The One Stop Shop Series kicks off with a list from Alpinetrek.co.uk!
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Alpinetrek.co.uk is the British site of the well-established German online shop Bergfreunde. I have been working together since many years with Alpinetrek and was very happy that they agreed to come on board for this series. Alpinetrek carries a wide assortment of brands, from Houdini to Patagonia, Salomon, Ortovox and Rab and also smaller brands which aren’t that well known yet. Their benefit definitely is that wide assortment, and while you won’t find many cottage brands in their shop, you still can put together a solid ultralight list. Another of their benefits is in my opinion that they carry such a large range of garments - this is great and allows you to get your hiking socks and boxershorts at the same time that you are ordering your shelter and sleeping bag! But without much further ado, here is the list which they sent us:
|Backpack||Osprey Levity 60||850 g||£237.95|
|Sleeping bag||Rab Neutrino 400 Sleeping Bag||795 g||£331.95|
|Mattress||Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Uberlite Regular||227 g||£179.95|
|Shelter||Nordisk Voss PU Tarp Green||850 g||£63.95|
|Stove||Esbit CS985 Set||417 g||£40.95|
|Cutlery||Sea To Summit Alpha Light Cutlery Long Spork||12 g||£6.95|
|Knife||Morakniv Eldris||177 g||£29.50|
|Cup||Kupilka 21||80 g||£15.95|
|Waterfilter||Katadyn BeFree 1l||63 g||£43.95|
|T-Shirt||Patagonia Cap Cool Trail Shirt||130 g||£34.95|
|Longsleeve||Ortovox 150 Cool Logo L/S||176 g||£83.95|
|Trekking pants||Arc’teryx Palisade Pants||310 g||£113.95|
|Fleece||Houdini Outright Houdi||291 g||£142.95|
|Insulation||Haglöfs L.I.M Essens Jacket||165 g||£182.95|
|Wind jacket||Rab Vital Windshell Hoody||160 g||£49.95|
|Rain pants||Montane Minimus Pants||150 g||£98.95|
|Rain jacket||Marmot PreCip Eco Plus Jacket||292 g||£116.06|
|Shoes||Inov-8 X-Talon 210||420 g||£118.95|
|Lamp||Petzl e+LITE Headlamp||25 g||£21.56|
|Trekking Poles||Swix Sonic Pro Trail Carbon||335 g||£107.55|
|Navigation||Suunto Spartan Ultra Black||77 g||£414.71|
Total Weight: 6.002 g
Total Price: £2.437,58 (in today’s exchange rate that’s 2.822,26 €)
Price per g: £0,40 (0,46 €)
My thoughts on the list:
Very nice mix of brands for the Big 3. The Levity is a solid pack for beginners and experienced hikers alike, as is the sleeping setup (I expect we will see the Uberlite in a lot of lists this time around!). It’s nice to see the choice of a tarp for sleeping, it’s still one of my favourite ways to sleep outside. With a weight of 2.722 g for these four items the Big 3 are also well under 3 kg.
A very nice lightweight stove and kitchen Setup. The Esbit CS985 Set can use both solid fuel and alcohol to boil water, with the StS Long Spork you can eat directly from the bag, the Eldris is a solid knife which is good for all camp tasks and while the BeFree Waterfilter has some issues with the flask it’s a solid waterfilter which is really easy to use.
The whole clothing setup is 2.094 g, if you subtract the rain garments which are hopefully most of the time in your pack, and some of the insulation pieces you get a worn weight of 1.311 g including the shoes! That’s really good, and as I have used some of these garments myself I can tell you also that they are really durable!
The eLite is still a good choice for summer, though I personally would like something slightly heavier and with more Lumen for spring and autumn. The trekking poles are good and as I myself also use the Spartan Ultra I can not find a fault in having it in this list - except it really is quite pricey.
Overall a very good lightweight list with a nice choice of gear. Maybe a bit pricey because of the inclusion of the Spartan Ultra, but other than that I find that a very good list which gets you lightweight on the trail in one go!
Keep in mind that these lists are suggestions! If you for example rather spend a bit less and get a bit more heavy backpack like the Osprey Exos or Gregory Optic - then it is easy to get those packs at Alpinetrek. Similarly, if you feel that you are happy with your hiking shoes or headlamp - just leave these out.
Disclosure: The One Stop Shop Series was Carsten’s idea back in the day. The 2019 Series we have created together and you can read his take on the different lists in German on his blog, and you can read my take over here in English. Furthermore, we have been remunerated for our time by the individual shops.
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