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Gamma Headtorch Instructions

The Gamma has a one button operation - 

Front Light - Press on button

  • XP-C CREE :  High > Low > Flashing > Off
  • Press ON for 3 seconds to switch between Cree LED and coloured LED’s cycles
  • Coloured LED’s : White On > Green On > Red On > Red Flashing > Off
  • Press OFF it stays on at any mode for over 3 seconds

Rear Light

  • Red LED : On > Flashing > Off

Batteries

  • 3xAAA. Rear cover is opened by twisting off the cap opposite the wire. Diagram on cover
  • Batteries are inserted as per diagram inside battery case
  • Cap must be pushed on firmly before twisting closed

Download the Gamma PDF instruction sheet.

Created: Jan 09, 2014

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Christmas Shopping

As always our advice to avoid stress is to order as soon as possible. This way we have time to sort out any issues like ordering the wrong size, missed deliveries, incorrectly addressed items etc etc. Orders placed before 2pm Monday - Friday will go out the same day. Exceptions include UK custom made products, if in doubt please check before ordering. Note that these are not guaranteed, order earlier to avoid dissapointment!

These are the important dates through December...

 

International Standard:

Monday 4th December
Africa, Middle East

Monday 7th December
Asia, Cyprus, Far East, Japan, Eastern Europe (ex. Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia

Tuesday 8th December

Caribbean, Central & South America

Thursday 10th December
Greece, Australia, New Zealand

Monday 14th December
Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland

Tuesday 15th December
Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA

Thursday 17th December
France

Friday 18th December
Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland

 

UK Inland Service

Friday 18th December

This is the one that will effect most people as it includes UK inland destinations.

Wednesday 23rd December - Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed
Oh dear you are down to the wire.. If you order before 2pm we will ship out the same day for a next day pre 1pm delivery. Remember someone will have to sign for it and not all areas in the UK are actually next day. Checkout which postcode areas are next day on the Royal Mail website

Thursday 24th December - Visit our showroom
If you are in the Nottingham area why not pop into our showroom and munch on a mince pie. If you plan on visiting in the afternoon we recommend calling us first to check we are still here on 01773 417007 or dropping us an email.

25th / 26th / 27th / 28th December - Closed
Merry Christmas everyone, we hope you find some Alpkit goodness under your tree.

29th / 30th / 31st December - Open
A few lucky staff have be carefully selected to work over the Christmas period. We will be answering phone calls, replying to emails and packing orders. You can also visit our showroom for some Christmas cheer.

1st / 2nd / 3rd  January - Closed

 

4th January - Normal service resumes

 

External Links

http://www.royalmail.com/greetings

 

 

Created: Dec 16, 2010

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When will my Stingray be made?

Once we have received your template, we mark your order as ready to be made and the factory. All Stingrays and Fat Bike Stingrays are made the week following receipt of your template and will be sent out the same week.

Created: Feb 08, 2016

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When will the Cahoot tandem be available to order?

The Sonder Cahoot tandems will be a made to order item but we will have one on display in our showroom as of March 2016. For further information, please contact support@alpkit.com

Created: Feb 08, 2016

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Compact Ultra trekking poles

In this video I give an overview of the Compact Ultra trekking poles including how to set them up, adjusting them and how to use them.

Created: Jan 27, 2016

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Storing Gas in your BruKit

In this video I cover how to store a 230g gas canister inside your BruKit with the burner to make a realy neat little cooking bundle. You can fit 100g canisters in too as they're much smaller, but if you want more gas then the BruKit can handle it.

Created: Jan 27, 2016

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What fork can I use with Broken Road?

We are curently awaiting stock of the titanium fork designed for the Broken Road frame.

For customers wishing to get out on their Broken Road immediately, the Broken Road is perfectly suited to a fork with an axle to crown measurement of around 470 - 480 mm.

For use with both 29” and 650b+ wheels, this would need to be a fork with 80 mm - 100 mm of travel; our choice would be the Rockshox Reba.

Created: Jan 26, 2016

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Packing your sleeping bag in an Airlok

In this video I show how to pack your sleeping bag into a much more managable shape for getting in your backpack or duffel - in an Airlok drybag.

 

Created: Jan 21, 2016

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How to use your Gamma head torch

In this video I go through the min features and functions of the Gamma and cover instructions on how to get the most out of the classic Alpkit head torch.

Created: Jan 21, 2016

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How to inflate our Dumo sleeping mat

In this video I show how to inflate the Dumo sleeping mat which has an integrated pump in the foot.

Created: Jan 15, 2016

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What are the differences between Filo and Phantac?

With 2 great jackets to choose from which is right for you? In this short video I run through some of the main differences.

Created: Jan 15, 2016

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Which Vortex/ Airlok for my sleeping bag or down jacket?

Which insulation into which bag?
InsulationProductSqueezes into Vortex size:Comfortably fits into Vortex size: Squeezes into Airlok size:Comfortably fits into Airlok size:

Mountain Ghost

XS

S

4L

13L

Point 5

XXS

S

4L

13L

PipeDream 250 Long

XS

S

4L

13L

PipeDream 250

XS

S

4L

13L

PipeDream 400 Long

S

M

8L

13L

PipeDream 400

S

M

8L

13L
SkyeHigh 500 Long

M

L

13L

20L

SkyeHigh 500

M

L13L20L
SkyeHigh 700 Long

L

XL

20L

35L

SkyeHigh 700

L

XL

20L

35L

SkyeHigh 900 Long

XL

XXL

35L

35L

SkyeHigh 900

XL

XXL

35L

35L

AlpineDream 700

L

XL

13L

35L

AlpineDream 900

L

XL

20L

35L

AlpineDream 1100

L

XXL

20L

35L

ArcticDream 1000

L

XXL

20L

35L

ArcticDream 1200

XL

XXL

35L

35L

ArcticDream 1400

XL

XXL

35L

35L

     

Filoment Vest Men's/ Women's

XXSXXS1L1L
Filoment Jacket/ Smock Men's/ Women's

XXS

XXS

1L

1L

Filo Men's/ Women's

XS

XS

2L

2L

0Hiro

XS

XS

2L

2L

Created: Jan 08, 2016

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Dishwasher Safe - Can I put my cookware in a dishwasher?

After an adventure on the hills the last thing you need to worry about is how best to clean your beloved pots and pans. You can of course hand wash any pots and pans in the sink without a care in the world, but what if you have the luxury of a dishwasher?

Titanium - Fire away! Titanium cookware is absolutely fine in the dishwasher and will come out sparkling, except for the burnt on porridge from when you left the pan unattended to get your favourite spoon perhaps.

Aluminium - DO NO put aluminium cookware in the dishwasher. It will do terrible things and make your pots unusable! Always clean aluminium cookware by hand

Created: Dec 24, 2015

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What is a Rough Cut?

Every new product we make has an initial production run to develop our workflow, fine tune our patterns and to familiarise the machinists with the new product. All Rough Cuts are 100% guaranteed, fully functional and not defective in anyway. To be honest the phrase Rough Cut is a bit unfair on the factory guys because these look great! Final specs and finishing components may differ when this item is in full production, so if you have any comments or feedback from using it please do let us know. It is a great opportunity to be the first to pick up a new product, help us in our development process and save a bit of cash in the process!

Created: Dec 22, 2015

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Muon head torch instructions

Created: Dec 22, 2015

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Are Sonder available outside the UK?

