Introducing my latest purchase, the Inov8 Roclite 390 GTX. A lightweight (760gms on the kitchen scales) pair of mid boots with a Gore-Tex lining.
Justifying this purchase, I’m going for the fact that these are more than half the weight of my current boots (1600gms, 4 season Brashers).
Ok, the Inov8’s aren’t full on 4 season boots but I’m sure with the right socks they’ll mange in the colder seasons on lower level treks……maybe beyond.
I’ve been covering quite a lot of hardcore paths lately and the Brashers with their stiff sole (crampon compatible ) are not the best choice, but my only boot…..until now.
That’s me justified to myself, now to convince the wife!!!
Initial impression….definitely light, a good fit and what seems like good support despite the Mid height.
Will update this post as I put them to task.
Covered a walk of 7 miles, 5 of that on open hillside with no tracks. Wet underfoot,but the boots held out keeping feet dry. No issues with support over uneven ground.
Another walk, covering 11 miles of forestry road. Thinking the minimalist boots and sole would feel every stone on the road, but this wasn’t the case. Surprisingly fresh after the walk with no aches or pains. Certainly notice the lighter boots over longer distances.
Over the last few day’s I’ve been playing about with the Viewranger App on my iPhone. I tended to use it for measuring distances whilst route planning and plotting my position when on the hill. However on looking at other trip logs I noticed people adding pictures to their tracks……………this I had to try.
Please see below links for details of my two trials. As well as pictures it goes into great detail when it comes to statistics…..I like numbers!
Kilbride Red Route and forestry road.
Kilbride Hill Track,Sunrise.
Really happy with the results,they give a great insight into the tracks and what to expect on route.
Messing about with the Bivi and Tarp, practicing different set ups. Giving enough shelter to get changed or cook in if the weather turns bad. Whilst they could be set up separately I think it’s ideal to have everything close at hand.
Guy lines,Tarp,sleep mat,bivi,sleeping bag and walking poles…..home from home.
Bivi and sleep mat.
Set up 1
A good set up giving enough room to sit up and cook
Set up 2
Not so handy, should have pitched further back towards to foot of bivi. Just meant a longer crawl to bed.
Set up 3
My favourite. Found by accident as I moved things about!! Sits well round the hoop of bivi with enough room to cook/get changed…..plus the doors close,ha. Doors closed,tied back or pegged out.
With my urge to try and cut down on my kit weight, in addition to my newly acquired bivi I’ve now added a tarp. A versatile and simple bit of kit that can be set up in a variety of configurations.
It’s from Alpkit and is the Rig 3.5 Solo version.
Spec as follows……
Open dimensions 2.4 m x 1.4 m
stuff sac): 270 g
Stuffed size: 8 x 10 x 14 cm
33d sil PU Cordura – Lightweight and strong
16 Re-inforced attachment points – 4 lifters, 12 edge tie downs
Stuff sack included
This brings my sleeping arrangements to 1kg or there about’s, shaving almost 1kg off my original tent weight.
Whether a shelter from wind or rain,to cook under or protect your gear from the elements the Tarp is a great addition.
With the setting up of the Tarp there’s a few basic knots that are worth learning ( I had to), these make setting up, adjusting and dismantling easy.
The Prusik knot and the Bowline knot.
The Prusik allowing adjustment to line tension by sliding and the Bowline as a fixing loop.
A few quick examples I tried, with use of walking poles as support.
That’s me all set for another wee adventure. 😃
If lightweight gear is your thing, this forum and it’s members have all the info you could ever need trek-lite.com
Trying to shave some weight of my camping gear….easier than shedding it off myself!!
Just bought a Rab Ridge Raider bivi coming in it at 800gms it’s a kilo lighter than my Vango Banshee tent. Not that the Banshee is a tonne weight, but if carrying over any great distance the Raider would be the choice.
The thought of a bivi that basically rests on your face put me off spending the night in one. But with the Raider and it’s support pole, this is negated and gives a less claustrophobic feel. The built in mozzy net even keeps the midgies out, which means you can still enjoy the views.
Was also looking for a lighter sleeping bag than the 4 season one I’ve got, so as a cheap lighter alternative I found a Snugpak Travelpak2. Weighing in at 1100gms with a comfort of 2 degrees, for £35 thats not to bad. This also has a mozzy net built in!!!!
So far that’s almost 2 kilos off what I’m carrying. Plan to add a tarp for a more versatile set up,giving a changing/cooking area. Hopefully that’ll only be 500gms at most.