Let’s talk about gear!

Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by Buzztail, Sep 25, 2019.

  1. rider1150gsadv

    rider1150gsadv Long timer

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    I think most of us overpack early on in our riding ventures and over time whittle it down to the bare essentials.
    There really is not much difference between camping for a weekend or a month, as you still have to pack you camping gear and only add a few extra pieces of clothing for the longer trip.

    Maybe the older one gets the less you care about bringing the kitchen sink?:eyes
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  2. Buzztail

    Buzztail Buzztopian OG Supporter

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    When I packed for a run over to Lake City a couple weeks ago I looked for bulkier stuff to take just to fill out the Giant Loop bag. I still brought too much shit, but I was comfortable.
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    Buzz showed me that thing years ago right after he got it. Fkn brilliant.

    X1000 Tall 4-buckle Italian MX/DS boots or i don't ride. Longtime fan of Sidi & Astars, Forma is best bang-for-buck Euro-made going these days. Terra for daily commute and the EnduroTX for dirt. The latter saved my feet 2 years ago.

    What i tell noobs who balk at gear cost: Monetize this chit: what is a fubard foot gonna cost vs outlay for gear?
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  4. Buzztail

    Buzztail Buzztopian OG Supporter

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    ^^ Troof. I try to monetize most everything I buy. Quality boots, and coat is spendy, but will last a very long time.
    The gloves I wear are 12 years old, and while not fresh and new looking are still in very good shape, and fit me like.... well gloves
    Loved them so much I bought a spare pair
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  5. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard Instagram @motopossum

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    I've been running a pair of Forma Adventure boots for about 4 years now. They're no longer waterproof but still in good shape considering that they have nearly 100k miles on them.

    Not the most protective of boots bit they've save me from damage during quite a few get offs while still being comfortable enough for multi mile day hikes.


    Let's talk sleep systems. One area where I've had to compromise a bit on weight and bulk is with my sleeping bag and pad. I've tried lighter weight gear (which I still use on warmer trips) but I've had a few experiences of being caught out when doing multi state trips through wildly varying climates.

    Like the time it dropped into the mid 20's and I had just enough gear to deal with the 40's...
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    I thought that I might actually freeze to death and wound up sleeping in all of my gear including my rain suit.

    I've since reverted back to my high R value Thermarest Scout and recently picked up a 20 degree down sleeping bag. that combined with a good dual layer base , I can handle temps into the low 20's and it's still reasonably light weight.













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  6. Buzztail

    Buzztail Buzztopian OG Supporter

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    This pad, a highly compressible bag, and a silk liner get me into temps that would otherwise be uncomfortable. I usually have a poly pro base layer with me too if it gets real cold.

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    Another thing I’ve done for years is always have a real wool blanket with me. I don’t use it to cover up, but I use it to “carpet” my tent. The cold radiating up from the floor is stopped dead in its tracks.
    Everything but the blanket packs very small. A compression sack with get the blanket smaller, but it’s still a bit bulky. The upside to having the blanket is that if you’re crafty you can use it for a make shift hammock.
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  7. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    Dust the cobwebs off that cc! Sometimes you need to heed mother nature and get a hotel room.
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  8. rider1150gsadv

    rider1150gsadv Long timer

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    I remember someone freezing his nutz off on one ANF trip.... :vardy

    On one trip out west, I was awoken by my camp neighbors because they thought Colorado in the summer would mean no freezing nights...:roflWell at 8000 ft it can and often will freeze. They were shivering around a campfire from 3 AM till the sun came up....
    I bring my 0 degree bag, Exped down mat, a bag liner and tent fan. Rather bring it and not need it then the other way around when it comes to staying warm...
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    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    Had to stay for the oysters. OMG did we destroy some shell that weekend!
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  10. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    The .380 chipper shredder was a bonus:pynd pew pew

    I will laugh when I think about that for the rest of my life! Life is stranger than fiction.
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  11. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard Instagram @motopossum

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    Agreed!! I've learned my lesson.
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  12. Philip Kuntz

    Philip Kuntz Fleasy Rider Supporter

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    You know that was a joke, right? I had no aspirations of splitting a log with that thing. The funny part was Dick's dog jumping on him while he was asleep in his camper. Scared the shit outta that little dog.

    I have finally retired all of the .380s.
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  13. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    You need a Wanker jersey. Not only will you look cool but you'll have an immediate excuse for operating your moto poorly and behaving badly!

    TRAILS CLOSED!

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    Click below link for pr00f!

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  14. Philip Kuntz

    Philip Kuntz Fleasy Rider Supporter

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    Nice cruiser face!
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    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    That's "Florida FU"!

    Here's "Colorado FU"...

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  16. rider1150gsadv

    rider1150gsadv Long timer

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    Colorado Fu is better....:D
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  17. Buzztail

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    I think this’ll work like a charm

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  18. rider1150gsadv

    rider1150gsadv Long timer

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    I have the same USB charger and it works great! Looks like you found a good location down there.
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  19. Buzztail

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    That’s a factory plug location
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  20. Davebert

    Davebert Too damn serious!

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    Besides my Gaerne SG10 boots and my Rooster jacket, I have always liked this gear...

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