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Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Favorite Three Pieces of Gear Used in 2004? on 12/28/2004 20:18:24 MST Print View

What are your favorite 3 pieces of Gear used "day-in-day-out" so to speak during 2004?

Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Favorite Three Pieces of Gear Used in 2004 on 12/28/2004 21:07:52 MST Print View

1) Gossamer Gear Lightrek Poles -- the featherweight is sooo luxurious! Plus they multitask as shelter supports.

2) Montane Litespeed Jacket -- used for running, skiing, backpacking. Comfortable over an extremely wide range of conditions.

3) Reynolds Oven Bags -- finally a cheap, tough, light, completely waterproof stuff sack.

Happy Holidays!

-Mike

Edited by MikeMartin on 12/29/2004 12:36:05 MST.

Bernard Shaw
(be_here_now@earthlink.net) - F

Locale: Upstate New York
best gear on 12/28/2004 21:38:13 MST Print View

1. eVent ID rain jacket. This thing is the real deal, it fulfills the promise of early Gore-tex!, so many uses, soon they will have the pants also!

2. icebreaker superfine shirt. 4 season use, great with the eVent jacket.

3. Possum gloves and hat, super warm great temp regulators, really better than other wool products!

Edited by be_here_now@earthlink.net on 12/28/2004 21:41:44 MST.

kevin davidson
(kdesign) - F

Locale: Mythical State of Jefferson
fav 3 in 2004 on 12/29/2004 00:55:09 MST Print View

1.Black Diamond Lighthouse Tent--best 54 oz. of
shelter I've ever used.
2.Ibex Icefall softshell jacket--my single most
versatile jacket in all seasons.
3.ULA P-1 backpack---ultralight backpacking in
comfort.

David Reid
(DavidR) - F
Favorite 3 pieces of gear in '04 on 12/29/2004 06:51:04 MST Print View

1. Oware Cat Tarp- I finally broke down and ditched my tent, could not be happier.
2. Bozeman Torsolight Pad- Ultralight and comfortable, great pad.
3. Nunatak Gear Arc Ghost- I was hesitant to try this style of bag but am glad I did. Very well made and extremely light. I haven't had a chance to use it yet but am looking forward to it.

Great thread.

Patrick Baker
(WildMan) - F
Fav's on 12/29/2004 06:51:06 MST Print View

1) McHale 0-Sarc BackPack

2) SilNylon Poncho/Shelter

3) Vasque Velocity Shoes


(Anonymous)
3 favs on 12/29/2004 06:56:21 MST Print View

1 - MSR 0,85 Titanium pot
2 - Berghaus Infinity Lite smock
3 - RAB Quantum top sleeping bag

/Moe

Charles Maguire
(hikelite) - F

Locale: Virginia
fav's on 12/29/2004 08:11:50 MST Print View

1) Nunatak Arc Alpinist & Bacalava. Amazing gear.

2) New Balance 803 trail runners. Switched from boots to trail runners two years ago and never looked backed - love 'em.

3) Still my Golite Gust, awesome pack for weight and comfort.

2005 new gear:) Golite Breeze, and Sharpena Rhumba child carrier. Won't be leaving two year old at home this year.

Chuck

Edited by hikelite on 12/29/2004 08:15:12 MST.

Peter Horan
(PCHoran) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Fav gear on 12/29/2004 08:17:43 MST Print View

WM Iriquois--the perfect bag for 90% of what I do. Light. Beautiful.

GoLight Cave--finally got the hang of pitching it

MSR Pocket Rocket--lots of heat in a little package

Dondo .
(Dondo) - F

Locale: Colorado Rockies
fav gear on 12/29/2004 08:55:17 MST Print View

Smartwool clothing--from socks to boxer briefs to tops. Worn every day for all activities. Great stuff.

Aqua Mira in Bozeman Mountain Works dropper bottles--simple, elegant, very light.

Superfeet insoles--I don't leave home without them.

