excuse me for jumping in at the last minute - but are Berghaus Freeflows (say the 20 litre one) suitable for running? Or do the extra bits n bobs / frame that make contact with your back (which make it cooler etc) make it an uncomfortable hinderance if you are actually running?
I use a 30-35ltr karrimor when I run (with 22lbs in) and though it clearly is not made for this exact task, I make do. In other words, are the 'Freeflows' for comy walking and not running? cheers
Hi If you put 'gift' on the front, it won't make much, if any difference to the charges unless the value of the product is v.small. Whether you get charged duty / VAT on each consignment in the first place is really in the lap of the gods even though all non-EU parcels are meant to be looked at by HMRC themselves, or your courier / postal service who in effect does the job of HMRC in putting charges on them and adding on a fee for the privilege. If you want to know how much duty you will pay on non-EU goodies, call 08450 109000 which is an HMRC advice centre for all matters relating to the Tariff and Duties, VAT etc - give them as much detail as poss so the classification (and therefore duty rate / VAT status etc)of your product will be as accurate as possible. Remember the charges that you pay to your courier (who will have already paid the charges to HMRC - that's why they don't let you have it until you cough up) will be based on the DECLARED value of the product converted to sterling, plus the postage. HMRC then calculate the duty rate of the importation at whatever % it is - this is the Import Duty. Then they take the value + Postage + the duty, and multiply this toatl by 17.5% (if the goods are standard rated)- this is the VAT. Postman Pat will then ask for the Duty, VAT and a 'handling fee' at your door. Who knows why some will get charged every time and some hardly ever? However if you adopt the (probably misquoted) law of 'there is nothing certain in life except death and taxes' you won't be too surprised at Posty holding out his hand in return for your U.S. JetBoil thingy or whatever.
Merry xmas / new year everyone. I'm after a new digital watch that has a thermometer and altimeter aswell as the normal stopwatch/alarms etc for under £100 (hopefully under £75). I've looked at Trek & Field's Stormlite range (Echo II & Compass Master II) and although they do everything I want and are only £40 and £60 respectively, they are very 'thick' and as I have weedy wrists, basically it will look daft on me everywhere except a mountainside (yes I know this is what it was actually designed for). Any ideas anyone? Regards Dave
Billy sorry for delay - been away with family. the width is fine for 2 adults and you can store some of your gear in the porch if you wish. the epsilon 2 would be a real 'cosy' fit for 2 if you get my drift, the epsilon 3 is a more realistic size and unless you are Geoff Capes, the sleeping arrangements should be fine. regards dh