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Christmas Shopping 2017

As always our advice to avoid stress is to order as soon as possible; that way we have time to sort out anything that the festive period throws our way.

Orders placed before 2pm Monday - Friday will go out the same day. Exceptions include UK custom-made products, so if in doubt check with us before ordering.

These are the Last Posting dates through December. Unfortunately we do not have ultimate control over the fates of the post; these dates are not guaranteed so order early to avoid disappointment!

 

International Standard:

Saturday 2nd December
Africa, Middle East

Wednesday 6th December
Asia, Cyprus, Far East, Japan, Eastern Europe (ex. Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)

Thursday 7th December
Caribbean, Central & South America

Saturday 9th December
Greece, Australia, New Zealand

Wednesday 13th December
Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland

Thursday 14th December
Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA

Friday 15th December
France, Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

 

UK Inland Service

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

Tuesday 19th December - Royal Mail 48 and 48 Tracked

This is the last day where you can get our standard 48 hour delivery.

Thursday 21st December - Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed
This is the last day you can use our £6.00 Special Delivery/ Post Boost option for deliveries within the UK.

Friday 22nd December - Royal Mail Special Delivery Saturday 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.

 

Parcelforce Deliveries

For large items such as bike frames, double dozers, and bouldering mats.

Wednesday 20th December - Parcelforce express48 large

This is the last day that you can use our standard devlivery for large items.

Thursday 21st December - Parcelforce express 24 large

Woah there, you are really living life on the edge! This is the last day that you can use our next day delivery for bulky items.

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Created: Nov 08, 2017

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Gamma II Instructions

Introducing your new Gamma II, a feature packed head torch, with 88 lumens at full beam, perfect for trail running. The red LED is ace for night photography and maintaining your night vision, the green LED is perfect for map reading, and the white LED preserves battery life.

Change the Batteries

Twist the lid to open the battery compartment.

Insert 3 x AAA batteries as indicated on the inside of the compartment

Push on the lid firmly and twist to close the battery compartment.

REMEMBER:

  • The battery life will vary depending upon the brand and freshness of batteries, recovery time, time the light has been switched on, temperature, and the setting used.
  • Use good quality AAA alkaline batteries.
  • Do not use rechargeable batteries. Using rechargeable batteries may invalidate your warranty.
  • Do not attempt to push the battery lid directly, as it may put undue stress on the lugs.
Instructions for Use

Main Mode:

Click the button once to activate the full beam, click again to cycle through the settings:

High > Low > Flashing > Off

LED Mode:

Press the button for 3 seconds to activate the LED mode, this will turn on the small white LED. Press again to shimmy through the settings:

White > Green > Red > Flashing Red > Off

Rear Light:

Click the button once to turn on the read red light, click again to change the settings:

Full > Flashing > Off

Warning
  • Do not shine directly into eyes.
  • Do not submerge.
  • Do not disassemble or modify this product as it will invalidate your warranty
  • Keep your Gamma II clean to prevent dirt and dust from entering the electric elements.
  • Do not store Gamma with batteries inside for prolonged periods of time.
  • Remove any moisture before storage.
  • Store your Gamma in a dry place.
Batteries

3 x AAA good alkaline batteries

Compatibility
Alkaline Yes
Li-Ion No
Li-Ion rechargeable No
NiMH rechargeable No
NiCd rechargeable No
NiZn rechargeable No
Cleaning

Keep your Gamma II clean to prevent dirt and dust from entering the electric elements. Clean head torch body using a damp cloth, remove the straps to wash them separately.

Storage

Ensure that the torch is completely dry, store in a dry place.

Service and Repairs

If the torch does not work, check that the batteries have been inserted the right way around and replace if they are flat. Check that there is no water in the torch, dry thoroughly if there is and try again. Check contacts for signs of corrosion caused by batteries leaking or through damp. Clean contacts with a light emery cloth. 

If issues cannot be corrected using these instructions, contact Alpkit for advice

Specifications
  Brightness Burn Time Water Resistance
Main High 150 lm 7 h IPX4
Main Low 70 lm 18 h IPX4
Main Flashing N/A   IPX4
5mm white LED 10 lm 45 h IPX4
5mm green LED 7 lm 45 h IPX4
5mm red LED 5lm  45 h IPX4
5mm red strobe N/A   IPX4
Rear full N/A   IPX4
Rear flashing N/A    IPX4

Download the Gamma PDF instruction sheet.

Created: Jun 30, 2017

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Gamma 3 instructions

Introducing your new Gamma III, a feature packed head torch, with 180 lumens at full beam and an optional overhead strap that makes it perfect for trail running. Its red LED is ace for night photography and maintaining night vision, whilst the green LED is perfect for map reading and the white LED preserves battery life.

IMPORTANT
Thank you for purchasing the Alpkit Gamma III head torch. Please curtail your excitement and do not use this product until you have read, understood, and complied with all the instructions and warnings contained within this manual, even if you are a bloke.

CHANGE THE BATTERIES
The battery compartment is in the rear light. Slightly lift the clip (indicated by a battery icon) to open the battery compartment.

Insert 3 x AAA batteries as indicated on the inside of the compartment

Close the compartment, ensuring that the clip clicks back into place.

REMEMBER: The battery life will vary depending upon the brand and freshness of batteries, recovery time, time the light has been switched on, temperature, and the setting used.

! Use good quality AAA alkaline batteries.

! Do not use rechargeable batteries. Using rechargeable batteries may invalidate your warranty.

! Do not attempt to push the battery lid directly, as it may put undue stress on the lugs.

MAIN MODE
Click the button once to activate the full beam, click again to cycle through the settings:
High > Low > Flashing > Off

To turn the Gamma III off, press the power button once after 3 seconds in any setting

LED MODE

Press the button for 3 seconds to activate the LED mode, this will turn on the small red LED. Press again to shimmy through the settings:
Red > White > Green > Flashing Red > Off

To turn the Gamma III off, press the power button once after 3 seconds in any setting

REAR LIGHT
Hold down the button to turn on the read red light, click again to change the settings:
Full > Flashing > 3Hz Flashing > Off

To turn the Gamma III off, press the power button once after 3 seconds in any setting

OVERHEAD STRAP
To attach the overhead strap:

Remove the main strap from the front and rear light on the cable-free side by squeezing it through the small gap.
Thread on one side of the overhead strap so that it sits in the middle of the rear light.
Reattach the main strap to the front and rear lights.
Attach the other end of the overhead strap to the top of the front light. · Job's a good'un, put it on your head and get cracking!

WARNING

  • Do not shine directly into eyes.
  • Do not submerge.
  • Do not disassemble or modify this product as it will invalidate your warranty
  • Keep your Gamma III clean to prevent dirt and dust from entering the electric elements.
  • Do not store Gamma III with batteries inside for prolonged periods of time.
  • Remove any moisture before storage.
  • Store your Gamma III in a dry place.

BATTERIES
3 x AAA good alkaline batteries

Compatibility:
Alkaline Yes
Li-Ion No
Li-Ion rechargeable No
NiMH rechargeable No
NiCd rechargeable No
NiZn rechargeable No

CLEANING
Keep your Gamma III clean to prevent dirt and dust from entering the electric elements.
Clean head torch body using a damp cloth, remove the straps to wash them separately.

STORAGE
Ensure that the torch is completely dry, store in a dry place.

SERVICE AND REPAIRS
If the torch does not work, check that the batteries have been inserted the right way around and replace if they are flat. Check that there is no water in the torch, dry thoroughly if there is and try again. Check contacts for signs of corrosion caused by batteries leaking or through damp. Clean contacts with a light emery cloth. If issues cannot be corrected using these instructions, contact Alpkit for advice

SPECIFICATION
Bulbs: 1 x LG 3W Gen2 LED; 1 x 5 mm green LED; 1 x 5 mm red LED; 1 x 5 mm white LED

Main Light
High 180 lm 5.4h 70 m !PX4
Low 70 lm 45 m IPX4
Main Flashing IPX4
5 mm white
LED 10 lm 18 m IPX4
5 mm red LED 9 lm 20 m IPX4
5 mm green
LED 4 lm 13 m IPX4

Rear Light
Full IPX4
Flashing IPX4

Download the Gamma 3 PDF instruction sheet

Created: Nov 12, 2017

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Wait a minute… why does my Gamma 3 say ‘200 lumens’ on it?

Errr... 

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that your Gamma 3 has '200 lumens' written on the back, contradicting all the specification information that tells you it's a 180 lumen head torch. This is probably a little confusing...

We were tempted to think of an excuse: maybe we’d ran out of coffee that day, maybe it was that day when the sun went red, maybe someone had eaten all the best stuff out of the snack box… In fact, we don’t have an excuse – we just messed up on the design...

We’re sorry for any confusion; just to clarify, it’s still a 180 lumen head torch. 

Created: Nov 08, 2017

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What is Polygiene?

Polygiene anti-odour treatmentWear more, wash less: it’s every busy adventurer’s dream…
We apply Polygiene™ to our Koulin tees so that they smell less with wear and need washing less between use: ideal for that multi day getaway (and you’re doing your bit for the environment too).
 
Polygiene ™ is a silver based treatment that we apply during fabric production. The silver chloride prevents the growth of the bacteria that makes your clothes pong without interfering with the skin’s natural bacteria flora, so it’s comfortable and safe next to your skin. Polygiene ™ is bluesign ® approved (meeting the highest environmental standards) and lasts as long as your clothes do, so you’ll never need to reproof them.
 
The catch? There isn’t one! You can wear your Koulin day in, day out, and day back in again without causing a stink – winner!

Created: Oct 05, 2017

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Nominated - Equipment product of the year

Our UK designed and made Ibex has been shortlisted in this years TGO Gear of the year Awards. It is in the Equipment product of the year category and final voting takes place in December.

Created: Oct 05, 2017

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Bikepacking luggage for Mytimugs

Mytimugs are super handy for activities such as bikepacking, so it's only natural that we want to pop them in our bikepacking luggage! To make it easier to decide which luggage to buy for which Mytimug, here's a handy 'what fits in what' compatibilty table for Mytimugs, Stemcells and the Lodo...

 

  Stem Cell Stem Cell Dry Stem Cell XL Lodo
Mytimug 400
Mytimug 650 ☺ (it's a snug fit)  
Mytipot 900

 

Happy bike packing and tea drinking!

Created: Sep 22, 2017

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Brukit Jackal Instructions

Download the PDF

Created: Sep 12, 2017

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Brukit Wolf Instructions

Download the PDF

Created: Sep 12, 2017

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Cloud Base Care

You know you've got good kit when it's always got your back: but even the hardiest of gear needs a bit of looking after every now and then! After your Cloud Base has been working hard to keep you comfy on adventures, it'll need a little TLC itself. Leave it out to sunbathe with the valve open after use - that way it can dry out on the inside, preventing the growth of mould.

Created: Sep 05, 2017

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Getting freeze-dried food just right

Normally we'd advise following the instructions when you're cooking up a storm in the kitchen of the great outdoors. However, experience has taught us to be a little less gung-ho when it comes to freeze-dried food. Instead of adding all the water in one fell swoop, we recommend adding water a little at a time until your meal reaches the desired consistency. The result should be a meal that even Goldilocks would be happy with!

Created: Aug 31, 2017

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Cloud Base Dimensions

Don't be alarmed if your Cloud Base looks a little long when you first unroll it: it's completely normal!

When the mattress is flat, it looks a little longer, but as soon as you've blown it up it'll be the right size.

Created: Aug 11, 2017

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When will the Big Papa be back in stock?

"When can we get ourselves a Big Papa!?" you cry! 

We're super picky about the fabrics that we use for our UK made bike luggage, so we're currently waiting on a delivery of the best fabric we could find to make the next batch of Big Papas. It's a super busy time for our factory at the moment so we won't be able to give you a firmer date for the time being, but watch this space: they'll be back soon, we promise!

Created: Jul 19, 2017

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Common Bike Upgrades: price list

We think our Sonder builds are all pretty awesome, but it's always nice to treat yourself to a few upgrades to make your bike a little more special.

Here are the most popular Sonder bike upgrades that Bike Guru Neil gets asked for (don't worry, you can ask for other stuff too!):

  • Hullabaloo Carbon wheelset, £570

  • Reverb dropper post upgrade, £250

  • Tubeless upgrade (bike fitted with Comp level tyres), £80

  • Tubeless upgrade (bike fitted with TCS tyres), £40

  • TRP Spyre upgrade, £100

  • Avid BB7 upgrade, £60

  • Love Mud Kura Saddle upgrade, £25

  • Jelly Reels upgrade, £6

Created: Jul 18, 2017

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How to attach your handlebar luggage to your bike

Handlebar luggage is quick to attach and much more accessible than seatpack luggage. In this short video Fran runs through a couple of options for loading up your bars ready for a bikepacking adventure.

