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Message posted by grill30/11/2018 at 2:35am
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What is your favourite gadgets and lightweight items you take with you when backpacking?

Any hidden gems you fancy sharing with the rest of us?

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Still love my msr whisperlite stove, it's now over 16 years old and going strong.
If you get earache from wind when walking then get some earbags lightweight but really effective. https://www.earbags.com/en/


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Petzl tikkina with a case that turns it into a normal lamp.
Wildo box as I don't like eating out of a bag and it weighs next to nothing.


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Message posted by Caligula01/12/2018 at 8:12pm
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Nothing particularly light....
My rucksacks? Swedish LK35 or US Alice....
Tent...Polish Lavvu
Cooker...Swedish Army vintage Trangia kit

My canoe kneeling pad? Trebles up as a reclining seat and thick sleep mat...no need to take a self inflatable.....but then that's with the canoe, not backpacking.....

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Vango Apex 200 tent well used but still in mint conditon.
My Trangia stove but using meths less now as I have the gas burner.
Thermarest Trail Pro sim..bulky but lightweight and really comfy for my 66 year old bones.

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Message posted by grill09/12/2018 at 6:20am
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I'm a big fan of my Bushbox XL stove, can fit a Trangia inside of it as well as charcoal/other flammables.

Since it's a metal box, keeps the heat in better too.

Nice piece of German engineering (although 85!!!)

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Message posted by Caligula25/1/2019 at 9:11pm
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Heads up for the msr trailshot microfilter. Ideal in areas where water may be slow flowing or bog pools - ie a lot of Irish uplands. Coupled with a source hydration pack insulated for winter use and I'm laughing.

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Message posted by Oswestry Ed via mobile 12/2/2019 at 11:17pm
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Vango Force 10 tent never let me down
Mountain Equipment Redline sleeping bag, 30 years old and still warm
Paramo Alta 1 with Cascada trousers ultimate waterproofs.
Karrimor sit pad. No cold bum at snack time.

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...still haven't got anything lightweight.....ooooh my UCO mini candle lamp?

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I have a Paria recharge mat winging it's way to me. A replacement for my mouldy vaude air pad

https://www.pariaoutdoorproducts.com/products/recharge-xl-insulated-sleeping-pad

Only 83.

I also find long spoons very handy for eating out of rehydrated food bags. Going to try this one - a gobite duo. I have tried homemade cosies for food bags but now have the Optimus heat pouch. It will keep a pot warm or a food pouch whilst rehydrating.



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Coleman Cobra Pro 3
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Naturehike Star River 2
Eureka! Solitaire
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Message posted by Ewen c via mobile 01/3/2019 at 8:26am
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Quote: Originally posted by Oswestry Ed on 12/2/2019
Vango Force 10 tent never let me down
Mountain Equipment Redline sleeping bag, 30 years old and still warm
Paramo Alta 1 with Cascada trousers ultimate waterproofs.
Karrimor sit pad. No cold bum at snack time.



I wouldn't call an F10 lightweight..especially when wet

Big fan. Have one myself but not for backpacking. Maybe over 30 years ago but not now. My beloved F10 is used as a base tent.

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Jokel inflatable sleep mat....tiny when deflated, and weighs diddly.....alas not mine, just been shown one by a cyclist friend. Very impressed.

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My faves:

Stormin' Norman Ti cone meths stove system, custom fit for a MSR titan kettle; the rolls-royce of super-light meths stoves, and can convert for wood burning. Superb.

Six Moon designs Gatewood Cape. It's a tent. It's a waterproof. It looks ridiculous. I still love it. Not everyone's cup of tea though.

Helinox LB135 poles - Awesome poles. Terrible customer service - I broke a part and they were absolutely rubbish, first wanting me to send the whole pole in (to America! even though I could easily replace the part myself), then eventually quoting me a price which was not far short of what I paid for the entire pair new, just for that one part. I stewed about it for a couple of months and vowed never to buy one of their products again, tried a couple of other makes..... and then bought another pair of Helinox, because nothing else compared.

Lastly my one 'heavy' luxury - an Alite Mayfly chair. I'm sure some would consider it crazy, but having somewhere super-comfy to sit at the end of a long day's a walking is just too good.

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Quote: Originally posted by Caligula on 02/3/2019
Jokel inflatable sleep mat....tiny when deflated, and weighs diddly.....alas not mine, just been shown one by a cyclist friend. Very impressed.



I don't think they have any insulation in them though. Ok for summer use but it will still leech heat into the ground. Best bet is that and a karrimat for insulation.

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Coleman Cobra Pro 3
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Naturehike Star River 2
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Message posted by Caligula04/3/2019 at 6:44pm
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You are right, none of the purely inflatable micro mats will have insulation beyond the air fill itself, that's why they are so incredibly compact. Brilliant if you want to go lightweight/compact.

(Not really likely with my equipment!!)


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