Dec 29, 2009 at 8:36 pm #1253617
Companion forum thread to:Dec 29, 2009 at 9:39 pm #1557965
I was interested in the Ts1 comment by Ryan as this is a camera that I am looking at for my next purchase. "It's superbly simple, painfully slow, has an awful screen, but shoots fantastic images." slow and awful screen don't too much to excite me but seeing some of the HD video taken with the camera by Ryan soon changes that. I think some of my favourites were the ones on the 24 hour hike series.
Also interested that Roger would pick the MSR pot as a favourite, care to expand Roger?
Cheers, and well done.
MarkDec 29, 2009 at 9:57 pm #1557969
Ryan has a man cold. He didn't mean the TS1. I'm fixing it now. Poor Ryan.Dec 29, 2009 at 10:02 pm #1557971BoozerBPL Member
@anywayoutsideLocale: South East
OH that is far too funny. I assume Ryan's bell is Ti?Dec 29, 2009 at 10:44 pm #1557977
Ha!, Now that changes it all :)
CheersDec 29, 2009 at 11:00 pm #1557978Dan DurstonBPL Member
@dandydanLocale: Canadian Rockies
My 2009 Picks:
1) BPL Thorofare Pants – At 3.95oz they are radically lighter than anything else I've hiked it, yet they are durable and comfortable. After putting in a stronger waist band elastic cord they are perfect.
EDIT: Okay not that durable. These pants are neat but I've reverted to more durable Patagonia Sol Patrol pants around 7oz.
2) GoLite Ultra 20 – This is my first quilt and it has impressed me continually. I find it so comfortable and easy to use and it's also quite warm and a great bargain compared to other quilts on the market.
3) NeoAir Small – After using the regular NeoAir for most of the season I switched to the small and saved 5oz with no loss in comfort. The trick with any NeoAir is to inflate it less than common sense tells you is right and you'll sleep great. Using my packs back bad under my feet (and as a sit pad in camp) is a great way to make that item multi purpose and to lower the overall weight of your sleep system.
EDIT: Another year has passed and the Ultra 20 and NeoAir Small continue to highly impress.Dec 29, 2009 at 11:41 pm #1557984Julian WatsonMember
Roger – a knife ! I am surprised. Always good to be surprised by folks.Dec 29, 2009 at 11:44 pm #1557985Julian WatsonMember
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Just posted a PM to Addie for the same thing Julian :)Dec 30, 2009 at 12:39 am #1557990Mark VerberBPL Member
@verberLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
MLD 850 Pot, UL Caldera, GramCracker Stove, Esbits. After using an alcohol stove for a number of years I experimented with esbits. A number the experiments didn't go well, but I found this system is excellent: it's light, compact, durable, simple, and effective.
Gossamer Gear Gorilla Pack: I have been using a Granite Gear Vapor Trail since 2002. THe Gorilla is the first pack that I have found that was as comfortable to carry <=25lbs loads, weights less, and was more convenient to use on the trail.
Inov-8 Flyroc 310 + Injinji socks: I have been using this combination for a few years now and continue to be thrilled with the results… my feet feel free and are blister free except when fail to clear out trail debris that can accumulate inside the shoe.
Other notable items on my perfect gear page.
–MarkDec 30, 2009 at 1:13 am #1557993
3) Golite Ultra20 Quilt
CheersDec 30, 2009 at 1:37 am #1557994Roger CaffinModerator
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
> interested that Roger would pick the MSR pot as a favourite, care to expand Roger?
Um…. what can I say? It's really light, it is the right size for two, it is very robust, it has been on all our long walks since early 2006, and it still isn't showing any dings or damage. Contrary to popular myth it does not burn the dinner, although that may be partly how I cook – but I do simmer gently.
Works for me.
CheersDec 30, 2009 at 1:46 am #1557996Roger CaffinModerator
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
> Roger – a knife ! I am surprised.
Me too! Honest! I am not a knife enthusiast.
We have always taken a very light knife from an old English camping set with us, but while it is 'good' it doesn't stay as sharp and it has a round tip – good for butter and jam though. But for cutting bread the old knife is a compromise.
On our extended trips in Europe we always go through a huge amount of bread per day, and that means we spend a lot of time cutting the loaf. This knife is LIGHT (<2 oz) but with a decent length of blade. I haven't found another knife to match the specs (folding, 3.5", <2 oz).
We took it to Switzerland in 2009 for 2 months almost on spec, and we were sold. It was in use for breakfast, morning tea, lunch, and dinner. So …
CheersDec 30, 2009 at 1:57 am #1557999
I have the same one, I was just interested in your though process as you say it does the job, just not what I would have selected from all my gear,
MarkDec 30, 2009 at 4:47 am #1558005Ryan LinnMember
Oh my, this is making me think about how much gear I bought this year. Funny how much new gear it takes to drop your base packweight from 18 to 8 pounds. My picks…
1. Caldera cone & MSR Titan Kettle: wicked easy water boiling with a small amount of alcohol in very cold temperatures. Just got a new MLD 850 and UL Compact Caldera for next year. Can't wait to compare.
2. MLD Exodus pack: my first frameless pack, and it's been wonderful so far.
3. Golite Ultra: my first quilt. Not as warm as I expected, but it's a good introduction.
Runners up: GG LT4 poles (didn't get enough use out of them this year to be sure, and I'm waiting for a replacement pole due to a defective expander).
Hmm… If I can find one of those little bells for when I get a MAN COLD, that might be on next year's picks.Dec 30, 2009 at 5:24 am #1558006Jonathan RyanBPL Member
@jkrew81Locale: White Mtns
my top 3 for 2009?