William Webber
(micwebbpl) - F
2004 best gear on 12/29/2004 11:09:11 MST Print View

GoLite Umbrella. Keeps the sun off better than a hat, and doesn't have the heat build up a hat does in the summer. Also comes in handy for those summer showers, or if you need quick shelter while you dig gear out of a pack. Seemed silly at first, but once you get over it, a great idea.

Second place, those Photon lights. Took me a long time to realize they worked as well as the other, much larger and heavier led flashlights and headlamps.

Mark Larson
(mlarson) - MLife

Locale: Southeast USA
2004 Favorites on 12/29/2004 11:47:07 MST Print View

A couple standouts for me this year:

-GoLite Jam: This one comes with me for long day hikes/runs, week-long trips, and just about everything in between.
-Montane Featherlite or Litespeed: Indispensable for use in town or country. It's usually the only garment I know I'll have every time I leave home.

-Mark

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
favorite 3 pieces of gear for 2004 on 12/29/2004 12:42:35 MST Print View

1. ULA P-2
2. Tarptent Virga
3. Vargo Triad Alcohol Stove

honorary 4th item is my Vargo Titanium Stakes.

Edited by kennyhel77 on 01/18/2005 15:20:43 MST.

Phil Barton
(flyfast) - MLife

Locale: Oklahoma
2004 fav gear on 12/29/2004 20:27:54 MST Print View

1. Tarptent Squall
2. Tinman's AntiGravityGear pop-can alcohol stove
3. SnowPeak Ti pot

Jeroen Wesselman
(jeroenman) - F

Locale: Europe
Top 3 2004 on 12/30/2004 02:44:36 MST Print View

Tarptent Squall
GoLite Jam Pack
WM Ultralight

Nancy Fister
(nafister) - F
Favorite Gear on 12/30/2004 04:39:12 MST Print View

Tarptent Squall
Bozeman Arc Alpinist
Brasslite Stove

Jason Shaffer
(pilgrim) - F
3 fav's... on 12/30/2004 07:20:35 MST Print View

Tough to choose... its been a big year in gear! In no particular order:

BMW Vapr Bivy - been using since it came out, in a wide variety of conditions, w/ down and synth bags... can only agree with what's been said.
Montane Lightspeed - hood extends Aero into colder temps or lower aerobic level, the full zip extends into warmer temps / higher aerobic. 2 oz well spent.
Nat Geog Topo - used to spend nearly $80 on quads for a weeklong trip. Now I get the whole state!

Edited by pilgrim on 12/30/2004 07:21:28 MST.

John Davis
(JNDavis) - F

Locale: Isle of Man
Favourite Three Pieces of Gear on 12/30/2004 08:56:37 MST Print View

Cave 1 tarp. The effectiveness of this tarp in British conditions came as a big surprise. I sleep really well under it.

NB XRTerrain training shoes. Perfect for dryish moorland.

Nokian Trimmi wellies. Perfect for sodden moorland.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
three favorite items this year on 12/30/2004 09:37:34 MST Print View

Granite Gear Vapor Trail Backpack - I have actually forgotten I have this pack on with my normal loads of less than 25lb. There are a number of ways this pack could be improved, but it has removed the back and/or shoulder pain I used to have at the end of a long day.

Wright Double Socks - Becuase I haven't gotten a blister since I started to wear them.

Montbell Thermawrap Vest - Finally a worth successor to the original Patagonia Puff Vest. Light, compact, and covers my 3 season needs (e.g. warm standing around to 20F with a windshirt a good base layer, and warm hat).

Runners Up:

Patagonia Dragonfly Hooded Pullover. Super light. Windproof. Enouhj breathability while still being highly water resistant.

Photon III LED Light for everyday task lighting.

Tarptent Squall for three seasons in the Sierras. Light, fast and easy to set up, just the protection I need, looks great.

Mary Simpson
(maryphyl) - F
Favorite Three Pieces of Gear Used in 2004 on 12/30/2004 11:16:28 MST Print View

WM Ultralight
sil poncho
new LW thermarest--the thicker one--3/4

Kevin Sawchuk
(ksawchuk) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Gear Favorites on 12/30/2004 11:20:26 MST Print View

1. Nunatak custom modified Arc-Ghost. 13 oz sleep system (not including 6oz pad) that has kept me warm enough down to temperatures where there was 1/4" of ice in the canteen. (With just normal clothing on.)

