OK, let’s forget macroeconomic theory and turn our thoughts turn to gear. Something I’ve been considering for a while is getting a Satmap Active 10. I’m not thinking of necessarily replacing paper maps but supplementing them. I like the idea of an instant navigational fix. I know you get this with a conventional GPS, but it’s a lot quicker seeing it pictorially than working out the grid reference on the map.
Two things have held me back. Firstly, it’s not cheap. Secondly, the technology is developing apace. I might see if there are some offers after Christmas as that might tip me into a purchase. At around £270, it’s hardly an impulse purchase. 1:50,000 coverage for the UK costs £176. Does anyone know about development plans at Satmap. Perhaps I should email them.
Total weight inc. batteries is 224g according to UOG. By way of comparison my Garmin Gecko 101 is 85g and my iPhone is 156g. The Satmap is no lightweight, although is robust and well featured. I suppose the other consideration is that most of the time I do a reasonable job of navigation. However, if I were going to somewhere like Dartmoor, where there are few features to navigate by, then it would be more tempting. Hmmm..I’ll have a think.
Now that it’s got colder, I’ve been using my merino wool buff when walking the dog. I’m very impressed with it. It feels more cosy than either the microfibre or the fleece buff. The extra length also helps. I really like it, although I probably wouldn’t take it in summer. The other thing I’ve been using a lot for dog walks is my Aku NS564 boots. It’s a shame they stopped making them. They are really comfortable, although they are probably less appropriate than my Fastpackers for a long walk on hard surfaces. If they had slightly deeper tread and Ionmask treatment to make them more water resistent, they would be nearly perfect. Lastly, I’m expecting my Scarp 1 to arrive soon.