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Peter Macfarlane (ptc) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale The Scottish Highlands
About Me My name is Peter Macfarlane, I'm the lightweight gear columnist in the UK's Trail Magazine. I do test and review on my own website and also do R&D for some UK based manufacturers.
Outdoors I spend my time backpacking in the hills of Scotland, I also mountain bike and trail run.
It's not all outdoors though, I'm an enginner, musician and most importantly a husband and father, so my days are always pretty full!
CityGlasgow
CountryScotland
My Website URLhttp://www.petesy.co.uk/

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eVent events
The OMM eVent shells are looking good, they're using the lightest eVent fabric, where the Rab Demand is using a slightly heavier variation. The Demand is coming in at 246g for a size large, an...

In GEAR » Custom eVent pullover?
January 27, 2:21pm

Bivy
I use the Big Agnes Three Wire eVent bivy in UK conditions, but only for a night or two. Drying wet gear and cooking is just not happening in constant wet weather. I've slept in rain and snow ...

In GEAR » eVent bivy as primary shelter
September 21, 3:35am

Mountain Mover
Chris is right, the hipbelt is geat load carrier. I haven't managed to fill it with enough stuff to make it uncomfortable yet. It's a great winter camping pack becasue of its mountaineerin...

In Editor's Roundtable » Light Packs for Heavy Loads: State of the Market Report
September 21, 3:04am

Fell Running v Mountain Running
Fell running is very British (English?) term. The hills are smaller, the ground is wetter so shoes are designed for this in mind, ie extremely good grip. Mountain running is global, and everybody ...

In GEAR » Inov-8 shoes and boots
September 21, 2:55am

OMM
Just a thought, there is a longer back length version of the OMM Mountain Mover available. It was made as an exclusive for the Tiso chain of stores in the UK. It's also 10 liters bigger in capa...

In Editor's Roundtable » Light Packs for Heavy Loads: State of the Market Report
September 20, 1:30pm

Inov8 X-Talon 212
Got my test pair along with a set of their mini gaiters. Scary light, grippy sole with some underfoot cushioning, soft upper and the fit looks good. After some miles on them I'll know more!

In GEAR » inov 8 x-talon 212!
September 20, 12:25pm

Repair
That's interesting. I've been using one of these for a few weeks and I haven't carried anything specifically for a repair for it. I might just add something to my pack though. Here&...

In GEAR » Big Agnes Clearview Problem
September 16, 3:01am

Poles
Poles have saved my ass on a number of occasions. It's not so much taking the load for me, it's stability and propulsion for your upper body. Your legs are pulling your whole weight along,...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking poles and necessity for Ultralighters
September 15, 12:15pm

Synthetic
I'd rather wear merino, but there are synthetics out there that don't feel like clingfilm on your skin. X-Statc fabric is the one to look for, it repels odour very well. I've had a Par...

In GEAR » Base layers: merino v silk v synthetics
September 06, 2:29am

Pitching
The tents I've been using most the last few months are a Lasercomp and a Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1. Two more different tents you couldn't get. The pitching style is very different and it took...

In GEAR » Terra Nova Laser Tent - Setup Directions
September 06, 2:16am

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