Luxury items

Taz38

Thru Hiker
Had an overnight hill bivy last night and took the thermarest chair (one you put your mat in). Never really used it since buying it a few years ago. Found it quite comfy. Was nice to lounge in comfort after pitching the tarp.
 
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Rog Tallbloke

Thru Hiker
Had an overnight hill bivy last night and took the thermarest chair (one you put your mat in). Never really used it since buying it a few years ago. Found it quite comfy. Was nice to sit lounge in comfort after pitching the tarp.
I have the UL version of the thermarest chair and it's great. It won't accommodate wide pads, but S2S have started making one that will, though it's a bit pricey. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/313519191222
 

Taz38

Thru Hiker
I've got a lightweight 4 legged stool with a hole in the seat. Sofar it's fine for nr1s, not tried it for nr2s yet. Hopefully no bag needed.
 

Foxster

Section Hiker
I've got a lightweight 4 legged stool with a hole in the seat. Sofar it's fine for nr1s, not tried it for nr2s yet. Hopefully no bag needed.
Yep, I used a four legged stool previously and only ditched it for my own-made lighter one and can see the advantage of an open centre for female no.1s. As I only use these stools for no.2s, I use a bio-degradable bag because otherwise I'd be leaving a pile on the ground I'd either have to clean up or plan to abandon.

It really works fine, especially my taller, lighter own-made stool. The bags are large enough that they cover the seat top, so I'm not placing my bare rear directly on the stool. The joint in the stool's legs is in just the right place to support the bottom of the bag, especially when 'loaded'. I made it it tall enough that I'm perched at a comfortable height.

I know this may seem a niche luxury but it really was hampering my trips previously by struggling to do no.2s.
 
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Patrick

Ultralighter
Canon Eos 1000d with 50mm f1.8 lens.

Having spent several years just using my phone camera I decided the one thing I really missed was shallow depth of field pictures of my walking companions (my wife and children). The phone covers most wide-angle landscape shots quite well (and, with a little HDR, sometimes better than my SLR), so I don't need the kit 17-55mm lens. And telephoto shots are nice, but moderate telephoto shots can be simulated by cropping something taken with the 50mm, and I can forgo the use of anything longer, which really does get quite heavy. So that's the right level of compromise for me, and means I come home with some significantly different pictures from those i can take with just my phone, for just a little over a 500g weight penalty.

An example, coming off Great Gable, with Styhead Tarn in the background, the week before last. Still impossible to take that shot with a phone, good though phone cameras are these days.

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turkeyphant

Ultralighter
Most phones do a pretty passable shallow dof portrait mode these days. It's obviously nowhere near as good as interchangeable lens, but just thought I'd check you've tried.
 

Patrick

Ultralighter
Most phones do a pretty passable shallow dof portrait mode these days. It's obviously nowhere near as good as interchangeable lens, but just thought I'd check you've tried.
Mmm, I have, and I have specifically choosen my example shot to be one which is too distant for a phone to manage in "portrait" mode🙂. But even closer portraits still look different with "proper" shallow depth of field, though I agree, phones are steadily catching up.
 

Charlie83

Section Hiker
I'm just about to buy my 1st luxury item, (when I find the right one)

A fitted sheet/cover for my mat, for summer use, i usually sleep naked in the spring/summer months, it's not usually a drama but last time out with muggy nights I was sticking to the xlite, had to put on a base layer, which in turn just made me hotter and stickier.
 

Rog Tallbloke

Thru Hiker
I'm just about to buy my 1st luxury item, (when I find the right one)

A fitted sheet/cover for my mat, for summer use, i usually sleep naked in the spring/summer months, it's not usually a drama but last time out with muggy nights I was sticking to the xlite, had to put on a base layer, which in turn just made me hotter and stickier.
Stitch one from a second hand sari off ebay. Colourful and comfortable.
 

SteveMat

Summit Camper
Mini radio for me - I love listening to the radio, have done all my life and I much prefer it to television. Oth I never carry cameras or any of that stuff, I rarely even take photographs and wouldn't dream of having a blog or video channel (though i quite like reading/watching some of them.)
 

Taz38

Thru Hiker
Packing atm for a multiday trip. I think with all the food (at least 4 days) and water that needs carrying some days, I might not be able to take any luxe items apart from a camera, mp3 and maybe an anemometer (60 g...).
 

turkeyphant

Ultralighter
Packing atm for a multiday trip. I think with all the food (at least 4 days) and water that needs carrying some days, I might not be able to take any luxe items apart from a camera, mp3 and maybe an anemometer (60 g...).
Which anemometer is that out of interest?
 
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