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Elliott Wolin
(ewolin) - MLife

Locale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
RE: Unusual (and expensive) item that you consider worth it on 07/25/2013 12:19:50 MDT Print View

Maybe not so unusual, but my new Sony RX-100 was expensive. Also 1/4 pound lighter and a better lens than my previous camera (Canon G5). I have no interest in bringing a real expensive SLR (I don't own one), so the RX-100 is the next best thing. I don't like the cheaper but lighter cameras with smaller lenses and limited flexibility.

McDowell Crook
(mcdcrook) - M

Locale: Southeast
essential on 07/25/2013 13:49:27 MDT Print View

A flask or two of very nice single malt scotch. Heavy at first, but worth its weight in gold.

Richard Cullip
(RichardCullip) - M

Locale: San Diego County
Re: essential on 07/25/2013 16:02:16 MDT Print View

I hike to fish so my 8ft Winston BIIt 3wt fly rod goes with me on every trip. I've got much less costly fly rods but this one casts a dry fly so well it's the one I take. It may not be so unusual but it's by far the most expensive item in my pack.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Locale: MaxTheCyclist.com
Luxurious on 07/26/2013 08:49:49 MDT Print View

I second the camera. Mine's like, what, $1,900?

I just picked up a Grand Trunk Nano 7. That's a luxury for now, it may become my permanent shelter...

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Re: Unusual (and expensive) item that you consider worth it on 07/26/2013 09:28:32 MDT Print View

+1 on Bearikade Weekender. Used my old Garcia for a decade and figured I deserved the upgrade.

But I suppose it depends on your point of view. When I go out with casual or HW backpackers they pretty much consider most of the items in my pack (and probably the pack itself) as highly unusual and expensive luxuries. LOL

steven franchuk
(Surf) - M
Re: RE: Unusual (and expensive) item that you consider worth it on 07/26/2013 10:01:32 MDT Print View

My Personal Locator Beacon. the only people I have found that know about these are on this site.

Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: Re: RE: Unusual (and expensive) item that you consider worth it on 07/26/2013 10:09:14 MDT Print View

I guess mine would be my DSLR and lenses. By far the most expensive thing in my pack. None of my actual hiking gear is all that expensive, I've either purchased used or made a lot of it. I think the most I've paid for a single item was the $150 for my custom Borah Gear Stealth.

The most unusual item is probably the 6" Subway sandwich I like to bring for dinner the first night :)

Adam

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Unusual (and expensive) item that you consider worth it on 07/26/2013 10:24:38 MDT Print View

Round trip plane ticket to Baltimore, MD to have dinner with the Idester.

Daniel Pittman
(pitsy) - M

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Re: Re: RE: Unusual (and expensive) item that you consider worth it on 07/26/2013 10:28:15 MDT Print View

"The most unusual item is probably the 6" Subway sandwich I like to bring for dinner the first night :)"

That's nasty. Eating a sammich that's been smushed inside a backpack all day... They're not even that great right when they make 'em.

Sandwich Artists my ass! More like Bullsh@t Artists.

Desert Dweller
(Drusilla)

Locale: Wild Wild West
Unusual and expensive on 07/26/2013 11:08:14 MDT Print View

Not so unusual but my ACR PLB AquALink. I just decided my life was worth it. As are those I might also assist. its, kinda heavy at 9.3 oz though. Soon hopefully to be upgraded to the new Delorme, but not till they get the bugs worked out.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Unusual and expensive on 07/26/2013 11:14:28 MDT Print View

My cuben underwear with center dyneema patch. Taped seams. No pics...sorry.

Zach Waller
(Zach156)
$$$$ on 07/26/2013 11:32:32 MDT Print View

Nothing compares to a quality set of gear, but the most expensive unnecessary piece in my bag has to be my Busse Basic 4 anorexic knife (im a blade guy). I love the thing and use it for a multitude of tasks on every trip. Other than that my GG Kumo and 6 Moons wild oasis were slightly pricey but well worth it to me.

A good thread would be what piece of kit did you spend a ton on and it turned out to be entirely useless to you.

- Id have to say i spent a good bit on my DSLR and barely have ever used it. The iphone in lifeproof just ends up being so much more convenient and takes decent pictures for memmories.

Justin McCabe
(justinmc) - M

Locale: Southern California
Re: Unusual (and expensive) item that you consider worth it on 07/26/2013 16:26:53 MDT Print View

Unneeded but loved part of my kit? (Especially winter)....

Rittenhouse single barrel Rye Whiskey.

Does that count?

Well. I think it counts.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: $$$$ on 07/26/2013 16:39:58 MDT Print View

"Busse"

Wow...

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Unusual and expensive on 07/26/2013 21:46:22 MDT Print View

+1 on the PLB, Steven and Drusilla. I haven't had to hit the button yet. But jumping from a sinking ship over very cold water to a remote beach and having a PLB in my PFD provided HUGE peace of mind. The 4.6 ounce ACR ResQ-Link. Because it is always zipped into my life jacket, it doesn't have to be buoyant itself.

Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster)

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Unnecessary and Expensive on 07/27/2013 00:01:39 MDT Print View

I’ve only got a small dose of the BPL disease at this point, but already I own some ‘unnecessary’ and some ‘unnecessarily expensive’ BP gear:

- Patagonia Nano Puff Vest
- Spyderco Cruwear Mule Knife
- Ozeri Pedometer
- Zebralight H501w
- Tritium Vial

I’m going to start the bookend to this thread: What are the most useful inexpensive items you carry?

Edited by Bolster on 07/27/2013 00:08:51 MDT.

Serge G.
(sgiachetti) - M

Locale: Boulder, CO
following zachs theme on 07/27/2013 00:18:17 MDT Print View

following zachs theme of useless and expensive: a water resistant bivy sack

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Re: Re: Re: Re: RE: Unusual (and expensive) item that you consider worth it on 07/27/2013 09:57:46 MDT Print View

"That's nasty. Eating a sammich that's been smushed inside a backpack all day."

How do you know he doesn't have a DIY UL sandwich storage cannister? ;-)

Edited by millonas on 07/27/2013 09:58:22 MDT.

Tanner M
(Tan68)
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: RE: Unusual (and expensive) item that you consider worth it on 07/27/2013 14:27:24 MDT Print View

> How do you know he doesn't have a DIY UL sandwich storage cannister? ;-)

May use a lens case for him sammich. Who knows. The hiker that dislikes Subway out the gate is likely to reach camp with a mangled wreck. The hiker that loves Subway is likely to find a way to work it out.

Paper books are lighter but I take a book reader. I try not to buy paper books anymore. Got way too many now. A book reader isn't really expensive anymore, though...

Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: RE: Unusual (and expensive) item that you consider worth it on 07/27/2013 15:06:17 MDT Print View

Nope, it ends up just as smashed and unappetizing as you're probably imagining. I did it the first time as a joke. While discussing food choices for the trail someone joked about getting food delivered so on the way to the trailhead I decided Subway was the a suitable choice. Turns out after a day of hiking a smashed, luke-warm sandwich really hits the spot. Now its just kind of my thing when I hike with that group of friends. Its still partly a joke but I also kind of look forward to it.

I can't be the only one who gets weird food cravings on the trail. Doesn't anybody else seek out the nearest greasy spoon to indulge the strange appetite you've developed after spending a week eating dehydrated meals? :D

Adam