Created: Jul 17, 2017

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Hadron Bike Light Instructions

The Hadron: a rechargeable bike light pumping out 2000 lumens at maximum power. Hadron is small and light but bright enough to light up the road ahead making collisions with oncoming riders a rare event.

Charging the battery pack

A warning indicator light indicates battery capacity, when there is less than 30% charge remaining, the warning indicator will glow orange. If the device indicates a low battery capacity, connect the charger to the wall outlet and connect the charger to the battery. 

Charging time: 3.5 - 4 hours 

Mounting your lights
  1. Using the rubber o-rings supplied, attach the front light to your handlebars ensuring it cannot rotate and is unobscured by bike luggage. 
  2. Repeat with the rear light, attaching to your seatstay or seatpost. 
  3. Fit the wireless remote switch to the handle bar at a con-venient distance from your bar grips. 
  4. Mount the battery pack to the bike frame, inside a frame bag or a bar bag. 
  5. Connect the lights to the battery pack, an adaptor is provided so that you can connect both lights at the same time. 
  6. Ensure all cables run cleanly so they cannot get accidently caught in moving parts and check that your steering still turns freely. 
Operation

Front light:

Press the button to turn on and off 

Click to toggle between the flashing modes in the following order:

On > 100% > 50% > 30% > Flashing > Off

Rear light:

Press the power button to turn on/off 

Click to toggle between the settings in the following order:

Strobe >  Fast Flash > Flash > Constant

Wireless Switch

Pairing the wireless switch: 

  1. Take the remote switch and press both the power and rear light switch at the same time. Release when the power button starts flashing. 
  2. Connect the front bike light to the battery and simultaneously press both the power button on the remote and the power button on the front light.

Your lights should now be paired together.  

Wireless switch operation: 

  1. Press the power button to turn on or off the front and rear light at the same time. 
  2. Long press the front light switch for more than 0.5 seconds to turn on the front light from the off mode. 
  3. Short press the front light switch to toggle between lighting modes. 
  4. Long press the front light switch for more than 0.5 seconds to turn off the front light from any on mode. 
Warnings
  • To reduce the risk of fire or injury, read and follow all safety and operating instructions. If you do not understand an instruction please get in touch.
  • Keep out of reach of children and pets. 
  • Do not short circuit the charger or the battery. 
  • Do not use the device during charging or touch with wet hands. 
  • Do not drop or cause an impact to the charger or the battery. 
  • Do not charge the battery with chargers that are not approved by the manufacturer. 
  • Never dispose of batteries or devices in a fire 
  • Never place batteries or devices on or in a heating device such as a microwave oven, stove or radiator. Batteries may explode when overheated. 
  • Never crush or puncture the battery. 
  • Do not touch the light surface when the light is on as it can become very hot. 
  • The battery must be stored in a cool, dry area. 
  • If the battery leaks do not touch the fluid. If contacted seek medical attention. 
  • Prevent batteries from contacting metal objects as this can create a connection between the terminals and lead to permanent battery damage. 
  • Do not directly view the LEDs as they are very bright and may damage your eyes 
Batteries

Battery type: 1 x 3.7V 2600mAh 18650 Li-ion Rechargeable Battery [Included] 

Battery cycle: 500 cyles (Reserves ~80% Capacity after 500 cycles) 

Cleaning

Wipe down torch body with a damp cloth. To wash the elasticated straps remove from the torch body. Wash at a low temperature. 

Storage

Ensure the torch is completely dry. Store in a dry place with the batteries disconected. 

Service and Repairs

If this light does not function check the batteries are fully charged.  Check there is no water in the torch, dry thoroughly if there is and try again. Check contacts for signs of corrosion caused by batteries leaking or through damp. If an issue can’t be corrected using these instructions, contact Alpkit for advice.  

Battery Specification

7.4V 5.2AH battery pack for high quality and safe performance. 

4 x 18650 Li-ion cell battery pack 

Battery Life: 500 charging cycles 

Battery weight: 238 grams 

Certifications: CE, UL, TUV, PSE 

Includes a small protection circuit board with over charge, over discharge and short circuit protection. 

Specification

Bulb Type: 2 x CREE XM-L2 

Shell: Aluminium alloy and plastic 

Lifespan: 50,000 h 

Working temperature: -10°C - 40°C 

Mode Brightness Burn Time Water Resistance
100% 2000 lm 3.2 h 
50% 400 lm 5 h
30% 120 lm 15.5 h
Flashing - 7 h
Rear 50 lm -

Created: Jul 14, 2017

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Tau Bike Light Instructions

The Tau is a bright and very, very, (very), lightweight LED bike safety light that is USB rechargeable and has a wide beam to help you be safe and seen.

Charge the Batteries

Tau comes with a built in rechargeable battery. This can be recharged by connecting to a USB socket with the USB cable provided. The socket is on the rear of the lighting unit, under a small rubber flap. Leave around 70 minutes for a full recharge.

Instructions for use

Press and hold the power button until the light comes on. Release the button, then press again to shimmy through the lighting modes. 

Depending on whether you have the front or rear lights, the cycles are as follows. 

Tau [Front] modes: 

Low > Medium > High > 6Hz flash > 3Hz Flash 

Tau [Rear] modes:  

Low > High > Pulse > 6Hx Flash > 3Hz Flash 

To switch the light off, press and hold the button until the light goes out. 

Fitting to your bike

Tau does not need any special tools to attach to your bike (hooray!). It is provided with rubber loops to attach to your handlebar, seatpost, or seatstay. 

  1. Attach one end of the rubber loop to Tau, making sure it clicks into place. 
  2. Stretch the rubber loop around the bike component and back onto your Tau 
  3. Check it is secured. 
Warnings
  • Do not shine torch directly into your eyes 
  • Do not submerge. 
  • Do not disassemble or modify this product as it will invalidate your warranty 
  • Recycle batteries responsibly 
  • LED lights are not replaceable 
Cleaning

Wipe down torch body with a damp cloth. To wash the elasticated straps remove from the torch body. Wash at a low temperature. 

Storage

Ensure the torch is completely dry. Store in a cool, dry place – but don't leave it too long before you get out and start enjoying the dark again! 

Service and repairs

If this light does not function check the batteries are fully charged. Check there is no water in the torch, dry thoroughly if there is and try again. Check for signs of corrosion caused by batteries leaking or through damp. If an issue can't be corrected using these instructions, contact Alpkit for advice. 

Specification

Bulb: 1 x COB LED strip 270° beam 

Power source: 3.7 V 300 mAh Li-polymer 

Cable: Micro USB 

Mode Brightness Beam intensity Beam Distance Run time Water Resistance
Front High 65 lm 25 cd 10 m 4 h
Front Med 30 lm 13 cd 7 m  8.5 h 
Front Low 10 lm 5 cd 4 m 30 h
Front 6 & 3 Hz - 12 h
Rear High  20 lm 6 m  3 h
Rear Low 6 lm 16 h
Rear 6 & 3 Hz - - - 18 h
Pulse  - - - 15 h

Created: Jul 14, 2017

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Bob Instructions

This is Bob, a 200 lumen submersible and floatable camping lantern. Take him in the sea, a lake, a puddle, or put him in your drink – wherever he is, he’ll brighten up your evening! Here’s how he functions.

Change the Batteries

Open end cap and remove old batteries.

Insert 4 x new 1.5V AAA alkaline batteries according to the polarity labels.

Align the grove and the notch as shown, then replace the end cap.

Instructions for Use

Click the power button to turn on, then click again to shimmy through the lighting options:

High > Medium > Low > Off

For SOS Flashing, press and hold for 3 seconds.

To turn off, press power button after 3 seconds in any mode.

Warning:
  • Do not shine torch directly into your eyes 
  • Do not allow children to use Bob without adult supervision
  • Do not disassemble or modify this product as it will invalidate your warranty 
  • Keep Bob clean to prevent dirt and dust from entering the electric elements 
  • Remove any moisture before storage
  • Do not store Bob with batteries inside for long periods of time
Battery

4 x 1.5 AAA Alkaline Batteries

Compatibility:

Alkaline Yes
Li-Ion No
Li-Ion rechargeable No
NiMH rechargeable Yes
NiCd rechargeable No
NiZn rechargeable No
Cleaning

Clean with a damp cloth

Storage

Ensure that the Lampray is dry before storing, store in a dry place.

Service and Repairs

If the light does not work, check that the battery has been inserted the right way around and that it is not flat. Check that there is no water in the torch, dry thoroughly if there is and try again. Check contacts for signs of corrosion caused by the battery leaking or through damp. Clean contacts with a light emery cloth. 

If issues cannot be corrected using these instructions, contact Alpkit for advice.

Specification

Bulb: 1 x 3W Nichia White LED

Lighting distance: 14 m

  Brightness Burn Time Water Resistance
High 200 lm 6 h Submersible to 1 m
Medium 120 lm 17 h Submersible to 1 m
Low  20 lm 120 h Submersible to 1 m
SOS-Flashing N/A  150 h Submersible to 1 m

Created: Jul 05, 2017

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Prism 630 Instructions

Get started with your new Prism 630, a monster in head torch form, a rechargeable 500 lumen sunbeam with a boost setting for deep space exploration, a… okay, okay you get it! Here’s all you need to know get started

Charge the Batteries

The battery in the Prism 630 cannot be removed or changed.

To charge the battery, attach the Micro USB cable to the port on the torch, a small light on the torch indicates charging status:

RED – Charging; GREEN – Fully charged

Charging time:  3 hours (DC5V 1000 mA input)

Instructions for Use

Main Mode:

Click once to turn on, click again to shimmy through the lighting settings:

High > Medium > Low > 8 Hz Flashing > Off

To turn the torch off click once after 10 seconds in any mode.

Boost Mode:

To activate boost mode, press and hold the button from any mode. Boost will stay as long as the button is being pressed for a maximum of 1 minute.

Removing Straps:

To remove the straps, pull the rubber head plate loops to the sides.

Warning
  • Do not shine directly into eyes.
  • Do not submerge over 1 m deep.
  • Do not disassemble or modify this product, doing so will invalidate your warranty.
  • Never attempt to charge non-rechargeable batteries, doing so may result in explosion.
  • Keep your Prism 630 clean to prevent dirt and dust from entering the electric elements.
  • Remove the straps to wash them separately.
  • Remove any moisture before storage.
  • Operating Conditions: minimum – 10˚C
Batteries

1 x 3.7 V 2000 mAh proprietary Li-ion rechargeable

Cleaning

Clean with a damp cloth, remove straps to wash separately.

Storage

Ensure that the Prism 630 is dry before storing, store in a dry place.

Service and Repairs

If the torch does not work, plug into the charger to check whether the charge status indicator light comes on. Check that there is no water in the torch, dry thoroughly if there is and try again.

If issues cannot be corrected using these instructions, contact Alpkit for advice.

Specification

Bulb: 1 x XM-L2 Cree white LED

  Brightness Burn Time Water Resistance
Boost 630 lm   IPX7
High 500 lm 4.5 h IPX7
Medium 230 lm 11 h IPX7
Low 130 lm 16 h IPX7
8 Hz Flashing N/A 17 h  IPX7

Created: Jun 30, 2017

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Prism 100 Instructions

Introducing your new Prism 100, a torch you can rely on in even the toughest of environments, a torch that is submersible to 1 m deep and perfect for use in wet weather, a torch which is… okay, okay you get it. Here’s all the information you need to get started

Change the Batteries

Unscrew the battery cap.

Insert 1 x AA battery as indicated on the inside of the battery compartment.

REMEMBER:

  • The battery life will vary depending upon the the brand and freshness of batteries, recovery time - time the light has been switched off, temperature and the setting used.
  • Use good quality AA batteries
  • Do not use rechargeable batteries. Using rechargeable batteries may invalidate your warranty.
  • Do not store the Prism 100 with batteries inside for a prolonged time
Instructions for Use

Main Mode:

Press once to turn on, click again to shimmy through the lighting settings:

High > Medium > Low > Strobe

To turn the torch off press once after 3 seconds in any mode.

