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Nia Schmald
(nschmald) - MLife
Your best gear of 2009 on 12/07/2009 12:47:54 MST Print View

I'd say the Neoair Regular. I now sleep like a baby.

But the clear number one was my PCT thru-hiker permit. Only weighs 4g and gave me the best 6 months of my life.

Scott White
(sdwhitey) - F

Locale: Smoky Mountains
Re: Tops for 2009 on 12/07/2009 12:55:33 MST Print View

golite ultra quilt

bpl thorofare shirt and pants

teva terra-fi sandals

Edited by sdwhitey on 12/07/2009 16:45:00 MST.

Bill Poett
( - F

Locale: Santa Barbara
Best of 09 on 12/07/2009 15:43:59 MST Print View

1. Z-packs blast 32, under six ounces, lets me carry my full winter kit and plenty of food

2. MLD Duo Mid - upgraded from a Gatewood cape (which I love), I've just found the extra space and storm protection worth the 8 oz penalty, besides I made that up with the Z-pack

3. Aqua Mira drops, I've always hated filters and pumping water.

Can't wait to see what 2010 brings

Edited by on 12/07/2009 15:47:44 MST.

Barry P
(BarryP) - F

Locale: Eastern Idaho (moved from Midwest)
Re: Your best gear of 2009 on 12/07/2009 16:04:39 MST Print View

1. GG Murmur. The pack is made out of Spinnaker with a sit pad; 8.0oz
2. short Neo Air; 9.0oz
3. teva terra fi2 sandals. Never a blister and my feet stay warm or cool depending on my sock. I’m on my 5th year with this sandal but I’ve gone through about 10 sets. They wear out ~200-500 miles. But I’ve been getting them for $25-$35. I see Teva has quit making them and came out with the Terra Fi3.

Honorable mentions:
1. GG Lightrek 3
2. GG Classic Squall
3. My 6.1 oz complete kitchen setup. It can cook for 2 and it all rests in the titan kettle.


Diplomatic Mike

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Best gear of '09 on 12/07/2009 16:28:27 MST Print View

My best bit of gear was the operating table last Thursday!
Now (hopefully, my hip is fixed, and i can look forward to using no 2 and no 3! :)

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Best of 2009 on 12/07/2009 20:04:12 MST Print View

1. GG Murmur

2. Nunatak Arc Specialist

3. GG Mariposa Plus - only used it once so far, but looks like it will be the pack to use if I can't get it all into the murmur.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Your best gear of 2009 on 12/07/2009 20:22:25 MST Print View

The 2009 revision of the Tarptent/Gossamer Gear Squall Classic. Perfect tent for me and my 80-lb. dog; room for a grandkid, too. The sides of the bathtub floor stand up nicely, and the new vestibule with central zipper is awesome! It's absurdly easy to get a taut pitch--no fussing needed!

This tent is a joint production of Tarptent (Henry Shires completely redesigned it for this year) and Gossamer Gear (new sewing contractors and new and improved spinnaker fabric). The reflective cord that GG uses can be seen at night by headlamp from across a big meadow--probably saved my life when I got confused after getting water in the dark!

I love this tent! It's not cheap, but, IMHO, well worth its price.

I will say that for two adult humans, it would be a little snug. Only one can sit up at a time. If you can work around that issue, it's lighter than other 2-person tents around. 25.5 oz. (after sealing seams and putting lots of non-skid sealant patches on floor) plus 1.6 oz. for 6 Ti hook stakes. I use those rather than the heavier Easton aluminum stakes that come with the tent.

Montrail Women's Hardrocks--I was able to get a 2007 model a year ago and used them for backpacking this past summer. They are wonderful--correct all my over-pronation problems and therefore far more supportive, as well as lighter, than boots. Unfortunately the 2009 version are about as supportive as a pair of bedroom slippers, so I, too, may be looking for different shoes next year. I wrote to Montrail and there may be some hope: They wrote back, "Next spring Montrail will introduce a new style called the AT Plus which will be similar to the older Hardrock style."

I will not elaborate (I've done so in other posts) on my unsuccessful attempts with the NeoAir and the Aquamira Frontier Pro water filter.

Edited by hikinggranny on 12/07/2009 21:30:15 MST.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Your best gear of 2009 on 12/07/2009 20:34:48 MST Print View

Best - ULA Catalyst and Circuit
Ultra 20

Worst - Exos 46 and 58

Nia Schmald
(nschmald) - MLife
Joe's worst gear of 2009 on 12/07/2009 21:11:22 MST Print View

Hey Joe,

You gave the exos a 4/5 on your review. What happened?

Juston Taul

Locale: Atlanta, GA
Best Gear of 2009 on 12/07/2009 21:27:59 MST Print View

# 1 -

I've learned so much from this site.

# 2 - ID Siltarp2

No more tents for me!

# 3 - GG Vapor Trail

Still in the process of stripping her down but I love this pack. Its very comfortable for me at low base weights.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Your best gear of 2009 on 12/07/2009 21:50:12 MST Print View

>Hey Joe,

>You gave the exos a 4/5 on your review. What happened?

The more I used it, the more the hip belt tried to cut me in two. I think it's a great pack, for a skinny guy. Maybe I should add that to my review.

Pat Comer
(WPComer) - MLife

Locale: Aborokas
favorites of 2009 on 01/28/2010 17:32:41 MST Print View

Tri Ti Caldera Cone

NeoAir Pad

Kenetrek Mountain Extreme Boots No way light boots but they saved me a lot of pain and suffering when I stepped on a prairie rattler in Cent. WY at 7500 feet, it never got through them on multiple hits before I got it off my leg and foot finally.

Scott Bentz
(scottbentz) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Best of 2009 on 01/28/2010 18:34:07 MST Print View


GVP Caldera Cone with Fosters. Received as a Christmas gift no less!

I already have my 2010 (I think):

Gossamer Gear Murmur. I will be close to 5 lbs. base this weekend for an overnighter to Santa Cruz Island.

Curt O
(Rockstrodka) - F

Locale: Central Florida
Re: Best of 2009 on 01/28/2010 19:42:47 MST Print View

1. Western Mountaineering Ultralight 20* sleeping bag.

2. Marmot Driclime windshirt. It's not UL, but I love it and almost always pack it.

3. Switching from Goretex membrane trail runners to mesh. Haven't had a blister since.

obx hiker
(obxcola) - MLife

Locale: Outer Banks of North Carolina
same ol same ol on 01/28/2010 20:36:17 MST Print View

1. GVP Caldera Cone with Fosters
2. GG light trek
3. neo air

Dick Beamish

Locale: Tennessee
Just starting to go light on 01/29/2010 13:51:05 MST Print View

Tarptent Momnet Puchased 09 deliverd in 10 due to backorders
Moutain Hardware Compressor - Nice jacketvery light and compact plus it keeps me warm.