Category Archives: Review

ZPacks Pocket Tarp – first pitch.

It stopped raining today so I jumped at the chance to practice pitching the tarp in the back garden and I have to say I was impressed.  It’s very easy to get a good, taut pitch straight away if the … Continue reading

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Gossamer Gear Murmur 36l pack

I’ve got an old blue Murmur (2012?) but took the chance on buying the new 2016 Murmur when a friend visited the States and offered to bring it back for me thus avoiding the horrendous shipping costs to the UK. … Continue reading

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Nite Ize CamJam: First impressions.

Winter is coming. As I wrote this the mercury is reading 0C and my thoughts are turning to getting my backpacking gear ready for when Spring comes.  I’m a fan of tarps and poncho tarps for three season backpacking and … Continue reading

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The Pocket Stove: a review

The Pocket Stove from Backpackinglight.co.uk is a tiny stove that promises much. It is designed to work with meths burners, hexamine tablets and wood in the shape of smallish twigs. There are two versions; one in stainless steel and the … Continue reading

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MLD Silnylon Pro Poncho Tarp: first impressions

I was impressed by my Mountain Laurel Designs silnylon Chaps. I’ve already posted a blog on those earlier. I was given the opportunity to get an unused, matching poncho at a bargain price and I couldn’t resist. Poncho tarps work … Continue reading

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Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp

I recently got a SpinnTwinn from a well-known auction site. Gossamer Gear don’t make them anymore but their new tarps are almost the same apart from the material used. The SpinnTwinn is made from Spinnaker fabric while the new ones … Continue reading

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Hiking Umbrella: neat gear!

I’ve come to the conclusion that a hiking umbrella is an indespensable piece of kit for hikers. Not only do they keep rain off but they shield the hiker from ultraviolet too when the sun is out, provide welcome shade … Continue reading

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Backpack around Anglesey: kit review.

Euroschirm Pro Trek Umbrella.  As I wrote in my previous post, I experienced really heavy rain on the first day and hot, bright sun the rest of the time. The brolly performed faultlessly throughout. It acted as a wonderfully ventilated … Continue reading

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Gatewood Cape revisited

A few weeks back I posted a long-term review of the Gatewood Cape on my blog. I found a picture of it not long after pitching when I was visiting the Well Dressings in Tissington, Derbyshire a couple of years … Continue reading

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Wake up and smell the coffee!

I love backpacking and I love real, freshly made coffee. However, the two don’t mix very well. A hiker who wants to have a lightweight, never mind ultralight, pack weight can’t carry a percolator or Mokka pot. There are add-ons … Continue reading

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