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Gamma Headtorch Instructions

The Gamma has a one button operation - 

Front Light - Press on button

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

Rear Light

  • Red LED : On > Flashing > Off

Batteries

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

Download the Gamma PDF instruction sheet.

Created: Jan 09, 2014

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Christmas Shopping 2016

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

These are the important dates through December...

 

International Standard:

Friday 2nd December
Africa, Middle East

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

Thursday 8th December

Caribbean, Central & South America

Friday 9th December
Greece, Australia, New Zealand

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

Thursday 15th December
Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA

Friday 16th December
France, Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

 

UK Inland Service

Tuesday 20th December

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

Thursday 22nd 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 23rd 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.

Friday 23rd December - Visit our showroom between 9.00 and 17.00
If you are in the Nottingham area why not pop into our showroom and munch on a mince pie. If you plan on visiting in the afternoon we recommend calling us first to check we are still here on 01773 417007 or dropping us an email.

24th / 25th / 26th / 27th December - Closed
Merry Christmas everyone, we hope you find some Alpkit goodness under your tree.

28th / 29th / 30th December - Visit our showroom between 9.30 and 17.00
A few lucky staff have been carefully selected to work over the Christmas period. We will be answering phone calls, replying to emails and packing orders. You can also visit our showroom for some Christmas cheer.

31st / 1st / 2nd  January - Closed

 

3rd January - Normal service resumes

 

External Links

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Created: Dec 16, 2010

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Which rope is right for me?

Created: Dec 06, 2016

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Prism 630 operation

Prism 630 has 5 modes which are selected by the switch on top of the light unit.

1. OPERATION

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

HIGH (500 lumen) > MED (230 lumen) > LOW (130 lumen) >  8 Hz FLASHING

To turn Prism 630 off press and hold once after 10 seconds in any mode.

To select BOOST MODE press and hold the button from any mode. BOOST will stay on while the button is being pressed for a maximum of 1 minute.

2. BATTERY

To recharge attach the Micro USB cable to the port on the torch. Do not attempt to recharge if not using rechargeable batteries as there is risk of an explosion. A small light on the torch indicates the charging status:

RED ON - Charging, GREEN ON - Fully charged

Created: Nov 29, 2016

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Boson operation

Boson has 5 modes which are selected by the switch on top of the light unit.

1. OPERATION

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

HIGH (850 lumen) > MED (320 lumen) > LOW (100 lumen) >  6Hz FLASHING > 3 Hz FLASHING

To turn Boson off press and hold once after 10 seconds in any mode.

While in operation a small LED light indicates the remaining battery power:

GREEN ON - High power, RED ON - Medium power, RED FLASHING - Low battery power

2. BATTERY

To recharge attach the Micro USB cable to the port on the torch. Do not attempt to recharge if not using rechargeable batteries as there is risk of an explosion. A small light on the torch indicates the charging status:

RED ON - Charging, GREEN ON - Fully charged

3. 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.

Created: Nov 29, 2016

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Qark operation

Qark has two modes which are selected by the switch on top of the light unit.

1. MANUAL MODE

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

LUXEON LED HIGH > LUXEON LED MED > LUXEON LED LOW > 3mm LEDs ON > 3mm LEDs 2Hz FLASHING > OFF

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

2. AUTOMATIC SENSOR MODE

Long press to switch on, click to cycle 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 IR 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 once after 10 seconds in any mode.

3. REAR LIGHT

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

HIGH > 3 HZ FLASHING > PULSE FLASHING

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

4. BATTERY

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.

Created: Nov 28, 2016

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Which headtorch should I choose?

Created: Nov 23, 2016

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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.

Created: Aug 17, 2016

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Hadron 2000 lumen bike light

In this video I take 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.

Created: Jul 12, 2016

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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 Mat Instructions - First use and care guide

In this video I run through the important things to do when you get a new self inflating sleeping mat. I also cover some handy tips for making your sleeping mat last the longest it possibly can and perform to its best while at it.

 

Created: May 27, 2016

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Cycle to work schemes

Cycle-to-Work is a UK government scheme allowing you to buy a new bike through your employer and saves you between 25% and 42% off the price of the bike through tax and national insurance savings. It's open to all UK resident customers who want to buy a bike from Alpkit.

