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Re: Camping Gear Specials

Postby rifraf » Sun May 01, 2016 1:21 pm

brumby33 wrote:In regards to camp cookers, Anthonyo mentioned in his post about the mini Trangia...I had a look at those but preferred the slightly larger 27-2 and even though larger, those front ortleib bags have a fair bit of room in them, I don' think i'd be too large considering all the gear fits into each other.I missed out on the Anaconda special at $95 so i'll await for it to com around again.

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I too have been happy enough with my Trangia set.

The bike packers in here need something much more diminutive though for their kit.

I think theres room to learn from their kistset choices as even for us pannier folk, theres opportunities to swap things out in order to find room for a few luxuries.

I've been considering a newer sleeping bag that has the same warmth rating as my old one, packs smaller and is 300g lighter overall.

Getting back to stoves and cooking gear its not simply the bulk of the "stove" that can be improved upon.

I only recently took note of the spent fuel usage of stoves like Andrews Caldera Cone which appears very economical in usage.
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Re: Camping Gear Specials

Postby anthonyo » Mon May 02, 2016 9:46 am

redsonic wrote:
anthonyo wrote:May I suggest the Trangia 28-T Mini Cook Set as it packs up really small and light at 330 grams. It comes with a 0.8 litre pot. As there is only one pot, I boil water for a cuppa first and then make the breakfast porridge or evening meal. It is $75 at Anaconda but not on special.

Had one for years but found it took too long to boil a pot so kept on using the bigger Trangia. Am sure that it was inefficient due to the wind blowing the flames around. Now that I started touring with my dog, space is more important, so I thought about using the mini again. I bought a titanium windshield and this fixed the problem. There is flareup if the shield is too close to the unit so have to be careful to make the gap even. Works well.


Interested you are touring with your dog. I bet he loves it. Does he limit much the places you can stay? How do you carry him?


He travels in a Basil dog basket that I have reinforced and bolted to the rear rack. As I can't pack anything on the rear rack, I now use back panniers on the front and was able to squeeze everything on but the sleeping bag was ultra small and too cold so I'm looking at a smaller tent and a quilt to save space. I have an Extrawheel trailer which is great but found that trying to manage a bicycle, panniers, trailer and a dog on a V/Line train was too much in the brief time they stop. I need to keep the conductors happy as the basket is a "non approved basket". The basket is supposed to be one suitable for international air travel which is overkill for a short train trip.

Because he is not an outside dog, I cannot use "dog friendly" accommodation so have to use a tent. A tent can be too hot in summer so I'm going to trial using a tarp over the tent.
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Re: Camping Gear Specials

Postby redsonic » Mon May 02, 2016 1:34 pm

Very cool! I thought about the Basil basket for my pup, but ended up with a plastic tray.
You are very lucky being able to take a dog on trains. No such possibility in QLD.
Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Camping Gear Specials

Postby Aushiker » Mon May 16, 2016 12:04 am

Massdrop have the Steripen Ultra UV water purifying pen currently as a drop ... US$60.99 + shipping. Might appeal to some.

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Postby Aushiker » Mon May 16, 2016 12:07 am

Massdrop have an alternative chair to the Helinox Chair One as a drop currently. It is the Crazy Creek Air Compact with an Inflatable Pad. Best price possible is US$47.99 + postage.

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Re: Camping Gear Specials

Postby rifraf » Mon May 16, 2016 12:25 pm

Aushiker wrote:Massdrop have the Steripen Ultra UV water purifying pen currently as a drop ... US$60.99 + shipping. Might appeal to some.


I'm currently humming and ha'ing over the purchase of one of these units myself.
For those like me, wanting to relax, do some more research without the pressure of the looming drop ending, be aware that the item can be bought for a few dollars more but with a cheaper shipping cost via amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/SteriPEN-Recharge ... ipen+ultra

I offer this info not to detract from the Massdrop offering Andrew has pointed out, which has come up now for the second time recently, but to inform of a closely priced alternative should you need a little more time to be convinced.
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Re: Camping Gear Specials

Postby Thoglette » Mon May 16, 2016 5:18 pm

anthonyo wrote:He travels in a Basil dog basket that I have reinforced and bolted to the rear rack. As I can't pack anything on the rear rack, I now use back panniers on the front


