Author Topic: Bought any camping gear today?  (Read 191495 times)

clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #175 on: May 03, 2011, 09:49:36 pm »
*click* *snappety* we're likely to need two and I hear TimO has some genius pillow which you're going to RTFI for me?

The pillow I use is the Ajungilak one (as mentioned on Woolly's website), but there was an entire thread about this a while back.

We have the Ajungilaks.  'Pute' they are called.  Obviously they don't sell many in France ;D  Very good, if a tad wide.  Pack really small, and don't have the drawbacks of previous inflatable pillows.  Very good design all round, in fact, though I tend to use a Thermarest stuffsack with my clothes in it.  Smooth & cool one side, fleecy & warm the other.
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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #176 on: May 03, 2011, 09:52:43 pm »
We've got Ajungilak pillows but we bought along an Exped pillow to test at the NTRWCW.   Mlle PB prefers it to an Ajungilak and it packs smaller too.

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #177 on: May 03, 2011, 10:20:44 pm »
I noticed that Alpkit suggest using one of their larger Padded Cell bags, inside out, as a Pillow, which seems like a reasonable suggestion.  At £7 it's also fairly cheap.

Actually, it is rocket science.
 

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #178 on: May 04, 2011, 12:42:37 pm »
My alpkit order has arrived  :thumbsup:

The Numo mattress is very lovely and tiny.
I now have a selection of drysacks, one of which I am going to use to stash some extra clothing in for my 300 on Saturday. Looking at the weather forecast it might be needed too!
The head torch looks good, I will wait until dark to try it out properly.

The waterproof zippy pouch things for keeping valuables together in look great. I am planning to use one for phone, money, brevet card and keys in the side pocket of my Barley. They have a neck strap so it will be easy to grab it out of there to go into controls and things. It is big enough that when it has the stuff in it cannot possibly fall out of the pocket either, I sometimes worry about this happening since the barley's pockets don't zip and the lid isn't a very tight fit, although I have never actually lost anything from in there even on bumpy descents.

Manotea

  • Where there is doubt...
Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #179 on: May 04, 2011, 02:27:59 pm »
I used my new thermorest inflatable pillow last weekend. Not cheap but 'works'. Infinately better than the Trekmate pillow which is cheap and doesn't.

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #180 on: May 04, 2011, 02:43:24 pm »
I've bought one of those kits to hold two Expeds together.

jane

  • Mad pie-hating female
Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #181 on: May 05, 2011, 07:48:44 pm »
I have just received a Java Press in the post. Some of you know that I  travel very light but proper coffee is something I am prepared to pack a little extra for.It's a very neat little package and as the mug part packs inside, it's not that much extra weight and space above a bag of instant. I also got a set of folding titanium cutlery that was on special offer with Alpkit. The spork I will send to my daughter.

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #182 on: May 05, 2011, 08:26:28 pm »
Yes, although not cycle camping stuff.

- Campingaz 907 butane cylinder (very cheap from Go Outdoors)
- Gas regulator
- 10l jerrycan for water
- 12V air pump for the mattress
- Gert rechargeable fluorescent light

This was Mrs Z's birthday present  :)

Mine is to be a camping table and two chairs.
Never tell me the odds.

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #183 on: May 05, 2011, 08:52:56 pm »
I bought various odds and sods from Alpkit, mostly some accessory cord, various bags, and some cutlery.

I also bought a 10L jerrycan (albeit a plastic one) from Millets, although that's for the office, to limit how many journeys we have to make to the drinking water tap for water to fill the kettle!
Actually, it is rocket science.
 

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #184 on: May 08, 2011, 09:03:03 am »
Got one of these trangia knock-offs from ebay:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/PHOENIX-camping-Alcohol-stove-Spirit-set-x1-/120713426376?_trksid=p4340.m263&_trkparms=algo%3DDLSL%252BSIC%26its%3DI%26itu%3DUCI%252BIA%252BUA%252BFICS%252BUFI%252BDDSIC%26otn%3D8%26pmod%3D120640162128%252B120640162128%26po%3D%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D9000975984662289643#ht_2185wt_874

Offered £9 inc delivery (which they accepted). Like the look of the folding stand that keeps the burner off the ground. Simmer ring seems to be a good design too.
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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #185 on: May 08, 2011, 10:12:48 am »
On the subject of stoves, I finally managed to get a 1 litre kettle boiling in 5 minutes with the Coleman stove  :thumbsup:  Claimed time is 4min 36sec but I suspect they started with US room temperature water of 24 deg C, not around 18 deg C like mine.

Unfortunately to achieve this time I had to do it in the garage - a breeze can easily extend the time to 9 or 10 minutes, even with a windshield.
Never tell me the odds.

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #186 on: May 08, 2011, 11:37:51 am »
On the subject of stoves, I finally managed to get a 1 litre kettle boiling in 5 minutes with the Coleman stove  :thumbsup:  Claimed time is 4min 36sec but I suspect they started with US room temperature water of 24 deg C, not around 18 deg C like mine.

Unfortunately to achieve this time I had to do it in the garage - a breeze can easily extend the time to 9 or 10 minutes, even with a windshield.