They will be - but not just yet. We are seeking out some favourable shipping rates and we will update the Sonder pages when we have these sorted.

Created: Dec 18, 2015

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What pressure should I run my Trailblazers at?

For a great riding experience our recommendation is 20-35 psi.

Created: Dec 10, 2015

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What wheel sizes can Broken Road take?

The Broken Road is designed for a 2.8 in rear B+ tyre. This has a diameter of 729 mm at maximum size for manufacturing tolerance. This clears the seat tube by the ISO required 6 mm, at min tolerance. So can you use 29'er wheels? Yes... Broken Road has longer chainstays that will take a 29 in wheel. 

Created: Dec 10, 2015

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What wheel sizes can Transmitter take?

The Transmitter is designed for a 2.8 in rear B+ tyre. This has a diameter of 729 mm at maximum size for manufacturing tolerance. This clears the seat tube by the ISO required 6 mm, at min tolerance. A 2.25 in 29'er tyre has a diameter of 747mm. So it isn't going to fit. Of course a skinny 1.9 in 29er tyre will fit, but so what? It’d not really ride the way the frame is meant to be ridden.

Created: Dec 10, 2015

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What wheel sizes can Camino take?

Camino is up to 700c x 44 mm and 650b x 48 mm compatible. If you are building your own set up we recommened the Nano 700 x 42 mm which leaves lots of clearance between the tyre and the fork.

Created: Dec 10, 2015

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When will you have the Cloud Clover back in stock

Our first version has proven to be highly successful and we have sold out in a few weeks. We are currently sourcing fabrics to make a new version with an estimate arrival time of Spring. We will publish more information as things change.

Created: Dec 10, 2015

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Merino Care Guide

The breathability and wonderful wicking nature of merino makes this all-natural fabric the paramount choice for base layers and other sporting garments. It is resistant to odour so often simple airing of the merino may avoid the need for a wash cycle which is better for the merino and the environment.

Merino is a delicate material so when washing, please ensure that you follow these guidelines to prolong the life of your merino clothing.
 

How to wash

Machine-washing: Use a delicate or wool cycle at or below 30°C. Turn garment inside out before washing and drying.

Handwashing: Use lukewarm water to massage the merino and then rinse thoroughly. Remove excess water by rolling in a towel but don’t wring it!

Never use hot water to wash your merino. 


Detergents

Merino clothing should only be washed using approved liquid detergent such as Ecover Delicate, or NikWax WoolWash.

Conventional soap powder detergents do not melt at a low enough temperature and so residue can attach to the fibres. The powder can comprise of harmful strong alkalis that damage your Merino.

Do not use fabric conditioners. They were developed to remove static and bad odours from synthetic fabrics. Merino doesn’t produce static and releases odours and moisture naturally so using conditioners will interfere with this natural process.

Never soak Merino for any period of time. Never use bleach or spot clean.

Drying

Lay flat or hang dry in a place where air can circulate freely. You should position away from direct heat and sunlight.

Never dry merino over a radiator or in front of a fire. Do not tumble dry. 


Rips and tears

If you are unfortunate enough to snag or tear your merino, or be attacked by moths, your Merino can be mended using silk sewing thread.

If your merino is overheated in a wash cycle and it shrinks then the fibres will be irreparably damaged.

Created: Dec 08, 2015

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Can I use 18650 batteries with Prism 550

The size of 2 CR123 is slightly smaller than 18650 and the voltage is different. 2 CR123 is 6V while 18650 is 3.7V , to use the 18650 battery we would need to redesign the product circuit and the size of the head light. So the answer is no.

Created: Dec 07, 2015

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What are builds and groupsets?

Sonder bikes are available as frame only versions, but not everyone gets a kick out of speccing and building their own bike. We have taken the pain out of this by putting together a choice of complete bikes at a choice of price points and specs. For our builds we choose components that are designed to work together - these are called groupsets. The advantage of buying a complete groupset is that everything is designed to work together and you can usually save money over buying the individual parts.

Builds come with everything you need to get on the trail except peddles.

Created: Dec 06, 2015

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Can I use my Cornerman on the beach?

Cornerman is not a beach towel. By all means use it to towel down after a swim but if you plan to switch out of your Speedos on a busy beach be very careful which way you are facing.

Created: Dec 03, 2015

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How do I wash my Bean Mountain bean bag?

The best way to wash your Bean Mountain is to wipe it down with warm soapy water and leave it to air dry. Do not jetwash as you will destroy the DWR coating. You cannot remove the beans to wash the cover seperatly.

Created: Dec 03, 2015

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Is the Bean Mountain bean bag fire retardant?

No, Bean Mountain is not certified as fire retardant.

Created: Dec 03, 2015

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Head Torch Functions - how to turn on the sidelights or change light colours on your Alpkit torch?

When you get your new Alpkit head torch you’ll notice it only has one button for all the different functions. We like to keep things simple and easy, and what could be more simple than a single switch for every function on your torch?

If you just click the button you can cycle through the main beam settings and after a few clicks it turns  off again. So, you may ask, just how do I get to my Gammas red or green LEDs? What if I want a wider spread of light with my Viper, Arc or Muon? It’s simple! Turn on your head torch (one click) then press and hold the button for a few seconds. You should then find yourself in the other lighting mode of your torch. Just click the button again to flick through the different settings on this mode. Press and hold again to go back to the main beam.

Now you know how to use all the options on your new torch you’re ready to get out at night and go on adventures only possible in the dark. Have fun!

Created: Nov 06, 2015

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Bike Luggage Sizes

One of the questions we get asked the most is how much stuff will fit in our bike luggage. Sometimes size does matter and when you’re trying to get as much as you can for your next bike-packing trip it’s good to get a rough idea of how much space you’ll have.

The following list gives measurements of roughly how many packing chips we could fit into an upsettingly empty ice-cream tub. The tub was 1L and the packing was your fairly standard polystyrene chips. Not the most accurate measurement, but we’re working on it.

Koala - approx. 8L

Kowari - approx. 3L

Fuel Pod Small - approx. 0.5L

Fuel Pod Medium - approx. 1.0L

Fuel Pod Large - approx. 1.3L

Possum Small - approx. 1.2L

Possum Medium - approx. 2.0L

Possum Large - 2.3L

Stem Cell - approx. 1.0L

Obviously the actual amount you’ll be able to get into a bag will depend on what you’re trying to pack. After all, a down jacket is a lot squashier than a set of cooking pots.

Created: Oct 14, 2015

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Where does it come from - Alpkit gear sourcing

At Alpkit we really care about where we get our gear from. Like most companies, it’s not possible for us to make everything here in the UK and we get most of our clothes and camping gear from China. We always make sure the suppliers we work with are fare and ethical, that their workers get treated well and payed properly, and that all the bits and bobs that go into our gear is sourced as safely and sustainably as possible.

Created: Oct 13, 2015

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Are you going to make long and short versions of sleeping bags?

We are introducing more sizing options into our sleeping bag range this year. However, our main focus is to extend our range of sleeping bags before expanding size and colour options. For those looking to save weight with a shorter bag, it may help to know that the weight of the down would still be the same, i.e. in an ArcticDream 1000 there would still be 1000 g of down regardless of whether the bag was 180 cm or 210 cm. The only weight that would be saved is the minimal weight of the extra fabric.