Lock-Out Battery Mode: 

The Prism 100 has a lock-out battery mode to prevent them from accidental illumination. To lock, press and hold the button for 3 seconds, the LED will blink twice to indicate lock-out activation.

To unlock, press and hold the button for 3 seconds, the head torch will turn on in high power mode.

Removing Straps

To remove the straps, pull the rubber head plate loops to the sides.

Warning
  • Do not shine directly into eyes.
  • Do not submerge over 1 m 
deep.
  • Do not disassemble or modify this product, doing so will invalidate your warranty.
  • Keep your Prism 100 clean to prevent dirt and dust from 
entering the electric elements.
  • Remove the straps to wash 
them separately.
  • Remove any moisture before 
storage.
  • Operating Conditions: minimum – 10˚C
Cleaning

Clean with a damp cloth, remove straps to wash separately.

Storage

Ensure that the Prism 100 is dry before storing, store in a dry place.

Service and Repairs

If the torch does not work, check that the battery has been inserted the right way around and that it is not flat. Check that there is no water in the torch, dry thoroughly if there is and try again. Check contacts for signs of corrosion caused by the battery leaking or through damp. Clean contacts with a light emery cloth. 

If issues cannot be corrected using these instructions, contact Alpkit for advice.

Specification

Bulb: 1 x XP-C Cree white LED

  Brightness Beam Distance Burn time Water Resistance
High 100 lm 130 m 1 h  IPX7
Medium 55 lm 95 m 2.5 h IPX7
Low 20 lm 50 m 5.5 h IPX7
Flashing N/A N/A 5 h IPX7

Created: Jun 30, 2017

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Blip Instructions

Introducing Blip, your new twin pack of red LED caution lights. Oh the places you’ll go and the things you’ll be seen by with this versatile little pair. You can attach your blip to anything, everything, and everyone (although you should probably ask permission first…)

Change the Batteries

Open the light and hold on to the main part, insert one CR1632 battery in the direction indicated within the battery compartment.

  • Do not use rechargeable batteries, doing so will invalidate your warranty.
Instructions for Use

First use: Open the light and hold the main part. Pull off the insulation strip, then put the light back together.

To turn on and off: Press the power button in the middle of the light.

Warning
  • Do not shine torch directly into your eyes 
  • Do not submerge. 
  • Do not disassemble or modify this product as it will invalidate your warranty 
  • Keep your Blip clean to prevent dirt and dust from entering the electric elements 
  • Remove any moisture before storage
  • Do not store Blip with batteries inside for long periods of time

Batteries

1 x CR1632 3V Lithium battery

Cleaning

Clean with a damp cloth

Storage

Ensure that the Blip is dry before storing, store in a dry place.

Service and Repairs

If the torch does not work, check that the battery has been inserted the right way around and that it is not flat. Check that there is no water in the torch, dry thoroughly if there is and try again. Check contacts for signs of corrosion caused by the battery leaking or through damp. Clean contacts with a light emery cloth. 

If issues cannot be corrected using these instructions, contact Alpkit for advice.

Specification
  Burn Time Water Resistance
Strobe 95 h IPX5

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Does Tetri come with a footprint?

The tetri comes with a porchprint, but not a footprint.

Created: Jun 26, 2017

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Which tyre do I need?

Addled by tyre choices? Bewildered by wheelsets? Can't work out what fits what? Look no further!
Actually, maybe scroll down the page a bit...

  Orbit Volution RoadPlus Hobo 29er  Rumpus 650b+ 100/142 Rumpus 650b+ boost Hullabaloo Hurly Burly
WTB Trail Boss TCS Light 29 x 2.4            
Riddler Light Fast Rolling 27.5 x 2.25            
Bridger TCS Light, 27.5 x 3        
Trail Boss TCS Light 27.5 x 2.4            
Convict TCS Light High Grip 27.5 x 2.5            
Trail Boss TCS Light 27.5 x 3.0        
Ranger TCS Light Fast Rolling 27.5 x 3.0        
Ranger Tough Fast Rolling 27.5 x 3.0        
Trailblazer TCS Light 27.5 x 2.8        
Horizon TCS, 650 x 47c            
Exposure TCS 700 x 30c            
Cross Boss TCS Light, 700 x 35c            
Exposure TCS 700 x 34c            
Riddler TCS Light Fast Rolling 700 x 37c            
Nano TCS Light Fast Rolling 700 x 40c            
Inner Tube 27.5+ x 2.8/3.0        
Inner Tube 27.5 x 1.9/2.3            
Inner Tube 700 x 18/25c             
Inner Tube 700 x 28/35c            
Inner Tube 700 x 38/45c            

Delete Table

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What size is the fork steerer that comes with the Camino Ti?

The fork steerer that comes with the Camino Ti is 1 1/2" - 1 1/8", tapered, and 300 mm long.

Created: Jun 15, 2017

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How much does international shipping for Sonder Bikes and Love Mud Wheels cost?

We find it pretty exciting to see our Sonder bikes carried off by the postie to destinations across the world! International delivery prices for Sonder Bikes depends on where in the world you are:

  • Europe - £25

  • USA - £66

  • Australia/New Zealand/Brazil - £149

  • Argentina/Brazil/Chile/ South America - £199

  • Rest of the world - £99

For wheels and frames, we international shipping rates are as follows:

  • Europe £15

  • US £30

  • Rest of World £50

Delivery charges will be automatically added to your order at the checkout.

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Returns via Collect+

 

Collect+ is an alternative method for you to return parcels through a network of over 6,000 local convenience stores.

  • Parcels can be dropped at a local Collect+ store, 7 days per week and during the evening
  • The parcel is scanned and a receipt with a tracking code is created
  •  Parcels can be up to 10 kg and 60 x 50 x 50 cm

+ The stores are a combination of retail facias, such as Co-Op, McColls and Spar, as well as independent local stores at the heart of the community

+ Over 85% of the UK population is no more than 1 mile from a Collect+ location

+ Go to http://www.collectplus.co.uk/storefinder or use the link when you generate a label to find your nearest store. 

You can also text COLLECT and the postcode to 84555 (e.g. COLLECT WD17 1HP). Texts from 84555 are free to receive. Texts to 84555 are charged at your standard network rate.

 

The Collect+ returns service is 2-3 working days, Monday – Saturday (Excluding Bank Holidays).

To return an item to us using Collect+, please follow this link: https://www.alpkit.com/support/stickies/returns

Created: May 26, 2017

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Tetri Pitching Instructions

Thanks to a few simple yet considered features, such as colour-coded poles, tabs, and clips, putting up our Tetri geodesic tent is a breeze. Ben demonstrates how from the comfort of our Hathersage store.

Got no headphones and you don't want to wake up your nan? No fear! Here are some written instructions that'll have your Tetri pitched in a jiffy!

  1. Ensure the ground is free from sharp objects and rocks that may damage your groundsheet.

  2. Lay out the flysheet on the ground and peg the back of the tent (preferably into the wind).

  3. Assemble poles and thread them into the colour coded sleeves, beginning with black. When inserting the red poles, make sure you thread them under the black poles.

  4. Raise poles, setting the ends into the eyelets on flysheet, black first, then red, and clip into the plastic poleclips; the tent should now stand up by itself. Peg out the rest of the tent, starting at the door and working your way around.

  5. To attach the inner, get in and clip the back corners to the side release buckles. Fasten the toggles on the inner to the loops on the outer, moving from back to front. Ensure that all side release buckles are clipped, this will give your tent more structure.

  6. For the porchprint, attach the bungee cords to the pegs that are already in place.

  7. Tension the tent by adjusting the buckles at the pegout points, peg and tension the guylines as required.

Happy camping!

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Viso Tent Pitching Instructions

Thanks to a few simple yet considered features, such as colour-coded poles, tabs, and clips, putting up our Viso 2 and Viso 3 tunnel tents is a breeze. Ben demonstrates how from the comfort of our Hathersage store.

Got no headphones and don't want to wake the cat up? Here are some written instructions that'll get your Viso pitched in a jiffy...

  1. Ensure the ground is free from sharp objects and rocks that may damage your groundsheet.

  2. Lay out the outer on the ground and peg out the back of the tent (preferably into the wind).

  3. Assemble poles and thread them into the colour coded sleeves, seat both ends of the poles into the eyelets.

  4. Pull the tent out to form a tunnel shape, peg out the ends nearest the door before pegging the rest of the tent.

  5. To attach the inner, get inside and work forwards from the back. Clip the two buckles at the back of the tent before fastening the yellow toggle on the inner to the yellow loop on the outer. Fasten the rest of the rear toggles, working your way outwards from the middle.

  6. Moving forwards, clip two buckles by the door of the tent before fastening the red toggle to the red loop in the ceiling. Fasten the rest of toggles, working your way outwards until the whole inner is attached.

  7. For the footprint, attach the bungee cords to the pegs that are already in place.

  8. Tension the tent by adjusting the buckles at the pegout points, peg and tension the guylines as required.

Get in and camp happy!

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Which wheelset for which Sonder Bike?

Buying wheels for your bike can be pretty baffling. Here are the bikes that you can stick your wheelset onto.

Love Mud Wheelset Which Sonder Bike?
LM Orbit Camino Al, Camino Ti, Colibri
LM Volution Camino Al, Camino Ti
LM Hobo 29er Broken Road, Frontier
LM Rumpus 650b+ 100/142 None of our Sonder Bikes
LM Rumpus 650b+ boost Broken Road, Frontier, Transmitter, Transmitter Carbon
LM Hurly Burly Vir Fortis
LM Hullabaloo 650b/b+ Frontier, Transmitter Carbon, Transmitter, Broken Road
LM Hullabaloo fat Vir Fortis

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Can the Love Mud Juice be converted for a 15 x 100 mm axle?

We're afraid it can't be converted. 

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Can I get boost hub wheelsets in a standard hub size?

We're afraid not! However we do offer a few wheelsets with standard hubs for you to take a look at.

For Mountain Bikes, the Rumpus 650b+ is available in both boost and standard 100/142 sizing.

Created: May 16, 2017

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Can I run a tyre with a width outside of the recommended range for the wheelset?

In brief, no. Although it is physically possible to put tyres on your bike that are wider or narrower than the recommended range, it is unsafe to do so as the tyres would not fit the wheelset properly. Our recommended tyre width ranges are the maximum and minimum tyre sizes that are safe to use on the wheelset.

Created: May 16, 2017

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Is the Juice dynamo hub upgrade available on any wheels?

The Juice dynamo hub upgrade is only available with the Love Mud Orbit and Love Mud Volution wheelsets.

Created: May 16, 2017

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Do wheelsets come with QR and bolt-through adapters?

In brief, yes for all wheelsets except for the Love Mus Rumpus 650b+ 100/142. For all the others you only have to ask for QR adapters (and send biscuits*)

As they come, our wheels are ready for bolt-through setups, however we send out QR adapters upon request. If you're ordering online you can request QR adapters in the 'notes' field at the checkout so that we know to pop them in. 

If you're ordering HurlyBurly wheels, drop us a line about QR adapters before you put your order in.

*You don't really have to send biscuits.

Created: May 16, 2017

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Bulk Order Discount

We aim to keep our prices awesome at all times for all our customers. However, if you are bulk ordering 10 or more of one product, then we can offer you our bulk discount, passing on what we save on postage, processing and despatch. 

  • 10% off 10+ of a product
  • 15% off 15+ of a product

To use our bulk order discount, please contact us on 01773 417007 or email support@alpkit.com

 

Terms and Conditions

1. Bulk orders apply to orders of 10 or more of the same product, i.e. an order of 10 x Kepler short sleeve base layer, or 20 x Viper headtorch

2. Multiple colours are accepted in bulk orders.

3. Multiple sizes are accepted in clothing bulk orders.

Created: May 12, 2017

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Accident replacement scheme

There is nothing like nice shiny kit to make you feel superhuman, however sometimes mysterious powers intervene, your well-meaning gran bleaches your down sleeping bag, or you reverses over your new carbon rims. We have all been there, but that doesn’t make it any easier to stomach. 

What is the Accident Replacement Scheme?

Our accident replacement scheme was created to soften the blow of accidental damage to your beloved Alpkit products. If a product is beyond repair we will offer you a discount on a new replacement item.

How much discount do I get?

We determine the scale of the discount and you must send the product back to us so that we know it is out-of-circulation. Damage from normal wear and tear does not apply.

  • Up to 50% discount first month.

  • Up to 30% discount 1 month – 6 months.

  • Up to 20% discount second year.

  • Up to 10% discount third year.

