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Gear You Would Buy Again and Again

Postby tyler4588 » Wed Mar 24, 2010 2:13 am

I saw the thread about bad gear purchases, and as I'm still building my own collection, I'm curious about what pieces of gear are your favorite purchases? What gear gets you excited every time you use it? What piece of gear would you purchase over and over again if you lost it?

For me, I bought an Osprey Talon 44 backpack last year, and I love it! Light, durable (especially for the thickness of its fabric), and it's bright orange. What about everybody else?
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Postby SpiderSavage » Wed Mar 24, 2010 2:17 am

Five-Ten Guide tennies.
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Postby phydeux » Wed Mar 24, 2010 2:41 am

Three items:

A Camp Trails external frame backpack I bought about 1980. I've replaced the hipbelt and shoulder straps a few times, patched a few holes in the pack, but its still the most comfortable pack I own and the one I use the most.

A TNF Superlight sleeping bag bought around 1988. Nothing fancy, just a simple ripstop nylon shell insulated with 600-fill down. It's lost a little bit of its insulating power, but I still use it on spring and fall trips.

A SVEA 123 stove. No fuss, very few moving parts, very dependable. Not used that much any more, but still use it for a few backpack trips each year. Its a real conversation starter when I take it out of my pack and light it up.
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Postby alleyehave » Wed Mar 24, 2010 2:49 am

1: Salmon Trail runners, i've literally had them for 3-5 years, put well over 150 miles on them and they are just now starting to look like they need replacement.

2: REI Half-Dome Tent, although primarily a car camping tent, i've pitched it for atleast 40-50 days, burnt a small hole in it, bent the poles, pitched it on broken glass/jagged rocks, in the shittiest of storms and it still stands strong. Not to mention I got it at the used gear sale for $87 w/o a flaw 4 1/2 years ago...
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Postby Sleighty » Wed Mar 24, 2010 2:52 am

Salmon Trail runners, i've literally had them for 3-5 years, put well over 150 miles on them and they are just now starting to look like they need replacement.


Have to agree. My Comp3's (or whatever they're called) have been well worn and yet I feel like I could put another few hundred miles on them before the soles start showing any wear.

Also my old school Charlet Moser Super 12's. Heavy, Steel, Leather straps. Love em.

And beer. :D
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Postby Damien Gildea » Wed Mar 24, 2010 2:57 am

Arcteryx Squamish pullover. I have three. Current version is now a jacket.

MH Trango 4 expedition tent. The only regular tent long enough for me. I've gone through three.

Montbell Thermawrap parka. Light, warm, great fit. I have two.

Smartwool expedition socks. The red and grey ones. I have three or four pairs.

Ridgrest foam mat. Light, simple, tough, warm. I've had three or four.

OR Crocodile gaiters. I've had three or four pairs.
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Postby JHH60 » Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:04 am

Marmot Windshirt. Breathes well, resists wind and light precipitation, inexpensive. A true softshell.
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Postby GEM Trail » Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:09 am

Manzella Silkweight Windstopper gloves. These things fold into nothing, yet are windproof, very water resistant, grippy and incredibly comfortable. I don't know if I would climb with them- I don't know if they are made for all that high stakes friction- but for biking and hiking and throwing snowballs they work great!

And like I said, they are so light and thin you wouldn't believe they are so warm and tough
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Postby MRoyer4 » Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:23 am

R1 Hoody. There's lots of gear I love, but it stands out above all else.
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Postby Autoxfil » Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:28 am

Patagonia wool 2 zip. I wear this thing constantly, from -20 F to 70 F. It's easily the most versatile base I've ever used.

Rab Neutrino Endurance. 22oz, packs down to the size of a cantaloupe, stuff sack is perfect for hanging on a harness, and the warmth is just phenomenal. Anything warmer would be overkill for the lower 48.

Osprey Variant 52. Every feature you really need on a mountaineering pack, and zero you don't. Great suspension, tool/gear loops on the hip belt (and ice clipper slot!), best crampon pouch I've seen, narrow bottom doesn't get in the way, nice compression system, 3.5lb, and well under two bills.

Granite Gear Air Bloc Solid compression sack. Super-light, as light as many non-compression sacks. But, it does the job well, and the square shape fits pack bottoms much better than normal sacks.
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Postby bryangast » Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:54 am

REI's expedition long underwear. Light, warm and durable. I wear the top all the time as if it were a fleece sweater.
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Postby Gafoto » Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:03 am

Arc'Teryx Seeker Pants - The perfect softshell pants. They have just the right number of pockets and a nice cut that is never restrictive because the fabric stretches nicely. Very water repellent and always breathable. I've used them on just about every excursion this winter and with the right layering my legs are always comfy.
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Postby drpw » Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:11 am

bryangast wrote:REI's expedition long underwear. Light, warm and durable. I wear the top all the time as if it were a fleece sweater.


The expedition mts is amazing. I wear mine around as well all the time. When I know I'm going to wake up pre-dawn to surf I sleep in them and go right from bed to the car wihtout getting cold. Definitely on my list. Too bad they aren't bringing it back for next winter, have something else that looks good but just not the same.

North Face Apex Aerobic hoody - camouflage print for stealth fly fishing maneuvers and breathes like no other and looks so steezy. I like hiking with it as well, especially in winter because it breathes well even with the hood on, looks good, and keeps the sun off me when I have the hood up.

MSR Denali Ascents - I sit at my desk late into the night with my Ascents in my lap just reading TRs of places I want to take my slowshoes. Way better then the evos by the way in my opinion, wider and can hold 8" tails.

REI Down Booties - These things are un-believable, they're way puffier and warmer than any of the other down booties I tried and they have a nice high cuff. There's nothing like coming down from a summit with damp clammy feet and drying them off int he tent and throwing on the down booties.

Thermos - I have a 1l thermos that has revolutionized alpine starts. I fill it up with coffee the night before and make sure that all my stuff is in order and ready to go. When I wake up I fish my thermos out of my sleeping bag and lay in my bag and drink hot coffee. A few minutes later I'm warmed and energized from the coffee and ready to brave the cold. It makes alpine starts so much easier, enjoyable, and earlier.
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Postby Muddeer » Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:40 am

Outdoor Research Sun Runner Cap - I think I bought 4 of these. Indispensible whether hiking in Death Valley or climbing Denali, giving both sun and wind protection. All thanks to the chin cord being attached to the sun skirt (so it won't flap in the wind) and not the cap....
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