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Why We Stock Marmot Gear

24 October, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

Since 1974, Marmot has been making awesome outdoor gear including rain jackets, outdoor and travel clothing, hiking tents and sleeping bags.

Marmot - The History of The Brand

Marmot about the Brand

In April 1971, University of California Santa Cruz students Eric Reynolds and Dave Huntley were in Alaska's Juneau Icefield on a school Glaciology project. While on a glacier that the idea of a "Marmot Club" began. The name 'Marmot' refers to a group of highly social, large ground squirrels that live in mountainous areas. To become a Marmot, you had to climb a glaciated peak with another Marmot. One of the rules of the club was that everyone was President. 

In the following years, Eric and Dave began making prototypes of down products in their dorm room. Their first products were a down vest, a sweater and a parka and, later, three down sleeping bags. The warmest bag, the PIKA (now known as the CWM) was rated at -45 degrees Fahrenheit.

In the winter of 1973, Eric did an ascent of the Grand Teton in Wyoming with Tom Boyce of Grand Junction, Colorado. The following spring, Eric and Dave joined Tom in Grand Junction where they rented a 100 year old stone building near downtown and opened a rental and retail shop under the name of Marmot Mountain Works. They taught cross-country skiing in the winter to get by. Thus, in the spring of 1974, Marmot the company was born.

In 1976, a meeting would change the future of Marmot when Eric met Joe Tanner of W.L. Gore & Associates. Eric was one of the first in the U.S. to see a new concept in outdoor performance fabrics called Gore-Tex. He was intrigued, and within a couple of weeks had sewn prototype sleeping bags using the new Gore-Tex fabric for field testing. He and Dave proceeded to spend seven nights in a commercial frozen meat locker comparing bags with and without the Gore-Tex fabric as well as testing the bags under fire sprinklers. They liked what they saw and immediately changed everything in the line to Gore-Tex fabrics. Today, Marmot is the oldest customer of W.L. Gore in the world outdoor market.  

Why Buy Marmot Outdoor Gear, Like a Sleeping Bag, Rain Jacket and Tent?

Today, Marmot has grown quite a bit since their humble beginnings in 1974, and now is a global brand, but one thing has never changed; their commitment to designing the highest quality performance outdoor product.

Marmot as a company remains on the cutting edge of innovation, and consistently wins awards for its rain jackets jackets, clothing, tents and sleeping bags. Marmot's Nano Pro and Nano Pro Membrain are waterproof and breathable coatings and membranes that offer superior waterproofness and air permeability. Marmot's EvoDry  is a patented water repellent treatment that bonds to fabric fibres at a molecular level and does not wash off or wear out. It's 100% PFC free.

Long Heritage - Marmot's Mountain Pro Sleeping Bag range have been thoroughly tested in extreme conditions on every continent since they started manufacturing sleeping bags back in the 70's. They are an integral part of Marmot's long heritage as an industry leader in technical innovative expedition gear.

Industry Leader - Marmot's Outdoor Sleeping Bag range have been the industry leader for many years and strike a perfect balance between performance, versatility and value. Fully-featured, combined with super soft lining make these bags extremely comfortable.

The Marmot Tungsten Tent series build on Marmot's commitment to manufacturing great hiking tents, with increasing livability and maximising comfort. Volume optimising structure provides up to 35% more space than a standard x-frame tent. Catenary cut floors and fly keep seams off the ground, add durability, increase living space and increase ventilation. Colour coded poles and clip webbing make set up a breeze. Marmot's Limelight Tent series have set the industry standard for reliable, easy to set up, roomy hiking tents that provide great protection from the weather. Features include zone pre-bend poles for additional space; super sized D-doors, colour-coded easy pitch clips and poles; taped seamed fly for maximum waterproofness, catenary cut floors and multiple gear pockets. The Marmot Force Tent series are the go-to tents for fast and light adventures with etheral weight and impressive volume. Dual doors, a volume optimising structure, and extended head and foot zones ensure comfort and ease of use. The Marmot Bolt Tent series are Marmot's lightest hiking tents that are low on weight but big on room. The Marmot Eos Tent series is designed for solo through hiking and overnighters and offer a sturdy lightweight shelter with ample space. Check out the Marmot Tent Range here: https://www.sevenhorizons.com.au/collections/marmot-tents-australia

     

    Marmot Hiking Tents, including the Tungsten, Limelight, EOS, Force and Bolt Models: https://www.sevenhorizons.com.au/collections/marmot-tents-australia

     Marmot Tents Australia

    Marmot Sleeping Bags, including their Mountain Pro and Outdoor Sleeping Bag range:  https://www.sevenhorizons.com.au/collections/marmot-sleeping-bags-australiaMarmot Sleeping Bags Australia

    Marmot Clothing and Equipment: including their award winning Essence , Precip and Minimalist Jackets, convertible pants, polartec fleece jackets, and packable daypacks: https://www.sevenhorizons.com.au/collections/marmot-rain-jackets-and-clothing-australiaMarmot Equipment and Clothing Australia

    Award Winning Outdoor Gear

    16 October, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

    Check out our range of Award Winning Outdoor Gear

    How to Clean Your Osprey Hydraulics Reservoir

    21 March, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

    Osprey recommend the following method to clean a Hydraulics reservoir.

