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Hk Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Dear Santa... on 11/28/2011 09:39:22 MST Print View

What gear or apparel would everyone like to see that does not yet exist? Maybe the gear makers will listen (ok, probably not)...

What I'd like is one of these companies to design, sew, or better yet, weld a truly UL waterproof jacket (Neoshell*, Gore Pro-shell, 3-layer, or even proprietary stuff) with an UL fleece liner ( something on the order of the Patagonia D-luxe fleece, the hoody weighing in at 9.7 oz but replace some thickness with zip/zip-in system). Yes, these "3-in-1" systems exist for skiers, but wish they'd bring it down to less than 10 oz for each piece for a combined weight of less than 20 oz for the lightweight traveler, hiker, and everyday user.

(*Add/Edit : though I just read Field Testing Waterproof Breathable ... Part 3 from BPL from early Oct, answering most of the above. Obviously missed that article)

Edited by hknewman on 11/28/2011 11:58:15 MST.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
My list on 11/28/2011 10:11:47 MST Print View

My list is simple
I want a helium filled backpack so I have a negative weight of about 80 pounds. In other words the pack will lift up on me. I will skip down the trail effortlessly covering 30-40s a day.

ben wood

Locale: flatlands of MO
Re: Dear Santa... on 11/28/2011 10:13:01 MST Print View

i'll keep it real easy
i just want to go to the mountains!

Hk Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Re: My list on 11/28/2011 10:40:30 MST Print View

I want a helium filled backpack so I have a negative weight of about 80 pounds. In other words the pack will lift up on me

Think that's been done in the last year or so, with some success but in the other attempt (iirc Brazil), they still haven't located the body...

Ken K
(TheFatBoy) - F

Locale: St. Louis
Solar charger on 11/28/2011 10:50:02 MST Print View

I would like a truly effective, efficient, lightweight solar charger with a battery pack. Charge that battery all day, use that to fully charge a phone/camera/GPS/smaller batteries at night.

Also, it should only cost $8. Too far?

Terry Trimble
(socal-nomad) - F

Locale: North San Diego county
Dear Santa on 11/28/2011 11:00:22 MST Print View

I would like gear in more earth tone colors that blend in to the surrounding of nature instead of the god awful colors you offer now.
A simple black 1.9oz. SIlnylon one man light weight durable tube type tent that pitches with no poles just a simple line between each tree. And has optional mosquito netting curtain that hangs down down at the entrance.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Dear Santa on 11/28/2011 11:07:35 MST Print View

I would like two dozen 55 gallon drums of 87 octane unleaded gasoline delivered to my residence, please.

In addition, if it's not too much trouble, I'd like a letter, addressed to my employer, firmly endorsing a two year sabbatical to further my studies in art, mountain geography, and the study of North American flora and fauna.

Thank You Sir.

chris kersten
(xanadu) - F

Locale: here
A doctor's note on 11/28/2011 11:28:43 MST Print View

A note to give to work on any Friday to get a 3 day weekend to go backpacking.
My "actually can happen" item would be a harder/stronger area on the back of my hard shell. My murmur has the velcro strip and 2 weeks ago it wore a 1 inch by 2 inch hole in the fabric on my back. I like the idea on the cheap charger. I also wish a company would make a gps, mini flashlight, steripen, headlamp, camera, and mp3 player that all used the same size battery. Maybe 1 or 2 AAA.

My dream thing would be a 5 day weather forecast that does not change hourly. We're predicting weather on distant galaxies better than in TEXAS! I guess if you are wrong about "space" weather, nobody would know anyway.

A partridge in a pear tree would be cool, but I don't have to have it.

Valiums sold without a prescription would be cool, but that's a whole different topic.

Packs with straps on a dispensing roll, so when you cut em too short, you can just pull out more. (see Valiums)

Sumi Wada
(DetroitTigerFan) - F

Locale: Ann Arbor
Re: Dear Santa... on 11/28/2011 11:42:05 MST Print View

A truly lightweight point-and-shoot digital waterproof camera that uses AAA batteries.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
arms and legs on 11/28/2011 11:55:17 MST Print View

something that works simply at a reasonable price and doesnt cost an arm and a leg ...

i dont need the fancy marketing either ...

