Best of Aliexpress

Discussion in 'Shopping' started by Autumn Flower, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. Autumn Flower

    Autumn Flower Trail Blazer

    Inspired by the thread 'worst of Aliexpress' few lines down and a recent debate I am curious if people are willing to share some hidden (or obvious) Alie Treasures.
    :)
    I hope to add my ultralight solar charger here soon if it lives up to my expectations (and I am pretty sure it will )

    Happy shopping :):):)
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  2. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I've not tried a shelter off Ali yet but had some decent smaller items

    Naturehike Pillow & carbon pegs are two that come to mind, can't link off my phone sorry.
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  3. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Toaks Titanium pots/mugs - reasonable prices.

    Asta mid.

    3F inners - if they fit your shelter.
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  4. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    @Mole - beat me to it.
    Titanium pots - pretty much as described . Tho' sometimes not quite the advertised weight.
    3F inners - as described again slight weigh variation - some up/some down. Shelter fit is another matter :whistling:.
    Couple of cheap flashlights - no problems so far and incredible value.
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  5. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    The 3F solid inner is well made (fits Hexamid soloplus perfectly with mods to compensate for pole angle) and only a few gram heavier than the competition. Wouldn't risk tent flys though.
    D-rings and similar small stuff
    Fabrics and clothing
    Everything was always as advertised.
  6. Max

    Max Ultralighter

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    I received these last week. Excellent quality and fit. I ordered XL (240g) as per their sizing chart. I'm H178cm W83cm IL76cm 77kg
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2017
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  7. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

  8. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

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    Screenshot_20171113-195216.jpg I knows which I'd sooner share a bothy with lol...

    An then there's this guy and his review....
    Now I'm really freeten
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  9. Gadget

    Gadget Thru Hiker

    Got a link for the string vest?
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  10. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Vest & crackers premier Norwegian tackle... The good stuff is here though touchme
  11. Bongo

    Bongo Trekker

    Our Naturehike inflatable sleeping mat ( the one with inflating dry bag included) has passed its 20th night of use. (always upon an other protection layer)
    At 550 gr its not really ultralight but the price, comfort, and quality are quite ok.
    https://fr.aliexpress.com/item/Natu...-77d0-4c6f-a8f2-ac4fd5725d2f&rmStoreLevelAB=0
    (Prices have risen slightly those last weeks.)
    The inflating bag makes a big difference - bigger than we expected.
  12. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    This website is sort of a best of AliExpress:

    https://frugalhiker.blogspot.co.uk

    It's a .co.uk site but for some reason, prices all in US dollars.

    Anyone know the site owner?
    Must be a lot of work.
    It's quite good to see different items and links. Lots of links to sources of discussion to including threads on here and OM.

    Pretty comprehensive roundup. Guess the author is a member here.


    Dubious comparisons sometimes. Some of the items are compared by saying 'similar to' when they are pretty much clones, others which are called 'clone of xxx' aren't clones really, but are more 'similar to' . IMO, to be considered a clone, an item should at least share the same dimensions and shape as the original to be considered as such?

    Also, some cons are quite subjective:
    • Problems common to pyramid tarps:
      • Not a fast pitching tent
    Rectangular mids in particular are really fast to pitch?
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2017
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  13. Nevis

    Nevis Section Hiker

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  14. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    There does seem to be alot of work gone into it, but it also seems set up with business aspects of gaining commission from transactions made from linking from their page.
    Am not saying this is good or bad, am just pointing out that there could be a certain bias to achieve the business side?
    Then again it could be a complete un-bias account from someone who enjoy's doing it, & anything made is just an extra bonus?
    With that said, I have bookmarked it & will check for an item there if interested & if I decide to buy will link from there to give them the fees. (which to be honest must be pence we are talking about here, and by we I mean me)
  15. Nevis

    Nevis Section Hiker

    Just spotted that Mole posted the same link back in November...ooops
  16. JimH

    JimH Ultralighter

    No probs, I'd forgotten about it.

    Someone's put some work in there, which is nice, but bear in mind the links are probably affiliate links, so they're not doing just for love.
  17. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

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  18. Stumpghes

    Stumpghes Summit Camper

    Not on Aliexpress or Taobao. I'm hoping 3F, who make a SL3 clone, and seem to have a side business in various inners, might make something like that in future.
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  19. KVerb

    KVerb Trail Blazer

    I'm seriously considering getting a Trailstar (but maybe first an aliexpress clone to check out whether this is something I can get used to) because I don't really 100% trust taking my 3F Lanshan2 into the alps this summer. So two questions really:

    - What's the worst weather you've been in with a Lanshan2 and how did it cope?
    - Is the aliexpress Trailstar any good? I've seen a lot of posts about people buying or wanting to buy it, but I've never read of anyone who has used it for a while or in foul weather.
  20. Anders Hansen

    Anders Hansen Summit Camper

  21. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

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  22. Stumpghes

    Stumpghes Summit Camper

    Good idea; Yuki also seems to have close relationship with 3F. I contacted what I thought was 3F a while back - there was, for a time what appeared to be the official 3F UL Ali storefront - and made such a request, complete with sketchup visual. They replied, "OK!"
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  23. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    What was it they made for you @Stumpghes ?
  24. Stumpghes

    Stumpghes Summit Camper

    Sorry, miscommunicated. I asked the storefront I thought was 3F UL if they'd consider adding a half hex inner to their line. As far as I know they have not. Given that they have produced inners due to popular demand, maybe they will if they feel such demand exists in this case. Might come down to how well their SL3 clone is selling, but multiple requests couldn't hurt.
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  25. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

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