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Discussion: New Kit advice, what's everyone's current fav

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Apr 6, 2016 10:12 PM # 
Hi guys am looking to replace my rogaine kit and wondering what everyone's current favourite is for the following

Shoes: was using Hoka's but ankle rupture has meant I want a lower profile shoe rugged enough, maybe Inov8 or Icebugs?
Compass: last one was moscompass thumb which I like, only down side is didn't have night illumination
Pack: looking at 20litre old one ripped to shreds
Any votes for favourites in any of the above appreciated.
Apr 7, 2016 1:09 AM # 
Hokas will be consigned to the dustbin of history once the rebound from minimalist shoes is over. Pun incidental.

Shoes - terrain sneakers, not too high, but cushioning not all that important if you have normal feet. No recommendation here, I just use my oldest but still functioning shoes, often then throwing them out post rogaine!! (but you rogaine more frequently...)
Compass - I never found the luminous bits all that helpful as they kept need a torch on them to brighten up. I always use a baseplate in rogaines as so much is boring bearing following rather than constant map contact. Suunto $40 jobbie.
Pack - light and preferably with plenty of easily accessible pouches plus internal sleeves to stop bouncing. Salomon pretty good, but I always take my MacPack 22L from 10 yrs ago - more comfy.
Apr 7, 2016 1:16 AM # 
Salomon shoes (XT Wings or XA Pros), Suunto M3 (base plate - also allows for grid/magnetic north deviation for those horrible AR maps) and OutThere pack although it's a bit weighty on its own. I did prefer my old Mountain Designs pack but I don't think they make them anymore, at least not the one I have and mine's broken.
Apr 7, 2016 2:43 AM # 
I really liked my old Salomon XT Wings for rogaining too, but I wouldn't wear them if I was expecting wet rock. Last few rogaines I've done in Inov-8 OROC 340's, which I don't recommend to anyone - they have great grip, but not enough cushioning. That said, I'll probably wear them again if I rogaine in the next year or two, just because they are there.

Compass - I borrow the super cheap base model silva baseplate (Ranger?) from school. Not ideal, but good enough apparently.

Pack: I doubt either of my packs get made any more. 20Lish seems plenty big enough. The key difference for me between the two is that one of them has wider, more padded waist strap, which makes a bid difference to comfort. The one I like is a Macpac, the one I don't like as much is an Osprey, but can't remember models off the top of my head.
Apr 7, 2016 3:05 AM # 
I have several Osprey packs that I won from somewhere but I only ever use the smallest one on shorter rogaines because they don't carry much. Longer events I need to fit in a thermal in case it gets cold and even the bigger ones don't have much carrying capacity, plus you can't zip up the hip pockets and I've lost muesli bars that way.
Apr 7, 2016 6:00 AM # 
Shoes - I wouldn't use Inov8/Icebugs, but that's just because my feet would pack it in and go home after about 4 hours from the lack of cushioning. Since you're less than half my weight, you might be able to pull it off. Other than that, whatever doesn't give me blisters so badly that even Bodyglide can't stop them.

Compass - agree with Tooms on the luminous bits, but the Moscow thumbie is the best of both worlds: thumb compass with rotating bezel. I figure if you're moving without lights at night you're probably on a track and don't need a bearing.

Pack - too much personal preference to be useful, and whatever fits me is basically a tent for you. :)
Apr 7, 2016 6:33 AM # 
Awesome info thanks guys, may just go back to Salomons XA pro or wings I used to use, no blister issues. Will look at base plates as will stupidly probably do another More AR's as well. I have the 40 litre Outthere pack but think if I take that it's just an excuse to fill it full of food and a new 20l one can double up for trail racing, so will look at Salomon and maybe osprey, or Outthere 20 litre if on sale as not cheap!
Apr 7, 2016 7:29 AM # 
Yeah the Outhere/Outthere is way too big for a rogaine but I need it for XPD and I'm too cheap to buy two packs.
Apr 7, 2016 8:12 AM # 
Pack I use a Camelback which has plenty of room for snacks, warm undershirt, light weight rain jacket and headlamp. The camelback carried really well and fine walking or jogging with minimal movement.

I have tried bum bags but they bounce and rub you back raw, to add to the memories for a week or so after the event.
Apr 7, 2016 8:31 AM # 
A camelpak can't fit that much gear in it.
Apr 7, 2016 9:51 AM # 
Depends on the size tRicky, Jen's got a Camelback branded pack that has room (tightly) for that. They don't sit comfortably for me though, whereas the Amp (I remembered the name!) does. Similarly to Richard, I really like the bum bag option - but there was the chafing when you ran lots, plus the lack of readily accessible bladder. The bumbag was before I'd heard of hydration packs and was a case of 2L of water only.
Apr 7, 2016 11:39 AM # 
Yup. My pack is a Macpac Amp Light 20. (At home now, not shirking wirk, so I could check!)
Apr 8, 2016 2:41 PM # 
I've been really pleased with the Tatonka ultralight packs, I've got an airy 25 and a skill 30. The mini frame to allow air through to your back actually seems to work, and they are very light and comfortable for me, though they could do with more pockets.
Apr 9, 2016 5:07 AM # 
Cool might have to run around in Bogong with some of these packs on and see what works. Yeah bum bag chafe does not sound like a lot of fun :(
Apr 11, 2016 6:33 AM # 
Bag chafe I understand is awful, but generally it happens to those blokes with large thighs or a larger capacity 'pack'.
Apr 11, 2016 7:06 AM # 
Hmm not sure about the inverted commas around pack, so will leave that well alone....
Apr 11, 2016 7:58 AM # 
He's just talking about his 'kit'.

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