Working on my lightweight gear

Discussion in 'Kit Lists' started by Kit McCallion, Sep 10, 2016.

  1. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    I carry a spare lid to a normal pop bottle. its got a hole melted in the end that fits the sawyer stem. shove filter in and stand on bottle to flush.
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  2. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    The military dressing I referred to unfolds to around 9" square and consists of a face fabric, a membrane with an adhesive surface, and a big lint pad in the middle. Basically it's a giant plaster designed to stem and contain blood flow, and exclude dirt. It's sealed in a shrink-wrap package and weighs around 3oz. Useful for a big burn, a major abrasion, gash or gaping wound. It'd fix a gaping hole in tent fabric too...
  3. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    The wound was already full of dirt - took 2hrs in theatre to pick the gravel out of it. The blood soaked thru' inches of padding (clothes). No field dressing would have helped or been superior in the situation. The most useful thing I had was the patellar support band I was wearing under my knee which made the perfect tourniquet. :)

    No wound 'created' in the outdoors is likely to be sterile in the first place. You'd have to carry a lot of fancy FAK to be able to effectively sterilise it. If you've got a wound that big you need to proper medical help, asap. A few plasters for small cuts etc. = sensible :thumbsup:.
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  4. Davy

    Davy Thru Hiker

    The Phone camera on the Xperia Z5 you carry is at least as good the HX20 in terms of sensor and optics, is it just the zoom you'll miss? I have the Z3+, the camera at 3/4 full resolution is pretty good for a phone imho, try switching it to manual settings and up the resolution and keep the ISO low.

    e-cig at 300g :cigar:

    just go without, I gave up 15 years ago ;)
  5. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    Real smokes are lighter :D
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  6. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    Sounds nasty. For clean-up/sterilisation, I have stove-meths and a couple of sterile small dressings. For compression and prevention of further ingress of dirt, I have the field dressing. Totally agree proper medical help is needed asap, but that can be quite a while in the boondocks. Meanwhile, the leg-hair ripping adhesive on the dressing keeps the blood loss under control.

    Anyway, I hope I never have to use the thing, but it's there if I do.
  7. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    Can you sterilise with meths? Or are the additives dangerous?
  8. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    No, I don't and wouldn't on short trips. Just make sure it's flowing well when you get home and if necessary do a back flush before putting it away. I've only had to back flush it once after a trip so far (light user).
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  9. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    You could revisit this thread to compare other light FAKs:-

    What's in your first aid kit?

    If you can't face pulling apart your lovingly prepared FAK and other kits (I've been there...), maybe make a second UL kit and keep your other ones. You then have a choice of which to take and eventually will probably end up only taking the light one. That's what happened to me.
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  10. bumbly

    bumbly Section Hiker

    In place of a field dressing I usually carry something like They are useful for a bunch of stuff including as hand wipes. (I do not however recommend ever wiping yer bum with them as they are heap strong medicine for for such a delicate area). In the event of having to apply pressure to significant wound, a couple of these folded next to the skin and then pressed with a slightly wetted packtowel works well. Sure, it's not totally aseptic but neither are the surroundings where you may have to do this. Technical clothing is totally poo for pressing a wound with as it pulls away the blood rather than allowing it to clot against the opening.
  11. ADz

    ADz Thru Hiker

    The Adventure Medical FAK's are pretty good.
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  12. Kit McCallion

    Kit McCallion Trail Blazer

    The camera on the z5 is incredible for a phone, doesn't quite deliver the richness of the HX20 though. As you say the zoom is always useful.
    Good comment on the manual mode, something I'm trying to grasp on both options. Still it is a big weight saving to leave the compact at home.

    The ecig could weigh ten times that and I'd still carry it ;).
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  13. Kit McCallion

    Kit McCallion Trail Blazer

    That's the plan, going to have a go at making up a back packing fak and keep my current one for canoeing and other more sedentary pursuits.
  14. Kit McCallion

    Kit McCallion Trail Blazer

    Also to jack my own thread;

    Windshirts, worth it? Looking at the Keela Neutronic or maybe the Alpkit Arro.
  15. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    love my wind shirt. I have the paramo. light and does the job great. No experience with the keela but i rate their trews
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  16. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Well worth it.

    I know a lot of folks just use their waterproofs if it's cold n breezy, but a windproof is usually more breathable and more comfortable. I try to keep my waterproofs packed in a stuffsac unless it's actually raining - The Dwr lasts longer that way.
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  17. Kit McCallion

    Kit McCallion Trail Blazer

    I can see they would work well for me, really can't abide waterproofs if I can avoid them.
  18. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    By far my most used shell. Mine (Montbell) was on and off all weekend, can't rate them enough. Personally I prefer one with a full length zip so as I warm up walking I can unzip it fully to ventilate. Saying that, a smock with a decent length zip would be okay.

    ULOG have a decent range, depends on budget though.
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  19. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

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  20. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    I couldn't see the point of a windshirt until I got a good one but I'm now a convert. I started with a Decathlon one which was OK and I found it useful from time to time but not that great. Then I took a punt on a second-hand Nike Impossibly Light Jacket (not something I would have normally bought but £10 was too good to pass on) and now it's always in my pack whatever the weather. DWR is crap and gets overwhelmed by anything but the lightest shower but does the job it's designed for brilliantly. 90g and beathable enough that I use it as extra sun protection on the move when it's brutally hot.
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  21. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Crikey! Twelve pockets! What need have you for a rucksack?
  22. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    My old pertex Microlight Lite-Speed is showing it's age but it been used on nearly every trip for the last five or so years, I wear it in heavier showers than I probably should but they do keep a lot of weather out, I only reach for a hard shell when it's coming down heavy.

    I keep looking out for a Tachyon but I'll probably go for another Lite-Speed if this one eventually dies, it's getting a bit fluffy and snagged on the forearms and shoulders but there's a for more trips left in it yet.
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  23. Kit McCallion

    Kit McCallion Trail Blazer

    Good to hear something on the durability, do you think it's worth spending the extra to get proper pertex fabric as opposed to manufacturers own versions?

    Quite like the look of the Buffalo windshirts, but they're twice the price of the Keela.
  24. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    I have a patagonia houdini and quite like it. I'm sold on windshirts but would like to upgrade to an arc'teryx squamish at some point. Especially because the houdini is cut a little generously in the gut and a little stingy on length. Even if you don't use it as a windshirt on a trip I've found it adds significant warmth to a fleece even in still air. Never bothered with my down jacket on my last few trips for that reason. Invaluable in the hills on a non rainy day.
  25. Davy

    Davy Thru Hiker

    I use the phone camera a bit but prefer to shoot RAW files for twiddling with in Lightroom so carry a mirrorless compact as well (canon eos-m). AFAIK the phone only shoots jpegs.

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