2. Western Mountaineering Flight Jacket. 10 oz of luxury around camp and insurance for the possiblity of real cold. Also Flight vest when temperatures aren't so bad and saving 5oz is justified.

3. Snow Peak Ti Giga-power stove with piezo lighter (also custom copper wind screen made at home--wrapped in Tyvek to protect pots and stove and save weight of plastic container in which it comes.)

Ronnie Cusmano
(ronnie1107) - F

Locale: Northeast
Favorite Three Pieces of Gear Used in 2004? on 12/30/2004 12:15:04 MST Print View

In no particular order:

1) O2 Rainwear - Yellow Jacket
2) Gossamer Gear Lightrek Poles
3) Backpack - Fanatic Fringe Thompson Peak w/o hip belt.

With Honorable mentions for my:
Hennessey Hammock and Arc-Edge blanket and all of my Pot/Zip Cozies from Anti-Gravity Gear.

I guess I have two top three lists.

(I could go on and on .....

Justin Gunn
(biggunn) - F
Some of my favorites... on 12/30/2004 12:26:58 MST Print View

So many great new pieces of gear this year which have helped lighten my load and tickle my gear fetish... where to start? Here's a few off the top of my head:

1) Petzl TacTikka (an all black version of the Tikka with a neat red lens which flips up for mantaining night vision and flips down for night navigation.

2) Nunatak Arc Ghost sleeping quilt. Not as robust or warm as the Arc Alpinist (or Arc X), but lighter and perfect for warmer western climes.

3) AntiGravityGear Pouch Cozy (boil in a bag meals reconstitute faster and stay warmer longer with this lightweight addition to my cookset - a Braslite Turbo F, Snow Peak 600 titanium mug, with homemade lid and windscreen)

Other gear I love:
Tarptent Virga w/ Floor
Single Leki Makalu trekking pole (use with shelter)
ULA Fusion pack (love those hipbelt pockets!)
Therm-a-Rest Prolite 3 Short (use with ULA pack)
Patagonia Balaclava (it's a hat, a balaclava, a gaiter!)
Terramar silkweight long sleeve hiking shirt

Kevin Sawchuk
(ksawchuk) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Gear Favorites on 12/30/2004 12:32:46 MST Print View

1. Nunatak custom modified Arc-Ghost. 13 oz sleep system (not including 6oz pad) that has kept me warm enough down to temperatures where there was 1/4" of ice in the canteen. (With just normal clothing on.)

2. Western Mountaineering Flight Jacket. 10 oz of luxury around camp and insurance for the possiblity of real cold. Also Flight vest when temperatures aren't so bad and saving 5oz is justified.

3. Snow Peak Ti Giga-power stove with piezo lighter (also custom copper wind screen made at home--wrapped in Tyvek to protect pots and stove and save weight of plastic container in which it comes.)

Ken Bennett
(ken_bennett) - F

Locale: southeastern usa
my favorite things on 12/30/2004 14:12:01 MST Print View

1. Tarptent Rainshadow

2. Marmot DriClime windshirt

3. OR Flextex gaiters

Jim Colten
(jcolten)

Locale: MN
Favorite Three Pieces of Gear Used in 2004 on 12/30/2004 14:41:27 MST Print View

1) homemade TarpTent 1 modified with a catenary cut ridge, small beak on foot end, larger beak on head end

2) size medium GoLite Breeze ... rides with minimal shoulder weight sitting on top of a trusty old Kelty Moab lumbar pack

3)Therm-a-Rest ProLite 3 - Short


(Anonymous)
3 irreplacable on 12/30/2004 14:43:31 MST Print View

Here are three items I used on my PCT thru-hike that have no equal on the market but could be improved upon:

1. Aqua Mira - Both the lightest and cheapest ClO2 product. 5 min wait is inconvenient.

2. Osprey Aether 45 - Perfect size and features (roll-top, side pockets, compression / laundry line). Needs competition in the comfort department.

