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  1. troutman

    Fake Kånken backpacks / Fjällräven

    You raise an interesting point but if that’s the case, how come a company such as decathlon etc can sell a rucksack with more features and a similar build quality for a lot less? The rrp is exactly that a ‘recommended’ retail price. It’s only what someone is willing to pay. In terms of...
  2. troutman

    Poor service- Military Mart!

    Quick response to this, the folks at Military Mart have now got in touch and offered to send in for a refund. Can’t really say fairer than that so if they are reading this, thanks!
  3. troutman

    Fake Kånken backpacks / Fjällräven

    Interesting point you raise here, Janne. Outdoors kit and clothing has a huge mark up, I bet fjallravens cost to produce each of these rucksacks is less than $5usd per piece. The remaining retail price goes on brand name. I don’t agree with buying fake kit but in terms of quality it is...
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    Poor service- Military Mart!

    Maybe I’m being unreasonable but I bought a Norwegian army sleeping bag cover from them. From the pics and description it looked like a nice canvas cover. When it arrived it was super thin and could see daylight through it! Not much use as bivvy bag! It was also missing its closing toggles...
  5. troutman

    Great alternative to signalling flares.

    Hate to sound negative but having worked in Search and Rescue I can’t see how this would be a better alternative than a flashing beacon type light or indeed a parachute / hand held flare. Couple of reasons for this: Unless it’s cloudy you will surely only get a spot of light? You definitely...
  6. troutman

    Would this Arcteryx work for me?

    Good question. The Alpha SV looks to be Goretex Pro which as you probably know is their top end fabric, I have a Mountain Equipment jacket in a similar style with the earlier version of Goretex. For some tasks Goretex Pro will be overkill, it’s designed to be tough for ice climbing and winter...
  7. troutman

    Berlin Military?

    Thanks folks! Will probably give it a miss!
  8. troutman

    Budget bugnet for 11ft and under hammocks

    That looks interesting! Thanks for sharing! Wonder if the holes are small enough to stop a midge getting through? Found mosquito net holes too big. Would maybe work with a bivvy bag with ridge line which is something I’m looking to do.
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    Berlin Military?

    Hi all, Wondered if any of you had used a surplus site called Berlin Military? Considering a few surplus items they have but not sure if the site can be trusted? Can’t see an address or find them in any other google search. https://berlin-military.com/Start-Page Would Paypal be a safe bet...
  10. troutman

    Animals in water at night?

    Haha, it would have been some powerful peeing!
  11. troutman

    Animals in water at night?

    So, I was upon in Scotland a couple of weeks back hammocking about 20 feet from the side of a fresh water loch. I was woken up at around 1am by the sound of something in the water beside me, being comfy and warm in my hammock (and with a tarp obscuring my view) I didn’t bother to look what it...
  12. troutman

    All season family camping

    Some great advice from everyone and from Janne, but I have to disagree with buying a large sleeping bag. In fact buying a larger bag gives you more space that needs to be heated which can actually lead to more heat being lost. The key point when buying a sleeping bag or indeed insulating down...
  13. troutman

    Scottish hammock locations

    Cheers lads, I had considered Allendale, went for a walk up there last month but the horse flies were out in force! Scotland and its midges were a nicer option! Will wait till the weather cools down then have another trip up. Just over the border there are a plenty of woodlands but they are...
  14. troutman

    Fishing in Sweden?? Confused!

    Just an update on this, got the app and also purchased license(s) at local shops. The water levels were super low when I visited which didn’t help the fishing! Lots spent on licences and not many fish to show for it. I guess the fishing specific destinations are the ones to try!
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    Scottish hammock locations

    Hello all, I’ve been having a good bit of fun getting out with the hammock but I’m starting to struggle to find new places. Everywhere else I have found so far is just dense pine or spruce which I don’t really enjoy camping in. Anyone have any suggestions on new areas to look at? Thought...
  16. troutman

    Fishing in Sweden?? Confused!

    Thanks for the help, Janne! I see, so the iFiske website has mostly private / club owned lakes listed! That makes a lot of sense, thanks! I’ll probably avoid some of those. Are the other lakes just classed as County owned? We will be starting across the border in Oslo then heading to Torsby-...
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    Fishing in Sweden?? Confused!

    Hi folks, I’m hoping someone on here has some experience of fishing and more so permits! So the Mrs and I are currently planning a wild camping / touring trip up through central Sweden and ending Are. I’m very keen to get some fishing in and we have already planned a few stop offs to wild camp...
  18. troutman

    Gear made in Europe and the UK.

    Arktis- UK made clothing Filson- USA made bags, clothing and generally tough gear!
  19. troutman

    Leatherman Surge..??..!!..??

    Got one of the older versions- my choice as I wanted the fine tip screwdrivers for glasses repairs etc. I had no need for heavy duty wire cutters. These ones on there are unlikely to mangle with most wires- heavy gauge stuff= use a proper tool. It's true they are a tough bit of kit, better...
  20. troutman

    Lightweight rucksack?

    Getting a lighter bag is only a small part of it. The bigger the bag the more tempted you will be to pack it with stuff you don't need. I'm not saying what you have listed is unnecessary- far from it. But there are things you can do. You say you don't get on with down- cost, allergies? It will...