Best bit of camping equipment for under £125?

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bealer
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Re: Best bit of camping equipment for under £125?

Postby bealer » 23 May 2011, 11:20am

+1 on the Platypus and +1 on the silk sleeping bag liner. The former is great for carrying additional water, and the latter stops your sleeping bag getting all stinky, it's much easier to wash the liner. Plus it'll add 2C to the comfort level.

On the talk of lightweight clothes. A light pair of flip flops, or if you're feeling really alternative some Vibram Five Fingers. Instead of regular trainers which will weigh typically 600g+, they weigh 240g. And they pack flat. I'm taking a pair with me on a tour to Oz. I'll get quite a few stares, but they save me half a kilo over my North Face trainers, and they've worked so far on mini tours.
http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/produc ... a-Mens.htm
Make sure you try them on though. I ended up with a size 7, when I'm normally a 9. It needs to be an exact fit.

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Re: Best bit of camping equipment for under £125?

Postby simonineaston » 23 May 2011, 12:35pm

Buy a Gamma head-torch from Alpkit - so cheap you won't have to tap into your Cotswold vouchers! :wink:

http://www.alpkit.com/shop/cart.php?tar ... ory_id=253
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Re: Best bit of camping equipment for under £125?

Postby durhambiker » 30 May 2011, 6:05pm

+1 for icebreaker tops.can wear them for days without stink!

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Re: Best bit of camping equipment for under £125?

Postby Wander Wheels » 7 Jun 2011, 10:24pm

A gas Trangia - had ours for over 20 years now and it's still going strong. Together with a Pocket Rocket - you've got all the pots and burners needed for a trip.

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Re: Best bit of camping equipment for under £125?

Postby Wander Wheels » 8 Jun 2011, 12:20pm

Durham Biker - Yes agree with you with regarding Icebreaker tops - just got myself another one for my cycle touring trip to the Picos and getting a bit worried on the temperature at night as Mr Wander Wheels has purchased himself some merino wool leggings! The 15% off with CTC membership at Cotswold Outdoors pays for the membership with all the items I purchase every year from there.

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Re: Best bit of camping equipment for under £125?

Postby nikruth » 14 Jun 2011, 10:10am

thermarest prolite made all the difference in the deluge last Sunday ,dry soft bit so warm....have the chair converter too which I love .

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Re: Best bit of camping equipment for under £125?

Postby horizon » 14 Jun 2011, 1:54pm

I suppose that the £125 means that it should be for something special under that limit. However I would personally put the vouchers towards a really good sleeping bag.
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Re: Best bit of camping equipment for under £125?

Postby sloe » 17 Jun 2011, 2:40am

+ for Icebreaker.

Earplugs.

Crocs.

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Re: Best bit of camping equipment for under £125?

Postby stephenjubb » 17 Jun 2011, 2:49pm

an omnidawg for 118. makes my primus omnifuel silent and not sound like a jet aircraft.

and my outback oven for 45. it means anything you need to cook in an oven I can do in the field.

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Re: Best bit of camping equipment for under £125?

Postby llayercake » 17 Jun 2011, 5:03pm

Thanks people :D .

I've completed my maiden voyage, Lowestoft, Ness Point to St Davids Head, Whitesands, in Wales. I did 585 miles over 13 days with 2 rest days. I already had quite a bit of the kit (or equivalent kit) suggested.

The only things I wished I'd taken were a pair of Flip Flops and a bar end/handle bar mirror as I'd like to look death in the face when the God of HGVs eventually smiles on me rather than cringe along waiting to get it in the back :lol: .

I did a kit list in my journal on 'http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/firsttrip2011' and a Chocolate Teapot Award section in the conclusion for the most useless item.

The vouchers went on the 'Jetboil Flash Water Heating System' which is colonial speak for 'a mug on a burner'. Worth every penny when I wanted a coffee on my own terms.

Thanks again for all your input.

Kev.

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Re: Best bit of camping equipment for under £125?

Postby bikes4two » 17 Jun 2011, 9:45pm

Maybe 'cos I'm getting older but I now prefer an Exped Synmat to the Thermarest as they are for me, a lot more comfortable although heavier and much better insulation from the ground. The Synmat chair is rather heavy duty so I use my Thermarest Trekker chair instead. It's a bit of a squeeze to get the Synmat in, but the Trekker chair is so much lighter than the Exped one.
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Re: Best bit of camping equipment for under £125?

Postby ossie » 17 Jun 2011, 10:58pm

llayercake wrote:The only things I wished I'd taken were a pair of Flip Flops and a bar end/handle bar mirror as I'd like to look death in the face when the God of HGVs eventually smiles on me rather than cringe along waiting to get it in the back :lol: .
Kev.


I took a mirror on my 10 day blast back from Spain...it was brilliant, especially on the busy roads with HGV's up behind you. Its amazing how quiet they can be when they slow and coast up to you waiting for the overtake. With a mirror i could see them approach, give a little wave to acknowledge their presence and thanking them for their patience and 99% gave me massive clearance....all praise to French lorry drivers, even French white van man was giving me miles of clearancec... a brilliant tool that I will swap over to the other side now and use on my commute to work.

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Re: Best bit of camping equipment for under £125?

Postby matt2matt2002 » 18 Jun 2011, 10:33am

ossie wrote:
llayercake wrote:The only things I wished I'd taken were a pair of Flip Flops and a bar end/handle bar mirror as I'd like to look death in the face when the God of HGVs eventually smiles on me rather than cringe along waiting to get it in the back :lol: .
Kev.


I took a mirror on my 10 day blast back from Spain...it was brilliant, especially on the busy roads with HGV's up behind you. Its amazing how quiet they can be when they slow and coast up to you waiting for the overtake. With a mirror i could see them approach, give a little wave to acknowledge their presence and thanking them for their patience and 99% gave me massive clearance....all praise to French lorry drivers, even French white van man was giving me miles of clearancec... a brilliant tool that I will swap over to the other side now and use on my commute to work.


Lets hear it for mirrors!
I've just started using one - and can't think what i was doing cycling without one for so many years :?
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Re: Best bit of camping equipment for under £125?

Postby alicej » 18 Jun 2011, 10:46am

I tried a couple of different designs of mirror when I first started cycling, but I just found they got moved all the time and got in the way. Not sure I have anywhere to put one now - what kind do people use?

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Re: Best bit of camping equipment for under £125?

Postby al_yrpal » 18 Jun 2011, 12:37pm

Gelert Plastic Mallet - 113g . What it lacks in weight it makes up with momentum

http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav.jsp?a ... d=10787661

Complete with a nice hook in the handle to easily extract pegs.

4 ounces of sheer convenience for only 3 quid

All the people with expensive horrid little light tents kept borrowing it :mrgreen:

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