hiking.

    I have a 2 SIM phone, one card is for phone calls the other is for the internet. I'm not a contract person but on this occasion, I've signed up for an ongoing contract which gives me 1mb of internet per four weeks.

    I was paying £5 for 500mb of internet but I'm now paying £5 for 1mb. I'm pleased.


    I assume you are now getting 1GB for £5. Otherwise, it doesnít seem like such a good deal.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 12:30:38, 16/06/19
    Your right, I've just checked. I must learn to remember my MB's from my GB's.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Owen on 12:42:13, 16/06/19
    One of the route's I'm planning goes across where four maps meet, which it a right pain. So, I've had one custom printed to cover this area, much easier to see the route. Cost £16. Also a new pair of socks, the last of the big spenders or what?
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 12:50:15, 16/06/19
    Where are you heading, Owen?
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Owen on 13:18:31, 16/06/19
    A repeat of my Aviemore to Fort William walk via Ben Macdui, Ben Alder, the grey Corrie's and Ben Nevis. That's what I was trying to do at the end of April but my ankle hadn't healed enough.


    I've changed the route between Ben Macdui and Dalwhinnie. Because I've realized that the way I was going was just too much untracked heather and boggy moor. My new route goes further north via the head of Glen Tromie and Meall Chuaich. There's quite a bit of walking on estate roads this way, which I'm not really keen on but it will be easier going.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 13:42:32, 16/06/19

    Good luck, Owen - hope that it goes better than last time.
    Not doing much walking myself right now as in the process of selling our house!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 10:20:58, 17/06/19
    I use my smartphone a lot when I'm hiking so I decided to visit PC World yesterday. I bought one or their soft touch stylus pens for £1.99. I left my last one in a coffee shop recently and couldn't be bothered to walk a mile back to see if it was still there and collect it. I've never liked on-screen keyboards as I'm forever correcting mistakes when I finger-type so I find a stylus much easier to use, especially when I'm on the move. If I need to do a bit of work in the evening and settled with a pint I use a cheap Bluetooth folding keyboard.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 12:37:10, 17/06/19
    I use my smartphone a lot when I'm hiking so I decided to visit PC World yesterday. I bought one or their soft touch stylus pens for £1.99. I left my last one in a coffee shop recently and couldn't be bothered to walk a mile back to see if it was still there and collect it. I've never liked on-screen keyboards as I'm forever correcting mistakes when I finger-type so I find a stylus much easier to use, especially when I'm on the move. If I need to do a bit of work in the evening and settled with a pint I use a cheap Bluetooth folding keyboard.
    Thanks yet again for two great tips GWM.
    Will be paying a visit to that very shop now over the next couple of days.
    I have turnips for fingers.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Pitboot on 20:07:10, 17/06/19
    A pair of Hanwag Tatra boots, leather lined non goretex. I have tried on a lot of boots recently and was looking to buy British but these were a fantastic fit after a few false starts in the shop. Looking forward to trying them out, maybe tomorrow. Had to grit my teeth over the cost but these days it's comfort that counts.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 12:09:49, 20/06/19
    A new pair of wrap around clear glasses (Rockriders) to protect my eyes from wind and rain. From Decathlon, £3.99. I'm forever losing them, so easy and cheap to replace. I'm not a sunglasses fan and for me, these are just right!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Ralph on 15:53:12, 20/06/19
    Speedster 30ml alcohol burner for use with Esbit  cookset.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: BuzyG on 18:09:43, 20/06/19
    I use my smartphone a lot when I'm hiking so I decided to visit PC World yesterday. I bought one or their soft touch stylus pens for £1.99. I left my last one in a coffee shop recently and couldn't be bothered to walk a mile back to see if it was still there and collect it. I've never liked on-screen keyboards as I'm forever correcting mistakes when I finger-type so I find a stylus much easier to use, especially when I'm on the move. If I need to do a bit of work in the evening and settled with a pint I use a cheap Bluetooth folding keyboard.

