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  1. Tiley

    Multi-Tools for Bushcraft?

    I've taken that view and, to tick that plier box, I usually slip a Leatherman Skeletool in to my pack on longer outings to the woods and elsewhere. It's a whole load lighter than the usual, even more modest Leathermen and isn't cluttered with a range of tools that I know I'll never need or use...
  2. Tiley

    Garphyttan

    I'm also interested in their jackets, the Original Smock in particular. Trouble is, I definitely do not need another one, so I must resist that temptation! However, I'd love to see a review of it, ideally a comparative one alongside a Fjallraven equivalent.
  3. Tiley

    Garphyttan

    Well, my Original trousers arrived yesterday - having been ordered less than a week before, which, by most standards, is impressive. I was able to take them out for a little try yesterday, too. The fabric is a good weight - solid without being stiff - polyester/cotton mix and I have to admit...
  4. Tiley

    The ray mears beanie

    An alternative to the Mears and Varusteleka offerings are the Buffy hats which you can get from Ben Orford's website. I've got a couple - they are wonderful and not too hot for all uses in the U.K. - and this from a very reluctant hat wearer!
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    Garphyttan

    I agree. I have a Fjallraven Smock No.1, which I've always felt is uncomfortably overpriced; the Gerphyttan Original Smock seems to be a better thought out jacket at about half the price. When the trousers arrive, I'll have a better idea about the quality of the fabric and manufacture; if both...
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    Garphyttan

    Well, I've just ordered a pair of their trousers. It'll be interesting to see how quickly they arrive, what the fit 'n' fabric is like and the quality of manufacture. They look good but time and experience will tell.
  7. Tiley

    Framed packs

    For multi-day trips to remote areas or just indulging the desire to be completely independent, I reckon an external frame pack is hard to beat. Although a bit heavy, the comfort and versatility that you enjoy soon make you forget those extra grams. I'm not of the ultralight fraternity and I...
  8. Tiley

    Map cases

    I like the idea of using two scales - one for a more detailed view of things, the other more general. In winter, when the landscape can be obscured by snow, I tend to use 1:50,000 as most of the detail offered by the 1:25,000 is lost beneath the drifts. A friend who is a mountain guide told me...
  9. Tiley

    Map cases

    Many thanks for all the replies and suggestions! I have not tried the Fablon option but, in the event of another, complete lockdown, I might give it a go. I have tried the OS laminated maps and the work - to a point. Often, the plastic will delaminate on the folds and then wear through pretty...
  10. Tiley

    Map cases

    I admit that the concept is 'old school' but I only ever head out to the wilds with map and compass. Inevitably, when using paper maps in traditionally indifferent British weather, I need to keep the map dry. I have tried a number of different map cases, most of which have been waterproof but...
  11. Tiley

    Socks and gloves

    +1 for Woolpower socks or, if you're feeling in need of a little luxury, Corrymoor cannot, in my opinion, be beaten in terms of comfort, warmth and durability.
  12. Tiley

    Lightweight but not silly money tent

    I don't know whether it would be in your budget, but I am a huge fan of the Tarptent Scarp 1. Brilliant, light in weight and equal to anything that the worst Welsh or Scottish weather demons can throw at it. A few years ago, a remarkably violent storm hit the Llanberis valley, where I happened...
  13. Tiley

    £300 plus knife ? ?

    But don't get stroppy!
  14. Tiley

    £300 plus knife ? ?

    It is always a shame when an interesting thread gets hijacked by off-topic, vituperative comments. In an endeavour to get back to the original idea posited, I have spent £300+ on a knife and yes, I baton with it. My thinking is that you can spend what you like - and what you can afford - on...
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    Paramo - checked them out and can't decide if good or not.

    It goes back to the point made earlier: there is no ideal waterproof jacket or even system. When out and about in winter, I always stuff in my Buffalo belay jacket. It's great to keeping a bit of warmth when at a stop or, in extremis, dealing with the kind of inadvertent dunking described...
  16. Tiley

    Military Mart Customer service

    It's always heartening to hear about good customer service. I'm on the quest for Swedish M59 shirts, in size 43 and, ideally, unissued, but they are proving very hard to find!
  17. Tiley

    Thrudark

    My mistake. Thank you for clarifying!
  18. Tiley

    Thrudark

    True. Maybe this waterproof might be one of those very rare occasions? I once tried an Arcteryx Alpha jacket and managed to make it un-waterproof and look very shabby after using it for just one Alpine season. I was told it was a 'batch problem'. Other, simpler waterproofs have lasted better...
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    Thrudark

    Do remember: Jason enlisted a lot of heroes to help him find the Golden Fleece, which he then had knitted into a series of fetching garments. Maybe this is one of them... The fleece price is monstrously steep but the waterproof jacket, although pricey, is no more than an equivalent from...
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    Thrudark

    They seem to be in a similar, though noticeably darker coloured vein as Jottnar, set up by some former Royal Marines. The reviews are very complimentary but some of the prices take your breath away. I wonder if they really are as good as the blurb and reviews suggest...