November 20, 2015 8:16 PM MST - Subscription purchasing, account maintenance, forum profile maintenance, new account registration, and forum posting have been disabled
as we prepare our databases for the final migration to our new server next week. Stay tuned here for more details.
Subscribe Contribute Advertise Facebook Twitter Instagram Forums Newsletter
What's Your Weakness?
Display Avatars Sort By:
Jason Picard
(jasonpicard) - F
shelters on 10/08/2010 21:32:24 MDT Print View

Way too many shelters in my gear closet . . . not all are light!

Eureka Smokey River (very old 'winter' four-pole dome)
TNF Mountain 25
TNF Vario 23
MEC Tarn 2
MSR Hubba Hubba
Tarptent Squall 2
Tarptent Contrail
MEC Silicon Scout Tarp

Only the Eureka and the Vario have seen enough nights to have been worth the investment. I just seem to want to try new stuff every time out. Currently only the Hubba Hubba and the Tarptents get used.

Babak Sakaki
(persianpunisher) - F
Re: Weakness(es) on 10/08/2010 22:28:52 MDT Print View

Mine are jackets too....

Honestly, have near 15... half a dozen shells, a few softshells, a few fleeces... its bad.. anyone want some bomber gear for cheap? (MHW, Patagonia, North Face)

John Devitt
(cabana) - MLife

Locale: Colorado
my shelter collection on 10/10/2010 11:24:38 MDT Print View


MSR: missing link
fast stash (on the way)

Sierra Design: Lightning

Mtn Hardwear: light wedge 2

Sl-1 w/ nest
SL 2 w/ nest
SL-3 w/ nest & floor
SL-4 w/ nest
SL-5 w/ nest
SL-6 w/ nest
SL-8 nest
Utopia 1 w/ floor
Utopia 2
Utopia 4 w/ floor
Xanadu 2
Hex 2 w/ nest & floor
Arcadia 2
Hut 1
Hut 2 w/ nest
Hut 2 proto in Epic
Lair 2 w/ nest

I have spare sl-1 tarps & some various nests if someone needs one. (no Ben, you can't have my extra SL-4 nest LOL!!!!!!!)

I don't have a problm, I can quit anytime I want! Looking to trade for a SL-8 Tarp

Edited by cabana on 10/10/2010 11:28:55 MDT.

Ben Wortman
(bwortman) - M

Locale: Nebraska
Please on 10/10/2010 11:31:56 MDT Print View

Come on John, I bet your garage is too full, and I would be happy to take the nest off your hands!

David Lutz

Locale: Bay Area
"What's Your Weakness?" on 10/10/2010 13:05:30 MDT Print View

I've always had a problem with jackets and getting into backpacking has only made it worse. Much worse.

I've purchased three in the last couple of weeks.

But in all fairness to me, I also sold a fleece vest.

So there......

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
What's Your Weakness? on 10/10/2010 13:21:29 MDT Print View

Women. Period.

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: my shelter collection on 10/10/2010 13:32:26 MDT Print View

Kelty Windfoil II
Walrus Solo
Sierra Designs Half Dome
Sierra Designs Bike Light
Big Sky Evolution 2P - with both standard and porch fly
Tarptent Sublite
REI Cyclops Bivy - with Cyclops medium 40° bag
Integral Designs Unishelter Exp, eVENT version

My favorite is the Sublite.

Michael Fogarty
(mfog1) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Packs on 10/10/2010 13:38:10 MDT Print View


McHale Chasm
McHale LBP36
ULA Catalyst
ULA Circuit
Granite Gear Nimbus Ozone
Lowe Alpine Contour 60+10 Hyperlite
Osprey Stratos 24

Mike W
(skopeo) - F

Locale: British Columbia
What's Your Weakness? on 10/10/2010 16:54:10 MDT Print View


Edited by skopeo on 04/29/2015 15:26:33 MDT.

Barry Cuthbert
(nzbazza) - MLife

Locale: New Zealand
Re: What's Your Weakness? on 10/10/2010 18:09:43 MDT Print View

>> Women. Period.

Whoa... that one could be really expensive!<<

Especially one you try to trade-in an heavier older model with feature creep for a newer lighter model ;) (i'm just saying...)

Edited by nzbazza on 10/10/2010 18:13:37 MDT.

Barry Cuthbert
(nzbazza) - MLife

Locale: New Zealand
My weaknesses on 10/10/2010 18:29:43 MDT Print View

24 Headlamps and 12 Packs.

Most of my trips away at the weekends start on Friday night and involve anywhere from 2-4 hours tramping on the Friday night before camping, so finding the perfect headlamp has been a long process that has yet to be completed...

