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Martin Rye (rye1966) - BPL Forum Member

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About Me I work with the homeless in the East of England. Scotland is my main destination to go backpacking. I am a backpacker, nothing more.
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Re: Backpackinglight U.K
I have purchased many things from Bob and Rose and think the service and thought they have towards their customers is brilliant. Always the hand written note and a pack of sweets. I have had extra...

In On the Web » Backpackinglight U.K
January 31, 4:35pm

Re: Laser photon question
I own a Laser and the hood cover not only keeps out the rain it adds to the stability of the tent. IT works. Used it in bad weather and high winds and been fine. For the weight saving you would...

In GEAR » Laser photon question
January 10, 6:13am

Happy new year Mike. Have a good time on the hills.

December 31, 6:20pm

Re: TT Scarp1
I will sort that tomorrow. It is less bulky than the Laser packed. I will pack it and lay it against the laser for comparison. Be on the blog tomorrow UK GMT mid afternoon at latest. I will pos...

In GEAR » Tarptent Scarp1 (4 season -freestanding)
December 27, 10:23am

Tarptent Scarp1 (4 season -freestanding)
Having got this tent I am amazed how good it is. Light and versatile. Build quality is excellent as well. I have posted photos on my blog if anyone is interested in more detail of the tent. Link ...

In GEAR » Tarptent Scarp1 (4 season -freestanding)
December 27, 9:09am

My favourites for '08
A map A compass A train ticket to were the location the map is for. Or: Pacer Poles, Carbon Fibre models Inov-8 318 Primus Eta Express solo stove

In Editor's Roundtable » 2008 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
December 21, 5:28pm

Re: Hilleberg Akto
Designed for two Chris (as long as your good friends) and loads of room for one. Also weight is less than an Akto. Makes a roomy one man tent does the Laser.

In GEAR » New ultralight 1 person tents for 2009?
December 18, 4:26pm

Re: Hilleberg Akto
Fair comments Chris. On porch space the Laser set up of the whole length being the same depth is stunning. Gives so much room and you can reach around the ends and store stuff as well. Good point ...

In GEAR » New ultralight 1 person tents for 2009?
December 18, 3:54pm

Re: Hilleberg Akto
I still don’t get the view Chris of the Terra Nova Laser Competition being not as stable as an Akto. It is designed to flex and give in harsh winds. So there is no point comparing it as the des...

In GEAR » New ultralight 1 person tents for 2009?
December 18, 3:31pm

Re: Close Escape
John I live in the flatlands of the east. 165 miles to the nearest hill and 5 and half hour drive to the LAKES for me. Rog lives up north and is the lucky one. We English are a determined bunch ...

In Photo Gallery » English Lake District
December 14, 11:42am

All Reader Reviews by Martin Rye

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Haglofs LIM55 LIM55
The LIM55 is a good pack with a claimed weight of 1075G - on my scales it tips in at 1092. The pack has aluminium 6005 - T6 bar as a frame with perforated foam for comfort and padding on the back. It...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
July 15, 6:36am

The Backpacker's Handbook by Chris Townsend
As backpacking is about getting out in to the wilderness and not gear the book is superb. Some hike light and some heavy. Chris caters for each. It helps the beginner steering them to make good inf...

In Books and Media
June 25, 4:16pm

Inov8 RocLite 318 GTX
Used these on my last backpack for a week in Scotland. Poor paths and often no paths, yet comfort all the way. Only concern would be to hot in summer due to the lining. I had no heel lift and total...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
June 11, 11:19am

Alpkit CarbonLite
A while back I gave these poles 5 out 5. A year on they are not used. Poor quality control is an issue. The handles slip of and the tips were fast and the baskets fall of. Under a year is not acce...

In Trekking Poles
June 09, 1:44pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite 3
It’s a great pad, no leaks, no problems. It’s given me comfort all over the hills and dales. As for the view it’s on the heavy side trust me it feels lighter to have one of these in your pack after ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
May 19, 5:04pm

Terra Nova Laser
Nice to see some one appreciating this tent more than the Laser competition. I bought this to replace my Hilleberg Akto as I was fed up of being cramped do to poor head room. I love the Laser and it...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
April 05, 11:54am

Gregory G pack
I bought this pack for a two week coast to coast rout across Scotland (TGO 07) I needed a light pack that was stable as I intended to do a few summits via ridges etc. The good points where comfort at...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
December 11, 4:22pm

Hilleberg Akto
I used an Akto for three years. Great tent though strong wind does blow the sides in. Not one for tall people like me at 6ft 2. You won’t be able to sit up and the sloping sides get annoying after ...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
December 09, 4:59pm