3. Nunatak Backcountry Blanket - Versatile, good for people that roll around all night, requires no skill to use. Long (custom) order delays and the elastic drawcord deteriorated.

K.

dan kutcher
(danscapes49) - F
Favorite Often Used Gear - 2004 on 12/30/2004 16:09:24 MST Print View

#1 Without a doubt, Leki non-antishock trekking poles. (Good for old knees)

#2 Hennessey Hammock Ultralight Backpacker. No more wet spots on bottom of sleeping bag! Sleep like a baby!

dan kutcher
(danscapes49) - F
OOPS! on 12/30/2004 16:12:34 MST Print View

#3 Any of my homemade alcohol stoves. Especially happy with fuel efficiency (and speed) of Atlanta Randy's stove (can be seen on Backpacking Magazine's Feedback "Ultralight Forum").

robert courson
(bertcourson) - M

Locale: lake michigan
3 favorites on 12/30/2004 17:35:44 MST Print View

*Big Agness SL1 - The mosquitoes never woke me up this summer on the AT
*Nylon running shorts with cool max liner = no chaffing!
*Aquafina bottles for water - light, no cleaning, buy anywhere

Happy Holidays!

Sheldon Miller
(stmiller37) - M

Locale: Wasatch
3 favorites on 12/30/2004 19:01:48 MST Print View

1. ULA P-2, personally fitted by Brian in a visit to Logan.

2. Tarptent Squall - I pick it up every now and then to just be amazed at how light and small it is.

3. Brasslite stove - a functional art piece.

David Shepherdson
(shepherdsond) - M
3 favorites on 12/30/2004 23:33:20 MST Print View

1. Smartwool socks - they allways feel warm and dry
2. Softshell jacket (REI One). Not super light for very comfortable and can be worn all day in changing conditions
3. MEC Northern lights pullover - lighter than pile but warmer

paul johnson
(pj) - F

Locale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
Favorite Three Pieces of Gear Used in 2004 on 12/31/2004 02:45:39 MST Print View

1. GossamerGear LightTrek Poles
2. GossamerGear G5 Hyperlight Pack
3. "all things" eVENT (i.e. Int Des eVENT UniShelter bivy and Int Des eVENT Rain Jacket)


(Anonymous)
3 favorites on 12/31/2004 21:23:09 MST Print View

3 favorites? Tarptent Squall - Photon Microlight - Montbell Thermawrap. The "Packa" pack cover/rain jacket is right up there, too.

Larry Tullis
(Larrytullis) - F - M

Locale: Wasatch Mountains
3 favorites on 01/01/2005 07:39:02 MST Print View

1-Tarptent Squall-easy to setup, lightweight and roomy.

2-Golite Breeze-light, tough and versitile. I've used it on backpacking and fishing trips from Alaska to Patagonia and also makes a great airplane carry-on. Modified: added sternum clip and rear mesh pocket clip.

3-Dan Bailey Barebones breathable waders. Used for fishing, fording, hiking in wet, floating, raingear.

Bob Nunnink
(rnunnink@stny.rr.com) - F
three favorite peices on 01/01/2005 08:29:00 MST Print View

1. Highgear axis watch. I broke the strap on a summit and returned it for the smaller version. Very acurate altimiter, compass, and barometer. Only wish the alarm was alittle louder and the backlight stayed on longer.

2. Hessnesy hammock ulralight. I will never sleep on the ground again!

3. Jacks r Better Nest http://www.jacksrbetter.com/index_files/Products%20List_files/Under%20Quilt.htm
Fantastic quilt to keep warm in a hammck. Great by itself to use under a tarp. Nice guys good company!

Mitchell Keil
(mitchellkeil) - F

Locale: Deep in the OC
Best Most Used Gear This Year on 01/01/2005 11:44:08 MST Print View

1.Aqua Mira -- How did I ever get along without this two bottle wonder. Replaced all of that "paraphenalia" I used to carry and lose.
2. Tarptent "Virga" -- Can a "tent" be any lighter and more useful. Stuffs to the size of a cantalope and at 19 oz lets me carry a few luxuries to sinfully enjoy on the trail.
3. Big Agnes' REM Air Core Insulated pad. 21 oz and 2.5 inches of sleeping heaven for these 56 year old bones after a hard day on the trail. (I know this is not ultralight or even lightweight, strictly speaking. BUT...)