So, to sum up... (T&Cs)

  1. The cost of returning your damaged goods is at your expense. It is your responsibility to ensure the goods arrive with us.
  2. Please make sure returned items are clean and safe for transport.
  3. You must provide proof of purchase (such as your order number or email receipt).
  4. The replacement offer applies to original owner only.
  5. Our decision on whether a claim is genuine is final.
  6. Damage sustained from normal wear and tear does not apply.
  7. The value of this accident replacement discount will be determined by us.
  8. The discount can only be used on the same product - or in the event of an item being out of stock - a like for like product and solely for the purpose of the accident replacement.
  9. The discount can only be applied on the full retail price and not on top of any other discounts or promotions running.

Please email support@alpkit.com to make a claim.


Accidental Repair Scheme isn’t what you’re looking for? All Alpkit, Sonder and Love Mud products are also protected with:

  • 123 DAY RETURNS: Your new Griffon didn’t bring out the green in your eyes quite like you expected? No worries! Return or exchange unused items within 123 days. Read more. 
  • ALPINE BOND: Your new head torch is faulty and isn't torching? We're super sorry! Sounds like you're about to benefit from the Alpine Bond warranty. Read more. 
  • AK REPAIR STATION: If a product is damaged, we will do our utmost to repair it. Simple running repairs can be made me in store, you’ll need to send more complicated returns to AKHQ for our more skilled workers to get their teeth into. There may be a small charge to cover costs of repair.

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Continuum Project


What is Continuum Project?

The Continuum Project is the Alpkit Foundation's summer campaign designed to make it easy for you to donate your outdoor kit directly to those who need it most, and keep your kit out of landfill.

The idea is simple. You send us outdoor garments that you no longer use and we pass them on to charities who will be able to give the garment directly to someone who needs it for protection from the elements.

Occasionally, when the garment is deemed no longer fit for its original purpose, they will be donated to scientific research projects relating to the outdoor industry, and up/downcycling projects.

What can I donate?

You can donate any item of outdoor clothing (outerlayers, insulation layers, mid layers, base layer tops). We cannot accept underwear.

All garments must be in good condition so they must be clean and functional. For advice on how to clean technical garments, please see our support page stickies.

If you have any queries about an item that you wish to donate or what to do with garments that you can't donate, please email support@alpkit.com
 

How do I donate garments to you?

You can either drop your donation off at one of our stores: Alpkit Hathersage or Alpkit Ambleside

Alternatively, you can send the donation to us at Alpkit HQ. Please fill in the Continuum Project Donation form and send the item(s) to us using the address below:

Alpkit Global HQ
Units 12 - 14 Oak House
Moorgreen Industrial Park
Engine Lane
Newthorpe
Nottingham
NG16 3QU

If needed, you can use our free Royal Mail Tracked service - but this is a charitable campaign and postage costs money! If you do make use of this service, we would welcome a donation to the Alpkit Foundation

If our free returns system, please make sure to type "continuum" in the order number field:

You can create a shipping label for your donation here:

https://www.royalmail.com/track-my-return/create/487

 

Why are we doing it?

The Outdoor Industry thrives because of the environment we live in, yet, counterintuitively, to produce the kit we need, we are contributing to the environmental nasties that come with any sort of production.

One of the best methods to protect the environment from production processes is to use stuff for longer. Currently, the annual consumption of clothing in the UK alone produces 1.8 million tonnes of waste and equates to 38 million tonnes of CO2e being produced - that's the equivalent of every household in the UK driving a car for 6000 miles, every year!

Here at Alpkit, our Product Team are a conscientious bunch and aim to design products to be durable and extend their usable lifetime. We know that by extending the average life of clothes by just three months per garment would give a 5-10% reduction in the carbon, water and waste footprints.

But once the Product Team have done their bit, it’s over to you. A huge proportion of the environmental cost of clothing comes from how you use and dispose of it. 

Altering laundry habits can reduce the footprint by a further 6%. This essentially involves washing clothing less often and at lower temperatures. But make sure that you give your washing machine a service wash regularly or else it won't clean your clothes at lower temperatures. Service washes should be done every 20 - 30 washes. To do this, simply clean out the detergent drawer and run your machine at its highest temperature using 1/2 cup of white wine vinegar instead of wash powder. You can put a rag in the drum to help or leave it empty. The bonus to this is it will make your washing machine last loads longer, too!
Once the time finally comes for you to part ways with your garment, the main objective is to keep it out of landfill. Currently, in the UK, 350,000 tonnes of clothing goes to landfill each year.

Recycling is a 'last resort' option. The energy cost of recycling textiles is relatively high so reuse, upcycling and downcycling are far better options. This is where Continuum Project comes in!
 

Who are our Charity Partners?

This is an ever-expanding list. We value transparency along the chain so that we can see the direct benefit from the donations. We work with homeless charities and outdoor education charities. We prioritise charities based in the local area to minimise further shipping where possible.

  • Canaan Trust: Nottinghamshire based homelessness charity whose aim is to "rebuild their lives, regain their self esteem, rebuild their self confidence". Cannan Trust is our first port of call due to their extended network amongst various charities including frontline homelessness.
  • PlayWorks ScrapStore: "PlayWorks, aims to improve the quality and quantity of Play provision for Children and Young People in Nottingham... by providing resources like the ScrapStore, the Art Shop, along with Training, and Information and the chance for people to get together and share ideas.". PlayWorks are our go-to group for ensuring any scrap textiles that can no longer be used for the original purpose but can be used by artists, students and children to create something new and wonderful!
  • Three Peaks Africa/ Kilimanjara Porters Assistance Project: With an aim for travel to be seen as a force for good whilst encouragaing a circular economy. We will be sending Donations to porters in the mountain regions through Three Peaks Africa therefore mitigating any carbon cost of shipping donations internationally.
  • Birmingham City Mission: Founded in 1966 to help those in need. Birmingham City Mission runs projects throughout the city “offering friendship and support to the homeless, elderly, young and those struggling with poverty”.
  • Doorways Derby: A community volunteer group who dedicates several evenings a week to provide hot and cold food, drinks, clothing, bedding and social interaction for the homeless, rough sleepers, and vulnerable people who need help on the streets of Derby.
  • Freedom Community Alliance: A 'needs led' charity based in Barnstaple who work with a range of vulnerable groups including homeless people and those suffering from substance misuse issues, poor physical / mental health and debt and poverty.

 

How do I apply to be a charitable partner?

Please send an email to continuum@alpkit.com introducing yourself and what your kit requirement is and we will go from there.
 

What happens to the donations?

Continuum Project is carried out to help out those in need whilst reducing the impact that the Outdoor Industry has on the environment. Our primary aim is, with the assistance of our Charity Partners, use the donations help those in need. This may be the homeless in need of some warm clothing, outdoor education projects in need of some waterproofs or anywhere in between. Our secondary aim is to ensure that zero donations end up in landfill. If a donation cannot be used for its original purpose, we will send it off for upcycling, downcycling or scientific research.

 

How should I dispose of garments I no longer want / need?

Like we mentioned above, extending the use of a garment reduces the environmetal effects caused by the production of that garment. Before getting rid of a garment, always consider whether you can repair or modify it so that you continue using it. Even the most technical of garments can usualy be repaired, if you are unsure, please feel free to contact support@alpkit.com for advice.

If you are certain that you no longer want the garment, you have a few options:

  1. Donate to Continuum Project
  2. Sell online or in an outdoor kit exchange
  3. Give to charity
  4. Sell / donate for upcycling/ downcycling

If none of these options are appropriate for whatever reason, the final option is to recycle the garment. Many local councils will offer textile recycling collections to their residents, or at least accept them at recycling centres. You can find out more information about recycling textiles in your area here: https://www.recyclenow.com/what-to-do-with/clothing-textiles-0

Further info:

WRAP - Valuing Our Clothes: http://www.wrap.org.uk/sites/files/wrap/VoC%20FINAL%20online%202012%2007%2011.pdf#page=2

WRAP - Clothing Knowledge Hub - http://ckh.wrap.org.uk/design/designForReuseAndRepair?breadcrumb=Explore+by%3A+Impact

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Kilimanjaro Kit List: What to pack

If you are planning an exotic adventure, Mt. Kilimanjaro (a mighty 5895m above sea level, situated in North Tanzania), is the highest peak in Africa and may be one of the finest trekking peaks in the world.

Most climbers take 5-7 days to reach Uhuru Peak and use the opportunity to spend some time experiencing Africa.

Most routes up the mountain (apart from the Marangu route) will involve camping.  If you use a company offering a package for flights and the climb, they will often offer you the use of a good quality tent and the help of Sherpas for getting your kit up to the higher camps. 

You will be expected to carry your own 25-35 l bag during the days, with any extra kit being carried by the Sherpas.  As with any expedition, having the right kit is essential and will be the difference between a comfortable trip or a very unpleasant experience.

What should I take?

Shelter
If you take your own tent, it will need to be able to deal with heavy storms, rocky ground, and potentially very cold temperatures.  Something like the Kangri would be perfect to ensure a good night’s sleep. 

Sleeping Mat
You are going to want a decent mat to sleep on.  Something with good thermal properties will during cold nights further up the route, but also comfortable enough for a whole weeks camping.  Something like the Airo 180 would be an ideal lightweight option, or a Dirtbag if you can spare the extra weight. 

Sleeping Bag
A down fill provides the best warmth/weight ratio with excellent compressibility for a small pack size. However, you must ensure to keep it dry (packing it into a dry bag during the day is probably safest) When down gets wet, it loses all thermal efficiency.

You are going to be trekking from bushland/rainforest conditions lower down all the way up to alpine desert/arctic conditions at the top and so picking the right bag can be tricky.  At the high camps, you want to have something with a comfort temperature rating down to about –10°C. Something like the Pipedream 600 or Skyehigh 900 bags is a good option. A liner is a good addition if you are an especially cold sleeper and to keep your sleeping bag smelling fresh for longer. Our Masson liner is composed of polyester and excellent value or our Mantua silk liner offers ultimate comfort.

Lighting
At camp, there are going to be a few other things you will need.  A lamp, such as a Lampray, for in your tent at night will be essential, especially for leaving early on summit day when you will need to get ready in the dark. The Lampray will also charge your phone or camera from its built-in USB port, so you don't miss out on any of those picture moments! 

You will also need a bright headtorch for getting around camp at night and essential for that pre-dawn summit day on the slopes of Kibo.  We sell a range of torches; the Gamma II and Qark are great choices.

Remember not to forget those spare batteries for your head torch or you will be spending a lot of time in the dark!

Layering Systems

Having the right clothing is very important for the trek to keep you comfortable at all times throughout the varies climates you will travel through.  A crucial part of this is going to be your boots:  They need to be sturdy with good ankle support.  A waterproof membrane (such as Gore Tex or similar) will keep your feet dry in wetter weather.  Make sure you have worn in the boots before you get there, and bring some blister plasters just in case. 

You will want sweat-wicking base layers/t-shirts such as those from our Kepler merino range. You will want 2 - 3 of these so opting for one of our bundles may be a good choice.

A good quality fleece, some comfortable and lightweight walking trousers, such as our Chilkoot, and an insulated down jacket, such as our Filo.  A good jacket will be important to keep you warm at higher altitudes but also at camp in the evening as something comfortable and insulating to slip on.

Underwear

Some comfortable underwear (our Kepler underwear will leave you pretty smug) is essential as well as some good quality walking socks such as our Trekkers or Heavy Weight Trekkers.  Some Long Johns and thermal gloves will be handy for higher up on the mountain and the cold summit day. 

Food & Drink

On most trips you will be provided with food and hot drinks at camp but you will need a good water flask or hydration bladder throughout the day.  You will be losing water just from breathing at altitude and sweating plenty whilst climbing, so staying hydrated is essential.  Severe dehydration can help bring on Acute Mountain Sickness which in some cases will be enough to force you to descend to lower heights.  It is worth taking some water purifying tablets with you to clean water, it won't taste great but at least it will be clean and the last thing you want on the mountain is a bad tummy! 

Little Essential Extras

Other items you don’t want to forget:

Towel – our Osmo is an uber lightweight option but not one for walking around in!

Basic toiletries (including loo roll)

High factor sun cream/chapstick (our Pro Balm lip balm is ace)

Sunglasses with good UV protection – our Krugers will do the trick

Sun hat

Gaiters (at certain times of year the dust can get everywhere). 

A good quality pair of trekking poles, our CarbonLites are an excellent compact, lightweight option.

