It’s that time of year when I delve into my gear cupboard and pull out the things I no longer need. This year it’s a monster clearout, and there are some bargains to be had.
All sleeping bags have been stored uncompressed. Most other details should be in the individual listings. Prices include postage anywhere in the UK. PayPal only please. If you’d like to buy something, email me. I’ll normally be able to post within two or three days and am happy to answer any questions.
These items are also listed on eBay so are subject to removal at any time.
Snugpak Travelpak Lite synthetic sleeping bag – £25
1 season (rated to 7˚C but 10˚C is more realistic)
I’ve had this bag for a number of years and it remains in good condition. It isn’t ideal for backpackers due to its poor warmth-to-weight ratio, but it has a midge hood and I’ve found it pretty good for summer car camping or casual use.
Bespoke Ultralight bivy bag – £30
DWR (not waterproof) ultralight bivy bag
193cm long, 80cm wide at the shoulder
Bespoke Ultralight made this bivy for me in 2016. It’s well made, with a waterproof silnylon base (no bathtub walls, just flat) and a light DWR ripstop upper, very breathable. There’s a generous no-see-um mesh panel over the face and a right-hand zip opening that goes about halfway down.
This style of bivy bag is intended to be used under a tarp, to protect against condensation, bugs, and stray water droplets. It isn’t intended to be used as a shelter by itself.
I’ve used it extensively, but if I’m honest I never got on with it that well because it isn’t quite big enough for me. Therefore I only recommend this for short people (like 5’2″ short). If it fits you, however, it’s great.
Marmot PreCip waterproof jacket – £30
This is a classic, basic, lightweight, waterproof/breathable jacket.
This one is in men’s size Large. I’m only selling it because it’s too big for me. Please be aware that Marmot’s sizes run on the big size – it’s probably more like XL in regular sizing.
Condition is excellent as it has only been used on a couple of trips. There’s light wear on the inside of the mesh pockets (tried to show in photo) but no actual holes. The garment has recently been reproofed.
Rab Nylon Ground Cloth – £10
Silnet stripes added for anti-slip
I have only actually used this once or twice for local camps, as I started using polycro instead, which is lighter. However, this is a well-made (if slightly narrow) groundsheet – probably best used as an accessory groundsheet, perhaps in a tent porch. Good condition.
Rab Neutrino 400 down sleeping bag – NOW SOLD
3 season (2.5˚C, a conservative estimate)
895g I bought this sleeping bag new in 2015, and it’s the veteran of several long-distance trails, including the CWT and Tour of Monte Rosa. Rab’s temperature rating of 2.5˚C is conservative and I’ve found it fine down to about -1˚C, or colder with extra layers. It’s a nice roomy sleeping bag with soft-feeling interior fabric and a voluminous hood. This one isn’t in great condition, hence the price (I paid £228 for it). The down has lost some of its loft and it needs a good clean. There’s a small hole in the lining that I’ve temporarily repaired with tape (a more permanent repair may be required long term). I haven’t washed it in ages, but with careful washing it’ll be nearly as good as new – could be a bargain for someone.
Oookworks Weenest multi-shelter bug inner with bathtub floor – NOW SOLD
Fits most pyramid shelters, TrailStar etc.
410g inc. stuffsack Sean at Oookworks made this nest for me in 2016, and it does a fantastic job when there are midges about. It’s ideal for Scotland, with a really good bathtub silnylon groundsheet, and fits in most of MLD’s shelters (or other brands). I’m only selling it because I prefer using my dedicated Solomid inner with solid walls. Condition is very good, with a few marks but no damage. It’s been used for maybe 15 nights on the trail. I paid £110 for it in 2016.
Alpkit Pipedream 600 down sleeping bag – NOW SOLD
3+ season (supposedly -10˚C, but -5˚C more realistic)
965g I’ve had this sleeping bag since new in 2007, and it has served me well, although I’ve now switched entirely to quilts and I can’t justify the space it’s taking up. This is not the Pipedream 600 Alpkit currently sells; it’s the original model, rated to -10˚C. That temperature rating was always a bit optimistic, and when it gets colder than -5˚C I know I need to be well wrapped up in a few extra layers to avoid feeling cold. Therefore I’d classify it as a warmish three-season bag. It still retains its loft quite well and has been well cared for, although it has not been washed since its last big outing in 2017. There are a couple of tiny holes at the base of the foot section (only a few millimetres in diameter), which should be easily fixed with repair tape. Other than these holes, the shell fabric is in good condition, although there is the odd mark as you’d expect from a sleeping bag that has lived a full life. There’s the odd loose thread, and bits of down very occasionally escape from seams. The care label has completely worn off. Fit is on the narrow side, and there isn’t much volume in the hood. I’d suggest this bag is better for shorter or thinner users.
Scarpa Freney XT GTX mountaineering boots (UK 10.5) – NOW SOLD
Rated B3 crampon-compatible, UK 10.5 (EUR 45)
1.06kg per boot
These mountaineering boots were purchased new in 2009 (RRP: £229) and have been used on a variety of mountaineering trips. They’re fully stiffened and crampon compatible, and can be used for any kind of mountaineering short of the Himalayas: ice climbing, high-altitude alpinism, Scottish winter.
They are well used and exhibit signs of wear to both the uppers and soles. However, they are very tough boots and have years more life left in them. The soles in particular still have very deep treads – deeper than some modern boots have new! All wear is purely cosmetic and there is no functional damage whatsoever. They were fitted with new laces and insoles a couple of years ago.