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Nodust
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Backpacking gear you use or would like to have
What’s your backpacking gear you love, hate, or would like to have?

We have been having plenty backpacking discussion and haven’t had a gear thread in a long time.

I hammock and have multiple hammocks, tarps, quilts. Hope to never need a tent again. Although a Utah trip may be in my future and may need to tent then.

Most of my packs have been Gossamer Gear or ULA. Great packs. Lately got a Mountain Smith Zerk. Really liking no hip belt. I can walk so much freely without being bound up. I have found under 25 pounds a hip belt is not really needed.

I normally go stove less for longer trips where I’m doing more hiking than camping. But the Vargo Bot has my attention. Get things soaking and just heat up when I get to camp.


mylsuhat
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re: Backpacking gear you use or would like to have
Are you talking backpack camping? Spike camp hunting? what specifically?



I just bought a Mystery Ranch Metcalf pack for Elk and future Mule Deer, Bear, Antelope, etc hunts


I use an Alps Lightweight Sleeping Pad & a Kelty Tuck 20

Just bought a Fenix HM50R headlight which is badass


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re: Backpacking gear you use or would like to have
Gossamer Gorilla


Nodust
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re: Backpacking gear you use or would like to have
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Are you talking backpack camping? Spike camp hunting? what specifically?

I think it’s all interchangeable. You may have a few hunting specific things, but the basic gear is the same.

I’m a fairly lightweight packer but I also take a few trips where I’m base camping so will take a few extra luxury things.

You need shelter, insulation, hydration, and food.


Nodust
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Gossamer Gorilla

What year model is yours.

Got mine in 2012 and have been disappointed with the durability. Had it repaired after just a few trips when I got it. The shoulder strap adjustment straps aren’t lasting.

My ula packs have been much more durable.


jimbeam
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re: Backpacking gear you use or would like to have
Got it in 2018 new.

Couldn’t tell you about durability yet.
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mylsuhat
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I think it’s all interchangeable. You may have a few hunting specific things, but the basic gear is the same.

Yeah but the time of year makes a lot of difference. Are you sleeping under a tarp or in a tent with a stove? Big 0* bag or light quilt


Just curious on your gear for your purposes.



I'm super pumped to get the MR Metcalf in and try it out


Nodust
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Yeah but the time of year makes a lot of difference. Are you sleeping under a tarp or in a tent with a stove? Big 0* bag or light quilt


I have been in the single digits. Good down gear is expensive but worth it. Been working down to real winter conditions. Looking to make a sub zero trip maybe this winter. Tough part is timing it. Last time I went north in winter I had warm weather(20’s).

I almost always prepare for 20’s in the Rockies. Just never know what temps will hit at elevation.

I have really light quilts but I rather cold weather camping than warm.


mylsuhat
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I used an ENO Ignitor quilt last season in September in the Rockies and I froze my arse off at night


Went with the bag this year. The quilt was supposed to go with the hammock and did not work with just a pad. Bunch of guys suggested it but didn't work for me


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re: Backpacking gear you use or would like to have
I'm geared up for next to nothing to (summer) to -20; which for me really means light (not ultra light) to going way heavy. Couple months ago finally rounded the winter gear out with a Feathered Friends Volant for a winter trip that also fell through. Piece I'm most interested right now is a Zpacks Duplex but having an almost new Copper Spur HV UL2 it'll wait another season (or two). Wanted the double walls for condensation and without a fly for next to noting netting on hot-moskito nights. You can see the stars the netting is so thin.
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Nodust
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re: Backpacking gear you use or would like to have
The cottage vendor stuff is as advertised. 20 degree quilts from hammock gear, warbonnet, wilderness logics lets me sleep comfortable in the teens.

I have a set of 0 degree quilts that I wouldn’t think twice of taking below zero.

Was yours a underquilt? Or just a top quilt. Hammocks must have good bottom insulation. More important than top insulation.


mylsuhat
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Just a top quilt

This


I luckily got a great deal on it for $90 and sold it on eBay for $120 so it all worked out


ETA: I admittedly didn't do enough research and it burned me
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Nodust
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re: Backpacking gear you use or would like to have
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Just a top quilt

Yeah. Your gonna freeze without bottom insulation in the 60’s. Add a foam pad to hammock if nothing else.


Nodust
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re: Backpacking gear you use or would like to have
What about water filters.

I use Sawyer Squeeze. Setup as a gravity system. Tried the katadyn befree but didn’t care for it.


Sus-Scrofa
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re: Backpacking gear you use or would like to have
I just bring a nalgene with a built in life straw.

What I need for food I'll boil anyways.


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jimbeam
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re: Backpacking gear you use or would like to have
I have a big saywer squeeze and two small ones. Nothing else has piqued my interest enough to switch


awestruck
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re: Backpacking gear you use or would like to have
Yep - got the Sawyer too.

Always thought it'd be ok tucked in a ziplock and stuffed in the footbox of a sleeping bag to keep from freezing. Never yet. When that cold we usually use one person's leaving the rest dry for another day.


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NewIberiaHaircut
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re: Backpacking gear you use or would like to have
I enjoy my Deuter backpack. It's the most comfortable pack I've had.


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Grebe
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re: Backpacking gear you use or would like to have
Here are some of the items that I’m using:

Enlightened Equipment quilts in 20 and 40 degree ratings -- The 20 is great. I’ve used it to slightly below freezing and stayed warm. I’m still trying to find a use for the 40, which is too hot for the summer and not enough for the winter. I can use the 20 up to fairly high temps (50s?) without issue.

Kylmit Static pads -- I have the regular and insulated. Both work. Get the insulated if you only buy one.

Etekcity stove -- Cheapo Amazon stove. I have been using it for a couple of years now, so I guess it is durable. Don’t rely on the lighter thing on it, which is temperamental at best.

Kelty Redwing 50 -- I moved away from an ultralight pack to this. I was tired of packs that don’t fit, and this thing has a killer adjustable system. Curiously, it weighs several ounces less than the weight that the manufacturer lists. I have only used it once to carry heavy at 32lbs or so, and it was fine. It should be great at my normal load of around 18lbs or so, but the jury is still out without more experience with it. Cheap too!

Permethrin on clothes, and Picaridin on skin -- This works. I hiked the Black Creek trail in June and had one mosquito bite. You cannot imagine how many bugs were out there.

Thermacell -- The kind that plugs into a stove canister. I’m still experimenting with it. It seems to work.
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