And if I could name a 4th place, it would be my aquistion of the lightest and warmest piece of clothing I have ever purchased -- Montbell's UL down liner jacket at 9 oz

Happy Tails to all and to all a good night's sleep!!

Edited by mitchellkeil on 01/01/2005 11:50:30 MST.

Andrea Bartlett
(bartlean) - F
Favorite new gear of 2004 on 01/02/2005 06:27:21 MST Print View

1. Bota of Boulder Outback water filtration System (filter in Nalgene bottle). Perfect for dipping and drinking as you go and waiting for the Aqua Mira to do it's job in your other water carrier of choice.
2. Bozeman TorsoLite pad
3. those wonderful orange Titanium tent stakes-haven't lost one yet (did 300 miles in CA this summer).

Gregory Doggett
(Gregory) - F

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Favorite Gear of 2004 on 01/02/2005 19:02:14 MST Print View

1. Bozeman Mtn. Works Quantum Arc X Quilt. My favorite bag, hands down.

2. Speer 8.5 Hammock with 8x10 Tarp.
Even if its been pouring rain all day and there is no flat,non-rocky ground around if I can find two trees 12-16 ft. apart ( not hard in the east) I will sleep high, dry and in blissful comfort.

3.Brasslite Turbo F Stove.
All I need, no more or less.Perfection.

Gear I'm looking forward to using in the winter of 2005.

1.Golite Hex 3
2.Montrail Stratos XCR's
3.ThermaRest Prolite 4 Short (15.8 oz.)

Dwayne Thompson
(atonat) - F
3 most used gear '04 on 01/03/2005 15:50:37 MST Print View

1. McHale 0-Sarc UL..........Not the lightest pack but the best carrying pack I have ever owned!

2. Optumus/Brunton Crux Stove.......Great performing Stove!

3. Integral Designs Silcoat Stuff Sacks
Light, Well Designed and the Draw Cord actually stays put when fully stuffed!


(Anonymous)
Favorite Gear for 2004 on 01/04/2005 11:39:27 MST Print View

Only one: The Vargo Triad
I'm new to backpacking and this stove is what got me out there.

David Neumann
(idahomtman) - M

Locale: Northern Idaho
3 favorites pieces of gear on 01/06/2005 12:53:41 MST Print View

MontBell Thermawrap jacket, beer can alcohol stove, MontBell U.L. Down Hugger #5.

Just got a Go-Lite Jam, but haven't used it in the field yet.

Norman Otto
(gnotto) - F
3 gear favorets for 2004 on 01/06/2005 18:19:32 MST Print View

1. Six Moon Design Starlite Pack w/ vest Harness
2. Marmot Chinook wind Jacket--an oldie but goodie 3 season lifesaver
3. Vargo Triad titanium alcohol stove

AllDownhill Norm

Eric Gray
(CrankyRat) - F
My favs this year on 01/09/2005 01:23:02 MST Print View

1: Black Diamond Lighthouse Tent - pure luxury for 3 lb.

2: Possum wool sweater - run in it and shorts in cold downpours, just right.

3: Smartwool tops and bottoms - best camp clothes and at home PJs.

Jeremy Best
(ultralitejer) - F
Favorite gear on 01/09/2005 16:32:26 MST Print View

Photon II Lights (I carry two)
Tyvek Paper (5'x7')
Graphite/Aluminum fishing pole

You always need light though not at more than .5 onzes. Tyvek paper because it is multipurpose, and though the vistas are magnificent you still have to catch a few for good eatin'.

