Oct 14, 2012 at 6:03 pm #1295036
Looks like its time for a time-honored thread of what is your 'favorite piece of gear?' I had that moment this past weekend when it reached into the twenties in the middle of PA and I reached for the piece of go-to gear that I have brought (and used) on every trip for the past couple of years — a Montbell UL Down Inner Jacket. I am still amazed at the weight to warmth ratio of this piece. I would say I the only time I wouldn't bring it would be in summer, but then I remember utilizing it well on a July 1st morning in Dolly Sods when the mercury was around 40 degrees so I guess it all depends on the trip. That being said, for 6 and a half ounces, this one almost never gets left behind.
What's yours? Something new or something tried and true?Oct 14, 2012 at 7:57 pm #1921265
I have a few.
Katabatic Gear Quilts – Any of them. Chisos, Palisade, Sawatch, they are all great. Genius strap system and the only bags I have ever had (WM, MH, Montbell, Golite, and FF) that have been true to rating (well they are conservative really).
Montbell EX Light Jacket – 5.5oz, versatile, and warm
Montbell Tachyron Anorak – CLUTCH on my Sierras trip the last week of September
Inov-8 Roclite 315 – My new go-to footwear
Swiftwick Aspire ONE Socks – Along with Darn Tough, these are my favorite socks
Neoair Xtherm – Very comfy down to the high teensOct 14, 2012 at 11:47 pm #1921345
to pay for gas to go climbing …
its that simple ;)Oct 15, 2012 at 4:27 am #1921353
Salomon Skin-12 pack
Inov-8 F-light 195 shoes
Suunto Ambit watchOct 15, 2012 at 4:32 am #1921354
@remjrothLocale: Atlantic Coast
Dirty Girl Gaiters
Patagonia HoudiniOct 15, 2012 at 4:44 am #1921356
@fre49Locale: France, vallée de la Loire
Recent gear : my silnylon trailstar, it was a palace in may 2012 TGO with the scottish weather
a neoair women xlite, great warmth / weight / comfort, ill never go back to my ridgerest after using a regular neoair and now the xlite.
Older gear still favorite : the rab drillium i bought in 2008, still waterproof and better ventilation than i had before with goretex shells.Oct 15, 2012 at 4:55 am #1921357
@mikefLocale: SE USA
1. Simblissity Gaiters
2. Zpacks Zero cuben hybrid pack in small made 4"longer, w/side, back pockets, top and bottom straps.. Carried up to 18 pounds comfortably on 9 day CA Sierra hike
3. Zpacks Hybrid quilt bag, 20 degrees w/2 ounce overfill
4. Gossamer Gear " The One" tarptent. Lucky I got one new off gear swap. Easy to put up, w 6/stakes, seam sealed, glines=20.5 ounces.Oct 15, 2012 at 5:24 am #1921361
– -K.T.- –Participant
1) Caldera Fusion Cone from Trail Designs for my 750ml Pasta Pot
2) NeoAir and NeoAir All Season both in large. I've been a hammock user for over a decade. These make sleeping on the ground as comfortable as being home in bed.
3) Hilleberg Unna Not light, but warm and dry. Does not budge in the wind.Oct 15, 2012 at 5:25 am #1921362
@stephen-mLocale: Way up North
3 items for me.
Exped down mat ul 7
Six moon Designs Swift Pack (2010 version)
Gooses Feet Down Parka.Oct 15, 2012 at 6:07 am #1921373
@rp3957Locale: The Sierras
1 – Exped UL7 Synmat,
2 – Zimmerbuilt pack, Half Dome, modified.
3 – Dirty Girl gaiters.Oct 15, 2012 at 6:12 am #1921374
A few candidates:
1. Xlite NeoAir – super comfy and light
2. Mountain Hardware Phantom 45 – Very light and I find it adequate for much lower than it's rated temperature.
3. eGear Pico Light – At 0.2 ounces it is crazy light and plenty bright for all my in camp lighting needs. It is also pretty cheap and very accessible since I wear it on a chain around my neck. Since I do not use a light very much, this one is perfect.Oct 15, 2012 at 7:15 am #1921391
Feathered Friends Swift
Exped Symat UL7
HMG PorterOct 15, 2012 at 7:29 am #1921394
@davecLocale: Crown of the Continent
Rab Boreas- most worn clothing of 2012, good in every month of the year
Suunto Observer- had it for six years, the altimeter was especially useful for an adventure race and all the off-trail hiking I've done this year, stylish enough to wear with a tie as well
MYOG packs- such a fun learning process, especially as the two I made early this summer are by far the best yet; DX40 isn't the perfect pack fabric but it's the best that currently existsOct 15, 2012 at 7:40 am #1921396
@towalyLocale: Smoky Mtns.
That's easy. The best piece of gear that most improved my experience in 2012 is the Six Moons Design Gatewood Cape.
