It is late at night. It is warm with a light breeze. I am sitting on my front porch in Seattle, smoking a cigar of unspecified national origin, drinking a gin and tonic, and planning my next hike. When my thoughts turned to gear, as they eventually do, certain gear simply makes me happy when using it: my Zpacks Hexamid Twin Tent, my custom Zimmerbuilt pack, and my Feathered Friends custom Vireo sleeping bag. The Hexamid Twin feels like a palace and has gone through storms, rain, and snow. Just being under it in the wilderness makes me feel secure, yet connected to my surroundings. My custom Zimmerbuilt fits perfectly, is laid out just like I wanted, and is made with such quality and craftsmanship that it is a joy to put on my shoulders. My custom Vireo is warm and comfortable. Just climbing into it makes me feel cocooned and safe.
Ignoring weight, ignoring materials, ignoring design, what gear just makes you happy using it?