Mike Storesund
(mikes) - F
Top 3 Items - 2004 on 01/17/2005 16:18:58 MST Print View

1. Snow Peak Ti Giga Power Stove
2. GoLite Race Pack
3. Garmin Geko 301

obx hiker
(obxcola) - MLife

Locale: Outer Banks of North Carolina
Favorite Three Pieces of Gear Used in 2004 on 01/18/2005 11:32:20 MST Print View

1. Tarptent Squall. Great shelter esp. for the South and Desert when "critters" become an issue
2. Nunatak arc alpinist. Comfortable warm and so versatile! ( and so Light! )
3. Salomon XA's and antigravity pot cozy (keep the feet happy and save fuel )

David Smith
(Flatfoot) - F
Stuff on 01/20/2005 08:44:39 MST Print View

1. The Montbell Thermawrap jacket-blocks wind and is warm without bulk.
The more I wear it the more I like it.

2. Hennessy Hammock

3. Homemade alcohol stove

If I could name a fourth it might be my new inline water filter...I like it alot so far (so nice just to go do something else and come back to clean water) but might try Aqua Mira later.

Glenn Roberts
(garkjr) - F

Locale: Southwestern Ohio
Three Favorites on 01/22/2005 08:49:00 MST Print View

Granite Gear Vapor Trail pack - like putting on a well-fitted jacket! I, too, have forgotten to take this off at rest stops. (Fixed that by carrying the water bottle inside the pack.)

Thermarest Prolite 4 short - cushiony sleep, and the Vapor Trail pack (empty) with its luxurious backpad nestles against the bottom of the pad to turn it into a full-length pad.

(3rd place tie): MSR Zoid 1 tent and Vasque Sundowner Classic boots - the tent is the perfect combination of space, simplicity, weight, and function. The boots (admittedly not ultralight) fit me perfectly, and are so comfortable I don't find any need for "camp shoes." I've tried trail shoes, but not found anything that leaves my feet feeling this good at the end of the day.

Ivan Phillipsen
(poisonivan) - F
Fav gear for 2004 on 01/22/2005 12:57:59 MST Print View

1. McHale PopCan/SubPop pack. Expensive, yes, and not ultralight, but it's custom made to my specifications, rugged as hell, and very comfortable. Weighs 3.4 lbs, but has several removable parts (summit flap, water bottle pockets, back pad, cord compression system).

2. TarpTent Squall. Super light and spacious. Like a tarp, but without the bugs.

3. Marmot Hydrogen 30 degree sleeping bag.

Others: Photon Micro lights, Antigravity Gear Pepsi can stove, Montbell Thermawrap Jacket, Montane Aero windshirt, Snow Peak 700 pot/mug.

robert courson
(bertcourson) - M

Locale: lake michigan
Thermo Jet ethanol stove on 01/29/2005 14:42:34 MST Print View

This is a good stove. I used it on the AT for a couple of weeks while walking with a friend who was through hiking and he borrow the Thermo Jet and used it for the next 1000 miles to Katahdin without incident. He returned it and I expect to use it this summer!


(Anonymous)
3 great gears for your feet on 02/02/2005 02:55:58 MST Print View

1 Montrail MASAI trail-runnung shoes

... Light! and "sock-like" fit.

2 custom-made footbed by German orthopedic technology

...it make MASAIs fit to my feet better.

I used to make "Super-feet", but it didn't solve my feet problem, because it did't support the arch between the big ball and small ball, one of the 3 arches of our foot.
The arch of my feet are collapsed.

German-way foot-bed gives the support with the moderate swell in the middle of foot-bed.
(I hope readers know what I mean. See the famouse BIRKENSTOCK foot-bed.)

3 Rocky's Gore-Tex over-socks

I don' like the shoes made with Gore-Tex, because it makes me sweaty in good weather.
Over-socks only for rain will be the better choice.

But, I don't think Gore-Tex is the best.
I want Dia-Plex or e-VENT product!

Stay KOOL and GO LIGHT!!!

KEVIN BOS
(bosman) - F
Favorite Three Pieces of Gear Used in 2004 on 02/05/2005 11:09:44 MST Print View

ULA: P2 without the hip belt you don't need it. Your hike becomes more natural w/o the hip belt. I purchased it with the hip belt with pockets which is nice but i found the hike to be more comfortable and lighter without it. I also like the p1 with a bozeman torsolite pad inflated inside to create a frame inside the bag but i have gone with a Hennessy hammock now so no need for the pad or the p1. I might sell my P1.