    Interesting, I didn't ever consider using a stylus pen.  May give it a go as my fingers are on the large size.  O0
     

    Does it work on a wet screen?
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 18:20:53, 20/06/19
    Interesting, I didn't ever consider using a stylus pen.  May give it a go as my fingers are on the large size.  O0
     

    Does it work on a wet screen?
    I got two yesterday.  One to use and one to lose ;D
    Not sure about wet screen useage though. But it fits the letters better than my fingers in today's atmospheric conditions up here in Northumberland, where I am today.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 19:57:47, 20/06/19
    I think the stylus would work on a wet screen but I'm not 100%? I'm going to drill a small hole through the top end of the stylus tomorrow (I also bought two) and with a thin string, I'm going to permanently attach it to one of my rucksack shoulder pads. I've bought them before and with me, they go missing so easily.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Owen on 20:41:19, 20/06/19
    I have one which I use with my Garmin GPS it works fine in the wet. I've attached it to the lanyard of my GPS with some thin string.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Litehiker on 06:37:35, 21/06/19
    Dunno if I already mentioned it but Had a little saga in replacing my heavy (7 1/2 lb.) Dana Designs Terraplane winter backpack.

    So I bought an Osprey Atmos Large and found my -20 F. LL Bean down bag would not fit the sleeping bag compartment.
    I returned the pack to my local REI in Henderson, NV (USA) and got a Deuter AirContact 65+10 which worked out perfectly.

    Now I am truly ready for winter with my February purchase of an Eddie Bauer PEAK XV expedition parka (E.B. sez it's good to -30 F. but I've been in -40 F./C. and I know it will be OK at that temperature as well.)
    Finally I got an REI FLASH All Season (R 5.3) insulated air mattress. Can't wait to try everything out next winter. I've even re-coated my ski climbing skins with new glue in anticipation. My MSR Whisperlite Universal is ready for white petrol use as well.

    Been 2 years getting all this gear selected and purchased (and the old pack sold).

    Eric B.
    Oh, yeah, Just got an LL Bean nylon long sleeved summer shirt with avented mesh back. Living in theMojave Desert requires both synthetic material and long sleeves for sun protection. My older synthetic shirts (one is 20 years old) are, amazingly, showing signs of wear.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 07:47:27, 21/06/19
    Gathering the gear together all helps to build up the anticipation for your trip, Eric. :)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 07:50:43, 21/06/19

    As posted elsewhere - a Terra Nova Quasar short alloy tent pole to replace the one I recently broke in my Trisar. Cost £36 + £3.95 P&P - that'll teach me to be clumsy! Stronger pole though, and only took a day to get to Orkney.


    All set for our planned family wild camping trip to the Yesnaby cliffs!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Owen on 11:23:16, 21/06/19
    Something a little different for me, a rack for my mountain bike and two panniers to go on it. I'm not really much of a cyclist but there are quite a lot of hills around here with very long walk in's often along estate roads (Landover tracks). You can't take your car along them but bikes are ok. If they arrive on time I might even get to try them out this weekend.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 12:08:09, 21/06/19
    My Rab Vital windproof has just arrived, looks good but as reviewers suggest the hood design looks a bit 'goofy!' Can't disagree with their opinion, but what do I care as long as it does its job properly, all it has to do is protect me from windy conditions! What I am now interested in is, when in use and assuming it does its job, will I be able to carry one less layer of clothing? That's what I'm hoping to achieve.

    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Litehiker on 01:19:29, 22/06/19
    Speaking of new gear:


    "It is not, 'He who dies with the most toys wins" but rather 'He who wears out the most toys wins'.   O0


    Eric B.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 09:44:57, 22/06/19
    My Rab Vital windproof has just arrived, looks good
    Is this the order you though you had made a mistake with?????
    Or did you have pay out again to a different company.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Pitboot on 15:41:48, 26/06/19
    Two Klymit Static V sleep mats from a company in the Netherlands, half the price of UK kit:


    www.frank.shop


    They have some good kit on there if you look.


    Just tried one of the mats here in the living room, inflation two minutes, deflation and pack away in stuff sack supplied, three minutes. Mat feels good even on bare floor in side sleep position.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: taxino8 on 17:28:43, 26/06/19
    Two Klymit Static V sleep mats from a company in the Netherlands, half the price of UK kit:


    www.frank.shop (http://www.frank.shop)


    They have some good kit on there if you look.


    Just tried one of the mats here in the living room, inflation two minutes, deflation and pack away in stuff sack supplied, three minutes. Mat feels good even on bare floor in side sleep position.


    I have two of those. One is the Static V and the other is the insulated one.
    I got mine me off Amazon last year, £49.24 for the Static V and about £64.95 for the insulated one.
    Iíve just checked and they are still available on Amazon for £59.95 for the Static V.
    Iíve used both of them and love them and Iím a side sleeper, they stay up and the side baffles help you from sliding off.


