Dec 2, 2006 at 7:06 am #1369105Frank PerkinsMember
@fperkinsLocale: North East
My leki titanium poles. Not so much because of the poles themselves, but it’s my first time using poles while hiking and I’m hooked.
My MSR mini towel. I never thought it would be so useful on the trail and in camp.
My Patagonia Houdini. It’s so cool I almost feel like I’m bragging when I wear it. [Close 3rd is my Patagonia Micropuff vest which I wear almost every chance I get]Dec 2, 2006 at 2:24 pm #1369135Greg VaillancourtMember
1) Tarptent Squall 2 floorless
2) Icebreaker Merino zip T
3) Heineken 25 0z. can pot
The only problem with the Heineken pot is it looks like a keg, which makes me dream of beer…”Mmmmmmm Beeeeeeeer, aaauuuuuugggghhhhh”Dec 3, 2006 at 3:44 pm #1369232barry hitchcockMember
one–photon x micro led 3 pack from bpl—“every family member is sure to want one” –they did- -i need to order some more–two–phd down vest 800 uk fillpower –8ozs size smallDec 4, 2006 at 6:57 am #1369328Sam HaraldsonBPL Member
@sharaldsLocale: Gallatin Range
In no particular order my top 3 are:
Granite Gear Virga (modified)
Gossamer Gear Nightlite Torso
Light My Fire sporkDec 4, 2006 at 3:17 pm #1369428Mark WatsonMember
Here are the 3 items that made the most impact on my backpacking in 2006:
1) Tarptent Rainshadow (very roomy for 2 or even 3 people)
2) Photon LEDs
3) REI(Komperdell) carbon trekking poles
Since I’m new to UL backpacking, and I recently subscribed to BPL, I’m sure 2007 will be even more dynamic & en-LIGHTening!Dec 7, 2006 at 12:08 am #1369777Kenneth KnightBPL Member
@kenknightLocale: SE Michigan
Len, I haven't used the Leki CF poles but check out the Review Summary Doug Johnson wrote and maybe you'll find some other poles you like.
I have had the occasional pole collapse using the C3 poles, but then I think I can make just about anything collapse that uses twist-locks. I put a lot of pressure on the poles when descending so this is not really unexpected. I was very pleased with their stiffness and they show no indication that they're going to break. In fact I have hurt myself more than I have hurt the poles (slip and fall on slick snow a month ago on a section of North Country Trail. The polehandle landed on my left thumb and I landed on the pole. My thumb still hurts from the resulting soft-tissue injury).Dec 7, 2006 at 11:22 am #1369844Phil BartonBPL Member
This has been a great year for hiking. I've been out for a lot of short trips and continue to make significant strides toward a light pack. 3 successes for this year include:
1. Gossamer Gear Lightrek Poles – love 'em. As my wife has noted, I don't come home banged and cut from falling on every trip now. With their negligble weight I am finally happy using poles. 6.9 oz. for 130cm poles with baskets.
2. Mountain Laurel Designs Pro Poncho – Will Reitveld gave this a solid review. I've been very pleased with its field use so far. 10.0 oz.
3. Brooks Cascadia running shoes – the search for well fitting and comfortable trail runners has led through 6 models so far. These are the most comfortable for me yet. Size 12. 26.9 oz. Oh, did I mention that they are the ugliest shoes I've ever owned? My wife won't let me wear them in town.Dec 29, 2006 at 11:22 am #1372327Gregory DoggettMember
My favorite 3 that I'm currently using for late-fall/winter trips in Va.
Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape
Gossamer Gear Mariposa Standard Pack
Icebreaker Merino Wool Skin200 l/s crew & boxer briefJan 31, 2008 at 3:13 pm #1418608Steve BBPL Member
@geokiteLocale: Southern California
CC stove w/ esbit (probable; haven't even gotten it yet)
Also, Pringles are, from what I remember, the highest calorie/mass food (other than lard or olive oil).
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