It provides SO much nicer coverage than my previous 5×8 Siltarp, and saved me 12 ounces in separate rainwear that I no longer have to carry because the GC does double-duty. Overall, I actually reduced some weight, AND had much more weather protection and comfort, and didn't sacrifice anything. GREAT product!
In second place is the Klymit X-Lite inflatable sleeping pad. I have a body that it fits, and it is one awesomely comfortable and light weight pad. Built very tough, the quickest and easiest pad ever to inflate, unbelievably comfortable for sleeping on back or side(if you fit it), and packs away to nearly nothing.
These were two real good improvements for me this year.Oct 15, 2012 at 7:57 am #1921399
-Wild Oasis inspired modified Heaxamid, 7.27oz
-modified Zimmerbuilt Zen, 10oz
-MYOG cuben/sil poncho, 3.6oz
-MYOG Tyvek jacket, 2.95ozOct 15, 2012 at 8:15 am #1921404
@carlbeckerLocale: Northern Virginia
Inov-8 Talon 212 shoes
Zpack 40 bag
continue to serve me wellOct 15, 2012 at 8:30 am #1921406
@nickbLocale: Los Padres National Forest
Favorite new piece of gear this year would have to be my new camera: Sony NEX 5n along with a small stable of lenses, adapters and filters. Taking photos is a big part of any of my trips and this new kit is the lightweight DSLR alternative I've been waiting for.
Also really liking my Zpacks cuben Multipack to carry the camera kit. Super handy little bag with lots of options on how to carry it: chest pack, shoulder bag, attach it to pack/hipbelt, etc. Super lightweight, durable and reasonably watertight. Good stuff.
A couple of "older" items I'm still really pleased with…
– Katabatic quilts
– Sawyer Squeeze filter (minus the sawyer pouches)
– MLD TrailstarOct 15, 2012 at 8:39 am #1921407
@flutingaroundLocale: Rocky Mtn. West
My Goosefeet down balaclava….I love it!Oct 15, 2012 at 8:40 am #1921409
@rexLocale: Central California Coast
Therm-A-Rest 40th Anniversary Edition, small, 480 grams (17 oz)
I sleep much better, because I'm warm enough, and not waking up in pain. Not light, but necessary for me.
Saltstick Caps Plus, 1.3 grams each
Prevents cramps, maintains caffeine intake (multi-use!), and generally makes hiking more enjoyable.
Redwood Hikes Press maps, 73 grams (2.5 oz)
Excellent maps for the areas I hike most in Northern California. Includes trails and distances I haven't found from any other source.
ASICS GT-2150 Trail, with orthotics, 498 grams (18 oz) each
Superseded by GT-2170 Trail. I'm on my fourth generation of ASICS GT-21×0 Trail shoes, generally wear out one pair per year.Oct 15, 2012 at 8:47 am #1921413
I see the Xlite and Xtherm getting some mention and I recently got to try my first-gen-NeoAir-warranty replacement Xlite — very impressive upgrade IMHO. On the favorites list for sure.
Always nice to see what newer equipment gets mentioned as well as the older stuff that just keeps performing.Oct 15, 2012 at 9:39 am #1921430
1. Fjällräven Karl Zipp-Off Trousers
– Just started on my 2. pair. 1. pair used almost daily for 5 years! Very durable, soft, quick-drying, good breath-ability and good wind-shedding. I use them all year round. Used in the mountains of Norway and in the summertime in Turkey. If you could only own 1 pair of trousers/shorts, this would be hard to beat.
2. Gerber Ultralight LST Knife (17g / 0.6 oz)
– Blade is sharp, lockable, construction feels very solid, perfect for cutting cheese and sausage. A joy to use. "Real knife"-feeling for 0.6 oz!
Used many times.
3. Katabatic Gear Palisade Quilt Regular (515g / 18 oz)
– New item – very promising so far. Superb craftsmanship.Oct 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm #1921473
@jambeauxLocale: Southeastern US
My current favorite is an unusual pack I've been using. It is from New Zealand and is called the Aarn Guiding Light (even the name is unusual). It "corrects" my posture and lets me carry my gear in new ways. It is also very waterproof.Oct 15, 2012 at 12:26 pm #1921477
1. Katabatic Gear- Palisade quilt, regular/wide, +3oz overfill 23oz
2. Exped Air Pillow UL, medium 1.5oz
3. Black Rock Vest, XL 4.9oz
4. Neoair, short 9oz
5. Mitt system: Possumdown gloves 1.3oz, BRG down mitt 1.2oz, MLD rain mitt 1.3oz- Total 3.8ozOct 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm #1921478
@paintballr4lifeLocale: East Coast
1. Katabatic Gear Alsek
2. MLD Cuben Patrol Shelter
3. Zimmerbuilt Pack
4. Goosefeet Down Booties (been my absolute favorite for 2 years)Oct 15, 2012 at 12:43 pm #1921479
New: Trek Superfly AL, modified HMG Windrider 3400, CEP compression socks
Workhorses that remain favorites: RAB Boreas, Lightheart Gear Solo, Haglofs Ozo, Caldera Cone with 400ml cup
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