Favorite Purchase

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Re: Favorite Purchase

Post by Flux » Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:46 pm

Marmot Helium bag. Changed my life. I used to wing it with a cheap synth bag and was always cold. I paired that up with a large size thermarest Xlite and I now sleep very very well. Never underestimate the effects of a good night's sleep in the backcountry. I spent too many dawn hours tossing and turning and waiting for the sun to come up so I could end the misery.

I toiled back and forth between the WM versalite and the Helium, but the helium went on sale and it was a no brainer from there.

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Re: Favorite Purchase

Post by artrock23 » Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:10 pm

Close tie...

Osprey Aether 70 pack. Plenty of space, two ice axe loops, and most importantly, very comfortable.
Grivel G10 crampons. These opened up a whole new world to me. They are easy to mount to ones boots, have very effective anti-balling devices, and with optional 'long bars' can be modified to fit a size 13.5 boot. I just upgraded to a new pair of G12s.
Flux wrote:Marmot Helium bag.
I recently got one... love it, so far. :D

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Re: Favorite Purchase

Post by venturefar » Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:25 am

Dr. Shade glacier glove sun gloves. Protect your hands from sun, bugs, abrasion, and wind burn, You can even tie fishing knots wearing them. Best $15 ever spent.

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Re: Favorite Purchase

Post by ndwoods » Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:36 am

Ditto WM bag!
When I feel really really crappy sick, I put mine on the couch and crawl in.....ah, comfort "food."
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Re: Favorite Purchase

Post by cvr » Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:07 am

Montbell "Alpine Light" down jacket. Simply awesome in every way. Light, warm, wind proof, compresses down to teh size of a 32oz Nalgene or even smaller. It feels like a "hug"!

Some of my hiking buddies laughed at me the first time a broke it out a few years back (although it might have been because of the "thyme" = funky light green color; on sale!), but they have since all purchased one or something similar.

It reminds me of the first time I broke out an LED headlamp a decade +/- ago. Again, I got some looks, but these are obviously standard issue these days.

The only new peice of gear I bought this season is a Snow Peak LiteMax stove; part titanium and a reported 1.9oz. It folds up amazingly small. It just finished its maiden voyage last weekend, performing quite well. It even did a great job sautéing fish in a 7 " pan despite the small burner size.

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Re: Favorite Purchase

Post by Jimr » Thu Jun 20, 2013 2:05 pm

Sierra cup, all 7 of them.
If you don't want to be eaten, don't look like food.

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Re: Favorite Purchase

Post by Silverfox » Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:14 pm

As I mature, sleep is a premium, my insulated Q-core air mattress is a godsend, slept like a teenager, well almost. Also, picked up a 2P Marmot Limelight Tent at REI Used Gear sale, looks brand new for $65.


P.S. Agree with others not to fill air mattress all the way, conforms to body better.

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