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by jameso
Sat Jun 19, 2021 6:11 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTD - light tarp, shaped - anything going?
Replies: 12
Views: 232

Re: WTD - light tarp, shaped - anything going?

£185 online - is that the going rate? It appears to be although it was only a few months ago that they were less than £120. :shock: ..do you happen to know if the pole length is the same for the cape and the Lair? GW is 114cm, you could put a Lair up with that but something a bit longer would likel...
by jameso
Sat Jun 19, 2021 4:29 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTD - light tarp, shaped - anything going?
Replies: 12
Views: 232

Re: WTD - light tarp, shaped - anything going?

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:17 pm
... the Gatewood cape ....
...do you happen to know if the pole length is the same for the cape and the Lair?
by jameso
Sat Jun 19, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTD - light tarp, shaped - anything going?
Replies: 12
Views: 232

Re: WTD - light tarp, shaped - anything going?

Thanks. I have a BP Lair already, was having a look at Reg's Gatewood cape a couple of weeks ago. 310g is light enough. £185 online - is that the going rate?
by jameso
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tarp/tent fabric and water resistance?
Replies: 16
Views: 208

Re: Tarp/tent fabric and water resistance?

is the comparison with waterproof jackets much help?
Not sure, I have had lower-rated WPs and Windstopper Active shell jackets wetting through seemingly faster in windier conditions. The wind can add to the pressure the water hits the jacket at and the WP rating is based on pressure.
by jameso
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tarp/tent fabric and water resistance?
Replies: 16
Views: 208

Re: Tarp/tent fabric and water resistance?

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:36 pm
just straight silnylon maybe?
Silnylon is silicone coated nylon ... the clue's in the name :wink:
Ah ok : ) I get the name but thought it was siliconed nylon thread and the coating was PU, or you could get PU coated SN?
by jameso
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tarp/tent fabric and water resistance?
Replies: 16
Views: 208

Re: Tarp/tent fabric and water resistance?

I don't think I've ever had rain coming through a SilNylon tarp, so I've always been happy to consider it as waterproof enough to spend a wet, windy night under. Reassuring as I expect you'll be out in bad weather more often than I am, at least under a tarp. I've just got into the habit of using fo...
by jameso
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tarp/tent fabric and water resistance?
Replies: 16
Views: 208

Re: Tarp/tent fabric and water resistance?

A HH of 1500 is considered to be waterproof. However, if the coating is worn or damaged, any rating goes out of the window. I think what you're describing is 'misting'. I know it can happen when heavy droplets fall from trees, buildings, etc. You could be right, I think that night I was pitched und...
by jameso
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tarp/tent fabric and water resistance?
Replies: 16
Views: 208

Re: Tarp/tent fabric and water resistance?

Chicken Legs wrote:
Thu Jun 17, 2021 7:51 pm
This is one of the reasons I like my ZPacks Hexamid, its made of Dyneema Composite Fabric which doesn't wet out like silnylon but is still light.
Small though aren't they... maybe you should upgrade to something bigger maybe, time to sell that one on... ; )
by jameso
Thu Jun 17, 2021 7:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tarp/tent fabric and water resistance?
Replies: 16
Views: 208

Tarp/tent fabric and water resistance?

How water resistant should I expect 30D silnylon to be? I read it was 2000-3000 WP rated and if that was a jacket I'd expect it to be quite water resistant but wet through after a while particularly with wind-blown rain. 30D S-N Seems a common spec for tarps and tarp tents though. I've experienced w...
by jameso
Thu Jun 17, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTD - light tarp, shaped - anything going?
Replies: 12
Views: 232

WTD - light tarp, shaped - anything going?

Looking for something similar to the Bearpaw Lair / Zpacks Hexamid Pocket Tarp - a shaped tarp suitable for a pyramid pitch with a single pole. Light and waterproof, dyneema maybe. No need for bug net or floor but would take them as part of the system.
by jameso
Thu Jun 17, 2021 2:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Harvesting electrons - advice sought
Replies: 11
Views: 307

Re: Harvesting electrons - advice sought

For dynamo charging I used a USB-werk for a while and it appeared to be reliable. It has a small ballast battery to smooth current out which should stop finicky phones switching off the charging supply as they think its a power surge. I've had generally good experiences with this, have one on both ...
by jameso
Mon Jun 14, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Honey, I smoked the discs!
Replies: 11
Views: 356

Re: Honey, I smoked the discs!

