this is a rant about camping gear...forgive my ramblings and feel free to add to it
how is a person to sort through all the advertising garb? one says ours is the best, the next says ours is better than theirs...LOL! I went into a popular store the other day to ask some questions and when I told him my bag was nearly 10 years old he scoughed and said "you need a "NEW" blah blah blah bag". (Newer insulations keep coming out it seems as often as I buy groceries...that is like every other day!)
I said why? mine is still in gr8 shape and keeps me warm...i've carried it for 10 years so I doubt 2 or 3 ounces is something my legs will notice! but I never did get one of my questons answered, so I will pose it here:
I have a 20 dgree nFace mummy bag and a 15 dgee big agnus...if I am going to possibly be in 0 dgree weather could I slide the 20 dgree inside the 15 dgree bag for extra warmth? if so what will it be comfy too?? I figure it would give me roughfly the same temp as a bag wth the combined amount of fill?? so maybe a -5 or -10 dgree bag?? another bag I really don't want to buy...
NOW sleeping pads on the other hand have come a LONG ways in 10 years. I picked up a new superlight weight pad that weighs half of what my old thermarest weighs and sleep just as well plus packs into about a third of the space. I bought up the cabels ultrlight regular size($50).
backpacks have all of the new fancy carbon kevlar superlight doodad internal frames and cost 3-400 bucks! they dont carry any better than my old aluminum frame pack from 20 years ago! and actually weigh the same!!
tents... well this is a subject in itself but in my opinion you definitely get what you pay for when it comes to sleeping accomodations. I carry a northface VE25 (500$) when the weather "could" get ugly. oh and good aluminum stakes are a must
rain tarps are a great thing, the old blue or green tarp work just fine but I have recently gone to the kelty noahs tarp...its lighter and doesnt block as much light plus it has plenty of tie downs so it seems to handle wind without the popping/crinkly noises...16x16 for 85$
stoves...tons of them on the market from 25$ into the hundreds. I prefer the small butane/propane types. I use a brunton raptor(29$) and can cook 3 meals for 2 days on a 4oz bottle using a good copper pot with lid...that includes coffee
please ad your opinions on gear to this thread!