What have you bought?

Discussion in 'Gear Chat' started by Shewie, Jun 18, 2014.

  1. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    A pair of new winter tent pegs;

    Åsnes Amundsen BC 208's & OAC EA bindings
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  2. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Them's heavy as crap, you should have gone for Ruta Locura carbon fibre with Duck tape! ;)

    More seriously, are you planning on long hike ins with big winter boots? I'd be interested to hear your opinion of the EA bindings for kick and glide.
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  3. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    ME Diablo hooded jacket, it feels so soft & plush on the inside compared to my 5yr old wan :)
  4. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    :D

    Yes, long sled hauls in cold conditions on a mixture of snowmobile tracks, groomed trails and off trail. There will be more shuffle and groan than kick and glide on the next trip. :)

    Ideally for skiiing, I'd go with Alfa APS, spare liners, and NNN bindings...but, that's well over another grand and the boots won't be as good as my pac boots for round camp.
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  5. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    You hard core or what Pete!
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  6. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Thru Hiker

    Another?
    Says the man whose been trying to find a brown one that they used to do. Just as a backup of course. Great jackets.
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  7. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Thru Hiker

    They had at sale on at Outside in Hathersage many moons ago. Tons of grey ones for £60 but not my beloved blue/turquoise, kicking myself now.
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  8. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Yeah, my original is showing its age; and this was a fair price.
  9. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker


    Whole load of ill informed nonsense in this post.
    In plenty of currently treeless places in the highlands I've walked west and east I've seen widespread big tree remains in the peat. It's well documented historically that pine forest covered much greater areas in Scotland. And is pretty obvious that more trees could grow by observing the fact that there are still many more trees in gullies where it's hard for grazing animals to access.
    When trees are cleared wholesale by humans, it's harder for them to reestablish if the grazing animal population is high and less mobile. When deer and wolves coexist in a balanced systems trees thrive. Read about what's happening in Yellowstone.

    And beetle banks etc harbour creatures which thrive in decaying vegetation, not pests of live trees.
    It's too much tidying up/mowing/overgrazing etc that has lead to the decline of wildlife.
    Claiming that 'un tidy' fallen wood/debris piles cause 'beetle' problems in nearby healthy trees is total 'tosh' . (An observation borne from the fact for over 20years I have worked with trees--I prune and manage thousands of fruit and ornamental trees annually, and contract hedge laying for farmers, and RSPB and the like, and also manage a small woodland I planted myself on our land). Millions of years of evolution would disagree with you. What stopped dead wood being a problem before humans were around to 'save the trees' by tidying up?!
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  10. OwenM

    OwenM Section Hiker

    Not familiar with those are that the type that will take any boot?
  11. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    You don't mean you've seen evidence of dead trees above the tree line do you? That's what I'm saying the forests didn't cover the mountains, they were in the valleys.

    With regard to beetle banks embarrassingly I can't find the reports that stuck that thought in my head. It stuck there because I have some involvement with a wood owned by Woodland Trust near to where I live. The volunteers stack all wood from when hung and fallen trees are cut up into piles. I spotted a report that there were problems in Hampshire with pest beetles associated with beetle banks. I tried to use it to get them to bring some of the wood out. The site is an SSSI and I recon doing too much positive stuff is likely to shift the balance in populations with possible unexpected consequences.
  12. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    Cleverley combining the thread together here :D

    But I just bought a tree

    Shamefully I cant remember what type the boy fae the cooncil said it was, but its lighter barked than a silver birch?

    Angus council are planting it for me in Inverkeilor cemetery with a wee plaque, Nicer and hopefully a lot longer lasting than a bench/gravestone.

    I like trees
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  13. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Yes, it's one of these:

    IMG_20200122_075517.jpg
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  14. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Only thing I can think of re beetle banks is talking with guys who were involved with clearing up dead elms, they regret not burning them. Whether that would have helped I've no idea.
  15. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Probably a Betula Papyrifera; the Paper Birch. Beautiful trees. Could be an Aspen though.

    Apparently, quite capacious.
    I'd like Icetreks, but have been recommended these instead.
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  16. OwenM

    OwenM Section Hiker

    Interesting, I presume you'd need quite a flexible sole rather than a stiff mountaineering type boot.
  17. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Just realised in my persuit of shedding grams... I've bought a ground sheet instead of a tarp from the states.... Arrrrgh
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  18. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

  19. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Nooooo!
  20. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Yeeeeees :eggonface:
    I did even asked if it was reinforced guyouts... They are... So I bought it... I just not wondering why it was over an ounce lighter....
    I may be able to cut it up and make a micro tarp from it.... Or fingers crossed.. I'll manage it for over nighters or see if I can get someone to sew 2 or 4 additional guy outs:writing:
  21. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Yes, they only work with flexible soles but they work with any flexible-sole boot. Downside is that they are relatively heavy at 1 kg a pair, the main mechanism is plastic and they have multiple points of failure. I've read a few accounts of breakages, user error was probably a factor and there weren't all that many but enough to be a little wary. Hagan make a very similar universal binding (X-Trace) and some Aussie outfit also has some optimised for Polar travel with no moving parts.

    Icetrek-Sinch-Regular-Bindings-with-Baffin-Revelstoke-Boot.jpg Flexi-Plateau-ski-bindings-boot.jpg
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  22. stonemonkey

    stonemonkey Ultralighter

    Just another Ali express inner for my hex peak.
    Someone on here gave a heads up to a 4 season version a while back (thank you)

    439grams on my scales

    £42.62 7%OFF | 3F high quality 230*68*125cm one person 4 season 450 grams inner tent https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_U4HZI

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  23. NEEpps

    NEEpps Ultralighter

    STS Etherlite XT insulated in large. Packaging says 560g (mat only), website says 650g, my scales say 614g.
    0.1R higher rated than my leaky STS Ultralite insulated, same length and width but double the thickness.
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  24. snow

    snow Trail Blazer

    Third atom packs pack, gotten terribly expensive in the meantime!
  25. OwenM

    OwenM Section Hiker

    Return tickets to Lulea, Sweden for next July.
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