I’m only going to post a few highlights of the gear I took.
MLD Doumid and OookWorks nest. Fantastically spacious. The porch gives an enormous amount of room to organise and store gear. It also means that getting in an out of the tent when it’s raining in much simpler. Wet gear can be removed in the porch very easily. This time I managed to pitch the Oooknest better. The panels were taut. It did flap a bit in the wind, but there was never any danger of failure. All in all I’m growing to like the Duomid, especially for its space. I don’t think it’s a high mountain tent though. I don’t think it can handle winds in the way the Scarp can, but it’s a lot more storm proof than it first appears.
Montane Minimus Jacket. Ironically, given the amount of rain I had, the Minimus didn’t get an exacting test. It shrugged off the rain when I wore it. It’s a very good cut and I really like the hood. It breathed well. However, the inside felt slightly damp in places as the coating appears to absorb moisture before passing it through. Unlike eVent, it doesn’t have a lining material as a buffer. On balance, I think I prefer three layer hard shells like eVent where the inner scrim buffers moisture. Nonetheless, the Minimus is a good “fast and light” jacket.
Rab Drillium Overtrousers. Again I didn’t wear them long enough for a true test but I prefer them to my Berghaus Paclites or Montane Atomic overtrousers. They definitely seem less sweaty.
Paramo New Katmai shirt. Great shirt, shame about the smell. Really comfortable, well designed, loved the sleeves. However, it got smelly very quickly. It’s a huge shame but the smell rules it out for me.
Neoair short and fleece cover. Brilliant combination. The fleece cover made it much more comfortable, both in terms of feel and warmth. It also allows moisture to escape better, avoiding the clammy feeling that you can sometimes get with sleeping mats. I liked having a shorter sleeping mat as it didn’t dominate the tent in the way a full length mat can. Ultimately a full length mat, like the POE Peak Elite AC is more comfortable, but not by much. The Neoair did lose a bit of air during the night but this actually made it more comfortable. I’m not sure it’s worth buying a Peak ELite short. I’m thinking of making a fleece cover for the full length Peak Elite, though.
Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus. I’ve fallen back in love with this rucksack. The only problem I had was one of the prongs of the hip belt buckle broke. I need to find a replacement.
Super Delios water purifier. Worked well again but the bottle sprang a microscopic leak where it gets folded to squeeze the water. I covered it with a piece of duck tape, which is fine, but the bottle itself will fall apart soon with all the creases, I reckon. I could just use the filter with my Source bladders.
M&S Ultra Hipsters. I wore one pair for four days with no problems. No smell, no problem. Excellent. Very comfortable and wicks well.
Western Mountaineering HighLite sleeping bag. Perfect with my modifications. The zip baffle and neck baffle make all the difference. Great for summer. The square box quilting is very effective at keeping the down in the right places.
Paramo Velez Adventure Light jacket. Great as a mid layer or waterproof. I’m still slightly torn between the VAL and the Third Element. If the VAL had slightly longer sleeves, it would probably win.
Golite Wildwood longsleeve. Ideal for sleeping. Material is quite delicate and has already got some catches.