Certain racks (like the Topeak Super Tourist DX) have two sets of rails which allows one to both pack on top and run panniers

Some cleverness with cable ties, straps and some bits of AL rod might let you hang some panniers or a folding basket (e.g. Wald 852 if you don't mind the weight) at the back below Basil.
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Re: Camping Gear Specials

Postby Cheesewheel » Mon May 16, 2016 7:51 pm

You could also try bolting/tying a thick piece of wood to the rack to give an extra inch or so height for rear pannier access, and then bolt the dog basket to that.
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Re: Camping Gear Specials

Postby anthonyo » Fri May 20, 2016 10:36 pm

Excellent ideas. Will first try raising the basket to allow bulky items like sleeping bag, tent or mattress to be tied to the side of the rack.
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Re: Camping Gear Specials

Postby rifraf » Sat May 21, 2016 2:55 pm

Dry Bag 30L Black Only 50% off, Now $16.50. Free Shipping.

Use code "winter" on checkout. From DryStore.

As spotted https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/249015

http://drystore.com.au/drybags/20-cheap-drybag.html

"Excellent quality dry bag. Take kayaking, fishing, on sports days when chucking down or use it as a flotation device to Bear Grylls it across a river. Free shipping. Use code "winter" on checkout for 50% off for the BLACK 30L drybag ONLY."

EDIT: It appears the deal has now changed to buy 2 for free shipping.
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Re: Camping Gear Specials

Postby Cheesewheel » Tue May 24, 2016 11:03 am

picked up 1 of these on pushys

http://www.pushys.com.au/ogio-all-eleme ... g-3-0.html

a weather proof roll down for $50 on sale +$15 postage

possibly the right size for a largish rack bag (40l)

They have a similarly discounted larger one but it is probably too big for cycling purposes unless you have a cargo bike
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Re: Camping Gear Specials

Postby rifraf » Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:49 am

https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/250802

Winter Festival: Merino from $19.90, Heattech from $9.90, Down from $59.90 (AT) UNIQLO

A cut and paste from the Oz bargain site:

"Uniqlo have dropped the price of their Down, Merino, Heattech and a few other things for the start of winter.

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Short sleeve Heattech $9.90
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Long sleeve Heattech $14.90
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Down $59.90
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Merino sweaters $19.90
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Short sleeve Heattech $9.90
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Long sleeve Heattech $14.90
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Leggings $14.90
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If you're not familiar with Uniqlo might be worth checking a store.
The down, merino and Heattech is all very light-weight and may or may not be what you are expecting.
The 'sweaters' could almost be considered a next-to-skin layer and if you are used to typical cotton tshirts Heattech will feel very thin in comparison.

Prices are the usually the same online and in store.
However with free shipping over $50, online would be useful if you have a discount code from the recent promotion

.. You'll get 5.6% cash back from Cashrewards(cashrewards.com.au)
… but their online return policy may not be the best."
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Re: Camping Gear Specials

Postby Aushiker » Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:46 am

rifraf wrote:Down $59.90


I am seriously considering one of these down jackets. They rate highly at BackpackingLight and on the Ultralight subedit on Reddit. Worth a shot at the price. The $59.90 is for the vest not the jacket but. The Men's Ultra Light Down Jacket is $89.90

Long sleeve Heattech $14.90


I hadn't noticed these before so thanks for the heads-up. Might look at them as a possible alternative to Icebreaker shirts and/or a winter running shirt.
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Re: Camping Gear Specials

Postby Blakeylonger » Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:07 am

FWIW, I exclusively wore airism and heattech tops cycle touring in Japan (Honshu in spring with an unseasonal cold spell in the minami alps region) and added arm warmers / rain jackets / etc as required. The airism stuff is tops for warmer weather, and the new generation heat tech looks even better than before, a mix of warm/extra warm and long/short is good to have.

The airism jocks are supposed to be just as great as the tops. I had the non airism seamless ones that were still pretty good for a day in the saddle.

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Postby Aushiker » Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:12 am

Blakeylonger wrote:FWIW, I exclusively wore airism and heattech tops cycle touring in Japan (Honshu in spring with an unseasonal cold spell in the minami alps region) and added arm warmers / rain jackets / etc as required. The airism stuff is tops for warmer weather, and the new generation heat tech looks even better than before, a mix of warm/extra warm and long/short is good to have.