Check with your employer whether they run a cycle to work scheme.

What can I buy with the scheme?

You can purchase all our bikes through Cycle To Work Schemes. Employers making a direct payment as part of an internal cycle to work scheme must ensure any agreements between the employer and employee follow the government’s information on cycle to work as we can't 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 and scheme guidelines (as set by HMRC) advise a ‘common sense approach’ should be taken when considering items to include. As a guide 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-viz items
  • Pedals
  • Saddles
  • Tyres
  • Stems, seat-posts
  • Replacement bike parts to keep your bike safe on the road, for example
  • Wheels
  • Tools and maintenance items (e.g. pumps, puncture repair kits, multi-tools but not workstands)

Which cycle-to-work schemes do we accept?
Direct payment from employers own scheme
cyclescheme.co.uk
Bike 2 Work
Halfords
Bikes for Staff
Cycle Solutions
CyclePlus
 

How do I place an order?

Before placing your order, please check out the following with your employer and cycle-to-work scheme provider:

  • 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 us?
  • What are the terms & conditions from your employer, the scheme provider and from Alpkit? (it's best to check that there are no contradictions which might cause problems at a later stage).
  • How do I provide a voucher to Alpkit?

Cycle to Work vouchers can be posted to:

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

A photocopy of some photo-identification (e.g. Driver’s License, Passport) should also be included as well as the 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 as 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. So all our bikes are incredibly well priced and are sold at a significant discount to comparable high street prices and RRPs. See how our prices compare against other brands and check back.

As with many other bike shops, we pass on the fees that cyclescheme providers charge us for administering the scheme on behalf of your employer, where the price of the bike is below comparable high street prices and branded RRPs. We pass the exact charge to you without adding anything extra ourselves. We'd love not to have to have to charge you but our starting prices do not include the cost of finance. The additional charge DOES NOT APPLY if an employer is paying us directly for the bike or the cycle-to-work scheme administrator doesnt levy a charge on us.

A handling fee of 15% of the cost of the bike applies with cyclescheme.co.uk and Halfords vouchers, 10% for Bike2work and CyclePlus vouchers, 12.5% fee applies with Bikes for Staff and a 12% fee applies for Cycle Solutions.

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

Frequently asked questions:


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.

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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

In this video I take a quick look at the features of the Lampray. This is a great lantern that also doubles up as a charger for your electrical gadgets like phones and GPS.

 

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 terms of a Pre-Order purchase before placing your order. Payment will be taken immediately and your item will be despatched when stock arrives. If you require additional items please place a separate order as it will be held and sent together.

Please note that 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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Sonder Bikes Try Before Your Buy

Test ride a Sonder Bike either with a demo at our Nottingham factory store or rent your dream Sonder to test on your own trails. Rental prices start from £39 per day or £59 for a weekend. What's more we'll refund the rental cost if you go on and buy any bike from us. We only ask that you pay for the delivery and collection service of £30 (can only be used in conjunction with a weekend demo).

Contact us for more details and availabilities.

We will have to put a hold on your bank account for the cost of the bike that you demo for the weekend. This is basically insurance that the bike will be returned and is processed as a deferred payment in the SagePay secure payment system. It doesn't take any more from your account but 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 - this is 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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What fork can I use with Broken Road?

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

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

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

Created: Jan 26, 2016

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Packing your sleeping bag in an Airlok

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

 

Created: Jan 21, 2016

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How to use your Gamma head torch

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

Created: Jan 21, 2016

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How to inflate our Dumo sleeping mat

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

Created: Jan 15, 2016

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What are the differences between Filo and Phantac?

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

Created: Jan 15, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Created: Dec 24, 2015

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What is a Rough Cut?

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

Created: Dec 22, 2015

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Muon head torch instructions

Created: Dec 22, 2015

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Are Sonder available outside the UK?

Yes they are!

Created: Dec 18, 2015

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What pressure should I run my Trailblazers at?

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

Created: Dec 10, 2015

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What wheel sizes can Broken Road take?

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

Created: Dec 10, 2015

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What wheel sizes can Transmitter take?

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

Created: Dec 10, 2015

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What wheel sizes can Camino take?

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

Created: Dec 10, 2015

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Merino Care Guide

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

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

How to wash

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

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

Never use hot water to wash your merino. 


