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Re: Jacket for everything

I'm with Ian on this one. Get a very good, lightweight hardshell to cope with the rain, and choose whatever wickable layers suit the temperature on the day. Like Ian, this sees me through most walks and adventures, although I do have a range of other jackets and coats for when the 'walker' look isn'...
by roytheboy
Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:48 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Jacket for everything
Replies: 11
Views: 3264

Re: Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX boot maintenance advice

But does the spray keep the suede itself in good shape? I use wax so the suede doesn't dry out and get brittle, and with the wax on top the suede beads off water anyway (but the breathability is probably close to nil). In any case, I've just never noticed a difference in feet dampness depending on ...
by roytheboy
Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:29 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX boot maintenance advice
Replies: 7
Views: 6666

Re: Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX boot maintenance advice

Well, as I understand it - and it's logical too - when the suede gets soaked it no longer breaths. Thus if you can keep the water off the suede for a while with a DWR-type spray such as Nikwax, your feet stay drier because they are breathing better through the boot. I realise that the membrane cuts ...
by roytheboy
Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:56 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX boot maintenance advice
Replies: 7
Views: 6666

Re: Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX boot maintenance advice

In what way 'mixed experiences'? I find Nikwax Nubuck & Suede Proofer to be brilliant on my Quests. It doesn't stop water for ever, but it keeps them dry for light showers and puddles. Are you applying it when the boot is wet, and are you lightly scrubbing off the old coat before applying a new ...
by roytheboy
Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:25 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX boot maintenance advice
Replies: 7
Views: 6666

Re: Winter Gloves

Buffalo Mits are very light, very warm, and stay warm when wet. Even if you don't wear them all the time because you prefer gloves to mits, they are superb for putting on when you need to restore some feeling into frozen fingers because your normal gloves are wet and cold.
by roytheboy
Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:04 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Winter Gloves
Replies: 18
Views: 5339

Re: Lightweight Jacket Setup For Winter Hillwalking

I use a very lightweight waterproof jacket no mater what time of the year it is. Its purpose is to keep me dry, and it does that through spring showers or snow storms. I only put it on when I need protection from rain (or wind and cold if I get caught out, of course). The same goes for my lightweigh...
by roytheboy
Mon Oct 31, 2016 12:05 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Lightweight Jacket Setup For Winter Hillwalking
Replies: 4
Views: 1485

Re: Gloves or Mittens

As said, mittens are *very* warm, because they have less surface area to loose heat from. I have a pair of Buffalo mittens which are very light and effectively waterproof (in that they stay warm when wet), so I take these with me on long winter walks in case it turns very wet or very cold. This, I t...
by roytheboy
Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:35 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Gloves or Mittens
Replies: 7
Views: 1739

Re: Looking for Shoe that can cope with muddy boggy conditio

Waterproofness and durability aside, the key to coping with mud is in the tread pattern. As I understand it, wide, outward-sloping, 'chocolate block' cleats (gaps between the treads) allow the mud to fall off as you walk, and to move around as you put your weight on the boot. All this optimizes grip...
by roytheboy
Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:34 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Looking for Shoe that can cope with muddy boggy conditions
Replies: 20
Views: 4525

Re: How to de-stink smelly waterproofs

lukemunrowalker wrote:Washing and drying, then freezing the item for a couple of days would kill any bacteria, it can then be rewashed at 30 degrees with soap flakes to remove any residue. Good as new 8)

I see; thanks for the tip :)
by roytheboy
Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:19 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: How to de-stink smelly waterproofs
Replies: 14
Views: 11655

Re: How to de-stink smelly waterproofs

I hate to state the obvious - unless I'm missing something here - but any breathable fabric can be safely washed with 'cheap-as-chips' soap flakes or liquid soap flakes, then tumble dried afterwards to reactivate the DWR layer. Hang out on a windy day to help reduce any remaining odors, but I've nev...
by roytheboy
Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:22 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: How to de-stink smelly waterproofs
Replies: 14
Views: 11655

Re: Which waterproof boots do I buy

Hi folks, Thanks again for all the advice. I did eventually get round to buying a pair of boots and i got the salomon quests. However after stumping around the house with them on for a couple of days I've discovered the middle of the boot is a little too narrow for my feet so the side of my foot is...
by roytheboy
Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:09 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Which waterproof boots do I buy
Replies: 32
Views: 10294

Re: Lingmell and Scafell Pike via Piers Gill

An alternative would be to climb Scafell Pike first after Lingmell Coll, come back over Lingmell and down it's west ridge to Wasdale. A bit more retracing of steps perhaps, but it's a good way off Lingmell with beautiful views in front. Going down that way after coming up by Richard's route is a to...
by roytheboy
Tue Aug 30, 2016 3:53 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Lingmell and Scafell Pike via Piers Gill
Replies: 7
Views: 7050

Re: Walking poles

Another that would say ebay/gumtree. Also sport direct often have the karrimor carbon fibre flip lock poles on sale for £20. That's what I use and there great. Ditto. Girlfriend and I have used these for years up and down mountains most weekends. Very light; very strong; great value :) This is thei...
by roytheboy
Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:20 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Walking poles
Replies: 9
Views: 2898

Re: First aid kit

I usually take some sticking plasters, some steri-strips (wound-closure sticky strips), military field dressings purloined from Angola (I appreciate not everyone can access such - large feminine hygiene pads held in place with bandages do the job). I carry a shovel for anything worse. For those who...
by roytheboy
Thu Aug 04, 2016 4:53 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: First aid kit
Replies: 16
Views: 2641

Re: First aid kit

I would say that your pack should depend totally on the terrain and conditions of your walk, as well as how isolated you'll be. For example, if you're climbing a rocky mountain with steep drops, on your own, you will face many different types of potential danger to a walk along a beach or through a ...
by roytheboy
Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:55 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: First aid kit
Replies: 16
Views: 2641
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