There was some new stuff, like that Crag shoes which acquitted themselves well, and the Neoair is staying inflated. Seriously, I will be super-upset if this thing goes on its tits, it’s just so damned comfy.
The Golite Jam2 had the most kit in it I’ve tried up to date because I took a full 2 liter Source collapsible bottle in it. All that’s done is make me think again, so it’ll be another fully loaded trip before I write it up. I do like the powder blue colour though…
However, my trusty Optimus Crux Lite stove is starting to get a little quirky. The gas flared unexpectedly as it was sitting burning away and I couldn’t get it turned back down at first. I was almost lifting the pot off and kicking it away from the tent (I was sitting inside) so I deal with it in a safer position. But then again, better a tent burning than the hillside, so I wrestled the throttle of the roaring jet engine as it melted my windshield and eventually got the gas turned down. The stove was bright orange. It’s now very sticky and hard to control.
I’ll give it the once over (hey, it’s my actual job) and if I don’t like the looks of it, it’s off the active duty list. My confidence in it has been shaken anyway, and I never had this trouble from a cheapo Coleman F1, so I think either the F1 or a Markill Peak is coming out next time.
I had the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 at 1000m for the first time, and it went rather well. I’ll do a proper write up with photies over the weekend, but I’m impressed in several ways.
I’ve seen a few new and up-coming tents in the last few weeks and you know something, there’s a good chance that the Lasercomp versus Akto battle is going to be as up to date as the Spitfire versus ME109 one.