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Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

What's Your Favorite Piece of Gear? on 01/10/2013 09:01:22 MST Print View

I love doing these threads (although, my wallet doesn't; you guys make me spend).

What's your favorite piece of kit, and why?

Call me crazy, but my personal favorite is the Thermarest Z-lite Sol, torso length foam pad. I had a very expensive inflated Thermarest Neo-Air for a half a year before I gave in to desire and grabbed one of these $30 wonders. This thing is beautiful for quick naps, as a support under another mattress, looks completely bombproof, and there's something about that color. I've slept comfortably on hard floor using just that; if it wasn't so cold, I'd abandon my inflatable completely! I love this thing!

Z-lite Sol

Edited by mdilthey on 01/10/2013 09:02:15 MST.

Steve Meier
(smeier) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Nano 7 Hammock on 01/10/2013 09:11:14 MST Print View

Good thread. I just got the Exped Syn 7 L/W pad that is sooo comfortable but I'd have to say my Nano 7 hammock with tulle bug sock and reconfigured suspension with whoopie slings. For about 10 oz it offers amazing comfort at every rest stop every 2-3 hours. It's up in seconds and allows me to take weight off my feet and relax my back and I'm ready to hike again in 15 minutes. Great stuff for a 49 year old with a bad back.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Hammocks! on 01/10/2013 09:14:54 MST Print View

Awesome hammock! I use a Hennessy Hammock, and it's been great to me, but yours is just plain ergonomic!

Kenneth Jacobs
(f8less) - F

Locale: Midwest
Caldera Cone Sidewinder on 01/10/2013 10:02:53 MST Print View

Definitely my Caldera Cone Sidewinder with Gramcracker. I can squeeze almost 2 full 2 cup water boils out of one ESBIT cube with cold water from the inside tap and 24*F outside. Leaves virtually no residue in the Gramcracker and obviously burns efficiently. May have something to do with the Evernew 0.9L Wide pot I use with it...dunno.

I was reluctant to try a Caldera Cone for so long, thinking it was kinda hokey and way to expensive. Now you can pry it from my cold dead hands!

I do also really like my Exped SynMat UL7, but the Caldera Cone/Gramcracker takes the cake.


Edited by f8less on 01/10/2013 10:04:58 MST.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: What's Your Favorite Piece of Gear? on 01/10/2013 10:11:20 MST Print View


Edited by FamilyGuy on 11/01/2013 13:25:04 MDT.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: What's Your Favorite Piece of Gear? on 01/10/2013 10:32:39 MST Print View

My Enlightened Equipment Revelation quilt. So versatile and warm!

James DeGraaf
(jdegraaf) - MLife

Locale: Bay Area
Favorite...? on 01/10/2013 12:00:28 MST Print View

My favorite piece of gear would probably be my Hyperlite Mountain Gear 9'x9' cuben flat tarp. It can be set up is so many different configurations. Roomy for one but can easily fit two.

Second is probably Ti-Tri Caldera Cone with Evernew Pot. I use esbit and like mentioned previously, it is crazy how well it works and it packs up nicely.

Third, (can I limit myself to just three?). My custom pink Kalais pack. (I ordered it for my wife originally but due to my miss-measurement the pack fit me better than her. Ordered the size smaller for her too.) Now we have matching pink packs!!
Kalais Pink

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
What's your favorite piece of gear? on 01/10/2013 12:02:31 MST Print View

My new Zpacks 20 degree sleeping bag at 22oz. A 6'6 bag with no zipper. Other sleeping bags in this size are 30-36oz if not much heavier.

Justin McCabe

Locale: Southern California
Re: What's Your Favorite Piece of Gear? on 01/10/2013 12:03:04 MST Print View

Not because it's mind blowingly revolutionary Snowpeak single walled Ti mug. Scooping water, sharing food with friends, my beloved coffee in the morning. my favorite "comfort" piece!

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

My #2 on 01/10/2013 12:11:04 MST Print View

That pink pack is awesome! haha. I guess i'll pick a #2, then... my Boreas Buttermilk 40 is a wonderful pack. So comfortable without the frame.

Buttermilk 40

Buttermilk 40 back

The distribution of pockets is flawless, and it never fails to swallow my gear.

Edited by mdilthey on 01/10/2013 12:13:15 MST.

Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
Favorites? on 01/10/2013 12:14:07 MST Print View

I have one of the old BPL merino hoodies, which is high on my list. The nearest comparable hoodie that I can think of is the Patagonia R1, which is fleece, and thicker.

I've also become a "full coverage" guy- I avoid hiking in shorts- so my Railriders EcoMesh pants come in quite handy.

I think my MLD DuoMid is almost the Perfect Universal Solo Shelter System (PUSSS). The TrailStar gives it a run for it's money, though, and I may change my mind if I ever get to try out the TrailStar.

Edited by acrosome on 01/10/2013 12:16:04 MST.

Barry P
(BarryP) - F

Locale: Eastern Idaho (moved from Midwest)
Re: What's Your Favorite Piece of Gear? on 01/10/2013 12:35:27 MST Print View

I can’t wait to crawl under my zpack 16.4oz 20F quilt every night.

And I’ve been enjoying my steripen opti more than I expected because of:
1. I love cold mountain mineral water taste. A carbon filter takes out the mineral taste.
2. I don’t have to worry about my filter freezing.
3. 3.6oz weight; smaller and lighter than the filter I was carrying. That Freedom is looking nice :)

The mountains were made for Tevas.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: Mind your own business
Re: Re: What's Your Favorite Piece of Gear? on 01/10/2013 12:54:45 MST Print View

It had to be my Gooses Feet Down Parka.

Scott Smith
(mrmuddy) - MLife

Locale: No Cal
What's Your Favorite Piece of Gear on 01/10/2013 13:16:06 MST Print View

A toss up between my Copper Spur UL1 and my WM Versalite

Aaron Reichow

Locale: Northern Minnesota
Re: What's Your Favorite Piece of Gear? on 01/10/2013 13:22:09 MST Print View

Ugh, it's so hard to pick one.

Being winter, I've been in love with my Kahtoola Microspikes.

Other than that-

My pack: ULA Circuit

My shoe: La Sportiva Wildcat

Mike W
(skopeo) - F

Locale: British Columbia
Favorite Piece of Gear... on 01/10/2013 14:56:29 MST Print View


Edited by skopeo on 09/08/2015 16:51:19 MDT.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Favorite Piece of Gear... on 01/10/2013 16:01:37 MST Print View

MLD Soul Side Zip eVent Bivy in Wide with Upgraded Silnylon 2.0 Floor.

I have had this bomber bivy since 2008 or 2009 and it looks as good as the first day I received it from Ron.

At 13.0 oz. with the Ti Wire hoop, it is not the lightest bivy, but it is so well built that I can not bear to put it aside in favor of one of Ron's lighter ones.

The beauty has allowed me to camp in the smallest of spots...on a granite ledge overlooking a lake for a glorious morning sunrise view, it has weathered 13 hours of howling winds and driving rain at base camp below the summit of Mt. Whitney under my MLD rain poncho and kept me warm and dry, and it gives me comfort at the end of a long day on the trail knowing that it can handle anything I throw at it.

Bivy Love

Over time, I have changed shelters, changed cooking systems, sleeping bag to a quilt, and worn out clothing.

The bivy continues to endure.

Ron makes an awesome product!


Edited by Valshar on 01/10/2013 16:26:48 MST.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

WOW!! on 01/10/2013 16:38:18 MST Print View

That bivy is freaking cool!

whalen e
(whalen) - M

Locale: PNW
Favorite Gear: Ole Yellow on 01/10/2013 16:38:28 MST Print View

Without a doubt, my favorite piece of gear is my sun brilliant yellow Duomid. I stress the yellow because I used to have a shark gray one, but here in the wet Cascades, you might spend a lot of time in your shelter and gray on gray isn't all that pleasant. So I sold the gray, bought the mood altering yellow, and what a difference. Easy to set up when the weather sours suddenly or at the end of a very long day. One of the few enclosed shelters (including tents) that is big enough for me. I enjoy the openness of a tarp but at the end of the day you can only take one shelter--and I reach for Ole Yellow.Favorite Gear

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
MEC Beanie on 01/10/2013 17:53:54 MST Print View

My MEC hat I paid $4 CDN for in Calgary a few years ago. Simple fleece hat that it is my all-purpose "go to" hat. Light, warm and, dare I say it, stylish! :)