Tread Lite Gear - New Products thread

Discussion in 'Shopping' started by paul, Jul 6, 2015.

  1. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    In order to keep my stuff in one place ive asked Rich if its ok to have my own thread and he kindly agreed. I will post new stuff here in one place rather than the MYOG section.

    Im giving the gear making one last big push before i have to accept defeat and go get a proper job :D. Im moving things to a more commercial footing and will probably now focus on the new fusion range as well as core Cuben and Icarex offering. Ive been spending too much time making stuff that isnt viable and sold slowly so ill be trimming the product book to concentrate on stuff that sells the best and actually makes some cash. I will limit sales to ebay only mainly because it all links to my accounts and saves me lots of manual book keeping entries but if you want a lot of stuff i am prepared to do a direct deal by PM with a suitable discount.

    First up is a coin case / card wallet

    Currently available in Icarex or Cuben at 5g and 4.7g respectively. Measures 4.5" wide x 3" tall with YKK zip and a mitten clip to clip on wherever. I didnt see the point in a waterproof zip as it should be under cover anyway but waterproof zips are coming on other stuff soon. If you want to shave some more weight then clip the mitten clip off and save another gram and treat yourself to an extra cornflake :D

    Available here

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281741527787?var=&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

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    Next up is the MkII cuben LED lantern with fusion base and hanging clip

    Made from 11gsm white cuben with a dyneema x grid base. This makes it a little more rigid so its keeps its shape much better than the Mk1. it also lets the reflector work better giving more light. Comes in at 8g which is 1 gram more than the Mk1 but i think its worth the extra cornflake :)

    Ideal little reading light and pitch marker and has always been a great seller and gets superb feedback.

    Available here

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281742369873?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

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    Coming soon will be hip belt pockets and chest packs once i get the time.

    Id also like to thank everyone who has purchased gear from me and is helping to keep the dream alive. Any questions then please fire away on here or via PM
  2. MartinK9

    MartinK9 Section Hiker

    Good luck mate. :)
  3. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    Brilliant Paul. I hope you can make a success of this. I'm really impressed by your workmanship on the zip peg bag and zip bag. I'm going to do a blog post this week on them. Hip belt pockets are a great idea. Most of the retrofit ones available are poor. I've got a pair of Laufbursche ones, which I like. If you'd like to borrow for a look, let me know. Best of luck
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  4. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    Good luck Paul, the stuff I've bought from you so far has been great.

    I have Zimmerbuilt pockets and they're ok, but a little small tbh. Like Robin said I can send them to you for a look if you need ideas but they're pretty simple so pics and dimensions would probably serve the same purpose if you'd like?
  5. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Good luck with it.
  6. suggdozer

    suggdozer Section Hiker

    Great stuff mate, glad to see your giving it a go and staying out of the rat race as long as possible :wink:
  7. widu13

    widu13 Ultralighter

    I've got a few bits of your kit and with the maker selling direct that is where the best deals are. It's when production jumps up to needing staff that margins become precarious. I'm liking your kit, so the very best of luck bud. I for one will be interested to see the chest rigs.
  8. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    Thanks for the kind words all, greatly appreciated.

    Thanks to all those offering kit to look at too. I think im pretty much sorted but if i hit any road blocks ill be sure to take you up on it. I would be interested to hear why you thought some after market hip belt pouches were poor. Im guessing its all in the attachment points. Thats what is occupying my thoughts most. lots of options for the anchor points. I think elastic webbing on the back is prety universal but its the bit that clips the pouch to the pack and stops it sliding off that im currently mulling over. crabs are fixed and dont really offer any adjustment and webbing sliders are a faff. i keep coming back to an anchored lineloc 3 with 3mm bungee attached to a trigger clip as this will allow a secure adjustable anchor :shrug:
  9. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    Hip belt pockets. Attachment points are generally not very flexible and often weak (i.e. weedy elastic loops). Granite Gear ones only work on GG sacks. I've yet to find pockets that can attach to the Lightwave Ultrahike. Many pockets are too small. The Laufbursche 1L ones are about right for me. Zips are often uncovered. I think that a zip with a cover flap to keep rain out is better than a water resistant one (too stiff). The Laufbursche ones are pretty waterproof, but many aren't. If they are not waterproof, they need drain holes (I put some in the pockets of my Mariposa). Apart from that, they're all great :biggrin:
  10. jinch

    jinch Ultralighter

    Best of luck Paul - still fondling my lovely CF tent sacks you made for me last year and hope that you can earn a crust out of your work.
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  11. Hedley Heap

