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What Websites To Shop For Ultralight???

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Offline dprather

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What Websites To Shop For Ultralight???
« on: November 06, 2016, 12:48:19 AM »
From WalMart, to Academy, to CampMor, to REI, the specialization, quality, and expense increases.

This to to the real hard-core types - where do you shop for stuff?
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: What Websites To Shop For Ultralight???
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2016, 02:21:05 PM »
From WalMart, to Academy, to CampMor, to REI, the specialization, quality, and expense increases.

This to to the real hard-core types - where do you shop for stuff?
The Cottage folks are where you find the real UL stuff. In no particular order:
ULA. I bought their Catalyst. A very good large pack. 3 pounds. 40 pound stated capacity. I used it with 35-40 pounds in Colorado without pain or problems. My granddaughter has it at the moment. USA MADE.
TarpTent: Well made affordable single and double wall tents. USA MADE.
Lightheart Gear. Single wall tents and other goodies. USA MADE.
Hyperlite Mountain Gear, Z-Packs, Enlightened Equipment, Seek Outside and a slew of others. Mostly USA MADE.
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Re: What Websites To Shop For Ultralight???
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2016, 02:42:12 PM »
I was surprised by Academy. Stoves, fuel, freeze dried food, Platypus soft bottles. Not bad.
Walmart also sells backpacking fuel and food and a few knickknacks.


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Re: What Websites To Shop For Ultralight???
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2016, 01:29:51 AM »
From WalMart, to Academy, to CampMor, to REI, the specialization, quality, and expense increases.

This to to the real hard-core types - where do you shop for stuff?
Wayne has listed many good sources.  The cottage makers are mostly focused on packs and shelters (Hyperlight Mtn Gear, Mtn. Laurel Designs, Six Moons, Borah Gear, Elemental Horizons, Gossamer Gear, ULA, ZPacks) a few do down bags and clothing (Enlightened Equipment, Katabatic Gear, ZPacks, MLD) but there are plenty of good down makers that make light gear (Western Mountaineering, Feathered Friends, Patagonia).

Small stuff everywhere, one my favorites is Campsaver very good prices and selection.  I do get some things at REI (pads, clothes, fuel, platypus bottles, etc.) and have ordered from Campmor in the past.  Some of the stove stuff is very specialized companies like Trail Designs, Flat Cat, Anti-Gravity Gear
From WalMart, to Academy, to CampMor, to REI, the specialization, quality, and expense increases.

This to to the real hard-core types - where do you shop for stuff?
The Cottage folks are where you find the real UL stuff. In no particular order:
ULA. I bought their Catalyst. A very good large pack. 3 pounds. 40 pound stated capacity. I used it with 35-40 pounds in Colorado without pain or problems. My granddaughter has it at the moment. USA MADE.
TarpTent: Well made affordable single and double wall tents. USA MADE.
Lightheart Gear. Single wall tents and other goodies. USA MADE.
Hyperlite Mountain Gear, Z-Packs, Enlightened Equipment, Seek Outside and a slew of others. Mostly USA MADE.
Wayne


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Re: What Websites To Shop For Ultralight???
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2016, 07:07:48 AM »
I've found that after researching and researching I usually get some of the best deals on Amazon! 

I don't have access to an REI or some of those other specialized stores.  My wife has a Prime membership so shipping is free.  Never had a return problem with Amazon in those rare cases that something wasn't right.

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Re: What Websites To Shop For Ultralight???
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2016, 09:17:08 AM »
I'm not real hardcore...but twisting my knees is forcing me to reduce the load weight.

I have a 40L backpack from Gossamer.
It weighs 250% less than my Kelty Trekker.
So, I think it's consider Ultralight.
Great thing is Gossamer is based in Austin Texas.
Made in Texas.

Another piece of ultralight gear I have is a quilt from Enlightment Equipment.
They are another cottage maker as I understand.
They are from somewhere up North in the Yankee states.
Made in USA at least.

