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Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

My Foil on 01/12/2013 15:58:38 MST Print View

My hiking buddy (also named Max) uses his Dad's old stuff. He's the same age I am, 23, but unlike me, he's grown up camping and has done a couple of thru-hikes. He uses an external frame bag from the 1970's, mittens from the 1960's, boots from the 1980's, etc. Most of his stuff is either brand new and UL, or incredibly old and heavy, but he does great with it.

The panniers he used on our Bike Tour were from the 1970's, and the bike he used was a 1970-something Schwinn Paramount. Build it to last, and use it forever...

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
These I Haven't Sold... on 01/12/2013 17:42:01 MST Print View

I started backpacking in early 2004 -- and here're the gear pieces purchased that year that I still use:

1. Mountainsmith Ghost backpack -- fits my light weight backpacking style -- great features and oh so comfortable.

2. MontBell UL Down Hugger No. 3 -- very lightweight, soft and comfy to the touch, and true to its warmth and weight ratings.

3. MontBell Thermal Sheet (hoodless 50F bag) -- same as #2.

4. Duofold Varitec tees - 80/20 poly/cotton blend -- yep, I'm still wearing the ones I bought in 2004.

5. REI Sahara convertible pants - love the Dupont Supplex nylon - but am currently on my second pair.

6. Duofold Varitec undies - comfy and fits me just right.

7. Platypus bottles/bladders -- haven't worn one out yet -- although I've lost one down a steep ravine.

8. Nalgene wide-mouth cantene (soft bottle) - greatest pee bottle on earth.

9. Permethrin and DEET - Been using them since 2004 - they both work -- esp. Permethrin.

Edited by ben2world on 01/12/2013 18:01:05 MST.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Re: What haven't you replaced? on 01/12/2013 17:50:26 MST Print View

Body parts. Knock on wood......

Richard Lyon
(richardglyon) - MLife

Locale: Bridger Mountains
Not replaced on 01/12/2013 19:07:17 MST Print View

In order of importance:

1. Like Tom, body parts. Good luck and ibuprofen have helped.

2. My two Bibler tents, each 15+ years old. Great tents, don't need replacing.

3. Western Mountaineering Sequoia bag. My go-to winter bag for many years. Occasionally gets some help from an over bag.

4. Mystery Ranch BDSB pack. Sometimes I think I keep it for sentimental value, then I take it out on a ski tour and re-recognize its superb weight transfer.

todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Re: What haven't you replaced? on 01/12/2013 20:01:27 MST Print View

My first hiking poles by Komperdell. Heavy @ ~20+ oz/pair and the antishock has never worked well (that's how I discovered I don't need antishock), but I love 'em. From 1996.

Still using a pair of polyester base layers from the late '90s. Feel and work great (mostly for sleeping, that's why they've lasted so long). The bottoms are by Body Sensor and the top is of unkown brand, made for a small outfitter that used to be in Greenville, SC.

I still find the Gerber LST to be absolutely great. Nice blade and handle. I have many knives I consider "better", but few I grab when I need a blade. What does that say about which knife is really "better"?

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: What haven't you replaced? on 01/12/2013 23:31:01 MST Print View

Since my normal kit in 1972 had a base weight under 20lbs (and I still have it), it would be considered lightweight. But it is not my normal hiking gear.

I still have clothes from the 80's that I still wear. But I will disqualify them, because I tend to buy 2-6 of items I really like. Marketing MORONS tend to discontinue really good gear.

The following I still use on almost every trip:

In the early to mid 80's I bought a Swiss Army Classic that I still use.

In the 80's I bought a Track's hiking staff. I retired it in 2009, in favor of trekking poles. They trekking pole experiment failed, and last year the staff came out of retirement.

I still use the Cammenga military lensactic compass I bought in the early 90's. This replaced a 20+ year old model. Seems there was a recall due to radiation leaks. Plus the tritium was on its 2nd or 3rd half-life.

