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Favorite Purchase

Postby maverick » Fri May 24, 2013 5:41 pm

What piece of gear has been your best/favorite purchase to date? Maybe a jacket,
tent, backpack, or sleeping bag?
My favorite piece of gear over the decades have consistently been from
one company, Western Mountaineering (sleeping bags & jackets).
The quality of down, the craftsmanship, and attention to detail has made me
a loyal customer of theirs for last couple of decades.
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Re: Favorite Purchase

Postby k9mark » Fri May 24, 2013 6:28 pm

Does fishing count? A Sage ZXL 586-5 fly rod. I refer to it as "Sweetness"
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Re: Favorite Purchase

Postby maverick » Fri May 24, 2013 7:17 pm

Sure does! What about this rod makes it so special and stand out from the rest to you?
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Re: Favorite Purchase

Postby k9mark » Sat May 25, 2013 6:49 pm

It just feels so natural to me. Like part of you. Ive heard many fly fisherman say this but I had never experienced it until I picked up this rod. Its so smooth and effortless to cast.
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Re: Favorite Purchase

Postby Carne_DelMuerto » Sat May 25, 2013 9:55 pm

For me, it's a cheap 4-quart aluminum pot that has served me so well for so long. I bought it thinking it would last a couple seasons and allow me to cook for a group easily. It's been the most durable, useful, and used piece of gear in my pack. It's cooked some epic one-pot meals. I've got my share of pricey gear (including a couple Sages :D), but this pot is my prized piece because I expected so little out of it and it's far exceeded my expectations.
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Re: Favorite Purchase

Postby xNateX » Sun May 26, 2013 3:42 am

Snow Peak 450 double-walled Ti mug. Allowed me to upgrade from the VIA stuff out in the backcountry. :drinkers:

Thought $55 for a coffee cup and lid was ridiculous, and maybe it is. Use it daily with a MSR mugmate / Finum brewing basket. Hoping it'll be the last coffee mug I ever buy.

Bought the colored version and mugmate combo as a gift for another. The best things in life are supposed to be shared.
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Re: Favorite Purchase

Postby Rockchucker » Sun May 26, 2013 10:01 am

I had a hard time deciding, but I think it has to be me Enlighten equipment quilt, it is so warm and light.
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Re: Favorite Purchase

Postby Fly Guy Dave » Sun May 26, 2013 11:08 am

I would have to say that it is a Primus vari-fuel stove that I bought eons ago. It's really noisy, sounds like a mini jet engine, but its practically bullet-proof. I've hauled that stove all over the place, dropped it dirt, water, snow, etc. and it still works like a champ.
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Re: Favorite Purchase

Postby rlown » Sun May 26, 2013 11:28 am

wow. just one?

Guess my kelty tioga would be #1. great service in all aspects.
The 2 qt aluminum pot i bought in '76. Still carry it and it's faithful (per carne's observations). It's the backbone of the kitchen.

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Re: Favorite Purchase

Postby oldranger » Sun May 26, 2013 10:32 pm

My Exped DownmAT 7 UL LW. When you get to medicare age a goodnight sleep is hard to com by under even optimal conditions. The downmat is as close as it gets when backpacking.

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Re: Favorite Purchase

Postby TRAUMAhead » Tue May 28, 2013 2:44 am

Patagonia Houdini wind shirt, weighs nearly nothing, perfect shell for hiking in almost all conditions I see.

Inov-8 Roclite 295 shoes. Actually fit my feet, roomy toe box, lightweight. They remodeled the shoe this year and heard they changed the fit sadly. Going to give Alta Lone Peaks a try when my 295s bite the dust.

Gone through several packs, tents/tarps, pads, etc. Still looking for the right (and light) ones.
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Re: Favorite Purchase

Postby sparky » Tue May 28, 2013 8:49 am

I just got a WM bag, and have only used it once on a car camping trip. But it is so comfortable, light, and warm I know it will be my favorite piece of gear.

I do love my montbell alpine light down parka. It is really warm.
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