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Robert Burke
(coastiebob) - MLife

Locale: Wishing I was Backpacking
So, What did Santa Bring his Ultra Light Helpers this Year? on 12/26/2012 09:46:43 MST Print View

Hey All,

It is time for the obligatory 2012 thread. What did Santa bring you this year? I hope you all were nice and got some pretty cool stuff.

I think I was on both lists this year. Santa brought me the Montbell Ex Light Down Jacket in Orange that I have been wanting for some time! But, he also brought me women's large rain pants that were on clearance? Any thoughts on what that could mean?

Bob Burke

Jacob Smith
(Wrongturn) - MLife

Locale: The Soda
re: on 12/26/2012 10:13:07 MST Print View

Tent Cot and a mason jar with a solar lamp. Sucks not having outdoors type family members.

Got myself some new Ice Breaker base layers and a 0 degree quilt from Enlightened Equipment and a stove from Qiwiz.

Eric Moe
(EricMoe) - F

Locale: Washington
Santa on 12/26/2012 10:20:35 MST Print View

Helly Hansen fleece mid-layer.
Spyderco Dragonfly
100 feet of paracord

Santa sure is a nice guy!

Of course I felt like Santa too giving out a sleeping bag and OR hard shell.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Santa on 12/26/2012 10:41:27 MST Print View

Santa brought my parents each a Prolite short so they can sleep more comfortably on their trips. He also brought them a Big Agnes Fly Creek 2.
I got a Newt bought might send it back to the North Pole, not sure about the fit.

Ryan Smith
(ViolentGreen) - M

Locale: Southeast
Not SUL, but... on 12/26/2012 10:56:39 MST Print View

Santa Claus brought me a new Cougar X-lite travel trailer. Not SUL at 7,000lbs unloaded, but it's light by some standards. Other than that, I actually got zero camping related gear this year. As my wife says, "You're too picky and everything you want is too expensive."

29rev

Ryan

Raquel Rascal
(flutingaround)

Locale: Rocky Mtn. West
REI on 12/26/2012 11:04:48 MST Print View

Received two REI gift cards! Trying to decide between a Exped Downmat or MSR Whisperlite Universal Stove for winter camping. Yeah!

Andy F
(AndyF) - M

Locale: Midwest/Midatlantic
nothing at all on 12/26/2012 11:44:49 MST Print View

I got the lightest gear ever: nothing.

;)

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: So, What did Santa Bring his Ultra Light Helpers this Year? on 12/26/2012 11:46:28 MST Print View

$200 REI gift card
Golite running tights
Dakota Grizzly Kenyon Shirt
Kindle

Tim Drescher
(timdcy) - M

Locale: Gore Range
"So, What did Santa Bring his Ultra Light Helpers this Year?" on 12/26/2012 12:00:04 MST Print View

Golite Roan Hooded Parka in Black and a two month gym memebership to get in shape for some backpacking trips to the desert this spring :)

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Not SUL, but... on 12/26/2012 12:21:39 MST Print View

Ryan,

That was a quick trip to the dark side ;)

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
"So, What did Santa Bring his Ultra Light Helpers this Year?" on 12/26/2012 12:25:07 MST Print View

No backpacking gear for me this year, don't need anything.

But I did get a custom 7' speed egg by Jon Wegener. Even had him glass my pottery stamp logo onto the bottom of the deck.
Took it out yesterday and this morning...super fast and smooth.
Santa's got nothing on my wife.

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Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: So, What did Santa Bring his Ultra Light Helpers this Year? on 12/26/2012 12:42:44 MST Print View

I don't need any new gear since everything is dialed in. But Joyce got me this Sony RX100.

RX100

For me I enjoy finding the perfect gifts for my family. Normally my Christmas shopping is completed by September. This year Joyce was overwhelmed by these two rather large pieces of art. If I had to, I would trade the camera for the enjoyment of watching her opening her presents.

African beauty

Caurosel

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Re: So, What did Santa Bring his Ultra Light Helpers this Year? on 12/26/2012 12:55:49 MST Print View

A thousand or so lumens.

John Harper
(johnnyh88) - M

Locale: The SouthWest
Re: Santa on 12/26/2012 13:13:16 MST Print View

I was thoroughly surprised by getting my first tenkara rod. Can't wait to try it out!

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: REI on 12/26/2012 13:31:14 MST Print View

> Trying to decide between a Exped Downmat or MSR Whisperlite Universal Stove for winter camping.
Oh, go for the down mat!!!

Cheers

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Locale: MaxTheCyclist.com
What a nice Christmas! on 12/26/2012 13:45:21 MST Print View

My folks got me some Kahtoola Snowshoes, the MTN 28's. I am thrilled- they're exactly what I needed. Very proud of them for asking advice at EMS, since they aren't outdoorsy.

Snowshoes

My grandmother sent some christmas money, so I invested it in some La Sportiva Delta GTX boots!

La Sportiva Boots

I've got a trip in January, so I wished a happy Christmas to myself and ordered three pairs of super-thick socks, a Mountain Hardwear Ultralamina 32ยบ, and a Thermarest Z-Lite Sol torso pad.

MH Sleeping Bag

I got to spend time outside doing a Bonfire with my family up in Vermont. It was picture-perfect:

Campfire

Merry Christmas to all!

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: So, What did Santa Bring his Ultra Light Helpers this Year? on 12/26/2012 13:48:53 MST Print View

Some helium inserts for the side pockets on my backpack.

Not really.

--B.G.--

Chris Lacey
(Staplebox) - F
hoody on 12/26/2012 15:04:59 MST Print View

It took some careful hint dropping but Santa got me a Melanzana hoody. One of those things I probably wouldn't have bought for myself but loved as a gift. Been wearing it since I opened it and love it.

James Reilly
(zippymorocco)

Locale: Montana
Christmas on 12/26/2012 15:14:02 MST Print View

Zpacks Cuben Fiber ground sheet for the Twin from my parents. Bunch of darn tough socks from myself. My lady got herself a MLD women's prophet. Came in today. Oh yeah some titanium tent pegs from Lawson.

Then there are the gift certificates.

doug thomas
(sparky52804) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Iowa
Christmas on 12/26/2012 15:37:21 MST Print View

coffee, lots and lots
of coffee and a keurig coffee maker