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by khain
26 Sep 2016, 8:28pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pillow talk - a serious problem ( for me )
Replies: 24
Views: 1935

Re: A serious problem ( for me )

Wouldn't an Ortlieb pannier work as a pillow? I've never owned one but if completely watertight they should hold air.

Has anyone ever tried?
by khain
23 Sep 2016, 10:51am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Recommended 3 man tents with large porches.
Replies: 33
Views: 5090

Re: Recommended 3 man tents with large porches.

At 197cm you'll find it pretty tough to get a backpacking tent where you don't rub against the inner. I wouldn't trust the dimensions given on the websites as they don't give a true reflection of the space inside, as you have discovered, and some are very misleading. There isn't much point recommend...
by khain
23 Sep 2016, 12:28am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Recommended 3 man tents with large porches.
Replies: 33
Views: 5090

Re: Recommended 3 man tents with large porches.

We took a vaude back. It's inner was a loose, flappy affair that really was nowhere near the internal size given in all the specifications. I'm not kidding, it hung lose and wasn't connected to the flysheet which is kept taught by the poles. That lost a lot of space. Turned it into a tent I would s...
by khain
22 Sep 2016, 7:31pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Recommended 3 man tents with large porches.
Replies: 33
Views: 5090

Re: Recommended 3 man tents with large porches.

For the sort of use you mention I doubt you need to spend anything like £500. That's really expedition quality. Are you likely to be using it in very bad weather? For family use I imagine something like a Vango tent costing much less would be fine. If you do need something tougher Vaude tents are wo...
by khain
11 Sep 2016, 3:13pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Painful hip when camping
Replies: 32
Views: 3960

Re: Painful hip when camping

I had two punctures on an exped synmat. They were an absolute nightmare to find, as naturally I looked on the bottom of the mat. Both were at the edges of the ridges in the top of the mat. It appears they were caused by sand or grit that got trapped in the ridges and made tiny holes. The design of t...
by khain
7 Sep 2016, 9:00pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Wild camping in UK/Ireland
Replies: 16
Views: 2101

Re: Wild camping in UK/Ireland

mercalia wrote:looks more like a werewolf, u had a lucky escape :lol:

Yeah, it was pretty scary. All I could see were the shining eyes which were level with mine and seemed about 2 feet apart. I was armed only with a walking pole and a camera so wouldn't have stood much chance.
by khain
7 Sep 2016, 8:03pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Painful hip when camping
Replies: 32
Views: 3960

Re: Painful hip when camping

willem jongman wrote:All in all I think these modern mats are a wonderful technical advance, bringing more comfort, potentially better insulation, lighter weight and smaller pack size, and all of this in a large quantity.

I thought something like that took, until I used one on a four month tour.

Never again.
by khain
6 Sep 2016, 10:29pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Painful hip when camping
Replies: 32
Views: 3960

Re: Painful hip when camping

Weight is not the issue. Most of these modern insulated air mattresses are in fact lighter than self inflating mattresses. We saved quite a bit of weight moving from the 1200 gram 5 cm Thermarest to the 900 gram Downmat, and in sumer now also the Synmat UL at some 450 gram. They also save a lot of ...
by khain
6 Sep 2016, 8:52pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Wild camping in UK/Ireland
Replies: 16
Views: 2101

Re: Wild camping in UK/Ireland

Blimey, that bull is enormous! I once had to get out of bed in the middle of the night to scare off a rutting stag in Glen Etive, that was wandering round the tent making an awful racket. My efforts at using the flash of my camera to scare it off were unsuccessful but at least I got this (admittedly...
by khain
6 Sep 2016, 8:30pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Painful hip when camping
Replies: 32
Views: 3960

Re: Painful hip when camping

Yeah, I have this problem. Try blowing as much air into your thermarest as you can get. Mine doesn't self inflate very well so I have to blow some air in anyway. Use some additional foam padding. You don't need a full length foam mat - just buy a cheap one and cut as much as you need. A sit mat or p...
by khain
3 Sep 2016, 4:13pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Wild camping in UK/Ireland
Replies: 16
Views: 2101

Re: Wild camping in UK/Ireland

A lady in my cycling club who does a lot of wild-camping in England advises to be careful of what may happen on farmland at night. It may seem like a useful trick to go through a field gate and conceal yourself behind a dry-stone wall or a hedge, and indeed she has often done that. But she has disc...
by khain
3 Sep 2016, 4:06pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: trangia copy, £12.49
Replies: 52
Views: 4045

Re: trangia copy, £12.49

meic wrote:
There isn't much to go wrong.

According to the reviews there appears to be quite a few things that have gone wrong.

Cap doesnt seal, ...

The cap on my Trangia doesn't seal either. Maybe I just got a dud ... maybe the above reviewer just got a dud too.
by khain
23 Aug 2016, 8:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: (Another) Saddle Question....
Replies: 41
Views: 2029

Re: (Another) Saddle Question....

If you believe that Proofide penetrates the rolled top surface then scratching this surface will show you otherwise. How, exactly? Do you expect oil to seep out or something? Can I just be clear about what you are claiming here, which is that Brooks are telling their customers to apply Proofide to ...
by khain
22 Aug 2016, 7:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: (Another) Saddle Question....
Replies: 41
Views: 2029

Re: (Another) Saddle Question....

If you applied a lot of Proofide to the underside of your saddle than you certainly will over-soften the leather. The original company disallowed this practice for this very reason but the new company recommended it as they found that the American market rode with no mudguards and they wanted a deg...
by khain
21 Aug 2016, 5:45pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Wild camping in UK/Ireland
Replies: 16
Views: 2101

Re: Wild camping in UK/Ireland

Pitch late, leave early. Wild camping in the UK is easiest from Autumn to Spring.