Good brake modulation goes a long way but ultimately I decided that road bike brakes just don’t cut it off-road Agreed. Arkose goes ok off-road but additional 10kg load, the braking needed to stop the loaded bike running up speed and damaging tyre or rim, plus flat mount brakes with small pads and ...
by jameso
Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Rigs (NOT bikes) of the tour divide
Replies: 83
Views: 1440

Re: Rigs (NOT bikes) of the tour divide

I’ve always admired the open door inclusivity of the TD as opposed to the HT550. The fact that all are welcome at the GD is great. I think both policies are about risk management or liability? TD is unregulated and no-one really organises it or could be held responsible so it's left open. I thought...
by jameso
Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:23 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Whats the pick of the 29er rims at the moment?
Replies: 34
Views: 554

Re: Whats the pick of the 29er rims at the moment?

the XM481 30mm internal I have is especially good, but at 525g a rim I wouldn't call it lightweight. I'd say that was light for a 30mm rim? Light enough anyway. The Kinlin TL29 and the WTB KOM I29s are also well rated, I like KOMs. Similar weights. I'd say there's more benefit to a wider rim that's...
by jameso
Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:32 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Rigs (NOT bikes) of the tour divide
Replies: 83
Views: 1440

Re: Rigs (NOT bikes) of the tour divide

/sarcasm people Sheesh :roll: My post wasn't related to yours Greg, in case it read that way. Just the post order. A couple of posts before about distance or pace required to be racing came up and that's been a big debate on bikepacking.net over the years. I think that racer/tourer flag idea based ...
by jameso
Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Rigs (NOT bikes) of the tour divide
Replies: 83
Views: 1440

Re: Rigs (NOT bikes) of the tour divide

You could be a racer and finish last, racing is all about how hard you push yourself and your commitment? Staying commited and motivated may be the hardest part esp when it's not going to plan, you lose time or are really flagging etc.
by jameso
Thu Jun 10, 2021 2:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Rigs (NOT bikes) of the tour divide
Replies: 83
Views: 1440

Re: Rigs (NOT bikes) of the tour divide

They are there for something else, they just want to be part of the palava that is the depart. This is a good point, I remember the car park of the GD being a real mix of people and a great atmosphere. No thoughts of who was racing or touring, just chat and nervous/excited energy. Palava sums it up...
by jameso
Thu Jun 10, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Rigs (NOT bikes) of the tour divide
Replies: 83
Views: 1440

Re: Rigs (NOT bikes) of the tour divide

I’d knock a few setups but then I realised, they’re doing the ride and I’m not, so fair play to them :-bd In fairness, it is generally good natured p1sstaking and observation. Something I don't quite understand is with all the talk of 'touring', then why not simply go and ride it whenever rather th...
by jameso
Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Rigs (NOT bikes) of the tour divide
Replies: 83
Views: 1440

Re: Rigs (NOT bikes) of the tour divide

JohnClimber wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:05 am
A few mug danglers in there too :roll:
As above, they're setting off to ride/race 2500 miles across the midwest and sleep out among the bears. Dangle away whatever you like, I say :-bd
Wear a 10 gallon hat and spurs if you like :grin:
by jameso
Wed Jun 09, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Rigs (NOT bikes) of the tour divide
Replies: 83
Views: 1440

Re: Rigs (NOT bikes) of the tour divide

Thoughts, prayers and chammy cream sponsorship for the guy on a 42mm back tyre and that 420mm chainstay gravel bike. Hard as nails, or in for an experience he won't forget (without therapy)? A lot of the bikes are tourers I think, based on the number saying "riding (not racing)" - so touring the rou...
by jameso
Wed Jun 09, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: King Alfreds Way.
Replies: 140
Views: 8880

Re: King Alfreds Way.

Ruts... just a singletrack cross-bred with a maze. Just imagine you're world touring somewhere where jeeps and hi-luxes rule? They're also proof that very slack bikes or tyres with no edge can be a nightmare :lol:
by jameso
Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Missing the simple life.
Replies: 15
Views: 592

Re: Missing the simple life.

Yup.
by jameso
Tue Jun 08, 2021 9:14 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: New Alpkit Bikepacking Bags
Replies: 39
Views: 1004

Re: New Alpkit Bikepacking Bags

I think a trap that a lot of us fall into is assuming that the consumer is educated and knows the difference between a cheaper copy of something and the original that perhaps is made of better quality materials and/or has better backup. I think the Alpkit loop style or H-style bars are a good examp...
by jameso
Tue Jun 08, 2021 7:38 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: New Alpkit Bikepacking Bags
Replies: 39
Views: 1004

Re: New Alpkit Bikepacking Bags

An almost straight copy is a different thing and passing someone else's work off as your own is a straight ethical no-go. even if you give it a witty name like the jeff bar ? The Jeff (Geoff) Bar is an interesting one to me. I'm an admirer of Jeff's work. I'm also an admirer of how in touch with th...
by jameso
Mon Jun 07, 2021 1:23 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Seat Packs - What's Everyone Using These Days?
Replies: 28
Views: 673

Re: Seat Packs - What's Everyone Using These Days?

jobro wrote:
Mon Jun 07, 2021 8:32 am
I use the (Crikey, how much) harness rear pack. Heavy, but very secure. By the way, who made their bags?
Clearly I'm not allowed to use the R word.
Famous pink stripe brand kit was made for them by Apidura / Apidura's supplier.