Kit we Use
Below you will find a list of the various hiking, camping and filming gear that we take out with us on a regular basis, so maybe we can help you decide which hiking, wild camping and backpacking gear is best for you, or links to our different articles can be found to the left.
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BERGHAUS FREEFLOW BACKPACK
Naths rucksack of choice is this sporty little number - a little pricier than Trev's but the Berghaus Freeflow is a fantastic pack, stylish, plentiful pockets, and referred to as Nath as his adventure pack.
It may be a little more expensive but it is a quality pack by a quality company, and as is often the case with Backpacks and other Hiking / Camping gear - you buy cheap - you buy twice.
VANGO SHERPA BACKPACK
This is Trev's rucksack, busting at the seams, packed up for another Hike and Wild camp. This is the Vango Sherpa 65 + 10 litre rucksack. A comfortable, reasonably priced backpack, that has adjustable shoulder straps, a great number of pockets, plenty of external straps for attaching tents/roll mats etc and a built-in rain cover with plenty of excess for covering the aforementioned externally strapped equipment.
LOWE ALPINE ASCENT 40:50 BACKPACK
Nath's new backpack, lightweight, sturdily made with a lifetime guarantee on the manufacturing and designed for mountain hiking. The Lowe Alpine Ascent 40:50 is adorned with plenty of compartments, a raisable top pouch that gives way to the expanding section below. At 1KG in weight, it is barely noticeable on the back.
This 50L Backpack has become Trev's summer pack. Considerably lighter than his Vango Sherpa, this pack has a tidy has one main compartment, with a huge door that unzips in near circular formation meaning you get into the top or the bottom easily whilst out on the trail.
Nath's Day pack is another lowe alpine, the very sleek looking Airzone Z20. For a 20 litre it is an extremely lightweight hiking backpack with numerous compartments, and Hydroshield fabric to guarantee that it remains both breathable and water tight, and its frame seperates the back pack from your back to ensure that you dont get that sweaty back.
Trev's most worn pair of hiking boots, the Berghaus gore-tex leather walking boots are the ideal boot for the wet conditions of Dartmoor. Comfortable, with a great grip, and a lower ankle height, the Hillmaster ll's are a little less restrictive than the Karrimor boots (below), but well made, with a durable sole barrier ensuring longer life.
This stylish boot is a middle of the road waterproof hiking boot by Karrimor. Comfortable, waterproof and breathable, with a design that is like something out of Tron. The Karrimor Jaguar Event boot has external 3d sole and heel bumper, a dual-density Phylon midsole and D30 midsole impact support cushioning.
Nath's new boots are a bit more expensive than Trev's Karrimor, and for the extra price, you should imagine that it would be a longer lasting harder wearing watertight boot. Nath seems to like them so far.
Trev's recently become a hiking shoe convert, and has already trodden the best part of 100 miles of the South West Coast Path in these lightweight trainers. They're water resistant, have great grip and are extremely comfortable and agile.
JET BOIL ZIP
Well, both Nath and Trev have invested in the Jet Boil Zip. Light weight, economical, a decent size receptacle and stores into itself. Its easily attachable feet help to keep it upright and it's incredibly durable in any conditions, which is why the Jet Boil appears to be very popular with many outdoor adventurers.
This is an extremely cheap, lightweight and very compact addition to my kit list, and ideal to use a second layer during the winter months alongside my Thermarest.
A bit tougher than the Naturehike mat, this inflatable sleeping mat from Lattcure is another low cost but highly effective sleeping pad, which is both comfortable and insulated in design.
This ultralight backpacking tent is like a tarp in that it uses hiking poles, but it is dual layered and closes like a tent. Its a highly acclaimed little tent in the backpacking community, and althhough it may take a little more time to get used to putting it up, it is roomy sturdy and light .
This durable lightweight shelter is a massive weight saver, weighing in at less than 500g's. It packs up really small, so I often carry mine as a bit of an emergency shelter or additional communal area on group camps, but there is nothing like being open to the elements for a sense of adventure whilst camping.
The Vango Banshee 200, two man tent is Trev's tent of choice. Although not ideal for a two man tent, it is the perfect size for one man and his gear, and so far, Trev rates it as a great addition to his gear. However, so far he hasnt had a test in any harsh conditions. Not even rain.
This budget backpacking tunnel tent may not be the lightest, but its affordable price (especially with a Go Outdoors storecard) makes it a great contender to the Vango Banshee. Surprisingly roomy inside and its design means that its going to stand up well to most weather.
Nath has purchased the MSR Trailshot is a handy sized water filtration system that is so easy to use and fits easily into your bag taking up minimum space. I know Nath loves this, and Trev is contemplating getting himself one too. There is a video of this product being tested by Nath here.
Trev wanted to try the Sawyer after Nath had purchased the Trailshot. And whilst the Mini doesn't filter water as quickly as the MSR, and is a lot more fiddly to handle, its spec is absolutely mind-blowing, able to last a staggering 100,000liters without needing changing, and it removes 99.999999% of all bacteria and protozoa.
This compact charger has been a faithful companion to Nath until recently. Its small, generally lightweight, and with a digital display to inform you of how much charge is remaining. The Pebble Explorer holds 8400mah of power to take out on the trail with you and keep your electrical devices charged.
Both Trev and Nath carry their own Sony Handycam. Although with a lot of vloggers the camera of choice is very often a GoPro, the guys have found that the Sony is a tough, reliable and reasonably priced little camera. Its easy to use, now with timelapse features and built in image stabilisers. Its so small that it will fit into any pocket and the batteries are really long lasting and easy to pick up.
This Manfrotto Tripod tripod is awesome. Its lightweight and has an awesome adjustable head that is controlled by a roller lock and repositioned with a sleek gun designed handle, making it easy and quick to use. Besides that, it's a stable little tripod that packs away into its own padded case. Its actually Nath's, but Trev has sort of hijacked it for his own use.