You will need to talk to your doctor prior to leaving about Malaria tablets and other vaccinations you might need and he will start you on a course of medication.  You will need to carry certificates of these vaccinations along with your visas and other travel documents.

 

Thinking carefully about what kit you are going to take will make your trip way more comfortable and ultimately increase your chances of making it to the summit!  On the other hand, if you take the wrong gear, you could potentially put yourself in danger on the mountain and ruin what should be a fantastic experience.

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How to pack a Double Dozer

So you have gotten yourself a Double Dozer, a lovely 2-person sleeping mat for comfy nights of camping with a friend. As can so often happen though, when it comes to packing up everyone else suddenly becomes very busy and has to run off somewhere to do something "super important". Here you sit, with a mamoth of a mattress wandering how on earth you can possibly get it back into its bag...

The Double Dozer is quite the beast but it can be packed single-handedly with a little practice. This is a little step-by-step for how you can get your mattress back into the bag on your own, just make sure you have the elastic straps close to hand before you start!

1 - With both valves open, fold the mat in half lengthways and start rolling it up. Kneel on the roll as you go to squeeze more air out.
2 - Once you have rolled it up do up both valves and then unroll the mat
3 - Roll it again, this time with the valves closed. 
4 - Once rolled, keeping as much weight on it as you can open one valve at a time to let the air out then close the valve again
5 - If needed, repeat step 4 to get a bit more air out
6 - Keep the mat tightly rolled (I find hugging or a good thigh-grip works best) and get the elastic straps around it

And that's how to roll up the Double Dozer on your own.

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Accident Replacement Scheme

There is nothing like nice shiny kit to make you feel superhuman, but sometimes mysterious powers intervene, a do-gooder does something dumb or you are just plain unlucky. Maybe your well-meaning gran bleached your down sleeping bag, perhaps you reversed over your nice carbon rims or maybe you cat took delight in perforating your Dozer sleeping mat. We have all been there, but it doesn’t make it any easier to stomach. 

Our accident replacement scheme is designed to soften the blow of accidental damage to your beloved Alpkit products. If a product is beyond repair we will offer you a discount on a new replacement item. The scale of the discount is determined by us, and you should send the product back to us so that we know it is out-of-circulation. Damage from normal wear and tear does not apply.

Up to 50% discount within first month

Up to 30% discount within 1 – 6 months

Up to 20% discount within 6  - 24 months

Up to 10% discount within 24 – 36 months

Details:
The cost of returning your damaged goods is at your expense. It is your responsibility to ensure the goods arrive with us.
Please make sure returned items are clean and safe for transport.
You must provide proof of purchase (such as your order number or email receipt).
The replacement offer applies to original owner only.
Our decision on whether a claim is genuine is final.
Damage sustained from normal wear and tear does not apply.
The final value of the accident replacement discount will be determined by us.
The discount can only be used on the same product - or in the event of an item being out of stock - a like for like product and solely for the purpose of the accident replacement.
The discount can only be applied on the full retail price and not on top of any other discounts or promotions running. 

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Can I set up Sonder Frontier to run as a single speed

That is a very worthy question. We have a few singlespeeders here so we are not surprised to hear you ask. Frontier does not have horizontal dropouts or an eccentric botom bracket (don't they always creak anyway?) So to run Frontier as a singlespeed you will need to use a chain tensioner.

Created: Feb 16, 2017

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Skiing kit list

It's always tricky knowing what to pack for your ski trip, especially keeping the weight of your luggage under your limit. Here is a little list of top tips and gear advice about what to take on your ski holiday.

Ski stuff

  • Ski jacket
  • Trousers
  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Gloves
  • And if you have them, boots, skis and/or board!

Heroic hint #1  Save weight and wear your ski jacket on the plane and if you can get your salopettes in your hand luggage you’ll save a bit of room and weight in your hold bag. A friend of mine recently saved on hold luggage by getting all of their clothes for the week into their ski bag and still somehow managed to be under their weight limit. It can be done! 

Heroic hint #2 Stash delicate things like your goggles inside your helmet and pad it out with your gloves so they are well protected. 

If you are on the market for a new ski jacket, our heavy-weight waterproof, the Definition, might be worth a glance (especially the green one!) It's perfect for skiing. 

 

Mid layers

I would take two fleeces with you; a thicky and a thinny. Then if it's really chilly you can wear them both, and a base layer! I took the Laika away on my ski trip this year as my thinny and it was perfect; stretchy and warm! 

Base layers

I usually take a few different thermal tops and bottoms. I take more tops as they get smelly with all the hardcore skiing you’ll be doing. Our merino Kepler base layers will keep you smelling sweet for a while longer as merino naturally fights odours. A neck warmer is also very useful, especially on the chilly days. Have a look at our merino Kepler Draught Excluder and if you don’t fancy merino our normal Draught Excluder

Take lots of pairs of ski socks and normal socks, as well as lots of undies! If you are taking your own boots, try to get as many as you can stuffed inside to save on space. 

Toiletries

Holiday-sized toiletries are always good, again saving on weight, it all adds up! You can buy all this stuff in the resort but it will be expensive, so check out our Squij bottles to take your own fave gels and wash stuff.

Lip balm is a very good idea. The cold air and sun is not kind to skin.  

It's definitely handy to have some paracetamol and ibuprofen for the days after you've gone a bit too hard on the apres ski! Plasters are also a good idea and a bit of pain relief gel in case you get sore ski boot legs. 

Casual clothes

You're going to need less normal clothes than your average holiday as you will be in your ski gear most of the day. So pack light and take only what you will definitely need. Take your best check shirt!

Don’t forget your swimmers! Most resorts have pretty good swimming pools and spas which are always good for tired legs. Or if your chalet is posh enough you’ll have a hot tub! 

And lastly, don’t forget your beanie

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Alpkit 0% Bike Finance

We like to make everything as easy and happy as we can for all our lovely customers so we are constantly aiming to extend on what we already do to provide the best possible experience for you so we have introduced a range of finance option to help you purchase bikes (and other products) and spread those payments.

We offer a range of low cost finance options for all orders over £500.
 

We offer the following finance options on all orders that meet the minimum value:

  • 12 or 24 months 9.9% over £500
  • 6 months interest free finance over £999
  • 9 months interest free finance over £1500

And the process is really easy! 

  1. Add what you want to buy to your basket. It can be bikes, tents or any of our products as long as the total order value is over £500
  2. Checkout using Pay By Finance as your payment method
  3. Complete the Online Application for an instant decision
  4. Wait for your goodies to arrive

For more information regarding our finance options, please see here

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My shell doesn’t feel breathable/ waterproof


So you bought a waterproof jacket, now here’s how to get the most out of it.
 
A layering system only works as well as the poorest layer in the system (the weakest link in the chain, if you like). It doesn’t matter if you are wearing the most breathable waterproof in the world, if you are wearing a cotton t-shirt underneath it, you will get cold and damp. Likewise, if you are wearing a non-breathable insulation piece underneath your shell, then that will limit the breathability of your clothing system – not the waterproof shell.
 
Your baselayer needs to wick moisture away from your skin, and your mid-layers need to provide insulation but allow moisture to pass out easily. Fleece is great at doing this in most environments, and for colder conditions, breathable insulation (like the Katabatic) works really well. 
 

Wear the appropriate amount of clothing for your activity level. Start off cool (especially if you are going to be walking uphill) as you will soon warm up once you start moving. Add layers when you stop, rather than having to stop to take off layers when you are moving. Adding a waterproof layer will make you feel warmer, as it cuts out the effects of the wind. So when you put your shell on, you might want to consider removing a layer underneath to compensate.
 
If you are wearing too much, you will sweat more and that means your clothing system must work harder to get rid of this moisture build up to stop you from feeling damp inside your shell. Insulation layers for static use i.e. down jackets, traditional synthetic insulation, are great if it is extremely cold or you are moving slowly, but often if you layer a waterproof shell over the top you will wind up overheating and accumulating moisture inside your shell. Keep those items for use when you are static, or if it’s cold and dry use them as your outer layer instead of your waterproof shell.
 
 A few top tips:

  •  You don’t have to wear your waterproof if it’s not raining (shocker!). Yes it works as a windproof layer, but sometimes this is overkill and you’d be better off and more comfortable not wearing it.
  • ​Keep it clean! Your waterproof will work better if you keep it clean and re-proof it when necessary.
  • ​If you are running in a light weight shell, try to adjust your rucksack so it doesn’t bounce around, as this can cause excess abrasion on lightweight fabrics.
  • If you carry your ice axe down the back of your rucksack (between the shoulder straps), be careful where the adze sits: most fabrics aren’t ice axe proof!
     

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What type of gas canister do I need?

All our stoves use a threaded gas cylinder, although they can run with a camping-gaz cylinder with an adapter. There are more blends of camping gas than there are blended whiskeys, and in the case of gas, a single malt isn’t always better. Most gas is a mixture of propane, butane and isobutane, in varying quantities which generally you don’t need to pay much attention to.

AlpChemistry

In cold weather below 10C (so pretty relevant in the UK year round), the blend of gas can actually be quite important. First time for an AlpChemistry lesson from an old GCSE Revision book. The boiling points of the main components are as follows:

Propane -42C
Isobutane -12C
Butane 0.5C

These are the temperatures at which the gas will vapourise, the higher the ambient temperature is above these temperatures the more the pressurised gas wants to be free and so exerts a higher pressure on the cylinder. Hence for camping we don’t use pure propane despite its cold weather suitability; the cylinder would need to be super thick and weigh a tonne! On the other hand, butane at 5C is very close to its boiling point so isn’t so fussed about being contained in a canister. But, this means that the vapourisation rate isn’t enough to power your general stove. A combination of these properties is needed, so we combine the gases! We can also add some isobutane to the mix, it’s basically butane with a facelift, same number of carbons and hydrogens just rearranged more efficiently so the boiling point is lower (I didn’t pass A level chemistry so can’t say why).

In short, for regular use a blend of butane and propane will be absolutely fine, but when the going gets cold, get a isobutane/propane mix (generally advertised as a winter blend) you will notice the difference, especially with our Kraku, Landar and Brukits. The Kraku is a little different as it has a preheating tube which acts a turbocharger for stoves in cold weather. The cold gas from the cylinder is heated well above its boiling point before burning so it burns more efficiently. This doesn’t change the overall pressure in the canister so isobutane is still an advantage, but you can also invert the cylinder to help boost performance.

Gas at altitude

This shouldn’t make a difference for stove use, in fact, the higher you are the greater the pressure differential will be which makes the gas work better. However, it also tends to get colder the higher you climb (about 0.5C for every 300m gain) which makes the gas not work as effectively. Ultimately this means that the gains and losses balance out so that altitude makes little difference! Though for an isobutane mix you are still limited to around -7C.

Make your stove work better in the cold

No-one wants to have to wait longer for their pasta to cook after a long day winter climbing, let alone when you’re camping in a freezing Scottish layby. So here’s a few tips for getting your Alpkit stove working better in the cold:

Start with a warm canister - stuff it under your jacket, or keep it in your sleeping bag between uses.
Keep it warm by insulating the canister from the snowy ground - a simple wooden chopping board works well if you’re car camping, or a bit of foam mat.
Get a windshield - if it’s cold, it’s probably windy, a Concertina will keep the precious heated air close to your pan and keep the flame from blowing out.

Created: Dec 20, 2016

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Quark: How to remove the Qark strap

In this video I show how you can take the strap off a Qark head torch.

 

Created: Dec 16, 2016

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Alpkit Finance Options

Example finance application page

Alpkit Finance now available

  • Quick decision-making on online credit applications.
  • Current offer: 0% APR representative finance available on all orders over £999 and 9.9% APR available on all orders over £500.

Options available:

  • 6 months interest free finance over £999.

  • 9 months interest free finance over £1500.

  • 12 months 9.9% over £500.

  • 24 months 9.9% over £500.

All finance payments require a minimum of 10% deposit to be paid upfront.

Quick and easy application process

Applying for finance is fast and easy! Simply select "Pay by Finance" at the checkout or call us on 01773 417007 to apply for finance.

Our Customer Support Heroes will take your order and send a phone or email link to the finance application. You'll be automatically redirected to the payment provider 'Close Brothers Retail Finance' to complete your finance application online. Please complete your details accordingly, Close Brothers Retail Finance will assess your credit application and give you a decision within 5 seconds (if no further underwriting is required). 
 

Are you eligible?

