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THE UK’S LEADING MAGAZINE FOR THE OUTDOOR PROFESSIONAL

WWW.MOUNTAINPROMAG.COM JULY 2013

VOL.1

ISSUE 4

WALKING THE LINE: ARRAN’S RIDGES MOUNTAIN HEROES: ANDY NISBET TECHNOLOGY FOR EXTREMES GEAR REVIEWS: MOUNTAIN HARDSHELLS, BELAY DEVICES, SLEEPING MATS ADVANCED NAVIGATION WITH LYLE BROTHERTON


GEAR REVIEW | SLEEPING MATS

SLEEPING MATS It’s not all about the sleeping bag; an appropriate sleeping mat will make the difference between a cold, uncomfortable night and a cosy, restful slumber. Phil Turner reviews sleeping mats to suit all conditions and budgets.

EXPED DOWNMAT LITE 5M £80

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Airmats should offer maximum comfort in the outdoors, with large cylindrical air EDITOR’S chambers that can be inflated to offer just CHOICE the right amount of support. Unfortunately borrowing a lilo just isn’t going to cut it in n i the colder months, as the warmed air in the a nt w w w.mou chambers is free to circulate and cool. The Exped DownMat series solves this by stuffing the air chambers with lightweight down insulation – 80g in the case of my DownMat Lite 5M. So while it might look like something more suited to a Magaluf swimming pool, the longitudinal tubes actually offer an R-value of 4.1 (higher is better), with a suggested temperature rating of -12ºC. The two outer chambers are slightly larger to reduce the chance of rolling off the mat in the night, though keeping the mat slightly soft (rather than drum-tight) helps to prevent this and is actually more comfortable. The 650 fill power down has been treated to resist moisture, but the DownMat Lite is supplied with a simple foam pump that reduces the risk of moisture-laden breath entering the down. It has little impact upon weight and bulk at 45g (on top of the mat’s 600g) and inflates the mat in about two minutes. It’s not cheap, but for a year-round sleeping mat it’s hard to beat. ■ http://www.exped.com

THERMAREST RIDGEREST SOLITE £25 For a long trip or where sleeping mat failure just isn’t an option, a Closed-Cell Foam (CCF) mat is the solution. There’s nothing to go wrong, no valves to leak or air chambers to puncture, and at 400g it’s lightweight too. But it is bulky – ultra-lightweight backpacking aficionados will use a CCF mat rolled into a cylinder as the structure for an unpadded rucksack, but most backpackers will strap the mat onto their rucksack externally where it risks snagging on the terrain. Standard CCF mats have a smooth surface, relying on the air bubbles within the foam structure for insulation, but the famous RidgeRest supplements this with a raised profile of peaks and valleys which provides more cushioning and comfort than a ‘flat’ mat, as well as boosting insulation. The SOLite model adds an aluminised coating to the top surface of the mat which claims to reflect heat back towards the body – it makes sense, but it’s hard to prove in the field! Lightweight and cheap, this is the ideal mat for longdistance backpackers or those seeking to supplement an air mattress in winter. ■ http:// cascadedesigns.com/en/ therm-a-rest

KATHMANDU HIKE 25 £45 A self-inflating mat, the Hike 25 has a layer of foam sandwiched between two water-resistant fabrics – a smooth ripstop top with a more durable and grippy base that resists night-time migration across the groundsheet. The foam – with a diamond pattern cut through it to reduce bulk and weight – is comfortable as well as offering insulation from the ground by trapping air. By opening the twist valve at the head end the mat will slowly fill with air, though it may need finishing off with a few puffs of air if a firmer mattress is preferred. My regular length (183cm) mat weighs in at a hefty 790g, but with a 51cm width offers a good degree of comfort for summer and early autumn use; by shaping the mattress a little more to reduce unused areas of the mat and making use of thinner fabrics the weight and packed size could be reduced. This would probably increase the price though, which at £45 is pretty impressive. ■ http://www.kathmandu.co.uk

