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  • What is your perfect piece of gear?

    Sometimes I get a piece of gear and it is just perfect for my application. One that makes you want to cry when it is lost broken or stolen. Please add your contribution here.

    Mine:

    Spark SG5 flood headlamp. Absolutely perfect flood light. Not a speck of brightspot in the beam. Like turning on a 40 watt bulb. One single AA batery. It was pricy but I just love it. Unfortunately no longer found for sale.

    Marmot Driclime windshirt. I wear this over a polypro tee shirt and I'm in winter hiking heaven. This too is no longer found or sale. The Ether jacket was similar but it too....

    Recently added the Rab Vapour Rise gloves. Sweet for 30-50F. My hands dont sweat them out and they dont get too warm. I need to get a second pair before they too are gone.

    What are yours?

    Last edited by John H Swanson; 10-22-2022, 09:35 AM. Reason: cleaned up grammer and corrected errors

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    My (very old) MEC Brio 25 day pack. It's starting to wear; it may die in a couple years. I will mourn.

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    • #3
      Wahoo heart rate monitor. I configured it to warn me when I get to 90% of max heart rate.

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      • #4
        Evernew 1.3L Ti pot. Perfect shape, volume and weight.
        "There's a whisper on the night-wind, there's a star agleam to guide us, And the Wild is calling, calling . . . let us go." -from "The Call of the Wild" by Robert Service

        My trail journal: DuctTape's Journal

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        • #5
          PolarPure water treatment. It has been my only method of producing safe driinking water, other than by boiling, for more than 30 years.
          "Now I see the secret of making the best person, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth." -Walt Whitman

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          • #6
            New Balance 573 trail runners. Teko socks.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Deb dePeyster View Post
              New Balance 573 trail runners. Teko socks.
              Which Teko socks do you recommend/prefer?

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              • #8
                "Which Teko socks do you recommend/prefer?"

                They sell a lot of merino wool and merino/polyester socks but I have a pair of just polyester ones, quarter crew. When I do laundry I am not happy until both socks are accounted for and reunited.
                Last edited by Deb dePeyster; 10-22-2022, 11:50 PM.

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                • #9
                  I am not sure if it counts as gear exactly, but I never leave for a trip without my Zoleo satellite communicator. It gives my girlfriend at home a bit of peace of mind when I can send a check-in each morning and night without cell coverage. Being able to check the weather and pull up maps is also a function I have found extremely useful when out on some of the longer trips I do.
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                  And lungs are poisoned and shoulders bowed,
                  In the smothering reek of mill and mine;
                  And death stalks in on the struggling crowd?
                  But he shuns the shadow of the oak and pine?
                  ― George W. Sears Nessmuk, Woodcraft and Camping

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jwojcik1990 View Post
                    I am not sure if it counts as gear exactly, but I never leave for a trip without my Zoleo satellite communicator. It gives my girlfriend at home a bit of peace of mind when I can send a check-in each morning and night without cell coverage. Being able to check the weather and pull up maps is also a function I have found extremely useful when out on some of the longer trips I do.
                    A thought came to mind when I read your post. My company provided an annual physical. I found it interesting that the doctor would present causes of death and his evaluation of my risk relative to the causes....Heart disease, Stroke, Cancer, (I might be forgetting one here) and then he got to accidental death. There were a few comments he made over the years that I found interesting including: wear a seatbelt. always wear your glasses when driving, and consider carrying a PLB when you hike.

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