Wednesday, 31 August 2016

The big 3 - pack / shelter / sleeping system

So I've searched high and low and I've spent the least amount of money possible on what many refer to as the big 3: the backpack, the shelter and the sleeping system.

The pack
I've bought the Montane Ultra Tour 40 (730g) - which I picked up for the bargain price of £64 from Go Outdoors on their 10% price match. It's got loads of bells and whistles and I'm looking forward to putting it through it's paces.

The shelter
I liked the look of the tarp tents made my Mountain Laurel Designs such as the Duomid and the Trailstar but these were way beyond my tight budget. So I did a little searching and I found a generic Chinese duomid on Aliexpress (fly 490g / inner 409g). I paid £103 including postage. It should work well with my current trekking pole (135cm Leki Makalu).
The sleeping system
My current sleeping bag is an amazing winter bag (-5C 1200g) but I wanted to find something lighter and cooler. I found another bargain on Aliexpress - a 450g  ultralight goose down sleeping bag rated to 10C for £40 including postage! It packs down tiny but appears to loft up well.

I spent a bit more on the sleeping mat. I bought the Sea to Summit ultralight mat (355g) with the air stream dry sack for £65.

So in total I've spent £272 and the total weight (not using the tent inner) is 2025g - that's less than my old backpacking tent the Terra Nova Solar 2 (2550g)!

So that's the bulk of the buying done now it's time for an ultralight adventure!

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