This is my 60th post since I started writing this blog so to celebrate I thought I'd have a look at gear that promised so much and then disappointed me. (I don't mean to make a connection with how I feel about blogging by the way...................)
Silk Sleeping Bag Liner
This promised to give me a little more warmth and protect my sleeping bag so I didn't have to clean it so often.
As you do, I did quite a lot of research before finally parting with the cash.
There was nothing wrong with the liner as such. Lovely and smooth, comfortable silky silk, in a great lilac colour.
That is until I tried to use it!
First of all it 'stuck' to the inside material of my bag and once I had fought my way into it I then discovered I couldn't easily get out again. Turning over in the bag was a nightmare as I struggled through the night trying to get to sleep. By the morning we had all parted company, and there was a rip in the silk.
I do look at it from time to time but I've never been tempted to try sleeping with it again.
Buffalo Pertex and Pile Shirt
From the moment it arrived we didn't get on.
I found it too hot and didn't like the way it unzipped, exposing more skin than I would like but not really controlling temperature very well. Also the neck zip seemed too short to me.
I then thought it would be great to carry for an emergency but it wouldn't compress well enough.
And it didn't have a hood, so the cold, sleety day I did wear it and felt comfortably warm, I soon had freezing air whistling down my neck and round my ears.
Its one redeeming feature, the colour, a bright purple.
Orange Plastic Toilet Trowel
I have carried and attempted to use this for the past 3 years.
I find trying to dig a hole with it is virtually impossible, especially on heathery moorland or rocky hillsides.
Until I find an alternative I suppose I'll have to keep trying, but it's now dangerously close to being left behind in the shed!
Compeed Blister Plasters
I have had mixed success with these.
Either they stick too well and become so lumpy I can't get them off without tearing skin or they migrate around my foot and then stick tight to my sock. They are then impossible to remove without leaving a nasty sticky mess which never properly comes off.
I would love to find a good alternative but I suppose the best thing would be to walk without getting any blisters!
Two Person Bothy Bag
In the way of all emergency kit I have never had to use this.
But I have lugged it all over Scotland, The Lakes and parts of Yorkshire.
Now if I'm carrying a tent I leave it behind believing I can always pitch the fly for protection.
I do still take it along if I'm likely to get into bad weather in Autumn.
It could be possibly the most uncomfortable way to spend a lunch time break - sitting on an increasingly numb bum, eating slightly crouched over and breathing in stale air.
Knife, Fork and Spoon Set
A great idea these, unless you actually want to use them to eat with!
I've got a nylon spork (or is it a foon?) now which is much better.
(added later) Wind-up Phone Charger
Lightweight, small, low-tech - and 20 minutes winding hardly made any impression on the phone battery!
I just bought another battery and make sure they're both fully charged when I get the chance.
Well that's my list so far. There may be more after I've had longer to think about it.
What would you put on the list?
Friday 20 July - Around Beuron
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