Posted on 22 Mai 2013 | 2 responses
I was asked in some mails via my contact form if I could share some impressions of my winter gear setup. Because the spring weather in the last days was nearly superb I did not spend really much time behind my laptop, but now I have some time to write down a few notes. So this is my last winter article.
Locus Gear Khufu Sil Shelter
Since over a year I have this fantastic shelter. I don’t wanna write much about my experiences during the summer month, because a detailed review is in plan. The performance of the Locus Gear Khufu Sil Shelter in winter was perfect. I was easy to pitch on snow and I used the whole time the DPTE (pole connector) to have an optimum of space in the inside. To optimize the performance in snowy conditions I used the additional storm lines and I survived 30cm of fresh snow during the night. It should not be shorter for winter conditions when you carrying a big winter bag and a bivy. Sometimes I got in touch with the walls of the tent, but it was no problem.
Katabatic Gear Sawatch
I never felt so comfortable and warm like in this quilt. During my trips into the Engadine mountains and on some overnighter in the local woods I used this quilt in temps down to -24°C, although he is only rated to temps down to 15F (around -9°C). OK I have worn some extra clothing during these cold nights, but it was still cozy and warm. The attaching system of this quilt is superb and the quilt does not slip away when it is fixed on the sleeping mat. This is a real winter quilt. In warmer conditions down to -6°C I could not use it, because the Katabatic Gear Sawatch is too warm and you sweat all night. The quilt could be some centimeter wider for me, because I am a restless sleeper, but is OK and I fell really comfortable. I can highly recommend this quilt, if you are looking for a winter quilt.
Posted on 30 April 2013 | 5 responses
Photo by Anatol Jasiutyn
Eye protection is really important specifically when you are in snowy mountains when the sun is shinning or if you are on the water. I made some trips without sunglasses and I really can say it is a big pain for your eyes when they are not protected. After a trip without sunglasses it was time to find the right one for me. I ordered different glasses to find out which suits me best. In the end I bought a Julbo Bivouak Spectron 4, because I got a great deal from the Bergfreunde and these glasses fits best.
- Application: Mountaineering/ Glacier Trips/ Outdoor Sports
- Glasses: Spectron 4
- Earpiece: 360° adjustable with Grip-Tech
- removable glare shield
- one size
Posted on 27 April 2013 | 6 responses
Since a long time it was quiet still here on my blog with gear reviews, but during the last year and winter I could test lots of interesting gear and wanna share now my experiences with you. I have read severeal reviews in the past and was inspired by the well structured reviews from BPL and Hiking in Finland. So I will try to get also a structure in my upcoming reviews to get a better overview for you.
For some time I was looking for a bigger pack which could replace my LAUFBURSCHE huckePACK for winter and packrafting trips with lots of gear. I’m still satiesfied with my huckePACK, but this pack is to small when you have to carry a packraft or these bulky down gear for winter. During my research for the “Cottage News 2012” article I got in contact with Hyperlite Mountain Gear and was asked if I’m interested to test one of their new packs. After a short look in the online shop and some mails a HMG Porter 3400 arrived some weeks later at home.
I’ve got this pack last spring and used it since that time on several trip. The first major use was at my packrafting trip in Norway last year. Before and after this trip I also tested the water-resistence of the pack on several packrafting day trips. During the winter The HMG Porter was my first choice to carry all my bulky and warm winter gear, skis and snowshoes.
Photo by Anatol Jasiutyn
Posted on 29 März 2013 | 2 responses
At least I was tagged several times from different blogger in Germany to write some notes about my favorite three items. This could be items I carry every day or favorite gear parts which I like on every trip. A list of everyone who took part at the “Blogstöckchen” can you find at Axel’s blog.
Meanwhile I found the time to pick out three items which got my favorite ones during lots of longer trips and day trips and I do not wanna miss anyone of them.
Since over a year I’m the happy owner of the ZPacks Multi Pack. This multi pack has a volume of around 3.5 litres and can store lots of things. On longer trips I fix the Multi Pack on the shoulder straps of my pack to have a quick access. Most the time I’m storing my camera and some snacks in it. These are the most important things I need on a longer trip. The Multi Pack is made with Hybrid Cuben Nylon and has a waterproof zipper. The seams are not sealed, but the Multi Pack protects your electronics against short rain showers without any problems. Furthermore when you buy the Multi Pack you get some straps and clips to attach it different ways. I also like to wear the Multi Pack as a shoulder bag. On day trips in summer you can put your windshirt, mobilephone or something else in it. Also my wife used it as handbag. So it has a multiple use in our household this Multi Pack.
(Photo by Anatol Jasiutyn)
Posted on 18 März 2013 | No responses
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