Lots of ther gear I still use ocassionally. But those have been talked about in past threads.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: What haven't you replaced? on 01/12/2013 23:43:33 MST Print View

1. MLD Soul Side Zip eVent Bivy 2008-2009 Model...should last me a lifetime

2. Sunday Afternoon Hat (12 yrs old)

3. Sawyer Inline Filter (5 yrs and still going strong, might upgrade to Squeeze Model)

4. MSR Titan Kettle

5. GoLite Jam2 2008 Model...would be nice to replace with MLD Exodus

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Replaced? not so much. Added to? Yes. on 01/14/2013 00:01:14 MST Print View

I still have a lot of "old" gear like:

1. Dana Designs Terraplane (now for winter campoing).
2. Svea 125 stove (works fine)
3. Sigg Tourist cookset
4. 1972 synthetic mummy bag
5. MSR Dragonfly stove
6. '80s Eureka 3 P dome tent

But I have new gear to "substitute" for all of that - natch.

Ben Smith

Locale: Epping Forest
DEET on 01/14/2013 01:30:11 MST Print View

I hope you aren't using the same DEET bottle from 2004 Ben! That stuff surely can't be good after all this time ;)

Nelson Sherry

Locale: Mid-Willamette Valley
Re: DEET on 01/14/2013 02:17:17 MST Print View

Old deet . . . I think I'm still using some old Muculin brand 100% deet from a bottle left over from before I was married . . . 1990. Obviously, I'm not a big deet user, but it certainly still works and still stinks pretty much the same.

I still use an old pair of polypropoline liner gloves that are from the 1980's that won't wear out.

An old 1 liter aluminum pot from 1978

I've got bits of line & cordage I still use from the 80's at least.

Now, my wife and kids use lots of my old gear, sleeping pads, backpacks, polypro underwear, sleeping bags, etc.

George Maung
(georgemaung) - F

Locale: BayArea
gear on 01/14/2013 06:13:04 MST Print View

I still have my sun hut and my beat up fleece gloves for over 15 years.

It is amazing how these things last a long time.

Mark Ries
(mtmnmark) - M

Locale: IOWAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
re: what havent you replaced on 01/14/2013 09:14:01 MST Print View

I still have most of my original gear but everything has been replaced multiple times

Erik Basil

Locale: Atzlan
What's not 'replaced" on 01/14/2013 13:05:28 MST Print View

Well, although I have items of older gear that still get used occasionally, such as the Bibler tent, XGK stove, Raichle boat anchor/boots, original Nike Lava Domes, Sierra Cup, Wilderness Experience fleece hat and REI mountaineering hat(s), ice axes and some of the gear these items replaced... most have been pulled from regular duty and replaced with newer, lighter, better stuff.

However, the 1980 Kelty Tioga XL, Opinel #8 and Silva Huntsman compass remain in current duty with no sign of replacement likely. All three are in that photo to the left (2 inside the other).

Sumi Wada
(DetroitTigerFan) - F

Locale: Ann Arbor
Re: What haven't you replaced? on 01/14/2013 14:14:41 MST Print View

MSR Titan kettle
Sweetwater filter

Just retired this year - Thermarest ProLite, Primus canister stove, Canon Powershot A710 point-and-shoot camera

Michael Gillenwater
(mwgillenwater) - M

Locale: Seattle area
Dr. Bonners on 01/14/2013 14:21:25 MST Print View

I am still working through the remnants of a bottle of Dr. Bonners Peppermint soap purchased in 1991. You would think it wouldn't work, but the stuff still smells and soaps up like it was new. I generally only use a drop or two of it for washing my pot each day, so my burn rate on it is glacial.

Alex H
(abhitt) - MLife

Locale: southern appalachians or desert SW
Re: What haven't you replaced? on 01/14/2013 15:28:35 MST Print View

Well a lot of the stuff from the 70's is still floating around but only one item has been used on every trip since at least 1972, a very lightweight, large bowl aluminum spoon.

Still using my original poles from '02, Black Diamond Advance, indestructable.

Also still using an early Optimus Crux from '04.

On my second pair of REI Sahara pants the first one still around from '98

The 70's Camp 7 sleeping bags are still loaned out to others and the early Thermarest Ultralite pads from the 80's and 90's are still around for loaning too.

Retired my SIGG aluminum pots with the locking bail handle a year or two ago for an AGG aluminum pot. Felt like a traitor.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: What haven't you replaced? on 01/14/2013 18:03:46 MST Print View

"Felt like a traitor."

So true. Funny how attached we can get to pots and pans of all things.