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.
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,
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
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.