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Sunny Waller
(dancer) - M

Locale: Southeast USA
Love at first sight on 06/11/2006 06:48:17 MDT Print View

What gear have you tried once..fell in love with and are still using even though there might be newer or lighter options out there. This is gear you like so much you would not leave home without it. For me it is my CROCS and my DAM.

John Chan
gear on 06/11/2006 08:03:57 MDT Print View

my arc ghost.

Douglas Frick
(Otter) - MLife

Locale: Wyoming
Re: Love at first sight on 06/11/2006 10:00:04 MDT Print View

>This is gear you like so much you would not leave home without it.

My Hennessy Hammock/SuperShelter. A good night's sleep is worth a bit of extra weight.

Montrail boots and shoes. Never had a blister. 'Nuff said.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Love at First Sight on 06/11/2006 11:12:48 MDT Print View

My Mountainsmith Ghost backpack. Very comfy and quick to pack/unpack.

Edited by ben2world on 06/11/2006 11:13:40 MDT.

Jordan Hurder
(jordanhurder) - F

Locale: Southern California
Re: Love at first sight on 06/11/2006 12:59:18 MDT Print View

My MSR water filter. Yeah it weighs almost a pound, but chemically-treated water just doesn't have that refreshing taste that filtered stream water does.

Elliot Lockwood
(elockwood) - F
Re: Love at first sight on 06/11/2006 18:12:05 MDT Print View

I'd have to say that my (used) LuxuryLite pack is my prized piece of gear. The only downside, is that your SUL base weight might grow to merely UL as you find out that it can haul a luxury or two with ease.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Love at first sight on 06/11/2006 19:59:16 MDT Print View

My ULA Conduit. or my ULA P2 both are awesome packs and I love them.

Oh and wait! If it with my wife then our Big Agnes SL3. Slept they other night at Relief Res. in Emmigrant and was happy as can be with this beauty. Wife loved it too.


Locale: South West US
Re: Love at first sight on 06/11/2006 20:30:23 MDT Print View

Arcteryx Gamma lt pants. These have one main advantage over other lightweight pants out there... DURABLITY. I have seriously put these pants through the ringer and they still look as good as new. Other options you may have to baby so you don't get a hole or tear (my featherlites come to mind) but not these. They are ABUSE PROOF! I wouldn't wear any other pant for 3 season outdoor activity.


Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Love at first sight on 06/11/2006 22:20:51 MDT Print View

[Elmer Fudd voice] I wike my twekking poles wery much!

Black Diamond Approach in my case.

Edited by dwambaugh on 06/11/2006 22:24:12 MDT.

Antonio Abad
(tonyabad) - F
RE: Love At First Sight on 06/12/2006 00:32:43 MDT Print View

I know I'm gonna be run out of these forums for this one: my 1.5" thick, 3/4 length inflatable sleeping pad (Thermarest Explorer). It was used, in great condition and I bought from a local outfitter for $15 last year. It alone weighs as much as my backpack.

I was never really much into backpacking with inflatable pads, but it was cheap enough that I thought I'd check it out on a whim. Now I haul it along on every trip. The extra quality of sleep I get on is worth any guilt I get for bringing it along. ;-)

mario hosay
(silkRoute) - F

Locale: Upstate NY
my boots on 06/12/2006 09:41:01 MDT Print View

Scarpa SL M3....

Colleen Clemens
(tarbubble) - F

Locale: dirtville, CA
Re: RE: Love At First Sight on 06/12/2006 10:32:48 MDT Print View

antonio, my husband would agree with you. he still carries a 3/4 length, 2" thick thermarest LE. thing weighs nearly a pound, but he refuses to give it up.

Russell Swanson
(rswanson) - F

Locale: Midatlantic
Smartwool on 06/12/2006 14:56:34 MDT Print View

My smartwool jersey-weight zip tee. In fact, anything made of smartwool, heavy or not.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: RE: Love At First Sight on 06/12/2006 20:07:57 MDT Print View

gotta admit that I too have an 18oz. inflatable mat. A good nights sleep is quite important to me. Worth the weight alone. Funny that my pack weighs 22oz. It almost weighs as much as my pack.....arrrghhhh.

Dondo .

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Love at first sight on 06/13/2006 10:46:28 MDT Print View


David Bonn
(david_bonn) - F

Locale: North Cascades
Re: Love at first sight on 06/13/2006 11:16:33 MDT Print View

Patagonia stretch zephyr jacket (I'm wearing it right now).

The stainless steel spoon with a can-opener on the end i got from A5 equipment in about 1987.

A gold one-cup coffee filter I got from the original starbuck's in Pike Place Market (the one where the mermaid is (or was), um, showing a little more than in the pedestrian Starbuck's logo).

Eric Noble
(ericnoble) - MLife

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Love at first sight on 06/13/2006 11:57:31 MDT Print View

The Hennessy Hammock Explorer Ultralight A-Sym. There are lighter hammocks, but at 6' 4" and 210 lbs this one works for me. The comfort is hard to beat.

The Montbell Handy Scoop. This is great for cat holes. Using a stick would just add to an already compromised restroom experience. I wish they made this in titanium. I am about ready to make my own.

Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Smartwool on 06/13/2006 14:00:15 MDT Print View

JEEZ I hate to admit this. Smartwool boxer briefs. I tried them for a trail maintenance overnite -- a hot weather (95X95 - that's temp and humidity, y'all) excursion from hell. I can't think of a nastier acid test of underwear. Wool drawers. Yeah. Sure. But they were wonderful. The felt dry and cool the whole time. Now I want more. Wool. Go figure.

Edited by vickrhines on 06/13/2006 14:01:35 MDT.

Robert Ebel
(poop) - F

Locale: Earth Orbit
Re: Love at first sight on 06/13/2006 15:16:12 MDT Print View

My McHale 0-Sarc. I don't leave home without it. I want to get another - you never know how long companies will be around!

Mark Hurd
(markhurd) - M

Locale: South Texas
Love at first sight on 06/14/2006 20:57:34 MDT Print View

My "Buff Multifunctional Headwear" has turned out to be THE item for me. Headband, Hairband, Bandana, Hat, Face Mask, Pot Holder, Towel, Wash Cloth, Pillow Case, Water Strainer, Napkin, Wrist Sweatband. Keeps me warm. Keeps me cool. Great colors. And all in 1 oz. of fabric. Learned about it on this website. Great!