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Discussion in 'Outdoors Gear Discussion' started by Bullseye, Oct 3, 2014.

  1. Bullseye

    Bullseye Moderator Staff Member

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    Now all the tourists have gone home from my neck of the woods I decided to indulge in some retail therapy to set me up for enjoying my spare time in the winter.

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    I haven't rollerbladed for more than a decade. I'm really looking forward to getting back in to it again. My Fila 'blades aren't top spec, but still very good quality. As opposed to the Decathlon's own bargain basement heavy plastic clunkers I had before. Day and night. I've got proper feet rockets now! :cool:

    The Meindl shoes are a particular favourite. It was a toss up between them or Lowa Renegades and the Meindls won.

    Having looked for a 3" XM-18 Gen 4 Slicer Grind for about two years Vienna Cutlery finally came up with the goods. Thank heavens for that. I was about to send my firefighting and first responder credentials off to the man himself and ask him to help me out. Getting one's paws on a new Hinderer is an expedition to put it mildly. Pound for pound I don't rate it quite as highly as a Sebbie, but it's a bloody superb knife all the same.

    And the scrumpled up long sleeved black T-shirt I dragged out of the laundry basket for a photo (:P) is a new thing to me which I rate highly. It's an Icebreaker base layer made from merino wool. The last time I wore wool it was like some form of barbaric knitted barbed wire torture process. This fancy merino clothing is just the business. Very comfortable indeed and marvelously practical. I'm happy wearing it as just a top layer as well, never mind its base layer moniker. I'll be looking in to Icebreaker's range more and other brands and merino garments, too.

    I'll sign off for now with a bit more on the Meindls. There is a history of shoemaking in my family and I'm really fussy about the shoes I wear.

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    These Meindls tick all the boxes. So comfy. Very well made. Not too heavy or light. Reinforced toes. Good materials. Good balance of rigidity, flexibility, grip and responsiveness to the soles. Gore Tex lined. Comfortable and removable insoles, good and subtle support and cushioning in the right places.

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    Like 'em lots. :)
     
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  2. Hatethatgiraffe

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    Fruit boots? Seriously? Lol

    I like merino! I wear a MeCo Rab Baselayer and it's excellent!
    This years approach shoes are Mammut something or other!
    My hill knife has been a fixed blade Guycep he did for CA!
     
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  3. Bullseye

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    You sayin' that rollerbladin's fir poofs? :D

    I'm wary of jogging at the moment after utterly shagging my lower back in somehow four months ago. I'd usually go jogging 3 times a week, but rollerblading is a lot more lower back friendly (as long as I don't wipe out) and I might not be up to decent jogging standards for 2-3 more months.

    Plus there's a designated bicycling/rollerblading/skateboarding lane between here and Nice which is about 12 miles long, smooth 'n' fast as hell and absolutely hoaching with rollerbabes. So ner! :neener:
     
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  4. Hatethatgiraffe

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    Im betting your mincing about in Lycra and zoom boots! :D
     
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  5. trixx

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    I stocked up on merino clothing last time I was in NZ - a shitload cheaper over there (at least half the UK price, if you shop around).

    I've found Macpac stuff to be very good, have been wearing it pretty much every day for the last few years. Very warm, dries quickly, hard wearing, with the added bonus of feeling a sheep next to your skin.
     
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    Hummm.... You miss the wellies and the velcro gloves? :finger: :nod:
     
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  7. Cave_Dweller

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    I'm a big fan of Merino - I appear to have quite a collection now (I'm nesh - don't like being cold in the winter!). The Icebreaker stuff is really good. I like the Woolpower stuff as well.

    Good call on the Meindls too. I spent an entire afternoon last year trying to find a pair of boots that were remotely comfy on my gnarled and knackered plates of meat and Meindl were the only choice in the end. I'm glad though, they're like slippers now.

    On the downside, I'm deeply suspicious of rollerbladers, even if you are in it as an excuse to meet the ladies!
     
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  8. Andylaser

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    Prefer a decent fleece over woolly stuff.
     
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  9. Hatethatgiraffe

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    Is there such a thing? Lol
    Fleece and wind just don't get along, it doesn't have any resistance to it at all! A fleece backed softshell is way more effective imo
    I must have a few hundred quid worth of fleeces and will always pack a softshell now rather than fleece except in really cold conditions when I know will have a Hardshell on top anyways!
     
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    I normally just use the fleece as an additional warmth layer under whatever top layer is being used for weather protection.
     
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    I picked up a Marino quarter zip top from Mountain Warehouse for going skiing Easter hols just gone. IIRC it was only about £20. I know you usually get what you pay for and their sales are a bit iffy but this is a fantastic bit of kit.
     
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    I have the same Meindl shoes,very comfy
     
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  13. Andylaser

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    Does this count? :D

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  14. fast but dim

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    Very nice Andy! Would it be the sort of thing you could greenlane on?

    I've just bought an Alpkit Brukit:

    https://www.alpkit.com/products/brukit

    My initial impressions are...

    Expensive looking pot, cheap looking stove - £35 seems about right
    Bigger than I expected - I've only ever seen jetboils briefly (at bborc) and was hoping for something to use on hikes instead of a thermos. The size of it kind of rules that out. A positive to the larger size is it looks like you could cook on it though. It's not an ultralight piece of kit, but I'll see if the convenience outweighs the weight for overnighters.
    Its going to live in the landcruiser over the winter, in my winter kit bag, and I'll take it on a few walks as a novelty, but imo the time you spend sat still waiting for a hot meal to cook, or brew to boil, ends up in heat loss that isn't offset by the hot food / drink.
     
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  15. Hatethatgiraffe

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    I have the Jetboil and we have recently seen more of a move towards cold food that can munch and move off fairly quickly when out walking!
    It isn't the heaviest thing to carry and in winter it's great but I've downsized my pack for walking and it's one of the things I've left out!
     
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    I had some Pathfinder school stuff arrive yesterday.................the jury's out till I can get out and use it though.

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    One thing I don't like with it is the screw top on the bottle...................it does not inspire confidence and I'll be looking for a replacement if one can be found for it.
     
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  17. Bullseye

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    They are just that bit sturdier than the general walking/winter shoes I've had in the past. I'm really liking them. Comfy like you said Andy and ideal for most of my autumn, winter and spring footwear needs. I'm sure I'll wear them next summer too, come to think of it. :) They are nice and versatile.
     
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    The springy suspender thing looks a handy idea, whats the heat source? Is that a tragia type burner?
     
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    A pair of William Lennon, reverse tan, kip butt leather,fully sprung shepherds boots.
    And a vintage Gurnsey.
    Evening chaps!.

    da C.
     
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    yes mate, its an alcohol stove with around a 128ml fuel reservoir.

     
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