Best £50 you've spent recently

Discussion in 'Gear Chat' started by PhilHo, May 16, 2019.

  1. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Whats the best piece of kit you have bought for £50 recently?
  2. Jon jons

    Jon jons Ultralighter

    Gossamer gear murmur for 60 and Ali shelter for 40. So if you give or take a tenner, either of these :biggrin:
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  3. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

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  4. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    Aluxe Hexpeak V4a 2p inner in mint condition off the fleabay for £60 delivered.
    Not the lightest but what i wanted for us both.
    Last edited: May 17, 2019
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  5. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Which Ali Shelter was that?

    The reason I'm asking the original question is because I was recently given £50 to buy myself something for my birthday. The reason I'm asking which shelter is, I keep thinking I ought to buy one of those Ali Trailstar clones.
  6. Dave V

    Dave V Moderator Staff Member

    Some Dyneema Grid off Extrem, it made me make things I would have gone out and bought otherwise and left me with enough material to make another pack or other bits.
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  7. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    My Kamleika jacket. (bout the only thing I can recall around the fifty quid mark for a single purchase.
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  8. Jon jons

    Jon jons Ultralighter

    There's a thread on it
    This one.
  9. Lamont-Cranston

    Lamont-Cranston Section Hiker

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  10. Jon jons

    Jon jons Ultralighter

    Lol, was just responding to @PhilHo. It was quite legitimate, so there:kiss:
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  11. Jon jons

    Jon jons Ultralighter

    Have you spent your birthday money yet @PhilHo?
  12. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Yes I ended up adding a bit to it and bought some OMM Kamleika Race Pants Previous Generation for £75. Very pleased with them, not the lightest at about 230g in XL but they feel really good on and are stretchy. I've entered my second half marathon, the Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon and for some unknown reason they require full cover waterproofs so I'll put them in my pack for kit check.

    I've also entered the Mamores Half Marathon in September where I might actually need them.

    Don't get the idea that I'm any good as a runner but I enjoyed the challenge of the Malhamdale Trail half and I've decided to challenge myself a bit more now I'm 61!!!! before its too late.
  13. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

  14. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I'm actually doing the Mamores Half (rather than the Glencoe Marathon) that starts in Kinlochleven and finishes in Glen Nevis. I enjoyed that bit of the WHW last year so when I realised they had a half marathon I couldn't resist. We're going to stay in one of the pods at Blackwater camp site, right next to the start. Purely by chance I went up the Devil's Staircase with the Glencoe Marathon last year. Even got snapped by the official cameraman and was plied with jelly babies at the top. As you can see I should be committed :)

  15. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Great pic, looks like a lot to carry?
  16. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I had the Glencoe Marathon, in my cart last night, by the time I'd done with the late entry, massage, and bus back to the squirrel, cancellation cover, it was shy of 100. Too much for a marathon that I could enter as a ghost.
  17. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    Rab Baltoro softshell jacket

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  18. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    It was just short of 11kgs, I wasn't running except when I saw a camera ;). I was doing the top half of the WHW. The foam mat was there to put under my Alpkit Dumo mat. I have a thing about sleep being important and gave up camping a few years ago because I wasn't getting a good night's rest and was waking up with a bad back. This set up, although relatively heavy was warm and comfortable and I get a good night's sleep with no back ache. I'll probably drop the foam mat unless I'm out after October. All of my gear is light rather than ultra light. For example Thermarest Questar long sleeping bag 1.1kgs, Hexpeak V4A fly only probably 800g with pegs, Black Diamond poles 600g, Exped Lightning 60 1120g etc etc. So I have a lot of room for reducing weight if I want to spend some cash. However that backpack caries weight so well I don't have any problem with this setup. Also I'm getting on for 95kgs myself so as a % of my body weight 11kgs isn't that massive.

    The Glencoe Marathon looked to be setup really well so might be worth the money. I paid £45 for the half. Trail marathons seem to sell up really fast if they are at a more reasonable price for example the Hardmoors Trail series are £40 each but sell up on the day the entries open. My wife got up very early one morning in January to get online and enter the full series this year.
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  19. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    "This set up, although relatively heavy was warm and comfortable and I get a good night's sleep with no back ache."
    I'm all for that :thumbsup:

    "However that backpack caries weight so well I don't have any problem with this setup."
    I'm feeling the same way with the TB44. Ridiculously comfortable, I'm going back to using my UD FP20 again for time/distance when weight is an equal factor as quality sleep, I'm watching closely @theoctagon as his joey packs are drawing me closer to divorce :thumbsdown:
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