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Postby markskor » Sat Jun 24, 2006 2:08 pm

For want of any logical reason, serendipity...a long history perhaps...most of my backpacking gear is red:
Chili-red Gregory, Yak-pak, vest, NF jacket, wool socks, laces...whatever
One hiking buddy likes all black...fleece...pants...gortex.
Am I odd or have others here also selected a preferred backwoods color scheme?
In the wilderness, what color are you...if any?
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Postby Matilda » Sat Jun 24, 2006 3:02 pm

Unfortunately my gear is all over the color spectrum--an Easter egg on acid. I realized this today while getting things ready for a quick trip out to Fish Creek on Monday. My pack's gray and black--ok. But once in camp, it gets messy: a sage and white tent, a red and black bag, a hot pink "ladies" ultralight thermarest that I shove into a purple camp chair frame. I'll be wearing a blue top to match incredibly ugly but comfortable blue and orange Brooks trailrunners.
I probably should be banned from the backcountry, or at least be given a makeover. But what's with the gear companies and these colors? Do they think I need a pink sleeping pad to prove my femininity??
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Postby giantbrookie » Sat Jun 24, 2006 6:35 pm

I think whatever works for me is whatever happens to be on sale when I'm looking for something. My current backcountry stuff is reasonably color coordinated, but totally unintentional: off white N Face shirt, light tan REI pants, white hat with back sun shade, Lt gray Sierra Designs lightweight breathable rain jacket, plus a black REI pack (black goes with anything).
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Postby hikerduane » Sat Jun 24, 2006 7:37 pm

My stuff is whatever color the manufacturer sees fit to use. My Golite pants are ugly but they were on sale. Gotta go, the fashion police are out looking for me again.
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Postby BSquared » Mon Jun 26, 2006 8:42 am

I've always had a sort of manic-depressive cryptic-loud dilemma. Mostly I like to be inconspicuous, so I choose browns, forest greens, khakis, and so on. But my ski gear and rain gear are usually pretty bright reds and yellows, and every now and then I get something to wear hiking that's really bright. But frankly, I've never found it objectionable when I run across a brightly colored tent or a hiker dressed in bright colors, so I'm not sure what being "inconspicuous" really buys me... In fact, it's always kind of fun to look over a steep set of switchbacks and pick out the brightly colored hikers spread out on the route.
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Postby dave54 » Mon Jun 26, 2006 10:20 pm

This issue has been discussed at outdoor suppliers and manufacturers conventions for years.

The LNT purists have been asking for more muted colors, while the manufacturers argue they offer muted colors, but the public buys bright colors. Both sides have good arguments.

I am a muted color guy, myself. With a few items of bright day-glo orange in case I need visibility (lost, hunting season, etc).
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Postby Randonnee » Tue Jun 27, 2006 6:40 am

Presently I have a mixture of colors.

When I was doing a lot of climbing every member of the group I climbed with had a different color so that from a distance we knew who it was. Now that I am on my own the choice is what ever color is available when I buy gear.

The muted colors are nice when viewing of photographing animals. The blend in and you can get closer to the subject. However there is a lot to be said for the bright colors, as they can be seen from a distance and in an emergency this could make the difference between life and death! I think this should be considered when selecting outdoor gear.

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Postby Rosabella » Tue Jun 27, 2006 9:20 pm

black and white with a little pink.... I can't help myself - it's the ballet dancer in me ;)! Oh, except for my poncho... I may have to make one to match :D
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Postby wingding » Wed Jun 28, 2006 6:57 pm

Buying gear on sale means getting things in whatever color is available for me.
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Postby BSquared » Thu Jun 29, 2006 6:20 am

wingding wrote:Buying gear on sale means getting things in whatever color is available for me.


Yup. That's the way I got my (now worn out) day-glow fluorescent bright loud (am I making my point?) extremely organge ski pants. Used to get comments from lift operators like, "how long do the batteries last on those things?" Sheesh... Effective Goretex, though, and from Sierra Trading Post around 10% of what I'd pay normally. But nobody had to to look for me long on the slopes. Once, they even got me found after my ski class had lost me...
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Postby Rosabella » Fri Jun 30, 2006 6:25 am

I do look on the sale racks, but the price tag on a piece of clothing/equipment is not the deciding factor for me, unless I truly feel they are comparable. If it's a great price, but doesn't have all the features I want, it's not much of a deal.

I use that reasoning when buying all my gear/cothing and I've never regretted it - two years from now it's not going to matter if I paid full price for something that is truly comfortable, fits my body, easy to use/operate/set up, and that I still love. (and if there are color options that just happen to be black, white, or pink... well that's a bonus :D )
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Postby Snow Nymph » Fri Jun 30, 2006 7:14 am

Rosabella wrote:I do look on the sale racks, but the price tag on a piece of clothing/equipment is not the deciding factor for me, unless I truly feel they are comparable. If it's a great price, but doesn't have all the features I want, it's not much of a deal.

I use that reasoning when buying all my gear/cothing and I've never regretted it - two years from now it's not going to matter if I paid full price for something that is truly comfortable, fits my body, easy to use/operate/set up, and that I still love. (and if there are color options that just happen to be black, white, or pink... well that's a bonus :D )


Clothes: My size is hard to find so I usually pay full price. Right now I'm having trouble with hiking boots. The smallest they make is size 6 (I wear 5), and I don't like buying online because I can't try it on. I bought trailrunners and had to return. For a few years my $225 Raichle Mountain Trekkers were on sale at Sierra Trading Post for ~$65 so I bought 3 pr (did this a few times). I know I have at least 2 pr somewhere in the garage, but can't find them. I tried using a 5.5, and my heel kept slipping out (in patchy snow) and it was miserable. I tried a kids 3 (when I forgot my boots at home and had to buy what was available in Visalia) and my ankle hurt for a month after (3 days with a full pack and no ankle support). So if I can find something that fits I'll pay the price.

Purple/black Kelty Flight pack
Sky blue/Grey Warmlite tent (got to pick colors, 2.lb 13 oz)
Blue/black Marmot Pinnacle sleeping bag
Pink/black SD Elle sleeping bag (womens bag, came in Short)
Orange/grey sleeping pad
Rain Jackets (4) : red, blue, purple, black (black was from online sale)
Rain Pants (a few): black
Hiking poles (2 sets): One Black set and one Red set
Sling-light chair (2): blue and green

my colors: purple, black, red, teal (but not all together)
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