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The best piece of gear I've bought this year

Postby maiathebee » Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:39 pm

Tantalizing title, I know, but it's the truth. The best piece of gear I've bought this year is...

...a yellow bandana!

I cut in half and tie it to the outside of my pack. And I use it to wipe when I pee. As a woman on long trips, there is always the problem of using adequate toilet paper (and packing it out), or air drying (and smelling like pee), or not hydrating enough.

It's not rocket science, but it has improved my backcountry experience so much that I had to share!

(Sorry if this is a little bit of a taboo subject.)

I wrote a bit more about it here if you care to look: http://plutoniclove.com/2014/07/09/esse ... e-bandana/
oh hey! you're reading my signature.
that's nice. want to check out my blog?
here it is: plutoniclove.com



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Re: The best piece of gear I've bought this year

Postby robow8 » Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:35 am

I'll have to share this post with my wife! :o
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Re: The best piece of gear I've bought this year

Postby FeetFirst » Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:04 am

I'm getting a brown bandana. :lol: Sorry, I couldn't help myself.
I'm still rather convinced that you can achieve more than you've ever dreamed of if you just lower your standards.
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Re: The best piece of gear I've bought this year

Postby maiathebee » Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:57 am

FeetFirst wrote:I'm getting a brown bandana. :lol: Sorry, I couldn't help myself.


:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

Seriously though, the yellow one doesn't get stinky at all in the dry climate we have in the Sierra. I made my partner smell mine at the end of a 3 day trip (I'm so nice!) and he couldn't detect any scent on it at all.
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Postby sheperd80 » Thu Jul 24, 2014 5:33 pm

Thanks... now I'll never look at my innocent yellow bandana the same... ;-)

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Re: The best piece of gear I've bought this year

Postby Mradford » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:25 am

FeetFirst wrote: I made my partner smell mine at the end of a 3 day trip (I'm so nice!) and he couldn't detect any scent on it at all.



Bahahaha! :lol: :lol: Awesome
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Re: The best piece of gear I've bought this year

Postby caddis » Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:17 am

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Set of 3 stuff sacks from WalMart. Cheaper than the price you would pay for 1 sack anywhere else
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The best piece of gear I've bought this year

Postby AlmostThere » Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:37 am

caddis wrote:Image
Set of 3 stuff sacks from WalMart. Cheaper than the price you would pay for 1 sack anywhere else


I have a set of those - they fell apart within four years. moved on to granite gear....
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Re: The best piece of gear I've bought this year

Postby fishmonger » Wed Aug 06, 2014 6:45 am

best gear added to the pack this summer was a 1/8" thick 3/4 length roll of closed cell foam to put under the Exped inflatable pad. It weighs almost nothing, costs almost nothing (ebay furniture supplies, rather than $$ Gossamer Gear - same product), and it added protection to the bottom of the pads. We spent more than 25 nights on all kinds of ground and for the first time ever when hiking with inflatables, I had no leak for the entire trip. It also served as a great tent pad for breakfast and other times when you didn't want to bounce around on the fragile inflatables. And in a worst case scenario, as in terminally broken inflatable pad, it would have worked ok as a minimalist ground pad. $8 on ebay, very durable, still good for many more hikes. Two of these roll up smaller than one normal ridge rest.

Total weight of foam layer and inflatable pad was clearly off the charts compared to a plain ridgerest, but we slept well, for almost a month out there. Very important. Last year, the ridgerest drove me crazy after just a few days. Wasn't going to happen again.
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Re: The best piece of gear I've bought this year

Postby oldhikerQ » Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:15 pm

Best piece of gear for 2014 is a custom (12" tall) Bearikade. Due to be bonded this Friday and delivered early next week. Can't wait to load it up for our Matterhorn Canyon Trip.
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Re: The best piece of gear I've bought this year

Postby themappist » Sun Aug 17, 2014 1:42 pm

oldhikerQ wrote:Best piece of gear for 2014 is a custom (12" tall) Bearikade. Due to be bonded this Friday and delivered early next week. Can't wait to load it up for our Matterhorn Canyon Trip.


Just got one of these in the mail last week! 12" custom. Upgrade from my 5 year old weekender which I managed to offload for virtually the same price I paid 5 years ago. Now wondering if we are on the verge of seeing Ursak approved in the Sierras and I made a bad purchase.
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Re: The best piece of gear I've bought this year

Postby gary c. » Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:41 am

Maiathebee, I'm sending the link you posted to my wife and the other woman that backpack with us. I'm not sure which ones might be interested but I know that my wife sure gets tired of keeping track of little Ziploc baggies with soiled paper in them on extended trips.

Also, I have heard of thru hikers carrying bandanas for just this use. That was the big warning, if you find a bandana on the trail don't tie it around your neck!!
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