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.

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.

2 Oct 2016

Looking for a New Backpack?

'Erik the Black' is an American thru hiker. He is best respected as a publisher of lightweight hiking guides for the major US trails (we used his John Muir Trail guide - really good!).

His blog is very informative, although I don't really rate him as ultralight. Having said this, his new blog post demonstrates his unbelievable attention to research and detail.

In his latest post, http://blackwoodspress.com/blog/28703/ultimate-guide-lightweight-backpacks/
Erik lists every backpack available (If he has missed any, email him).

He ranks his list heaviest to lightest and within three capacity groups - large, medium and small (I like that). He also provides a clickable link to each manufacture's site.

Well done Erik! A fabulous one-stop shop for a backpack.

Tip, scroll to the bottom first and work your way up. The weights are in pounds. Concentrate first on packs under 2 lbs.

28 Sep 2016

Drymax Socks

I love these socks!

These socks are designed for trail runners. In fact Drymax has a complete range of socks for all usages - office to off track.

This is my third pair. I use to have to buy from the USA, but shoe Science in NZ are now stockist. Quite expensive though, but when you add exchange rate and postage it is pretty comparable.

I love the way they keep your feet sweat free. When worn with my trail running shoes, like my Altra Lone Peak 2.5 - I recently wore out my Altra Lone Peak 2 - They are now on to version 3 - https://www.altrarunning.com/men/lone-peak-3-neoshell-lowhttps://www.altrarunning.com/men/lone-peak-3-neoshell-low  - I found total comfort, even with river crossings.

These socks dried out quickly and have great cushioning whilst not being overly hot in summer tramping conditions. I recently wore them on the Larapinta trail where day temperatures on the last couple of days got up to 32 degrees. No sweat, no stink and blister free!  

There is also the ability to wear 3/4 or turn down to ankle socks as photo shos

You can check out the specs at NZ at Shoe Science and buy on line (as I did). Go to https://www.shoeclinic.co.nz/product-55d4be268ca77327147c52fa