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Any New Toys?

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Offline dprather

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Any New Toys?
« on: September 23, 2017, 09:14:40 AM »
Anybody got any new backpacking toys they want to brag about?

Me?  I have broken down (in too many ways) and have added a little weight to my backpack in the form of an...REI Co-op Trail Stool.

Not exactly kosher for ultralightists, but very nice at the end of a day.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: Any New Toys?
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2017, 10:14:48 AM »
Nice.  Sitting on the ground isn't always an option for me, so I have really enjoyed my REI Flexlite Chair on backcountry trips. I like to think my choices of other lightweight gear help offset the weight...  :o

My newest toy is a Bushnell Equinox Digital Night Vision Monocular. It was my pick as a work anniversary gift and weighs 20 oz. Will have to try it spotting critters in the Basin or RGV at night. Anyone tried out something similar?  :eusa_think:

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Re: Any New Toys?
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2017, 02:22:04 PM »

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Offline House Made of Dawn

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Re: Any New Toys?
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2017, 02:31:06 PM »
I'm not EVEN going to start a thread about burying ANYTHING six inches deep into hard-packed Quemada.

Here is one of my newest toys: THE AMAZING DEUCE OF SPADES. It can bury ANYTHING in ANYTHING. I used it during my recent cross-park hike, and I'm telling you, it is a miracle.     https://www.rei.com/product/101795/thetentlab-the-deuce-of-spades-backcountry-potty-trowel
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Offline GaryF

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Re: Any New Toys?
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2018, 04:04:11 PM »
Early in 2017 I added a Big Sky Dreamsleeper pillow to my gear. Normally I take a minimalist approach when backpacking, and Iíve always just used a stuff sack full of clothes, the backpack itself, etc. Iíve also suffered from a sore neck on most of my trips, especially after 3-4 nights. And increasingly, I just donít carry enough spare clothes to make much of a pillow out of.

The Big Sky pillow doesnít look like much more than a big packing bubble, but itís bigger and lighter than most of the inflatible nylon pillows, plus it seems to have just the right amount of give. Time will tell, but itís definitely tougher than it looks.

It makes my pack 1.8oz heavier, but after a few trips, I canít imagine going without it.

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Offline horns93

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Re: Any New Toys?
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2018, 11:58:58 AM »
I recently purchased a Steripen Ultra and used it on my last trip. I used the Sawyer Mini Squeeze before and while it is ultralight and versatile, the Steripen was so much easier to use. I filled and treated one liter of water in less than 2 minutes.

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Offline Homer Wilson

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Re: Any New Toys?
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2018, 12:06:04 PM »
I'm not EVEN going to start a thread about burying ANYTHING six inches deep into hard-packed Quemada.

Here is one of my newest toys: THE AMAZING DEUCE OF SPADES. It can bury ANYTHING in ANYTHING. I used it during my recent cross-park hike, and I'm telling you, it is a miracle.     https://www.rei.com/product/101795/thetentlab-the-deuce-of-spades-backcountry-potty-trowel
I've been intrigued by those, but just can't stomach 20 bucks for a tiny piece of metal.  I've found most lightweight shovels to be absolute garbage, and this one appeared to remedy their failings. Maybe I'll give it another look.  Weighs 1/100th of the rock hammer

Re: Any New Toys?
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2018, 12:19:28 PM »
I'm not EVEN going to start a thread about burying ANYTHING six inches deep into hard-packed Quemada.

Here is one of my newest toys: THE AMAZING DEUCE OF SPADES. It can bury ANYTHING in ANYTHING. I used it during my recent cross-park hike, and I'm telling you, it is a miracle.     https://www.rei.com/product/101795/thetentlab-the-deuce-of-spades-backcountry-potty-trowel
I gotta admit; I was skeptical, too. But I got one, used it in GUMO last month. Impressively strong yet slight. In fact my only concern is I will probably lose it as it's rather hard to see compared to my ancient flourescent orange heavy-duty plastic one.

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Any New Toys?
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2018, 11:09:28 AM »
I'm not EVEN going to start a thread about burying ANYTHING six inches deep into hard-packed Quemada.

Here is one of my newest toys: THE AMAZING DEUCE OF SPADES. It can bury ANYTHING in ANYTHING. I used it during my recent cross-park hike, and I'm telling you, it is a miracle.     https://www.rei.com/product/101795/thetentlab-the-deuce-of-spades-backcountry-potty-trowel
I gotta admit; I was skeptical, too. But I got one, used it in GUMO last month. Impressively strong yet slight. In fact my only concern is I will probably lose it as it's rather hard to see compared to my ancient flourescent orange heavy-duty plastic one.

Iíve been using mine for over a year now, and it is the best toilet trowel Iíve ever seen. By a factor of 100. Itís unbelievably light and unbelievably strong. And I mean that literally: I have a hard time believing it. Iíve yet to find a substrate in which I canít dig an appropriate hole, and fairly easily, too. Iíve bent it slightly once, but I just bent it back and it was fine. Itís thin curved  profile makes it very easy to slip into even the tiniest spaces in your pack. I nestle it against my TP in a Ziploc. I even used it as an emergency tent stake during this last trip in BiBe. If you order it online, you canít choose your color which is a drag. The darker colors are easy to lose. Fortunately, mine is orange. But REI stores stock them so if you go there you can choose your color. As long as I donít lose mine, I figure the cost is worth it, given how many plastic trowels Iíve broken over the years.


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Offline badknees

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Re: Any New Toys?
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2018, 11:15:51 AM »
I use this one. A little bit heavy at 5 oz., but very durable.
https://www.rei.com/product/407009/u-dig-it-stainless-steel-hand-shovel
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