Created: Sep 30, 2015

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Slack Kit instructions

PDF instruction sheet

Created: Sep 22, 2015

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Gamma - How to change the battery pack?

It's really easy to change the battery compartment on a Gamma should yours ever break and we can send you the spare part for free. All you have to do is remove the straps, flick off the broken compartment and clip in the new one. Here's a handy video that shows you how to do it yourself but if you have any problems just give us a call or drop us an email.

Created: Sep 08, 2015

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What are the advantages of titanium?

Titanium is one of the most abundant elements on earth. Lightweight and very very strong. It is super inert - this is a benefit environmentally as it is recyclable plus its resistance to corrosion means it doesn't pollute air, land and oceans. It also makes for superb cookware as there's no metallic taste.

Created: Sep 07, 2015

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Sleeping Mats and R values

Some companies give “R-values” for their sleeping mats. At Alpkit we looked into what these values actually mean and what we found was quite surprising. 

A quick google gives a definition for R-values of:

"Under uniform conditions it is the ratio of the temperature difference across an insulator and the heat flux (heat transfer per unit area per unit time, ) through it..."

Looking at this it becomes pretty obvious just how useless an R-value is for rating a sleeping mat. Depending on where you're using it the temperatures on each side of the mat will be changing all the time. Over the course of a night the ground will become gradually cooler and then warm up again in the morning. Likewise, any air movement going over the surface of the mat will cause the temperature on the upper side of the mat to change. Also, every time you move in your sleep you'll be heating and cooling different parts of the mat different amounts with your body.

On top of this, R-values aren't all given in one set of measurements. There's a European system, "RSI" which is metric and the RUS which is in imperial units. It's not often though that anyone will say which number they're giving you. Some people might ask what difference these units make, and it turns out it's quite a lot. The conversion factor between the units comes out as:

1RUS = 5.68RSI

That means that you could be looking at two of the exact same mats but one claims to have a R-Value almost six times bigger than the other. That’s why we decided not to get our sleeping mats rated using R-values. We advise getting a sleeping mat based on your needs and experience, not meaningless numbers from expensive pointless tests.  

Created: Aug 26, 2015

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Prism battery lock - How to save my batteries?

Both the Prism100 and Prism550 head torches come with a battery lock to prevent them from accidentaly getting turned on when packed. This means you'll hopefully never end up in that horrible situation where you take out your headtorch only to find the fresh batteries you put in last night are now completely flat.

To turn on the battery lock simply press and hold the power button on the torch. The light will flash twice to indicate that the lock is now on. To turn it off just press and hold down the power button again.

Created: Aug 26, 2015

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How many bikes are in the range?

Our first 3 bikes will be available:

Sonder Transmitter- an all mountain/ trail hardtail that you can take on the mountains with the skills you have learnt from the trail

Sonder Camino - an in vogue quick and light drop-barred adventure travel bike

Sonder Broken Road - a fully rigid off-road adventure bike for multi-day bikepacking

We intend to release Transmitter, Camino and Broken Road composed from titanium, cromoly and/ or steel. These materials affect the handling qualities of each bike; lightness, speed and stiffness which is reflected in the price.

We have also created Sonder Duo - the prototype is currently being tested by Minipips and his Dad in preparation for riding the Great Divide in 2016. We hope to be able to build custom tandems alongside some standard options.

We are also producing accessories and parts under sub-brand LoveMud.

Created: Aug 25, 2015

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Why are Alpkit designing their own bikes?

As many of our customers are probably aware, we are seasoned bike-lovers here at Alpkit HQ. But the concept of manufacturing bikes was something that had been often pondered but shook off as chimerical reverie. In late 2014, the conversation changed its tune. Why couldn’t we make bikes? 

Biking is what we do, it is what we love. We have a vast conglomeration of experience amongst these 4 walls; we know the market, we know what is already out there, and what isn’t. We know our customers, we know the factories, we have the designs and we have the long-time dream of wanting a range of frames that we would like to use ourselves.

We wanted bikes that were built for adventure travel, cycle touring, long multi-day, off road adventures and big days out in the hills. We wanted a bike that would get us to the mountain, a bike to get us up the mountain and bike to get us back down the mountain.

Although all the bikes are compatible with bike luggage, it was not a direct design point. The bikes are designed for the experience.

So, Sonder was born and the first 3 bikes will be available from 5th November 2015.

Everyone one has a story. What will you make of yours?

Created: Aug 25, 2015

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When will Sonder bikes be available?

Sonder bikes were due for release in November 2015 but they got delayed a little as we tweaked them. Sorry about that, but there is not much longer to wait now. We plan to have our Broken Road and Camino titanium frames on sale by Christmas with the Transmitter and full builds in January. Keep updated by signing up for our newsletter and keeping an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Sign up to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Created: Aug 25, 2015

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What specs will be available for Sonder bikes?

We are currently finalising the specs. This information will be released as soon as we have confirmation. At this point, the build options will also be listed on the bike pages.

We expect there to be a number of builds with varying specs including a frame only option, great value option and a top-end option. There will be a combination of Alpkit LoveMud components, RockShox and SRAM or Shimano groupsets. 

Created: Aug 25, 2015

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Jaran tent pitching instructions

So you’ve just got your lovely new tent and you’re ready to go on your next adventure. To make sure you can get your camp set up nice and fast here are some basic instructions for the Jaran.

1. The Jaran is an inner pitch first tent so start by spreading out the inner. Put some pegs at the corners now just to keep things in place while you get the tent sorted. If you’ve got a footprint put this down first with the inner tent over the top.

2. Get your poles out and slot them all together. The Jaran comes with one big bundle of poles. Join them all together and lay them over the inner tent. The shorter pole goes across between the doors.

IMPORTANT BIT!!! make sure the plastic bobbles where the poles cross each other are both pointing the same way - down towards the tent.

3. The poles all have a ball at each end that goes into a socket on the inner tent. There’s a socket on the black plastic bit at each corner of the groundsheet and a clear plastic clip above teach door.

4. Once the poles are clipped in hook the inner tent onto them. There are two circular plastic attachment points on the inner tent. These go onto the bobbles where the poles cross.

5. Now the inner is up get the outer ready. The Jarran isn’t quite symmetrical so you need to get the outer the correct way round. There are coloured tabs at each corner of both the inner and the fly. Match blue with blue and black with black.

6. Above each door there’s a plastic toggle that goes over the socket on the inner tent where the pole goes in. Do the velcro tabs up around the poles and hook the plastic tabs at the corners into the plastic clips on the inner (remember the colours need to match). You can adjust the tension of the flysheet at each corner.

7. Almost there, now you just need to make sure your tent is exactly where you want it and peg it out properly. Add some guy-lines for extra security (especially if it’s windy) and make sure the outer tent is pulled tight all across the frame and around the bottom.

8. Open up your tent, unpack your kit, lay our your sleeping bags to get all lofty and warm, stash your bags in the porch and then you’re ready to settle down for the night. 

When you’ve woken up, rested and ready for another day outdoors, take the tent down and stuff it into the bag. The tent boffins now advise not folding your tents as this just puts creases in the same place so weakens the fabric. Ram it in there, it’s a tent not a school shirt!

Created: Aug 20, 2015

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Ordos tent pitching instructions

So you’ve just got your lovely new tent and you’re ready to go on your next adventure. To make sure you can get your camp set up nice and fast here are some basic instructions for the Ordos.