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7/31/13

UKC Gear - Therm-a-Rest® Debuts Women's Sleeping Bags with Reflective T

UKClimbing.com Therm-­a-­Rest®  Debuts  Women's  Sleeping  Bags  with  Reflective  Technology   £170.00  –  £440.00,  added  31/Jul/2013,  see  all  Therm-­a-­Rest  news  &  reviews announcement  by  Therm-­a-­Rest   This  announcement  has  been  read  187  times

In  2014,  Therm-­a-­Rest  expands  its  award-­winning  sleeping bag  line  with  the  addition  of  three  sleeping  bags  meticulously designed  to  meet  the  unique  needs  of  women  and  provide  them with  the  best  possible  night's  rest  outdoors.  

Gear  News Reviews  for  Therm-­a-­Rest  gear: Therm-­a-­Rest  Navis  Sleeping  Bag  Jul-­13 Therm-­a-­Rest  NeoAir  XTherm  Camping Mat  Dec-­12 Camping  Mats  Jun-­11

Therm-­a-­Rest's  Synergy-­Link™  mattress  connectors  and innovative  ThermaCapture™  technology  set  the  new  women's sleeping  bags  apart  from  the  competition.  The  Synergy-­Link Connectors—two  patent-­pending  bands  that  fit  mattresses  up  to 25  inches  (63  cm)  wide—keep  the  bag  and  mattress  securely aligned  to  eliminate  problems  with  sliding,  twisting,  and  cold spots.  ThermaCapture  is  a  proprietary  reflective  lining  that captures  the  body's  radiant  heat,  amplifying  warmth  without  the weight  and  bulk  of  additional  conventional  insulations.  The reflective  technology,  also  used  in  the  brand's  popular  NeoAir™ mattresses,  allows  the  bags  to  rank  among  the  lightest  in  their temperature  rating. "These  new  women's  sleeping  bags  have  to  be  some  of  the  most well-­thought-­out  sleeping  bags  on  the  market",  said  Doug  Jacot, vice  president  of  Therm-­a-­Rest.  "Every  aspect  of  the  design  was scrutinized  through  our  in-­house  cold  chamber  testing  and  by our  team  of  testers  in  the  field.  Our  tireless  work  resulted  in designs  that  provide  women  the  most  warmth  and  comfort possible  in  bags  that  are  extremely  light  and  packable."

News  from  Therm-­a-­Rest: Therm-­a-­Rest®  Altair™  0F  |  -­18C  Sleeping Bag  May-­13 Therm-­a-­Rest®  Antares™  20F  |  -­7C Sleeping  Bag  Apr-­13 OutDoor  2012  Report:  Camping  Gear  Aug-­ 12 REPORT:  OutDoor  2011  -­  Europe's Biggest  Gear  Event  Jul-­11

Therm-­a-­Rest  Mira  Women's  15°F/-­9°C  Bag  with Therm-­a-­Rest  NeoAir™  XLite®  Mattress ©  Therm-­a-­Rest,  25  Jul  2013

The  sleeping  bags  feature  a  unique,  women-­specific  Efficient Comfort  Fit  with  extra  room  in  the  torso  and  hips  to  allow  greater  freedom  of  movement—particularly  when  side  sleeping.  The  bags  are  cut  slightly  closer  in  the  shoulders, head,  and  feet  to  maximize  warmth.  A  trapezoidal  foot  box  with  Toe-­Asis™  foot  warmer  pocket  allows  women  to  rapidly  warm  cold  feet  while  an  overfilled  hood,  draft  collar with  drawcord,  full-­length  zipper  draft  tube,  and  box-­baffled  down  and  shingled  EraLoft™  synthetic  insulation  options  maximize  the  warmth  provided  by  ThermaCapture technology. Zoned  insulation  prioritizes  high-­loft  fill  throughout  the  bag's  top  to  trap  rising  warm  air.  Each  bag  comes  with  a  smaller  amount  of  fill  in  the  bag's  bottom  that  works  in  tandem with  a  three-­season  sleeping  pad  to  provide  users  with  extra  warmth.  The  result:  A  bag  that's  tuned  to  match  the  female  body's  natural  resting  position,  stays  firmly  attached  to the  pad,  and  delivers  optimal  comfort  and  warmth.

