So what new piece of gear have you purchased lately?

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Re: So what new piece of gear have you purchased lately?

Postby Jen » Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:20 am

Jay w wrote:I realize you've made your choice but the tarp is also in a photo on pg 3, Oct 5th under Trip Reports/Other National Parks post Yellowstone/Tetons 2016.

Just putting out that opportunity for you to get sucked into another trip report. :D

Jay


Heading out for a walk with Maia on this beautifully drizzly 46º day. I look forward to delving into the Yellowstone report while we dry out later this afternoon. :)
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Re: So what new piece of gear have you purchased lately?

Postby Jay w » Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:25 am

I'd have to look to make sure, but my poor memory says it's a Kelty Noah 12x12. It comes with poles that I didn't bring on the trip. I used a cord to hang the thing. So the weight probably includes some pole weight. It's not light though, but folds much smaller than a tarp and is lighter.

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Re: So what new piece of gear have you purchased lately?

Postby smahurin » Sun Apr 30, 2017 2:25 pm

Jen wrote:My most recent purchase was the Tarp Tent I bought last year for our family trip to Cloud Peak Wilderness. We needed a 4 person lightweight tent and the Hogback has been amazing! Love it!
https://www.tarptent.com/hogback.html

I have my eye on a new sleeping bag for this year (handing my Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 down to Maia). ;)
http://www.enlightenedequipment.com/revelation/

Thanks for the Thread, Teapot! I heart new gear! Congrats on the new pack for Cam!


If I can ever get my leg fixed and back on the trail again, a tarptent rainbow is at the top of my list. Seems like a tremendous company and I've only ever seen positive reviews. Sounds like you're enjoying yours!
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Re: So what new piece of gear have you purchased lately?

Postby Jay w » Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:29 pm

I took a look in the basement. I have the Kelty Noah 12x12. It came without poles, but I have a tarp cover with poles that I bought for providing shade when I'm doing back yard projects. I brought the poles from the tarp cover to Bowman, but never used them.

That's what I remember and I'm sticking to it.

BTW, it is a nice addition for car camping. If it rains in the back country, you'll have people buying you virtual beers or even kegs. If you have a few people splitting up kitchen supplies, it would be a nice addition.

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Re: So what new piece of gear have you purchased lately?

Postby PeteE » Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:10 pm

Jay w wrote:I took a look in the basement. I have the Kelty Noah 12x12. It came without poles, but I have a tarp cover with poles that I bought for providing shade when I'm doing back yard projects. I brought the poles from the tarp cover to Bowman, but never used them.

That's what I remember and I'm sticking to it.

BTW, it is a nice addition for car camping. If it rains in the back country, you'll have people buying you virtual beers or even kegs. If you have a few people splitting up kitchen supplies, it would be a nice addition.

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I still say that Kelty 12x12 ~2 lb tarp is overkill for backpacking.
I guess if you have a "slave" like a kid (child labor laws?) to carry a heavy tarp it's no big deal. 8)
Have Maia sell cookies and pickup cans and bottles to buy a lightweight tarp.
An 8x8 sil-nylon would be a fraction of the weight and plenty big for 2 people in a food prep area.
Buy a cheap 12x12 at Home Depot for car camping. :mrgreen:


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Re: So what new piece of gear have you purchased lately?

Postby Jen » Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:56 pm

Jay w wrote:I took a look in the basement. I have the Kelty Noah 12x12. It came without poles, but I have a tarp cover with poles that I bought for providing shade when I'm doing back yard projects. I brought the poles from the tarp cover to Bowman, but never used them.

That's what I remember and I'm sticking to it.

BTW, it is a nice addition for car camping. If it rains in the back country, you'll have people buying you virtual beers or even kegs. If you have a few people splitting up kitchen supplies, it would be a nice addition.

Jay


Yep! It is likely we will be a party of 4 for the backpack so I am happy with my choice especially at that price. I like the idea of receiving beers for bringing the tarp. Even if they are virtual beers!
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Re: So what new piece of gear have you purchased lately?

