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Favorite Gear of the Year, 2017

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Wow winter season is fast approaching and it is time for my Favorite Gear of the Year for 2017.

A few of the items are going to be fairly long term gear, having used them for a season or two, or more, yet I still consider them the best-of. Similarly, some of the gear is going to be pretty new pieces for me, things that I just started using this year but that have impressed me enough to highlight them.

This article will not be just about gear. Down towards the bottom I will share some of my favorite videos, website, things I am looking forward to trying next year, and some honorable mentions. Please do not forget to read the disclaimer at the bottom of the article. And a special thank you to those folks who have joined my patron page this year!

Anyway, with all the mumbojumbo out of the way, here are my picks for the 2017 season!

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[Initial Walk-Around] Pa’lante Packs, ‘Cuben Simple’

Greetings Adventurers,

I was able to get my hands on one of the Pa’lante Packs ‘Cuben Simple’ backpacks last week, and just finished up shooting, editing, and uploading an initial walk around video.

Pa’lante Packs also makes a non-cuben version, with more features, called the ‘Simple Pack‘, I just did an article and video on it a few days ago.

So the ‘Cuben Simple’ is basically a simplified version of their X-Pac version. Less features, less hardware, and lighter weight fabric.

As they describe it on their website: Continue reading “[Initial Walk-Around] Pa’lante Packs, ‘Cuben Simple’”

[Initial Walk-Around] Pa’lante Packs, ‘Simple Pack’

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Hey Adventurers!

I have had a chance to get access to a Pa’lante Packs, ‘Simple Pack’ for doing my fourth ‘initial walk around‘ video!

This is not a backpack that I have bought, nor that was given to me, I simply have had access to it for a short period of time.

I suspect almost all of you already know the vast majority of what there is to know about the Simple Pack, so probably not going to be much of anything new in this video for most of you.

You will, perhaps, see some parts of the backpack that you have not seen anybody else online share, however.

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Enlightened Equipment ‘Enigma APEX’ Quilt

Enlightened Equipment 'Enigma APEX' Quilt

The Enlightened Equipment ‘Enigma APEX‘ quilt is a sewn-closed footbox + Climashield APEX synthetic insulated quilt being made by one of the biggest cottage quilt manufacture in America, Enlightened Equipment.

The ‘Enigma APEX‘ is a quilt that I have been using on and off for the last eight months. As a 100% synthetic hiker (no animal down products) getting the chance to acquire and use this quilt has been really great and it has impressed me in many ways!

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[Massdrop] Zpacks Nero Backpack

Hey everybody,

Our good friends over at Zpacks teamed up with our good friends at Massdrop to bring the Zpacks ‘Nero’ Backpack to the Massdrop website, at a rather nice discount.

As any of you Zpacks fans know, Zpacks almost never offers deals on their gear. Every few years they sometimes do a Christmas/holiday discount, but even that has been rare.

Over the last year Zpacks has worked with Massdrop on a few different Drops/Deals, including the Duplex, but this time around it is the new Nero backpack.

You can join this Massdrop drop at:

https://www.massdrop.com/buy/zpacks-nero-backpack/

The normal price for the Nero is $199.00 USD.

The discount price that Massdrop has been able to offer is: $174.99

That is discount of $24.01 for the mathematically inclined.

The Nero is available in army green, azure blue, black, or gray. The azure blue and army green are in my photo attached to this article.

You can read my initial thoughts/insights into the new Nero backpack within this article of mine.

Peak to Plateau, Kailash 1/4 Zip

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Back in November of 2016 I posted over on my facebook page about a kickstarter project for a Yak wool baselayer, from the company Peak to Plateau, called the ‘Kailash 1/4 Zip‘.

Being one of the few people in the long distance hiking community, it seems, that has really invested time and money into putting to the test Yak wool garments, it was hard for me to not back this project.

Earlier today the garment showed up. As anybody that has done kickstarter knows, any non-digital kickstarter that shows up, is a good thing, and at five months past the Kickstarter estimated date of delivery, that is something that does not bother me all that much. Small start up companies, trying to get all the cogs in order, working with products (in this case, yak wool) outside the normality, well, they deserve some leniency.

So to get into the specs of this garment…

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[Deal] Zpacks Bear Bags

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The Zpacks Bear Bag kit includes… the bag, cordage, a carabiner, and a cute little rocksack.

It is not all that often that I share about price deals via my website, I think the last one was when I reviewed and offered a coupon for the Solumbra BodyShade Tshirt (which I now have 500+ days of wearing, and hope to have a follow-up review out soon), and as all of you know, Zpacks pretty much never offers deals (sometimes for the holidays they do), but every so often they work out a deal with my good friends over at Massdrop — Yep, I am a huge fan of Massdrop, check out my MD profile if you want to follow me over there.

Anyway, right now there is a Massdrop deal for the Zpacks bear bags, what has pretty much become one of the de facto bear bags for thru-hikers.

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