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Sunday, April 27, 2014

TGO Challenge gear 2014 Pt3. Clothing.

I have delayed releasing my pt3. on clothing due to a blog post by Gordon Green. Here.
It threw me into a bit of a quandary. And so it was that i purchased a Dri-clime vest to compliment my Rab  Boreas (which i have never got on well with) and tested Gordon’s set up last weekend in the Lakes.

I am pleased to report that the system worked far better than i ever expected.

So clothes that i will wear on the challenge are:-

Rohan L / S Ultra silver Tee baselayer. 95grams

Rab Boreas soft shell windproof mid layer. (M) 250grams

Marmot Dri-clime vest.

X socks Trekkers. 80grams.
I usually wear Bridgedale Trekkers but i think they caused my blister last week. They are getting a bit old and i noticed just a slight wear at the heel. They have done many miles. So i am using the X socks instead of buying new ones.

Rohan Trailblazer trousers. 360grams
These have proven to be a hard choice. My 1st choice being the Montane Terra’s that i wore last week and then the Fusion from Rohan. But i have decided to take these to compliment the Boreas soft shell top. They also have great pockets and as my waterproof has no pockets these will be a valuable asset. They are also lighter in colour which hopefully will show up any crawling insects.

Marks and Spencer Autograph briefs. Very light and very comfy. 45 grams.

Silk balaclava that has multi use as buff, hat and of course a balaclava. 40grams.

Meindl Softline. 590 grams each.
Merrell Chameleon 5 Mid. 560grams each. I have changed these after i read my own blog post here. I had obviously forgotten. Shows blog posts are very useful even your own. So the Merrell’s are in between full boots and trail shoes and well worn and tested.

For the bad wet weather i have,

Shell Waterproof.
Brenig smock (with Aluminium Threads). 539grams.

Overtrousers (Not pants).
Rab Bergan. 315grams. (A bit heavy but they are the only ones i have)

Waterproof eVent hat from Outdoor designs. 50gr

Outdoor Research Arete waterproof. 157gr with a removable inner glove for use when its not raining, 43 grams

Trekmates Mountain XT Goretex Paclite Gaiters. 86 grams

Spare clothes.

1 Aldi L /S Thermal top.  151gr

A pair of Aldi running shorts. 75gr

A pair of Bridgedale liner socks. 28grams.

Uniqlo Vest 138gr

Hi Tec Zuuk. 298grams

I’m even leaving my lovely and warm tent socks at home. I hope its not a mistake.

Sorry for the lack of photo’s but as i had been asked to get on with pt3 i thought i better release it asap.


  1. Looks like you are well sorted Alan. All the best for the TGO.

  2. Heresy, but heck it worked. I reckon your good to go and have a great crossing. Hope the weather is nice.

  3. Yep, it worked well. I have no doubts about taking the trio of layers which can be swopped about with my shell as conditions vary. Thanks Martin,

  4. I have a Rab softshell (Wmn's Sawtooth Jacket) and I like it for walking. It hasn't made it to overnighters as two jackets feels too much - a pull-on might be more versatile. The Boreas with the vest sounds like a good solution.

    I would definitely take the tent socks with me - or a pair of handknitted woollen socks...

    1. Hi Maria, the Sawtooth is a much stronger jacket than the Boreas and I can understand why you wouldn't want to take 2. Its one of my issues, where do softshell jackets fit in?
      I am not going back on my decision to leave the tent socks because I am taking my warmer sleeping bag. They shouldn't be required, but we will see.


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