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ADV Spec Baltic Hybrid mid layer jacket in the Tunisian desert

 


 

By By Roman Bale


 
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I am a motorcycle enthusiast from Slovenia who used to be a motorcycle journalist, so I got my hands on many test bikes in the past. This all changed about 12 years ago when I got my first enduro bike to test for a magazine. That was a turning point for me and I soon left street bikes and bought my first enduro. Over the years I swapped several enduro bikes and evolved my trips into adventure enduros to some of the most remote places, tracking down paths far away from touristy destinations, hotels and restaurants. I prefer to sleep outside by the fire, under the stars. With off road experience I gained over the years I seemed to have a good background to become one of the Trans Euro Trail Linesman and I now cover TET Slovenia and TET Albania.

For me, I am motivated by making the next motorcycle adventure more challenging. The more demanding it gets the more rewarding it is at the end. I guess I keep making it harder and harder for the next endorphin hit. For this to work I need to evolve over time as well as the bike and gear to keep up with future adventures that I throw in front of me. For this purpose I fully adventurised a Husqvarna 701, which was the most appropriate base of the bike for my needs. The bike is now upgraded with Aurora Rally Equipment tower and fairing for better wind protection when travelling and is also race ready, having rally navigation equipment bolted on. Lots of other upgrades were done to make the bike tailored for my needs.

My very recent adventure was to ride with 701 to the most remote oasis ,Ain Ouadette in Grand Erg Oriental, which is hidden in the deepest corner of Tunisian Sahara. To accomplish that, it takes a few days riding in deep Saharan sand and a very determined rider to make it there if you ride anything heavier than 250-450 cc enduro.


I am sure I am not alone on this, but before every big trip there is always one more piece of equipment I think I need to buy, to take my adventure closer to perfection. I love to travel and pack light, so I am always in a search of advanced versatile gear.

 

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Roman enjoying a local brew in Tunisia

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Campfire delight

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The Baltic Hybrid, perfect for morning camp

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And a warm mid layer


 
For the Saharan Ain Ouadette oasis adventure I needed a jacket that would keep me warm both inside a sleeping bag on a cold desert night and during the evenings by the fire.

But to save space I also needed the same jacket to be used as part of a layering system when on the bike, to be worn over the body armour. That’s why I decided to give it a try and spoil myself with the Adventure Spec Atacama Baltic Hybrid Jacket just days before the trip. Boy did that jacket deliver in so many ways! I did not expect that this thin material would be able to give so much warmth on a cold desert morning before the sunrise. It’s nice to be already warm while collecting bush firewood around in the desert, to make morning fire and a nice coffee.

The jacket is very stretchy where it needs to be and can be worn over body armour and under an outer layer, which is great, since it’s a quick task to take it off when riding gets technical or the day gets warmer.

The jacket is extremely lightweight and packs small, so it does not take much space in the top roll or in a back pack when not needed. It’s all I was looking for in one mid layer jacket and even more.

I am just returning from the trip and first thing I’ll do is give it a wash, so I’ll keep using the jacket on a daily basis as a casual wear since it looks cool and is really comfortable to wear too!

 

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Adventure riding heaven!