Sunday, October 07, 2007

Shopping or Running

so what would people rather do?
well both of course!
2nd biggest highlight of my melbourne weekend was running on the MCG at the end of the melbourne HM.
biggest highlight was gear shopping on the friday :) :) :)

as well as the usual paddy pallin, mountain designs stores etc... (available in brissie) after a tip from whippet man i stumbled across the 'backpacking light' store:
brendan (cr virtual) talks a lot about the super-light montane jackets so i decided to have a look...

well i bought 2 jackets (featherlight h20 and '200') and the 'atomic' pants.
montane are the leaders in the 'event' waterproof technology that is lighter than and claims to be more breathable and yet more waterproof than gortex!!
pity it costs almost 3 times as much ;)
anyway i stayed away from the real heavy-duty stuff and just bought the single-layer lightweight (non 'event') stuff.
the featherlight is about 110g and passes my simple 'tap test': put it on over my jumper and ran my arm under the hotel room tap for a while - nothing got thru.
very impressive!

after ensuring the economic viablitity of that store for the next financial year i went over the road to paddy pallin and bought another western mountaineering sleeping bag (the ultralite):
claimed stats are suitable to minus 7 and weight 705g.
for the record it costs nearly a $ per gram!!
i was very warm in the hotel room :)

after leaving paddy pallin i started looking at (rather expensive) altitude/temp/compass watches then thought better of it and went back to the room!

the next day i stumbled across some 'modal' undies made by gazman.
as yes before tesso asks they are the micro modals - referring to the fibre size of course.
best anti-chafe undies around.
except of course for no undies at all - but we wont go there.
for 1/4 the price of the calvin klein version they were a bargain!!
more money saved!!

for the record i trotted the HM in 1.45.50 watch time (wearing the new undies too!).
started nearish to the back and took me 15km or so to catch the 1.50 group who i stayed with until the end.
saw quite a few CRs out there.
a nice weekend.
lamington next weekend.


Blogger Spud said...

Now you are the GearMan!!

8:20 AM  
Blogger Tesso said...

GearMan sounds like a superhero. That means you can wear those undies on the outside!

Pity we didn't get to see eachother on the weekend, those other 7998 people got in the way.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Horrie said...

I will echo Tesso's comments. Shame we didn't get a chance to catch up. Happy that you were able to feed your gear obsession. ;-)

7:52 PM  
Blogger undercover brother said...

undies on the outside and gortex cape.
i like it!!

8:26 PM  
Blogger 2P said...

Hey UCB nice work on the half!

As for gear - the best (by a North QLD mile) value for money alt/temp/compass watches are Highgear - google it and buy it from the States.

I'm a Macpac man for sleeping bags (and tents and walking packs) though... which reminds me I need a new full gortex bivy.... hmmm how to slide this one under Mrs 2P's radar?

And in breaking news - whilst I have the Apex Pro currently on order, I took delivery today of the Inova Bolt - a 4.6W regulated LED torch that will just squeeze into a headband designed for a mini maglite - talk about a night into day machine :)

Shop on Bro!

11:48 PM  
Blogger 2P said...

Forgot to say that as for rain jackets - for all my gear fetishes I go el-cheapo! Unless the temperature is waaaaaay cold (as in Polar Cap or Everest cold) I don't reckon the high tech stuff is worth a pinch of parrot poop.

Doesn't matter if I wear Gortex or PVC, if I'm running in it then I'm sweating big time - my most favoured jacket for running (and I own 3 Gortex jackets) is a $50 Rainbird - nasty I know!

PS the tap test is not a good indicator - try Nik Waxing a piece of material and then run it under a tap - the water just runs off it - take the same piece of material outside and wear it under the sprinkler and see what happens.... It's the sprinkler test that counts ;-)

12:06 AM  
Blogger Mister G said...

Damn, now I need an excuse to go to melbourne....

1:51 PM  

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