Iceland 2015 – Gear talk with André

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Here’s a rundown of what I brought to Iceland. All in all I’m very please with my gearlist and how everything works together. But sure, some items could be switched to lighter alternatives especially some clothing. I mainly refer to my Patagonia items. I’m a big Patagonia fan and that’s also why I don’t see any need to switch them to anything else before they break down completely. And this far they’ve held up really good!

Big Three

Zpacks Arc’Blast Backpack

One of my latest additions to my list. Sold another backpack for this one and I haven’t looked back since. Very good quality and super comfortable.

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Sleeping bag

Cumulus Quilt 250

Also quite new, have had a few nights in it but not any cold ones. I had great hope that it would perform as I liked and I can’t say anything else. Cold/warm nights aren’t a problem as you just cinch it tighter or leave it open depending on the weather. Had the coldest night in it since I bought it, around 0 degrees centigrade and it wasn’t a problem. If it would get a bit colder than that you’ll have to sleep with more clothing on. For around zero you’ll be good in long johns and a shirt.

Sleeping pad

THERM-A-REST NeoAir X-Lite

If it was a liiittle wider it would be perfect. Happy with the length if I just put a sitting pad under my feet during the night to keep them off the cold ground.

Shelter

HYPERLIGHT Mountain Gear Ultamid 2

I’ve had this for some time now and it always feels like a safe place to sleep. One thing that I’ll probably change in the future it’s the HMG pole straps. They’re not bad but not the best either. If something will fail with the shelter it’s probably them. I’ve looked at a few options and I think I’ll have some sort of pole extension. Probably the “The Missing Link“.

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BEARPAWWD INNER Net

Good stuff but a little heavier than other options on the market right now. When I got it there weren’t any real good options to this one. Happy with it.

Clothing

I’ll just be a little lazy here and not put everything out here from my list. As I started this post I mostly use clothes from Patagonia and they’ve always performed well. Nothing to complain about really other than they could be a little lighter.

INOV-8 Trailroc 245

Great buy, cheap and durable! After this trip I’ve bought new inner soles just as an easy upgrade. Not really sure that my current ones are worn out but better safe than sorry. Have walked +300km in these and on the outside the mesh still looks good and the sole still have plenty of grip left. Something to note is that the grip will eat away faster on rocky terrain like in Jotunheimen rather than the mixed terrain on Iceland (go figure).

SEALSKINZ

Well… They’re comfortable but won’t keep your feet dry long enough even if you just use them round camp. When they’re brand new the do the trick pretty good but the GTX membrane will deteriorate quite fast. Will probably look for a replacement.

Mountain Laurel Design Rain Kilt

Also first time use on this trip. Never had to use it in rain but wore it in camp once after a quick “swim” in the hot pool. It’s supposed to be good for when you do laundry on thru hikes and such (and of course in rain) as it’s not see-through. Jon however commented on that it might not be. Don’t know if people was looking at me because of the kilt/skirt or because they saw something underneath it… I’ll never know 🙂

Tools

Suunto Ambit

Great watch with good battery life. Unfortunately it has been acting up some times and have had problems with acquiring a good GPS-fix. I’ve noticed that it’ll “jump” a few hundred meters in all directions and then coming back to a good fix (out on the trail). It’s completely on random as far as I know and I haven’t found anything on the internet saying that this is a common problem with the particular model. I’ll just have to get in touch with Suunto’s customer service and see what they think.

Sony rx100 mark 3

Great little camera! I was very please with the quality of the pictures. It’s most definitely comparable with the expensive DSLRs on the market like the Canon 5D Mark II.

BLACK DIAMOND ALPINE CARBON CORK

Just, wow, everytime you use them. When you’re out there you don’t really think about them, they just work. They never complain, the flick-lock system hold everything in place during the day and the night when it supports the tent. Can’t recommend them enough.

HMG Stuff sack

These I just got before we left for Iceland. Replaced my sleeping bag stuff sack with one of these and the other I used for the food. Worked just fine, nothing to complain about.

TRAIL DESIGNS SIDEWINDER + INFERNO CONE W. EVERNEW TITANIUM ULTRA LIGHT .9L POT

Aaah, the kitchen. What makes you go further (and lighter). Works great with both alcohol and wood. For this trip it was only used with alcohol and we had no problem with it even in windy conditions.

The stove and HMG stuff sack filled with food.

To sum things up I’m very happy with everything I have right now and there isn’t anything that i really need to change because it’s not working right now. But there’s always possible to upgrade some items just to be safe like with the adaptor for the hiking poles to support the shelter better in high winds.

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14 thoughts on “Iceland 2015 – Gear talk with André

  1. How do you like the Cumulus Quilt now that you’ve had it for a while? How well do you think it performs in colder temperatures and do you consider the temp-rating on it accurate? I’m currently looking for a 2-3 season sleepingbag or quilt and might buy the Cumulus Quilt, but it always nice to hear reviews about it. I’ll probably go with the Quilt 350 though.

    • I like it very much. Haven’t seen any wear on it and it doesn’t leak massive amounts down like some other products. The rating is quite good if I may say so. It always boils down to personal preferences but yeah.

      I personally wouldn’t need the heavier 350 even though I considered it before getting the 250. For me it works to add a layer of clothes if the temperatures are dropping below zero degrees celsius. I manly do 2-3 season hiking.

      I’ve got a heavier Marmot Sawtooth for winter camping but that one is bulky and heavy but super warm.

  2. I realize I’m late to the party here.

    I’ve skimmed through your blog the last few days (if only had some kind of oldest-newest sort mode…), and I’m curious to why you didn’t use your inflatable mattress for this trip. I used a z-lite sol my last hike and I’m considering changing it for a neoair xlite instead, as it just seems so much more comfortable. The thing I would miss though is how easy the z-lite is to throw out during a break, and taking a quick nap.

    • Better late then never they say!

      I did use an inflatable mattress, the text above was wrong. Didn’t notice that just intill now, thanks! But if you look at the packing list you’ll find my Neoair X-lite that I’ve been using now for quite some time (with a busted valve, takes for ever to in-/deflate…). That’s also why I stated that I’d like the Neoair to be a little wider.

      • 🙂 Alrighty.
        Yes, the width is something I’ve been thinking about too. I haven’t had any issues with the same width when I’m using the Z lite SOL, but I’m guessing it might feel different when you’re a few extra centimeters higher from the ground.

      • Yes it’s quite different. You get used to it but if there where something they could improve in the product, that would be it for me.

    • Hej Hampus!
      Jag har inte ändrat något i uppsättningen än utan jag kör fortfarande med originalen man kan köpa från HMG. Får se hur det blir nu när vandringssäsongen drar igång ordentligt. På ett sätt tycker jag att det är rätt bra med “pole straps” eftersom man inte behöver dra isär något som kan riskera att gå sönder, ettdera genom när de skall i och ur eller att man kliver på dem då det blir löst liggandes på marken.

      Jag är inte så “modern” att jag har Facebook längre men min kompis Jon kanske kan vara medlem om han inte redan är det. Skall tipsa honom.

      Tack för kommentaren!

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