Sunday, June 10, 2012

Search for the ultimate pillow - Klymit Cush.

UPDATE:

After spending quite a few nights cuddled up with my Klymit Cush pillow, I can safely a number of things.

1/ It still holds air, it's not punctured or developed any mystery leaks.

2/ The Cush is the most comfortable pillow I've ever used.

3/ Whether you're a back or side sleeper the pillow works.

4/ You really should buy one.

Available in the UK Here!



The seemingly never ending search for the ultimate pillow may be over. Stuffing a dry bag with spare clothes has always been the accepted norm when it came to a little night-time comfort which is fine unless ... you don't have any spare clothes to stuff the dry bag with, the outside of your dry bag is covered with all kinds of unspeakable substances or you'd actually like something which is border-line comfortable.

Pillows pretty much fall into one of two camps ... self inflating, so they're fairly bulky and heavy or air which means it'll be lighter/smaller but may not offer quite as much comfort. One thing which doesn't tend to differ, is the shape ... generally they're all pillow shaped, surprising that isn't it.

This on the other hand isn't shaped like a pillow, it's 36" long and 9" wide without air in it. Once blown up those dimensions shrink a bit but not by much. The idea behind this pillow is that you fold it up/over ... if you sleep on your back try folding it in half, if you're a side sleeper, fold it over 3 times and it becomes 4" thick. It even has 'ear cut-outs' which I'm hoping will help relieve the 'I've had my ear chewed off in the night' sensation I sometimes wake up with.

The Klymit (yes the same people who make the odd looking mats) Cush isn't yet available in the UK but I'm sure they won't be long.

I'll be trying it out over the next few weeks, so I'll report back then ... fingers crossed, the search for the ultimate pillow may be over!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wet Ride Thing 2012

Well that's it, the 2012 WRT is over, done and dusted, finished. The weather for the most part was lousy and the midges vicious but that didn't stop the 'fun'. I'd like to say a big thank you to all those who entered, all those who took part and a really, really big thank you to all those companies who supported us and donated prizes for the raffle ... I'd also like to say thank you to Dee, without her it doesn't happen (and I end up wearing odd socks). The combined efforts of everyone above have raised £2024.24 for the Wales Air Ambulance, so congratulations on a job well done.

The biggest mountain of the weekend ... the AlpKit bun mountain!

 Some people were very thirsty and hungry on their return ... why mess about with a cup of tea when you can just have the lot?

50p for a cup of tea Mr? Pic Pete Gale

WRT 2012 ... says it all! Pic Pete Gale

Saturday, June 2, 2012

WRT ... The Start

Well, the weather wasn't quite as bad as expected for the start of the 2012 WRT. It was misty and cold given the time of year but it wasn't raining ... although I'm sure it will at some point over the weekend. Here's a few pics from the start ... enjoy.

Ian's Singular ... 33lb ready to roll!

There's nothing like being well prepared and fed. 
Don't mess about with dehydrated food,
take a proper packed lunch ...
sausage butties and everything.

A new and novel take on a front bag support
... triple steering stems.

Bikepacking ... a pursuit for the older gentlemen? 
Slippers out of shot, vest under gillet
and cake courtesy of AlpKit.

Friday, June 1, 2012

And so it begins ... nearly

Well it's the eve of the WRT, by this time tomorrow something like 120 riders from all over the UK and abroad will be strung out over the Welsh countryside. There's been no shortage of the usual panic that accompanies the bult up to the WRT, I'm sure the very varied weather forecasts have played a big part in this ... anything from biblical downpours to 'it doesn't look bad' could be on the cards. Pretty much anyone can cope with one cold and wet night but adding a second is a whole new arena ... we'll have to wait and see if any of those 'kit gambles' pay off or whether saving a few ounces here and there results in regret and all night shivering ;o)


I'll post again tomorrow with some pictures from the start.