The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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I'm currently in Leh, N India and wondering if anyone has bought one of the super-cheap North Face down sleeping bag (copies, i imagine) in the past. I realise that they're poss a false economy but they're sooo cheap here. I've just bought a set of clothes (NF + Sprayway) at great prices and they're fine... any thoughts/experiences?
If i could find high-end kit at these prices there'd be no query, the trousers i've bought here are great quality - poss genuine! Just looking for people's experiences with cheaper goods, my prob is that my bag (Mtn Equipment, genuine...) was stolen along with my backpack and i am looking to replace it. But up here there's no proper equipment shops, only the aforementioned Cheap Import places - so i have little choice. My query was only to ascertain whether it's worthwhile getting the more techy-stuff (i.e. sleeping bags) considering it's likely to be inferior to my normal fare (full-price quality kit). Sorry if it offends your sensibilities. ;0)
A few years ago I bought a fake Northface -30 degrees down sleeping bag in Kathmandu and it was, by far, the best sleeping bag I've owned. As good as anything I've used in the USA with the added bonus of costing only $30.00. If I could've shipped it home I would have. I bought mine from a store I trusted whose owner made sure he only sold well made stuff, though. I bet there are some really crappy fakes out there as well.
Some stuff that you buy in the far east, that you think is fake, isn't. The Manufacturers have the stuff made in many of these countries, and some finds it's way to the local vendors. This probably really annoys the big name brands, but no one out there would pay western prices.
In the Uk, I deal with a company that supplies climbing and mountaineering equipment ( No Names, but big brand). I get my stuff at cost because i'm in the industry, Two season down sleeping bag, £18. Made in far east like most stuff.
"In the Uk, I deal with a company that supplies climbing and mountaineering equipment ( No Names, but big brand). I get my stuff at cost because i'm in the industry, Two season down sleeping bag, £18. Made in far east like most stuff."
So what would a 3-4 season synthetic bag realistically cost?
The cheapest way to make a cheap sleeping bag is to use inferior quality insulation. What is the fill rating on the cheap bags? Is it exactly the same as the more expensive bag? Can it be verified?
I worked for Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) in the US (REI: Outdoor Gear & Clothing for Cycling, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Canoeing & More). They never took the word of the companies they purchased from regarding temperature ratings of sleeping bags. They had a metal "bodyform" they heated to the normal body temperature of a human, put it inside the bag inside a refrigerated box, and via sensors on the bodyform and a controlled, repeatable testing protocol, measured for themselves the temperature ratings of the bags. As to the products they sold, they didn't change the ratings of the bags to what their data showed, they just wouldn't sell bags that didn't perform as the manufacturer promised. You can be certain that a bag bought from REI is pretty much going to perform as promised (assumes you use a ground-insulating pad, inside a properly pitched tent, etc.)
Usually cheap is just that. Sure, you can find bargains. Buyer beware!
Absolutely! I've literally just been looking at the REI site (Outside magazine rates the products so hey...), and they'll definitely be the first port of call for kit once in the States - branches everywhere.For Techy stuff such as sleeping bags it's got to be right, after all, what price a good nights' sleep?
unfortunately a lot of sweat shops (i use the term loosely, pls no complaints, i know everyones got to eat) actually make the stuff the 'high end' names sell to us. they have figured out that they can do what they are already doing and cut out the middle man. they dont care about copyright or even know what it means, they also dont care if those big name brands stop supplying them with the fancy materials, they will find other materials and sell your stuff for a quarter of the price. even brand it with a name one letter different!
have a look at most things you have in your home, if its 10yrs old it will have components from china in it. if its less than 10yrs old it will just be made in china.
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