Photon Micro Light: Freedom Micro with Hat Clip

Marmot: Hydrogen 30 Deg Down Bag

Edited by bosman on 02/05/2005 11:18:58 MST.

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Top three--based on use on 02/06/2005 12:05:52 MST Print View

-Hennessy Hammock (original Ultralight)
-Primus Titanium stove model ULT2 3274
-Miox

Thomas McDonald, MD
(mc1donald) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
favorite gear on 02/09/2005 20:44:17 MST Print View

--SportHill Explorer II top (windproof polypro "3SP" front and more breathable back- a nice combo, very stretchy w/ nice fit)
--TNF Apex beanie (powershield fabric)- works well under my cycling helmet as well as in the backcountry
--GoLite Syngergy pants (Pertex Equilibrium fabric--very light, pretty windproof yet breathable, smooth finish that sheds snow well)

Stephen Cain
(Hoosierdaddy) - F

Locale: Western Washington
Favorite Three Pieces of Gear Used in 2004? on 02/15/2005 12:40:00 MST Print View

1. Homemade alcohol stove
2. Vasque Borneo trail shoes
3. BD Raven Pro ice axe

David Neumann
(idahomtman) - M

Locale: Northern Idaho
Favorite Three Pieces of Gear Used in 2004 on 02/15/2005 14:32:06 MST Print View

Gossamer Gear Lightrek Poles
MontBell U.L. Bivy
MontBell Thermawrap Jacket

kevin davidson
(kdesign) - F

Locale: Mythical State of Jefferson
favorite 3 pieces of gear used so far in 2005 on 02/15/2005 14:40:55 MST Print View

1.) Beyond Fleece Cold Fusion softshell jacket
2.) BMW Cocoon Pullover ( da bomb of lightweight
insulated jackets)
3.)Outdoor Research Airfoil gloves
all 3 have a place in my winter campaigns.

John Taylor
(jtaylor) - F - M

Locale: Shenandoah
Favorite 3 peices of gear used in 2004 on 02/16/2005 10:51:54 MST Print View

My favorites are:

Granite Gear Virga pack. Light, comfortable, and simple!

Trangia WestWind stove. It is not the lightest, but it is simple, durable, and works every time.

Tilley hat. I love this hat.

Steven Sergeant
(SteveSgt) - F
Three favorite Gear Pieces in 2004 on 03/03/2005 18:27:44 MST Print View

Narrowing down this list to three is actually rather difficult. Each trip has conditions and situations that make one piece stand out relative to the others. That said, I'll follow someone else's lead and post some runners-up as well.

TOP AWARDS:

1) Montane featherweight smock and pants. I put these together because I think of the suit as one piece of gear. I treat them with Nikwax TX-Direct Wash-in about every 10 washings, and they're my first line of defense against almost any change in weather or insect pressure. I don't know how I could live again without these (or something very much like them) on the trail.

2) Moonlight Pack by Six Moon Designs. I did have some problems with the foam in the straps getting compressed and not recovering, but after Ron replaced it, it's been great. Just the right amount of volume for my gear, and very durable. I own a couple of other lightweight packs, but this is the one I'll grab by default when I'm most uncertain of conditions.

3) Watch, Suunto Vector. This watch, altimeter, and compass in one is sort of a one-stop telemetry station. It's often the only electronics I take with me. Actually learning all of the fancy compass modes has made it more useful than one might think on first impression.

RUNNER UPS:

A) Bozeman Mountain Works Spin Poncho. It was tough deciding between this poncho and my Equinox extension-poncho. I like the extra length and the off-center hood position of the Equinox -- it covers my pack better and provides more coverage as a shelter, but I like the lesser weight of the spin-poncho more.

B) Platypus Big-Zip Hoser, 2 liter. The lightest hydration system around for the volume. I cant tell that it imparts any taste to the water. I've never had one leak -- I've put one into almost every one of my packs.

