Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Summer Walkabout kit part 1 (new items)

OMM Classic 32

This pack will being used for the first time.I bought this to replace the Golite Peak 36ltr pack which I was starting to find annoying.I like the large front mesh pocket on the OMM classic 32 which is ideal storing a damp shelter. It also has a removable foam mat which is useful for my legs when using the short Thermarest or under the Thermarest if the ground is too rocky.It also has two decent sized side pockets for water bottles and hip belt pockets.

Mountain Laurel Designs Trailstar

"It's a Tarp! It's a Shelter! Amazing Simplicity! 
Fast Setup!!! 

Five equal size panels blend shelter protection with tarp pitching ease and multiple options.
The 7' long baseline on each of the five equal sides create a very large pentagon floor plan living space for one or two (three in a squeeze) plus gear."

The Trailstar is becoming a very popular shelter with UK backpackers  as it is a Tarp that appears to be designed for British weather conditions which can be very changeable with wind direction switching several times during the course of a night. I have heard reports of the Trailstar easily handling winds in excess of 60 mph so I have confidence that combined with my Alpkit Hunka bivy bag I will have many comfortable nights.

Montane Dynamo Lite Jacket

Not really new as I bought this jacket from The Climbers Shop in Ambleside last year but this August will be its first outing.

The text below is from The Climbers Shop website

This light version of versatile Montane Dynamo Jacket retains the excllent wind proof qualities of it's forerunner but at a fraction of the weight, ideal for performance use. Made as a limited edition item, this durable wind proof jacket uses Pertex® Equilibrium to keep the weather at bay whilst still remaining very breathable when active.
It's unique denier gradient structure allows both air to circulate near the skin, and mechanically moves moisture away from the skin to aid evaporation and cooling. Together with the tight weave's inherent wind resistance and an excellent water repellent finish, this jacket will keep the wearer dry, cool and comfortable in all light to moderate wind and rain.
The Montane Dynamo Lite is an excellent comprimise between a light wind proof like the Feather Lite Smock and a more bulky softshell jacket.
  • Single hand adjustable, elasticated draw-cord collar.
  • Active cut with drop tail keeps drafts at bay.
  • Baffled two-way reversed front zip closes tightly to eliminate wind.
  • Self fabric cuffs with hook and loop closure with rubberised tabs.
  • Chest security pocket and two mesh lined venting pockets allow stprage that wouldn't be available in normal wind proofs.
  • UV resistance 30+ SPF keep the suns rays at bay.
  • Single hand adjustable, elasticated draw-cord 

Montane Minimus Waterproof Jacket

Several years ago I discovered Paramo and I now own a few of their Jackets including the black Paramo Quito Jacket which I normally take with me when I go backpacking. But recently I purchased a Montane Minimus Jacket from Webtogs as a 'just in case' jacket for day walks it weighs in at 227g with a integral, roll-away mountain hood and reinforced wired peak. 
So as its summer I thought that this trip would be a good chance for me to test it out.

below is a video from webtogs

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