Discussion in 'general sports' started by chilango, Sep 22, 2017.
Annie's Deluxe large ensuite Mongolian yurt - AIR - Yurts for Rent in Cemmaes, Wales, United Kingdom
There's 3 yurts there; the best one's furthest from where you park your car - at the top of the hill - it's the only yurt with a (gas fired, hot water) shower
Thanks chief. It looks fab. The Mrs would love it there. Will look into it.
No worries - I've yurted a few times; Devon, Cornwall, Sussex, Portugal and this one's by far the cheapest...most are around double the price of this one & usually on more developed sites. This one's more like camping as it's in the middle of nowhere so you need to take supplies up with you (or eat every meal in the pub a couple of miles walk away...).
It's not far for us as well and it's in the area where we camp quite a lot. I can feel a suprise weekend away in the planning here
I love yurts. I covet a few acres of land in the Pyrenees with a small productive veg plot, and large yurt complete with wood burning stove, luxury compost toilet, and outside hot shower, and near to some trail running and a spot for wild swimming.
Shotgun at hand and roaming savage dog to keep away unwanted visitors obviously.
Not heard of this site / service before but could be well handy.
*The UK's leading repair specialist of outdoor gear.*
Lancashire Sports Repairs (LSR) have for many years been acknowledged by manufacturers and outdoor enthusiasts as the UK's leading repair specialist of outdoor gear.
I can recommend them - they put a new neoprene groundsheet on my ancient Quasar (now long RIP...) and resoled my Meindls.
There's a company (whose name escapes me..) in Edinburgh who do similar stuff - they rather brilliantly repaired a rucksack that I brought into them during a climbing trip in the Trossachs many years ago.
No personal experience, I’ve seen their name crop up a fair few times.
kebabking youve a quaser? Im on my second - brilliant tents
Mine was great to start with - '99 or so, but the notorious pole snapping thing hit in about 2005, TN were useless and arsey, and the tent started falling apart at about 10 years old. Seams going, zips failing, the groundsheet turned into a sponge...
Binned it and bought an Alpkit Kangri instead - I'm much happier with it than the quasar. The design is much better, build materials and quality is pretty similar, but Alpkit are brilliant at customer service, while TN are just chiselling wankers!
Heard a lot of bad things about Terra Nova’s customer service. That said, I’ve been very happy with my Zephyros Lite.
Icy weather is coming and I don't have a decent winter coat/jacket. I'm currently wearing a Jack Wolfskin lightly insulated jacket that's fine for autumn but isn't going to cut it much longer. My trusty old North Face parka (a gotham, I think) has lasted for about a decade but now the zip has gone and the insulation is failing. I don't mind spending a bit of money on something that's going to last (£250 max) but I am totally struggling with browsing outdoor sites. I'd prefer synthetic rather than down insulation I think - and also want something that's actually waterproof, not water resistant. It rains a lot here...
Am currently leaning towards this 3-in-1 North Face Triclimate Thermoball Thermoball™ Triclimate® Jacket | The North Face
But then another voice in my head is pleading for something that covers my arse as well, some kind of nice long parka, but I can't find one that I can afford that looks warm... Anyone got any suggestions?
Not really. Most outdoor brands do insulation layers and waterproofs as separate layers, so they can be easily adjusted.
Mountain Equipment do a fully waterproof down parka like thing, bit over your price but they can often be found cheaper, and usually possible to blag a 10-20% discount being a member of some organisation. A few other manufacturers do but you'll have to look about, they're not that common as has been said.
Thanks - that's the kind of thing I really want, but really want to avoid down. I think really I need two entirely different garments but I resent having to buy more than one.
Any reason you want to avoid down?
I don't eat meat, and while I'm not a strict vegan or something I'd like to avoid using animal products where possible. There are some pretty awful practices in the plucking industry from what I understand.
If you get an ethical company they let the geese go afterwards. Maybe.
Fair enough. There’s been a lot of discussion about “ethical down” recently. A google will bring up some of it.
Also, yeah, I keep insulation and shell as separate jackets, personally. Bit more flexibility that way.
Also might not cost anymore than buying a single jacket that does both properly either.
for example my down jacket (Rab Neutrino) my synthetic (Montane Prism) and my waterproof (Rab Spark) cost about the same - in total - as the cost of the Triton listed above.
its probably worth you deciding what it is you really need a coat to do - waterproof for example covers a multitude of sins going from 'can cope with drizzle for the 10 minutes it takes me to walk from my house to the tube station' to 'allows me to stand on Rannoch Moor for 8 hours in constant driving rain without getting wet'.
they are two very different garments with very different upsides and downsides and, unsurprisingly, costs..
my winter coat that i wear when going shopping, or mooching around Ludlow, or walking to the pub of a dark and stormy night is a Barbour - but my 'hanging around on Scottish mountains in March' gear is very different (Buffalo Special 6, Montane Flux and a gore-tex i got from the MEC in Canada).
if you want something outdoorsy that covers you bum you may have fun - lots of modern gear is based around the fast/light athletic fit, which is in no way a marketing scam to allow gear manufacturers to build flimsier clothing using less material and charge twice as much for it...
...and active/inactive use makes a massive difference.
I think I am going to go down the separates road. There's just part of me that wants a big long proper winter coat. I've just got the vibe it's going to be really cold this year.
Yeah, I know, I'm trying to cover too many bases at once, partly because I don't want to spend money. I live in the middle of the Pennines, it fucking rains here and I walk / get public transport everywhere and sometimes that might mean waiting in the driving rain for thirty minutes. And sometimes I go up on the moors too but to be honest in the middle of winter my everyday needs and my 'moorland walk' needs don't seem all that different!
ebay might be your friend...
Berghaus do a longer gore-tex called a Cornice - the hood is shit, but it goes down well past your bum. a Barbour (Northumberland/Border/Gamefair?) might also be a good bet, they are longer than the overwhelming majority of 'walking/climbing' jackets, they last forever and are infinitely repairable and re-waxable (word?) and seem to be made to put thick layers on underneath - i've worn my buffalo underneath it when its stupidly cold without getting that michelin man feeling.
if you really want to avoid spending money on a straight waterproof in order to concentrate on other things, have a look on fleabay for ex-RAF gore-tex jackets: they're a rather sickly blue-grey colour (insert RAF joke here...) but they were made by Berghaus with no labels or badges on them. they go for buttons but were pretty high spec jackets.
My brother wants a new stove for Xmas. It's for going away on his motorbike so I imagine he's looking for something quite compact. Any recommendations?
For proper cooking or boiling water?
UK or abroad?
Bought these the other day. They stain my feet a fetching shade of yellow
If it's for boiling water and cooking boil in the bag meals, I can recommend the Alpkit offerings. Don't however try and create a beef casserole from scratch in one - it won't work...
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