1. The Ordos is an inner pitch first tent so start by spreading out the inner. Put some pegs at the corners now just to keep things in place while you get the tent sorted. If you’ve got a footprint put this down first with the inner tent over the top.

2. Get your poles out and slot them all together. The Ordos comes with one big bundle of poles. Join them all together and lay them over the inner tent. The slightly longer of the two poles that go across the tent goes at the door end

IMPORTANT BIT!!! make sure the plastic bobbles where the poles cross each other are both pointing the same way - down towards the tent.

3. The poles all have a ball at each end that goes into a socket on the inner tent. There’s a socket on the black plastic bit at each corner of the groundsheet and a clear plastic clip above the door and towards the back of the tent.

4. Once the poles are clipped in hook the inner tent onto them. There are two circular plastic attachment points on the inner tent. These go onto the bobbles where the poles cross.

5. Now the inner is up get the outer ready. Throw the outer flysheet over the pitched inner tent. There’s only one door on the Ordos so its obvious which way things go.

6. At both ends of the central ridge pole (above the door and at the back) there’s a plastic toggle that goes over the socket on the inner tent where the pole goes in. Do the velcro tabs up around the poles and hook the plastic tabs at the corners into the plastic clips on the inner. You can adjust the tension of the flysheet at each corner.

7. Almost there, now you just need to make sure your tent is exactly where you want it and peg it out properly. Add some guy-lines for extra security (especially if it’s windy) and make sure the outer tent is pulled tight all across the frame and around the bottom.

8. Open up your tent, unpack your kit, lay our your sleeping bags to get all lofty and warm, stash your bags in the porch and then you’re ready to settle down for the night. 

When you’ve woken up, rested and ready for another day outdoors, take the tent down and stuff it into the bag. The tent boffins now advise not folding your tents as this just puts creases in the same place so weakens the fabric. Ram it in there, it’s a tent not a school shirt!

Created: Aug 20, 2015

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When will the new AlpineDream sleeping bags be available?

AlpineDream will be available in 700, 900 and 1100 gram fill weights later this year. If you want to know as soon as they are available sign up to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Created: Aug 19, 2015

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Fixe Roca Rope Treatments

Fixe-Roca ropes now come in three flavours. Each is better suited to different conditions which will depend on when and where the ropes get used.

Natural - The Natural ropes are the vanilla flavour. These ropes haven't had any special treatment to protect them from dirty and wet conditions. This makes them the cheapest and most eco-friendly ropes we sell. It does mean their not suited to wet weather though, but if you're bolt-clipping in sunny Spain they'll be just fine. The way the ropes are made helps protect them from a bit of dirt and dust too.

Dry - The Dry ropes are the happy middle. They have had the outer sheath dry treated to protect it from moisture and dirt. This makes them great for UK cragging where you might get a sudden shower. The chemical treating helps the rope repel water so it shouldn't get super heavy if it's just a bit of a splash. It also helps keep dirt and grime out so your rope will keep its shiny newness for longer.

Full-Dry - The super treatment, think full on double choc-chip with extra tasty bits. Ropes with the Full-Dry treatment have every single fibre of the sheath and the core chemically treated to repel dirt and water before the rope is even made. This makes them super resilient to the elements, ideal if you want a rope for extreme conditions. Winter, ice climbing or sea cliffs, anywhere that your rope is more likely to get wet, this is the treatment you want. It also makes the rope more resistant to abrasion, ideal in areas with rough rock.

Created: Aug 19, 2015

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Fixe-Roca Endurance Ropes

Fixe-Roca have put a lot of research into their rope making, as you might expect as they have over a century of experiance. One of their newest improvements is the great Endurance technology. They've found a few ways of making their ropes much more durable and also imrpoved handling. They discovered that using finer yarns and different twisting patterns could make huge diferences in how their ropes behaved and at Alpkit we love the results.

Created: Aug 19, 2015

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Self inflating camping mats - Comfort

Has an uncomfortable, bad nights sleep put you off camping? Or does the thought of it make you go all funny inside?

Well then don't let those thoughts take charge! Instead, watch this video! It will explain how comfortable self inflating sleeping mats are, and what to expect from them when in use.

Created: Aug 18, 2015

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Self inflating camping mats - Construction

Are you interested in the construction of sleeping mats? Ever wondered how they're made and why the foam inside is so special?

Watch this short video and find out! Jim will guide you through and explain how Alpkit mats are designed and created.

Created: Aug 18, 2015

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Self inflating camping mats - Deflating

If you are struggling to deflate your sleeping mat, or just want some useful advice, have a look at this support video.

Jim expertly deflates the dozer step-by-step and neatly packs away.

Created: Aug 18, 2015

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Self inflating camping mats - First use

If you have recently ordered a shiny new sleeping mat off our website and want to know some useful hints and tips regarding its first use - this is the video for you! Jim goes through how to store, inflate and use the Dirtbag.

Discover your new camping mat with just one click..

Created: Aug 18, 2015

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Self inflating camping mats - Locating a puncture

What can cause a self inflating sleeping mat to puncture? Why do they puncture? Do you have that deflated feeling?

If your head is full of all these questions or you think you might have a puncture in your mat, watch this short video and hopefully all will be answered!

Created: Aug 18, 2015

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Self inflating camping mats - Pack size

If you're looking to buy a sleeping mat but are unsure of how compact they can be, don't worry about a thing because we've got the answer right here!

Jim looks at the pack size of the Dirtbag and Airo sleeping mats.

Created: Aug 18, 2015

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Self inflating camping mats - Find your puncture 2

Do you find your mat significantly deflating over night, or it simply won't stay inflated? If that's the case - you've probably got a puncture. 

Watch this support video for useful hints and tips as to how you locate the hole.

Created: Aug 18, 2015

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Self inflating camping mats - Repairs and care

If you've just bought a shiny new sleeping mat but are unsure how to show it the appropriate love and care, watch this video! 

Jim runs through how to clean, store and look after self inflating sleeping mats. 

Created: Aug 18, 2015

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Self inflating camping mats - Alternative repair techniques

Found a puncture but haven't got your puncture repair kit to hand?

Don't panic! We've put together in this short video to explain alternative ways to repair your self inflating sleeping mat.

Created: Aug 18, 2015

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Self inflating camping mats - Repairs

Struggling to repair your sleeping mat, or have found a puncture and you're unsure what to do next? 

Watch this quick guide which will take you through a simple step-by-step repair on your self inflating sleeping mat.

Created: Aug 18, 2015

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Self inflating camping mats - Using in winter

Camping during the cold winter months may not be everyone's cup of tea, but fear not! You can use your self inflating sleeping mat all year round - even in winter!

This short video will tell you how, and Jim explains the best type of mat for the job.

Created: Aug 18, 2015

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Frame Bag Fabrics - Cordura or VX-21

At Alpkit, we can make framebags out of pretty much any fabric. Whilst it would look fabulous, a satin and taffeta framebag probably wouldn't last that long though so we've chosen three fabrics which we think gives a great range for the discerning bikepacker.

VX21 - The “industry standard”, this fabric has a lot going for it. The high tech sandwich of different materials gives it several winning properties which is why we use it in most of our bike luggage. The 210D cordura face fabric gives durability to the bag and the diamond patterned dacron gives added stiffness and water resistance. All this comes together to give a great all-rounder fabric that’s pretty light at only 230g/sqm.

