I was in this place flints for some stuff for work. (for those that don't know i make theatre scenery!) and they had a new thing in called rescue tape. Its a self fusing tape that they sell for emergency repairs (its very very american packaging!!)i brought some to bind my tool handles in but i think it could prove very handy in the walking pack. maybe for fixing bust poles in an emergency.

http://www.flints.co.uk/featuredproduct.html

the chap in the shop said it was on special offer at the moment on the net.

Other than that does anybody know of any really good tough shorts they'd recommend? I've been using harken sailing ones but they are begining to wear!