drpw wrote:First of all, as I type this there is a Stoic eVent shell on Steep and Cheap for $160. It's under a pound and I love the Stoic gear I have. If you're not in a hurry, you can keep looking on Steep and Cheap and you will get a far better deal. I just got a nice Stoic welded seam shell for $100 (w/ shipping, msrp $260) off there, and it weighs in at just over a pound and I like it much more than most Patty stuff. GearTrade.com is also great, backcountry.com sends stuff there that is new but without tags and such. I've regularly buy gear for 50-70% off that is either last years models, factory seconds, or used once. You've spent all this time thinking about what to get, if you take a little time and do some looking you can save big bucks, which means more money to pay for gas or a few more days off at work to get out.
Great suggestions. Thanks.