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Dear Santa... on 11/28/2011 13:13:24 MST Print View



K ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Quality gear for little people on 11/28/2011 13:25:13 MST Print View

Key work "quality" here. I can buy kids stuff at REI that will do, but does not compare to what else is out there.
For backpacking:
Tarps and tents that don't have a whole extra foot and a half at my feet and more width than I need.
Sleeping bags and quilts without an extra 6 to 8 inches at my feet.
Trekking poles that are short and thin.

In general:
Work boots in small sizes.
Work gloves in small sizes.
Smaller yet just as powerful weedeaters, just loose the extra length.
Harnesses for small people.
Tools, tools, tools for small people that don't just "tinker".

Kim Perley
(Amanita) - F
Cottage Gear at local stores on 11/28/2011 13:59:40 MST Print View

I want to see all the fabulous, innovative, lightweight cottage gear that we love so much at actual physical stores where I can try it on. I understand the logistical problems to a certain extent, but to try on Zpacks, ULA, MLD, ect packs ect all in the same place so that I can feel them before I order.

Perhaps the way to get around this would be to have "model" items that stay in the store and then each piece of gear is custom ordered (with the normal wait time). Yes there would be costs, but giving more exposure to these companies would also increase their profits.

Packs are the main thing that I am too scared to buy without trying, but would love to take the leap into cottage gear.

This way I wouldn't get looked at like I have to heads when I say I'm looking for an overnight pack under 3lbs!

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Dear Santa on 11/28/2011 16:28:20 MST Print View

The problem with having retail stores carry cottage gear is that the price would have to be marked way up for the retailer's margin. By buying from the manufacturer, you get basically a wholesale price.

It would be great if there were more gatherings like the various "trail days" where manufacturers could show their gear. Of course I had to miss the one here in Cascade Locks because my dog developed giardia--instead I spent the afternoon cleaning up my car and letting the dog outside every 20-30 minutes. I understand the attendance at that one was poor, which is a real hardship for manufacturers coming from a long distance (such as Joe of ZPacks from Florida).

Return postage is not that big a deal. If the item turns out not to be for you, just be sure to return it before the manufacturer's "grace" period expires.

As for gear I'd like to see: it's a truly lightweight rain jacket of that "unobtainium" fabric which is extremely breathable, 100% waterproof, doesn't abrade under pack straps, doesn't need its DWR renewed, lasts for at least 5 years of hard wear and doesn't cost several hundred dollars for a jacket!

I'd also like more subdued colors in clothing, especially women's clothing. I am sick and tired of bright pastels or wine-vomit purple. Black absorbs heat in hot weather and is not a great color around a blond perpetually-shedding dog. What ever happened to khaki?

Edited by hikinggranny on 11/28/2011 16:35:32 MST.

Gabriel Diaz
(freelancer) - F

Locale: South Florida
Re: Solar charger on 11/28/2011 16:47:14 MST Print View

"I would like a truly effective, efficient, lightweight solar charger with a battery pack. Charge that battery all day, use that to fully charge a phone/camera/GPS/smaller batteries at night.

Also, it should only cost $8. Too far?"

I'll take two, please!

a b
Socks! on 11/28/2011 18:21:33 MST Print View

I need wool socks bad.

X-Mas on 11/28/2011 21:33:10 MST Print View

A Climbing Pack that uses this:

to haul my rack and rope!

"It's not floating, It's Locked!"

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Dear Santa on 11/28/2011 21:49:39 MST Print View

Basically just the opposite of Katharina's wishes as we are at different ends of the size spectrum.

And a traditional style 2 person 4 season tent, side entry.

Dug Shelby
(Pittsburgh) - F

Locale: Bay Area
Re: Quality gear for little people on 11/28/2011 22:02:59 MST Print View

Kat! Seriously check out the Yama Mountain GearS' "Stratiform I" tarp! I think it's just what you'd like!


patrick walsh
(apbt1976) - F
are you kidding me.. on 11/29/2011 05:15:05 MST Print View

Seam sealed gear! I could care less if some gnome does it in the basement or whatever. Retarded imop but buying a expensive tent or pack or cubin product and then having to seam seal. Really WTF!!!

Also health freaking feet, I am gonna loose my head if i have to live around my dam feet for one more day.

Ow yeah and enough $$$$$ to bail outa traditional life and lead a meager existence traveling to climb 4-5 times a year all while living in a shack in the middle of the freaking woods with only running water and a wood stove as creature comforts. Not to much money though as that just ruins human beings...

Come on Santa you can fit all that in the sleigh right?

Edited by apbt1976 on 11/29/2011 05:18:44 MST.