Detergents

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

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

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

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

Drying

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

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


Rips and tears

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

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

Created: Dec 08, 2015

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Can I use 18650 batteries with Prism 550?

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

Created: Dec 07, 2015

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What are builds and groupsets?

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

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

Created: Dec 06, 2015

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How do I wash my Bean Mountain bean bag?

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

Created: Dec 03, 2015

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Is the Bean Mountain bean bag fire retardant?

No, Bean Mountain is not certified as fire retardant.

Created: Dec 03, 2015

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

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

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

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

Created: Nov 06, 2015

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How big is Alpkit bike luggage in litres?

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

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

Koala - approx. 8L

Kowari - approx. 3L

Fuel Pod Small - approx. 0.5L

Fuel Pod Medium - approx. 1.0L

Fuel Pod Large - approx. 1.3L

Possum Small - approx. 1.2L

Possum Medium - approx. 2.0L

Possum Large - 2.3L

Stem Cell - approx. 1.0L

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

Created: Oct 14, 2015

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Where does it come from? Alpkit gear sourcing

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

Created: Oct 13, 2015

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

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

Created: Sep 30, 2015

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Slack Kit instructions

PDF instruction sheet

Created: Sep 22, 2015

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Gamma - How to change the battery pack?

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

Created: Sep 08, 2015

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What are the advantages of titanium?

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

Created: Sep 07, 2015

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Sleeping Mats and R values

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

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

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

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

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

1RUS = 5.68RSI

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

Created: Aug 26, 2015

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Prism battery lock - How to save my batteries?

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

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

Created: Aug 26, 2015

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Why have Alpkit designed their own bikes?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Created: Aug 25, 2015

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Jaran tent pitching instructions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Created: Aug 20, 2015

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Ordos tent pitching instructions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Created: Aug 20, 2015

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What are the differences between Fixe Roca Rope Treatments?

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

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

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

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

Created: Aug 19, 2015

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What are Fixe-Roca Endurance Ropes?

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

Created: Aug 19, 2015

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Self inflating camping mats - Locating a puncture

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

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

Created: Aug 18, 2015

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Self inflating camping mats - Find your puncture 2

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

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

Created: Aug 18, 2015

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Self inflating camping mats - Repairs and care

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

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

Created: Aug 18, 2015

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Self inflating camping mats - Alternative repair techniques

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

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

Created: Aug 18, 2015

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Self inflating camping mats - Repairs

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

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

Created: Aug 18, 2015

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Self inflating camping mats - Using in winter

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

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

Created: Aug 18, 2015

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Should I choose Cordura or VX-21 for my frame bag?

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

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

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

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

Created: Aug 17, 2015

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Alpkit Foundation

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

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

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

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

The kind of projects we’ll support are:

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

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

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

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

The charity is the real deal and anyone can donate to it.  It is registered with the Charities Commission (Number 1162585) and is completely independent to Alpkit.  We’ll have 8 trustees who meet regularly including an independent trustee, 2 staff trustees and a customer trustee.

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

Created: Aug 07, 2015

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What is mulesing-free merino?

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

Created: Aug 05, 2015

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Why merino?

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

Created: Aug 05, 2015

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Alpkit’s ethical down policy [pre-winter 2016]

UPDATE: As of winter 2016, we will only be using down that is certified by the Responsible Down Standard. For more information, please see the Product Team's spotlight article.

The information below is applicable to all down products made by Alpkit before winter 2016.

At Alpkit we do all we can to make sure the goose down and duck down that we use in all our products is ethically sourced. We only source non-live plucked and non-force fed goose and duck down.  We work very closely and visit our factories regularly to see for ourselves that the ethical standards are upheld. From 2016 we have started to introduce down that has been certified by the Responsible Down Standard. The first product to use this don is our Cloud Cover quilt. This mark is an added reasurance that the down in these products does not come from birds that have been live-plucked or force-fed, and that their welfare has been protected from the time they were hatchlings to when they are slaughtered.

Here's a longer article that Nick wrote in 2014 about how we get our down and where it comes from.

Created: Aug 05, 2015

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How much should I pay for a boulder mat?

