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Your Best Gear of 2010
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Weiyi Wang
(wwyjedi) - M

Locale: mid
Your Best Gear of 2010 on 12/27/2010 12:21:48 MST Print View

I think it is the time to do this!
Let me kick off by listing my best three.

NB MT101 running shoe.
I love the minimum design. I almost wear it everyday. And my joints feel awesome on the trail!

SMD Gatewood Cape.
light on the back, bomb-proof on the ground.

I switched to quilts this year. started with a golite 3-season, loved it. Just got a Katabatic Palisade, cant wait to use it in the field!

poncho tarp

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: Mind your own business
Where do I start :-) on 12/27/2010 12:28:44 MST Print View

PHD Ultra pullover, gooses feets trousers, mitts, balaclava and booties :-)

Kevin Haskins
(kevperro) - F

Locale: Washington State
My favs on 12/27/2010 13:24:12 MST Print View

My favorite gear in no particular order:

ULA Catalyst Pack: I love it. This isn't new for me but it is a comfortable pack with plenty of support for the loads I carry. I'm going to buy an Ohm sometime this year for my shorter trips.

Marmot Arroyo: This is new and I only have two trips with it but it is a nice roomy bag that is comfortable to it's temp rating at a reasonable 27oz, packs small and was $200.

WalMart Trekking Poles: No... these are not the lightest or best trekking poles I've ever owned but they are the cheapest! At $18.88/pr they give the cheapskate in me the biggest thrill.

Mark Ryan

Locale: Somewhere. Probably lost.
Re: Where do I start :-) on 12/27/2010 13:31:21 MST Print View

I second the down booties!!!!

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Your Best Gear of 2010 on 12/27/2010 14:32:27 MST Print View

Inov-8 310 Flyroc shoes + Injinji socks for blister free miles
Nunatak Ghost Blanket + NeoAir for sleeping comfort
ZebraLight H51 for perfectly adressing my lighting needs.

Other gear I really like on my perfect gear? page.


Vince Contreras
(pillowthread) - F

Locale: like, in my head???
Boosh! on 12/27/2010 15:10:12 MST Print View

In no particular order...

Valandre Shocking Blue
Maratac black anodized, CREE Q5, single AAA flashlight
ULA Catalyst
Hilleberg Allak, Red
MLD 475 cup
Pivetta P-8's (actually from 1975, but I just got 'em this year)

Edited by pillowthread on 12/27/2010 15:10:50 MST.

Larry Dyer
(veriest1) - F

Locale: Texas
Mine on 12/27/2010 15:11:42 MST Print View

-Montbell Exlite Jacket - so light and so warm
-Esee Izula - bomber knife that weighs just a hair over 3 ounces with the factory sheeth
-Fenix LD10 - I haven't weighed it yet but IPX-8 or whatever it's called water proof standard, multiple brightness levels, a pocket clip (I can clip it onto a trekking pole strap too) and up to 132 lumens off of a single AA? What's not to like other than the lack of headband?
-La Sportiva trail runners - they're like wearing cleats!

Edited by veriest1 on 12/27/2010 15:12:21 MST.

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: Your Best Gear of 2010 on 12/27/2010 15:27:37 MST Print View

My Spot 2.

Alex H
(abhitt) - MLife

Locale: southern appalachians or desert SW
Re: Your Best Gear of 2010 on 12/27/2010 15:35:49 MST Print View

SMD Swift, 17 oz. and carries 30# with ease.

Holux M241 Data logger, a gps logger that records distance, gives your location plus other details for 1.9 oz. with battery.

Dave Heiss

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Pivetta 8's?? on 12/27/2010 15:47:25 MST Print View


Wow, I had a pair of Pivetta 8's that I bought in the mid 70's and wore for about 10 years. God I hated those boots! They were unbelievably stout, and never really did "break in". When I saw the Pivetta name I had a flashback to the ankle and lower shin pains those boots always gave me. YMMV (and I hope it does).

2010 highlights were a New Balance Fugu jacket, a monocular, and an iPhone4 that also does duty as a GPS and e-book reader.

Edited by DaveHeiss on 12/27/2010 16:54:15 MST.

jeffrey bennett

Locale: Near the bottom
"Your Best Gear of 2010" on 12/27/2010 16:04:13 MST Print View

My best gear of 2010 are:
#3 Ibex Indie Hoody
#2 is MLD speedmid with the netting option.
#1 is the awesome Jolly Green Giant pillow from kooka bay(bender).

Dave Myers
(PatientWolf) - F

Locale: South Western Oklahoma
Re: "Your Best Gear of 2010" on 12/27/2010 16:22:25 MST Print View

#2 Inov8 Roclite 288 Boots
#1 SMD Swift '10 Pack

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
best on 12/27/2010 16:39:33 MST Print View

neo air- I've never slept so comfortable in the back country, it's light and very low volume- w/ a r value of 2.5 I'm good to about freezing w/ it

MB exlite- 6 oz for size large, the small weight belies it's warmth- I cut my down jacket weight in half (Patagonia down sweater) w/ very little to no penalty

Fallkniven WM1- just shy of a 3" blade, stainless- stout 1/8" blade, but still comes in at 2.5 oz, that's a lot of knife for under 3 oz!

Martin Rye
(rye1966) - F

Locale: UK
Your Best Gear of 2010 on 12/27/2010 16:45:02 MST Print View

1. Gossamer Gear Gorilla pack
2. La Sportive Crosslite
3. Mountain Laurel Design Superlight bivy

John Devitt
(cabana) - MLife

Locale: Colorado
Re: Your Best Gear of 2010 on 12/27/2010 17:00:29 MST Print View

1. Custom Montbell UL SS
2. Jam Jr. pack
3. Snowpeak Gigapower stove
4. SL-6 tarp w/SL-4 nest (family car camping trips)
5. merino base layers

philip winin
(grog) - F
favorite things on 12/27/2010 17:10:00 MST Print View

Z-Packs zero medium pack w/ padded and pocket hip belt and chest strap

Merril Ottawa pro water shoes - I wear them for hiking, masonry work and concrete work. I just got done shoveling snow in them. Great sneakers.


Andy Anderson
(ianders) - F

Locale: Southeast
Re: Re: Your Best Gear of 2010 on 12/27/2010 17:13:42 MST Print View

1. EB FA Downlight was a steal for $50.
2. A brand spaking new Golite Ion, size large...currently being modified by Javan Dempsey, can't wait to see what he does to it.
3. A lightly used WM Summerlite from Bradford Rogers.
4. Cocoon Down Pillow, small but better than my balled up jacket.
5. Golite SL-1, used but in mint condition.

All of the above were purchased from Gear Swap.

Edited by ianders on 12/27/2010 17:14:46 MST.

Kathleen B

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Your Best Gear of 2010 on 12/27/2010 17:14:43 MST Print View

1. KookaBay sleeping pad - way better than the Neoair I tried last year.
2. Liberty Ridge wind shirt - kit from I tried 3 store-bought ones before I made this one. 2.5 oz, and I use it constantly.
3. Not really gear, but this has made the gear more usable:

Brandon Sanchez
(dharmabumpkin) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Mtns
Your Best Gear of 2010 on 12/27/2010 17:24:49 MST Print View

#2 Golite Ultra 20
#1 SMD Swift '10

Both HIGHLY recommended

Raul Perez
(WaterMonkey) - F
Re: Your Best Gear of 2010 on 12/27/2010 17:34:23 MST Print View


Atlas 1230 snowshoes

Salomon XA Pro GTX trail runners

MH Elkommando kilt

Dynaglide Whoopie sling hammock suspension