Sonntag, 21. Februar 2016

2015 - lightweight gear

To follow the interests of many pilots, I met during my travelling this winter and the years before, I want to give document about the equipment, I use for flying, bivvy flying especially. I do not want to display links, as links to product pages or supply sources on the internet outdate pretty fast - if someone is goggling the products, results will be found faster and are more timely accurate . I bought most of the stuff at amazon or in outdoor stores, also in those in the Zofri of Iquique. And I want to thank ALex Raymont and Gavin McClurg for sharing their experience  -  to me it looks like the cutting edge of  lightweight equipment is located on the pacific coast of north america, except gliders and harnesses.




It is the protector of my harness. I put the inside foam out, fold my ThermaRest mattress first, wrap my Black Diamond biwak sack around it, put both into the protector bag, stuff my Western Mountaineering sleeping bag into the middle of it and blow as much air into the mattress, as it gets an appropriate filling, close the bag and put it back into the harness. I fly with this protector all year long.







There are so many new fabrics out there, that are used in nowadays outdoor clothing, that someone cannot give reliable advice. Just take care, that it protects from sun and heat as well as from the cold ( many do so ), that it is as light as possible and  has the lowest volume as possible. Chose the highest quality, like kevlar, titanium, down 800 a.s.o. involved. These pics are just samples for many tools and gears, that will work.


This tiny backpack, made out of glider fabric and still able to carry 20 liters of equipment is not just nice for the important things, you want to carry outside the big glider bag, it is also terrific in every days town life as well as cabin luggage on a plane.

The one and only thing, that still cannot be made light and of low volume is water … With food I use air dried beef, oat bars of any kind and fruit smoothies. Especially the first can help to survive a long time with lowest weight, but water remains the key to survive.