Dec 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm #1283413
Companion forum thread to:Dec 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm #1816363
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Next year's pick will be a baby carrier, no doubt!Dec 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm #1816401
@dirk9827Locale: Pacific Northwest
Loved the picks this year, because the reasons for the choices were not merely an exercise in tech specs and gram counting. Instead, it reflected a greater appreciation of simplicity and making use out of things already owned. And if there is a silver lining in this long recession it is the realization that things rarely make us happy – but experiences do. So go out there with your friends, your family and enjoy the outdoors. Enjoying it lighter usually helps, but the gear is just a conduit to the experience.Dec 27, 2011 at 11:08 pm #1816536
Are the Arc'Teryx Gamma LT Pant really 5.7 oz? Seems a bit light.Dec 27, 2011 at 11:22 pm #1816539
Yeah – that is a misprint.Dec 28, 2011 at 2:47 am #1816557
Congratulations to you and your husband, Addie!Dec 28, 2011 at 4:19 am #1816562
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
Congrats on the new hiker, Addie!
Yeah, a strange mix of choices, as always. I really like the Backcountry Boiler. This is the esscence of what cottage industry in a niche market should be. Slow to order, slow to deliver, but a singularly GREAT product. So good it makes you forget the wait.Dec 28, 2011 at 5:10 am #1816565
@dtougasLocale: Gaspé Peninsula
Yes, that is a misprint, they are actually 11 oz in a men's small. I will make sure that gets fixed.Dec 28, 2011 at 7:37 am #1816597
@cameronLocale: The WOODS
Congrats Addie!Dec 28, 2011 at 8:21 am #1816612
Is the Houdini's weight off too? I would love a full zip hooded windshirt for 2ozDec 28, 2011 at 8:24 am #1816613
Yes on the houdini weight being inaccurate.Dec 28, 2011 at 8:28 am #1816616
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
Houdini comes in around 4oz. . 2oz is more in line with the Montbell Tachyon windshell.
Either way, you'll notice neither of them in your pack.Dec 28, 2011 at 8:36 am #1816620
For reference, here are the BPL communities 2010 picks:
I'm mulling over my 2011 picks now….
Those OR Versaliner gloves looks awesome Will.Dec 28, 2011 at 8:41 am #1816622
I've been eyeballing the Versaliners for a few months now myself. Those shell's look stellar. I was able to confirm with Heath Pitts on these forums, who recently got a pair for x-mas, that the shells are not seam taped. So, not 100% waterproof if you're wondering.Dec 28, 2011 at 9:34 am #1816638
The two mentioned mistakes have been fixed. Thanks all!Dec 28, 2011 at 10:07 am #1816652
@jkrew81Locale: White Mtns
Interestingly enough 2011 has seen my favorite gear picks move away from pure BPL standard stuff we see here all the time. My wife and I had a son this year so my attention has moved from spreadsheets and hypothetical trips to what gear works the best with the time I have to use it so here are my top four (could not decide on three).
Saucony 4MM drop shoes: The Kinvara’s and the Peregrines have changed my outdoor experience. I have learned I am not meant to be a super minimalist runner but a low drop shoe with cushion is where it is at for me. Can't wait for the 4mm drop Exodus 3.0
Osprey Talon 22 with Osprey Hydration bladder: Don't even care that it is not UL b/c it just works. I have never owned a pack that carried 100oz against my back so comfortably. Was able to complete a 1 day 26 mile half Pemi loop this year and did not have to waste time planning water stops.
Rechargable LED's: My daily outdoor life now takes place in the dark before and after the little guy goes to bed. Be it a 5:30am run or an 8pm cyclocross trail ride the Petzl Core Tikka and the Niterider MiNewt 600 keep me going.
Patagonia 9 Trails Jacket: I agree with Mike, for the last 3 years this has been my go to softshell for running/biking/XC skiing and even backpacking. The super breathable back panel is awesome and the hoodless design is great for layering under a hardshell. Glad I have the old model with the softshell cuffs.Dec 28, 2011 at 10:23 am #1816658
This is the first I've heard of the Backcountry Boiler.
What's the scoop? What is it and when might it become available?
– ElizabethDec 28, 2011 at 10:50 am #1816674
@cmcrookerLocale: Desert Southwest, USA
What great timing. You'll be playing with the baby by the time it gets really hot (living in AZ I'm always thinking about the heat factor):)Dec 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm #1816725
@bookLocale: Northern California
so I just received the rab latok gloves–event outer, "waterproof", fleecy lining, excellent dexterity, grippy palm. Sized tight. Haven't been able to try them yet in the snow. Now I see these Versaliners…hmmm. I'm sure that I'm going to love the Latoks. Maybe too warm while Nordic skiing? Probably not. Anybody have experience? Sorry if this is drifting…These gloves may be on my top three list.Dec 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm #1816728
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@earlymusicusLocale: Southeastern Michigan
This is the first I've heard of this. I've been steering clear of pads that are not self-inflating because after an experience with one of those pads going flat halfway through the night because the warm breath I introduced into it when inflating it cooled off. I just went to Camp-Tek's website and I'm sold! I'm definitely going to order one of these. This means I can go to a lighter-weight non-self-inflating pad! Thanks Ray!Dec 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm #1816745
@dbthalLocale: Mid-Coast Maine
"Does anyone want my Raw Date Ball cookie recipe?"
Sounds good – Yes I'd like the recipe!
DanDec 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm #1816767
Here is my own list of my top 10 favorite pieces of hiking gear that I used in the 2011 hiking season.Dec 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm #1816782
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
The thread for the Reader Picks is here:
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=57409Dec 29, 2011 at 6:58 am #1816999
Some very good recommendations and it's good to see your staff has a great sense of humor as well! I will add some of my recommendations. Hope they help. Joe from Backpack and Gear
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