    1. Rinse out the reservoir and fill it with warm water and a mild washing up liquid. DO NOT use bleach or boiling water
    2. Scrub the interior of the reservoir with the large cleaning brush from Osprey’s Hydraulics™ Cleaning Kit
    3. Remove the hose from the reservoir and the bite valve from the hose and use the small brush from Osprey’s Hydraulics™ Cleaning Kit to scrub the interior of the hose
    4. Remove the silicone bite valve cover and clean it and the bite valve with warm soapy water
    5. Rinse the interior and exterior of the reservoir, hose and bite valve parts with cool, clean water
    6. Let the hose and bite valve dry in a well-ventilated area
    7. Insert Osprey’s Hydraulics™ Cleaning Kit drying rack into the reservoir and hang to dry in a well-ventilated area

    Using baking/bicarb soda, vinegar, and lemon juice are all good methods to help clean a reservoir and won't damage the reservoir, hose or valve. Milton Solution (used to clean dentures, baby bottles etc) is also a good option as it contains sodium chlorite which is what the Osprey cleaning tablets that used to be available contained.

    Nemo Equipment Now Available at Seven Horizons

    20 March, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

    We're excited to be able to showcase a range of hiking tents, mats and pillows from Award Winning Outdoor Brand, Nemo Equipment.  Since their inception in 2004, Nemo has won numerous awards for their backpacking tents, and their innovative designs have been named among the best inventions by Time Magazine, Reader's Digest, Men's Journal and Popular Science.

    Check out the range here:

    https://www.sevenhorizons.com.au/collections/nemo-equipment

    Your Camping Gear Checklist for your next trip away

    29 March, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

    I'm a big fan of lists.  Last time we went camping I didn't make a list and I forgot to pack the camping table - yeah hard to believe it, but it's true. So we've put together a list of gear to pack when you next go camping so you won't forget anything or leave something behind.  It includes all the items you need for your campsite such as: tent and tarps, sleeping gear, camp kitchen, camp food, camp furniture, camp tools, camp lighting, camp hygiene, technology, safety and first aid, clothing, and camp fun.

    You can view the full Camping Checklist at the link below:

    https://www.sevenhorizons.com.au/pages/camping-checklist

    Eagle Creek Travel Gear and Accessories now available at Seven Horizons

    09 March, 2017 1 comments Leave a comment

    We've just added some great lightweight travel packing solutions and travel luggage from Eagle Creek to the Seven Horizons website. Eagle Creek was the first travel company to make packing cubes to help organise your travel pack.  Checkout the range here:

    https://www.sevenhorizons.com.au/collections/eagle-creek

    Have a look at the Pack-It Specter Starter Set, it is a nice lightweight set that comes with a shirt folder and two packing cubes: https://www.sevenhorizons.com.au/collections/eagle-creek/products/eagle-creek-pack-it-specter-starter-set-shirt-folders-and-packing-cubes

    Eagle Creek Specter Starter Sets

    I also particularly like the Eagle Creek Load Hauler Expandable Duffle Bag.  It's carry-on size, weighs just 830 grams and has an expandable gusset taking its capacity from 49 litres up to 57 litres. It can be carried as a backpack or duffle bag and the shoulder straps can be tucked away too. 

    https://www.sevenhorizons.com.au/products/eagle-creek-load-hauler-expandable-carry-on-duffel-bag-travel-backpack-49l-to-57l

    Eagle Creek Load Hauler Expandable Carry-on Duffle Bag

     

    The Eagle Creek Specter Clean Dirty Cubes are a great idea for separating clean and dirty laundry: https://www.sevenhorizons.com.au/collections/eagle-creek/products/eagle-creek-pack-it-specter-clean-dirty-cube-medium-packing-cell

    Eagle Creek Pack It Specter Clean Dirty Cube

    And please contact us if there are other items from Eagle Creek that you would like to see us stock.

    Tim Coles

    Pack Light now Seven Horizons

    31 January, 2017 1 comments Leave a comment

    We've changed our name from Pack Light to Seven Horizons. Sad to see the old logo go but we like the new one too! Our new web addresses are: www.sevenhorizons.com.au and www.7horizons.com.au

    Our telephone number remains the same: 07 3388 0806

    Nothing else has changed with the business. We'll still continue to sell lightweight quality hiking and travel gear from the world's best brands.

