Jut come back from my local outdoor gear retailers here in Malmö Sweden and was suprised to see that they no longer stocked any of the Craghoppers Nosilife gear which i intended to buy - apparently they say its because the EU has decided the chemicals used are carcinogenic and its pritty much been banned.
He didnt seem to keen to answer my question on why was the only mosquito repllent they sold DEET based then, and also why all there tropical expedition clothing had now changed to a brand that was a sister company to that particular retailer.
I got home and a quick search on the subject makes me think the guy was talking poop, and its all to try and sell this other brand (of which i have never heard of before but has apparently been at the fore front of outdoor clothing in Sweden since the 1980's)
I have had the Craghoppers Nosilife gear recommended to me by people with tropical jungle experience far outweighing my own and i am still quite keen to get it however i was just wondering if any one else has heard that the dangers posed by the clothing outweigh those posed by tropical biting insects?
I guess i will pick up some wellies in Peru then as they will be cheep, will probably take some jungle boots as well as im doing some trekking before the main expedition, and dont fancy carrying around too much extra gear.
will be spending 6 weeks on expedition in the rainforest of Peru / Manu national park.
I'm looking at buyign jungle boots - possibly from altberg, i know these are a bit pricey but i here mixed vreports about so called army surplus replica type things in that they fall apart - The other option is wellie boots - although i think these will be great in that my feet wont get wet when i stand in anything more than an inch of water inlike the jungle boots - but i figure i will end up having feet swimming in sweat by the end of any walking - of which there will be lots. Any one got any views or experience with jungle boots or any other suggestions for jungle foot ware?
I kind of agree with Jon, I take a snow squalls and a rock in the back at night over mosquito infested diarrhea inducing sweat holes any day, ..but this day they offered me Peru (i applied for iceland...). Im allready working on my ability to hold stress postions ready for the inevitable bout of shaky leg squatting over a slit trench when suffering from DnV.... I did manage 6 weeks in Hondurans forests with out any chaffing back in 2007.. but it was much higher up and cooler...we could also get kit washed properly by locals once every two weeks. Not sure how the set up is going to be on this trip... I'm going to be taking a tonne of Talc Powder for feet and crotch health i usaully find this and if on a long multi day hike a dab of Vaseline in the right places keeps sore spots from forming. both creams sound good but i dont think there will be chance to wash both body and clothes on a daily basis.
I guess it would be good to take lots of clean sets of underwear.. Im just trying to take as little as possible..