Close Brothers Retail Finance will conduct the necessary credit checks and references in order to confirm your eligibility for the credit application:

  • You must have a good credit history with no history of late repayments or payment issues.

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.

  • You must be a permanent UK resident with at least 3 years of continual address history.

  • You must be in full-time employment, unless you are retired or a house-person with a spouse in full-time employment.

  • You must have a UK bank account capable of accepting direct debits.

  • The goods must be delivered to your home address.

  • Please note that discount/voucher codes cannot be applied to items purchased with the finance option.

  • Subject to T&Cs  

 

How much can I borrow?

The maximum lending amount in additional to the upfront deposit is £10,000.
 

Is a deposit required?

A minimum deposit of 10% is required on all orders. The deposit is taken at the end of the Close Brothers Retail Finance application process by debit or credit card. 

 

How are my monthly payments made?

Your monthly repayments will be taken via direct debit from your chosen bank account.
 

What type of items can I buy on finance?

You are able to purchase any items on our website that total £500 or more through the finance options available.
 

What length of repayment is available?

You can select 12, 24 or 36 months repayment time depending on the finance plan selected and the qualifying purchase amount. 
 

Can I pay off my loan early?

Yes, please contact Close Brothers Retail Finance directly 0844 880 6542 in order to make additional payments...
 

Standard information and regulatory status of Close Brothers

For finance agreements provided by Close Brothers Retail Finance, Alpkit Ltd acts as an introducer of unregulated credit products. Close Brothers Retail Finance is a trading name of Close Brothers Limited. For more information please visit www.closeretailfinance.co.uk.

Created: Dec 13, 2016

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Which rope is right for me?

Created: Dec 06, 2016

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Boson Bike Light Instructions

The Boson bike light: a lightweight and powerful rechargeable bike light for illuminating your nocturnal mountain and road biking adventures.  

Charge the batteries

Boson is rechargeable. Whilst in operation, a small LED light indicates the remaining battery power:

Green on: high power; Red on: medium power; Red flashing: Low battery power. 

When it's out of juice, plug the Micro USB cable into the port on the torch. The battery takes around 4 hours to charge, a LED charging status indicator light beside the port will tell you when it is done. Red: charging; green: fully charged.  

REMEMBER: 

Do not attempt to recharge if not using rechargeable batteries as there is risk of an explosion. 

Instructions for use

The Boson is awesome and has 5 lighting modes. One long press turns it on, then you can go ahead and carry on pressing the power button to sashay through the incredible lighting modes:

On > High > Medium > Low > 6Hz Flashing > 3Hz Flashing > Off 

To turn the torch off press once after 10 seconds in any mode. 

Handlebar Mount

The handlebar mount is designed to fit 18 - 36 mm bars. Boson can be removed from the clamp when it is fixed to your handlebars. 

Warning
  • Do not shine torch directly into your eyes 
  • Do not submerge. 
  • Do not disassemble or modify this product as it will invalidate your warranty 
  • Keep your Boson clean to prevent dirt and dust from entering the electric elements 
  • Remove any moisture before storage 
Batteries

Battery type: 1 x 3.7V 2600mAh 18650 Li-ion Rechargeable Battery [Included] 

Battery cycle: 500 cyles (Reserves ~80% Capacity after 500 cycles) 

Cleaning

Wipe down torch body with a damp cloth. 

Storage

Ensure that the torch is completely dry. Store in a dry place. 

Service and Repairs

If the torch does not work, check that the battery has been inserted the right way round and that it is fully charged. Check that there is no water in the torch, dry thoroughly if there is and try again. Check contacts for signs of corrosion caused by batteries leaking or through damp. Clean contacts with a light emery cloth. 

If issues cannot be corrected using these instructions, contact Alpkit for advice. 

Specification

Bulb Type: 1 x XP-L Cree White LED 

Mode Brightness Run time Water Resistance
High 850 lm 3 h
Med 320 lm 7 h
Low 100 lm 17 h
6Hz Flashing - 20 h
3Hz Flashing 20 h

Created: Nov 29, 2016

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Qark Instructions

Get started with your new Qark head torch. With motion and light sensors, this trusty little assistant will adapt to your surroundings before you can even say ‘Chocolate Digestive’ (which we just happen to say a lot in AKHQ)

Change the Batteries

The battery cannot be removed from the battery pack. To recharge, attach the Micro USB cable to the port on the side of the battery pack. The light unit will not function while charging is in process. Charging takes approximately 1.5 hours (DC5V 1000 mA input)

Instructions for Use

Main Mode:

Long press on the power button to switch on, click again shimmy through the lighting modes:

Luxeon LED High > Luxeon LED Medium > Luxeon LED Low > 3mm LEDs On > 3mm LEDs 2 Hz Flashing > Off

To turn Qark off press once after 10 seconds in any mode.

Automatic Sensor Mode:

Long press on the sensor mode button to switch on, click to shimmy through the sensor modes:

Motion Sensor (Red Indicator On) > Light Sensor (Blue Indicator On) > Off

When in Motion Sensor Mode, wave your hand in front of the Infra-Red Sensor to switch the Luxeon LED on and off. In this mode, the torch will run at high power.

When in Light Sensor Mode, the Luxeon LED will blink twice. The brightness level will be automatically adjusted according to the environment, as you pass into darkness the power will pass from the 3 mm LEDs to the main LUXEON LED.

To turn Qark off press the sensor mode button once after 10 seconds in any mode.

Rear Light:

Long press to switch on, click again to shimmy through the output modes:

High > 3 Hz Flashing > Pulse Flashing

To turn Qark off press power button once after 10 seconds in any mode.

Warning
  • Do not shine torch directly into your eyes 
  • Do not submerge. 
  • Do not disassemble or modify this product as it will invalidate your warranty 
  • Keep your TORCH clean to prevent dirt and dust from entering the electric elements 
  • Remove any moisture before storage 
  • Do not submerge 
Cleaning

Wipe down torch body with a damp cloth.

Storage

Ensure that the torch is completely dry. Store in a dry place.

Service and Repairs

If the head torch does not turn on, try plugging into the charger and checking if the charging light comes on. If the head torch still does not work when charged, or the charging light doesn’t come on, contact Alpkit for further advice.

Specification

Bulbs: 1 x Luxeon TX white LED

2 x 3 mm LEDs

  Brightness Beam Distance Burn Time Water Resistance
Luxeon LED High 300 lm 115 m 3 h IPX5
Luxeon LED Med 100 lm 65 m 10 h IPX5
Luxeon LED Low 10 lm 25 m  50 h IPX5
3 mm LED 15 lm 50 m 50 h IPX5
3mm 2Hx Flashing N/A N/A 120 h IPX5
Rear On     68 h IPX5
Rear 3Hz Flashing     68 h IPX5
Pulse Flashing     21 h IPX
Battery

Battery is sealed and cannot be removed from the torch.

1 x 3.7 V 1200 mAh Li-polymer rechargeable (sealed)

Protected circuit

Created: Nov 28, 2016

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Which headtorch should I choose?

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Pulsar waterproof top

In this video I take a look at the Pulsar waterproof. This is a 2.5 layer waterproof with a half length zip, great for going light and still containing all the features you'd want on or off the hill.

Created: Nov 17, 2016

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Phantac hydrophobic RDS jacket

In this video we cover the Phantac down jacket. This is our most technical down jacket and new for 2017 comes with Nikwax Hydrophobic RDS down.

Created: Nov 17, 2016

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Filo hydrophobic RDS jacket

In this video I take a look at this years Filo down jacket. We have made some major upgrades this year; fully featured, the Filo uses 650 (IDFB) fill power Nikwax Hydrophobic duck down and is RDS ceritified.

Created: Nov 16, 2016

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Top Tarp Tips - 5 ways to pitch a tarp

Our Rig tarps offer ultimate flexibility and can be pitched in as many orientations as you can imagine. Here are our top 5:

Top Tarp Tips Part 1 - Continuous Ridge Line
Top Tarp Tips Part 2 - The Reflect Wedge
Top Tarp Tips Part 3 - Buried Sand Bags
Top Tarp Tips Part 4 - Kayak Bivvy
Top Tarp Tips part 5 - Van Attachment

 

And finally, our step by step tarp-pitching photo guide.

Created: Nov 15, 2016

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Where does the palm oil in Extreme Foods come from?

The palm oil used in Extreme Food is certified as from responsible sources. It (or something similar) is required to assist in the high energy and low weight of the Extreme formula. Extreme Foods are keen to not be involved in anything that negatively affects the habitat of wildlife.

Created: Nov 11, 2016

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Shox Trekking Poles

In this video I take a look at the Shox trekking poles. These poles have a spring built into the handle to reduce the strains on your arms when on hard or rocky ground. The Shox are available as a single pole or a pair.

 

Created: Nov 11, 2016

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Filoment Hoody

In this video I take a look at the Filoment Hoody. Our latest take on a micro-baffle down jacket, the Filoment Hoody is equally at home at the crag or for a chilly walk to the shops. Fully featured, the Filoment Hoody uses 650 (IDFB) fill power Nikwax Hydrophobic duck down and is is RDS ceritified.

Created: Nov 04, 2016

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How fast do BruKits boil?

Support Hero, Dave, tested how many cups of tea he could make with the BruKit Jackal and Wolf - the results were fascinating!

First, Dave tested the boil times. The best times were acheived with an (almost) full 230 g gas canister with a propane/ isobutane mix:
 

 

Next, we tested how much gas the BruKits use and how the amount of gas in the canisiter affects the time taken to boil. Dave found the following using a 100g canister:

  • Each 500 ml of water boiled uses 5% of the gas in the canister

  • With a full gas canister, BruKit can boil 500 ml of water in 3 mins 10 sec

  • With an almost empty canister, this boil time increases to 4 mins 40 sec

  • 8 l of water can be boiled with 80 g of gas - that is 32 cups of tea!

  • The average boil time is 3 mins 24 sec across a whole gas canister. 
     

Created: Oct 25, 2016

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What is the difference between fill weight and fill power?

Quantity of fill
The more down you have in a bag the warmer it is, this is known as the Fill weight, (don’t confuse this with “Fill power” which is a measure of how good the down is: not all down is the same) This means that you can have a sleeping bag which either has:
Low fill power and Higher Fill weight (cheaper but bulkier and heavier)
Or
Low fill weight and high Fill power (more expensive but more compact and lighter)

Fill Power
There is no substitute for good quality down and the easiest way to measure this is to check out its Fill Power, the higher the number the better it is. But attention, just because some thing has an extra hundred here and there doesn’t mean it substantially better.

The numbers game
In the last few years several brands have developed 900 fill power. Be aware, evolution doesn’t happen so fast, they haven’t developed Superduck. What they have done is get a bit better at sorting the pure down from the feathers and a awful lot better at getting the best test results from the same down quality they used before.

For what to look for when choosing a down sleeping bag, have a read of our handy guide.

Created: Oct 21, 2016

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What is goose/ duck down?

The fine feathers plucked from chest area of a plump waterfowl. Goose down is what fills our sleeping bags. Down is very good at keeping you warm, but if you can’t keep the bag dry then it cannot do it’s job well.

Fowl language
Ducks and Geese are the main source of down, but just what is down! Alright we are getting to it. Like all genuine birds these plump waterfowl have several types of feather. Some help keep them up in the air, some keep them warm, some keep them streamlined when floating about on the water and others well they don’t even know what they are themselves.

Flight Feathers
These are the most important feathers that a bird owns, without them they would fly as well as a dog, they would also need a lot more of the small fluffy downy ones as they would be walking out of the artic. Because they are so good at helping a bird fly, they are not much use as insulation.

Contour Feathers
These are the little critters that don’t know what they are. They look like feathers on the top portion and then turn in to loose fluffy feathers towards the base of their stems.

Down Plumage
Down feathers are small with no interlocking barbules and rachis that are soft and poorly developed. They grow continuously and never moult and lie under the contour feathers. On the majority of birds they are found on the breast and belly. This is the mythical down.

For what to look for when choosing a down sleeping bag, have a read of our handy guide.

Created: Oct 21, 2016

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Brukit Jackal and Brukit Wolf

In this video I take a look at our integrated cookware systems the Brukit Jackal and Brukit Wolf. These are our pair of all-in-one cook systems with the Jackal for solo sustenance and the Wolf for bigger appetites.

 

Created: Oct 19, 2016

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Chilkoot softshell trousers

In this video I take a look at the super stretchy  Chilkoot softshell trousers. A great choice for any outdoor activities, these give protection from wind, sun and even a bit of moisture. 