    Cheers
    Tim
    Tim Coles
    Seven Horizons (Formerly Pack Light)

    Buying Advice: Osprey Porter vs Farpoint vs Waypoint / Wayfarer

    10 August, 2015 1 comments Leave a comment

    So you've narrowed down your choice for a travel pack to something offered by Osprey and cannot decide which one is right for you. This is a common question that I get asked, so to help you out with your buying decision I've put together a bit of an overview of the Osprey Porter, Farpoint and Waypoint / Wayfarer series.   

    First let's take a look at the Osprey Porter. In essence the Porter is more of a deluxe duffle bag or gear hauler rather than a travel pack. The reason I say this is because the harness system on the pack is very simple with no harness frame, no harness height adjustment, no load stabiliser, and minimal hip belt padding. If you do not intend to be wearing your pack on your back for very long periods of time, and rather for just a quick walk to the taxi rank, airport check-in etc, or will not have too much weight in you pack, then consider the Osprey Porter. The Porter does not include a daypack but on the latest models includes a tablet and laptop sleeve and extra pockets on the outside flap of the bag. The Porter is available in three volumes, 30 litres, 46 litres and 65 litres. The Osprey Porter 30 and 46 litre models are both carry-on size.

    Next in the lineup from Osprey is the Farpoint Series of travel packs. The Farpoint series is a lightweight travel pack that has a backpack harness available in two torso lengths and includes a lightwire harness suspension, ventilation and padding on the shoulder straps and hipbelt along with load lifters and stabilising straps. So what this means is the harness on this series of packs will allow you to comfortably carry heavier loads for longer periods of time than the Porter series. The harness can be zipped away when not required or when checking your bag in at the airport. While the Farpoint series is nice and lightweight, they still come with an internal mesh pocket and an internal compression strap to assist with organising your gear. The Farpoint 55, and 70 come with a zip-off daypack as well. A daypack is not available on the Farpoint 80.

    The Waypoint and Wayfarer series is Osprey's fully featured series of travel packs and come with a gender specific harness and hipbelt that is fully-adjustable. The harness system is similar to that used in Osprey's Viva and Volt Backpacks, and provides slightly better support and comfort over the Farpoint series. They Waypoint and Wayfarer packs use thicker foam in the shoulder straps, lumbar region and hip belt, which you will find more comfortable if you were carrying a heavier load or wearing your pack on your back for a longer period of time. These packs also have a couple of extra internal pockets for organisation of gear and some padding in the sides of the bag which makes the bag sit up a little more - a bit like a suitcase, which is great when packing your gear. The daypack on the Wayfarer is a little larger and has a port window for a tablet. 

    The features of the three series of packs are summarised below. 

    Osprey Porter Series  Osprey Farpoint Series Osprey Waypoint / Wayfarer Series
    Carry-on Compatible? Porter 30 Litre and Porter 46 Litre Farpoint 40 Litre No models.
    Daypack Included? No, but an Osprey Daylite can be clipped on Farpoint 55 Litre and Farpoint 70 Litre, not on Farpoint 80 Waypoint 80 and Wayfarer 70, and earlier Waypoint models. Slightly larger daypack than the farpoint series.
    Fabric Main:420D Nylon Hex Diamond Ripstop
    Accent:420HD Nylon Packcloth
    Bottom:420HD Nylon Packcloth

    Main: 210D Nylon Mini Hex Diamond Ripstop
    Accent:600D Packcloth
    Bottom:600D Packcloth

    Main: 330D Nylon Dobby
    Accent:420HD Nylon Packcloth
    Bottom:420HD Nylon Packcloth

     

    Harness Sizes and Fit

    One size, fixed harness length Available in two sizes: Small / Medium and Medium / Large Gender specific harness. Earlier models came in S, M and L sizes, new models are one size which is adjustable.
    Harness Cover Zippered pocket and pouch to stow away harness Zip-away harness- flap zips over and protects harness Zip-away harness flap zips over and protects harness.
    Harness Frame 1 mm foam padding with no frame, no ventilation on backpanel

    1mm foam padding with ventilated back and shoulder padding

    LightWire Frame suspension

    Gender specific harness with adjustable torso

    1mm foam padding with spacer mesh back and shoulder padding.

    LightWire Frame HDPE Suspension. and spacer mesh backpanel

     

    Harness Hip Belt

    Very light grade ventilated hip belt - no hipbelt stabiliser.  Spacer mesh hipbelt with stabilising straps. Gender specific spacer mesh hipbelt with stabilising straps.