500D Cordura - Tougher than VX21, the 500D cordura is a great choice for people wanting a hardcore bag without the extra weight. With a clear water repellent coating this fabric will protect your gear from splashes and spray too. At 240g/sqm the 500D cordura is slightly heavier than VX21 but it will handle wear and tear much better.

1100D Cordura - This is the toughest of the tough. If you’re a lover of gnarly trails, overgrown descents (or maybe just fall off a lot) then this is the fabric for you. It’s a bit heavier than the other two options, but it will shrug off even the roughest treatment. A durable water repellent on the outside will give some extra protection from moisture too.

Created: Aug 17, 2015

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Alpkit Foundation

We want to make it easy for people to get outdoors.  So we’re donating 1% of our sales or 10% of our profit to directly support real people doing real things.

We have all experienced the benefits of being outside but schools can't take kids on fields trips or to climbing walls because of the cost of hiring a coach; scout groups need equipment; expeditions needing first-aiders to be viable; conservation projects are threatened by lack of funds.

So we’ve gone direct and set up an independent charity to get support from us to those that need it with the minimum of fuss.

It's easy to apply.  Go to the AK Foundation website and fill in the application form.  The questions are quite detailed so that we have enough information to assess each application.  We’ll then tell you when the trustees next meet and you’ll hear back soon after.  The criteria is simple: if your project meets our aims and we have the money then you’ll get the support.

The kind of projects we’ll support are:

•       £50 to £500 cash to individuals, schools and organisations to go on trips that otherwise wouldn’t be viable; e.g. giving a cash grant to a school to fund transport costs

•       Providing discounted equipment to individuals, schools and organisations at discounts that wouldn’t be commercially viable without support from the Alpkit Foundation

•       Supporting education programs; e.g. grants for expedition First Aiders or Mountain Leader Training that wouldn’t be possible without Alpkit Foundation support

•       Supporting conservation projects; e.g. grants to help rewild woodland

The charity is the real deal and anyone can donate to it.  It is registered with the Charities Commission (Number 1162585) and is completely independent to Alpkit.  We’ll have 7 trustees who meet regularly including an independent trustee, a staff trustee and a customer trustee.

We want people to overcome the obstacles that prevent them from ‘Going Nice Places and Doing Good Things’.  Now we have the charity we’re here to give the support - if you know anyone that may benefit then please pass on this message.

Created: Aug 07, 2015

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Merino - What does mulesing free mean?

Mulesing is a method used by some sheep farmers to prevent them loosing sheep to flystrike. It's an economical way of preventing their sheep from being killed by infections caused by insects. Seems alright so far, but the process of mulesing is pretty grim in reality. Unfortunately the process of mulesing involves cutting away skin from around a sheep’s back end that would otherwise grow wool. When this wool gets clogged by a sheep’s "business" it attracts the insects that can cause flystrike. At Alpkit we don't much like the idea of mulesing. There are other, much nicer ways to keep sheep safe from these insects, such as regular shearing around the back. This is more expensive in the long run, but we think it's worth the little extra cost for a much happier sheep. You can rest assured that any merino product from Alpkit came from sheep that got a regular clean and trim instead of the cheeper alternative of mulesing.

Created: Aug 05, 2015

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How should I wash my merino baselayers?

Merino wool can be washed like most other clothes. We advise you put it in a normal, low temperature wash with a regular detergent - just bung it in with all your other t-shirts really. Wash it with similar colours too, darks with darks etc. Don't use fabric conditioner on your merino gear though, it's soft enough already. Don't tumble dry your baselayers either, just hang them out or lay them flat in the shade.

Created: Aug 05, 2015

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Why merino?

Merino wool is a brilliant material for technical clothing for a whole load of reasons. It wicks sweat and moisture away from your body when you are being active and, unlike materials like cotton, it stays warm when it's wet. Another brilliant property of merino wool is that it is antibacterial. This means it stays smelling fresh (or at least fresher) even after several uses, making it brilliant for multi-day activities like a weekend bike-packing adventure or a climbing trip. Merino is also really soft and comfy too!

Created: Aug 05, 2015

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Ethical Down

At Alpkit we do all we can to make sure the goose down and duck down that we use in all our products is ethically sourced. We only source non-live plucked and non-force fed goose and duck down.  We work very closely and visit our factories regularly to see for ourselves that the ethical standards are upheld. Here's a longer article that Nick wrote in 2014 about how we get our down and where it comes from.

Created: Aug 05, 2015

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How much should I pay for a boulder mat?

Price, surface area, thickness, taco, hinged.. there are a lot of variables to balance when it comes to choosing a bouldering mat. This table shows where our pads fall in the wider market of large, medium and small bouldering mats. Ours are the only pads made in the UK, we sell them direct so you don't pay shop markups - who said UK production can't be great value! Oh, UK postage is included in our price as well!

BrandBouldering matStyleDepth (cm)Area Covered (m)MaterialWeightRRPPrice Per M2
Large Pad
AlpkitProjectTaco101.4Cordura5.3£ 160.00£ 114.29
AlpkitMujoHinged91.3Cordura4.5£ 130.00£ 100.00
OcunPaddy MoonwalkHinged111.3Cordura6.3£ 160.00£ 123.08
WildcountryBig AirTaco91.3Nylon5.4£ 160.00£ 123.08
MoonWarrior Crash PadTaco121.3Nylon6£ 160.00£ 123.08
SnapBunTaco121.3Nylon5.5£ 160.00£ 123.08
DMMDynoTaco91.3Nylon6.4£ 165.00£ 126.92
EdelridMantle PadHinged101.3Nylon5.3£ 180.00£ 138.46
OcunPaddy DominatorHinged14.51.3Cordura6.4£ 225.00£ 173.08
BealDouble Air BagHinged91.3Polyester5.3£ 200.00£ 153.85
OcunPaddy SundanceHinged91.2Cordura4.4£ 125.00£ 104.17
Black DiamondDropzoneHinged91.2Polyester4.75£ 170.00£ 141.67
DMMHighballHinged101.2Nylon4.92£ 170.00£ 141.67
EvolvMaverickTaco101.2Nylon8.6£ 175.00£ 145.83
Medium Pad
GrivelCrashHinged91.1Nylon3.5£ 125.00£ 113.64
Black DiamondImpactHinged101.1Polyester4.3£ 150.00£ 136.36
MetoliusSessionHinge101.1Nylon4£ 150.00£ 136.36
Five Ten / OrganicCrashTaco81.1Nylon3.6£ 155.00£ 140.91
MetoliusBoss HoggHinge101.1Nylon4.9£ 190.00£ 172.73
PetzlAltoTaco101.1Cordura5.7£ 250.00£ 227.27
Climb XDouble-XHinged12.51.08Nylon4.8£ 135.00£ 125.00
AlpkitPhudTaco81Polyester4.1£ 85.00£ 85.00
MoonPluto Crash PadTaco91Nylon5£ 100.00£ 100.00
DMMSpot 2Hinged71Nylon3.2£ 120.00£ 120.00
BealAir LightHinged81Polyester3.6£ 137.00£ 137.00
SnapQuarter PounderHinged121Nylon7.5£ 210.00£ 210.00
Small Pad
Black DiamondSatelliteTaco7.50.9Polyester3£ 120.00£ 133.33
WildcountryTouchdownHinged100.9Nylon4£ 140.00£ 155.56
AlpkitWaffaSatellite2.50.65Cordura0.8£ 50.00£ 76.92
EdelridSit Start PadSatellite50.55Nylon1.6£ 55.00£ 100.00
MoonBump StartSatellite50.54 1£ 65.00£ 120.37
BealAddition PadSatellite40.47Polyester0.75£ 39.00£ 82.98
SnapPizzaSatellite2.50.37Nylon0.6£ 35.00£ 94.59
EvolvRingerSatellite50.37Nylon1.4£ 43.00£ 116.22
PetzlNimboSatellite30.37Cordura0.7£ 54.00£ 145.95

Created: Jul 31, 2015

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How do I get my wetsuit on?!

