Archive for August, 2006

Thermarest ProLite 4 Sleeping Mat

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Ok, this took a fair amount of research and decision to buy as it’s quite expensive, about £70. Before I had it we used a double blow up bed… comfortable, but very cold to lie on and very bulky to carry around and a pain to blow up. The ProLite for is fantastic… It’s very warm to sleep on, and amazingly comfortable. It folds up into s stuff sack so generally smaller than your sleeping bag to carry around. I’d defiantly recommend one of these.

http://www.thermarest.com/product_detail.aspx?pID=41&cID=1
(link correct at time of posting)

Lifeventure Silk Mummy Sleeping Bag Liner

Monday, August 7th, 2006

My sleeping bag could sometimes be warmer, so I brought a liner to help with just that! On a cold evening the liner can give you a couple of extra dregrees of comfort, or in a hot climate could be used to sleep in on its own. It’s hard wearning and saves you washing your sleeping bag as you can just wash the liner. If you’ve never had a liner before I recommend this one, although any silk liner really does make a great difference to your sleeping comfort. They aren’t cheap, but this one is good value when compared to others. Don’t be tempted to go for a cheaper ‘fleece’ or other liner – silk really is the only way to sleep in the outdoors. About £30.

http://www.lifeventure.co.uk/htm/sleepgear/silk-sleepers.htm
(link correct at time of posting)

Mountain Equipment Sleepwalker I Sleeping Bag

Monday, August 7th, 2006

A nice looking bag… this is my first “Mummy” style bag and I was worried at the reduced room. However it’s great, I don’t feen restricted and the extra strech around the knees with this bag is great. However at the time of buying we were quite sure to buy one that looked as if it would be warm enough… but this one isn’t, we often have to use a blanket on the top of it and for that very reason I wouldn’t recomment it… spend an extra £10 or £20 and get something warmer. I’d imagine that the Sleepwalker II would be better for me. About £65 I think.

http://www.mountain-equipment.co.uk/sleepingbags/sleepwalker/sleepwalker1.htm
(link correct at time of posting)

Note: You can buy an extra baffle (fat-biffa-baffle as I call it) which zips into the bag to give you a little extra room, a great idea if you like a bit more room to riggle!

Sigg Sport Drinks Bottle – 0.75 litre

Monday, August 7th, 2006

The sports bottle is hygienic, durable, extremely lightweight yet rugged enough to tolerate years of use. It’s made from light alloy and features Sigg’s unique 3 stage drinking cap. It’s really a must have upgrade from plastic water bottles. About £12.

http://www.nevisport.com/deptdetail-4-deptdetail_id-82-product_id-461139
(link correct at time of posting)

Princeton-Tec Aqua Flare Torch

Monday, August 7th, 2006

This torch is good for inside a tent… the flare cone defuses the light to make a nice atmosphere, and can be removed to use it as a standard torch. It takes two AA batteries so easy to refill. The cone glows when the torch is turned off for a few minutes which is a nice effect. It has a strap out of the back of it so it’s easy to hang on the top of a tent. 8hrs burn time; weight 3.9 oz with batteries; halogen bulb. About £18.

http://www.simplyscuba.com/ProductDetails.aspx?StockID=75598
(link correct at time of posting)

Note: The bulb can be replaced (for about 80p)… but isn’t 100% easy to get to to change.

Trekker First Aid Pack

Monday, August 7th, 2006

The Trekker first aid kit provides you with high quality items that enable you to deal with common injuries effectively. Each pack is tough, easy to carry and have lockable zips. Great as a personal first aid kit for any outdoors activity, ideal for walking, Canoeing, etc. Basically I wanted to have one of these to be sure that if anyone’s hurt, then I can help out! There’s enough room in them to add a few little extras of your own too. About £10.

http://www.tauntonleisure.com/product_detail.php?item=2195&page=3&category=68
(link correct at time of posting)

MSR Folding Spatula

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Ok… so I melted a plastic knife once when doing some egg and bacon on my stove, so I’ve upgraded to this folding spatula which is a great addition. About £5.

http://www.tauntonleisure.com/product_detail.php?item=1503&page=1&category=55
(link correct at time of posting)

Lifeventure Insulated Trek Mug

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Nice and solid bit of kit… keeps my cuppa tea warmer for longer! About £10.

http://www.tauntonleisure.com/product_detail.php?item=1644&page=2&category=54
(link correct at time of posting)

Thermarest Lite 20 Chair Kit

Monday, August 7th, 2006

A good addition if you already have a Thermarest mat. I fold up my Prolite 4 and pop it into the chair frame and bingo, you have a very confortable chair to sit on and it supports your back nicely. About £25.

http://www.tauntonleisure.com/product_detail.php?item=7038&page=1&category=35
(link correct at time of posting)

Outdoor Designs Solo Cookset with Stove

Monday, August 7th, 2006
I took a long time to decide on what cook set to buy, and eventually went with this one as I liked the combined nature of it all. As you will notice from other posts, I have already ditched the stove for a better one (Primus Micron)… the one that comes with this set is ok, but spreads the flame a little too widely, and in windy conditions took a long time to boil water.
The pans come in a stuff sack (which I’ve now lost, doh) and fit neatly together. The large pan holds enough water for 2 mugs of tea, and the lid from it is big enough to fry eggs and bacon in. I like this kit, but considering I’ve alraedy replaced the stove I wouldn’t recommend it fully. If I had spare cash I would also dump the pan set and buy something lighter with better handles. All in all, not a bad bit of kit, but I could have spent my money better. About £35.

http://www.fieldandtrek.com/product-Outdoor-Designs-Solo-Cookset-with-Stove-18074.htm
(link correct at time of posting)