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  • How many packs do you own? Be honest now!

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    The number of packs I have seem endless. If I'm going to bush bash, my original 60l Macpac Ravine will do the job. Still can't believe that pack weighs only 1.8kg. Other ...
  • problems when not taking enough gear

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    I run the Osprey Exos 46 (900 gms), which has emerged unscathed from some pretty brutal sub-alpine scrub misadventures
  • the bomb shelter pitch for tarps

    Honora, link doesn't seem to work. I have some (perhaps different) variations on pitching a fly in the wind, will try and post when I get the chance.
  • Advice for slippery soles

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    more ankle flexibility and lighter weight, making it easier to walk faster and cover more ground if thats your aim... if you're on a big trip on rough ground carrying ...
  • Boot help!

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    @Mosley If you're still having trouble afterwards I highly recommend dropping the 30 bucks on the Ergo patches as a last, last resort. Worked for me the one time bending ...
  • How to identify nz made macpac tents.

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    Many outdoor brands advertise designed in the UK, US or where ever, with smaller writing identifying where it was made. To be honest when buying a car I'm perhaps interested in ...
  • Buying A Tent Online (From Overseas)

    Torpedo7, Zempire Atom, 30% off until midnight 7th Feb = $175
  • Summer sleeping bag advice South Island

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  • What type of socks with trail shoes?

    I find it hard enough getting size 13uk / 14us footwear... Must really be a struggle to get size 16. Due to have size 13 feet, I never had the ...
  • Tramper newbie needs advice

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    Interesting about the lack of a vestible. Of course with a fly you can cook under shelter but if there were winds, it would need to be pitched lower as ...
  • hydrostatic head ratings

    I think using a groundsheet underneath is a good idea to help keep your tent floor in good order. We use a cut open big orange MSC pack liner. It ...
  • Cuben Fibre Tent Fly with Insect Screen

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    theres various other services for mail forwarding from the states like or they offer a range of shipping options with different courier companies, they get reasonable rates with ...
  • Gaiters against thorns for trail running shoes?

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    I agree with much of that. You may laugh - I use long pants in dry weather, and shorts when it rains - with long polopro underwear underneath. Works well for ...
  • Hard ground tent pegs for RSI wrists

    that video of the 2 rock anchoring technique was educational for me. I've always grabbed a big rock and stuck that in the fly loop but of course it is ...
  • Hard foam

    The theory is sound providing you can keep the ccf on the inflatable. Keep the insulation close
  • Gaiters and Putties

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    I almost always wear trail shoes except when crampons are required, so I use leather boots and knee height canvas gaiters then. Otherwise on easy tramping tracks trail runners and ankle ...
  • Getting boots resoled

    I have used the Shoe Sheriff in Auckland. Did a stretch and reshape on the heels of some boots for me plus a resole on another pair. Did a damn ...
  • tent advice

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    all good, as long as he realises the pluses and minuses of the various options, problem is when you can only afford one tent you need to make sure the ...
  • Aaron packs

    Please oh please correct the spelling in the thread title.... Anyhow, yes they used to do a trial programme but not any more. I'm 30 and converted to an Aarn pack last ...
  • Clotheslines in tents ?

    In Australia putting wet pants/socks on the poles between inner and rain fly would make them partially dry in the morning if it wasn't raining all night. In NZ, tried ...
  • Ice ax in early march?

    No, you shouldn't need ice axe and crampons for this leg. There are a few un-bridged river crossings to perform, that's about as technical as it gets.
  • Family tents?

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    Thanks for the replies everyone. Lots to check out :-)
  • Tarps: what size

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    Good idea. I once packed my army hoochie on a trip where we already had a tent. My friend told me off for bringing it, however it rained the ...
  • Insoles for sole pain

    The inner sole brand is Sidas Technologies, they were bought for me and i had thought they were Scholl So its Sidas Technologies and type is 3D Support/Conformabale. Hope that helps ...
  • Customs charges on online tents

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    Exchange rate is often more of an issue. If paying by credit card often the foreign currency is converted to US dollars and then to NZ dollars. Do your sums ...

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