Just some comments about gear used on my recent trip.
Hilleberg Soulo tent
Probably for this trip, the choice of tent was a bit of overkill. However, having said this, I took the tent to get more experience and because, I love the ease of set up and the excellent venting system of the top vent and the full mesh door. Both nights I was away, it was very still and cool, but little or no condensation inside the tent.
Pitching is so simple, put three pole into the sleeves, peg out the groundsheet and clip the tent to the poles. With the light breezes I had during the trip there was no need to peg out the guy lines, but they would be easy to sort out in a strong wind. I am very happy with the tent except the weight!
Golite Pinnacle backpack
It is important to pack this carefully to ensure it is comfortable and this can be achieved with practice. Despite the size of the back pack, it is the lightest I have and because the volume can be reduced by a toggle and clip system, it can used for a variety of trips from bulky winter day trips to multi day trips. I would like to see more padding on the shoulder straps and an internal frame would be good, but of cause this would increase the overall weight.
Paramo 3rd element jacket
Again I probably didn’t need to take this but I wanted to test the gilet option on this jacket. The jacket is very comfortable, when the hood is up and it is easy to see out of and easy to adjust. When the hood and sleeves are removed and is worn as a gilet, it provides adequate warm without overheating. It saved me taking my down vest, so some weight was saved.
Primus Express Spider Stove
With my Pocket Rocket stove, I found that temperatures I experienced on the two mornings would have caused problems with lighting, particularly if the gas cartridge was low on fuel. I don’t have this problem with this stove and it is more stable than the Pocket Rocket.