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snowman1

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snowman1 says:

2008/Gear you did not get on with.......why?

OMM Jirishanca 35 ltr

For me and proving that the best advice is always in your own head/experience.Tried it out but after about five outings I sold it on.I consider myself to be a good sack packer......always trying to be innovative but I could not get on with this sack.Octopus shagging a set of bagpipes is an apt description due mainly to the compression strap set up.I know many people out there advocate this sack but .......not me.

I bought the 4 ltr chest pouch at the same time, now that is great.......use it with all my packs ,when necessary.

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BikerFool

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BikerFool says:

Re: 2008/Gear you did not get on with.......why?

My knees

Or doesn't bits of self falling off count?

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orpheus

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orpheus says:

Re: 2008/Gear you did not get on with.......why?

Golite Quest rucksack

Bought it specially for the big E, mainly because it's light (1400g for 70litres) yet still has a proper suspension and hipbelt. Tried it out on a few weekend trips in Blighty carrying up to 20kg, and felt reasonable though the narrow shoulder straps did cause a little discomfort, but once high up in the snow & ice, really felt them digging in - and packing bulky stuff was difficult because it's a narrow sac with a narrow top. I should have realised that there is always a trade-off for light gear - and I've never knowingly gone lightweight prior to this trip. Should have stuck to my normal philosophy....

LostMe

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LostMe says:

Re: 2008/Gear you did not get on with.......why?

Jetboil - ignition failed, it got slower and was crap in the alps, add in the large pack size I went back to the Pocket Rocket and Ti Kettle, lighter, better pack size and more all arond better

If you are not ready to pay a certain price (cash not accepted), then it would probably be wiser to stay home.
RamblingJay

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RamblingJay says:

Re: 2008/Gear you did not get on with.......why?

The walking partner I took onto the Ridgeway end of August. He was broken after 6 hours .had to phone home for OH to take him home!

 

On a real creepy crawly plus side there are a few bits I bought having asked and heeded the advice of a few (Snowy, Terrybond and couple of others) so money well spent. Plus my Jetboil is now 6 months old and still working fine n dandy. Or am I doing something wrong?

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Mountaineer204

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Re: 2008/Gear you did not get on with.......why?

Terra Nova Laser 35Litre rucksack (the new unreleased one)!!!

Had it on test and just didn't enjoy using it. The rucksack has no support on the back or general structure. For adventure racing/extreme minimalist sack it could be okay. I use that word 'could' precariously as any sharp objects would puncture the outer 'sack material, something you don't want to happen in middle of a weekend away or a race. However it does way next to nothing and the hip belt works well as it has pockets in to store energy gels etc. The proof will be in the pudding (excuse the pun) when it is released

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snowman1

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snowman1 says:

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LostMe said:

Jetboil - ignition failed, it got slower and was crap in the alps, add in the large pack size I went back to the Pocket Rocket and Ti Kettle, lighter, better pack size and more all arond better


 

Yep mine blew too.........I now use the Optimus Crux with a Vargo Ti Kettle or the MSR Titan....

LostMe

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LostMe says:

Re: 2008/Gear you did not get on with.......why?

Think I'm going to have to try the Crux

If you are not ready to pay a certain price (cash not accepted), then it would probably be wiser to stay home.
JonnoP

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JonnoP says:

Re: 2008/Gear you did not get on with.......why?

I have 2 bits of kit I am not convinced with.

1 - Garmin GPS 60 - Heavy, bulky and makes you lazy with your navigational skills. Used it a few times and now it stays at home or in my pack. Can't beat the old Map & Compass I guess!

2. - Marmot Aroyo Sleeping Bag. I don't dare use it down to the rated -1degC as I haven't felt really comfortable in it once this year.

jammycathcart

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Re: 2008/Gear you did not get on with.......why?

LostMe said:

Think I'm going to have to try the Crux


 

i got one and the optimus terra pan set after reading ptc's website .

snowman1

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snowman1 says:

Re: 2008/Gear you did not get on with.......why?

It is powerful and I love that rolling fold flat design.A little stretchy sling allows you to fit it snugly under a gas can ......cool but I put my gas can in the kettle and both dont fit .......still a happy little flame thrower.

