24.4.13

Gear here ......

Gear is always a point of interest, but today I was chatting with a mate about gear we usually carry to the woods and comparing it to lightweight hiking gear we will potentially carry for long distance hikes.

The general gist of the chat went like this, "well I need to buy a new lightweight rucksack," "Why? What is wrong with your normal one?" "Nothing but its not a lightweight one" "But you've carried that for years, what does it weight?" "About 1.5 Kilo's" "And what would a lightweight one weigh?" "Similar weight" ...................... and so it went on until in the end we worked out that by carrying a "select" amount of our standard outdoor gear, gear used for bushcraft, we could actually hike with a kit weighing around 7kgs minus food and water.

Why am I pointing this out no real reason other than to point out the follies of gear for gears sake and the pit falls awaiting the buy who confuses wants and needs with regards to outdoor gear!

4 comments:

Mike said...

Trouble is its like talking the a younger generation and giving them advice. They dont believe you till they make the same mistakes themselves and in this case spend a fortune.

Survivall said...

True Mike and maybe that's one of lifes little mysteries because its only in hind sight you realise the truth of those things your grandad told you ............ all part of the circle of life eh

moose said...

so where does it end.. you can only have i rucksack on your back at any one time is the little drop in weight worth £100+. i still use an old burgen tried and trusted. will i replace it only when it becomes US.

Survivall said...

True mate - but look at all the people who will buy a new whatever just because Ray Mears or Dave Canterbury used it once in a tv episode?

The BIGGEST problem/danger faced by outdoors folk is the dreaded Um syndrome forum and boredom times by lack of time in the woods equals surfing the internet and swallowing sales pitches and the opinions of others who equally lack dirt time ...............