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

Brand Bouldering mat Style Depth (cm) Area Covered (m) Material Weight RRP Price Per M2
Large Pad
Alpkit Project Taco 10 1.4 Cordura 5.3 £ 160.00 £ 114.29
Alpkit Mujo Hinged 9 1.3 Cordura 4.5 £ 130.00 £ 100.00
Ocun Paddy Moonwalk Hinged 11 1.3 Cordura 6.3 £ 160.00 £ 123.08
Wildcountry Big Air Taco 9 1.3 Nylon 5.4 £ 160.00 £ 123.08
Moon Warrior Crash Pad Taco 12 1.3 Nylon 6 £ 160.00 £ 123.08
Snap Bun Taco 12 1.3 Nylon 5.5 £ 160.00 £ 123.08
DMM Dyno Taco 9 1.3 Nylon 6.4 £ 165.00 £ 126.92
Edelrid Mantle Pad Hinged 10 1.3 Nylon 5.3 £ 180.00 £ 138.46
Ocun Paddy Dominator Hinged 14.5 1.3 Cordura 6.4 £ 225.00 £ 173.08
Beal Double Air Bag Hinged 9 1.3 Polyester 5.3 £ 200.00 £ 153.85
Ocun Paddy Sundance Hinged 9 1.2 Cordura 4.4 £ 125.00 £ 104.17
Black Diamond Dropzone Hinged 9 1.2 Polyester 4.75 £ 170.00 £ 141.67
DMM Highball Hinged 10 1.2 Nylon 4.92 £ 170.00 £ 141.67
Evolv Maverick Taco 10 1.2 Nylon 8.6 £ 175.00 £ 145.83
Medium Pad
Grivel Crash Hinged 9 1.1 Nylon 3.5 £ 125.00 £ 113.64
Black Diamond Impact Hinged 10 1.1 Polyester 4.3 £ 150.00 £ 136.36
Metolius Session Hinge 10 1.1 Nylon 4 £ 150.00 £ 136.36
Five Ten / Organic Crash Taco 8 1.1 Nylon 3.6 £ 155.00 £ 140.91
Metolius Boss Hogg Hinge 10 1.1 Nylon 4.9 £ 190.00 £ 172.73
Petzl Alto Taco 10 1.1 Cordura 5.7 £ 250.00 £ 227.27
Climb X Double-X Hinged 12.5 1.08 Nylon 4.8 £ 135.00 £ 125.00
Alpkit Phud Taco 8 1 Polyester 4.1 £ 85.00 £ 85.00
Moon Pluto Crash Pad Taco 9 1 Nylon 5 £ 100.00 £ 100.00
DMM Spot 2 Hinged 7 1 Nylon 3.2 £ 120.00 £ 120.00
Beal Air Light Hinged 8 1 Polyester 3.6 £ 137.00 £ 137.00
Snap Quarter Pounder Hinged 12 1 Nylon 7.5 £ 210.00 £ 210.00
Small Pad
Black Diamond Satellite Taco 7.5 0.9 Polyester 3 £ 120.00 £ 133.33
Wildcountry Touchdown Hinged 10 0.9 Nylon 4 £ 140.00 £ 155.56
Alpkit Waffa Satellite 2.5 0.65 Cordura 0.8 £ 50.00 £ 76.92
Edelrid Sit Start Pad Satellite 5 0.55 Nylon 1.6 £ 55.00 £ 100.00
Moon Bump Start Satellite 5 0.54   1 £ 65.00 £ 120.37
Beal Addition Pad Satellite 4 0.47 Polyester 0.75 £ 39.00 £ 82.98
Snap Pizza Satellite 2.5 0.37 Nylon 0.6 £ 35.00 £ 94.59
Evolv Ringer Satellite 5 0.37 Nylon 1.4 £ 43.00 £ 116.22
Petzl Nimbo Satellite 3 0.37 Cordura 0.7 £ 54.00 £ 145.95

Created: Jul 31, 2015

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How do I get my wetsuit on?!

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

Top tips:

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

Step by step:

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

 

Further reading/ watching:

Outdoor Swimming Society Top Tips

Head to the Hills wetsuit fitting guidelines

Huub Design wetsuit fitting video

Created: Jul 24, 2015

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Is the BruPot compatible with the BruKit?

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

Created: Jul 22, 2015

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Is the Kelvin mug watertight?

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

Created: Jul 22, 2015

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

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

Created: Jul 22, 2015

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