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    Are all 900 down bags the same?

    I bought a Snugpak Osprey 12 back in the nineties, and it was never as warm as advertised - and a look around the internet shows that Snugpaks are notorious for their temp ratings. And certainly no longer cutting edge. I let my son use it last year for a school camp. Its lost a fair amount of...
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    Where to buy Berghaus Crusader or Vulcan?

    Yes - the Lowe Alpine back system is vastly more comfortable (I have an old LA Cerro Torre with the TFX 5) than a fixed system. This one isnt cheap, but its in olive. Of course, it might be worth just finding a modern pack like the current Cerro Torre, but perhaps 2nd hand - more comfortable...
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    Synthetic bags - brands

    Mountain Hardware has a very good reputation, and are known for their synthetic bags, which tend to pack down relatively small. Ajungilak is now part of Mammut, who still make both down and synthetic bags. There are one or two online manufacturers who make synthetic bags, and Haglofs...
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    General travel bags - rucksack with wheels.

    As soon as you said wheels, I though of Osprey - the Farpoint in particular, although other brands do similar things as well, including Eagle Creek, as you say. There is a price to be paid for having wheels on what is effectively a large duffel - extra weight, for instance, but I can see the...
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    General travel bags - rucksack with wheels.

    Why build would a manufacturer build ruckack model in different sizes, when adjustable back systems are standard - in fact its very difficult to even find a a 60 or 70 litre rucksack by a major brand that doesn't have one as standard. Not only does it avoids waste in terms of not producing...
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    Cotton kills

    The Dust Bowl was a result of incorrect farming methods on a fragile enviroment, but the West has also suffered from the effects of poorly thought outand often very expensive irrigation schemes. Cadillac Desert is now a rather old book, but the problems have continued. If you set out to take...
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    Replacing tent poles

    I had to replace some poles this summer for a huge 6 man tent my wife got given. Measure the diameter of the poles (a digital vernier caliper is really useful) and their length (you can trim to match the original), and then buy something similar from Amazon, GoOutdoors, nEbay or somewhere...
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    Cotton kills

    But the Aral Sea project turned out to be a huge environmental disaster, which led to greatly increased salinity, the shrinkage of the Aral Sea by a huge amount, increases in pollution, and increases in dust storms and climate change, and adverse health effects. It wasnt even an efficient use of...
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    No fire winter camping - Which sleeping bag?

    Frankly, just buy the best sleeping bag you can afford - do your homework and look on Ebay - you might pick up a down bag for a lot less than you think if your lucky. And a decent mat - nothing fancy, o have a look at Alpkit. Military kit is often knackered and unless you can see what your...
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    Replacement Tablet Advice

    I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab A, it works fine, and if you have an Android phone, its an obvious step. A Tab A 10in should be around £199, but with Black Friday coming up (I have already had Black Friday emails from Trekkitt - its not a day, more like a month....), then you might pick up a good...
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    OEX Leviathan Sleeping Bag

    Looks a not unreasonable spec for the money - 600 fill power, but 900gms, whereas a Rab Ascent 700 has a higher fill power (650) but has 700gms. The Rab is rated as a 3 season, whereas the OEX is a 4. That OK, and comfort temp of minus 9 seems reasonable, but I do worry about the 'extreme...
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    Down bag disaster!

    If it hasnt leaked, then it might just need a patch sewn. I used LSR for something years ago, and they seemed fine, and will patch tears from £25. others seem more pricey, and you have to factor in shipping, but its not something you have to do instantly. There are of course a number of other...
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    Down bag disaster!

    Looking at Kristin Hostetter's book on Outdoor Maintenance (certainly worth getting - its saved me money), she suggests using Tear Aid tape , which is pretty similar to Tenacious Tape. However, if your not using it immediately, getting it repaired professionally would be better long term. rab...
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    Looking for a Rucksack...

    'Now I know I have posted up a thread a couple of mo this ago looking for a new Rucksack, and to be honest I still cant make up my mind. Currently I own a 75L ARC'TERYX Bag. I try to get out for a two or a three nights at least once a month.. Looking at LBT and Mystery Ranch with a few...
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    Karrimor boots

    'it is what I call "brand hijacking" And its not just footwear, etc. There is a difference between brands that have moved production to China etc, because of costs (and they are potentially huge), but as Toddy says, continue to produce much the same, and have decent quality control, and...
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    Karrimor boots

    Some of Mountain warehouse stuff isnt awful, but when you consider that its staff get a 50% discount (25% is what I get on most thing were I work, and thats about as high as it gets for retail), you have to wonder about the original cost, and therefore build quality of the equipment. If...
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    Karrimor boots

    My wife bought a pair of KSB's in a store closing down sale about 10 years ago, and they have been OK. But I bought some Karrimor approach shows from Sports Direct around the same time and they fell apart within a little more than a week of normal use. About 15 years ago, Sports Direct bought...
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    Down bag for Scandi winter use, suggestions please

    Noticed this one on deal from Trekkit (good service and decent prices - got my Lightline jacket from them a couple of year ago). Rab Ascent 1100 (so decent entry down bag), but still only a little more than your £200 budget at £239 new. A little bit heavier than the ME bag, but thats because it...
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    Down bag for Scandi winter use, suggestions please

    I notice that PhD have a one day bargain box sale! Still pricey, but slightly less so...
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    Improving temp performance of sleeping bag

    Yep - its each to their own. Liners are better than nothing, and if they are the tenner I paid in TKMaxx for my fleece liner, good value.