Your Most Recent Gear Purchase?

MLD Bug Bivy

Today is a wet and rainy day in North Carolina, but the warmer, dryer weather is definitely on the way. Like most of you I’m starting to plan as many of my weekend hikes as I can. This time of year also coincides nicely with REI membership dividend time and that means new gear purchases – gotta love that, right? I’m also knee deep in reviewing and testing gear that I’ve picked up recently like the MLD bug bivy shown above, watch out for a review of that in use with my SpinnTwinn coming soon.

So I thought I’d ask what new pieces of gear have you purchased recently, what you like about it, and what made you decide on that specific brand or model? I’m curious to see what’s hot or popular with everyone else. If you haven’t made any recent gear purchases, what are you lusting after and why?

Please leave a comment below.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00215280603948401453 Tim @ Appalachia and Beyond

    Hey Brian,

    We’ve picked up a few items of note this weekend, gearing up for an upcoming backcountry trip in the next few weeks. We still need one or two more things but you can check out what we’ve picked up on our blog:
    http://www.appalachiaandbeyond.com/2011/03/great-gear-quest-update.html

    Happy Trails,
    Tim

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09628095804170935682 Brian

    Looks like you had fun buying all that gear. Bass Pro is awesome and Clover is a gorgeous dog. Out of all the goodies you snagged which was your top pick?

  • Anonymous

    I picked up a 1.25 and a 2.0 bug tent from Alpenlite to match with my SpinnTwinn so I can use it solo and with my wife.

    Dave

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04380958324541306917 JERMM

    Tim- looks like you hit the jackpot with new gear, have fun.

    My latest gear purchase is a Cobalt Blue Soloist by Zelph. This little stove is a solid piece of gear, well built and stable, it’s a perfect match for smaller pots and mugs like the ones I prefer.

    http://jjmatheshikes.blogspot.com/2011/03/cobalt-blue-solo.html

  • http://www.kinghamphotography.com/ David Kingham

    A GoLite pack and hardshell at the sale in Fort Collins, can’t beat 50% off

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14789617620655800651 Chris Marks

    I’m proud to say for once my spending on outdoor gear has been under control. I think the last thing I picked up was a simple $10 knit beanie.

    Before that though I think my last purchase was a winter down sleeping bag, which was more than $10.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00215280603948401453 Tim @ Appalachia and Beyond

    That’s a tough decision. Almost all of it gets a step closer to getting out in the backcountry. I’d have to say the top for this trip was the Compression Sacks. I had been eyeballing those since we got the giftcard. Of course, we haven’t tried the BBQ Beef and Taters meal yet, so this could always change. :P

  • http://pig-monkey.com/ Pig Monkey

    I’ve been taking advantage of some significant discounts that have been made available to me to get a few new items of clothing. More merino n’ stuff. But all of that is everyday wear as well as wilderness wear, so I don’t think of it specifically as backpacking gear.

    The last major backpacking-specific gear purchase I made was a Ptarmigan Bivy from the Old Goat. I was without a bivy this last year and, after having an MLD Superlight Bivy the year before, regretting it.

    I went with the Ptarmigan over it’s obvious competitor, MLD’s Superlight, because I thought the full net hood was the best thing on the UL bivy market. I’m definitely happy with it. The versatility is great!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09628095804170935682 Brian

    Chris, I can only assume that your wife may be reading this and you want to be very careful in the dollar amounts you mention (just kidding). Good to hear you have gotten your gear spending under control though, I’m still working on it.

    Pig Monkey, the Ptarmigan looks great. I just got myself the MLD bug bivy, but I’m also considering a full bivy and had not looked at that one. See how this goes back to Chris’ comment about getting gear spending under control…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17382206838538111443 Anaon

    Hi!

    I received two new pieces of gear recently : A Golite Pinnacle and a Vargo Ti Lite mug. Great gear! It’s my first lightweight gear actually and I can’t wait to test them in Scotland in April.

    The Pinnacle is quite comfortable (at 10 kg) and I like how it looks. It seems quite strong too.

    I posted pictures of both on my blog : http://www.awenwoods.com/vargo-ti-lite-tinanium-mug-pictures/

    http://www.awenwoods.com/golite-pinnacle-pictures/

    Have a nice day!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04380958324541306917 JERMM

    Just arrived! I wasn’t expecting this for awhile, as many of you know when ordering from MLD it can be a few weeks before receiving your order. I placed an order on Friday night for a MLD Pro Bear Bag System, got it today. :D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09628095804170935682 Brian

    Wow, congrats JJ. My MLD bug bivy took about six weeks to arrive, not that I’m complaining, I knew this when I ordered – but your has to be an MLD record. Will there be a thorough review on your blog soon?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04380958324541306917 JERMM

    Brian- I expected at least two weeks for the bear bag and was very surprised to get it this fast. I suspect Ron and team makes up a lot of bags all at once, rather than order by order. That way he can ship small orders much quicker and dedicate more time to shelters, bivys and the like.

    Yes review will be up tonight with pics,

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08711710994445356691 Glen

    I don’t buy a lot of new gear, but just bought a Montbell Ex Light Down Jacket. Haven’t received it yet to try it, but it comes highly recommended by Will Rietveld.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01587837374989766839 Will Seals Oregon

    Well, I decided on a pack to replace my 15 year old fram jansport. I picked the Osprey Kestrel 48. Only $78 after my dividend…SCORE!

    I selected this one to keep my packe weight down, because it had pockets on the hip belt for camera and snacks, it had access to to bottom of the pack for quick sleeping bag removal, it had lower straps to attatch any extra gear in a pinch plus the bonus was the built in rain fly. I think I will be happy but time will tell.

    Now I need to decide on a down bag. Leaning towards the Marmot Pinnacle 15 degree bag. Any advice?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17382206838538111443 Anaon

    Hi!

    I received two new pieces of gear recently : A Golite Pinnacle and a Vargo Ti Lite mug. Great gear! It’s my first lightweight gear actually and I can’t wait to test them in Scotland in April.

    The Pinnacle is quite comfortable (at 10 kg) and I like how it looks. It seems quite strong too.

    I posted pictures of both on my blog : http://www.awenwoods.com/vargo-ti-lite-tinanium-mug-pictures/

    http://www.awenwoods.com/golite-pinnacle-pictures/

    Have a nice day!