 

Created: Oct 19, 2016

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Cloud Cover

In this video I look at the Cloud Cover. This is our latest update on our down blanket which now includes Nikwax treated hydrophobic down and an integrated stuff pocket.

Created: Oct 11, 2016

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Viper II

In this video I take a look at the Viper 2 headtorch. This is an updated version of the original Viper which is brighter and has some great new features including a 280 Lumen burst.

 

Created: Oct 11, 2016

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Keeping up with the exchange rate fluctuations

Everyone remembers the day when their favourite chocky bar went up in price or even worse… went up in price and got smaller.

Frequent visitors will have noticed that the prices of some of our products have nudged up over the past couple of weeks. We hate having to put prices up, so what gives?

The first thing to say is that our products haven't been stripped down and the specs haven't got any less awesome. Infact we are working hard to improve our specs - like the RDS Nikwax Hydrophobic down just introduced in our Cloud Cover quilt. Ever since way back when we have always gone for straightforward prices. No hidden extras. We have no time for the yo-yo prices of high street retailers, price high to discount later or creating artificial retail prices just to sell off late in the season. 

Our little bit of magic is to pass on the benefits of short supply chains with our factories, a pumped up, fast stock turn and an equally pumped up team working to get stuff online, picked, packed and despatched as quickly as possible. We have always been about being direct, the fewer steps between you and your product the better.
 
So back to the bad news. The weaker pound since June has put our costs up by more than 15%. We’ve held off putting up our prices for as long as we can but now, as we buy more stock, we need to put up them up now. We still think our products are great value when compared to like for like products on the high street and, as the effects of the exchange rate trickle through to other manufacturers we believe you will see that gap widen further.

We price all our products to cover our costs, make sure we’re sustainable for the long term, at the very minimum pay our staff the national living wage and continue to develop, innovate and offer excellent support. We are committed to developing honest, great value, thought through outdoor equipment for many years to come.

Created: Oct 11, 2016

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How do I change the lenses on my Krugers?

Interchangable lenses on sunglasses can be a bit fiddly but it is easy once you get the hang of it. Simply, hold them upside down with arms facing away, holding lens gently. Then bend the frame so that the nose piece moves away and then lens will pop out. Then simply wiggle the new lens in.

Created: Sep 18, 2016

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Do the Jackal and Wolf pot supports fit the original BruKit?

The pot supports supplied with the BruKit Jackal and the BruKit Wolf do not fit on the original BruKit as the size of the burner has changed. There are currently no plans to provide a pot support for the original BruKit.

Created: Sep 15, 2016

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New BruKits

BruKit has been replaced by 2 new models:

BruKit Jackal - BruKits little brother, its 900 ml capacity is just enough to make yourself a pint of tea or a hearty soup and it packs down 23% smaller. Available now.

BruKit Wolf - BruKits bigger brother! it has a max capacity of 1400 ml. Available now.

Created: Sep 14, 2016

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Mountain Tent Dimensions

Created: Aug 22, 2016

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How do I clean and reproof my waterproof garment?


Keeping your waterproof clothing clean is essential for maintaining the garment’s performance and ensuring its longevity. The outdoor industry is moving away from PFC based durable water repellents (DWRs) which have shown to be persistant in the environment. As technology moves towards more environmentally friendly materials, some of the dirt and oil repellent ability (a property of PFCs) of the garment will decrease making it even more vital to keep your waterproof squeaky clean.

When a waterproof garment absorbs oil and dirt (perspiration, detritus from skin, mud, sun screen and so on), this inhibits the ability of the material to breathe thus preventing perspiration from leaving the material which in turn makes the inside of the garment feel wet - even though it is still fully waterproof. The average person will lose between 1 - 2 litres of water an hour through perspiration during exercise. If your garment isn’t breathable, all that water will end up inside your clothing unable to get out because your garment is still waterproof. Ironic, huh!

So, now you understand the importance of breathability for effective waterproofing, let’s look at the best ways to keep your garment in tip-top shape.

Firstly, it is important to be aware that where soap (or specific technical washing products) are ideal for cleaning your waterproof, detergents are a big no-no! Detergents will attract water to your waterproof - the opposite to what we are aiming for here. For this reason, it is highly recommendable to thoroughly cleanse your washing machine prior to cleaning your waterproof. Do this by cleaning out the detergent tray and then running your machine on its hottest setting with a towel (or similar) and 500 ml of white vinegar.

Wash Procedure
  • Brush away any dry mud/ sand/ cake crumbs.

  • Do up zips and velcro. Loosen any draw cords.

  • Treat any stubborn stains with neat Tech Wash and a damp cloth.

  • Place garment (max of 2) in cleansed washing machine.

  • Use a tech wash such as Nikwax Tech Wash or Granger’s Performance Wash according to instructions - this tends to vary depending on water hardness in your area. (Soap can be used as an alternative, but remember, NO detergents!)

  • Run a delicate wash at 30°C.

  • Run a gentle rinse cycle to ensure all removal of all cleaning solutions.

  • Garment can be hand washed in warm water as an alternative to machine washing.

  • Allow your garment to air dry or tumble dry on a low heat.

  • You can use an iron over the garment on a very low setting to reactivate the DWR.

  • Note: Tumbledrying or ironing your garment will increase the durability of the DWR as the heat assists bonding between the DWR and the garment - even if the product states that airdrying is sufficient.


How do I tell if my waterproof is in need of a reproofing?

Durable Water Repellent (DWR) is the coating on the garment which allows the water to ‘bead off’ the outer shell preventing the top layer of the jacket becoming waterlogged and diminishing breathability [see above]. DWR is not the main waterproof competent of the garment which is the membrane making up the mid layer of most jackets.

The easiest way to test your DWR is to pour a cup of water on the garment and watch. If the DWR is working effectively, then the water will bead off. If the DWR has degraded then the water will soak into the top layer of the fabric and ‘wet out’ making the fabric look darker.

You will not need to reproof your garment with every wash. How regularly you will need to reproof your garment will depend on the quality of the DWR coating and the usage of the garment. For light usage, you should expect to reproof your garment 2 - 3 times per year for optimum repellency. If you use the garment for intense exercise (such as hiking, biking, running, climbing) you should expect to reproof much more frequently.

There are two types of reproofing solution: wash-in and spray on.

Re-Proofing Procedure: Wash-In

  • Once your garment is all lovely and clean (doesn’t need to be dry), place the garment back in the machine.

  • ​Use a reproofing agent such as Nikwax TX Direct or Granger’s Repel according to the directions on bottle.

  • Run a gentle cycle at 30°C in your washing machine.

  • Dry your garment in a tumble dryer on a low heat. If a tumble dryer is not available, dry in another warm location such as in full sunshine or a warm room. Heat applied to the fabric helps the proofer bond to the material which makes it more effective.

Re-Proofing Procedure: Spray On

  • Protect your chosen work surface and lay your freshly cleaned garment flat whilst it is still wet.

  • Spray the proofer (such as Nikwax TX Direct or Granger’s Performance Repel) evenly to the outside of the garment from a distance of 15 cm.

  • Wait for 2 minutes and remove any excess from the garment with a damp cloth and ensure that no areas have been missed. Repeat after several minutes.

  • Repeat procedure on other side.

  • Dry your garment in a tumble dryer on a low heat. If a tumble dryer is not available, dry in another warm location such as in full sunshine or a warm room. Heat applied to the fabric helps the proofer bond to the material which makes it more effective.

For more information on the ins and outs of waterproof garment care, have a read of this article by Charles Ross on Outdoors Magic.

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Hadron Bike Light Insight

In this video, Fran takes a look at all the features of the Hadron bike light which has a super bright front light, 50 lumen rear red light, a wireless switch for super easy control and a rechargable battery.

Created: Jul 29, 2016

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Is this bag waterproof?

We are very cautious how we use the word waterproof. It means different things to different people, and with specialist equipment it is worth qualifying what we mean by it. Most people get it, but the reality is that it would only take one person to read waterproof with a capital W, pop their expensive Nikon camera in one of our bags and go for a swim. . we know how that might end. 

All our drybags use fabrics that are waterproof and constructed with seams that are either welded or taped. The construction is waterproof but these products are not rated as immersion proof, i.e. not designed to go underwater.

Roll top closures

A drybag closure is a roll top which is a reliable and proven mechanism for creating a seal against water ingress from splashing and spray - however it is not pressure tested and its effectiveness is dependent on you to get a good seal. We do not make any claims these bags are immersion proof but they will do a great job of keeping your kit dry in a down pour.

Zipped closures

Water resistant zips such as those used on our DryDocks also protect against rain and spray, but they are still not immersion proof.

There are other considerations to take into account, such as the duration the bag is exposed to water, rubbing, pressure and condition. To take the ambiguity out of a term such as waterproof Boffins have invented a system for rating the effective waterproofness of things and have called it the IP Code. Generally dry bags will fall under IP 64 - dustproof and protect against water splashing from all directions.

Our advice as always is double bag your valuable items, water has a habit of getting anywhere.

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How our sleeping bags are tested

The Alpkit Sleep Limit is a single figure based on the combined experience of us, our customers and our Alpkiteers spending many nights out, all year round, in all conditions and is backed up by thermal testing and years of expertise with fill, materials and construction methods.

Our sleeping bags are tested using the Leeds Comfort Model in the labs at Leeds University. The results of these tests are interpolated to give an equivalent EN13537 rating so that you can easily compare our sleeping bags with other brands.

The Leeds Comfort Model

Test Method
The tests are performed according to BS 4745:1990 utilising a single plate togmeter with a 50 cm diameter. Sleeping bags are allowed to loft for a minimum of 4 hours prior to testing and the temperatures are measured in a central location where the chest bone of a sleeper would be.

Results
EN 13573 values are provided for comparison and are based on a calculation derived from comparative tests on identical sleeping bags.

Season Night temperature Required thermal insulation (Togs)
Summer 15 to 18 3 to 5
Spring / Autumn 10 to 0 5 to 8
Winter 3 to -10 7 to 10
Mountain -5 to -20 9 to 12
Polar / High mountain -15 to -40 11 to 20+

As far as thermal testing is important, it is just one tool we use to recommend the suitability of our sleeping bags for any given condition. This is why our recommended Alpkit Sleep Limit can differ from results recorded under laboratory conditions.

Created: Jun 23, 2016

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How water resistant are our zips?

The zips we use are highly water resistant but they are not waterproof. Pockets internal and external may be susceptible to water ingress or condensation, remember this if you put your expensive gadgets in your pockets without additional protection such as a dry bag.

YKK Aquaguard zips (with a PU coating) are highly water resistant but not *waterproof*. These are used on the Balance, Pulsar and Parallax styles (also found on many high end waterproofs from other brands). The Gravitas uses a special water repellent zip which does not have a PU coating, which makes it lighter and more flexible but less resistant to water - it’s more like a DWR treatment. There is a storm flap behind the zip though, to add another layer of protection.

Created: Jun 13, 2016

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Self-Inflating Sleeping Mats:  First use and care guide

When you get a new self-inflating sleeping mat, the first thing you'll probably do is celebrate - hooray!

But there are a few other vital things that you need to do as well. In this video, Hero Fran runs though the first use instructions for your new mat. He also shares few tips for making your sleeping mat last as long as possible and perform at its best, handy!

 

The dog ate your headphones and you don't want to wake up your pet spider? Read on for written instructions...

What's included with my mat?

Your mat comes with a repair kit including fabric patch, glue, and instructions. Hang onto it, you never know when you'll need it!

When it arrives

Inflate your mat as soon as it arrives, (and preferably not on its first trip) as it takes a while for the foam to decompress the first time. We recommend leaving it for a minimum of 30 minutes, but the longer the better.

Inflating your mat
  • Unroll and open out your mat.

  • Open the valve and breathe into it a few times.

  • Once the mat is firm, close the valve.

Packing your mat
  • Open the valve and roll up the mat, kneeling on it as you do so to squeeze the air out.

  • Once rolled, close the valve and unroll the mat.

  • Open the valve and roll up again, squeezing all the air out.

Storing your mat

It is best to store your mat uncompresse, unrolled, and with the valve open. Find a cool, dry spot that's out of direct sunlight for your mat to live in, like down the side of a wardrobe or under the bed.

Created: May 27, 2016

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Cycle to Work Schemes

Cycle-to-Work is a UK government scheme which lets you buy a new bike through your employer, saving between 25% and 42% on the price of the bike through tax and national insurance savings.

Am I eligible?