Postby kdoc » Fri May 05, 2017 6:38 am

Jen wrote:My most recent purchase was the Tarp Tent I bought last year for our family trip to Cloud Peak Wilderness. We needed a 4 person lightweight tent and the Hogback has been amazing! Love it!
https://www.tarptent.com/hogback.html

I have my eye on a new sleeping bag for this year (handing my Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 down to Maia). ;)
http://www.enlightenedequipment.com/revelation/

Thanks for the Thread, Teapot! I heart new gear! Congrats on the new pack for Cam!

Make sure you order that sleeping bag well in advance, mine took nearly the full 5 weeks when I ordered it last year.
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Re: So what new piece of gear have you purchased lately?

Postby Jen » Fri May 05, 2017 6:52 am

kdoc wrote:Make sure you order that sleeping bag well in advance, mine took nearly the full 5 weeks when I ordered it last year.


How do you like it???
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Re: So what new piece of gear have you purchased lately?

Postby kdoc » Fri May 05, 2017 6:54 am

Jen wrote:
kdoc wrote:Make sure you order that sleeping bag well in advance, mine took nearly the full 5 weeks when I ordered it last year.


How do you like it???

Love it, nice and lightweight, packs really small. Got a 40 degree version and kept me warm enough even the morning it snowed up at fifty mountain.
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Re: So what new piece of gear have you purchased lately?

Postby mattB » Sun May 07, 2017 2:30 pm

Jen wrote:I am thinking of getting an ultralight tarp to hang over the food prep area in case of crappy weather. They are really pricey though. I see some great deals on footprints. Any insight as to whether that might work as an overhead tarp?


I repurpose old plastic shower curtains for a lot of things, that might work, and not be too pricy!! :-)
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Re: So what new piece of gear have you purchased lately?

Postby Jen » Tue May 16, 2017 6:43 am

kdoc wrote:
Jen wrote:
kdoc wrote:Make sure you order that sleeping bag well in advance, mine took nearly the full 5 weeks when I ordered it last year.


How do you like it???

Love it, nice and lightweight, packs really small. Got a 40 degree version and kept me warm enough even the morning it snowed up at fifty mountain.


I placed my order on Sunday. I am pretty excited about this! :arrow:
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Re: So what new piece of gear have you purchased lately?

Postby teapot57 » Tue May 16, 2017 7:11 am

I placed my order on Sunday. I am pretty excited about this! :arrow:


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Jen, which temperature rating did you go with?
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Re: So what new piece of gear have you purchased lately?

Postby Jen » Tue May 16, 2017 7:48 am

teapot57 wrote:
I placed my order on Sunday. I am pretty excited about this! :arrow:


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Jen, which temperature rating did you go with?


850 fill, 20º, regular length, 58 wide. :)
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Re: So what new piece of gear have you purchased lately?

Postby Goat » Wed May 24, 2017 5:45 pm

My latest new piece of gear? Hmmm...well, I bought a new polycro groundsheet from gossamer gear a while back. And, although not exactly new, I sent my MLD duomid in for a zipper replacement. Can't give up my 'mid, we've seen lots of adventures together and it's still going strong after 6+ years. Hard to beat 15 oz for a bomber shelter (including stakes).

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Re: So what new piece of gear have you purchased lately?

Postby missguinness » Sun May 28, 2017 8:03 am

I don't know if this qualifies as new gear, but last year we were introduced to a product called deFUNKit. We all have those synthetic fabric shirts that even being diligent in washing, after 5 minutes of wearing it, it starts to smell. This stuff really works. Originally bought it on Amazon for $20. It only does 1 load of wash but when you throw in all your workout/hiking gear, it's perfect because if we (Heff and I) were to replace shirts and shorts it would cost A LOT more than $20. We washed our clothes last July and the smell hasn't returned. We decided to make it an annual wash of clothes. Yesterday, I found the stuff for $10 at Leftlane. Sweet! On a different note, I recently became a product tester for REI. They sent me their Igneo 17 sleeping bag. Best part is I get to keep the gear. :arrow:
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