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Old 11-28-2020, 02:31 PM   #4026
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Check out the REI used gear site. I have so far bought 2 items and they are like new. There's condition selection checkboxes for filtering.

https://www.rei.com/used/p/big-agnes...6-tent/131558?
color=Green

https://www.rei.com/used/p/kelty-cam...heather%2FSand



Infact, I just got this Gregory Citro 24 pack for hiking. $70. I have been using a hip pack, but I need to carry more water, and to not have to dick with a bottle. Also, layers and meals are a pain. Using my commuter pack is a terrible option. I was actually going to sell that, but my GF pointer out I might actually have to go in to an office again, so it's tucked away.

Could you HAVE any more **** hanging off of it?
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Old 11-28-2020, 03:44 PM   #4027
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Could you HAVE any more **** hanging off of it?
More than 1 sheath and 2 caribiners? All the things are parts of the pack. Oh, a stuff sack stuffed in a side pocket.

Do you even dayhike brah? I'll also use it for 1 nighter backcountry hikes.)
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Old 12-05-2020, 02:12 AM   #4028
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I stumbled across an old (but confirmed active) $50 LL Bean gift card.

The only items I'm kinda shy on this point are:
  • Gaiters - Not a "must have" item (not much rain here in CA, sigh) but would be good to have in the toolbox.
  • Water filtration - my ancient MSR Sweetwater is on its last legs (ceramic filter is starting to fall apart, clogs fairly easily).
I'm heavily leaning on replacing the Sweetwater with the MSR Miniworks from LL Bean simply because I can get it for $50 off...but is there anything they carry that's an exclusive "must have"? I doubt it but figured I'd check in with you freaks first. Maybe a rain shell? I've got two basic ones (those portable stuff-into-themselves ones) but again, not much inclement weather experience 'round these parts. I've always viewed LL Bean as more fashion than function but I could easily be wrong.
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Old 12-05-2020, 01:33 PM   #4029
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I think you're on the right track with the filtration upgrade. I had an old one (circa 1999) that I just upgraded for a new one, and it works way better, better taste, faster, lighter, smaller.

Gaiters are a must have for walking around in the snow, but for CA, I'd go for the water filter upgrade.

For something like a new hard shell, I'd stick to the known brands instead of taking a risk on LL Bean.
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Old 12-05-2020, 01:36 PM   #4030
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I think you're on the right track with the filtration upgrade. I had an old one (circa 1999) that I just upgraded for a new one, and it works way better, better taste, faster, lighter, smaller.

Gaiters are a must have for walking around in the snow, but for CA, I'd go for the water filter upgrade.

For something like a new hard shell, I'd stick to the known brands instead of taking a risk on LL Bean.
Good call, good advice. Thanks!
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Old 12-05-2020, 02:31 PM   #4031
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I stumbled across an old (but confirmed active) $50 LL Bean gift card.

The only items I'm kinda shy on this point are:
  • Gaiters - Not a "must have" item (not much rain here in CA, sigh) but would be good to have in the toolbox.
  • Water filtration - my ancient MSR Sweetwater is on its last legs (ceramic filter is starting to fall apart, clogs fairly easily).
I'm heavily leaning on replacing the Sweetwater with the MSR Miniworks from LL Bean simply because I can get it for $50 off...but is there anything they carry that's an exclusive "must have"? I doubt it but figured I'd check in with you freaks first. Maybe a rain shell? I've got two basic ones (those portable stuff-into-themselves ones) but again, not much inclement weather experience 'round these parts. I've always viewed LL Bean as more fashion than function but I could easily be wrong.

They are solid in chamois or flannel shirts or flannel lined shirt / jeans. If it get cold, flannel lined jeans are pretty sweet.
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Old 12-05-2020, 02:38 PM   #4032
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They are solid in chamois or flannel shirts or flannel lined shirt / jeans. If it get cold, flannel lined jeans are pretty sweet.
Tempting...I don't do much winter stuff these days though.

I'm gonna pull the trigger on the pump.
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Old 12-05-2020, 03:02 PM   #4033
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The pump filters are heavy and bulkier than the gravity/squeeze type (sawyer).

Iíve got a Katydyn and a MSR pump and they donít get used anymore.
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Old 12-05-2020, 04:02 PM   #4034
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I have an MSR. I take it if I ting the water sources might be sketchy access wise so it might be hard to fill up a dirty bag. I like if for getting camp water though, easy to fill up a few Nalgene bottles.
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Old 12-05-2020, 04:34 PM   #4035
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I dig having a pump 'cause I can toss that inlet hose into the water, it's great for lil rivulets and seeps.
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Old 12-05-2020, 05:59 PM   #4036
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Thatís a good point on the pump.
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Old 12-05-2020, 07:50 PM   #4037
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I think it depends on the water sources you expect to use. If they are really shallow with muddy bottom, it is hard to fill the gravity type without scooping up mud. Easier to gently dip the tube in from a pump system. Bag and gravity system is sure slick when you have a deep easy to reach source, though.
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Old 12-05-2020, 07:55 PM   #4038
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I ain't gonna deny that part of it is "I've doing it this way for decades" stodgy attitude
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Old 12-05-2020, 08:52 PM   #4039
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A lot of my recent gear choices and going super lightweight is because I end up overweight due to carrying a huge amount of stuff for the kids. Itíll be very nice though when they are bigger and stronger and Iím ultralight base weight.
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Old 12-05-2020, 08:58 PM   #4040
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There is also the not putting your hands in 40 degree mountain stream water do fill the bag thing too.
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Old 01-21-2021, 02:54 PM   #4041
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I need a new sleeping bag. 20 degree. For hiking and tent camping. The one I have is about 40 years old. I'm taller, so a wider longer bag would be good.

I have and REI gift card an inevitable dividend.

Any recommendations? $200 seems like a reasonable ballpark.
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Old 01-21-2021, 04:52 PM   #4042
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I need a new sleeping bag. 20 degree. For hiking and tent camping. The one I have is about 40 years old. I'm taller, so a wider longer bag would be good.

I have and REI gift card an inevitable dividend.

Any recommendations? $200 seems like a reasonable ballpark.
From REI, this is the one I recommend near your $ range. You have to spend say $400 to lighten that up.

https://www.rei.com/product/164849/m...eping-bag-mens

This one is heavy, but a hell of a deal for the temp range
https://www.rei.com/rei-garage/produ...eping-bag-mens

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Old 01-22-2021, 08:56 AM   #4043
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From REI, this is the one I recommend near your $ range. You have to spend say $400 to lighten that up.

https://www.rei.com/product/164849/m...eping-bag-mens

This one is heavy, but a hell of a deal for the temp range
https://www.rei.com/rei-garage/produ...eping-bag-mens
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