Mar 14, 2010 at 10:07 pm #1256493
@jdthomasLocale: SE Michigan
I am planning to thru-hike the CT and into Montana next year, I am looking and attempting to buy good quality 3-season gear that will last me for years to come. So far I have purchased the MLD Superlight Bivy. The next two items I plan on buying are the tarp and the quilt. Here have been some items I am debating which to get… Looking to see what you recommend from your experience. Thank you and please feel free to advise me of other products that you would recommend besides the listed…
MLD Pro Cuben Tarp $159 3.8 OZ.
MLD Cuben Fiber Grace Tarp $255 5,6 oz.
MLD Grace Solo Spintex EXP $175 7.5oz.
.Also as far as the MLD tarps, do I need the CF poles? They are an extra $25 along with $25-35 for the stakes…
Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn $175 8.6 oz.
– The Gossamer Gear looks nice because it has the extra room for my pack, where MLD tarps just all look very good quality. I don't have the experience to tell much of the difference between the three MLD's.
MLD Spirit Quilts 30 Large $215 21.5oz.
;Also I wanted to know if the eVENT will be worth it?, eVENT Head and foot strips adds $ 35 to the bill
Jacks R better No Sniveller $270 22 oz.
I have just heard so many good things..
BPL UL 180 @240 19.6 oz.
I read somewhere that is downs better than Sierra.
Anyways thank you for all your advice. I am excited to buy this gear so I can start going on some weekenders here this spring/summer/fall.
Thanks again, JoshuaMar 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm #1586516
@jdthomasLocale: SE Michigan
MLD Pro Cuben Tarp $159 3.8 OZ. Is brand new check it out at http://www.mountainlaureldesigns.com/shop/product_info.php?products_id=142
I will be doing almost all solo backpacking. So no need to accommodate for two people. Whats the main difference between this and CUBEN FIBER GRACE TARPS? a $91 difference. Any suggestions pleaseMar 15, 2010 at 6:50 am #1586576
I see the main difference, besides the price, between the MLD tarps is that the Solo Pro Cuben is a lot less wide than the Cuben Grace tarps. This is to cut the cost considerably by using only the width of one roll of cuben fiber. I am sure its an awesome tarp, brand new. With the superlite bivy you will be very happy, and it is the lightest and cheapest piece you have listed. Assuming you have tarped before, correct?
In terms of a quilt I would suggest making your own. It will be a great project, much cheaper, and likely lighter than what you listed. Kits can be found at Thru-hiker.
Not sure if you already knew any of this. If you did, please disregard this post! Anyway, good luck!
EvanMar 15, 2010 at 7:28 am #1586581
Spirit quilt seems a bit cold, probably better for AT. The New Mexico mountains can be quite cold, to say nothing of San Juans in Colorado
Consider a JRB Rocky Mountain Sniveller or Old Rag Mountain or a Western Mountaineering bag. Even then, probably will be plenty of nights when you'll be wearing all layers.Mar 15, 2010 at 8:22 am #1586593
Josh if you are extremely careful you may get years out of the gear you have mentioned, but be careful. watch especially for ground abrasion on your bivy, would not hurt to have a pad that is a little too wide if your looking to get as much use out of your gear as you can. If you want things to last for a long time look for more durable materials(dyneema, etc) and stronger construction, that is if you don't want to buy new versions of gear every couple years.Mar 15, 2010 at 8:39 am #1586600
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I'm with Evan. Build your own quilt.
There are also Zpack cuben tarps. I'd go with a larger tarp every time, so long as the weight doesn't get out of control. It'll protect your gear and give you more protection from the weather. You should be able to reuse trekking poles with those tarps.
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