Whats New? - A discussion thread for new gear

Discussion in 'Gear Chat' started by el manana, Sep 30, 2017.

  1. Foxster

    Foxster Ultralighter

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  2. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

  3. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm :D
  4. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    i thought it would please you :D
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  5. Arne L.

    Arne L. Section Hiker

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  6. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I wish you had not posted that....

    ....looks at creative budget accounting
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  7. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    you will have to get a fenix too now it links to it :D
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  8. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    :stop:....sadly I've spent my budget.

    Hey, who's complaining :D

    i'll have one in a week or two
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  9. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    Its up on garmins site now as well.

    :drool:

    £299

    https://buy.garmin.com/en-GB/GB/p/592606#specs

    General
    Physical dimensions5.17 x 9.9 x 2.61 cm
    Weight100 g
    Water ratingIPX7
    Batteryrechargeable lithium-ion
    Display typeSunlight-readable, monochrome, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
    Display size23 x 23 mm
    Display resolution128 x 128 pixels
    Battery lifeUp to 50 hours at 10-minute tracking with 5-minute logging (default); up to 30 hours at 10-minute tracking with 1-second logging; up to 20 days at the 30-minute interval power save mode; and up to 1 year when powered off
    Last edited: May 4, 2018
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  10. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I'm not sure I need this for the sdw, but still odldy tempting!
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  11. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

  12. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Subscription is much more expensive than the Spot...unless you dip in and out.
  13. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    It's the dip in and out that attracts ….. need to work out how many months is 'break evens'.
    Last annual Spot bill was ~ £178 and I don't even use the tracking facility !! o_O
  14. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Calculations -

    Assuming $1.3 = £1. My current annual spending on Spot would buy :-

    Annual Safety - 2.3 years
    Annual Recreation - 9 months
    Freedom Safety - 15 months
    Freedom Recreation - 6.6 months.

    No-brainer really (-assuming I've got my sums right:angelic:) :D ……. off to do more thinking :rolleyes::whistling:
  15. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    im assuming the £25 activation fee is a once only thing i.e. you can dip in and out later without stumping it again?
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  16. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    From the Garmin site :-

    "All plans are billed monthly. Subscription plans listed above are for individual consumers only. Plans include applicable VAT. Additional charges apply to text messages, tracking points and location pings exceeding selected plan limits. For Service Plans that include unlimited texting or tracking, message transmission speeds may be reduced following a period of heavy use. SOS message transmission speed will not be impacted. All annual plans are subject to £20.99 activation fee. No charge applies to changing to a more inclusive annual plan; a £25.49 fee applies to changing to a less inclusive annual plan.

    Enrolment in Freedom plans is subject to a £25.49 annual fee. Freedom plans’ minimum term is 30 days. New 30-day minimum applies to changed Freedom plans. No charge applies to changing a Freedom plan. Service can be suspended a month at a time at no charge. User retains access to inReach data stored on Explore portal while account is suspended. Selected plan auto-renews monthly unless user changes account selections in Explore portal."
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  17. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    Cheers Cathy
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  18. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    Rab Kinetic Plus softshell/waterproof https://rab.equipment/uk/kinetic-plus

    Maybe I’m a sucker but I got a marketing email for this. I did a little searching for reviews and they look pretty positive so I’ve ordered one. If it lives up to the hype, it could replace my preference for Paramo as a general walking jacket. It might even work as a softshell/windproof/waterproof replacement. I’m not sure whether I’m brave enough to use it untested instead of Paramo for my upcoming Scotland trip.
  19. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    ...sounds a bit like a neoshell-type; be interested to see how it fares.
  20. Gneiss Boots

    Gneiss Boots Backpacker

    Me too. I have loved my Rab Neoshell for some years now for summer and European trips and was intrigued by Kinetic Plus which looks so unlike a hard shell.
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  21. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    I’ll take a view when I see it on whether to take it to Scotland next week instead of a Paramo jacket. If I do, I’ll take a lightweight hard shell too.
  22. Gneiss Boots

    Gneiss Boots Backpacker

    Well the Louise Tully review suggests similar on the Rab website. I was more convinced by this one than the other from Australia. It does look a bit too lean and small for me which makes me wonder about its performance even if the fabric is waterproof.
  23. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    By the looks of it, it has a pu membrane between two dwr woven layers. Sounds conventional, it'll be interesting to hear a first hand report. Any innovation in wp has to be good!
  24. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    watching with interest, could be a nice setup with a cuben rainskirt under. looks a little afletik in the cut though.
  25. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    I feel under pressure to take the Rab Kinetic Plus to Scotland now :oops:

    Would be a good test as forecast is a bit mixed. I’ll take a view when it arrives :angelic:

    My recent NHS health (snooping) test revealed a BMI of 23.5, so hopefully it will fit :eek:
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