Well, there is no denying it, putting a wetsuit on is not a pleasant experience. At least not a well fitting wetsuit. Unless you are in to 70's glam rock (or even the 80's climbing scene) then a wetsuit will probably be the most close fitting item you will ever wear. But do not despair! We have all tried one on and it is possible! Just trust us.

Top tips:

  • It is worth bearing in mind that the glideskin neoprene is incredibly delicate. This may seem like a bit of a conundrum for something that is so difficult to get on. 
  • Fingernails are hazardous to neoprene. It is imperative that you do your upmost not to impair the material with your nails; you may need to exchange it for a different size! Also, make sure to wear swimwear under your wetsuit for the same reason.
  • It is advisable to trim and file your nails before attempting to try on your wetsuit. If you are still concerned, you can use gloves to help protect your wetsuit. 
  • When pulling the wetsuit up, try to pull from inside the suit- if this is not possible, ensure to use the pads of your finger tips- not the ends.
  • The girls in Customer Service have found that working the wetsuit over your hips can be a bit of mission. So girls, be prepared for this when you put your suit on and just stick with it! You will be rewarded with glorious open water swimming.
  • Try your wetsuit on when you are cool and remain calm! If you get hot and sweaty, it will be much harder to put on!

Step by step:

  1. Get the wetsuit as high up your legs as possible before attempting to pull it up your torso. The ankle cuffs should be a couple of inches up your leg before you pull the suit up the length of your legs.
  2. With one leg in, pull up from the bottom of the suit leg, gradually moving the neoprene up the leg using the inside of the suit to pull the suit up (similar to putting on a pair of tights). Do the same with the other leg. Get the suit as high into the crotch as possible.
  3. Pull the wetsuit up over the torso and fit the arms in the same way that you just fit the legs: pull the wrist cuff to a couple of inches up from the wrist bone and then work the neoprene up into the arm pit as much as possible. 
  4. Flex your shoulders backwards as you pull the zip up.
  5. If necessary, bend forwards and gently pull the neoprene up from your stomach. Use the pads of your fingers!
  6. The wetsuit should feel 'comfortably compressing' when dry and may feel tight around the collar. In the water you want the wetsuit to fit as closely as possible to prevent water from collecting in the crotch and waist.
  7. The wetsuit needs to fit along the torso length and at the waist. If you can grab a few inches of neoprene from the zip when you are wearing it, then it may be too big.
  8. Getting a wetsuit off is easier when it is wet. When trying to get your wetsuit off whilst dry, we found it far easier to pull the wetsuit inside out.

 

Further reading/ watching:

Outdoor Swimming Society Top Tips

Head to the Hills wetsuit fitting guidelines

Huub Design wetsuit fitting video

Created: Jul 24, 2015

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Is the BruPot compatible with the BruKit?

No, the BruPot is not compatible with the BruKit. The BruKit is designed to be used with only the pot supplied. The BruPot can be used with many stoves, provided the stove pan supports can hold a base diameter of at least 9 cm

Created: Jul 22, 2015

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Is the Kelvin mug watertight?

The Kelvin insulated mug is not watertight. If the drinking hole is closed then it won't spill everywhere if it gets knocked over though.

Created: Jul 22, 2015

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Is it okay to cook in my BruKit or BruPot with the neoprene cover on?

The neoprene cover can be used whilst cooking with the BruKit since the stove is at a set distance from the pot. However, the BruPot is a little more complicated as it can be used with all sorts of different stoves so we recommend to only use the neoprene cover to retain heat after cooking, not whilst cooking. Potentially, a stove could have large flames that go round the BruPot which could melt the neoprene.

Created: Jul 22, 2015

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Which gas canisters are compatible with your stoves?

For our current range (BruKit, Koro and Kraku), any gas canister with a screw thread top should be compatible with our stoves. We are not aware of any brand being incompatible. Some canisters have a slightly more protruding lip at the base; this can make a 230 g canister stick when packing away into the BruKit pot.

100 g and 230 g canisters should fit nicely inside the BruKit along with the stove for storage.

Most gas canisters available on the market will be suitable for summer use with very similar performance. Once you get to temperatures below 10 C, it is important to check to composition of the gas as certain mixes will perform better in cold weather than others. Compositions comprising of isobutane and propane perform well in colder temperatures.

Created: Jul 22, 2015

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Is it possible to over-tighten stoves to gas canisters?

The short answer is yes. It is possible to over-tighten stoves which can damage the valve on the canister. This will stop gas coming out or could possibly make it leak. Different stoves will need a different amount of tightening but generally screwing it up until it feels secure is all that is needed. For example, with BruKits we advise screwing the burner onto a canister by four full rotations. In general though, if you're straining then its too tight.

Created: Jul 22, 2015

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Do you sell pan adapters for BruKit?

The Product Team are busily working away on creating lots of new stuff for Alpkit. This includes a pan adapter for BruKits. BruKit is not compatible with any pot or pan other than the accompanying pot. However, once the pan adapter is released, you will be able to mix and match pans with your BruKit to your heart's content! We are expecting BruKit pan adapters to be available at the end of 2015.

So, keep an on Alpkit product updates and stock notifications- they are published first in our newsletter and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Sign up to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Created: Jul 22, 2015

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Can I use a different pan on my BruKit burner?

No. Brukits are not compatible with any other pot or pan. Using a non-compatible pot with your BruKit does not allow the heat and flames to dissipate correctly and can lead to significant damage to the plastic components of your BruKit. This will make your BruKit completely unusable.

Keep an eye out for our BruKit pan supports. We are expecting them to be available from the end of 2015.

 

Alpkit product updates and stock notifications are published first in our newsletter and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Sign up to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Created: Jul 22, 2015

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Why are my Koala straps slipping?

If you are finding that your Koala saddle straps are slipping, this is most likely due to the Koala being over-filled and causing the straps to be pushed outwards.

To secure the straps optimally, ensure that you fill your Koala as evenly as possible and try not to put too much stuff in it! Make sure that you pull the Koala up and into the saddle and seat post as much as possible, before tightening the saddle rail strap. This should prevent unwanted movement.

This should keep the Koala in a nicely secure position throughout your ride. If you want a little extra security on longer or bumpier rides, looping an elastic band around the end of the strap will stop them from moving.

Created: Jun 10, 2015

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Sleeping bag comfort ratings

The EN13537 test involves a heated mannequin, a sleeping bag, a sleeping mat, a few other bits, controlled conditions and a scientist. It aims to simulate an actual person sleeping in a bag, where the bag is the only variable. There are 3 figures that drop out of this test. Here, word for word are the precise definitions as per the EN 13537 standard.  We urge you to read between the lines, the language used is precise and has been very carefully chosen.

