Australians slow on the uptake of lightweight gear?

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Re: Australians slow on the uptake of lightweight gear?

Postby rcaffin » Mon 04 Nov, 2019 2:40 pm

Is it fabric or plastic film: that is the biggest Q.

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Re: Australians slow on the uptake of lightweight gear?

Postby north-north-west » Mon 04 Nov, 2019 2:44 pm


Not bad if you get the red/white although it probably looks pink at a distance. I'm tempted. Good thing there's no Ikea in Tassie.
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Re: Australians slow on the uptake of lightweight gear?

Postby Kickinghorse » Mon 04 Nov, 2019 10:02 pm

Roger100% polyester. Plastic film??
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Re: Australians slow on the uptake of lightweight gear?

Postby rcaffin » Tue 05 Nov, 2019 6:13 am

Polyester fabric? OK
There are some extremely cheap 'ponchos' on the market which are little more than a Space Blanket. They shred easily. They are mainly intended for single use - eg at a football match.

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Re: Australians slow on the uptake of lightweight gear?

Postby Kickinghorse » Tue 05 Nov, 2019 6:44 am

Experience with these. Realised starting the West Highland Way in shocking weather that we had left our pack covers back in Oz, so bought a couple of those flimsy ponchos from a camp ground shop. Needless to say they lasted about 5 mins before shredding into pieces, even with some serious applications of duct tape. Our trail name would have been interesting!

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Re: Australians slow on the uptake of lightweight gear?

Postby rcaffin » Tue 05 Nov, 2019 8:25 am

Yeah, wet place.
We were part way along Offa's Dyke Path without pack covers - we didn't even have any back here in Oz! So we bought some proofed nylon ones in Avon (I think). Still have them (intact), but they are bit heavy compared to current stuff.
Also bought some sit mats as the ground was forever wet when we sat down. The mats were lovely.

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Re: Australians slow on the uptake of lightweight gear?

Postby Tortoise » Tue 05 Nov, 2019 8:56 am

Kickinghorse wrote:The Dark Side!
https://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/40283422/
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The first two suggested uses give away a fair bit, I reckon: shopping and visits to the gym. :roll:
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Re: Australians slow on the uptake of lightweight gear?

Postby wallwombat » Wed 06 Nov, 2019 7:06 pm

It's not really that cut and dry.

Different situations and activities call for different approaches and gear.

I love going as light as possible but as I'm into walking , climbing, canyoning and packrafting, the same set up won't always suit every situation. This is probably the reason I own nine packs.

I think it's going to be a while before you can get the Appalachian Trail or PCT experience, here in Australia.

I do believe, however, that in any situation that involves carrying a load of gear on your back, going as light as possible is the best option.
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Re: Australians slow on the uptake of lightweight gear?

Postby Warin » Wed 06 Nov, 2019 7:28 pm

wallwombat wrote:I think it's going to be a while before you can get the Appalachian Trail or PCT experience, here in Australia.


Already have a PCT ... Penguin Cradle Trail :lol:

The PCT can be strung together with the OT ...
For distance then the BNT .. though it is a poor choice for walkers as it is a long way between resupply.

The main difference is one of population density that reduces the resupply points and the number of walkers. Given the density of walkers on the AT I am not certain that I would truly appreciate it given the normal lack of people here in Australia.
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Re: Australians slow on the uptake of lightweight gear?

Postby Neo » Wed 06 Nov, 2019 7:44 pm

Hmm the BNT is the Big Gig of Bushwalking!
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Re: Australians slow on the uptake of lightweight gear?

Postby Zapruda » Wed 06 Nov, 2019 7:49 pm

Neo wrote:Hmm the BNT is the Big Gig of Bushwalking!


An Austrian (maybe) bloke walked the whole thing earlier this year. I couldn’t deal with those road walks...what a walk though.

Here are his photos - https://instagram.com/teddymetzler?igshid=4t9k9u1s8aqc
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Re: Australians slow on the uptake of lightweight gear?

Postby Neo » Wed 06 Nov, 2019 7:56 pm

Awesome, thanks Zap.

Love his used pegs photo.
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Re: Australians slow on the uptake of lightweight gear?

Postby Petew » Sat 09 Nov, 2019 7:35 am

Ha! We bumped into this guy on the OT in August along the side of lake St Clair. Super nice and friendly guy, said he had done that walk from Melbourne and couldn't reccomend it.

Funnily enough, his pack was freaking huge!
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Re: Australians slow on the uptake of lightweight gear?

Postby beardless » Tue 12 Nov, 2019 8:22 am

I have some lightweight gear and some heavier.
Alongside durability, comfort, cost and weight one of the factors I take into account is bulk.
Often an advantage of lightweight gear is it takes up less room in the pack so you can fit more (food for longer trips and for me a heavy camera with a couple of lenses).
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Re: Australians slow on the uptake of lightweight gear?

Postby Petew » Thu 21 Nov, 2019 7:07 pm

Yes, less bulk makes a huge difference, particularly in tight spots and scrub bashing.
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