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    Ray Mears Leaf Cutter Backpack - first impressions

    Interested in the statement that Woodlore said they were going back to SMG to discuss some of the OP's observations. SMG, surely, will have been given a design brief by Woodlore to produce a product at a certain cost. SMG will have shown Woodlore at least one pre-production example and...
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    Ray Mears Golden Eagle sleeping Bag

    PM'd you about the bag.
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    Hanwag boots for Bunions

    Hi Vince, Go to your nearest Cotswold Outdoor, we enjoy a good working relationship with Hanwag's importers. We can easily get Tatra Bunion boots. Cheers Paul
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    Handmade Leather Air Rifle Sling

    I'm just about to buy an Air Arms S410 carbine and am keen to get a sling for it. I'd really like to have something a little unique and wondered if any of the leather workers on here might have any suggestions. I think I'd like the sling to be cobra shaped and certainly decorated but the...
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    Handmade Leather Air Rifle Sling

    I'm just about to buy an Air Arms S410 carbine and am keen to get a sling for it. I'd really like to have something a little unique and wondered if any of the leather workers on here might have any suggestions. I think I'd like the sling to be cobra shaped and certainly decorated but the rest...
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    First look - Borah Gear Custom Bivy

    I've got one of these minus the stake out loops and I'm extremely pleased with it. Very light, boosts the warmth of my bag, deters condensation drips and keeps my WM Sycamore bag clean.
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    Sas black & green mountain windproof parka smock jacket

    I have one of these (though from a different seller) and I can thoroughly recommend it. An excellent windproof layer that goes over the top of everything else and has lots of pockets. When I'm doing fieldwork in the winter, this is my go-to shell when it's not raining and it's normally worn...
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    Mountain Equipment Co-op?

    I wear a great deal of MEC gear and I've found the vast majority of it to be extremely well thought, durable and very good value for money. Sometimes the colours can be a bit odd (I was told by a deputy manager at the Calgary branch that MEC got what Patagomia didn't in terms of organic cotton)...
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    Finnish VIHE one-mans tent

    Now that would make a great fishing day shelter.
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    New Rucksack from Karrimor - Predator - Sabre 45 replacement?

    For fieldwork, especially solo fieldwork on foot, I've found MOLLE pouches invaluable. Empty finds bags in one; full finds bags in another; GPS and notebook in another; pens, pencils etc. on an admin panel; camera pouch on waist belt etc., etc Lunch, drinks and spare clothing stay in a small...
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    What size is your pack?

    Currently I use the following: 1. Karrimor Observer. No more than 15 litre capacity, this is a 1980's birdwatcher's bag with a vacuum flask sleeve, pen slots in the front pocket and a removable back/seat pad. Appears to be more or less indestructible! 2. Karrimor Delta 35. Once one...
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    New Rucksack from Karrimor - Predator - Sabre 45 replacement?

    The 45 litre patrol pack looks very sensible - a mini Sting. Now how do I smuggle yet another green rucksack into the house?
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    Crossing river :-)

    Very nice. Personally I love the Italian Alps (fascinating flora and fauna) but trying to convice SWMBO to try other mountain ranges apart from the Canadian Rockies takes a great deal of hard work and with the Euro exchange rate at present, I think I'm on a hiding to nothing.
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    GTX or not GTX, that is the question?

    I'm really struggling to find a pair of non-Goretex three season boots that will fit my narrow unBritish feet! Anyone any suggestions?
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    ray mears coat

    I'm sure that jacket is the one Mears had made either by a Woodland Cree or Inuit craftsman
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    Lowe Alpine: Sting & Stingray

    I've been lugging large amounts of surveying kit up and down the Pewsey Downs in my Stingray for the past couple of weeks. I'm very impressed with the stability and comfort of this pack and its ability to swallow considerable amounts of kit. The PLCE pockets are really roomy and mean that my...
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    Wildlife Photographer of the year investigation

    This story's been rolling around the natural history media for a few months now and I do think there's something in it. It seems to me that an increasing level of artifice is being used by entrants to the WPoY competition. Did anyone see last year's Young WYoP winner? He used a toy mouse on...
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    Stag antler thumb stick

    PM sent to Jonathon
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    Exactly how snowy are the Yorkshire Dales at present?

    Thanks for these replies. I'll ring the YDNP tomorrow but I have to say that, unlike the Lake District and some other areas, there is a lamentable lack of information on ground conditions in the Dales despite it being such a popular and potentially hazardous place. I am concerned that...
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    Exactly how snowy are the Yorkshire Dales at present?

    Thanks for those replies. I should have made it clear I was asking about the hills proper. I'm concerned that there is sufficient lying snow to invalidate our hillwalking qualifications.