Comfort Temperature (T comf)
Lower limit of the comfort range down to which a sleeping bag user with a relaxed posture such as lying on their back is globally in thermal equilibrium and just not feeling cold (related to standard woman and in standard conditions of use).

Limit Temperature (T lim)
Lower limit at which a sleeping bag user with a curled up body posture is globally in thermal equilibrium and just not feeling cold (related to standard man and in standard conditions of use).

Extreme Temperature (T ext)
Lower extreme temperature where the risk of health damage by hypothermia occurs (related to a standard woman and in standard conditions of use).

To do the topic justice it requires further reading, but just like when you click that 'I have read the terms and conditions' tick box before you upgrade your phone we can rarely be bothered. The topic is long, hotly debated and long so we have left that for another page.

Created: May 21, 2015

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Where do we measure arm length from?

To work out how you measure up against our clothing, grab our sizing chart and a tape measure. The arm length of our jackets are measured in centimetres from the seam joining the collar to the top of the shoulder down to the wrist cuff. 

Created: Apr 21, 2015

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Replacement lids for MytiMugs

We do not currently stock spare lids for MytiMugs; so keep a close eye on yours so that you can keep your coffee piping hot! Aluminium foil can work as a makeshift lid in an urgent de-lidded moment.

Created: Apr 21, 2015

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Can I swap a product in a bundle?

The bundles are set up to give the best value possible to customers purchasing certain products together. We are unable to swap products in the bundles for different items at this time.

Created: Apr 20, 2015

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Can VX21 be used on a carbon frame?

VX21 can be used on a carbon frame in the same manner as any other bike. There is the chance of the fabric leaving rub marks on the frame; this will have no structural effect but a simple cosmetic issue. If you are concerned about this, it may be advisable to use some sort of tape to protect your frame where the straps will sit.

Created: Apr 20, 2015

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Viper Headtorch Instructions

Viper headtorch instructions

The Viper has a one button operation-

  • Press on button for XP-C Cree light
  • Press once to move between settings: Mid > High > Low > Flashing > Off
  • Press and hold button for 3 seconds to switch to 2 x side LEDs
  • Press button once to move between settings: High > Low > Flashing > Off
  • 1 x XP-C Cree focussed LED provides 100 lumen long range beam
  • 2 x regulated ultra bright LED for 15 lumens of wide angle close range lighting
  • Water resistant, IPX6 (not submersible)

Batteries

  • 3 x AAA. Battery compartment accessed by tilting torch head forward from headband and lifting catch
  • 40 - 190 hrs of battery life

Download the Viper PDF instruction sheet.

Created: Dec 18, 2014

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Save 15% on books

Spend over £30 on books and you will get 15% off those very same books. Just use the coupon code #bookworm in the checkout.

Created: Dec 03, 2014

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Top Tarp Tips part 5 - Van Attachment

Utilise your car or van at the campsite and extend your living area. This simple trick can create a changing room right next to your vehicle, a quick shelter or an awning.



Step 1. Pass a piece of cord through an attachment point

Step 2. Tie a big double overhand knot in the cord

Step 3. Trap the cord in your vehicle door


Pro Tip. If you have a set of walking poles use these in the opposite corners to prop the tarp up.

Download these tips as a PDF

***WARNING*** - Leaving this set up over a long period in bad weather can cause water to seep along the cord and ‘drip’ into your vehicle.

Created: Sep 08, 2014

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Top Tarp Tips Part 4 - Kayak Bivvy

Create quick attachments to paddles, walking poles or anything really! This simple idea allows you to utilise the Rig’s own stuff sack, a set of Apollo bags or any drawcord stuff sack you can find. No need for extra bits of cord and save time with less knots to tie.

Beach bivvy

Step 1. Place your stuff bag over the top of the paddle.

Step 2. Pull the drawcord tight around the paddle blade.

Step 3. Attach a clipper to the end of the drawcord and clip on to any of the Rigs attachment points.

Step 4. Peg out your paddle using Fredd and if you are on the beach or snow check out our earlier Top Tarp Tip - Buried Sand Bags.

Pro Tip. You can Larks foot the stuff bag’s drawcord around the webbing loops that cover the Rig eliminating the need for a Clipper.

Download these tips as a PDF

Created: Aug 21, 2014

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Extend your bivvy adventures with a Rig Tarp

A lightweight Rig tarp is the perfect companion to a Hunka bivvy bag. Available in 3 sizes; Rig 3.5 is perfect for soloists, Rig 7 is just right for sharing nights under the stars and the enourmous group sized Rig 21 has community appeal!

Created: Aug 19, 2014

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Top Tarp Tips Part 3 - Buried Sand Bags

Stay cool on the beach and turn your tarp into a beach shelter, no pegs needed!

Step 1. Attach lengths of Fredd to the tarp at the leading corners and at the lifter tabs halfway along the sides. Loop around the top of your sticks and down to the sand.

Step 2. Fill your bag with sand and attach the Fredd cord.

Step 3. Scoop out a hole in the sand and bury the bag. You could also bury a stick, this also works on snow.

Pro Tip. Quickly attach Fredd to your Rig Tarp with our Clipper accessory carabiners.

Download these tips as a PDF

Created: Jul 29, 2014

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SagePay US State Abbreviations and US State Postal Codes

Recently our payment gateway SagePay has started requiring US states to be entered in a two-digit format. As orders placed in the UK and Europe do not require the postal state / county our website is not currently set up to automate this process. As a temporary measure we have published the codes here, please enter the correct two-digit code in the county field and you should be good to go.

Alabama AL
Alaska AK
Arizona AZ
Arkansas AR
California CA
Colorado CO
Connecticut CT
Delaware DE
District of Columbia (Washington)DC
Florida FL
Georgia GA
Hawaii HI
Idaho ID
Illinois IL
Indiana IN
Iowa IA
Kansas KS
Kentucky KY
Louisiana LA
Maine ME
Maryland MD
Massachusetts MA
Michigan MI
Minnesota MN
Mississippi MS
Missouri MO
Montana MT
Nebraska NE
Nevada NV
New Hampshire NH
New Jersey NJ
New Mexico NM
New York NY
North Carolina NC
North Dakota ND
Ohio OH
Oklahoma OK
Oregon OR
Pennsylvania PA
Rhode Island RI
South Carolina SC
South Dakota SD
Tennessee TN
Texas TX
Utah UT
Vermont VT
Virginia VA
Washington WA
West Virginia WV
Wisconsin WI
Wyoming WY
American Samoa AS
Guam GU
Northern Mariana Islands MP
Puerto Rico PR
Virgin Islands VI
Federated States of Micronesia FM
Marshall Islands MH
Palau PW
Canal Zone CZ
Philippine Islands PI
Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands TT
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands CM

Created: Jul 08, 2014

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Top Tarp Tips Part 2 - The Reflect Wedge

reflex wedge tarp config

This is a quick and easy setup requiring little equipment, just a tarp, 2 lengths of cordage and a few pegs. This set up doesn’t require any natural features etc and the area required is relatively small. It provides shelter from the wind in 2 directions and a stove or fire can be lit outside the tarp. (Tarp in this example is a Rig 3.5)

We would recommend using a bivvy bag with this setup as the footbox of your sleeping bag will push against the tarp.

