Mar 15, 2009 at 5:58 pm #1234834
I have decided that I will not purchase any more new gear this year.
My base weight is a very comfortable 4kg and that is light enough for me.
I have 6 backpacks, 5 sleeping bags, heaps of sleeping pads and too many stoves to count. In short I have an addiction.
So I am taking a break from all the shopping and I'm going to spend more time actually bushwalking.
There – I feel better already.Mar 15, 2009 at 6:01 pm #1485827
@butukiLocale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Know exactly how you feel and tried doing it myself. But somewhere along the line you get caught up in it again. It's really weird how UL enthusiasts probably have more gear than most traditional walkers… they're light on the trail, but beasts of burden at home.Mar 15, 2009 at 6:09 pm #1485832Mar 15, 2009 at 6:56 pm #1485844
I just realised that I have 7 sleeping bags and 8 backpacks.
I'm sicker than I thought!
NO MORE NEW (or old) GEAR FOR ME!!!
(I can do this, I can do this….)Mar 15, 2009 at 7:03 pm #1485846Mar 15, 2009 at 7:09 pm #1485848
All the best with your goal of buying no NEW gear, I have some SECOND HAND gear you can buy if you feel the need!Mar 15, 2009 at 7:49 pm #1485857
Oh my god, Joe – I forgot about my shelters!
Let's see. I have:
* TT Contrail
* Gatewood Cape
* GG The One
* 2 BPL Tarps
* 3 assorted other tarps
* and 5 other tents (not lightweight though)
I think that's it. But stand-by for a future edit… :p
And as for you Brett: Get thee away from thine own bushwalking gear cupboard, evil tempter!Mar 15, 2009 at 7:57 pm #1485859
Sorry to take away from the post for a minute, but what is your verdict on the one vs the contrail. Cheers!Mar 15, 2009 at 8:01 pm #1485862
Andrew, perhaps instead of going cold turkey, you can make a pact with yourself. If you want a new XXXX, you must first sell one of your existing XXXXs. This is less painful than just saying NO!Mar 15, 2009 at 8:06 pm #1485863
Right: The One vs Contrail.
I'd take the Contrail every time. It so much easier and quicker than The One to erect.
The One is lighter than the Contrail, but its lightness is not enough to outweigh its fiddly nature.
At the end of a long day, when you're buggered and keen to hit the sack, the Contrail is a joy. It's up and you're cosy in two minutes. Not so The One.
At least that's my opinion.Mar 15, 2009 at 8:09 pm #1485864
Good point Lynn.
But I am going cold turkey. Now that I've made my intentions public, I will let y'all know if I remain true.
And I may even sell some stuff as well.Mar 15, 2009 at 8:10 pm #1485865
@anywayoutsideLocale: South East
Gear rotation – yes it is a beautiful thing, but can be terribly time consuming (at least in any quantity). Be careful what you wish for…You might have to sell some great gear to get it.Mar 15, 2009 at 8:17 pm #1485870Mar 16, 2009 at 2:16 am #1485899
Thanks for that Andrew, good to hear some first hand comparisons,I've got a contrail and have been thinking about dabbling with the one. Bought any new gear yet?!Mar 16, 2009 at 6:25 am #1485908
@mn-backpackerLocale: Land of 12,000 Loons
"No more new gear for me…"
The less a man makes declarative statements, the less apt he is to look foolish in retrospect.
-Quentin TarantinoMar 16, 2009 at 9:14 am #1485947
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
Here is the US, we owe it to ourselves to make 2009 the year of gear acquisition. So this is my strategy for explaining the need to purchase more stuff to my wife. Hey, if I don't buy it… she will use the money to buy more shoes. :)Mar 16, 2009 at 10:10 am #1485967
@sarbarLocale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Lol…yes, it your PATRIOTIC duty to spend :-DMar 16, 2009 at 11:48 am #1485995
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@ben2worldLocale: So Cal
Not only is it the PATRIOTIC thing to do, it is also the HUMANE thing to do!
Thousands of Chinese are now forced back into subsistence farming and would DO ALMOST ANYTHING for another chance to sew you a pack or tent so they can put their kids through school.
The Gear Enabler.Mar 16, 2009 at 5:02 pm #1486099
This whole slump could play right into the BS business plan. "I'm in China trying to get workers off the farm and into the factory."Mar 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm #1486121
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@ben2worldLocale: So Cal
nmMar 16, 2009 at 6:39 pm #1486128
We have a system that requires us to sell enough old stuff to completely finance the new stuff. It's not necessarily always UL gear we sell, but it works really well as it prevents impulse buying. It always takes ages to sell enough stuff to buy 5 yards of cuben….Mar 16, 2009 at 6:52 pm #1486133
Andrew, I hope you have more dedication than me… otherwise you'll give in before the years half over…lol
cheersMar 16, 2009 at 6:57 pm #1486136
I may faint from laughing out loud. Sell Stuff! You've got to be kidding. I've only got half as many tents as Franco. Got to get on line and buy, Buy, BUY. Maybe pre-order a Scarp2 and Hogback.Mar 16, 2009 at 7:25 pm #1486144
What about a laser comp, a pre-ordered Neo-Air, a Gorilla pack and a couple of Valandre bags to go with those?
It's sacrilege to admit this, but I've actually given away a few stoves and packs, and thrown a Vargo triad out in the rubbish! We've pretty well dialed in what we need, and I don't actually like the clutter of all that unused gear lying around.Mar 16, 2009 at 7:45 pm #1486152
I've already pre-ordered a Neo-Air. I ought to throw my Vargo Triad out (doesn't work worth cr*p) but I simply can't bear to. I must have 20 Alco stoves, which I'll never use. Help me, Please.
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