Gear of the Year 2019

Discussion in 'Gear Chat' started by Shewie, Dec 22, 2019.

  1. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    It’s that time of year again when you get to list your favourite purchases of the last twelve months, anything that’s been a hit or even a total miss, let us know.

    I tried to be a good boy this year and not splurge on so much kit, it was going fairly well until we got into autumn and I weakened, i.e TAR Uberlite and Lanshan 1 Pro. I’ve been really pleased with the Uberlite but I’ve only done 3 trips with it so far, the Lanshan is still in the bag and probably won’t make an appearance until the midges are back out.

    So what you bought, any game changers?
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  2. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    For me the favourites have got to be the X-mid & TAR X-lite Womans.
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  3. Anders Hansen

    Anders Hansen Summit Camper

    Tarptent SS2! My only regret is that I didn't go for the LI at once.
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  4. OwenM

    OwenM Ultralighter

    Not backpacking kit but very closely related.

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  5. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Tough thread this year due to heavy handed self endulgance and weakness of chasing the next best thing.
    Most loved & used bought 2019
    Macpac Nitro (game changer)
    Rab Pulse (game changer)
    Inov-8 race ultra cap
    Mountain Equipment eclipse hat.
    Salomon s lab support half tight (underwear)
    Saxx under crackers
    ATTIQ Vertical pant (game changer)
    Dynafit mezzalama 2 pant (game changer)
    X bionic winter tights
    Norrona bitihorn superlight 900 sweater(game changer)
    Inov8 primaloft boots
    Inov-8 mudclaw g series
    Drymax winter socks (game changer)
    Z packs down socks (game changer)
    OMM phantom Hoodie.
    Marmot Isotherm half zip
    Steripen adventure
    Hydroblu filter (Game changer)
    CAMP snow spikes (game changer)
    Revision ballistic Eye glasses
    Trail blazer 44
    Octopalante (game changer)
    Salomon slab peak 20
    Raidlight Lazerdry 25L
    Raidlight hard bottles
    Raidlight soft bottles
    Trekkertent bathtub (game changer)
    Buffalo Mitts
    Old school goretex/pile type mits
    Treadlite folding Cuban hybrid pouch (game changer)
    MSR windburner skillet (game changer)
    various bits of kit upgrades for the wife (all game changers)

    Most recent, not yet fully tested but promising...
    OMM Aether Smock (game changer)
    OMM aether jacket (game changer)
    OMM Barrage jacket (game changer)
    Outdoor Research Realm Jacket.
    Norrona Lyngen down jacket
    Norrona warm1 fleece
    Salewa Pedroc hybrid ptc alpha jacket (game changer)
    Millet schoeller pants
    Inov-8 terra ultra g series
    Inov8 G370 boots (game changer)
    Merrell vapour glove 3d mesh
    Vibration five fingers trail
    BeFree filter (game changer)
    Satmap 10
    Leki Micro trail Pro (game changer)

    Bought & Sold 2019 with some degree of regret
    Norrona Bitihorn alpha60 jacket
    Norrona Falketind Alpha60 jacket
    Norrona Svalbard flex1 pant
    OMM Kamleika race jacket
    GoLite pack
    MLD Monk tarp

    Bought 2019 misses... (various reasons)
    Rab Alpha flash jacket
    Montane Fusion Alpha jacket
    TNF Thermoball jacket
    Salomon fellraiser
    Sea to summit areos pillow
    2nd MSR Trailshot
    Inov8 Roclite 280
    Mund Primaloft socks
    Montane Prism Gloves
    Montane Trailblazer 30
    Omm tights
    Mountain King Poles
    Sawyer micro
    Several others I can't recall.....

    Aims for 2020....
    Spend less / get out more
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2019
  6. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    ****ing hell :D
  7. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    That's what I thought after I'd edited it 3 times... There'll be other bits n bobs that I actually love and use but I've given misen a wake up call by typing it out....
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  8. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Brooks Cascadia.
    Custom Atom pack.
    Andalucia maps.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2019
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  9. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    Macpac nitro. I wear it all the time although have taken it off now in case I wear it out. I want it to be good for next summer.

