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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #1575 on: August 16, 2020, 01:01:25 pm »
Here’s my bivvy which I’ve had a while.

In the second photo I was seeing how it’d work with an emergency survival bag to save bulk. Third photo all packed up with inflatable mat inside the bivvy bag,  and emergency bag in long thin orange bag. Total weight 1020g. Fourth photo packed between my recumbent seat and wheel and seat bag , avoiding rack needing to be installed. If rack was installed I’d probably take my 300g sleeping bag. I measure my stuff against foot size.

Been looking at setup as Wild Atlantic Way audax if it runs next year may need to use campsites instead of sports halls for sleeping.









Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #1577 on: August 27, 2020, 03:56:23 pm »
Just taken delivery of a Petzl Noctilight. I only heard of these the other day, and am more excited by it than I should be (yes, I could just hang my headtorch up in my tent, but now I have an actual purpose-made case to do it!). Though judging by the weather we've had all week, I'm not going to be testing it any time soon...

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #1578 on: August 28, 2020, 09:57:55 am »
Just taken delivery of a Petzl Noctilight. I only heard of these the other day, and am more excited by it than I should be (yes, I could just hang my headtorch up in my tent, but now I have an actual purpose-made case to do it!). Though judging by the weather we've had all week, I'm not going to be testing it any time soon...

I've got one of these (even though my Alpkit headtorch doesn't quite fit). The way it disperses the light if you're using it as a lantern inside the tent is quite handy.

Cudzoziemiec

  • Eating all the pies and drinking all the tea.
Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #1579 on: September 03, 2020, 12:52:54 pm »
I fancied a camp frying pan. One of those Trangia hard anodized ones, cos everyone loves a hardened Swedish pan, don't they? <insert Abba> But the big ones are family mean sized and the small ones are unobtainium. So instead I took advantage of Alpkit's bank holiday offer and got their Alipots. This means a) the Alipots will soon be reduced by a larger amount, b) I can get rid of my "mess tin" with worn out teflon. Ali Pots got here today and omg huge! I mean size is good, but... So I'll probably only be using the smaller one. Also, the lids are rather loose. TBF, there was a review which said as much, but they should be good for frying and stuff. The Seagull brand pot I have atm has a tight fit* lid which is great as a lid but can't be used for anything else. So all I need now is an expotition.

*In the jungle, the mighty jungle [that's way too much 80s music now, stop].
Faster than a walk, slower than a train, often slightly higher than a person. (David Byrne)

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #1580 on: September 15, 2020, 10:36:36 pm »
I've just ordered a tent!  :thumbsup:

Alas I'm camping Thursday and delivery is expected Friday but hey ho.

I don't really need another tent but my nicer one is...errr...seventeen years old and starting to get a little worn. Though given it was <£50 it really doesn't owe me anything. It's still trucking along mind but it's 5kg. The new one is also a two person tent and is only 2.6kg and packs up rather smaller.

The old tent is a Vango Trek 200 and the new one is this from Decathlon.



It doesn't have a floor to the porch like the old one but I've got Ortlieb panniers so it doesn't really matter.

I've also got a wee Lidl tent that's only 1.5kg but it's single skin so condensation aplenty and one enters at the end rather than the side so as to get completely covered in said condensation.
Miles cycled 2014 = 3551.5 (Target 7300 :()
Miles cycled 2013 = 6141.4
Miles cycled 2012 = 4038.1

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #1581 on: September 16, 2020, 09:48:13 am »
Huel have brought out a 'hot and savoury' range of dehydrated, nutritious meals comprising tomato and basil and thai green curry, both vegan.

As I prefer just to carry a Jetboil for cooking this is interesting, especially as we're not as keen on going to the pub while camping as we once were.

Major downside is the minimum order is much more than I'd like, but we already get through a fair amount of the milkshake mix blended with fruit for breakfast (and occasionally lunch) and early reviews are favourable so I've taken a risk and added some to our next order. If it is edible it will be about a third of the cost of Firepot meals (which are very good, but not cheap either).

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #1582 on: September 21, 2020, 02:47:34 pm »
Huel have brought out a 'hot and savoury' range of dehydrated, nutritious meals comprising tomato and basil and thai green curry, both vegan.

