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Message posted by Ewen c via mobile 04/3/2019 at 7:36pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Caligula on 04/3/2019
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!!)



Well, I got my insulated inflatable and it is 8 inches x 5 inches and 26oz packed. Roughly the same as an uninsulated one. These sort of blow up mats have real or artificial down in them. The downside is they go mouldy if blown up by mouth and they are more expensive.
6 foot long and almost 5 inches thick.
Paria, exped, vaude, kelty, klymit and thermarest all have their variants on the same theme. Of course, unlike a sim or karrimat, get a puncture and they are as much use as a chocolate fireguard.


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Message posted by spiritburner05/3/2019 at 11:47pm
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Actually got to the stage I'm totally bored of gear. Had to leave all the facebook groups around backpacking as that was the prevailing topic. Went around a few gear shops a few weeks back - boring. I like all my gear but I dread having to replace anything.

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Mine is getting to the stage of replacement and the body needs a bit more comfort. I have it pretty well fine tuned as it is but mouldy mats are a health hazard. Any purchases have to go for permission anyway.

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What about the backpack itself? What do you all use? Mine is alright for hikes, but I can't attach my roll mat to it

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Quote: Originally posted by Wet Never Again on 23/9/2021
What about the backpack itself? What do you all use? Mine is alright for hikes, but I can't attach my roll mat to it



Like everything I suppose, it's horses for courses: I have several packs, mostly but not all, surplus: from day packs to 100 litre bergans, but my favourite overnight packs are my much modified LK 35, and my Lowe Alpine Sting...........

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Quote: Originally posted by Ewen c on 06/3/2019
Mine is getting to the stage of replacement and the body needs a bit more comfort. I have it pretty well fine tuned as it is but mouldy mats are a health hazard. Any purchases have to go for permission anyway.




The Wildo box you mentioned in an earlier post is an excellent bit of lightweight kit.....


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We took them to France but for short trips I usually take dehydrated food and eat out of the bag. The large wildo folding cup is in my cookset. Fits perfectly in a primus trek kettle.
They weigh almost nothing.

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Message posted by Caligula17/10/2021 at 12:56pm
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Sorry Spiritburner...this is still on the subject of gear: more specifically the age old conundrum of what is lightweight? What is enough weight in a backpack?

I freely admit some of my gear may be considered a bit clunky, but I do have a couple of plastic tents to keep the weight/ bulk down if needed, but I much prefer sleeping under cotton/polycotton when the situation permits. That set me thinking, does anyone know of a 1 or 2 person, cotton tent or polycotton tent that maybe considered back packable overnight....have there been any developments in this over the years?

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Message posted by Caligula20/10/2021 at 6:25pm
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https://www.alpinetrek.co.uk/spatz-starling-3-btc-3-man-tent/ ?????

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Hi All

I love my Osprey Ultralight Stuff Pack. Great for when you have set up camp and off out for the day.

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Quote: Originally posted by Wet Never Again on 23/9/2021
What about the backpack itself? What do you all use? Mine is alright for hikes, but I can't attach my roll mat to it



I'm no expert... nor backpacker, as limited to day hikes only... but take a look at the Osprey Stratos (Cirrus for female version).
I've just taken delivery of the Stratos 36L, "ideal for long day hikes or short/light overnight/weekends", they do say!
They do larger (50L?) and smaller (Obviously day packs).
The 36L one is considered "An Inbetweener", so might suit some?

Your need for rollmat straps is catered for, along with water bladder pocket (redundant for me, as I use bottles), ample storage/pocket options, tool loops, sleeping bag compartment, integrated rain cover, and what appears to be an excellent vented "Trampoline" back system that we have high hopes for.
Lidded Top loader but with side access option.

Only arrived yesterday, so untried as yet, but first impressions are great.

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Message posted by Ewen c via mobile 21/10/2021 at 10:11am
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I use a Klymit motion 60.
Wighs less than a kilo and costs under 100 quid. It has straps for your karrimat, a large front pocket for waterproofs, a massive top brain pocket, waterproof zips, side water bottle pockets, belt pockets and side compression straps.
It is honestly the most comfortable rucksack I have ever owned and is very capable of taking heavy loads.


It has an air pad in the frame which you can pump up to suit your back. It is an American company but the pack is available on amazon for 90 pounds.

https://klymit.com/products/motion-60




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Message posted by Caligula21/10/2021 at 11:42am
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Fabulous looking pack, save not adjustable in torso length and for only up to med. lengths......I have the same problem with trousers!....

Osprey do a couple of 60 litre packs that look interesting with adjustable back lengths....more expensive than Ewens Klymit though...

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The Klymit is quite a bit lighter than an osprey. Just under a kilo.
Both my wife and I use them. The inflatable back helps with sizing.



Pity about the weight I'm carrying round the waist though

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Oh and they are sized M-L.
I have had packs with adjustable backs and they haven't been for me, even when adjusted in-store. My old eighties Karrimor Lynx was extremely comfy and was a fixed back. I find them too much of a faff as well. Instead I just use the straps to get a get fit and, in the Klymit,the pump.
I seem to be veering to getting weight down as much as possible as I get older and that includes the pack. I don't want to get lightweight gear but put it in a heavy pack. It defeats the purpose.

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If it fits, it fits!! I was so taken, I sent the link to my brother...


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