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    As a bit of a gear hound Do we really need all the different gear for different 'seasons'?

    A light weight version for the MM'ers, fell runners, summer use?

    Mid weight for Spring, Autumn?

    Heavy weight for winter , high altitude?

    Very heavy weight for 'extreme cold?

    That's 5 different sets of clothes, but you could add/ loose a layer of light weight clothes to suit conditions.

    Also do we really neeed so many different types of Jackets? The different types of 'layers' baffel me. How can you get 1/2 a layer?

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    yes

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    Not at all! You can compromise on something that will be too hot in summer, too cold in winter, insufficiently waterproof yet still lacking in breathability but at least you'll only need one set for the whole year. Wear it with some clumpy boots which won't be able to take crampons or ward off frostbitebut will leave you with hot sweaty feet when the weather is warm.

    Dunno about the idea of 'very heavy' for 'extreme cold'. My gear for borderline temperatures is probably my heaviest... has to deal with freezing temperatures and rain, which is by far the nastiest sort of weather. When it is far too cold for rain to fall and any snow is lovely and dry, I can switch to down gear which is significantly lighter.

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    No. Most of us probably need a fraction of the kit we have.
    Quote Originally Posted by Serriadh View Post

    Wear it with some clumpy boots which won't be able to take crampons or ward off frostbitebut will leave you with hot sweaty feet when the weather is warm.

    I wear the same reasonably light pair of boots all year round for everything from daywalks through to multi day backpacking and grade 3 scrambles. The only time I change is for graded winter routes.

    I'm still alive and my feet are fine.

    I also have just the one waterproof jacket. Again, I haven't died. Indeed I've never even been particularly uncomfortable.

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    You need as much gear as possible so you can choose the least amount of gear to take on any particular trip.

    So more is less. I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. Nesbit View Post
    I'm still alive and my feet are fine.
    I apologise unreservedly for suggesting that wearing boots would result in your untimely demise.

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    Boots are the dregs from a party in a convent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serriadh View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. Nesbit View Post
    I'm still alive and my feet are fine.
    I apologise unreservedly for suggesting that wearing boots would result in your untimely demise.
    I should think so.

    Don't do it again

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    I can never understand what people are on about when they debate layering and moan about waterproofs making you too hot. People should learn to toughen up a bit and realise that feeling a bit cold is no big deal an neither is being too hot. I have been wearing fell running trainers and shorts a lot,and just taking a waterproof and hat and gloves. I have got a lot of kit but I'm finding I take less and less of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serriadh View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. Nesbit View Post
    I'm still alive and my feet are fine.
    I apologise unreservedly for suggesting that wearing boots would result in your untimely demise.
    If only that were true....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simo View Post
    I can never understand what people are on about when they debate layering and moan about waterproofs making you too hot. People should learn to toughen up a bit and realise that feeling a bit cold is no big deal an neither is being too hot. I have been wearing fell running trainers and shorts a lot,and just taking a waterproof and hat and gloves. I have got a lot of kit but I'm finding I take less and less of it.
    Feck me, Simo isn't as daft as i thought.

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    ‹bermensch Mr Sworld's Avatar
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    Admittedly for the last two trips to N. Wales I've just chucked a Montane Windproof on and wore some Berghaus Extrem windproof troos. Yeah, you get a little damp but you soon dry off. The waterproofs have just been dead weight in the backpack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike fae Dundee View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Simo View Post
    I can never understand what people are on about when they debate layering and moan about waterproofs making you too hot. People should learn to toughen up a bit and realise that feeling a bit cold is no big deal an neither is being too hot. I have been wearing fell running trainers and shorts a lot,and just taking a waterproof and hat and gloves. I have got a lot of kit but I'm finding I take less and less of it.
    Feck me, Simo isn't as daft as i thought.
    From a respectable pillock of the community like you Mike that means a lot

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