What, this old thing?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Shewie, Jun 18, 2014.

  1. Chiseller

    Chiseller Ultralighter

    With the plastic feet removed from the ultrapod (saves a gram lol) it will on its last thread clamp the ultrapod for a neat bundle ;)
  2. Taz38

    Taz38 Trail Blazer

    Hmm MSR Elixir/Hubba nx, Trekkertent Stealth or ...Berghaus Peak pro...cannot justify buying expensive stuff at the moment but felt the need to get something different as my current tent, which I do like a lot, can be awkard to pitch right.
    The Berghaus Peak pro (green) was totally sold out but Blacks do it in a yellow/orange. Not super light but it gets good reviews, good headroom and pitches all in one easy. And this one (stock clearance) was cheap. The bright yellow in the pic is actually quite a nice orange in real life (see bottom pic), not too bad in Autumn.

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  3. FOX160

    FOX160 Ultralighter

    Nice tent Taz! Looks just like my new Double Rainbow
  4. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Thru Hiker

    Ooh maps, I like maps. :D

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  5. JKM

    JKM Section Hiker

    What is this old thing....

    I have been waiting for a year to collect it and I have finally made it to Birmingham to retrieve it.
    I know it's a black electronic singer, and purchased 2nd hand 45 years ago.
    Annoyingly I don't have the key to open the case. If anyone has one in a similar case, can you post a photo of your key? Much appreciated...

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  6. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Section Hiker

    Heck of a challenge there for the average locksmith @JKM ;)


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  7. JKM

    JKM Section Hiker

    Thanks Jon.
    I could take it to my local locksmith and get him to fashion something for me .

    Having shown my mother in law lots of photos it appears it is most likely to be a Singer 128. I am quite eager to open it now!
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  8. stormin'

    stormin' Ultralighter

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  9. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    Thin flat had screwdriver opens mine
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  10. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    La Sportiva Akasha. La Sportiva has them down as wide, as opposed to medium/wide for the Wildcats. Wearing them at home they feel slightly tighter.
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  11. Arne L.

    Arne L. Ultralighter

    I just don't really get along with down... :unsure:

    Or down doesn't get along with me...

    GramXpert 'custom' Climashield-quilt.

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    Comes in a nice & superlight silnylon stuff sack.

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    I wonder how much effort it took to roll it so nicely...

    I wanted an enclosed round foot box, Climashield Apex 200 and a neck closure. It's a sort of combination of the stock haLite & eLite-quilt.

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    Length is 195 cm and width 138 cm. Perfect for me.

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    I chose black on the outside (I always think black dries faster) and grey on the inside. I'm a happy person in real life... :biggrin:

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    Detail of the round footbox.

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    Troughout the upper part of the quilt, multiple snaps are attached. Because of the width, I can close it up and still have ample room to move around. I never actually did that with other quilts but it's nice to have.

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    Detail of the neck-closure.

    Workmanship is pretty good, all the seams are nice and straight and the details look good.

    I ordered on november 1st and the quilt was shipped november 6th (!). Due to a slight hick-up with the post (as ever...) I only received it this morning but Kajo kept me updated troughout the whole shipping-process.

    They were great to work with, always answering very fast and delivering clear answers to my questions.

    Weight is 628 grams for the quilt and 12 grams for the stuff sack.

    Looking forward to using this one in the field pretty soon! :D
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  12. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    There's usually spare keys listed on ebay………. loosing the key and forcing the lock is a frequent reason for Singer cases to be "damaged"
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  13. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Waiting when I got home today.

    Early 80s vintage Karrimor Jaguar VI. (Like I once coveted as a schoolboy)

    £11 Inc postage

    An eBay punt - could have been any of 3 back sizes, but luckily was a long.
    Very good condition for its age.
    1.45kg - acceptable for a 75l solid internal framed pack.
    For occasional use in winter or for festivals/beach loadouts.
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  14. Dave Vaughan

    Dave Vaughan Trail Blazer

    It looked very retro but well made and in good condition :)
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  15. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Like the new owner
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  16. JKM

    JKM Section Hiker

    I managed to get the box open without damaging it and the machine looks to be in very good condition. The belt seems rather slack but I haven't tried turning it on yet, no idea if the slack is taken up once powered.

    I think it's a 201, anyone with the same care to confirm?

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  17. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Yes looks like a 201 :thumbsup:

    I have a 201K - a Queen of her kind IMHO :angelic: …. and yours looks like it's in nice condition.
    Very lucky you. Happy sewing :).
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  18. Enzo

    Enzo Section Hiker

    They are fantastic machines, love mine to bits. As long as you just want a straight stitch of course.
  19. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    The motor moves up and down on a slide to tension the belt. If there's not enough adjustment there you will a new belt. Your machine didn't start life as an electric as its got a treadle free wheel on. This means the standard 201 belt will be too big. You will probably need to play around and order a few to see what fits.
  20. stormin'

    stormin' Ultralighter

    Attached Files:

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  21. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    You may find this useful Singer-201-Service-Adjusters-Manual
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  22. Meadows

    Meadows Section Hiker

    That looks nice with the enclosed footbox.
    What temps do you think it will be used in and dare I ask what was the cost for custom work?
    Just being nosey really.
  23. Arne L.

    Arne L. Ultralighter

    I already own a Climashield 167 quilt, and used that (with baselayers and down jacket) down to slightly under freezing.
    It's a blanket with the possibility to close the footbox but I never used it as a blanket, hence the choice for an enclosed footbox.

    GramXpert rates Climashield 200 to -1°C, so this will get most use during shoulder season or summer trips in the higher mountains.

    For the extras I paid € 10 for the enclosed footbox & € 5 for the neck cinch.
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  24. Meadows

    Meadows Section Hiker

    Thanks Arne. That's useful info.
    I can't work out what the extra neck closure is though.
  25. Arne L.

    Arne L. Ultralighter

    No problem, glad to help out.

    Well, originally I ordered the haLite-quilt (but with a round footbox instead of a sewn enveloppe-style one), which has no neck closure. So Kajo suggested to add the neck cinch from their eLite-quilt to my custom quilt.

    Basically, you can just ask anything you want; they're very open to custom work.
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