What have you bought?

Gpl23

Ultralighter
2 Hydrapak flux 1l, 2 for £10 on vinted, only 1 cap but my be free filter fits the other bottle perfectly. Charlie approves.
 

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AlanL

Backpacker
Not exactly lite, but might appeal to those here of a certain generation: am seriously considering picking up a Vango Force Ten* as a car camping / basecamp / nostalgia palace

* not actually made/sold by Vango any more
 

BogTrotter

Section Hiker
Not exactly lite, but might appeal to those here of a certain generation: am seriously considering picking up a Vango Force Ten* as a car camping / basecamp / nostalgia palace

* not actually made/sold by Vango any more
Get an extension with it if you can. They make for a great storage and cooking space.
 
How do you get on with the Outdry stuff? It's something I've been pondering for a while now.
Never had an issue with it. Comfort, durability, and keeping the weather out has been great. Breathability wise... I've found it works well, but not the greatest. Seems to work better if I make sure I wear it before it starts raining, rather than wait to see if it's just a short shower.

My heavily used (run, hike, bike, work,) UL outdry jacket is still going strong. (forgot the name it's been that long) That one is unlined.
I've bought and sold a couple of other outdry jackets with a backing fabric, without testing them, as the fit wasn't right for me and owning a shakedry, makes me more fussy.

These pants have a backer to the material, fit would be good if it wasn't for current state of unfit/unhealthy.

It seems that folks on here have had mixed experiences with outdry. I've high hopes for these pants as a late season/winter pant.

Initially very comfy over shorts, 2 way leg zips for letting shoe tops breathe between downpours, reasonable stretch.
Ankle elastic seems thin, but appears to grip well to mid trainers or boots when needed.
Hoping not to overheat around the thighs and crotch, thanks to mesh pockets.
 

sherpa

Section Hiker

For a couple of years I have been using the Montane Minimus waterproof pants but never liked them as I found they breathed very poorly (MVTR of 7,000 so not surprising...) and I was always too hot & sweaty in them.

Decided to invest in the Haglofs pants & have been very impressed.

MVTR is 20,000 and I have found they breathe really well (only minimal dampness after a few hours in rain) - far superior to the Minimus; I do not overheat in them, very comfortable to wear.

However, they have no lower leg zip and are very slim at the foot - there is a light weight drawcord here which I find surplus to requirement due to the slim fit.

Not a problem for me as I wear 13/13.5 max cushion shoes/boots & do not expect lightweight waterproof trousers with short zippers to fit over my footwear.

So, I consider these to be excellent performing pants at a great price (additional 10% for TL members), but they will not fit over ANY footwear....
 

Dr Zarkov

Section Hiker
The chicken Alfredo is hands down the tastiest packet meal I have tried, and I have tried a few! Close second is the Fuizion rice pudding, sadly long since unavailable.
I don't normally eat packet meals, but have to admit, I'm looking forward to trying these. I know they're popular with a good few mountain hunters in the States.
 

Dickybeau

Trail Blazer
Looking to try alternatives to standard camping food. They say that there are 7x 400kcal in each bag. I need a bit more than 400. Around £18 a bag. The Vive bars are just something different. I mix them up with Snickers for some variety
 

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dave_g

Ultralighter
Looking to try alternatives to standard camping food. They say that there are 7x 400kcal in each bag. I need a bit more than 400. Around £18 a bag. The Vive bars are just something different. I mix them up with Snickers for some variety

Me and a friend have used the Huel meals with success. The ability to portion meals exactly how you want is handy, and they are well balanced in terms of macros.
 

WilliamC

Thru Hiker
Rab Sonic Hoody in red, a nice colour in the flesh, so to speak.
I'd be interested in a comparison of the rab sonic vs OR echo, if anyone has both
The weight of the material seems very similar, but the Sonic definitely isn't the same as the Pulse and Echo; it's a very different pattern to their grid. On an initial try it feels similarly airy to the Pulse and earlier Echos: the current Echo (I have a sample so can't be sure about production Echos) is less airy. It has a nicer feel than my latest Echo, which is a little slick for my taste.
The Sonic won't get fully tested before early August.
 
Rab Sonic Hoody in red, a nice colour in the flesh, so to speak.

The weight of the material seems very similar, but the Sonic definitely isn't the same as the Pulse and Echo; it's a very different pattern to their grid. On an initial try it feels similarly airy to the Pulse and earlier Echos: the current Echo (I have a sample so can't be sure about production Echos) is less airy. It has a nicer feel than my latest Echo, which is a little slick for my taste.
The Sonic won't get fully tested before early August.
Is it the Or echo that has a meagre 15 spf?
 
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