Wednesday, 20 November 2013

I want one

Now I bang on about PHD gear because it is the best - simple.

My collection of PHD gear covers all my needs.

But, just as I thought PHD had nothing more to offer me they come out with a limited edition

down scarf.

I want one :-)

Monday, 11 November 2013

Remembrance on Great Gable

Every year there is a Remembrance on Great Gable for those who died in the First World War.

It is a gathering of around 200 people.

They come from all directions to the top of Great Gable.
Those who came up from Wasdale Head to the Bealach between Kirk Fell and Great Gable were rewarded with an icy scramble over the rocks.

A few words are said.
Some years the weather can be atrocious.
This year the weather was magnificent.
At just after 1100 the Sun managed to break through the clouds.
For one person this day had a special significence. Ashes were being scattered.
The Sun got to work on the last of the clouds.


Wasdale is my favourite Lakeland valley.
I didn't realise about the Remembrance on top of Great Gable until many years ago when I just happened to be in Wasdale on the Remembrance weekend.
It is a special occasion, and, if you are able to get to Great Gable on the Remembrance Sunday, it is a very moving event.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Labels are not all......

Labels are not all ...................
This arrived this morning.

Now, I like good gear.

I like good down gear.

And in my opinion PHD make some of the best down gear in the World.

But, I've seen reviews of this and thought - umm .......... worth a punt.

Quelle surprise. It's good. A good DWR finish to a good feel. The finish is good and the fit is just right.

Weighs very little and has been put in the same paragraphs as MB Ex light and MH Ghost Whisperer where comparisons have been made.

Ok, I'd love a PHD Wafer jacket, but, frankly, I don't need one.

But this was too good to pass up on.

More on this later - but, very good first impressions.

Ok, it's a Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Hooded jacket. Don't sniff at the label.

I am surprised just how good it looks and feels and for under £60 - just - it holds it's own against the big labels. 640 fill power is no where near the top notch gear, but, then for the weight and price it's magic. 

For anyone who's wondering the down is sourced ethically, too. This was a big question in my mind.