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    Black Friday deals - possibly not very good ones!

    Not that anyone here is going to fall for the black Friday con but in case you are here is one you might not know about. Garphyttan have a sale on until the 29th. Not sure what their kit is like but it's Swedish so likely to be decent for serious outdoor use. Possibly natural fibres too...
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    Cook kit conundrums

    Years ago I got obsessed with trying more styles of stove. I now have even more stoves in the house than tents and shelters (another a little collecting I've got into). Then family came and we got a trangia with gas kit and a secondary vango remote can gas stove. That's for van camping. We're...
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    Warm and non-surplus parkas for UK use - for females

    It's a dog walking, about town and less remote walk jacket that you can throw over the clothes you wear in an insulated and centrally heated house. Insulation and wind proof with the ability to cope with a degree of rain or slushy stuff or snow if needed. Parka for me is the warm, insulated...
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    Warm and non-surplus parkas for UK use - for females

    I guess this is surplus style parka. It's like the meaning of smock in that there's more than one meaning. For me parka is a padded windproof/waterproof that's actually very warm for winter use. Those two look like a windproof jacket in use and suitability. It's like a smock is an over the head...
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    Warm and non-surplus parkas for UK use - for females

    I think the one she has came from their or an equivalent source and cost. It's not very warm. The body looks warm but it's actually thin and cold except in the hood.
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    Warm and non-surplus parkas for UK use - for females

    My partner wants to get a warm coat like a parka. She keeps mentioning Didrikson. She has a cheaper make one and it's cold even now. Anyone know a good parka for her or where to get one that's good value? Hopefully not ones that are £300+++. Also most definitely not surplus. She's so far from...
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    Cook kit conundrums

    PS my my ancient primus micron which is the original model with the gauze centre has pz ignition that has never failed. It's proven more reliable than some of the rubbish for starter rod such as the Vango version of light my fire ones.
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    Cook kit conundrums

    With can top stoves you can use the heel of your boot to create a circular ring into which a gas canister fits snugly. It improves n stability and lowers the stove slightly which helps with wind resistance in some ways. The heel impression doesn't really damage the ground because you're not...
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    Cook kit conundrums

    Isn't home distillation actually illegal in the UK? Don't publish it if you do!!:) You're not out and about to cook in a certain way if you wanted to keep it real you'd surely be cooking on a fire not methanol. It's no better or worse than a gas stove. Put it simply a gas stove is potentially...
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    Colder weather van camping options?

    It's more about the sleeping bag tbh. Insulation isn't the best money can buy but it's still good. We've since been playing around more with the diesel heater. It starts off loud but it's surprisingly quiet so if really cold perhaps that's going to be switched on. I think the controller has a...
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    Microsoft edge

    I use chrome but edge isn't that different to explorer imho.
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    Dog walking boots

    Too late now but I once heard three Scandinavian countries do good wellies and rubber boots. I heard they even do them for running in too. Never checked it out though. Rolled ankles? I used to damage my ankles a lot doing that, no breaks just loads of bad sprains or strains. I then switched...
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    Getting fitter

    Just looked at a versaclimber. It's a stepper with a hand cycle additional motion too. So you don't just step but climb with your arms. Your body twists as your hands and feet move in opposition so your core should engage too. Looks a good piece of kit. Wonder if I'm not too tall for it and...
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    Getting fitter

    Btw it's not the reserve of athletes to make the most of your exercising time. Surely better to use good science and techniques to get the most out of any time you have free to exercise?
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    Getting fitter

    Except I've once reached my theoretical maximum heart rate riding a bike. I think that's possibly because the standard formula underestimated my max hr. I got given a running book on hr training when I bought that hrm. It had a section at the back to use your PBs for various standard distances...
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    Getting fitter

    One point to note about heart rate training is that different exercises are different in terms of training zones and maximum heart rate. For example for the same level of effort your HR gets higher when running than cycling. Indeed its quite possible to be unable to achieve the highest zone...
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    Getting fitter

    Since our son came along nearly 8 years ago my formerly active life gradually decreased to what feels like total inactivity now. It's not but compared to what I used to do and be capable of that's how it feels. I used to commute 4 days a week to work at 7 miles each way, weekend walks or cycle...
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    Home grown Oak trees

    I think in might have seen a horror movie once where the camera moved rapidly back and forwards at a beech tree during a particularly scary bit. Either that or I think there was a sleepy hollows movie where the headless horseman took it's victim into a beech tree leaving a bloody mess on the...
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    Grisport boots - any good?

    I am looking at a new pair of safety boots for work and spotted a good deal on grisport contractor boots. S3 and about 700g size 8 plus they look narrow in fit as you'd expect with Italian boots. Apparently Volvo and coca cola gives their employees this boot. Most popular in Europe but I've not...
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    Home grown Oak trees

    I thought hazel and possibly elm were also very important. Indeed one of the books I'm reading says hazel was more important. In some places sweet chestnut is widely coppice and used too. Then iirc ash too is very important. No, I do not agree with you on beech. Currently reading a book by...