The packs have accumulated over the years for sentimental and historical reasons as much as downsizing and lightening up. I still have the original pack I first went tramping with, a Hallmark Nomad 45 litre pack with a steel external frame. Interestingly it weighs 1.3kg (2.9lb) with a hipbelt, making it fairly weight competitive with internal framed packs today! Many kids from the late 70's and 80's in New Zealand would have started their tramping careers with this pack.

Some pictures of another Nomad:FrontBack

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: What's Your Weakness? on 10/10/2010 18:59:42 MDT Print View

Great post...I assume that you started it to find some off-the-grid Gear Swap items to supplement your own addiction (very sneaky indeed!). I suspect that there will be a flury of PM's to the folks that responded.

Just think of the things people aren't admitting to!! I assume that many members aren't counting the tents, stove, lamps, packs, pads, sleeping bags that they have "purchased for" spouses, kids, etc. BTW...I'm not talking.

I also checked out the Trail Dames website...very cool. Looks like lots of gals having fun outdoors!


josh wagner
(StainlessSteel) - F
jackets on 10/10/2010 23:21:59 MDT Print View

easily jackets. i now only get eyerolls from family members @ them

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: jackets on 10/10/2010 23:43:58 MDT Print View

Footwear. I blame it on my filipino blood.

Brian Lewis
(brianle) - F

Locale: Pacific NW
A little bit of everything on 10/11/2010 10:07:53 MDT Print View

I'm with the guy who earlier said "latest and greatest", such that a person end up with multiple versions of all sorts of things. My kids are often the beneficiaries of the upgrade cycle.

Though the O.P.'s mention about tents hits home; for solo tents I have an old heavy bivy, a very light Oware bivy, a Hennessy Hammock, a Gatewood Cape, my former go-to tent is a Tarptent Contrail and I just ordered a hybrid cuben/sil-nylon Lightheart Solo tent:

The sad thing is how well I can justify all of this. At least for the light bivy and the Contrail I have a lot of miles of use to show. I just put a couple more hundred miles on my Gatewood Cape, though as it turned out only in poncho mode. And I fully intend to put a whole lot of miles on the Lightheart tent next year. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

The hammock, now, I should probably sell the hammock. Hmm, or maybe my daughter would like to try it ...

Chad Helmke
(the-gear-recycler) - MLife

Locale: High Rockies
That's why I love this site... on 01/11/2011 17:31:29 MST Print View

Because I'm not alone. As my moniker implies, I'm always looking for the perfect _____ too. Mine would be:

Westcomb eVent anything-4 jackets, 1 pair pants (all bought on sale or from Westcomb rep so no, I didn't have to refinance the house)

Shelters-Lost count...19 after listing them out. And I can't hardly bring myself to divest which is sad due to sentimentality, great deals and can't replace, etc...
Black Diamond Lightsabre Bivy
Black Diamond Lighthouse
BD Guiding Light
BD MegaLight
Bibler Big Wall bivy
Nemo Morpho
Golite SL 4+ & nest, floor
Golite SL 6+ & nest, floor
Golite Poncho Tarp
SMD Lunar Duo
SMD Refuge X
Tarptent Hogback
Tarptent Rainshadow 2
Early Winters Light Dimension
Exped Sirius Extreme
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12
Warbonnet Blackbird
Sierra Designs and Kelty family car camping tents

And bargains. Huge sucker for a nice item for cheap. Even if I don't really NEED it. I'm such a consumer (which sucks because I also feel very strong about the environment)...It just so happens that where I live in Colorado, people get rid of extremely nice gear for cheap many times at garage sales/consignment shops/thrift stores and I am very weak. But heck, you only live once and you never know when NOLS will call up and need to outfit an entire expedition from my garage. Which, unfortunately, I could almost fulfill.

Great thread!

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: What's Your Weakness? on 01/11/2011 18:02:55 MST Print View

>> Women Period. <<

>> >Whoa... that one could be really expensive!

Actually, that's when they are at their most unattractive. Ure strikes me as a masochist.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
What's your weakness? on 01/11/2011 18:15:00 MST Print View

"Ure strikes me as a masochist."

Yeah - I'm into short term gain, long term pain.

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Insulation on 01/11/2011 18:22:48 MST Print View

Insulation is my weakness. Something about being in the cold and being snug and comfortable...well, it's a warm feeling. ;)

4 fleece
1 down
1 synthetic

Down bag
Cuben synthetic quilt

3 set silk
2 merino tops
12ish polypro tops

Please don't ask.

Used to be hats and gloves, too, but I recently cleaned those out and I'm feeling good about it.

James Lantz
(jameslantz) - F

Locale: North Georgia
What's your weakness? on 01/11/2011 19:21:51 MST Print View

For me it is anything that Gossamer Gear or Mountain Laurel Designs offers. Fortunately for my friends, I usually give away gear I seldom use & get the added benefit of watching them enjoy it!