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Yea, yea, yea, but what is it?

The WRT is a 3 day and perhaps more importantly 2 night ride through and around mid Wales. You'll be expected to be self sufficient, carrying everything you need and sleeping out in or under whatever you think best. It's not elitist, entry is open to anyone who wants to try it. All the money raised by the WRT goes to the Wales Air Ambulance charity ... an organisation I hope you'll never need.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Shape the future.

Is there a certain bit of kit you always use? Perhaps you've an idea for something but no one produces it. Maybe you use a product that with a few alterations would be perfect or you might just want a chit chat about the stuff you use and why you use it.

If you nodded your head to any of the above and are riding the WRT then you might like to arrive a little earlier and come and have a natter with Nick and Kenny from AlpKit. They'll be knocking around from around 10.00 onwards and would love to hear your ideas and thoughts with regard to bikepacking kit ... you never know, your ideas might just become the future!


  1. Measures on the inside of the MiTiMug
    Titanium Hip flask
    Bug net on the Hunkas
    Some nice straps so I don't have to use the rainbow Gelert ones
    Crushable drybags (with a clever valve, eVent ones just re-infate themsleves)
    Drybag with a central divide, ones side for wet bivi bag other side for dry down bag.
    Micro tarp, enough to sit under for cooking and keep your head dry while sleeping. (the rest of you is in a bivi bag so doesn't need total coverage)

  2. Rather than a bug net for the hunka's, a small bugnet that fits over your torso/head end with a cord attached to the top to keep it off you and four smallish pockets to weigh it down. Basically half the size of a full one man version, with pockets or peg loops.

  3. Mountain Equipment have had valved drybags for years.

    I'm a little wary, suddenly Eric's and Wildcat's designs are looked at, production shipped to China, market flooded?

  4. As much as I like helping with product development there are plenty of my designs out there where I made nothing from them (Singelsspeed spacer kits, Midge bars, blah, blah, blah)

    If it's that good I'll make it my self :)

  5. Paul, AlpKIt are hoping to produce their biepacking related products in the UK.

  6. I find the ME dry bags have no shape so you end up with wasted space in the corners. The Sea to summit ones are a perfect shape (slightly oval) but I find that although they compress they also get bigger again.