Dartmoor Sept 2020 gear

I know you like a bit of a gear review, so here’s some observations on the gear I used on my recent Dartmoor trip. Most of the gear was old favourites but some were either new or newish.

Dan Durston X-Mid 1P. This is the first time I’ve used the X-Mid on a multi night trip. I still like it a lot. Although not a high mountain tent it’s pretty stable in a stiff wind. It’s got loads of room in the porches to organise gear. The mesh inner does give a modicum of defence against draughts but I used the Valley and Peak draught screen which worked really well at keeping the draught from my head.

Montane Outflow gaiters. I really liked these. At 130g for the pair, they are very light. They are quite trim and are secured with a velcro strip up the front making them very easy to put on and take off. The fabric seems to breath well. Very pleased.

Patagonia Micro Puff hoody. Surprisingly warm for a light jacket, but apart from the first night the weather was quite mild. It packs down small too. Great for around camp. In colder months I think I’d go for a down jacket though.

Bioskin hinged knee skin https://bioskin.co.uk/hinged-knee-brace-wraparound.html I was worried as to how my knee would hold up. I wore this every day and it was brilliant. It’s surprisingly comfortable and supportive, yet flexible. On the odd occasion I could feel it stopping my knee from twisting. If you’ve got a dodgy knee, it’s one way of protecting it. Highly recommended.

Rab merino 120+ leggings. These are very light at 123g and comfortable to sleep in. They worked well but I’d want something warmer in cooler months. I did miss my As Tucas Sestrals trousers around camp.

Cascade Designs folding table. Luxury but very useful. It won’t suit everyone but I liked using it rather than putting stuff on the ground.

Valley and Peak insulated pouch. Another great bit of gear that can double as an insulation pouch for keeping freeze dried food pouches warm and for keeping electronics from getting too cold at night.

My other stuff was all familiar gear. My modified GG Mariposa was excellent as usual, so was my As Tucas Foratata quilt and Thermarest X-Lite . I took OMM Halo overtrousers but didn’t use them. My Paramo 3rd Element jacket was great as most of the time I used the gilet.

6 thoughts on “Dartmoor Sept 2020 gear”

  1. The new Rab Xenon hooded jacket could be a better bet over the nano puff. It has a fraction of the stitching (non for the wadding) allowing it to loft to its full potential. It also packs down well and has a more streamlined fit.

    1. Thanks. It’s been frustrating not to get out more firstly with my knee and then with coronavirus. Unfortunately losing my camper van will curtail my winter walking somewhat until I get a new one. I think I will continue with the slide shows as a means of sharing my walks. They are fun to put together.

  2. Hi Robin
    Happy to see you are getting out there and that your knee is cooperating.
    As well as the gear reviews and mods, I always enjoy a good slideshow! Like Brian above I currently do my UK walking vicariously:) so thanks for posting.
    Be well.

    1. Thank you. Hopefully I will be able to do a few more trips now I have a bit more confidence in my knee. I like slideshows too.

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