The OMM Mountain Raid 1.0 is a fully insulated yet minimal sleeping bag offering the adventure racer warmth while weighing in at an amazing 380g. In order to keep the weight of the bag to a minimum it has not been cut to be spacious but instead quite snug. When you’re on the move the Mountain Raid packs down unbelievably small taking up very little of your already minimal pack.
Primaloft One insulation is not only very warm but has been treated with silicon to enable it to resist water and will keep working even when wet. 60g/m² Primaloft has been used in the top of the bag and 40g/m² in the base. This is because you will probably be using a sleeping mat for insulation in this area and this helps to keep the weight to a minimum. The insulation is stitched to the Point Zero liner fabric while the outer is loose. This loose outer helps the insulation to loft preventing cold spots.
Point Zero is a featherweight ripstop Nylon that is highly wind resistant and has a DWR treatment for moisture protection. The short zip allows for reasonably easy access, and certainly is better than no zip at all. The Raid 1.0 is a specialist bag designed to be minimalist.
New in at Facewest.co.uk: the Summer 2015 range from Thermarest
Here we take a look at some of the new equipment…
The EvoLite is best described as a hybrid mattress offering the user the convenience of the self inflating mattress combined with the the lightness and packability of an air mattress. By combining these two technologies, Thermarest have pushed into a new area of outdoor comfort. The Evolite is a superb choice for the lightweight backpacker or adventurer requiring a mattress for 3-season use but taking up the minimum of pack space.
A super comfortable chair for use in the outdoors that is also super packable. The Tripod forms a strong base to support you and the chair and doubles as a carrying case. At camp the components are quickly accessed with the 6000 series aluminium poles slotting into the tripod. The canvas slots onto these at the corners, and these are reinforced with super strong hyperlon.
How to build the Treo Chair:
Slacker Hammock Double
The Slacker Hammock Double is a cosy place for you and your partner to sleep in comfort. This is a packable hammock that can be quickly slung between two trees or posts. Made from a soft brushed polyester with a great next to skin feel that is shaped for the perfect fit, it’s perfect for hanging out at camp. The Slacker is also available as a single hammock – click here.
The lightest air mattress from Thermarest, also with an R-Value of 3.2 meaning that this mattress will perform easily in 3-season conditions. The outer fabrics have been improved and are now a soft textured fabric that provides superb next to skin comfort and are a lot quieter leading to a better nights sleep. The textured fabric also provides greater resistance, so you and your bag are less likely to slip off the mattress!
The ThermaCapture technology featured in the NeoAir Xlite is a series of baffles made from a reflective fabric which provides an almost complete barrier to radiative heat loss. Unlike the mats with which Thermarest is almost synonymous, the Neoair range is not self inflating, instead it needs to be inflated by lung or pump power leading to its great advantage, low weight.
Did you know that you can get a FREE chair kit with most Thermarest mats? If your mat is compatible with one of these kits it says so on the page and we will include one in your delivery. You won’t see it at the checkout because it’s FREE but we will make sure it’s in your delivery. Sorry but these chair kits do not fit the 76cm mats, so you don’t get one. Chair Kits are worth £30 – 40 so it’s a great offer even if they are not the current models.
The Gamma MX is the official uniform softshell jacket of the British Mountain Guides, and comes with solid recommendations from some very demanding users – here is one of them.
Miles Bright is an internationally qualified IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations) guide based in Chamonix. From this base at the foot of Mont Blanc, Miles guides and climbs year-round throughout France, Italy and Switzerland.
