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Walking poles and headtorches


Postby AndyATSmith » Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:42 pm

Hi all,

Apologies in advance if these are really stupid questions!

What's the purpose of the rubber cover on the tip of a walking pole? Is it for different surface conditions?

I recently bought a Petzl Tikka RXP headtorch and it has a red LED light and there's a slot next to the usb charging port - any idea what they are for?

Also, can anyone suggest a good outdoors shop that actually has staff that know what they're talking about and can provide good unbiased advice? I'm based in Glasgow.

Cheers,

Andy
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Re: Walking poles and headtorches

Postby Gythral » Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:58 pm

The rubber tip is for hard surfaces - metalled roads etc

The red LED to is to preserve night vision (for reading a guide, but not a map)
https://www.petzl.com/GB/en/Sport/PERFORMANCE-headlamps/REACTIK
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Re: Walking poles and headtorches

Postby walkingpoles » Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:26 pm

Did you try the two Tisos (Buchanan Street and Cooper street)? I used mostly these stores. Also got some stuff from Cotswold in the westend.
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Re: Walking poles and headtorches

Postby Caberfeidh » Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:02 am

walkingpoles wrote:Did you try the two Tisos (Buchanan Street and Cooper street)? I used mostly these stores. Also got some stuff from Cotswold in the westend.


He asked for staff who know what they're talking about:
AndyATSmith wrote:can anyone suggest a good outdoors shop that actually has staff that know what they're talking about and can provide good unbiased advice? I'm based in Glasgow.


Tiso and Cotswold are full of wannabees and Walter Mitty characters who make out that because they work in a gear shop they are masters of the craft. Bollox they are. The trouble is that the big corporate chain stores can out-price the small private stores and drive them out of the market. Best shop I've found for knowledgeable staff was Craigdon in Aberdeen. It's a long way to go for a chat... Have you tried joining a club? They're also full of bullshitters, unfortunately.
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Re: Walking poles and headtorches

Postby Caberfeidh » Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:23 am

AndyATSmith wrote:I recently bought a Petzl Tikka RXP headtorch and it has a red LED light and there's a slot next to the usb charging port - any idea what they are for?


For letting rainwater in, obviously. And giving ice a place to form. Does it also make tea? :shock:

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Re: Walking poles and headtorches

Postby TheFox » Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:28 pm

Caberfeidh wrote:[quote="walkingpoles"Have you tried joining a club? They're also full of bullshitters, unfortunately.


So you're the only knowledgable person out there, are you?
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Re: Walking poles and headtorches

Postby john923 » Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:00 pm

AndyATSmith wrote:Hi all,
What's the purpose of the rubber cover on the tip of a walking pole?

They handy when packing poles in trek bags so the tip doesn't rip the canvas. Also mandatory on the Inca Trail so you don't scratch the ancient stonework - so there's good excuse to go to Peru! :)
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Re: Walking poles and headtorches

Postby AndyATSmith » Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:13 pm

Thanks Gythral,

That's what I thought in regards to the walking poles. Forgot about the fact that red light preserves the night vision!

Thanks for the suggestions walkingpoles, where abouts is the Cotswolds shop?

Cheers,

Andy
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Re: Walking poles and headtorches

Postby AndyATSmith » Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:17 pm

John, I'll bear that in mind if I ever go to Peru! :D
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Re: Walking poles and headtorches

Postby walkingpoles » Thu Nov 03, 2016 2:00 am

AndyATSmith wrote:Thanks for the suggestions walkingpoles, where abouts is the Cotswolds shop?

Cheers,

Andy


Your search engine of choice knows better than me. Preferred tisos, though.
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Re: Walking poles and headtorches

Postby prog99 » Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:47 am

AndyATSmith wrote:Thanks for the suggestions walkingpoles, where abouts is the Cotswolds shop?

The small retail park on the crow road.

Do you have any memberships of any outdoorsy organisations? Check and see if cotswold will give you a discount.
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Re: Walking poles and headtorches

Postby Gythral » Thu Nov 03, 2016 1:32 pm

prog99 wrote:
AndyATSmith wrote:Thanks for the suggestions walkingpoles, where abouts is the Cotswolds shop?

The small retail park on the crow road.

Do you have any memberships of any outdoorsy organisations? Check and see if cotswold any outdoor shop will give you a discount.



Worst they can do is say no :)
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Re: Walking poles and headtorches

Postby Coop » Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:39 pm

Go outdoors is ok for variety of kit and prices - clydebank.
I don't really ask them for advice on gear.
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Re: Walking poles and headtorches

Postby mmm_biscuit » Mon Nov 07, 2016 4:34 pm

AndyATSmith wrote:...and there's a slot next to the usb charging port...

For info - the slot seems to be a vent for a heatsink (http://www.crank101.com/petzl1/). I guess if it gets hot enough perhaps Caberfeidh's right and you could use it to make a brew!
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Re: Walking poles and headtorches

Postby basscadet » Mon Nov 07, 2016 4:50 pm

Gythral wrote:
prog99 wrote:
AndyATSmith wrote:Thanks for the suggestions walkingpoles, where abouts is the Cotswolds shop?

The small retail park on the crow road.

Do you have any memberships of any outdoorsy organisations? Check and see if cotswold any outdoor shop will give you a discount.



Worst they can do is say no :)


I got an email recently, and they apparently do services discounts (ie NHS, Fire or Police etc) I wonder if I can get a double discount for being both an NHS worker, and an Mcofs member? :lol:
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