C) Princeton Eclipse 2 flashlight. This LED flashlight and headlamp is terribly versatile. One clip attachment lets me use it as a head lamp, anotther lets me hang it from a lanyard. It has three brighness settings and a flashing mode. It weighs a little more than a Photon Micro-light, but the couple of tenths of an ounce are worth it for the added utility.

You may notice I didn't mention any sleeping gear. I really liked my Nunatak Ghost Blanket, which I just got rid of. I have a couple of home-built polarguard quilts, and a BMW Arc-X (which I haven't actually tried in the wids yet). They're all excellent for different situations -- I just couldn't decide among them.

Janet Brewster
(jgranite) - F
Favorite Three Pieces of Gear Used in 2004 on 03/22/2005 14:28:36 MST Print View

1) Marmot Lithium sleeping bag (0 deg)
Kept me warm in a September snowstorm in the High Sierra. For women, a 20 deg bag just doesn't cut it above 10,000 ft -- reluctantly sold my Western Mountaineering Ultralite in order to buy the Lithium, because I froze using it on the JMT.... But it was worth it.
(y'all need more women as gear reviewers!)

2) Granite Gear Ozone backpack
Lightweight with great support, and can handle up to 40 lbs. Fantastic for thru-hiking.

3) Leki Ultralite Ti Air Ergo poles
Saved my knees when going downhill!!

J R
(RavenUL) - F
Top 3 on 03/24/2005 00:01:05 MST Print View

#1 Toss up between my MountainSmith Ghost, or my MountainSmith Boogieman (depends on trip length)

#2 Anything Smartwool

#3 My homemade "Pocket Dragon" alcohol stove and Sgt Rocks "Ion" Ti Stove Stand

Edited by RavenUL on 03/24/2005 15:13:22 MST.

Richard Matthews
(food) - F

Locale: Colorado Rockies
favorite 3 on 03/24/2005 10:46:11 MST Print View

1. Six Moon Designs Starlite Pack

2. Hennessy Hammock.

3. Nunatak Arc Alpinist.

FRANK HERDMAN
(FHERDMAN) - F
Best three things on 04/19/2005 21:38:41 MDT Print View

Granite Gear Nimbus Ozone--great compromise between weight and comfort

Lowa Banff boots--luxurious seamless leather on the inside

Vargo Triad stove--light and reliable, even at elevation, easy to empty excess fuel

Jan Unneberg
(BlueSkyII) - MLife

Locale: Pennsylvania
Favorite Three Pieces of Gear Used in 2004? on 05/08/2005 09:29:28 MDT Print View

1) Stovestomper's two-legged MSR Ti Kettle support/windscreen: The support legs are modified to be 1/8" longer and the sidwall is 1/16" higher for use with Esbit tabs. A piece of heavy duty aluminum goes under the stand to reflect heat and to eliminate ground moisture.

2)Henry Shire's Virga and Squall Tarptents: In the next two years he'll finally win the Backpacker Magazine award he deserves.

3) WildThings Nylon Windshirt: Great ventilation options, alway my favorite piece of clothing.

Carol Corbridge
(ccorbridge) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Love these 3 on 05/08/2005 10:51:12 MDT Print View

Clark Jungle Hammock Ultra Light- So comfortable. Like an easy chair to sit in and read. You can sit on the edge and take off and put on your shoes. I use my home made ray way tarp as a rain fly (16 oz. about 9'x 9') instead of the fly that came with it, since it provides me with more options. This set up can be used on the ground too. Hammock has zipped bug netting built in. Only 28 oz without the fly. I usually hang it with the fly and then detach the fly on one side so I can rock under the stars and quickly deploy the fly if needed. Hands down my farvorite piece of gear.

Sierra Zip Stove- no fuel to carry, I like the camp fire smell, it's like a little elf fire. Can gather wood for dinner in one hand.

Possum Down Vest- So soft and light 6 oz, I wear it around town too. Incredible warmth for the weight and bulk. Also just plain feels good to wear.

Edited by ccorbridge on 05/08/2005 10:52:10 MDT.