    Load Lifter Straps

     

    None Yes Yes

    Adjustable Sternum Straps

    Yes Yes Yes
    Shoulder Strap Included? No, but one can be attached. Farpoint 40 L

    No

     


    Internal Pockets
    2 x Velcro internal pockets Zippered mesh pocket in lid 3- 4 internal pockets depending on model.
    Padded Laptop/Tablet Sleeves Yes on new models Yes, on Farpoint 40 and in daypacks of 55L and 70L Yes on daypacks, along with a tablet port window on the daypack

    External Pockets?

    One top pocket. Farpoint 40 - two mesh pockets. On earlier models

    Padded External Carry Handles

    Top and side. Top and side. Top and side.

     

    I hope this information is useful and aids in your decision making. As always if you need some more information or help feel free to contact us. 

    Tim Coles

     

    Pack Light now stocks some great lightweight travel and adventure gear from Grand Trunk

    16 July, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

    Great news! We now stock some awesome lightweight travel and hiking gear from Grand Trunk. More items are  on order and will be added to the range soon. Check out the cool gear here: http://www.packlight.com.au/collections/grand-trunk

    Sea to Summit Sleeping Air Mattress Range available now at Pack Light

    06 May, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

    Well after 4 years of development, Aussie Company, Sea To Summit have released their innovative range of sleeping mats. 

    You can check out the new range of Sea to Summit Sleeping mats at the link below:

    http://www.packlight.com.au/collections/sleeping-mats

    Sea to Summit set out to build a sleeping mat that would not only pack down small, but would also be comfortable to sleep on.  Their unique design is constructed using a dot-weld pattern that creates a high surface area matrix of interconnected chambers called Air-Sprung-Cells. These air cells function in the same way that a pocket spring mattress does, performing independently of one another, and conforming to your body shape to disperse pressure evenly. When you shift your weight, this isolates the compression of the pad, in much the same way a coil bed mattress works, and allows it to conform to your body far more naturally.

    This sort of construction method differs totally to the way self-inflating mattresses are made, which will mean that the mattress is less likely to de-laminate. I'm glad to hear this, as I've thrown a few mats out now that have bubbled up and have had 'blow-outs' on the sides of the mattress.

    Sea to Summit have been racking up a raft of industry awards since they launched the range, and here's what the judges had to say:

    Backpacker Magazine 2015 Editor's Choice Award for the Sea to Summit Comfort Plus Mat
    "We tested this mattress from the lowest valley in the United States to the highest peaks in Nepal, and the feedback always came back the same: This is the most comfortable night’s sleep we’ve had on a pad this packable. Combine that with a unique design that uses two separate air chambers—giving you 1.25 inches of insurance against a leak—and you get our new favorite pad. Pump the bottom half to max capacity to lift you off any roots or rocks, and then fine-tune the top half to your preferred level of firmness. Five hundred and forty-eight individual air cells provide structure and better support than traditional horizontal or vertical chambers—even for restless sleepers. One tester deliberately inflated just one side (she had the insulated version), and despite sleeping on uneven, frozen terrain, she was still warm and comfy at 16,000 feet in Nepal. Sleep cold? The insulated model amps R-value from 1.5 to 5 for $30 and 4.5 ounces more. And all this comfort still compresses to 4 by 7 inches. Bonus: The valves allow fine-tunable inflation and instant deflation." 

    Outdoor Industry Award for Sea to Summit Comfort Plus Mat:
    “This air mattress not only is comfortable but also has a compact pack size, weighs little, crackles hardly at all and has a structure that largely eliminates cold spots and better insulates the upper body. So it ticks all boxes.”

    Gear Junkie – Best In Show Award:
    “Two inflation chambers and an extra comfortable new kind of design that mimics an at-home cushy spring mattress makes these pads stand out. (…). All around, these are nice, light pads with a few added benefits that make a real difference. We can’t wait to camp out on the pads next year.”

    Gear Institute – Best New Gear Award:
    “It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a real advancement in sleeping mat design, and this is one we can get behind. The surface of each pad in Sea to Summit’s sleeping mat line is covered with big, pillowy cells that independently compress under pressure—meaning the mat remains firmly comfortable no matter which one of your bony points is pointing south. We also love that each mat is made of two independent air chambers, one on top and one on bottom, which makes it nicely adjustable and redundant in case one side pops. The best part? The stuff sack can be used to pump the mats up in just a couple seconds.”

    Gear Patrol – Best of Outdoor Retailer Award:
    “The major innovation is “Air Sprung Cells”, air chambers created by a dot-weld pattern that allows them to operate independently from each other. That means when you shift your weight the air doesn’t all squish out to one side.” 

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