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

Postby JWreno » Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:10 am

My wife has a SpongeBob Squarepants bandana we call SpongeBob PeePants. She just gives it a bear can wash out each day. I appreciate the great savings in use of tissue.



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

Postby austex » Thu Sep 25, 2014 5:19 pm

JWreno wrote:My wife has a SpongeBob Squarepants bandana we call SpongeBob PeePants. She just gives it a bear can wash out each day. I appreciate the great savings in use of tissue.


I guess we just missed national "Talk like a pirate day" :unibrow:
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Re: The best piece of gear I've bought this year

Postby oldranger » Fri Sep 26, 2014 9:09 am

Supai pack raft. I honestly believe that it does not add to the number of fish I catch but it adds to the enjoyment of fishing by eliminating the need to climb over cliffs and negotiate talus while fishing from shore. For the first time I was able to fish Edna Lake in Yosemite without wearing myself out. The raft adds about 2 lbs to my load (including paddles but I have managed to loose a little weight from other items so the net gain is about 1 lb. The paddle/hiking pole combo from Alpaca nicely complements the raft. Managed to land 18 inch rb from Edna and 19 1/2 " cut from Edna (Sawtooths in Idaho) from the raft this year--two of the 4 largest fish I have caught in the backcountry.

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Fishing Edna Yosemite

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First two fish caught at Edna this year, including 18 incher


Edna can be kind of fickle so we kept first two fish we caught and placed in snow while we caught and released the rest of the day.

No pic of the cut because I released it and I don't take a camera on the raft.
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Re: The best piece of gear I've bought this year

Postby AlmostThere » Fri Sep 26, 2014 3:12 pm

Best purchase of the year award goes to my Hammock Gear 0 degree Burrow top quilt. Four inches of lofty Dri down - come on, snowy winter!
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Re: The best piece of gear I've bought this year

Postby longri » Fri Sep 26, 2014 3:55 pm

I didn't buy much this year. But I did get one of those little coin battery keychain type LED lights. The technology has improved with LEDs so much that this tiny thing (12g) puts out as much light as my old-school Tikka headlamp. For typical summer trips where I rarely need a light this is perfect.

An effortless and inexpensive way to shave a couple of ounces from my pack.
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Re: The best piece of gear I've bought this year

Postby Bluewater » Mon Sep 29, 2014 8:54 am

I finally surrendered to a full size inflatable pad this year; TAR Xlite size L. It seems like I've tried almost everything else to save weight but this pad always delivers a good nights sleep.


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

Postby maverick » Mon Sep 29, 2014 1:51 pm

Bluewater wrote:
TAR Xlite


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

Postby TahoeJeff » Mon Sep 29, 2014 2:08 pm

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

Postby maverick » Mon Sep 29, 2014 2:17 pm

That's what I thought, but Bluewater gets a lot of gear from small companies
that are off the grid. :)
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Re: The best piece of gear I've bought this year

Postby RichardCullip » Mon Sep 29, 2014 2:49 pm

Just gave my new purchase (ZPacks Solplex tent) a try this weekend. It passed with flying colors. Love it's light weight. At 16oz, counting the 8 stakes it takes, it is an amazing light fully enclosed and waterproof tent for one. It replaced my Gossamer Gear The One tent which was pretty nice but very noisy in any sort of wind.
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Re: The best piece of gear I've bought this year

Postby maverick » Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:17 pm

RC wrote:
Just gave my new purchase (ZPacks Solplex tent) a try this weekend.It passed with
flying colors.


It better have for $535. :)
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Re: The best piece of gear I've bought this year

Postby Bluewater » Mon Sep 29, 2014 11:35 pm

maverick wrote:That's what I thought, but Bluewater gets a lot of gear from small companies
that are off the grid. :)


For a while I was using the Taperlite inflatable pad made by Kookabay. At the time it was the lightest inflatable pad I could find. . . but Kookabay was a one man cottage manufacturer who really did go off the grid, he's no longer in business:)


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