The real loser was my Golite Quest. My thoughts on it are here. Many positives but the quality of the finish is poor. I am grateful to Ultralight Outdoor Gear for their customer service. They are in the process of swapping the replacement Lightwave Wildtrek 70 for me (sizing is the issue as I feel an M2 will be the better fit) six months after they sent an initial replacement to Sweden. Service. I look forward to using the Wildtrek in the coming year. It's not the lightest at 1500 kg but I like it's features.
Easy to pitch. Light to carry. Shrugs off most weather, particularly with the crossing poles that make it a four season UK tent. A joy to use in summer with it's double porches, light and airy. Highly recommended.
And inside it? My sleeping system worked well this summer. I was delighted with my cleaned and refurbished RAB bag, a top job by Cumbrian 'Mountaineering Designs'. That bag worked well in a range of temperatures in Scandinavia and the increased down around the core area was inspired. My sleeping mat was a 2012 Thermarest Prolite, no problems with that and it's got years left in it. An Exped pillow rounded it all off. I slept well.
So the 'Ti-Tri', an expensive but a worthwhile investment. Just make sure the lightweight windshield/stove doesn't catch in the wind and blow away! Back in Scotland I used gas for a number of reasons and was pleased with both my Primus Spider and Fire-Maple stoves.
Cookware it was plenty of titanium. The Snowpeak Mini Solo set was a joy to use this summer with the Ti-Tri. Back home I was pleased to be reunited with my MSR Titan Kettle.
I've now the confidence to use a tarp (I've a Trailstar) relying on these poles as supports. The Pacerpole itself is a classic and I can't see myself using anything else.
I really appreciated as well the Camera Mount. A useful and light piece that enabled me to use the pole as a monopod for snaps.
The Grid baselayer is now a firm favourite. The Katmai shirt kept biting insects at bay at camp and pulled out of the pack uncreased and ready to wear at town stops. Essential.
Torres insulation has come into play this year too. The 'Sleeves' worked well this summer, combined with a light windshirt they give a surprising efficient and lightweight insulation system over the Pasco. Back in the UK I used the Torres vest and trousers in the winter Highlands and was glad for both.
Berghaus supplied me with a Mt Asgard Hybrid 'hydro down' jacket. It packs down small and is warm and weather tight. Montane's Terra trousers are my trouser of choice, a new pair proved as reliable as ever. On my feet Inov8 Terrocs. I got through two pairs this year and had no problems with me feet.
Hats and gloves from Extremities performed well too. My only grumble was tendency of the lightweight guide gloves to bleed 'colour' in wet weather staining my hands black. Apart from that they are good light weight gloves.
As ever Alpkit for the small but important stuff including drybags and stuffsacks. Seeing how much these items cost in Sweden made me realise how lucky we are to have Alpkit in the UK with everything from titanium cookware to sleeping bags at a nice price.