Hi all. Hoping to get some comments on gear that I want to buy. It will be used all year mainly in the alpine Australia (both Tas and the mainland) but got vague plans for Nepal, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Canada and USA (parts of PCT?) too. Anything from single overnighters to 10-12 days. Basically need to upgrade the whole lot and this is my short list so far (will add more later)
Tent: Scarp 2 (good price, roomy for 2 and 4 season, haven’t found a real contender yet)
Pad: Thermarest XTherm (need comfort and high R rating)
Sleeping: Katabatic Sawatah or Alsek or WM Ultralight (leaning towards quilt for weight + and I'm a tosser but bag is good for travel (think dirty beds in Nepal))
Pack: GoLite Quest or Pinnacle (I like a frame (as in Quest) but also want durability for Aussie scrub (dyneema).
Stove: Fire-Maple 100T or 116T (Can’t decide is stability or weight is better. 100T better for real winter? mainly for boiling water (dehydrated))
Down jacket: Crux Plasma (for sleeping and around camp in bad weather (eVent), looks like a great jacket)
Rain jacket: Columbia Peak 2 Peak or one of MacPacs (Prophet, Zealot or Hollyford? Will have to stand up to some scrub!)
It’s not super light weight but we value comfort and Aus/Tas scrub and weather is not to be taken lightly. Tent and stove will be shared between us, the rest is for me.