“I’ve been abusing my Gamma MX hoody for two years. It’s a great bit of kit for skiing and alpine climbing. Thanks to those clever people at Arc’teryx the hood is a work of art. It fits over a helmet or can be tightened so it’s snug over a wooly hat. There’s a great peak which works well even when the hood is tightened around your face. The collar can be zipped up to cover your chin but stops at just the right spot so you can breathe unhindered. Even when you’re totally sealed into the hood it still turns with your head and doesn’t effect your vision. The Fortius 2.0 fabric keeps out the wind, sheds snow and is wonderfully stretchy. Combine this great fabric with clever design throughout the jacket and you end up with wonderful freedom of movement. I particularly like being able to reach for high holds without pulling the jacket out of my harness. After lots of use my Gamma MX hoody still looks great.”
If you’re following us on social media (if not, why not?!) then you may have seen that we had our first glimpse in an age at a Jetforce pack, which are significantly difficult to come by as there have been a few issues with the supply.
Well, we thought they’d all gone and that we wouldn’t see another one for a while. More fool us, however, as we now have just 2 of the Pilot 11 Jetforce packs available to buy now.
The Black Diamond Pilot 11 Jetforce is a minimalist pack for epic days where you will be moving fast and carrying lighter loads making the Pilot the pinnacle in heli packs. Essential probes and a shovel can be carried in the dedicated tools pocket while the main zipped compartment is ideal for stashing extra clothing along with snacks and a drink. When your’re on the move the reACTIV suspension and SwingArm shoulder straps will keep the Pilot stable ensuring day long comfort. A superb pack for the backcountry.
If you want one then you’ll have to be quick off the mark, as they won’t be around for long! Click here
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Olly is a director of Mountain Tracks. Mountain Tracks are a small, friendly team of dedicated professionals specialising in guided mountain adventure, offering courses and trips across Europe and worldwide. Click here to see more about Olly & Mountain Tracks.
“I use this as my everyday helmet, its seen loads of abuse in the mountains over the past two years but still looks new. I prefer a plastic shell helmet in the Alps rather than the foam type like the Petzl Meteor. Foamies don’t stand up to being rammed in your rucksack, sat on, dropped, peppered by ice and rock or used as a sandwich holder. The foam type helmets like the Meteor are great for multi pitch rock but when ice or mixed climbing in the alps the last thing you want is the helmet exploding from an ice bomb direct hit then no helmet for the remainder of the route. So bearing this in mind I use my Elios, for Alpine, Ice and Mixed then change to my super light comfy Meteor when cranking on the rock.”
Petzl Elios Features:
ABS shell and expanded polystyrene liner
Helmet is entirely adjustable and adapts to all head shapes
Headband adjustment system is precise with two push-buttons
Height adjustment of rear headband by increments
Sliding ventilation slots adapt to weather conditions
Comfort foam is quilted and lined with absorbent fabric
Four clips for headlamp attachment
Compatible with VIZION face shield
Size 1 - Fits children/very small head – diameter: 48-56cm
Size 2 - Fits almost all adults – diameter: 53-61cm
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Andy is an IFMGA mountain guide and BASI ISIA ski instructor living in Glencoe, usually found with a big grin climbing rock, ice or mixed routes in Scotland or skiing powder anywhere from Glencoe to Japan. Read more about Andy Here…
“The Theta bib pants are great, extremely well built; robust and nicely contoured.
I like the snug fit of the bib, which seems particularly good at keeping warmth in next to the torso, whilst still allowing movement such as wide bridging moves to find the best footholds when climbing!
Working in the hills every day in some pretty testing conditions, I need clothing that allows me to focus on my clients, not on staying warm and dry; Arcteryx apparel routinely delivers that long lasting comfort and always looks well tailored and professional.”
Andy on the final pitch of “Bewilderbeast” VI,6 Ben Nevis. Picture taken by John Orr, February 2015.
Arc’teryx Theta SV Bib Features:
Highly breathable Gore-Tex Pro
Elastic low front bib at waist
Two small zipped pockets on bib
Maximum articulation aids freedom of movement
Cordura powder cuff keeps out snow
Lace hooks fix pants to boots
Full separating 2 way zips allow easy on & off over boots
Keprotec inserts protect against ski edges, crampons and boots