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Esteban G. Camino (Spain)

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Sea to Summit The Clothes Line
Sea to Summit The Clothes Line
Price: £5.29

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best travel line in town: long, easy to hang, packs tiny... very well conceived, 8 Aug. 2011
My girlfriend and I have been using this line during a year travelling. Initially, it may look expensive, but it is worth every single penny (shop around amazon, since there are different prices from several shops), since this is a tiny, simple and extremely well conceived device, much better/easier than anything I have tried before.

1) Twisted bungees with hooks: they tend to be short and imply tension, so the distance between the chosen supports really have to match their length. They are bulkier as well. Having only hooks, so not always something available them. In general, they are reasonably well, but a) many times cannot be easily used and a) being short, you can only hang the cloth inserting one piece of it through the twist, so they they fall vertically (are not laying along the line) and it takes longer to dry.

2) Twisted bungees with suction pads. Worse option, really hard to find totally flat surface, and remember the tension, the pads often just cannot cop it. When heavily loaded, they bend making and arc and the suction pads just slipper down (that happens with all loaded bungees, so you have to hang them high to avoid the cloth -hanging vertically- touching the floor).

3) Regular rope. Just have to find a thin one and tie it to anywhere. Still, in my opinion, more versatile and superior to bungees (as long as the rope is longer), although not so techie... but it may be boring looping every night in a different way depending on the conditions.

And SEA TO SUMMIT CLOTHS LINE getting the best of all of them. a) Much longer than bungees, b) very easy to hang, since you can hook, loop or tie (this one never had to do it), c) length is adjustable through a well thought pulley, d) packs tiny inside a neoprene bag attached all the time at one extreme (you won't ever lose it and it works to hang it as well), d) it has two lines together all along in the middle, making it safer against winds when hanging outside and e) finally it has some 10 tiny sort of balls (difficult to explain how they work, but cool stuff) to hang socks or other small items safely as well.

Conclusion, it has it all. Perfect complement for 2 people: a simple rope to make it a little longer and hang it in "Y" shape when you wash a lot. We used loops around the nail heads!

Downside: price. Expensive? Well, not at all, I would say: just add a universal FLAT plug and a laundry soap bar and you will pay it very quickly.

SunnCamp Self Inflating Mattress PVC
SunnCamp Self Inflating Mattress PVC

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value, high quality, worth every penny, 29 Jun. 2011
We have used two mattress quite a lot -and many days in a row- in a long trip and it is very comfortable, inflates very well and reasonably quickly -cannot compare to others, though- and is sturdy enough. It's very easy to reach pressure you want for your weight and hardness/softness preferences. Even if relatively thin, rest assured you will have a good sleep even in a rougher ground, although needless to say, remove, stones, look for a flat, horizontal surface, don't expect to be the holy grail of sleeping anywhere, as any other mattress. We used it many times in rock-hard beds in the Middle East since it was so much comfortable. And I never felt it particularly hot; even if we used it in summertime in hot countries and slept well (just try to keep a fabric between you and the matress, of course, it's PVC).

Downsides? I find it packs a bulky, and the bag is a little too big which doesn't help to keep it smaller. So, if you plan trekking, when rolled it is not thin and long, but quite 2x2 (we had a car at the time, so now worries). Of course, it could be better, some say it is a little slippery because it is not rugged (do you sleep in such a slope?), and other things, sure it could be "puncture-proof" (by the way, it comes with a small repairing kit).

Well, I would answer: keep in mind the PRICE, this is seriously CHEAP. If you plan to climb the Aconcagua, forget it, go for a better one (and don't bring your Converse All Stars either), but be ready to pay much more. For the price, you will be amazed. But more than enough for the average user, so no doubt for this price: 5 stars.

Adventure Motorcycling Handbook (Trailblazer)
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook (Trailblazer)
by Chris Scott
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful, thorough, impartial: absolutely a must., 24 Nov. 2009
My first review here, but I feel obliged to do it after reading the two stars review.

The book is absolutely fantastic. I love this kind of books and this is really "hors-du-common". The explainations are concise and straighforward and it covers an amazing array of topics in a short space (I cannot think about a single unnecessary phrase). In each section, Chris Scott refers to brands and products -yes, real names- in the most objective way: "who needs this?", "they tend to break", "good but overpriced" and the like. So honest that he can even look "politically incorrect". And there is also some acid humour and found it never boring: you are not interested in tyres? Just skip it and go for camping equipment.

I planned a long motorbike trip but in the end was a overland journey by car, and the book was still VERY helpful since many topics are actually in common (tips about regions, carnet de passage, etc). If I wanted to be extremely picky, I could only blame the tiny b/w pictures, but there are so many all around supporting the sections that it is the only way to keep the book small and cheap.

The two stars reviewer should have bought something titled "European Motorcycling", and even for Europe, I find Adventure Motorcycling useful (luggage, winter, etc). At least for me, it has been.

You can re-read and still find it interesting, you can take a couple of minutes to cover just a matter, you can learn from others' experiences (they summarize experiences in regions with data like what bike, how much, how long, biggest mistake, etc), enjoy the excerpts from some motorbike travel books included or just dream about a desired adventure motorcycle travel reading any of the sections.

A MUST, 5 well merited stars. Full stop.

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