    Hedley Heap Section Hiker

    +1 For pockets that will fit an ultrahike hipbelt.
  12. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I like the MLD construction - but the pockets sit too far back on the hipbelt for easy access (perhaps this is a function of waist size too.....)
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  13. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

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  14. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    Thanks Robin thats very kind of you. Thats a superb blog you have there.

    im more confused than ever on the hip pockets lol. I agree a flap is a good idea and was discussing just that with @Teepee this morning. might be difficult to execute though with the shape. I have a top tube bag from my road bike that has a nifty built in cover so may look at how that goes together. I think chest pouch will be first lol.

    fitted my first waterproof zip today. Was surprisingly easy and the pulls are much easier to attach than standard zippers. Was surprised by how well (light) they pull but it was a flat with no curves.
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  15. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    The easy sliding waterproof zips are easily maintained too with some TiZip lube. :) (which is just common or garden silicon plumbers grease)
  16. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Hmmm, I'm trying to design a copy of an Ortlieb Snap case for my camera (shoulder strap mount).... it weighs 105g which seems a lot, although my camera is 300g so does need some support...
  17. EM - Ross

    EM - Ross Thru Hiker

    I think the world is missing decent light weight gear lofts.
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  18. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    i guess the issue is attachment points on the shelter Ross. Tri or rectangular are very easy to sew but i suspect it would be hit and miss on whether they fit ant given tent?
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    EM - Ross Thru Hiker

  20. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    I guess something like dyneema x grid or xpac vx03 with some fusible batting and a polyester lining might give the required stiffness and padding without (as much) weight. Im no expert on batting and have no experience with it. @cathyjc may be able to offer some advise.

    something like this with the padding, mountings and a water resistant zip?? or are you looking at solely a top loader with sexy curves lol

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  21. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    That looks very nicely made - but yes, a zipless toploader...I take a lot of pictures and easy access is a must.

    I have no idea what 'batting' is :D
  22. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Now that is a classy looking pouch!

    Absolutely first rate dude. :dude:
  23. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Nice pouch :).

    Batting = Wadding (dressmaking). I have used wadding occasionally. I've always quilted the wadding to a layer of textile/fabric to keep it in place and then lined the item.

    I did this with a camera case I made 20 years ago. Sorry no pics as the camera and case were stolen. I lined the case with a wool fleece fabric. Initially I used velcro on a flap closure. I eventually replaced the velcro with a plastic clip as more secure and easier to operate. I had a wide belt loop on the rear - again as the best way to hold the weight securely. The camera was an Olympus XA with a metal case - so pretty durable on it's own :dude:.

    My current camera (a cheap compact) is in a rigid case (Vivitar) with zip around the circumference. I think the rigid case is more protective than padding but the zip arrangement is less good. Rigid plus padding would give best protection. A flap closure is best for access and safety (camera less likely to fall out) but not so good for excluding dust/wet.

    I used to attach my camera to my pack waist belt. Now I wear it across my chest 'bandolier style' - lot less chance of getting knocked about or lost. I would never attach my camera to the shoulder straps - too vunerable a position.
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  24. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Interesting. I'm used to velcro on the Ortlieb cases. Don't actually think much padding needed, more a bit of rigidity so extraction is easy. That might be achieved via tension between attachment points I guess.
    Unless a significant weight saving prob not worth it - but Roger Caffin makes one at about 50g iirc..
    Used mine on shoulder strap for many years and thousands of backpacking miles, including climbing: no vulnerability in my experience.
  25. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    Ill have a play when i get time and see what i can come up with. let me have dimensions. Ive been wanting to experiment with semi rigid stuff so will be a good excuse.

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