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  1. Scotty Von Porkchop

    Waxed bags everywhere!

    Waxed bags everywhere!
  2. Scotty Von Porkchop

    Frontier stove in a bell tent

    I opted to have the stove and chimney to one side so as not to be as much of a burn/fire hazard and to keep the other side of the tent for cleaner things like sleeping and getting changed.
  3. Scotty Von Porkchop

    Defenders

    Bloody awful things: leaks, misting, slow, badly engineered.... Still the greatest and most cherished vehicle I've ever had. It's like a retarded dog: cute/cherished but doesn't half drive you mad
  4. Scotty Von Porkchop

    UKhammocks top quilt and other problems

    To be fair I make down filled gear and quite often getting the high fill power downs is a nightmare, long waiting times etc. I'm been in situations where I've had a pile of unfilled quilts waiting on the down to arrive.
  5. Scotty Von Porkchop

    Carboot bargin

    Lodge! Great find
  6. Scotty Von Porkchop

    Permanent outdoor camp at home!

    Looks fantastic, I hope you enjoy your holidays and it does not become too arduous. BTW I've found a constant low dose of periactin/cyproheptadine great for allergies
  7. Scotty Von Porkchop

    Amsteel UCR Help Needed

    I prefer to make my UCR ridge-lines long so they can be used on bigger or smaller hammocks (about 10'). I make the constrictor part from about a 4' piece with a minimum 12" bury and I still need a knot or elastic band to tension it or it'll slip
  8. Scotty Von Porkchop

    Ultralight Rucksack

    I've had a couple of Simond rucksacks from decathlon (some in-house buy out of a reputable name I think) that have been great. The cliff 20 is absolutely fantastic
  9. Scotty Von Porkchop

    Quilted Trousers for Hammocking

    Wearing extra insulation does work but it's worth remembering that the compressed insulation won't be doing much if anything to keep you warm when between you and the hammock body. Clothing augments the top quilt very well but not much underneath: you'll still need a warm enough pad or underquilt
  10. Scotty Von Porkchop

    sugar fix

    I buy my fructose from Holland and Barret, 500g is £1.99, in the superstores they're often only periodically available. I doubt the latest 'sugar is the new saturated fat' fad will help with its availability
  11. Scotty Von Porkchop

    A bit of traditional tattooing

    Awesome, just awesome.
  12. Scotty Von Porkchop

    Decent bivvy shelter suggestions?

    I like really lightweight bivy bags that aren't breathable that go under a nice sized square or shaped tarp. You get the light weight but also the views and a comfortable place to cook. I'm not a massive fan of Goretex generally but they have their place in Mountaineering etc I also love a...
  13. Scotty Von Porkchop

    Self Feed Stove

    Awesome build Phil, it looks fantastic
  14. Scotty Von Porkchop

    Plantar fasciatus

    I suffered for years with it while distance running. Physio, rehab/prehab worked OK but it was only cured from being barefoot as much as possible, including barefoot running, and avoiding trainers and heavy boots as much as possible. I'm not one of those crazies who says go up the mountains...
  15. Scotty Von Porkchop

    Synthetic modular sleep system - any suggestions as to which to go for?

    The quickest way to reduce bulk and weight on a synthetic system would be to use a quilt rather than an enclosed sleeping bag as the Goretex bivy will keep drafts out anyway. I do like a modular system though as it saves having loads of different sleeping bags/quilts ready for every possible...
  16. Scotty Von Porkchop

    The 'I've found a bargain' thread

    That's not Kevlar BTW
  17. Scotty Von Porkchop

    Your views on where your gear is made.

    @nomad64 while I agree there's definitely blurred lines as to promote British vs rest of first world I think (and this is my presumption) that rather than (just) local, people are often just wanting smaller, artisan maker's and smaller manufacturers where workers are cared for, products are...
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    Your views on where your gear is made.

    Maybe we should have a naughty and saintly list of manufacturers that are UK, European, American and Japanese that are actually made in their original countries? Montane boils my *#@! with loads of union jack flags and every stitch Chinese made. Disgustingly misleading in my view.
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    Gear made in Europe and the UK.

    I make quilts, hammocks and things in the North East of England, but I'm not sure if I count as it's mainly one off custom builds