What gear are you looking to improve in 2014 ?

All things gear related

Re: What gear are you looking to improve in 2014 ?

Postby Lefty » Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:48 pm

Maybe a stove for winter camping
Lefty
 
Posts: 15
Joined: Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:24 pm

Re: What gear are you looking to improve in 2014 ?

Postby alann » Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:05 pm

Pack and shelter. Have an ilbe pack currently and don't have a decent tent for backpacking.
alann
 
Posts: 16
Joined: Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:30 pm

Re: What gear are you looking to improve in 2014 ?

Postby Nathan C » Tue Jul 22, 2014 4:03 am

I'm set for packs and shelters and stoves. My only upgrades may be a new rain jacket, a new pair of gaiters, and I really "need" a fishing kayak.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
User avatar
Nathan C
Site Admin
 
Posts: 258
Joined: Thu May 09, 2013 5:29 am
Location: Tennessee

Re: What gear are you looking to improve in 2014 ?

Postby Larry Skiles » Tue Jul 22, 2014 3:39 pm

I'm a gear whore. (Stole that phrase from Kotman on another forum) But I am one.
This year I bought a Solo Stove to go with my MSR Whisper Lite. I plan on updating my tent. I want a BCS2 with a stove. I have already bought the stove. I've never had a tent with a stove except a wall tent with stove for rifle season. But I don't rifle hunt so much anymore, just bow hunt my self silly, pack in and chase elk.
I'm going to build a pluk, this fall. Other then that I'm set.
Larry Skiles
 
Posts: 24
Joined: Thu Dec 26, 2013 7:19 am

Re: What gear are you looking to improve in 2014 ?

Postby Marlon » Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:43 pm

I'm downsizing everything. I have too many large "Canvas Tents" that as I have gotten older have become more of a
burden to use. I began the process of lighter weight gear last year and would never go back. Now if I could win the tent contest I would be set for the Fall Elk hunt?
Marlon
 
Posts: 18
Joined: Fri May 09, 2014 11:11 am

Re: What gear are you looking to improve in 2014 ?

Postby kevhans » Thu Jul 31, 2014 7:46 pm

Lighter pack. I currently have a 7.5 lb. behemouth. Also revamping my whole shelter/sleep system.
kevhans
 

Re: What gear are you looking to improve in 2014 ?

Postby kevin_t » Fri Aug 01, 2014 6:42 am

Yes a 7.5 lb pack, IMO is just not needed anymore. There are several excellent options that carry well that are sub 5 lbs. Myself, I prefer to keep it under 3.5 lbs. The pack is the most logical place to cut weight, as it is always on you.

With sleep systems, it's hard to beat the ease of use and durability of a Ridgrest, but the size and comfort is lacking. The inflatables like the downmat / neo air are nice , but are not near as quick to pack and unpack, and more subject to failure. I have found a preference most of the time for a Thermarest prolite small (11 ounces and takes 4 breathes) coupled with a EVA foam pad. EVA foams work well, because they can be folded and roll up smaller than a CCF. I find the combination comfortable enough as long as I watch where I setup. On the CDT this year, I had one night I set up on a bunch of big clumps of grass, and that was my only night of poor sleep. If I had set up a few feet away I'd have been fine. With sleeping bags , lots of options out there.
kevin_t
 
Posts: 1144
Joined: Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:39 am

Re: What gear are you looking to improve in 2014 ?

Postby Wilderness » Fri Aug 15, 2014 4:18 am

Improving my spike camp situation in general...
Wilderness
 
Posts: 11
Joined: Sun Aug 10, 2014 5:52 am

Re: What gear are you looking to improve in 2014 ?

Postby Larry Skiles » Fri Aug 15, 2014 6:59 pm

Nathan C
What gaiters are you going to purchase? I ask because I've never had a pair. I always thought it frivolous because I would wear my wool pants long, tie a string around my boot top. I've been doing this for over 40 years, starting to get funny looks from the younger fellas.
I have heard mention on "some" other forum reference to short gaiters. Why would a guy wear short ones?
I ask this because you mentioned replacing your gaiters and must have experience.
Larry Skiles
 
Posts: 24
Joined: Thu Dec 26, 2013 7:19 am

Re: What gear are you looking to improve in 2014 ?

Postby kevin_t » Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:48 pm

I often use a short gaiter called a dirty girl ... Yes that is the name. A lot of trail runners use them. I use them primarily for keeping rocks out of shoes or stuff of socks. They are not for snow etc or really for large boots either. For boots and snow I use a standard full size gaiter or else go without
kevin_t
 
Posts: 1144
Joined: Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:39 am

PreviousNext

Return to Gear

x