I have an Out Door Designs meridian map case. Its OK most of the time, but in winter conditions the plastic is too hard making it difficult to fold and/or to pack away when climbing.
Any recommendations for a map case that works better below zero?
I use an Ortleib A5 document case with the map folded to fit. This can be easily stuffed away in a chest pocket until needed. I also remove the cardboard cover from OS maps so that they fold away easily.
In reply to steveshaking: Ditto to Jamie B except I use BMC Mountain Maps for preference if available for the area I'm visiting. The Ortlieb case grips the rubber feet on a number of compass types making taking bearings more easy/accurate. The A5 size fits in many chest pockets and doesn't flap so easily in a gale- some people use an A4 Ortlieb and fold it in half securing it with a thick rubber band.
Ortlieb, and I usually work with a Memory Map printout of the area I'm navigating in. If you put it in the A4 document case, you can quarter it so that it fits securely in your hand on a windy day. If you need to, you can stick a 1:50,000 scale printout on one side, and a 1:25,000 scale in the other if you need additional detail of a particular area.
I usually carry an OS or Harvey's map in my bag/with the group as backup.
In reply to steveshaking:
Another vote for Ortlieb - usually an A5 one with the area printed out from Memory Map, case concertinaed up and shoved in the 'wand pocket' (is that an Americanism, what's the British version?!) of my rucksack, with a length of accessory cord tied at one corner of the map case and attached to the rucksack by a mini krab so it can't blow away.
In reply to steveshaking: I've also used Ortleib ones but I'm not convinced they are the be all and end all. My first one eventually went cloudy so that you can't really read through it. T'was rather old though. I bought another and it has managed to get holes in it. Not sure how, and have seal them with tape, but still annoying. Secondly I've found using them whilst kayak touring (mainly smooth lake paddling, nothing extreme) that they are NOT 100% waterproof.