Cycle to Work is open to all UK resident customers who want to buy a bike from Alpkit. Check with your employer whether they run a scheme.

What can I buy with the scheme?

You can purchase any of our Sonder bikes through Cycle to Work. Employers making a direct payment as part of an internal scheme must ensure that all agreements between the employer and employee adhere to government guidelines on Cycle to Work. We cannot accept responsibility for any final decisions made.

What equipment can I include?
 
A wide range of cycling equipment can be included on Cycle to Work. HMRC’s scheme guidelines advise that a ‘common sense approach’ should be taken when considering items to include. As a rule of thumb, any items which help make you safer, keep your bike safe, or help with your commute can be included, as follows:

  • Lights
  • Bags and racks
  • Cycle clothing*
  • Any high-visibility items
  • Pedals
  • Saddles
  • Tyres
  • Stems, seat-posts
  • Replacement bike parts to keep your bike safe on the road, such as wheels and tools/maintenance items (e.g. pumps, puncture repair kits, multi-tools but not workstands)

Which cycle-to-work schemes does Alpkit accept?

  • Direct payment from employer's own scheme
  • Bike 2 Work
  • Halfords
  • Bikes for Staff
  • Cycle Solutions
  • CyclePlus
  • Cyclescheme

How do I place an order?

Find out the following from your employer and cycle-to-work scheme provider before placing an order:

  • What is the price limit for your cycle to work scheme?
  • Can additional top-up payments be made on top of the cycle to work voucher?
  • How long does it usually take your employer to supply the information to the scheme and to Alpkit?
  • What are the terms & conditions from your employer, the scheme provider and Alpkit? (it's best to check that there are no contradictions which might cause problems at a later stage).
  • How do I send a voucher to Alpkit?

Post your Cycle to Work vouchers to:

Cycle to Work, Alpkit Limited, Unit 12-14 Oak House, Engine Lane, Newthorpe, Nottingham, NG16 3QU

Please also include:

  • A photocopy of some photo-identification (e.g. Driver’s License, Passport)
  • Your order reference

Vouchers can also be provided as an e-certificate. You can forward this to us by e-mail to support@alpkit.com with a copy of some photo ID and the order reference.

How long does the process take?

You have 28 days to provide us with your cycle-to-work voucher from the date of your order. We will contact you once the voucher is received to collect any additional payments (including the admin fee). Once the balance has been paid, we will build your bike for despatch within 10 days.

If a voucher is not provided within 28 days and no contact has been provided to advise us of a delay, a final attempt to contact you will be made before we cancel your order.

What if my certificate doesn’t equal the exact cost of the bike and equipment?
 
If your certificate value is more than the cost of the equipment, it is not possible to get a refund but you can include more accessories. If your certificate value is less than the cost of the equipment you can add your own money to it. It is your responsibility to check with the employer and scheme to ensure extra payments are accepted by them before placing an order. We cannot be held accountable if this is disputed at a later date.

Additional Payments

We design, source and build all our bikes to order and sell direct to you, avoiding retail and wholesale mark-ups. This means that all our bikes are incredibly well-priced and are sold at a significantly lower price to comparable high street prices and RRPs. See how our prices compare against other brands and check back. 

As with many other bike shops, when our price is below the full retail price listed in our stores and on our website, we pass on any additional fees that Cycle to Work scheme providers charge us for administering the scheme on behalf of your employer. We pass the exact charge to you including VAT without adding anything extra ourselves.

Please note that and additional charge DOES NOT APPLY if an employer is paying us directly for the bike.

We'll get in touch for any payment when we have received your voucher. You order for the bike to be built and delivered will be progressed once the payment for the outstanding amount has been made. If there are any major problems with stock or the build itself, we will contact you to make you aware. Please ensure you have supplied us with a valid contact number to reach you on.

FAQs

"Who is the legal owner of the bike?"

Please check with your specific scheme as your employer may be the legal owner of the bike until the end of the lease period. At that point, your employer may choose to either keep the bike or sell it to you for a nominal sum set out in the terms of their scheme

"Do we provide quotes for bikes?"

Yes, simply contact us at support@alpkit.com. A quote is valid for 30 days but does not guarantee that the stock will be held. 

"Can I order a bike with a higher value than the voucher and pay the remaining balance myself?"

Please check that your company allows this since not all companies or cycle-to-work providers do so.

"Can I change my bike once I have my cycle-to-work voucher?"

Yes, however once the build process has begun on your bike this is no longer possible.

"Can I upgrade components to items not listed on the bike page?"

Yes please contact us for bespoke builds.

"How long does it take from building to shipping?"

All bikes are built within 10 days and shipped the same day. Delivery depends on your location and is generally 2-5 days within the UK and up to 10 days internationally.

"Can I use the voucher in person?"

Yes you can. To place an order you need to have your voucher with you and pay the admin fee on the day.

"Can I Pay by credit/debit card and have the money refunded once we receive the voucher?"

No, all cycle to work orders have to be paid from the start by voucher and additional payment.

"I now have my voucher. When can I collect my bike?"

All bikes are built to order when we have both the voucher and admin fee or direct payment from your employer to the total agreed cost of your bike. Bikes are built with 10 days and we will let you know when it is ready for collection or delivery.

"Are any bikes excluded from the Cycle to Work Scheme?"

All bikes are available on cycle-to-work schemes.

"What happens if I change my mind?"
 
After signing the hire agreement you have a 14 day cooling off period if you change your mind. After that the hire agreement with your employer is not cancellable.

Created: May 10, 2016

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Bruler

In this video I take a look at the Bruler, our alcohol or meths stove. Bruler's a great option if you prefer not to take gas or if gas will be hard to find.

 

Created: Apr 29, 2016

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Clip

In this video I look at the Clip flask, an excellent option for taking hot drinks out and about with you.

 

Created: Apr 27, 2016

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How to attach a Koala seat pack to your bike

In this video I cover how to attach a Koala to your bike. It's essential that you take time to pack your Koala well and that you tighten the straps as much as you can to get the best performance from it. 

Created: Apr 20, 2016

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Fuel Pod Large

In this video I cover the changes we've made to the Large Fuel Pod as part of the 2016 bike luggage re-design. In addition to the changes to all three sized of Fuel Pod, we've changed the opening and added an extra attachment system to the Large size. 

 

Created: Apr 18, 2016

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Lampray Instructions

Customer Service Hero Fran runs through the Lampray features and how to use them.

Don't have headphones and you're worried about waking the dog up? Scroll down for written instructions...

Introducing Lampray. A magnetic rechargeable lantern and power cell that’ll brighten your evening and recharge your phone. If Lampray were a multi-tool, it’d be the multiest tool of them all! 

Important

Thank you for purchasing the Alpkit Lampray. Please curtail your excitement and do not use this product until you have read, understood, and complied with all the instructions and warnings contained within this manual, even if you are a bloke.

To Recharge

A display on the base of your Lampray indicates the power remaining, the Lampray charges with a micro-USB cable (included).

Plug one end of your micro-USB into the USB port marked ‘INPUT’, plug the other end into your computer, tablet, car, or plug. Charging time is around 5 hours. 

Instructions for Use

Lantern:

Press the power button on the bottom of the torch to turn on, keep clicking to shimmy through the settings:

Medium > High > Low > Flashing > Off 

To turn off, press the power button after 3 seconds on any setting

Power Cell:

To charge electronic devices, plug a USB cord into the port marked ‘OUTPUT’ on the side of the torch, plug the other end of the cord into the electronic device that you’d like to charge.

Warning
  • Do not shine torch directly into your eyes 
  • Do not submerge. 
  • Do not disassemble or modify this product as it will invalidate your warranty 
  • Keep Lampray clean to prevent dirt and dust from entering the electric elements 
  • Remove any moisture before storage
  • Do not store Lampray with batteries inside for long periods of time
Battery

3300mAH Li-polymer battery

Not regulated

Cleaning

Clean with a damp cloth

Storage

Ensure that the Lampray is dry before storing, store in a dry place.

Service and Repairs

If the lantern and power cell does not work, check that the it is charged and, if not, try recharging it.

If issues cannot be corrected using these instructions, contact Alpkit for advice.

Specification

Bulb: 1 x Cree LED

Lighting distance: 14 m

 

  Brightness Burn time Water Resistance
High 196 lm 8 h IPX5
Medium 100 lm  12 h IPX5
Low 10 lm 110 h  IPX5
Flashing N/A   IPX5

Created: Apr 18, 2016

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Koala

In this video I cover the updates we've made to the Koala for 2016. All these changes should improve the stability of the bag, especially when it's only partially filled.

Created: Apr 08, 2016

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Stem Cell

In this video I cover the Stem Cell which we have updated for 2016. This update covers the Stem Cell and Stem Cell XL.

 

Created: Apr 08, 2016

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Fuel Pod

In this video I take a look at the newly updated for 2016 Fuel Pod covering all the changes and features.

 

Created: Apr 08, 2016

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Possum Frame Bags

In this video I take a look at the Possum frame bag. This is our 3-size-fits-most frame bag so measure your frame, compare with our online measurements and take it from there.

 

Created: Apr 06, 2016

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Fat Roo

In this video I run through the features of our Fat Roo. This is an accessory bag to be put on the front of whatever you're carrying on your handlebars to give some easy access extra storage.

 

Created: Apr 06, 2016

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VIDEO: How to make your Stingray template

In this video I show how to make a template for your custom Stingray template. We need you to send us a template of your bike frame so we can make sure your Stingray comes out just right. We make your bag to the exact shape of the template so I'll show how to get it just right and cover all the information we need you to include on the template so we can get them through the Alpkit factory and on to your bike in the shortest time possible

 

Created: Mar 22, 2016

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Carbonlite Trekking Poles

In this video I take a quick look at the features of the CarbonLite Trekking Poles and show how to adjust them

Created: Mar 22, 2016

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Pre-orders

If a product is marked as pre-order, please make sure you have read and understood the following before making your purchase:

  • Payment will be taken immediately and your item will be dispatched when stock arrives.
  • Any other products ordered at the same time as a pre-ordered item will be held until the pre-ordered item comes into stock. If you would like your additional items to be dispatched immediately, please make a separate order.
  • Although we try and give an accurate indication of when we will take delivery of the stock they are liable to change.

Created: Mar 04, 2016

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Sonder bespoke frames and bikes

All Sonder bikes are fully customisable and we offer tailor-made bespoke titanium frames.

We stock SRAM and Shimano groupsets and components, Rockshox forks and can source almost any part for you. Give us a call and we will help spec and build a Sonder. With the same experienced mechanic helping throughout your build you know who to call if there's anything you want to know.

Created: Feb 24, 2016

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Try Before Your Buy - Sonder Demo Bikes

Test ride a Sonder Bike by renting a bike for as long as you want. 

You can either rent a Sonder Bike from one of our stores or have a Sonder delivered to your home to test it to its limits.

Rental prices start from £39 per day or £59 for a weekend. If you go on to buy any bike from us, we'll refund the rental cost.

Home delivery

Home delivery can only be used in conjunction with a weekend demo. If you opt for this service, you must pay for delivery and collection services.

Interested?

Give AKGHQ a call on 01773 417007, drop us an email at support@alpkit.com or pop into any of our stores with the following info:

  • The bike you would like to demo

  • The size and build options you would like

  • The date(s) you would like to demo

  • Where you'd like to demo (home delivery or store collection)

  • Your contact details 

Once we have this information, we'll check availability and arrange a demo of a bike from our fleet that matches your ideal bike best. We'll then give you a call to confirm details and take payment.

Payment

We will have to put a hold on your bank card for the cost of the bike that you demo for the weekend.

This is basically insurance that the bike will be returned; it is processed as a deferred payment in the SagePay secure payment system. No money is taken from your account, however, it does lock it in so that you cannot access those funds from when you call to make the payment to when the bike arrives back with us (usually around a week in total for a weekend demo).

Once the bike is returned we abort the deferred payment which releases the funds for you. You can put the deferred payment on either a credit or debit card.

Created: Feb 24, 2016

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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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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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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?

When stuffing your sleeping bag in to the dry bag be gentle with the opening. This is the most fragile part of the bag, so avoid twisting it or putting undue stress on the internal plastic strip so it maintains a good seal when rolled.

If you intend to keep the sleeping bag in the provided compression bag rather than stuffing it straight in to the drybag you will have to choose a larger size due to the size of the opening.

Which insulation into which bag?

InsulationProduct Squeezes 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

L 13L 20L
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

XXS XXS 1L 1L
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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