The  three  new  women's  sleeping  bags  coming  to  stores  in  2014  are: Mira™  Women's  15°F/-­9°C  Bag

750-­fill  goose  down  with  ThermaCapture  Mira  bag provides  ultralight  and  compact  three-­season  comfort for  women. -­9°C  /  15°F 820g  (1lb.  12  oz.) RRP  £330.00  –  £350.00  

www.ukclimbing.com/gear/news.php?id=5672

Adara™  Women's  0°F/-­18°C  Bag

750-­fill  goose  down  with  ThermaCapture  bag  provides light  and  compressible  cold-­weather  warmth  for  four season  comfort. -­18°C  /  0°F 1090g  (2  lbs.  6  oz.) RRP:  £420.00  –  £440.00

Capella™  Women's  20°F/-­7°C  Bag  

Capella  bag  features  Therm-­a-­Rest's  EraLoft™ synthetic  insulation—a  proprietary  blend  of  three fibers  that  provide  superior  warmth,  loft  and  durability —for  three-­season  warmth  with  all-­weather performance  for  women. -­7°C  /  20°F 1250g  (2lbs.  12  oz.) RRP  £170.00  –  £180.00

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7/31/13

UKH Gear - Therm-a-Rest® Debuts Women's Sleeping Bags with Reflective T

UKHillwalking.com Therm-­a-­Rest®  Debuts  Women's  Sleeping  Bags  with  Reflective  Technology   £170.00  –  £440.00,  added  31/Jul/2013,  see  all  Therm-­a-­Rest  news  &  reviews announcement  by  Therm-­a-­Rest   This  announcement  has  been  read  186  times

In  2014,  Therm-­a-­Rest  expands  its  award-­winning  sleeping  bag line  with  the  addition  of  three  sleeping  bags  meticulously designed  to  meet  the  unique  needs  of  women  and  provide  them with  the  best  possible  night's  rest  outdoors.  

Gear  News Reviews  for  Therm-­a-­Rest  gear: Therm-­a-­Rest  Navis  Sleeping  Bag  Jul-­13 Therm-­a-­Rest  NeoAir  XTherm  Camping Mat  Dec-­12 Camping  Mats  Jun-­11

Therm-­a-­Rest's  Synergy-­Link™  mattress  connectors  and innovative  ThermaCapture™  technology  set  the  new  women's sleeping  bags  apart  from  the  competition.  The  Synergy-­Link Connectors—two  patent-­pending  bands  that  fit  mattresses  up  to  25 inches  (63  cm)  wide—keep  the  bag  and  mattress  securely  aligned to  eliminate  problems  with  sliding,  twisting,  and  cold  spots. ThermaCapture  is  a  proprietary  reflective  lining  that  captures  the body's  radiant  heat,  amplifying  warmth  without  the  weight  and bulk  of  additional  conventional  insulations.  The  reflective technology,  also  used  in  the  brand's  popular  NeoAir™  mattresses, allows  the  bags  to  rank  among  the  lightest  in  their  temperature rating. "These  new  women's  sleeping  bags  have  to  be  some  of  the  most well-­thought-­out  sleeping  bags  on  the  market",  said  Doug  Jacot, vice  president  of  Therm-­a-­Rest.  "Every  aspect  of  the  design  was scrutinized  through  our  in-­house  cold  chamber  testing  and  by  our team  of  testers  in  the  field.  Our  tireless  work  resulted  in  designs that  provide  women  the  most  warmth  and  comfort  possible  in  bags that  are  extremely  light  and  packable."