    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Klymit-Static-Lightweight-Sleeping-Realtree/dp/B01BKCAWTK/ref=sr_1_12_sspa?crid=232TZ1D2VIM4T&keywords=klymit+static+v&qid=1561566075&s=gateway&sprefix=Klymi%2Caps%2C277&sr=8-12-spons&psc=1 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Klymit-Static-Lightweight-Sleeping-Realtree/dp/B01BKCAWTK/ref=sr_1_12_sspa?crid=232TZ1D2VIM4T&keywords=klymit+static+v&qid=1561566075&s=gateway&sprefix=Klymi%2Caps%2C277&sr=8-12-spons&psc=1)

    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 10:54:01, 27/06/19
    My Rab Vital order was placed with another company, £42 with Trekitt, the cheapest I could find. My original cheap order (£25) just never materialized.

    I'm still a little worried about it though. I still have a copy of my order which said the money had been taken, but nothing has come out of our account. To try to be safe we closed our credit card details and was told that new cards would be issued.

    Replacing our credit cards proved to be difficult! My only stipulation was that my wife and I wanted NON-contactless cards. They took SIX WEEKS to arrive. I was told that they would be with us between 5-7 working days but nothing came through the letter box. I phoned them every 7 days and was told, 'lost in the post, it happens!' as their fallback throwaway line. Each week I phoned I became more and more irritated. By last Wednesday I had had enough and told a young man (he sounded young) that unless we got our cards, or a valid explanation as to why they have not arrived, I would be sending a personal letter to 'my mate' the boss of the whole shebang! I don't know him or her obviously, but it worked.

    I discovered, from reading between the lines of what he told me, that nothing had been lost in the post because the various staff that I had spoken to had not ordered them in the first place. When asked why I didn't want a contactless card I replied along the lines of, I'm NOT going to accept a card and especially a credit card which has NO SECURITY attached to it whatsoever. None of the staff knew how to respond with an intelligent reply so I concluded that they are just infatuated with their training and have never thought of querying anything! I think they didn't like it because I refused to be persuaded, I actually had the gall to question the technology's lack of security, or maybe they just didn't know how to deal with a customer who was making such an outrageous request, it wasn't in their script!? After each of my phone calls were they then told not to order them? Who knows??? I did get loads of waffle though!

    Our none-contactless cards arrived yesterday morning.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: ninthace on 12:05:14, 27/06/19
    I treated Mrs N to one of these
     https://www.amazon.co.uk/RFID-Blocking-Wallet-Genuine-Leather/dp/B07GN3LJL2/ref=sr_1_6?crid=1UBU3FBGPXH61&keywords=credit+card+holder+rfid+blocking&qid=1561633358&s=gateway&sprefix=credit%2Caps%2C154&sr=8-6 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/RFID-Blocking-Wallet-Genuine-Leather/dp/B07GN3LJL2/ref=sr_1_6?crid=1UBU3FBGPXH61&keywords=credit+card+holder+rfid+blocking&qid=1561633358&s=gateway&sprefix=credit%2Caps%2C154&sr=8-6)
    They prevent the contactless element being used until you want it to be,
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 17:20:55, 27/06/19
    I treated Mrs N to one of these
     https://www.amazon.co.uk/RFID-Blocking-Wallet-Genuine-Leather/dp/B07GN3LJL2/ref=sr_1_6?crid=1UBU3FBGPXH61&keywords=credit+card+holder+rfid+blocking&qid=1561633358&s=gateway&sprefix=credit%2Caps%2C154&sr=8-6 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/RFID-Blocking-Wallet-Genuine-Leather/dp/B07GN3LJL2/ref=sr_1_6?crid=1UBU3FBGPXH61&keywords=credit+card+holder+rfid+blocking&qid=1561633358&s=gateway&sprefix=credit%2Caps%2C154&sr=8-6)
    They prevent the contactless element being used until you want it to be,
    That looks a good idea for day to day use when you want to carry a few cards.

    You can also buy 20 card sized blocking envelopes for less than a fiver for those who only want to carry one card or join the ultra light brigade.

    They do work because I frequently test them in Asda.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: taxino8 on 20:03:37, 27/06/19

    I went for a walk up Patterdale at the weekend and decided to take my Nikon DSLR.
    After several uncomfortable hours with it swinging around my neck I decided to look for a rucksack harness mount and found this on Amazon.
    Iíve only tried it at home but it seems to do the job of taking the weight off my neck.

    Movo Photo MB200 Universal Camera Holster Attachment System for Backpacks and Hydration Packs
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00RF0CQL4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00RF0CQL4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)


    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 23:21:18, 02/07/19
    Two polyester baselayers from Mountain Warehouse in Aviemore - £7.99 & £9.99.

