Jan 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm #1284392
Hope everyone's shoulder season was great and winter is treating you right.
Over at my newly minted blog (LiteTrail.com), I'm putting together an "SUL Gear and Clothing Guide". Just the good stuff used by experienced hikers like you. Sort of a visual gear list of sorts.
I know my favorites and will be adding them over the next weeks. What are yours?
It would be great if you could post a link to where you purchased your gear item from in the Replys to this post.
I've got a Section Hike of the PCT coming up next month and wouldn't mind taking a new gear item or two with me from your feedback.Jan 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm #1829785
MLD Cuben Fiber Poncho Tarp. I can use it as a tarp when I wanna go super light. But most of the time it's my rain gear and groundsheet for my fly creek UL 1. Weighing in at 4.5oz, it can't really be beat.Jan 26, 2012 at 10:51 am #1829991
Black Rock Down Vest seems like the ultimate. I love my Montbell Ex-light vest, but it's hard to argue with the specs on the Black Rock vest.Jan 30, 2012 at 10:04 am #1831657
Dan, thanks for the suggestion of the Black Rock Gear vest. That thing is sweet! We will definitely add them to our guide.Jan 30, 2012 at 10:08 am #1831660
Michael, ah yes the MLD poncho. Haven't heard of anyone using a $155 piece of gear for a ground sheet though :-) You're not worried about it getting punctured since you also use it as rain gear? Thank you for the gear suggestion, I've added the poncho to our upcoming guide entries.
JhauraFeb 5, 2012 at 8:40 am #1834767
Honestly I'm not too worried. I don't plan on using it as my shelter if there is supposed to be a downpour. And in poncho mode, a small hole isn't too much of a problem. Plus cuben fiber can be patched up with duct tape. I used it all the way on my AT thru-hike with 0 complaints.Feb 5, 2012 at 9:16 am #1834793
@anthonywestonLocale: Southern CA
not super, super SUL Gear but my favorites everything is light and does it's job.
zpacks exo backpack 13oz but feels comfortable to 30lbs
mld solomid or mld cuben trailstar
epiphany cuben quilt 14.5 oz 20 degree
Sawyer 3-Way Inline Water Filter
Fox River X-Static Liner Socks
whitebox alchol stove
WESTERN MOUNTAINEERING – FLASH XR JACKET, waterproof
Montane Mens Spektr Smock
half of a THERM-A-REST – RIDGEREST SOLAR largeFeb 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm #1837513
@smaspinallLocale: Central PA
SMD Swift – 19oz with belt.
GG SpinnTwinn – 10oz shelter
TrailDesigns Sidewinder – 3oz
Tennis ball (< 2oz). I use it to massage my aching feet/legs after high mileage days.Feb 10, 2012 at 3:35 pm #1837622
Not really SUL, but here's my favorite gear:
*2004 Kelty Cloud full Spectra pack (less than 2 lbs. when stripped).
Mine's purple/white, just like this one:
*Borde Bomb white gas stove for winter trips (8 oz).
Bought from HikinJim:
*Jetboil Sol for 3 plus season trips (8.5 oz. not including fuel canister).
*Warbonnet Eldorado hammock (12.5 oz. and full bug protection). Only five ever made, and only one in my color of olive green (not Kermit green).
*Custom Tim Marshall/enLightened equipment dog quilt for my best friend.
*Exped Wallcreeper…so darn versatile it ain't funny (35 degrees F rated, 1.15 lbs).
*Custom modded Luxurylite V-Bag. I had Mat at UK Hammocks turn it into a top quilt and add down to it. Went from 2.15 lbs. to 1.8 lbs. AND it's now a true 20 degree quilt!
*Custom Tim Marshall/enLightened equipment synthetic top quilt/ hammock under quilt. This one was just about Tim's first ever made quilts and it's just awesome! Still going strong after 5 years of hard use. Tim even customized it with my trail name "BIGFOOT".
http://enlightenedequipment.com/Feb 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm #1837632
@creachenLocale: East Bay
Nice Blog/Website by the way!
My favorite piece of SUL Gear is my 16GB Nano IPOD at 1.3oz with my SONY MDR-W08 Headset at 0.6oz for on the trail and in camp my Dream Gear Audiobug MINI speakers at 1.8oz.Feb 13, 2012 at 7:44 am #1838815
@michaeltrefzgerLocale: So Cal
Nice work on the SUL site.
Here are some of my favorite pieces of gear.
Jacks R Better Sierra Stealth: light and multi use.
The Montbell Tachyon Anorak: one of my all time favorite pieces of gear. At 2.3oz it exemplifies what SUL is all about.
IO-Merino Contact Glory Zip Shirt – pair this with the Montbell Anorak and there is little weather (above freezing) this system can't handle.
Ruta Locura, Yana Poles (previously Ti Goat Adjustable Trekking Poles)
Zpacks Waterproof/Beathable Cuben Fiber Rain Mitts
Caldera Cone TiTri ULC
+1 for Dirty Girl Gators
+1 for MLD Cuben Poncho Tarp
+1 for New Balance MT10
+1 for Zpacks Blast Backpacks
+1 for DriDucksFeb 13, 2012 at 8:14 am #1838827
@kat_pLocale: Pacific Coast
Glad to see you found yourself a Borde Bomb at last! I have been looking for you regularly and not one has been up for sale anywhere that I could find. I will stop looking now.Mar 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm #1847627
I actually bought HikinJim's Borde Bomb a while back. Gave me a very good deal on it.
MattMar 2, 2012 at 11:39 am #1847902
@trailfrogLocale: Northeast/Southeast your call
The Rollover Stove from Smokeeater 908. It weighs 6 grams and burns hot. Does not need a pot stand. It is made for the 24 ounce beer can pots. Link to site below:Mar 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm #1851748
Fora synthetic option when down is not desired, the Montbell thermawrap vest is really nice. I thinks men's medium is around 5 ounces, but my women's size small is a out 4 ounces.
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