10 Jan 2017

Hexamid for Sale

I noticed on TradeMe a Zpacks Hexamid for sale - It's a great buy. You can check it out at http://www.trademe.co.nz/sports/hunting-shooting/other/auction-1237784916.htm

Auction closes 15th of Jan (I think)

PS - It is not mine and I am not recommending THIS particular tent. But this is a great 3 season tent for the lightweight enthusiast and given the US price and shipping/GST, this is a steal if it is in good condition.

12 Dec 2016

A Comprehensive Sleeping Pad Report

Erik 'The Black" has just completed another comprehensive gear research report, this time on sleeping pads. His previous reports were for backpacks, sleeping bags and tents/tarps. If you missed my posting on these, they are available on his blog.

To see this current report go here: http://blackwoodspress.com/blog/30341/ultimate-guide-sleeping-pads/

He is to be congratulated on such great gear research work!  

26 Nov 2016

KS Pack

I was introduced to a Japanese ultralight cottage manufacture last week via the TA Face Book group.

The company is called KS Ultralight Gear.

Check them out at http://www.ks-ultralightgear.com/

I like their KS packs. They look very similar to the Mountain Laurel Design (MLD) packs.

I note that there are many opportunities to totally customise (build your own) your pack.

They do have tarps and some other accessories.

Now is the Time to Buy New Gear

If you are looking to go lighter or upgrade current gear to lighter options, this w/e is your golden opportunity. 

Most lightweight cottage industry manufacturers are having the traditional American Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

Check out ZPacks, Tarptent, MLD, Gossamer Gear, Enlightenment, ULA, Hyperlight Mountain Gear - the list goes on. Some have up to 50% off today only.


Use the links in the right hand column to quickly access gear manufactures to check sales. 

15 Oct 2016

Quilt Sale

I am not a quilt fan, but for those that are, Mountain Laurel Designs are having a  rare sale on Quilts - 20% Off!

Good for orders placed up until 21/10.

Quilts are shipping in only a few days. You can place your order online and make a note for the 20% sale discount in the order comments and they will refund the discount.

It's very very rare that MLD send out email specials and this is a goodie, IF you are a quilt person.

11 Oct 2016

A Video Tour of ZPacks Factory

Joe Valesko owner of ZPacks ultralight gear takes us on a video journey of his factory.
I remember when he visited me a couple of years back to do the TA Trail with his wife Sheryl, he told me he had 17 employees. Now he has 60!
Truly an impressive growth.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQKwyto0Yt0

6 Oct 2016

First Aid Kits for Tramping

I have always though the first aid kit was a huge area of weight savings for the average tramper.

Most trampers over stock their kit and lose sight of it's intended purpose, first aid.

Chris from Green Belly foods has an interesting take on first aid kits. See his post at http://www.greenbelly.co/pages/backpacking-first-aid-kit

I agree with the first comment on this blog, but this is almost exactly my kit, except for some personal requirements (heart medication that would also benefit others).

BTW, Chris' bar are fabulous - but shipping to NZ kills the advantage of buying Em's bars.

I am interested in your comments.