As I prefer just to carry a Jetboil for cooking this is interesting, especially as we're not as keen on going to the pub while camping as we once were.

Major downside is the minimum order is much more than I'd like, but we already get through a fair amount of the milkshake mix blended with fruit for breakfast (and occasionally lunch) and early reviews are favourable so I've taken a risk and added some to our next order. If it is edible it will be about a third of the cost of Firepot meals (which are very good, but not cheap either).

It's arrived and we've tested both flavours.

In terms of taste, it's ok. The thai green curry was ok on its own, the tomato and basil was too bland for us so we stirred a spoon of marmite in to give it a bit of oomph. It's pretty filling stuff.

We'll definitely be taking it camping as it's perfect Jetboil food and it's good to know it's nutritionally complete as this can be hard when camping. Just have to decant the right amount into a ziplock bag.

I'd probably also have it if I was too tired to pull together a decent meal at home/didn't have much in.

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #1583 on: September 28, 2020, 08:22:13 pm »
Darn.  I wish they did sample packs.  I'd like to try both, but after barely making it through a bag of berry and another one of coffee, I’m just not that brave.  Banana and mint chocolate are both fine, though, and I’ll try the coffee caramel flavour with my next order.

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #1584 on: September 29, 2020, 09:45:22 am »
They're a very different proposition from the milkshakes. Husband hoovers them up although he's not fussy. We both think they're good for when one of us is out and the other can't be arsed to cook a proper meal for one.

Want me to post you a portion of each in a ziplock bag?

Took them camping this weekend. You do ideally need a container with a lid/some kind of cover to keep them warm while they rehydrate. If you make the minimum order Huel send you a free plastic cup with a lid, but my collapsible bowls from Alpkit have lids and are better suited to being squashed in a pannier.

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #1585 on: September 29, 2020, 11:13:15 am »
PHD have their autumn sale if anyone's feeling spendy:

https://www.phdesigns.co.uk/sales-and-special-offers

It's quality kit but I've never managed to justify the cost.

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #1586 on: December 25, 2020, 09:41:21 pm »
Over the summer I took grandsons out for some cycle rides - the youngest still on a trailerbike.

The previous summer holiday, they really enjoyed camping out in the garden for a couple of nights with me.

In the hope that the world will soon return to relative normallity, I have picked up a few bargains over the autumn from the local facebook market place.

So far:

2 new, unused inflateable camping mats
1 new, unused 2/3 season sleeping bag (American Ozark trail brand)
1 lightly used Softie Merlin 3 lightweight sleeping bag
1 lightly used Summit 300XL oversized sleeping bag

Total spend: £15...  :o
If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is...

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #1587 on: December 28, 2020, 04:11:47 pm »
After a few years of a search running on ebay my Fell Club magazine arrived a couple of weeks ago and there was the tent I have been looking for in the sales. A MiniPeak Luxe with the silnylon outer.
My favourite tent now 700 grams lighter.

Never knowingly under caffeinated

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #1588 on: December 30, 2020, 10:58:59 am »
After a few years of a search running on ebay my Fell Club magazine arrived a couple of weeks ago and there was the tent I have been looking for in the sales. A MiniPeak Luxe with the silnylon outer.
My favourite tent now 700 grams lighter.

Excellent!
Quote from: Kim
^ This woman knows what she's talking about.

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #1589 on: March 02, 2021, 09:44:48 pm »
Ordered today, but arriving tomorrow, a footprint for my new tent as on its test pitch in the living room I felt the groundsheet was a little thinner than I'd like.
Miles cycled 2014 = 3551.5 (Target 7300 :()
Miles cycled 2013 = 6141.4
Miles cycled 2012 = 4038.1

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #1590 on: Yesterday at 02:46:03 pm »
Work (school) had a number of large screen interactive boards (effectively 65" or 75" tablets) fitted, to replace projectors and screens. I nabbed a couple of the metallised bags from the packaging and cut one good side out, which is a suitable size for a footprint for a couple of my tents.

It is quite tough yet folds down about as small as a Spaceblanket, so fits in the bag with the tent.

I've used it a few times - they are fine as a footprint, but I'm undecided as to whether there is any reflected heat benefit, as I was hoping for.
If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is...