I thought it would be fun to list BPLers' favorite cheap gear of 2013. Let's face it, with a little research and a lot of money, it's relatively easy nowadays to piece together a UL/SUL kit.
But for college students, high school students, scouts, broke chumps, vagabonds, parents of triplets, and those exploring becoming a UL hiker, the initial cost of gear can be downright daunting.
I know cheap will mean something different for many of us, so don't be afraid to list an item. AND please, I'm asking people NOT TO HIJACK this thread and make it a moral issue about where gear is sourced. I've seen too many threads lead to that lately, and that is not what this thread is about.
For the sake of consistency, please list the item, price, and where you obtained it.
I'll start the list off with several items:
1) Driducks Ultra-lite rain suit; $19.99; Amazon.com
There are plenty of reviews of this jacket and it has many detractors due to durability issues, but I have found the jacket to be a great cheap option. It breathes well and is light; the size large weighs 5.98 ounces on my scale.
2) C9 1/4 zip fleece; $17.99; Target
It's held up great for me on the trail. It's warm and light with the large weighing ~10 ounces on my scale.
3) Fox River Gripper glove; $10.99; FoxSox.com
I like these as a base glove and will layer over them with my MLD rain mitts in rain. They have proven to be warm and durable. The pair weighs 3.44 ounces on my scale.
4) UL Ground Cloth; 8$; Mountainlaureldesigns.com
I believe this is the polycryo frequently mentioned on BPL. I cut mine in half and use it for a groundsheet. It has proven plenty durable. Weighs 1.2 ounces as stated on the website.
5) Timex 1440 sports watch; $19.99; Amazon.com
This has lasted over 2 years for me and several thousand miles. Great cheap watch. Not much else to say.
6) Starter wind jacket; 15.99$; Wal-Mart
Cheap wind jacket. Full zip, two hand pockets. No hood. I use a Patagonia Houdini for my UL trips, but this jacket has served me well for trail runs. Yes, it's a bit heavy at 10.76 ounces, but it's 85$ cheaper than the Houdini.
7) Stoic Hadron Down Anorak; 90$ on sale; Backcountry.com
Maybe this is pushing cheap, but for an awesome minimalist UL 3-season down jacket, 90$ is a steal. There are plenty of reviews here on BPL, and the only negative I have read is the elastic cuffs, which don't bother me at all. In the size large it utilizes 2.5 ounces of 850fp down. Total weight in large is 8.33 ounces. It has a hood, kangaroo pockets, and a hem draw cord.
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