News  from  Therm-­a-­Rest: Therm-­a-­Rest®  Altair™  0F  |  -­18C  Sleeping Bag  May-­13 Therm-­a-­Rest®  Antares™  20F  |  -­7C Sleeping  Bag  Apr-­13 OutDoor  2012  Report:  Camping  Gear  Aug-­ 12 REPORT:  OutDoor  2011  -­  Europe's Biggest  Gear  Event  Jul-­11

Therm-­a-­Rest  Mira  Women's  15°F/-­9°C  Bag  with Therm-­a-­Rest  NeoAir™  XLite®  Mattress ©  Therm-­a-­Rest,  25  Jul  2013

The  sleeping  bags  feature  a  unique,  women-­specific  Efficient Comfort  Fit  with  extra  room  in  the  torso  and  hips  to  allow  greater  freedom  of  movement—particularly  when  side  sleeping.  The  bags  are  cut  slightly  closer  in  the  shoulders,  head, and  feet  to  maximize  warmth.  A  trapezoidal  foot  box  with  Toe-­Asis™  foot  warmer  pocket  allows  women  to  rapidly  warm  cold  feet  while  an  overfilled  hood,  draft  collar  with drawcord,  full-­length  zipper  draft  tube,  and  box-­baffled  down  and  shingled  EraLoft™  synthetic  insulation  options  maximize  the  warmth  provided  by  ThermaCapture  technology. Zoned  insulation  prioritizes  high-­loft  fill  throughout  the  bag's  top  to  trap  rising  warm  air.  Each  bag  comes  with  a  smaller  amount  of  fill  in  the  bag's  bottom  that  works  in  tandem with  a  three-­season  sleeping  pad  to  provide  users  with  extra  warmth.  The  result:  A  bag  that's  tuned  to  match  the  female  body's  natural  resting  position,  stays  firmly  attached  to  the pad,  and  delivers  optimal  comfort  and  warmth.

The  three  new  women's  sleeping  bags  coming  to  stores  in  2014  are: Mira™  Women's  15°F/-­9°C  Bag

750-­fill  goose  down  with  ThermaCapture  Mira  bag provides  ultralight  and  compact  three-­season  comfort for  women. -­9°C  /  15°F 820g  (1lb.  12  oz.) RRP  £330.00  –  £350.00  

www.ukhillwalking.com/gear/news.php?id=5672

Adara™  Women's  0°F/-­18°C  Bag

750-­fill  goose  down  with  ThermaCapture  bag  provides light  and  compressible  cold-­weather  warmth  for  four season  comfort. -­18°C  /  0°F 1090g  (2  lbs.  6  oz.) RRP:  £420.00  –  £440.00

Capella™  Women's  20°F/-­7°C  Bag  

Capella  bag  features  Therm-­a-­Rest's  EraLoft™ synthetic  insulation—a  proprietary  blend  of  three fibers  that  provide  superior  warmth,  loft  and  durability —for  three-­season  warmth  with  all-­weather performance  for  women. -­7°C  /  20°F 1250g  (2lbs.  12  oz.) RRP  £170.00  –  £180.00

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7/31/13

Thermarest NeoAir Trekker Review | Ember Survival

Thermarest NeoAir Trekker Review Posted on July 30, 2013 by Sunny Bull

“I  once  spent  a  night  out  on  the  welsh  hills,  in  the  depth  of  winter,  with  a  1  season  three  quarter  length  roll  mat.  I  could hardly  feel  my  feet.  I  promised  myself  to  never  repeat  this  experience.” The Thermarest Neo Air Trekker has been with me on many trips now and is proving itself as a very comfortable, warm and spacious wild camping roll mat.

Thermarest NeoAir Trekker. its a very comfy and portable roll mat.

The NeoAir line of products lack foam inside, so the mattress is only air, the benefit is it packs down to a size similar to a 1litre Nalgene bottle and is an impressive 6.3cm thick! Inflating the Trekker requires a good few minutes, if you want to do it without fainting, but with practise it is soon filled with enough air. Video   of   the   NeoAir   Trekker   being   used   and   inflated   on   my   most   recent   trip.   Location   was   a   tiny   island   which   is   venue   to   some   of   our bushcraft  courses.  This  is  my  favourite  pitch  under  a  tree  in  a  sheltered  spot  by  the  water.  