    Locus gear CP3s. So light and lovely and I do like the clamp fixings in place of twist and tighten.
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  10. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    and a very small anonymous tent?
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  11. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    He won't share it with us, but he did with BPL :(
    Hint: you already own one.
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  12. edh

    edh Thru Hiker


    Anyway, does not count as I don't have it yet.
  13. snow

    snow Trail Blazer

    Didn't buy much, Atom Packs Mo the only major thing, and it's ace.

    Nike Wildhorse 5 pretty good too, but the grip isn't as good as it could be.
  14. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    not much of a hint. I now have so many tents that I’m none the wiser.

    i was hoping he’d bought an Aeon.

    well. Since he already publicly owns my other tents that leaves only one, which in no way can be described as small. So not only annoying secrecy but gross misrepresentation, Ed! So much for academic rigour!
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  15. Henry

    Henry Ultralighter

    Berghaus hypertherm.

    Love it! But hard to find
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  16. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    Those SiS Hydro Tablets which you add to water to make an electrolyte drink. No idea if they have any intrinsic benefit but they taste nice and make me want to hydrate more (the pink grapefruit flavour is lush).

    Sawyer Micro - an appreciable step up from the Mini.

    Fenix HM50R Head Torch - just a lovely bit of kit - at 80g however, will probably get pushed out by my recently arrived Nitecore NU25.

    Opinel No 7 Trekking - a really good proper all-purpose knife at 35g.

    Columbia Titanium Outdry Extreme Featherweight Jacket (235g in my size) - big weight reduction over my previous waterproof even though I dislike the colour. Plus another mention for my 2018 purchase of Berghaus Paclite GTX Overtrousers - simply brilliant.

    Annual Permit from the Cambrian Angling Association - £60 contributes to upkeep and buys permission to fly-fish a large swathe of Snowdonia for my dinner.
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  17. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Forgot the Atom+ :rolleyes:
  18. Gordon

    Gordon Summit Camper

    Locus Gear CP3's
    X Mid
    Valley and Peak APEX 100 Over Quilt - 420 grms
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  19. Davy

    Davy Section Hiker

    Hardly camped in a tent this year since Easter and have bought very little..

    2nd hand SMD Gatewood Cape and mesh inner for my brother to use on the GR221
    Inov8 Roclite 295s
    Marmot Precip Anorak
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  20. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    That's quite a lot of game changing! After this much morphing, is it still called hiking? ;)
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  21. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    Not bought a huge amount (I think).

    • OMM waist pack (3L)
    • Salomon ultra trek trail shoes (this year? Maybe)
    • Simmer ring for stove, small but very useful.
    • Rab photon jacket (performed well in 6 hours of terrible weather)
    • Exped downmat 5 (pretty comfy but needed lots of silicon dots)
    • ME classic 750 down bag (again, preloved, coz I like it)
    • Cheap buffs in various bright colours and patterens (soo useful for many things)
    • Rab powerstretch leggings (warm, comfy)
    • Rab waterproof pants (fairly light, kept me dry)
    Other things haven't been used yet or much such as trekkertent bathtub, osprey kestrel rucksack, montane prism pants, sub-zero fleecy liner, ti pans, wood stove...
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  22. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    They're all game changers for me, in terms of overall weight, usability, longevity, adaptability etc.
    Lighter more functionality and trail efficiency are my ideals... I'm happy hapoy happy :whistling:
    Fastpacking is where its at for me.... Or at least the ability to fastpack when I desire :thumbsup:
  23. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    Luxe Hexpeak V4a + 1p & 2p inners, so quick & easy to put up and down.
    Love it so much I sold my 2p 10 year old Crux X2 Storm, And for £50 less than I bought it for back then :D..
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2019
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  24. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    What he said. Wow
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  25. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    Deviator hooded top
    Columbia Titanium waterproof
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