Just to round up some last thoughts on the gear I took to the Lakes.
Aku NS 564 boots and Rocky Gore-Tex socks
While these are good boots, especially when it comes to clambering over rocks, they don’t have much cushioning for road walking. They have no membrane, so I used some jacket wax on the forefoot of the boot to enhance the water resistance. This worked quite well. Occasionally there was a slight dampness but for the first two days my feet were comfortable.
On the Friday when it was raining and conditions under foot were very wet, I used my Rocky Gore-Tex oversocks. The Akus were overwhelmed and I could feel the water inside the boot. However, the oversocks kept my feet reasonably dry. Initially there was some bunching beneath one foot but this seemed to clear after a while.
While this was a good combination, I’m probably going to return to my Fastpackers for most conditions. For me they seem to be almost ideal. For colder months I’m investigating a slightly more robust alternative.
Super Delios water purifier
This was a real star. It’s so much easier than the Travel Tap. I was slightly sceptical about the bottle supplied as it seemed a bit small at 300ml, but it was ideal. I also used the filter on some Source collapsible water bottles. It was very easy to squeeze the water through the filter. This is a real find and solves the water filtration issue once and for all. I shan’t be taking anything else again. Why bother with pumps and chemicals when you can use this?
Turboflame Turbo 2 lighter
I bought this on a whim. I like a back up lighter for my stove. I also use it for burning toilet paper and sealing dyneema cord. It is very robust with a metal body. It gives a double jet of flame that makes lighting anything a doddle even if you are holding it horizontally. It’s not exactly SUL at 65g. I really liked it, although I know some people will think it’s a bit superfluous.