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What are your favorite pieces of SUL Gear? (Links Wanted)
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(jhaura) - F

Locale: Trail
What are your favorite pieces of SUL Gear? (Links Wanted) on 01/19/2012 23:30:22 MST Print View

Hi forum,

Hope everyone's shoulder season was great and winter is treating you right.

Over at my newly minted blog (, I'm putting together an "SUL Gear and Clothing Guide". Just the good stuff used by experienced hikers like you. Sort of a visual gear list of sorts.

I know my favorites and will be adding them over the next weeks. What are yours?

It would be great if you could post a link to where you purchased your gear item from in the Replys to this post.

I've got a Section Hike of the PCT coming up next month and wouldn't mind taking a new gear item or two with me from your feedback.

Edited by jhaura on 04/23/2012 18:35:17 MDT.

Michael Fleming
Re: What are your favorite pieces of SUL Gear? (Links Wanted) on 01/25/2012 22:16:36 MST Print View

MLD Cuben Fiber Poncho Tarp. I can use it as a tarp when I wanna go super light. But most of the time it's my rain gear and groundsheet for my fly creek UL 1. Weighing in at 4.5oz, it can't really be beat.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

BR on 01/26/2012 11:51:42 MST Print View

Black Rock Down Vest seems like the ultimate. I love my Montbell Ex-light vest, but it's hard to argue with the specs on the Black Rock vest.

(jhaura) - F

Locale: Trail
Re: Black Rock Gear on 01/30/2012 11:04:49 MST Print View

Dan, thanks for the suggestion of the Black Rock Gear vest. That thing is sweet! We will definitely add them to our guide.

(jhaura) - F

Locale: Trail
Re: What are your favorite pieces of SUL Gear? (Links Wanted) on 01/30/2012 11:08:34 MST Print View

Michael, ah yes the MLD poncho. Haven't heard of anyone using a $155 piece of gear for a ground sheet though :-) You're not worried about it getting punctured since you also use it as rain gear? Thank you for the gear suggestion, I've added the poncho to our upcoming guide entries.

Happy trails,


Michael Fleming
Re: Re: What are your favorite pieces of SUL Gear? (Links Wanted) on 02/05/2012 09:40:29 MST Print View

Honestly I'm not too worried. I don't plan on using it as my shelter if there is supposed to be a downpour. And in poncho mode, a small hole isn't too much of a problem. Plus cuben fiber can be patched up with duct tape. I used it all the way on my AT thru-hike with 0 complaints.

Anthony Weston
(anthonyweston) - MLife

Locale: Southern CA
favorite gear on 02/05/2012 10:16:56 MST Print View

not super, super SUL Gear but my favorites everything is light and does it's job.

fleece socks
zpacks exo backpack 13oz but feels comfortable to 30lbs
mld solomid or mld cuben trailstar
epiphany cuben quilt 14.5 oz 20 degree
Sawyer 3-Way Inline Water Filter
Fox River X-Static Liner Socks
whitebox alchol stove
Montane Mens Spektr Smock

Edited by anthonyweston on 02/05/2012 10:22:05 MST.

Simon Aspinall

Locale: Central PA
favourite gear on 02/10/2012 13:53:23 MST Print View

SMD Swift - 19oz with belt.
GG SpinnTwinn - 10oz shelter
TrailDesigns Sidewinder - 3oz
Tennis ball (< 2oz). I use it to massage my aching feet/legs after high mileage days.

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
"What are your favorite pieces of SUL Gear? (Links Wanted) on 02/10/2012 16:35:30 MST Print View

Not really SUL, but here's my favorite gear:

*2004 Kelty Cloud full Spectra pack (less than 2 lbs. when stripped).
Mine's purple/white, just like this one:

*Borde Bomb white gas stove for winter trips (8 oz).
Bought from HikinJim:

*Jetboil Sol for 3 plus season trips (8.5 oz. not including fuel canister).,-sand?preferredSku=8136210001?cm_mmc&mr:trackingCode=546DD5EE-0D8E-E011-9A77-001B21631C34&mr:referralID=NA

*Warbonnet Eldorado hammock (12.5 oz. and full bug protection). Only five ever made, and only one in my color of olive green (not Kermit green).

*Custom Tim Marshall/enLightened equipment dog quilt for my best friend.

*Exped darn versatile it ain't funny (35 degrees F rated, 1.15 lbs).

*Custom modded Luxurylite V-Bag. I had Mat at UK Hammocks turn it into a top quilt and add down to it. Went from 2.15 lbs. to 1.8 lbs. AND it's now a true 20 degree quilt!

*Custom Tim Marshall/enLightened equipment synthetic top quilt/ hammock under quilt. This one was just about Tim's first ever made quilts and it's just awesome! Still going strong after 5 years of hard use. Tim even customized it with my trail name "BIGFOOT".

Edited by bigfoot2 on 02/10/2012 23:50:13 MST.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
What are your favorite pieces of SUL Gear? on 02/10/2012 17:00:53 MST Print View

Nice Blog/Website by the way!

My favorite piece of SUL Gear is my 16GB Nano IPOD at 1.3oz with my SONY MDR-W08 Headset at 0.6oz for on the trail and in camp my Dream Gear Audiobug MINI speakers at 1.8oz.

Michael Trefzger
(michaeltrefzger) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
RE: What are your favorite pieces of SUL Gear? on 02/13/2012 08:44:20 MST Print View

Nice work on the SUL site.
Here are some of my favorite pieces of gear.

Jacks R Better Sierra Stealth: light and multi use.

The Montbell Tachyon Anorak: one of my all time favorite pieces of gear. At 2.3oz it exemplifies what SUL is all about.

IO-Merino Contact Glory Zip Shirt - pair this with the Montbell Anorak and there is little weather (above freezing) this system can't handle.

Ruta Locura, Yana Poles (previously Ti Goat Adjustable Trekking Poles)

Zpacks Waterproof/Beathable Cuben Fiber Rain Mitts

Caldera Cone TiTri ULC

+1 for Dirty Girl Gators

+1 for MLD Cuben Poncho Tarp

+1 for New Balance MT10

+1 for Zpacks Blast Backpacks

+1 for DriDucks

K ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
@Matthew on 02/13/2012 09:14:08 MST Print View

Glad to see you found yourself a Borde Bomb at last! I have been looking for you regularly and not one has been up for sale anywhere that I could find. I will stop looking now.

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
What are your favorite pieces of SUL Gear? (Links Wanted) on 03/01/2012 20:35:47 MST Print View

Thanks, Kat!
I actually bought HikinJim's Borde Bomb a while back. Gave me a very good deal on it.


Patricia Combee
(Trailfrog) - F

Locale: Northeast/Southeast your call
What are your favority pieces of SUL Gear (links wanted) on 03/02/2012 12:39:00 MST Print View

The Rollover Stove from Smokeeater 908. It weighs 6 grams and burns hot. Does not need a pot stand. It is made for the 24 ounce beer can pots. Link to site below:

Susan Papuga
(veganaloha) - M

Locale: USA
Re: Montbell Thermawrap vest on 03/10/2012 17:26:33 MST Print View

Fora synthetic option when down is not desired, the Montbell thermawrap vest is really nice. I thinks men's medium is around 5 ounces, but my women's size small is a out 4 ounces.

Edited by veganaloha on 03/10/2012 17:27:32 MST.