Montane Minimus Jacket – Although it rained a lot, I was in the tent most of the time so it didn’t get a good soaking. I wore it on the last part of the climb up Harter Fell and part way down the other side, but there were only a few spots of rain. Nonetheless, it seemed to breathe as well as eVent and was comfortable. I’ll need to wear it in heavy rain before I can make a final judgement. However, I really like the cut, the features and the material. From a design perspective, it’s the best hard shell I’ve worn. I’ll give another update when I’ve worn it in sustained rain. Thanks to Webtogs for providing it.
Rab Drillium Overtrousers – Like the Minimus, these was hardly tested thoroughly, but first impressions are good. They are certainly not as sweaty as the Montane Atomic OT’s or Berghaus Paclite OT’s, albeit a bit heavier (240g).
Montane Litespeed/Patagonia R1 Pullover – The Velcro cuff mod was excellent, making the Litespeed much more adaptable in a range of temperatures. The R1 was a bit warm, so I might get a lighter weight fleece pullover. Nevertheless, it’s a great bit of gear. I’m in two minds whether I prefer this combo to my Velez Adventure Light. It’s more flexible but I still found myself missing my VAL.
Rab Generator jacket – Just great. Best synthetic insulating jacket I’ve had.
Salomon Fastpackers – A joy to return to. I’m not sure I should bother with any other boots!
Golite Wildwood long sleeve – Lovely for sleeping in and incredibly light (106g). However, it’s easy to “catch” the material and a loose thread has appeared. It’s really better as a sleeping/camp site top than a walking top.
MLD Gaiters – I wore these for the first time and really liked them. Being eVent they breathed well and are very light (101g) for gaiters. They also don’t droop, unlike some other designs. Well worth carrying for marshy ground.
POE Peak Elite AC sleeping mat – Very comfortable. The only drawback is that it is quite slippery. I put some silicone sealant on the base to stop it sliding, but the sealant peeled off.
Satmap 10 – I was in two minds whether to bother but I was glad I took it. It was used mainly to check my position, but it was also useful when navigating fields. I used the lithium battery. With the tracking switched off the battery life was astounding. It still had a good charge even after one and half day’s use.
Rest of gear – nothing much to report. It all worked well.