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    Best Headtorch?

    Thanks for the replies. I stuck with the Fenix HP25R in the end - after a deal came up and I got it for £49 delivered. I've not had much use so far, and I haven't got fully to grips with the interface. So far it has impressed and overall I'm very pleased. My only real negative is more a...
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    Best Headtorch?

    That looks good. IIRC LEDlenser gets good feedback regarding durability too. I'm put off by the lack of data on run times, and the Fenix HP25R seems (compared to the slightly dubious data I've been able to find on the LEDLenser) to have more efficient lumen-minute performance.
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    Best Headtorch?

    Thanks for the replies. I'm an idiot, I meant that I was looking at the HP25R, not the HP30R. It only has one 18650, and seems to produce more "lumen-minutes" out of the battery than its bigger, more expense counterpart. What's the deal with the recommendation for the Snipersystems torch...
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    Best Headtorch?

    I'm after an all-rounder headtorch mainly for a 24hr walk in December. It'll be possibly be used continuously for 10 hours to see the terrain in front of us - so low power, floody, lightweight (or battery pack not worn on the head). It also needs a bit of throw to help pick out features for...
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    Old fashioned rucksack?

    For a daypack, being able to access from more than one point of entry, and being able to get at everything without pulling it all out, is something I rate pretty highly. Still not finding anything that fully meets the brief - so I concede I may be alone in that requirement.
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    Old fashioned rucksack?

    Oooo! That looks like just the thing. (I've always been a bit wary of Dueter, and Osprey because their fabrics seem fragile - but I know that's flawed thinking as my parents both have them and have used them extensively without problems). Thanks a lot - I'm going to look at them more closely...
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    Old fashioned rucksack?

    Thanks for the suggestions - Aiguille look very nice (especially as made in UK) but too expensive for something that doesn't quite tick all the boxes - need side pockets and easy access. Currently looking at Lowe Alpine which seem to be decent quality and have some suitable options (although...
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    Old fashioned rucksack?

    I'm after a daypack to take on holiday, but I'm struggling to find anything suitable. Ideally, I'd love:- Shape of something like the Highlander Forces 25 or 33l - ie big central compartment (for waterproofs, and food), large top pocket (for snacks and other junk), and two decent side...
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    Stuff to carry on the Tube in London

    Yeah, like Mesquite, I carry water - after being stuck on your first broken down tube train, that's an essential. I forgot to mention that I have a protein/energy bar in my bag too - don't really think of it as an emergency item, hence not thinking about it. It's in there just in case I get...
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    Stuff to carry on the Tube in London

    Those are good points, which I'm trying to reconcile. My question is essentially, "Is there anything worth carrying which could be used (not necessarily by me) without training that might make a difference?" The only item I've thought of so far and regards which training may be an issue is the...
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    Stuff to carry on the Tube in London

    Thanks for the reply Mesquite. Likewise - same for me up to now. Seriously think there's little point, but I have a relatively decent lightweight headtorch and the trauma bandages, and the blankets and masks are a couple of quid for packs of 5, and the the torch is the heaviest thing. I posted...
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    Stuff to carry on the Tube in London

    I'm moving out of London in a month or so, and I know that some proper first aid training is top of the list, but there is no time. For the next month, does anyone have any suggestions for any items that it might be worth carrying when I'm travelling through London "just in case"? I appreciate...
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    Sleeping bag - small light and cheap - doesn't need to be warm!

    Excellent, thanks. I will look out for those. Thanks to you I had a scour on eBay and ended up finding this: Outdoor sleeping bag Travel camping hiking Multifunction ultra - light Dark Blue -£13 delivered Features: Adopts water-resistant, breathable and crease-proof fabric. With double-sided...
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    Sleeping bag - small light and cheap - doesn't need to be warm!

    I need a sleeping bag as it's on a stipulated kit list for an upcoming hike. The best option I've got so far is this: QUECHUA 15° LIGHT HIKING SLEEPING BAG - 1-2 SEASON, 700g in size L - £30 Is there anything out there smaller for the same or less money?
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    Food! robust bite-size savory hiking food ideas

    Wow! Thanks for so many suggestions. Some excellent ideas I'd never have dreamed up. For this particular event all the food has got to be cold - no time to heat. Particularly like the idea of Indian snacks and beef jerky. Two particular personal favourites.
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    Food! robust bite-size savory hiking food ideas

    I'm taking part in a 50 mile overnight orienteering exercise. I've done it a few times before and it's quite tough. One year we took barely any food and it was miserable. Last time we took far too much, which was prefeable but we took the wrong sort of stuff - large pasties, loads of haribo etc...
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    Recommend a hiking anorak with big pouch side and chest pockets

    Thanks a lot guys. The Keela Munro seems like the clear winner. I'm still a bit wary - some of the reviews aren't fantastic, and it looks bulky. I've got a French army jacket which is excellent. I picked it up for £20. Mine doesn't have waist pockets but there's a version that does and seems...
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    Recommend a hiking anorak with big pouch side and chest pockets

    Hi there. I'm after a tough, down-to-the-thigh, waterproof hiking anorak, with big pockets that isn't camouflage. Can anyone suggest such a thing?
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    Any ideas? After a tough rucksack in a bright colour

    Just to give an update: I went for the Haglofs Roc Hard. Really impressed - it seems very tough, with few features, but what it does have seem well thought out.
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    Any ideas? After a tough rucksack in a bright colour

    Just as an update - I'm currenlty waiting to hear back from Aiguille with some questions. At the moment I'm focusing on Aiguille, Crux (why can't the AK37 come in orange?) and Pod (they look good - the Black Ice looks ideal but too big - looking for a 35l-ish size equivalent - all their...