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Thermarest NeoAir Trekker Review | Ember Survival

The face fabric on the NeoAir Trekker is thick and durable 75D for the top and 100D for the base, so for camp sites where the ground may be sharp or prickly the roll mat copes well. Bushcraft, wilderness trekking or canoe expeditions would benefit from a roll mat able to withstand nasty pine needles! Sleeping on the NeoTrekker is best suited for when you face unpredictable camping situations, for example at night when you cannot check the ground before you pitch, the thicker roll mat absorbs stones and bumps really well so you spend the night in comfort instead of having a little rock poking you in the back.

Thermarest NeoAir Trekker. Showing down the length of the mat its baffled structure.

In terms of insulation the Thermarest NeoAir Trekker has a “Triangular Core Matrix� which is internal baffling that creates over 100 pockets of air which helps stabilise the structure, so it feels like a comfy mattress, as well as slowing down heat loss which means you stay toasty too.

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Thermarest NeoAir Trekker Review | Ember Survival

Compressibility and pack-ability are stars of the show here; the NeoAir Trekker weighs in at 730g for the L version. As a 2-3 Season roll mat, it’s not suited for winter use. Quality and attention to detail is excellent, but it’s a Thermarest, so no surprises there. If you leave your tent or bivi pitched during the day and leave your roll mat inflated, make sure you open the valve, as if the day is hot enough you may have a nasty exploded mat to come back to! Recommended Buy  yours  here   -Sunny

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7/6/13

Thermarest NeoAir Mini Pump | blogpackinglight

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blogpackinglight another backpacking blog JUL 4 2013

Thermarest NeoAir Mini Pump

(http://blogpackinglight.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/img_0479-e1372958193969.jpg) Blowing up an air mattress can be hard work. If you do it by mouth, it introduces moisture which is detrimental to insulation and can cause other problems like fungal growth. Pump-sacks are great but can be cumbersome. This little pump is a good solution for NeoAir users. It only weighs blogpackinglight.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/thermarest-neoair-mini-pump/

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Thermarest NeoAir Mini Pump | blogpackinglight

72g with two alkaline AAA batteries (51g minus batteries). It inflates my NeoAir short in just over one minute. To fully inflate it still requires one or two breaths. The pump is simplicity itself, with an impeller at one end and an extendible rubber tube which attaches to the valve on the mat at the other. The pump starts working when the door to the compartment housing the rubber tube is opened. It’s an incredibly simple, yet effective device. I don’t know how many pump cycles one set of batteries will last, but comments elsewhere suggest a fair number. Obviously, it won’t appeal to the SUL crowd, but it’s light enough for most backpackers. Additional: I’ve used it with my POE mats and it works with those too Disclaimer: the NeoAir Mini Pump was purchased with my own funds and I have no relationship, financial or otherwise, with Thermarest By Robin • Posted in gear • Tagged NeoAir, pump, About Thermarest these ads (http://en.wordpress.com/about-these-ads/)

6 comments on “Thermarest NeoAir Mini Pump” BG! 4 JULY 2013 @ 7:59 PM Must admit that I’ve been tempted by one of these but I’ve resisted because nobody’s been willing/able to tell me: a) If/how they perform using Ni-MH/Eneloop batteries (which have 1.2V ratings); and b) If they work on other mats such as POE Insul-Mats. If you’ve tested the thing on other mats and with 1.2V batteries I’d be interested in reading the results. REPLY Robin 4 JULY 2013 @ 8:13 PM I don’t have any AAA NI-MH batteries. It should work on POE as it fits over the valve. Won’t work on Exped. REPLY BG! 4 JULY 2013 @ 8:36 PM Thanks, Robin. Now I know that it’ll fit my POEs I’ll get one and try it with different batteries. REPLY Robin 5 JULY 2013 @ 9:02 AM Just tried it on my POE Ether Elite. It works and takes just over 3 minutes to inflate. You still need a couple of puffs to finish it off. blogpackinglight.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/thermarest-neoair-mini-pump/

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Thermarest NeoAir Mini Pump | blogpackinglight

REPLY Peter 6 JULY 2013 @ 2:06 AM I’d be more interested if it had a hand crank. REPLY Robin 6 JULY 2013 @ 7:20 AM REPLY

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