    Rather cheaper than the £25-£35 offerings in the more upmarket shops, and I'm sure that they will do the job just the same.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: taxino8 on 19:29:56, 04/07/19
    After an overnight below Angle Tarn I stopped off in Keswick for a wash, etc and came out of Rathboneís with a new Leki Makalu Lite walking pole.
    My old one, a Leki Super Makalu has had some use over the last twelve or so years and the twist lock mechanism was becoming more difficult to tighten so had to go.
    Itís a lot lighter and the speed lock system looks an improvement but only time will tell.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 20:00:36, 07/07/19
    I've bought two metres of Sinylon to make a new rain skirt and enough spare to make another one if and when needed.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: bricam2096 on 20:10:17, 07/07/19
    Replaced my well worn walking shoes and bought some Merrell Moab 2 GORE-TEX Shoes. Feel very comfy out of the box and looking forward to using them on the Ridgeway next month.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Bigfoot_Mike on 20:40:58, 07/07/19
    Some Craghoppers Kiwi trousers and Nosilife shirts. I think Crahoppersí quality control has gone downhill. There were noticeable dimensional differences between pairs that were the same size and the material doesnít seem as good as the older, well worn pairs that I have.


    I also bought a Tilley hat. I wasnít looking to spend that much on a hat, but for those of us with a large brain capacity there arenít too many options. :)
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Mel on 20:47:30, 07/07/19
    ...I think Crahoppersí quality control has gone downhill. There were noticeable dimensional differences between pairs that were the same size and the material doesnít seem as good as the older, well worn pairs that I have....


    I'm glad it's not just me that's noticed this  :(
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 10:04:29, 08/07/19
    I popped into Decathlon a couple of days ago and bought a very lightweight and loose (I don't have the legs for tights) pair of jogging trousers which I will use as back up when I'm hiking. £12.99, a bit expensive but when I tried them out yesterday they were supremely comfortable.

    Our Decathlon (Head office is in Mons) is staffed by a number of young French people. I personally love listening to French people speaking English, its all very Maurice Chevalier/Sacha Distal! I also watched the latest film with Jean Reno yesterday, he's got a good accent as well.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: WhitstableDave on 17:44:55, 15/07/19
    I (in effect) paid £23.50 this morning at Cotswold Outdoor for a £110 pair of Merrell Chameleon 7 Slam walking shoes.  :)

    I loved my Merrell Pulsate Ventilator shoes that I bought for a discounted £70 a little over 4 months ago. They've been the most comfortable summer walking shoes I've ever had, but after about 900 miles the soles had worn quite thin and I was planning to replace them. Then yesterday, on what was to be their final outing, I noticed the sole had started to part company with the upper.

    So today I took them to my local Cotswold Outdoor to ask whether the split was fair wear-and-tear or a defect. Despite the mileage, I was told it was a defect and I was due a refund. I bought the Chameleon 7 Slam shoes costing £110 - less the usual (Ramblers) discount of 15% - for £93.50, less the £70 refund for my worn-out shoes, making a grand total of £23.50!

    Nice one Cotswold!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: gunwharfman on 18:10:56, 15/07/19
    Nice one Whistable Dave! I've always found that Cotswold have treated me well and fairly when I've presented them with a poorly made product.

    I lost yet another pair of wrap around 'sunglasses' yesterday, so I popped off to my local Decathlon shop this afternoon and bought another pair, £2.99, plus a pair of flip-flops, £3.99.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: pauldawes on 18:40:00, 15/07/19
    Nice one Whistable Dave! I've always found that Cotswold have treated me well and fairly when I've presented them with a poorly made product.

    I lost yet another pair of wrap around 'sunglasses' yesterday, so I popped off to my local Decathlon shop this afternoon and bought another pair, £2.99, plus a pair of flip-flops, £3.99.


    Sun glasses, beanie hats, gloves...basically any small item that are constantly taken off and put on again later in walk...I always end up losing them.


    I think at 3 quid I'd have bought 2 pairs...postponing next time I needed to buy again a bit longer.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Jim Parkin on 21:27:58, 15/07/19
    Some Craghoppers Kiwi trousers and Nosilife shirts. I think Crahoppersí quality control has gone downhill. There were noticeable dimensional differences between pairs that were the same size and the material doesnít seem as good as the older, well worn pairs that I have.