Aint had it out in icy conditions yet.........so I cant comment....

jammycathcart

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Re: 2008/Gear you did not get on with.......why?

its supposed to fit in the optimus pan set with a 220 gas can

snowman1

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snowman1 says:

Re: 2008/Gear you did not get on with.......why?

It does slot nicely under a can........in its stretchy sling but you are saying I would need to buy a new pan set to fit it all into one little unit???

Do you know how much is the panset......and what is it made from......?

 

jammycathcart

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Re: 2008/Gear you did not get on with.......why?

the one i bought was the terra weekend pan set .95l you can get the solo which is0.6l the weekend was £25

jammycathcart

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http://www.optimus.se/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

ades

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Re: 2008/Gear you did not get on with.......why?

Terra nova laser comp tent,pitched up beside loch long for 2 nights in mixed showery/breezy weather.took my time to pitch it up right but woke at 3 am to find everything soaked in condensation,the only mainly light winds & odd gusts had blown the outer onto the inner so that may have allowed the condensation to build up,so then it was off to the car with the sleeping bag.,i'll not write it off though practice makes perfect so they say,i guess i didnt pitch it as well as i thought.

It is billed as 1+ ! i would like to shake the hand's of the couple's who say they had a comfy night in one because i would say its nigh on impossible to get 2 in.

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jammycathcart

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Re: 2008/Gear you did not get on with.......why?

ain't got one ( got a wild country sololite ) so can't coment  , but i was in cotswold in keswick this week and they have one up on the first floor and i thought it seemed very flimsy .i know that its less than 1kg but how do they hold up in a bad night ( like last weekends omm )?

 

Daren

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Daren says:

Re: 2008/Gear you did not get on with.......why?

I really struggled with the 'She-Wee'

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RamblingJay

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RamblingJay says:

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Daren said:

I really struggled with the 'She-Wee'

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awty

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awty says:

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Daren said:

I really struggled with the 'She-Wee'

Were you using it the right way up??

Only piece of kit I really didn't get on with was a sleeveless shirt I bought... Lowe Alpine... it's just too noisy... rustles like a plastic carrier bag - had to take it off it was that annoying.... will be consigned to the charity shop...

I'm not bad; I'm just drawn that way. No hang on - apparently I am bad. Sigh. Forever an Undesirable.
Half_viking

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Half_viking says:

Re: 2008/Gear you did not get on with.......why?

Rab latok alpine pants: they dont stand up too much rough and tough stuff at all! I have used the winter mountaineering a fair few times "they were ok" i took them scrambling once, and all the face fabric has worn, and they leak like a sieve. It wasnt particularly hard either...... I had taken my old Lowe alpine XCR traouser sup their pleanty of times...

Berghaus 4 season trek: it was a replacement for a De-laminating Alan Hinkes jacket "one of my all time favourite mountaineering jackets", and what a lousy replacement. It washes out after 5 minutes of drizzle, bad hood set up.... the lists goes on. I sent it back to berghaus, and their reply was that i need to reproof it more often. For the last month i was doing it weekly....

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titaniumdude

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titaniumdude says:

Re: 2008/Gear you did not get on with.......why?

Not much really.  Not bought any 'paclite' for a while so I can't mention that.  I guess the one thing I'm not happy with is the reproofing products for waterproofs.  Nothing ever seems to get close to the original factory finish, though that's been a gripe of mine for years. 

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Bedouin

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Bedouin says:

Re: 2008/Gear you did not get on with.......why?

 Biggest disappointments were...

1. Primus Etapower Multifuel - fiddly to use and results not that good all in a big bulky package

2) Garmin Colombia GPS - Accuracy not up to much! and slow start-up times

3) The North Face Paramount trousers - bought 3 pairs for a trip to Canada and 2 pairs have split seams in the crotch! the other pair looks to be going the same way!

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aultguish

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aultguish says:

Re: 2008/Gear you did not get on with.......why?

A pair of North Face Cedar Ridge boots. Grip is crap, you can feel every little rock through the soles, the rand at the front of the toe box is coming loose on both boots. I dread to think what would happen if you pee'd into the wind and got a bit of splash back on them, cos they aint exactly waterproof.

I should have just saved my money and bought a pair of £10 flip-flops.

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chris_sk2

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chris_sk2 says:

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The wife.               

 

 

 

snowman1

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 need a ball and chain smiley....

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