31 Oct 2011

MLD Burn Pack

I love my GG Gorilla but wanted something smaller for weekend (or 3 day trips). I had always had my eye on the MLD Burn and managed to pick a second-hand one off the Backpacking Light swap pages.

 I will be testing it out in 2 weeks on a w/e trip into the Kaimanawas. I have included a couple of photos, but the best info is on the MLD website.

This pack weighs 350 grams. The main pack is about 26 Lt - side pockets, 2.5 each and the front pocket, 8 Lt - about 40 all up. I have two hip pockets that I think are essential for "go to" items like camera, sunscreen, energy bars etc. I also like the long extension collar.

Fabric is Dyneema X - the best combination of toughness, water resistance and light weight. 

1 Oct 2011

Folding Bowl

When I was in Yosemite about to start the John Muir Trail we dropped into an outdoors store to purchase our gas canisters. Whilst in there I saw these flat plates/bowls/cups on "sale" - I couldn't resist, I bought one ($9.50). The bowl does not have a brand name on it and the branded packaging was in the bin on leaving the shop! It may be an Orikaso?

Anyhow, I took it on the JMT (threw out my bowl). I normally only carry my 600ml Evernew Pot and a small drinking mug (tea), but as we were sharing meals I needed a bowl. The bowl served me well for eating and drinking. I have used it about 50 plus times now with no problems.

Advantages are: Because it is flat (about 24cm in diameter - 9.5 inches) it fits nicely into the pack taking up zero space. Very easy to clean. Just unfold wash or wipe and finally, it is incredibly light at 39grams - about 1.4oz).

The only cons would be: If the dome comes away from the plastic or after many, many folds the creases split. Instructions and lifetime guarantee negates this? Here are some pictures...