I think buying directly from USA made cottage industry is really cool.

My next piece of gear that I'm saving my lunch money for...is a tarp tent from a Californian cottage maker.

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Re: What Websites To Shop For Ultralight???
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2016, 01:15:45 PM »
I have a 40L backpack from Gossamer.
It weighs 250% less than my Kelty Trekker.
So, I think it's consider Ultralight.
Great thing is Gossamer is based in Austin Texas.
Made in Texas.

Another piece of ultralight gear I have is a quilt from Enlightment Equipment.
They are another cottage maker as I understand.
They are from somewhere up North in the Yankee states.
Made in USA at least.

I think buying directly from USA made cottage industry is really cool.

My next piece of gear that I'm saving my lunch money for...is a tarp tent from a Californian cottage maker.

Is that the Gorilla?  I notice they have the Murmur 36 on sale.

I just bought some cuben fiber bags from Hyperlite.

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Re: What Websites To Shop For Ultralight???
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2016, 02:09:39 PM »
In addition to those already mentioned:
Sierra Trading Post
Backcountry.com
Railriders (for shirts/pants)
GoLite (apprently now dba "My Trail")

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Re: What Websites To Shop For Ultralight???
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2016, 02:38:29 PM »
I have a 40L backpack from Gossamer.


Is that the Gorilla?  I notice they have the Murmur 36 on sale.

I just bought some cuben fiber bags from Hyperlite.

Yes I have the Gorilla, which has a metal frame.  The Murmur is even lighter, but no frame.

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What Websites To Shop For Ultralight???
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2016, 06:32:43 PM »
Smacks his head hard! I totally forgot Rivendell Mountain Works makers of the Jensen Pack. A frameless backpack that weighs 2.5 pounds and came on the market when all backpacks had external frames and weighed over 5 pounds. I bought mine in 1975. I still have it and plan to use it on my next trip.
http://www.oregonphotos.com/Rivendell-1.html
http://www.rivendellmountainworks.com/
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Re: What Websites To Shop For Ultralight???
« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2016, 10:10:13 AM »
Here is one of my gear lists - you can see some brand names in there, but they have probably all been listed already.  Have you become a member at backpackinglight.co m yet?

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5IAsLOHdYhReVVCOGdjSWlPX3c/view?usp=drivesdk

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Re: What Websites To Shop For Ultralight???
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2017, 04:12:50 PM »
Update on my TarpTent shopping experience with owner Henry Shires.
I logged into the TarpTent website yesterday afternoon and went to the StratoSpire 1 page for about the zillionth time. They added a real time chat feature awhile back. Within about a minute or two Henry had offered me an SS 1 with "minor beauty blemish and full warranty" and $30 discount.
I'm in! The purchase was concluded at 3:47 pm PST. The tent was picked up by the USPS at 4:59 pm.
I'll be back when the tent arrives Monday.
Wayne


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Re: What Websites To Shop For Ultralight???
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2017, 08:21:03 PM »
There's a decent chance you'll never find the "blemish".   Enjoy!

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Re: What Websites To Shop For Ultralight???
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2017, 02:09:07 PM »
Update!
1:30 pm Saturday. It's here!
Less than 48 hours. Thanks Henry! Thanks USPS.
It fits in either pack. I slides into one of the exterior pockets on the Terraplane like they were made for each other.
No sign of the blemish.
39.82 ounces with solid inner before seam sealing.
I like it!
Wayne


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Re: What Websites To Shop For Ultralight???
« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2017, 09:37:52 PM »
Seam sealing: get the pitch figured out and then get the ridgelines pulled out right.  Tighter than you you think you would normally pitch it in the field.  Dilute the silicone with mineral spirits until it is quite runny.  Some people say the consistency of honey, but that is still too much too thick.  Watch Henry's video on seamsealing and you will see his mixture is quite thin.  Apply with a foam paint brush and wipe off any runs with a paper towel.  The only place I needed to go over a second time was around the reinforcements for the trekking poles grommets. 

 


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