Heading out on shorter walks and the fact that the weather could be ‘changeable’ I found the rigmarole of fidgeting with a rucksack cover somewhat a pain! Especially when carrying items you need quick access to or repeated access.
Being on my mountain bike lately, I was also looking for a pack that was waterproof and able to cope with back spray from rear wheel and easy to clean…..hello Cloudburst!
A lightweight pack with hip strap, sternum strap and easy access/closure ( roll top ), not forgetting external webbing that can be used to adjust volume and hold a jacket or cycle helmet for example.
The best thig is the air can be trapped inside the bag giving it a full shape which also gives padding.
Cleaning…..Get it home after a day on the trails and hose it down, job done.
I bought this item from Argyll Outdoors who have a shop on Ferry Brae. Great service and prices to.
A new addition to the gear list.
An Exped Synmat UL 7, the UL standing for Ultra Light and the 7 refers to the thickness of the mat. I managed to get away with the short version as I’m only wee , but there’s plenty of other options in the range.
The reason for this purchase is I’m trying to cut back on weight and bulk on what I carry on my back, kayak or panniers on the bike.
Size n weight for the 7 range
UL 7 S – 163 x 52 x 7cm, 410g
UL 7 M – 183 x 50 x 7cm, 460g
UL7 LW – 197 x 65 x 7cm, 590g
Full spec details click HERE
Best thing is, I bought this item locally.
Check out all the available products HERE
Prior to this purchase I used a Vango sleep mat ( twice) and this gave a great nights sleep and at 3 cm thick gave a bit of insulation too. But it was too bulky and weighty for my weight loss programme, so it had to go.
To give an idea of ‘packed size’ comparison of the two here’s a wee pic. Ok , the Exped is 20cm shorter but it’s 4cm thicker and 570gms lighter!!
Mat and additional dry bag.
I’ll update this thread is I use this new addition, hopefully in the next few weeks.
Demo vid from YouTube