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Re: The gore-tex vs. paramo debate

I've noticed that Alpkit are trying to promote re-usability or repair of garments and offer a service for some items. I think what a lot of us have found is that even by washing/reproofing our garments they never perform as well as they did originally and continue to deteriorate.. I would happily pa...
by ahukippax
Thu Dec 07, 2023 6:14 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: The gore-tex vs. paramo debate
Replies: 21
Views: 2513

Re: The gore-tex vs. paramo debate

I think there is a wider issue of sustainability for us all to consider as outdoor users, certainly I do. I have had many waterproof jackets over the last 20 years, at least 12 for walking, backpacking and trail running. In that time I have had one sleeping bag and 2 pairs of boots. As many have alr...
by ahukippax
Tue Dec 05, 2023 3:34 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: The gore-tex vs. paramo debate
Replies: 21
Views: 2513

Re: Why are waterproof GTX boots not waterproof ?

I always had the same issue the goretex boots. I found they got wet easily, particularly in wet grass and once wet they took ages to dry out. In summer I now wear trail shoes ( especially for backpacking, they are much more comfortable and dry quickly ). In winter I have a pair of thicker leather bo...
by ahukippax
Sun Jul 09, 2023 8:10 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Why are waterproof GTX boots not waterproof ?
Replies: 10
Views: 3955

Re: Scottish National Trail - Is there a better walk in the

Hi. Sorry not checked out here for a while. I used 3 main resupplies. Edinburgh, Pitlochry and Ullapool. However there are many other towns you can use enroute. The longest stretches I would imagine are Pitlochry to Kinguissie, Fort Augustus to Ullapool and Ullapool to Kinlichbervie. Even then there...
by ahukippax
Mon Jun 19, 2023 3:43 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Long Distance routes
Topic: Scottish National Trail - Is there a better walk in the UK ?
Replies: 11
Views: 9904

Re: Considering a bivi bag for bikepacking use - any thought

I'd definitely agree with the above above comments. I would only bivi in Scotland in summer if the weather was settled and I was camping on the tops. Midges and bivi bags.......eeeek !
by ahukippax
Fri Jun 02, 2023 10:57 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Considering a bivi bag for bikepacking use - any thoughts?
Replies: 6
Views: 1873

Re: Looking for recommendations for grippy trail shoes

For backpacking trail shoes are the way. Over the last 18 months I walked the Scottish National Trail and Colorado Trail, both 500+ miles with lots of hills ! I did them in Hoka Stinson Trail shoes. Although they get wet, they dry quickly and being so light your feet do not feel anything like as fat...
by ahukippax
Wed May 17, 2023 8:27 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Looking for recommendations for grippy trail shoes
Replies: 28
Views: 7728

Re: Wild camping etiquette

I think if you are going alone or in a small group and leave no trace it is not a problem at all. Possibly try to find a discrete, tucked away pitch, so it is not easily visible from paths and tracks and stay no more than a couple of nights ( or leaving no trace will be harder ) !
by ahukippax
Tue May 16, 2023 8:04 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Wild camping etiquette
Replies: 8
Views: 1194

Re: Lanshan tents

I'm not sure I would use the word rip-off as that implies poorer quality. What has surprised me about my tent is just how durable it has been, more so than my Terra Nova Laser which cost 3 times as much. Maybe they did copy the design, but how many manufacturers copied the Terra Nova Quasar ? Howeve...
by ahukippax
Tue May 16, 2023 7:53 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Lanshan tents
Replies: 26
Views: 4419

Re: Re-proofing groundsheets

I've never found reproofing to work effectively. I would say get a footprint for increased longevity.
by ahukippax
Fri May 12, 2023 7:56 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Re-proofing groundsheets
Replies: 7
Views: 1098

Re: Lanshan tents

I do, in fact I've just got another one !
by ahukippax
Fri May 12, 2023 7:52 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Lanshan tents
Replies: 26
Views: 4419

Re: Recommendations for next long distance trail

If you like the Glens...Affric/Kintail. I have not walked all of it but the section from Alltbeithe Youth Hostel to Morvich is stunning. You could even take a day off to climb one of the surrounding munros.
by ahukippax
Tue May 09, 2023 11:27 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Recommendations for next long distance trail
Replies: 12
Views: 1608

Re: Lanshan tents

Hi. I bought the Lanshan2 to do the Scottish National Trail in 2021. It is easily the best backpacking tent I have had. I did a review of it on my youtube channel @huntonthetrails outlining why and there are lots of reasons why. Since then, me and my wife used it on the 500 mile Colorado Trail and n...
by ahukippax
Tue May 09, 2023 9:20 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Lanshan tents
Replies: 26
Views: 4419

Re: Scottish National Trail - Is there a better walk in the

Great to here you enjoyed it. Last summer I did the Colorado trail with my wife. Similar distance 492 miles, but more ascent 89000ft. The Colorado trail is regarded as one of the most scenic in the US. There were some spectacular sections. However, overall I preferred the SNT. More variety of scener...
by ahukippax
Wed Mar 08, 2023 8:31 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Long Distance routes
Topic: Scottish National Trail - Is there a better walk in the UK ?
Replies: 11
Views: 9904

Re: Scottish National Trail

Thanks for sharing. Nice to see that you did a few variations from the Walk Highlands Route. I see we took a similar number of days, although I think I was fortunate to get slightly better weather. I do love this walk. I've just returned from doing the 500 mile Colorado Trail ( supposedly one of the...
by ahukippax
Fri Oct 07, 2022 1:44 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Long Distance routes
Topic: Scottish National Trail
Replies: 2
Views: 2575

Re: Linking Beinn Chabhair to Beinn a Chroin / An Caisteall

I walked over these three a couple of weeks ago Caisteal/Chabair/Chroin. There is a path across the 600m bealach and initially up Beinn Chabhair, but it quickly peters out. Aside from that it was a case of picking my own way up and down. Steep in places and good fun.
by ahukippax
Wed Oct 05, 2022 7:57 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Linking Beinn Chabhair to Beinn a Chroin / An Caisteall
Replies: 16
Views: 1952
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