Golite Chrome Dome Umbrella: Not the best peice for all trips, but a huge mental boost when you have a long day in the rain.
BPL UL Merino Hoody: Def the most usable layer in my closet. The weight is perfect and the hood fit is amazing
GG LT4's: My BPL Stix have been abandoned in the garage for winter sports. These poles approach perfection.
Top Skill Learned in 2009: Mastering the art if pitching a standard 8×10 Flat tarp in any situation I find myselfDec 30, 2009 at 5:50 am #1558008Eugene SmithBPL Member
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
My top 3:
1) Patagonia R1 Hoody- Perfect weight baselayer next to skin for my cold blooded self!
2) Arcteryx Delta SV glove- Perfect balance of weight, fit, and wind cutting ability for trail running in cold weather and brisk weather hiking.
3) MSR Titan Kettle- Lightweight, durable, simple. My only titanium pot and still my favorite, used it on all my trips this year and last year and it is great for small meals or really big solo pasta dishes, the lid works perfectly and it nestles all my cooking gear just right!Dec 30, 2009 at 7:40 am #1558018
That link's good again. Thanks guys!
My picks (hahahahaha!) would be:
1.) Packraft. I can't believe how much fun I had in one this summer.
2.) BPL Merino Hoody. I'm vain, and the green looks good on me, plus I loved how functional it was while both packrafting this summer and hunting this fall. Most of my clothes can't claim such a nice combo of form AND function!
3.) Whatever GoLite tarp I slept under this summer. I've only ever been a tent girl, and the buggy conditions we were in had me a little freaked out for nighttime (I have a thing about mosquitoes – it's not pretty). The roomy tarp was snugged up close enough to the ground to keep the nasties out, and I didn't get bitten once.
So there. Your non-gear-head editor's gear picks. :)Dec 30, 2009 at 10:25 am #1558037Brad GrovesBPL Member
In no particular order:
1- Ti-Tri/Inferno stove– great combo, user-friendly wood stove, super-efficient alky
2- LT4 poles– I hated trekking poles before, then tried these, and now can't imagine backpacking w/o them
3-Tied: iTP A3 EOS Upgrade light– from Goinggear.com– 9 grams for an 80 lumen (adjustable down to 1.5 lumen), orange peel reflector (for throw) light. Add a few grams for the clip, a few more for a AAA battery.
3-Tied: Grohmann Boat knife. Certainly not new, but new to me, and my idea of the perfect backcountry knife.
Honorable mention: Merino wool, especially Patagonia's wool 2 zip-t and wool 4 hoody. I'm thrilled w/the great performance of merino, and can't seem to own enough of it, even for daily wear.
MYOG top 3:
1- 4.5 oz down vest
2- 19 oz framed 55L pack; parts blew apart on the trail, but were repairable, and the overall performance of the pack was great
3- "Ugly hat" of climashield and 2.75 oz down bootiesDec 30, 2009 at 10:55 am #1558048Diplomatic MikeMember
@mikefaedundeeLocale: Under a bush in Scotland
In no particular order.
MLD Duomid and Inner Tent. My favourite 3 season shelter. Loads of room for little weight. I can sit out rainy weather, and relax away from the midges in comfort.
MLD Prophet. Perfect size for my gear. The Sub-Prophet might be a pick for next year for weekend trips.
Hip cartilage repair surgery. Had it done a few weeks ago, and hopefully i'll be out playing with my gear soon! :)Dec 30, 2009 at 11:16 am #1558059Brian ULMember
@maynard76Locale: New England
I didn't get much new gear this year.Dec 30, 2009 at 1:21 pm #1558102Alan LittleMember
@alanlLocale: Bavarian & Austrian Alps
1 – Patagonia Wool 1 Crew. The first merino I ever tried that doesn't itch. Other reputable brands I tried on in shops practically brought me out in a rash right there in the changing room. Performance and comfort have been a revelation, and cut and fit for me are perfect (Medium at 6' and 180 lbs). Has even driven my ancient Helly Hansen polypro into semi-retirement. I just hope it lasts more than a few months.
2 – Montane Prism jacket.
3 – Five Ten Camp 4 approach shoes. Heavier and stiffer than trail shoes, but the only thing I want to be wearing if I'm going to be spending any amount of time on exposed rock scrambling – and in summer, it's not a good day out if I'm not. Near-rock-shoe performance, as one would expect from the Five Ten heritage, coupled with a decent level of comfort.Dec 30, 2009 at 2:03 pm #1558108Peter SustrBPL Member
Here's my favorite gear I picked up this year
1. New Balance trail runners- changed the way I hike and much better then my previous Golite shoes.
2. Golite Lair 1- A good solid tarp that doesn't let me down
3. BMW Vapr Quantum Bivy- The best bivy I have used by far and is great to combo with my Ultra 20 since I'm a roller when I sleep.
Got to mention my new Panasonic LX3 I got for Xmas- gonna make 2010 good!!Dec 30, 2009 at 3:19 pm #1558129First LastBPL Member
@snusmumrikenLocale: SF Bay Area
A rifle, a spoon, a camera, an Ipod, and a few clothing items that have been out for many years already. 2009 was really not the year for introducing new and exciting backpacking gear was it? I commend the Backpacking Light writers for making the best of it though.
I didn't make many purchases this year either, there just wasn't much new out there to pique my interest. The one exception was the Neoair, just as comfortable and much lighter than the insulated airmat it replaced.Dec 30, 2009 at 3:31 pm #1558133George MatthewsBPL Member
2009 was a good year. Here are my favorites…
Native Eyewear Dash SS Polarized Sunglasses Asphalt/Blue Reflex
Backpacking Light Merino UL Hoody
Exped DownMat 9 Pump
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