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Show Us Your Kit?

Post by Pete E » Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:26 am

As a newbee, I thought it would be interesting if people would post pics of the kit they take on a typical days detecting and how they carry it ect??

The reason I ask is that I used a small shoulder bag I already had for fishing on my first outing, but never again as it just swinging about too much as I was digging ect...Also, I am wondering how people carry spades ect if they have any distance to walk ect...

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Re: Show Us Your Kit?

Post by The caretaker » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:58 pm

Hello peter
I just use one of these I can keep my pin pointer in it also a drink.
In the inside zipped compartment I keep my spare battery. Gloves.
Also loads of room for a couple of sandwiches .
I have used one for years. Just clip it around your waist and forget about it.
As for my spade I just carry it in my other hand.
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Re: Show Us Your Kit?

Post by Me and my boy » Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:05 pm

Draper mini Spade in hand useful as a walking stick when you’ve over done it and been out for too long.
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Post by Slapster » Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:15 pm

Interesting post, and i look forward to reading and reading the answers.

I am in the same position as you, Me and My Boy, albeit, one behind....

I am looking to buy kit next week, and am torn by all that is on offer, so the reply here will help me no end.

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Post by Me and my boy » Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:27 pm

Keep it simple. Go light. Minimum kit. Oh and don’t forget a deus 😀or equinox
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Re: Show Us Your Kit?

Post by hartsman » Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:53 pm

In cold weather I use an Army camo coat which has large deep pockets to carry a camera and a phone, I put my good finds in a small container and the dross goes in one of the large pockets so I don't need a finds pouch. In warmer weather I use a bumbag with a couple of compartments. I usually carry my Draper mini spade horizontally in my left hand with my thumb resting in one of the pockets. I don't take drinks or food with me preferring to return to my chariot for refreshments. =P~

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Re: Show Us Your Kit?

Post by lonecoiler » Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:41 pm

Can't stand modern backpacks, so iv'e reverted to an old fashioned ex-army type haversack. Similar to the one I used through 5 years of senior school. They seem to have made the straps shorter now, I am sure I am the same shape I was back in the day =P~
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Post by lonecoiler » Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:07 pm

My original one was covered with PVA and then painted. The "cool" kids joined the 2 straps together and had the bag knocking against their knees. The nerds had satchels!
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Re: Show Us Your Kit?

Post by Jeffdsolo » Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:48 pm

I'm only a couple of months in myself, but here is how I've set myself up.
I use a Viper Security belt, its sturdy and wide, with useful pockets and clips.
From left to right:

Englebert Strauss pouch for larger finds and scrap.
Loupe pouch.
Spare batteries pouch. (detector and pointer)
Soft bristled toothbrush pouch.
NCMD card pouch.
Pointer Holster.
Plastic Trowel.
Leather pouch with clip box for coins/special finds.

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I carry my spade in my left hand, usually holding it just above the blade on its centre of gravity.
I might put my mind to making some sort of spade carrier at some point... if I do I'll be sure to post a pic. :)

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Re: Show Us Your Kit?

Post by Pete E » Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:26 am

Just wanted to says thank you to everybody who has responded so far...
I think I have most bases covered except some sort of pouch/holster for my trowel..
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Re: Show Us Your Kit?

Post by Muddyknee » Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:59 am

Finds pouch.
Pinpointer.
Mini pack for batteries,good finds,gloves,folding saw,snacks.
Pouch for water spray bottle,for cleaning finds.
Garrett trowel.
Flask.
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Re: Show Us Your Kit?

Post by Oxgirl36 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:43 am

Notice most people have lanyards attached to their pinpointers and trowels to avoid losing them? Worth using them so getting a belt or bag/pouch that lets you attach the lanyard is an important consideration ::g
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Re: Show Us Your Kit?

Post by Muddyknee » Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:51 am

Oxgirl36 wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:43 am
Notice most people have lanyards attached to their pinpointers and trowels to avoid losing them? Worth using them so getting a belt or bag/pouch that lets you attach the lanyard is an important consideration ::g
If I'm wearing my wellies or rigger boots I just stick the pinpointer inside,more convenient than reaching around every time.
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Re: Show Us Your Kit?

Post by Pete E » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:09 am

From the responses so far, things I had not really considered:

A loupe
toothbrush/water spray
drink
Lanyards for pointer and trowel.

From my own trip out, I would add a small hand towel or rag....

Interesting to see the various "styles" of belt kit too...

Do the ex military pouch get used a lot? Just wondering if people feel they give off the wrong vibe to landowners/members of the public or is it nothing to worry about?
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Post by Ladybird66 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:28 am

Interesting read. I have to admit to belonging to the make do and mend brigade (age ) too mean to pay pounds when I can make for pennies.
I had a back pack, bought for walking trips many years ago but still good. I cut out the small section, with all the pockets and dividers plus some extra above it. Looped the extra over, stitched with good twine, threaded an old nylon computer carry strap through the loop and bingo, an all in one pouch for detecting. Hubby gave me a hanger of his tool belt for my mini spade but have now up-graded to a converted border spade (easier on the back) but have to carry that as it’s too long for hanger.
It’s weather proof, sturdy and I’ve been using it for 10 years. Everything goes in it, Summer and Winter.

Reminder, toilet tissue, plasters, Ibuprofen, camping knife, little container for the gold coin :D

Unbelievable how many ‘bits’ we see as essential :D

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Re: Show Us Your Kit?