The airism jocks are supposed to be just as great as the tops. I had the non airism seamless ones that were still pretty good for a day in the saddle.


Good to know about the Heattech.

I was looking for Airism jocks following a review in Wirecutter but apparently they are no longer available anymore, at least at Uniqlo Australia.

For those interested in the down jacket there is a bit more on it at Snarky Nomad. Weight is around 198 grams and it packs down to not much more than a hand size package.
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Re: Camping Gear Specials

Postby Blakeylonger » Thu Jun 02, 2016 12:32 pm

Definitely available at uniqlo japan, ¥990/pr. Get a local to send them cheap as a letter via japan post if you can.

I'm keen to try the heattech jeans also.

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Re: Camping Gear Specials

Postby Thoglette » Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:08 pm

rifraf wrote:The bike packers in here need something much more diminutive though for their kit.

If a mini trangia is too bulky one needs to look at general issue & special forces gear. (e.g. various hexamine stoves). But even some armies think the Trangia's fine for general issue. YMMV
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Re: Camping Gear Specials

Postby rifraf » Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:42 pm

Thoglette wrote:
rifraf wrote:The bike packers in here need something much more diminutive though for their kit.

If a mini trangia is too bulky one needs to look at general issue & special forces gear. (e.g. various hexamine stoves). But even some armies think the Trangia's fine for general issue. YMMV


Sorry for not being clearer in my post.
I have and use a Trangia, I think from memory a HA 27 series.
My post related to these, which the OP (brumby33) whom I responded to, was also using and not the mini version.
But yes, the bike packers are looking to push the envelope more akin to the ultralight bushwalkers.
More diminutive gas burners e.g. Kovea Spider and Kovea Ti, as well as Caldera Cones etc and their ilk are more "order of the day" as opposed to the well proven and KISS oriented Trangia's of old.
Ti framed wood burners as seen on Massdrop are getting serious attention as they fold flat and easily fit within the frame bags that are ever more likely to be utilised as opposed to the more familiar traditional panniers.
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Re: Camping Gear Specials

Postby Aushiker » Sun Jun 12, 2016 12:04 am

Massdrop have Icebreaker Everyday tops (200gm) as well as leggings (women only) for ~ $55 delivered.

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Re: Camping Gear Specials

Postby rifraf » Sun Jun 12, 2016 2:34 pm

Uniqlo FREESHIP to WA

https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/252523

"Hey WA - we're celebrating the official start of winter with our 100% winter festival with up to 30% off our favourite winter warmers! PLUS enjoy free shipping, enter FREESHIPWA at checkout."

http://www.uniqlo.com/au/


For those who are unfamiliar with Uniqlo, they offer some budget downwear and merino
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Postby Aushiker » Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:07 am

For the cycle tourist that has everything ... Massdrop are doing the BlackRock Gear 950fp down beanie for a measly $86 delivered. Anyone? :D

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Re: Camping Gear Specials

Postby rifraf » Fri Jun 17, 2016 3:05 pm

A heads up!

"Rays Outdoors" in WA is closing.

All stores in WA closing down according to their email today.

Expect some discounting (in store only and not online).

Sale starts today.

WA in serious downturn? News item last week on 1000's of English heading home to the UK.
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Re: Camping Gear Specials

Postby Trevtassie » Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:24 pm

rifraf wrote:A heads up!

"Rays Outdoors" in WA is closing.

All stores in WA closing down according to their email today.

Expect some discounting (in store only and not online).

Sale starts today.

WA in serious downturn? News item last week on 1000's of English heading home to the UK.


Tasmanian stores closing too...

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Re: Camping Gear Specials

Postby Aushiker » Sun Jun 19, 2016 10:53 pm

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Massdrop have Klymit Static V2 sleeping mats as a drop at the moment. The Australian price landed is approximately $77.00.
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Re: Camping Gear Specials

Postby Aushiker » Mon Jun 20, 2016 8:15 pm

Not for me as I have ordered a Toaks 850 ml pot which is similar design but if you are looking for a good one person option this Vargo Titanium Ti-Lite Mug at 750ml might be worth a look. Massdrop have it going out the door at ~$69 delivered. Weight at 105g is about the same as other similar pots.

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