A place to share systematic reviews of bushwalking equipment, services and idea.
This is a place to share fair and systematic reviews of gear. Share the good, bad and ugly as well as including how you tested it and reviewed the gear. This is not the place to carry on about a bit of gear that failed, sometimes good gear has a lemon - this is more about systematic reviews. Although this can be a way to help gear manufactures with feedback, this is not the place to hassle them or ask for money back.
Start each thread with
[tag]Brand, product, RRP in AUD. The tags have two parts the type of gear and type of testing/review. eg
[Sleeping bag | Unboxing] Kmart Summit Hooded $29
[Stove | Field test]Jetboil, flash $150
Suggested review types. Unboxing, field test, 1 year on, stress test, teardown.
If someone else has already reviewed the same product in a similar method then please use the initial thread to include your review. Please note if the gear was provide to you for free, loan, discount or if you paid full RRP.
Tue 24 Mar, 2020 4:09 pm
Patagonia Duck bill Trucky's hat.
A Summer of use and worthy of consideration. Of course in summer you will need an ultralight hoody.
Will by my cold weather hat too, as in the photo with fleece beanie over the top.
My perfect hat is found.
A bit of distraction amidst the gloom-just look at my ensemble. My red shorts were cropped out lest there be retina burn
Two thumbs and big toes up.
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on Sun 29 Mar, 2020 1:57 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Wed 25 Mar, 2020 11:08 am
Shame that zpacks doesn't offer the duplex in fluro orange....
Sun 29 Mar, 2020 1:58 pm
Sun 28 Jun, 2020 6:47 am
There doesn't seem to be anywhere in AU selling the frogg toggs? Did you get them locally Lamont?
Sun 28 Jun, 2020 10:53 am
G'day Craig. Someone gave me new one (I paid them $15) about four years ago. Can't remember where they got it, sorry.
I don't know if I'd replace it now for what that's worth to you.
The seams split (2-3mm) in two places behind the shoulders the first couple of times I wore it, but have held with tape for three years with plenty of use.
Breathability is nil-all twaddle.
They require a peaked cap to work at all. Hood is a dud without one.
I also put small velcro tabs on the storm flap every 20 cms or so-rotten thing kept blowing open.
Also just mended some stitches to the bottom of the zip as some had given up.
If you are down my way you could chuck it on if you want. Cuppa and a bikkie included.
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on Mon 29 Jun, 2020 6:06 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Sun 28 Jun, 2020 10:19 pm
Looks like you can only get them from Amazon AU or eBay. Sounds like they last reasonably well given the price.
Thu 02 Jul, 2020 7:50 am
This jacket's regularly recommended on facebook, not that that means much. I'm only doing short trips so I'm never walking beyond the forecast and I thought this might be a good lightweight solution for unexpected rain. I already have a 'sacrificial' jacket for off track so the durability is not the biggest concern and I use a non breathing jacket for work and it's the best I've had in that context. Of course work and carrying a pack are different things.
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