Monday, 2 May 2011

Kit Review (Part 2)

Over the last year we have pushed our kit hard, its been tested in a variety of demanding situations and terrains. Some items have excelled whilst others have fallen short. Below we talk about our experience with some of our essential items and attempt to give a unbiased performance review.

Like any kit, regular care and maintenance is essential for longevity. On the road it's not always practical to keep things in tip-top condition but we have tried to adhere to the manufacturer's advice as much as possible. If we have deviated from this we have noted it next to the particular item.

We would love to hear your comments if you have had any experience with any of the items below.

Brooks B17 Saddle  
Brook B17 Saddle Rating: 9/10
The first thing you notice about a new Brooks B17 saddle is the firmness. It's hard as rock. Everyone seems to have different experiences during the "breaking in phase", some feel...

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Ortlieb Back Roller and Front Roller Classic Panniers  
Ortlieb Back Roller and Front Roller Classic Panniers Rating: 9/10
Our Ortlieb panniers never let us down which is remarkable considering the number of times we pull them on and off the bikes and drag them about the place. They really are very durable and 100%...

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Schwalbe Marathon XR Tyres  
Schwalbe Marathon XR Tyres Rating: 9/10
With their deep tread and thicker tyre walls they look quite bulky but are surprisingly sporty for their size. They feel rock solid on the road and have brilliant grip on lose and wet surfaces giving you that...

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Thermarest ProLite 3 Sleeping Mat  
Thermarest ProLite 3 Sleeping Mat Rating: 7/10
We find the Thermarest ProLite sleeping mats comfortable as long as you tend to sleep on your back or front. If you tend to sleep on your side it's probable your hip will touch the ground. They provide...

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Western Mountaineering Versalite Sleeping Bag  
Western Mountaineering Versalite Sleeping Bag Rating: 9/10
Having used the Versalite sleeping bag frequently for 6 months, we are very impressed with them. For the majority of our tour the weather has been mild, but we did have some freezing nights in Iran...

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Marco said...

Duct Tape?

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