Post by lonecoiler » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:42 am

Everyone has great ideas and tips BUT how do you carry a Jenkins?
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Post by Muddyknee » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:48 am

Ladybird66 wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:28 am
have now up-graded to a converted border spade (easier on the back) but have to carry that
Me too,mine's wooden handled.
Gonna attach a rifle sling when time permits,be easier than dragging it behind you.
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Re: Show Us Your Kit?

Post by Roughwood » Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:07 am

Can't really add much to the above, but definitely favour the pouch belt over a backpack.

Actually, I had a stroke of luck last autumn when I visited a great hardware shop in Norwich (I often nip in and look for useful bits for detecting.) They were selling off some 'shop soiled' things, including an Estwing geologists pouch belt - I think they had been trying to sell it as a builders tool belt - that had a small rip in an inconspicuous place. I paid the princely sum of £7.99 for it.
When I got home, I had a look on the internet and discovered that these are normally around £180.00!

It carries just about everything I need for a days detecting and is very comfortable. ::g
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Re: Show Us Your Kit?

Post by littleboot » Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:17 pm

I had high hopes of this thread I really did....Ah well..Perhaps its my mind and the result of watching too many Carry On films. rl;
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Post by Ladybird66 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:35 pm

littleboot wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:17 pm
I had high hopes of this thread I really did....Ah well..Perhaps its my mind and the result of watching too many Carry On films. rl;

Oooooh. Jan :-* I’m surprised at you :D No one would want to see my kit anyway ::g

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Post by WVAM » Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:09 pm

littleboot wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:17 pm
I had high hopes of this thread I really did....Ah well..Perhaps its my mind and the result of watching too many Carry On films. rl;
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Post by Oxgirl36 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:24 pm

WVAM wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:09 pm
littleboot wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:17 pm
I had high hopes of this thread I really did....Ah well..Perhaps its my mind and the result of watching too many Carry On films. rl;
Nobody’s stopping you👍
Hmmmmmm *coughs*

Someone might ;)
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Post by littleboot » Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:36 pm

Oxgirl36 wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:24 pm
WVAM wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:09 pm
littleboot wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:17 pm
I had high hopes of this thread I really did....Ah well..Perhaps its my mind and the result of watching too many Carry On films. rl;
Nobody’s stopping you👍
Hmmmmmm *coughs*

Someone might ;)
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Post by cantona1 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:43 pm

lonecoiler wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:42 am
Everyone has great ideas and tips BUT how do you carry a Jenkins?


Ah, you miss the point, Jenkins has to carry it so weight doesn't matter ::g

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Post by Roughwood » Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:05 pm

Here's a Jenkins back pack....
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Post by Ten pence! » Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:43 pm

I take the bare minimum out in the field with me, a shoulder bag (waist mounted ones slowly pull your trousers down/interfere with your undergarments!) this contains a couple of power packs for my wireless earbuds plus a round storage case, a small penknife, some foil, a spare battery for the pinpointer, some coin envelopes for the better stuff and a cheap digital camera, note the orange disc attached to the earbuds, very easy to lose and hard to see on the ground without this marker.

I can't stand being weighed down with excess equipment.
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Post by Pete E » Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:57 pm

I have to say I don't care for a shoulder bag as I find it swings about too much when you bend over ect...I do agree about a belt eventually falling down though, so I use a cross between the two ie a belt with a single cross shoulder strap to hold it up Sam Brown style....
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Post by Jamesey1981 » Sun May 19, 2019 1:38 pm

I use a Swedish army webbing harness. Cost me about 7.50 but they’re hard to find now, the bushcrafters like them so that they can sew the large pouches onto LK35 backpacks, this is how I discovered it actually, bought one for the pouches and discovered that I liked it so bought another one for detecting. Doesn't really look military any more as it's from the eighties, webbing technology has moved on so now it's more bushcrafty than military looking.

It’s a strong belt with shoulder straps, comes with the two large pouches and the water bottle pouch which can either take a Swedish army canteen or a wildo canteen bottle. The bottle pouch is insulated to stop the water freezing but it also keeps it cool in summer.

I have my sandwiches and snacks in one pouch and the other is for finds, small clip box in it for stuff I’m keeping and the rubbish goes straight in the pouch.

I have my pointer holster on the belt and the lanyard clipped to the shoulder straps so it doesn’t hit the ground if I drop it, and a pouch for my folding shovel when I’m using it, this swaps with my trowel pouch depending on where I’m going.

You can hang a load of weight on it and not feel it as it has the straps and it keeps the weight close to your body.

Here’s me modelling it, excuse the scruffy trackies, was out detecting on the beach earlier so just threw them on when I got out of the shower.

It does sit flatter than that when the it has some weight in it and the straps aren't twisted, lol.



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Post by Bors » Sun May 19, 2019 1:42 pm

littleboot wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:17 pm
I had high hopes of this thread I really did....Ah well..Perhaps its my mind and the result of watching too many Carry On films. rl;
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Post by Bors » Sun May 19, 2019 1:51 pm

Guys` were detectorists not SWAT agents. :))
I carry the bare, and I mean bare, essentials. A cut down spade, a pinpointer, and My detector and that is it.
Clothes wise, No SWAT get up, no Haversacks, no Thousand pocket vest, no Pink Floppy hat, just a jacket & pants, and boots. And to be fair, It`s enough to be carrying around but on a hot day when I might just carry a water bottle to save getting dehydrated.. :D

Quote Jamesey,...." You can hang a load of weight on it and not feel it as it has the straps and it keeps the weight close to your body."

You're still carrying the weight!

Carry a bag of Sugar for 2 minutes in your hand and it's fine ,Carry the same bag of Sugar for an hour in your hand and it gets heavy.

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