Step 1. Peg down the long edge of your tarp.

Step 2. Remove your front wheel.

Step 3. Create a ridge line from corner to corner. Tie a length of cordage to the corner you wish to lift, secure it to the seat post / saddle of your bike and peg out. Your bike should be at approx 90º to this ridge line. The illustration below shows the setup from above.

Step 4. Peg down the last corner making the tarp taught(ish)

Step 5. Attach a long loop of cordage to 2 lifter points, wrap this around your wheel, pull tight and peg out.

(Note : this set up can be replicated with 2 walking poles in place of a bike)

Download these tips as a PDF

Created: Jul 04, 2014

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Top Tarp Tips Part 1 - Continuous Ridge Line

Continuous ridge line tarp config

Step 1. Home Prep. You can prepare your tarp at home by threading your line through any ridge risers you may have on your tarp. Attach a clipper to one end of the line and tie a prussik knot about halfway along the line with another clipper attached to it (There are plenty of videos online showing this knot). Now pack your tarp into a stuffbag trying the leave the 2 clippers hanging out the top for a swift set up.

Step 2. Find two trees that have enough room between them to pitch your tarp and choose what height you would like it. Run the clipper (without the prussik) around the first tree and clip it back through the ridgeline and attach it to the centre point of your tarp.

Step 3. Now work your way along the ridgeline to the other end of your tarp, slide the prussik knot along the line so you have enough line to  wrap it around the second tree and clip it into the centre point of this side of the tarp. Pull the prussik knot towards the tree to tighten.

Step 4. Work the line around the trees to slide the tarp left or right to position it over your camp or hammock, then attach guys to each corner of your tarp and peg them out.

Download these tips as a PDF

Created: May 07, 2014

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How to measure your frame for a custom frame bag

Created: Feb 26, 2014

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How to attach Koala to your bike

Created: Feb 26, 2014

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Loading your Kanga harness

Created: Feb 21, 2014

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Attaching a Roo Pouch to your Kanga harness

Created: Feb 21, 2014

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Attaching Kanga to your handlebars

Created: Feb 21, 2014

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Attaching an Airlok XTra to your handlebars

A flexible and popular technique for increasing the load carrying capacity on your bike is to strap a dry bag to your handlebars. This can be either strapped directly to the bar or for extra security strapped to a harness system such as our Kanga.

Our Airlok Xtra is an ideal dry bag to use thanks to 4 hypalon tabs through which you can thread the securing straps. Common sizes are 13l and 20l dry bags, although in winter some people go even larger so that they do not have to compress their sleeping bag or down jacket so much.

To create this simple system all you need is a Airlok Xtra dry bag and a set of Dual straps.

Created: Feb 18, 2014

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Only available for sale in UK

Our camping stoves are currently only available for sale to customers in the UK. We are exploring the issues surrounding warranties, shipping and user instructions so that we can make these more widely available.

Created: Jan 28, 2014

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How do we measure volume ?

All 1 litre - Approximately

We often talk about the size of rucksacks, bike luggage and bags in terms of litre capacity however calculating that capacity is not as simple as filling them up with water: in most cases they simply leak!

To provide a more tangible way of determining what this capacity means in real terms, I have been spending my time recently filling our new products (and some of our current range) with socks!  It sounds crazy but we have a lot of size 3-5 Akdrenalin socks just sitting on the shelf and each pair is roughly 1/8th of a litre in size. 

How did I find that out?

Well, I filled three of our products to the brim with socks: a Mytipot (which has a capacity of 1350 ml of water); a 1 litre Airlok drybag and our large Fuel Pod which, if you take the measurements, should equate to having 1 litre of space. Each of them can fit eight pairs of Akdrenalin socks inside and voilà - each pair is 1/8th and each sock approximately 1/16th a litre. 

Armed with this knowledge you can stuff a bag to its brim with socks and figure out the "clothing" litreage. It may not be the most scientific method and it may give different answers for other retailers' kit, but we think it is the fairest and easiest way to measure the size of anything. 

If in doubt - get your socks out........

Jay

Created: Jan 24, 2014

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Bear Bones guide to the Rig tarp

A lightweight tarp is a remarkably flexible shelter solution. It can be strung between two trees, propped up with a trekking pole, pulled out from a stone wall or even stretched over a bike. As a product things do not get much simpler, however the skills required to master this rectangular sheet of nylon are higher than you would need with a tent. Sometimes a little inginuity is called for but once mastered you will be rewarded with some amazing nights in the outdoors.

In this 2 part guide Stuart Wright of Bear Bones Bikepacking takes us through some classic tarp set ups.

Created: Jan 13, 2014

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Manta headtorch instructions

Manta Headtorch

  • Pressing the Right (whilst on your head) button
  • XP-E Cree Main beam On > Holding the button down: Dim Function cycles from 100% >10% > Blink >100%  > Pressing once again: Flashing > Off

4 Dot Button

  • Coloured LED’s below the main beam Press the button once: Blue On > Green On > Red On > Off
  • Press for 3 seconds : Red flashing SOS On > Off

Focus Ring

  • 1x Standard Wide Beam
  • 4x Zoom Narrow Beam

Batteries

  • 3xAAA. Open cover on rear of headlight by pressing catch between operational buttons
  • Batteries are inserted as per diagram inside battery case
  • Listen for click to signify cap is closed properly

Created: Jan 09, 2014

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Trinity lantern instructions

Trinity Instructions

  • Press on button - situated on main body of torch
  • XP-E Cree On > Dim function:Holding Button when on cycles the Dim function from 100% >10% > Blink 10 % >100% > Blink > Press once more: Off

 

Batteries

  • 4xAA. Screw off bottom cap > remove battery holder
  • Batteries are inserted as per diagram on battery holder
  • Tighten bottom cap ensuring red O ring is covered

Created: Jan 09, 2014

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Glowe lantern instructions

GLOWE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Press on button - situated on the base of the torch
  • XP-E Cree On (Half) > Off > On (Full) > Off > On (Low) > Off > Flashing > Off
  • OFF for more than 3 seconds resets cycle

Batteries

  • 3xAAA. Screw off bottom cap > remove battery holder
  • Batteries are inserted as per diagram on battery holder
  • Tighten bottom cap ensuring red O ring is covered

Created: Jan 09, 2014

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Help Me Pick the Right Size: Filo

Don't choose a Medium jacket just because the last t-shirt you purchased from the high-street was a medium. Some people prefer a tight jacket, some go baggy, some like to wear it over another jacket, some like to expose their hairy chest and wear it next to their skin.


The Alpkit Fit. Please remember that these are technical garments, they are designed to function with the rest of your clothing system. For this particular garment we are assuming you will be wearing a baselayer and a fleece. So if you are a sized 40 chest we recommend you choose a Alpkit Medium for a snug fit over a baselayer and fleece. If you know you are going to be slinging it over your shell as a belay jacket you should take a size up. Please refer to the individual size charts on the pages below.

Link: Filo Size Chart

(Hint: scroll down! The size chart link is at the bottom of each page)

Created: Oct 11, 2013

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Are Filo Hoods Available to Purchase Separately?

We do not have stock of any spare hoods for the Filos. Every jacket has one hood that goes with it and so there are no spares.

If, however, the worst should happen to your Filo hood, we will endevour to do our best to help out and try to repair it.

Created: Oct 11, 2013

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