    I also bought a Tilley hat. I wasnít looking to spend that much on a hat, but for those of us with a large brain capacity there arenít too many options. :)
    I just bought some Decathlon forclaz shorts.  They seem quite an improvement on the craghopper kiwi stretch shorts in both cut and little details, like having a popper (backed with velcto) instead of the button on my kiwi shorts.  £17.99 seemed a reasonable price too. 
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: MudMagnet on 09:57:43, 18/07/19
    DD Hammocks Superlight S Tarp.  Can't wait to try it out on the North to South Devon Bike ride.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Pipp on 20:11:36, 18/07/19
    Not technically a purchase as I've acquired it from a friend, but just got the Vango Trek 3 sleeping mat...a quick test on the office floor seemed comfortable enough!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 20:41:34, 18/07/19
    An 8.5mm alloy tent pole all the way from China, along with a pair of 150 degree bent sections to replace a broken pole in the tunnel tent that I use for wild camping - total cost less than £20. Quality seems OK, but I'll need to get busy with the hacksaw and needle file to cut them to the correct length.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Owen on 11:42:19, 20/07/19
    Not really walking as such but related in a small way.


    I've just brought one of these, only in "HOT RED".


    (https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/nZ6B5l.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmnZ6B5lj)


    I've been doing quite a bit of cycling lately in part to try and strengthen my knee and also to get fitter. My old bike is a 30-something year old Raleigh, so old that it was actually made in Nottingham. Every time I go out it seems something else breaks, so time for a new one. The new bike is an out and out tourer, built to handle un-surfaced gravel tracks. Hopefully that will enable it to negotiate Scotland's roads and take me on some future camping adventures.   
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 12:53:42, 20/07/19
    Nice bike, Owen.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Bigfoot_Mike on 14:33:29, 20/07/19
    As a final year university student in Nottingham, I lived in Cycle Road right opposite the Raleigh factory, which is now long gone.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: and101 on 16:52:56, 20/07/19
    Just received my new backpack. An Osprey Rook 50. I've been looking for an Osprey for some time and a deal came up on this new pack that was too good to refuse. Need to plan a hike and camp now...
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: jimbob on 11:48:47, 28/07/19
    Some Smidge (as per recent thread) and some aluminium tent pegs to replace two that I broke.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Ridge on 18:35:43, 28/07/19
    Last Thursday, the hottest day ever, I bought waterproof trousers and wellies.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Rob Goes Walking on 17:46:31, 10/08/19
    I bought Berghaus Stormcloud Overtrousers and the Mountain Equipment Zeno. Haven't tried the overtrousers in the rain yet but I'm thrilled with the Zeno - finally a waterproof that I don't overheat in!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: FOX160 on 04:45:45, 11/08/19
    Finally arrived

    https://ep1.pinkbike.org/p5pb17588532/p5pb17588532.jpg
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: ninthace on 10:59:29, 11/08/19
    Finally arrived

    https://ep1.pinkbike.org/p5pb17588532/p5pb17588532.jpg (https://ep1.pinkbike.org/p5pb17588532/p5pb17588532.jpg)
    That lawn needs a trim!  Still, it provides an authentic environment to display the tent. Hope you get to enjoy it soon.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 15:17:37, 12/08/19
    Finally arrived

    https://ep1.pinkbike.org/p5pb17588532/p5pb17588532.jpg

    Looks rather like my vintage Robert Saunders Jetpacker!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Sonatine on 14:37:39, 18/08/19
    Managed to pick up a Marmot Precip Eco jacket for £48. Just been out for a wander, hoping for some rain to try it out, but amazingly, no luck!
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Rob Goes Walking on 14:46:44, 18/08/19
    The Berghaus Stormcloud trousers were amazing very impressed they kept me dry through nearly 8 hours of almost constant rain and I didn't overheat or get sweaty.

    Normal people sized (if you can call XXL normal) technical clothing is indeed far superior to that available in fat man sizes.
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: Bigfoot_Mike on 16:01:00, 18/08/19
    The Berghaus Stormcloud trousers were amazing very impressed they kept me dry through nearly 8 hours of almost constant rain and I didn't overheat or get sweaty.

    Normal people sized (if you can call XXL normal) technical clothing is indeed far superior to that available in fat man sizes.


    I think XXL is normal  O0
    Title: Re: What's Your Latest Walking Kit Purchase?
    Post by: richardh1905 on 07:56:29, 20/08/19
    Two polyester baselayers from Mountain Warehouse in Aviemore - £7.99 & £9.99.

    Rather cheaper than the £25-£35 offerings in the more upmarket shops, and I'm sure that they will do the job just the same.

    I've used these "Isocool" base layers from Mountain Warehouse a few times now, including for running. Recommended.