That's OK, it gives the rest of us chance to catch up with you at the top of Smalldean Lane  :D

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #187 on: May 08, 2011, 04:19:35 pm »
The titanium stove* isn't all that bad really, once I realised the flame could be turned up to Saturn V level.


*about £12 from eBay, HiGear Blaze.
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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #188 on: May 08, 2011, 04:31:39 pm »
The titanium stove* isn't all that bad really, once I realised the flame could be turned up to Saturn V level.


*about £12 from eBay, HiGear Blaze.

I will soon have my mitts on a titanium Jetboil, sadly not at quite such a competetive price. I might have to bring it on the next FNRttS and see if it lives up to it's rapid boil claims!

peliroja

  • Mrs Woolly
Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #189 on: May 08, 2011, 04:49:57 pm »
Can anyone recommend a nice light camping mug which makes sipping tea a pleasure rather than a mouthful of plasticky-yuckiness?  ??? Preferably, we'd like two which can stack, one inside the other.

Wowbagger

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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #190 on: May 08, 2011, 08:07:09 pm »
I've sold a tent today, will take delivery of another tomorrow and have bought the footprint for the latter from Taunton Leisure, with the 10% voucher I received for buying the tent in the first place. We've also bought Mrs. Wow a Vango Venom 300 sleeping bag and silk liner, for our forthcoming tour of Denmark.

Peli, we use well-made plastic mugs which clip together, from long-since dead Thermos flasks. We tried stainless steel, but they are useless for tea because they conduct the heat so well that they burn your lip, and the tea gets cold too quickly.
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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #191 on: May 08, 2011, 08:12:11 pm »
I have an enamelled metal mug from Halfrauds.  It works well enough.

On the subject of titanium cookware, you should be aware that boiling times are longer than with aluminium because its thermal conductivity is not as good (actually, it's woeful; about 1/10 that of aluminium, although Ti pots can be thinner gauge which claws back some of the difference).  This obviously means more fuel is wasted.  When it comes to lightweight camp cookware it's hard to beat a cheap aluminium set unless you believe the Alzheimer's scare stories (and think that using alu camping pots for a handful of days a year would make any difference if the stories were true).  Stainless steel is right out for cycle camping because of the weight.
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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #192 on: May 08, 2011, 08:40:25 pm »
The implication of what Roger has said, is that Ti would make for better mugs, since it would be a better insulator than Aluminium.

I seem to recall that I've seen totally metal mugs which have a Thermos type insulating body, but I can't Google for anything like that, only impractically large mugs, not really designed for the lightweight camper.
Actually, it is rocket science.
 

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #193 on: May 08, 2011, 09:26:48 pm »
The Jetboil is designed to be uber tiny and lightweight and you drink your tea/eat your food out of the actual container it heats. It looks to be suitable for one person really, which suits me since there's one of me. " jet-boil stoves "

If I was after a mug I would want this one Snow Peak Titanium Single Mug 450ml from Taunton Leisure Ltd
but they don't look like they would be stackable.


peliroja

  • Mrs Woolly
Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #194 on: May 08, 2011, 09:46:47 pm »
Thanks all.

We currently use a Jetboil and a couple of metal cups with plastic rims which taste  :sick: And the tea cools down too quickly.

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #195 on: May 08, 2011, 09:48:21 pm »
If I was after a mug I would want this one Snow Peak Titanium Single Mug 450ml from Taunton Leisure Ltd
but they don't look like they would be stackable.

Snowpeak also do Double-Walled mugs, which supposedly don't get hot and burn your hands, and which presumably also keep the tea warmer longer (if the outside isn't hot, it won't loose heat as fast via radiation and conduction).

They don't look stackable, and whilst theoretically Ti shouldn't taste, the reviews suggest that whatever alloy they're using does leave some taste. :(
Actually, it is rocket science.
 

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #196 on: May 08, 2011, 10:25:26 pm »
Can anyone recommend a nice light camping mug which makes sipping tea a pleasure rather than a mouthful of plasticky-yuckiness?  ??? Preferably, we'd like two which can stack, one inside the other.
I suggest these Lexan cups

Lexan is OK, taste wise.
To stack, you need a tapering mug without a full loop handle. The normal mugs are bigger, but won't stack.

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #197 on: May 09, 2011, 02:53:34 am »
Can anyone recommend a nice light camping mug which makes sipping tea a pleasure rather than a mouthful of plasticky-yuckiness?  ??? Preferably, we'd like two which can stack, one inside the other.

This one won't stack, but it should insulate the tea better than a single wall mug:
Ti Double 220 Mug FH - cups & mugs - tableware

I've got one and I'm quite happy with it.

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #198 on: May 09, 2011, 11:35:32 am »
My Laser Photon 1 tent has arrived *happy dance*
It came in an infeasibly small packet that the delivery driver nearly managed to put through my letter box  ;D

Wowbagger

  • Dez's butler
    • Musings of a Gentleman Cyclist
Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #199 on: May 09, 2011, 11:38:00 am »
My Nallo 3GT has arrived but I've got to go for a blood test and then do some work* so I won't be able to pay with it or a while.






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