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Wind
I always carry, and moderately often use, overtrousers in the UK. It isn't the rain so much as when you get the combination of persistent rain and high winds. That needs protecting against and ...

In GEAR » So what is the deal with rain pants?
June 06, 3:38am

Montane Minimus
Montane have the minimus overtrousers at ~120g in medium size. Properly waterproof etc. Only quarter zips which is where much of that weight saving comes from.

In GEAR » ultra light rain pants for ultra running/fastpacking
May 24, 7:46am

Sole Unit
To be fair I'd be very surprised if many are walking in road running shoes. They just wouldn't grip well enough much of the time. Luckily there have always been people mad (brave?) enoug...

In GEAR » Another shoe recommendation thread
May 16, 7:22am

Extras
What is all the starred stuff? Blister stuff yes, but B&B's aren't deserted refuges! Toilet paper, soap etc included :) Toothpaste tends not to be. I wouldn't dream of laundry so...

In Gear Lists » UK glorified day hiking list
May 13, 5:38am

LW
Rather an English thing this of course. I nearly always carry a long wave radio around with me, because that's what I can get the cricket on. The tempo suits long days walking in fog! They d...

In GEAR » Ultralight AM/FM radios
May 10, 3:09am

Public transport
I do this from Northern English cities and its fine in the North of England. I do all my day walks by public transport for instance and it really isn't that restrictive. Lancaster is right ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Scotland, northern England
May 07, 5:26am

Looks normal enough
EVA midsoles do just collapse (at times quite badly and unevenly) over time. I'm actually rather impressed that they survived 800+ miles in a remotely usable state. Mine tend to go somewhat...

In GEAR » Shoe problems on my thru?
May 02, 7:43am

Hard to avoid
Like several of the people above I think it's actually quite hard to avoid some sort of deficit if you're walking 20+ mile days. Fairly sure that I do it to some extent even when staying in...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Calorie deficit to save weight. :)
April 19, 9:01am

Both
Useful to have both I think :) The market concensus cf internal storm flaps over water resistant zips vs external storm flaps presumably down to looks/convenience rather than function. While nor...

In GEAR » waterproof zippers vs. storm flaps?
April 13, 3:19am

Cloud
So long as I can stay out of persistent cloud I'm generally happy enough. That can often mean staying off the 'high' tops. Liking waterfalls perhaps helps. Rain by itself not an issue. ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Enjoying Continuously Wet Weather
April 10, 4:11am

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