- Best bit of outdoor kit you own.
There are VERY few things that comes on every bivi/camping/outdoorsy trip I’ve been on, one of those is my titanium mug. It’s my only cooking pot on bivis, it’s been on gas and meths stoves, in fires, in/on wood burners – I love it
I don’t think I have a single favourite, lots of favourites for different types of gear thoughPosted 3 years agomidlifecrashesSubscriber
Windproof, water resistant(when I proof it every couple of years) outer, thin fleece inner, flaps that disappear and still a good fit because it’s just stretchy enough. Bought it in an outdoors shop in Dolgellau over 20 years ago, it was a sample. It’s in need of a restitch but it’s starting to look terminal. Autumn to Spring I won’t be without it, and it’s kept my head happy down to -40 in Canada.Posted 3 years agoStoatsbrotherMember
Got one of those hats from LL Bean 24 years ago… My wife wouldn’t let me wear it. Think she was right! 🙂
For me, an Arcteryx sidewinder ski jacket, cost a lot 10 years ago or so. Still works brilliantly as do the minuteman trousers I got someone off a forum at the same time. Done about 32 weeks on the snow.Posted 3 years agoKlunkMember
my army surplus german paraboots, a massive £24, had them for about 15 years so comfortable to wear loads of ankle support, quite lightweight and for all intents and purposes waterproof
they are are to tricky to find so when the tread is gone they’ll cost twice as much to resole 🙁Posted 3 years agoB.A.NanaMember
Scarpa Dru’s, on my second pair now (ebay purchase). bought my first pair in Aosta Italy in 1997, been the best boots ever. the original pr still get an outing occasionally but the tread is worn right down. also they weigh a tonne compared to modern boots, but it doesn’t bother me cos they fit great. I’ve bought other more modern ones, but always sell them and go back to these.Posted 3 years ago
A battered old camelbak chaos- got it as a magazine freebie, used it massively, it’s just the perfect size and fits me beautifully. Enough that I’ve had an ebay search trawling for replacements for ages, since the first is a bit clapped out, and just bought 2 more.
Rukka goretex motorbike trousers- protective, warm and waterproof. Tough, too- most textiles are “crash and replace”, these have been down the road a couple of times and are just a bit polished and chafed.Posted 3 years agofranksinatraMember
I saw this thread title and immediately thought of my Buffalo, delighted to see it was the very first item listed
10 years old, going strong
Barely worn in! I reckon mine is about 21 years old and just coming into its prime. Cost me £65 and must have been used and abused 1000’s of times. Only fault is it seems to be shrinking slightly around the waist….
I also have a Timbuk2 courier bag that is (I think) 23 years old. I had to get up in the night time to phone the bike shop in San Francisco to order it, I then had to wake my Mum up for her to pay for it with her credit card. Still used every day and no signs of wear.Posted 3 years agokcalSubscriber
hm, in terms of stuff I’ve had forever –
Rohan fleece – can’t recall the model, has a neck zip. Still great, warm, and my wife reminds me I’ve had it since before we met. So that makes it possibly 25 years old..
Longevity for bike kit – Endura MT500 shorts (old spandex style) – obviously the pad is breaking up, but the support and comfort (and protection) they give is great, and reassuring..Posted 3 years agojoffMember
Second the buffalo special 6 finally killed mine last year, well the zip died on one side. army green, easily the most versatile piece of kit ive ever owned and about the only one I got sad about when I bust it. Also 10 years old with two years playing army reserve boy in it so covered in blood group and army number.Posted 3 years agozinaruMember
my wingnut hydro pack is some piece of kit. made for the real world and designed on a blank sheet of paper – its amazing.
even on days that I’m carrying loads (epic winter days) the weight doesn’t seem noticeable once its sitting on your lower back and your mashing the pedals.
looks weird as well so suits my bike and me!Posted 3 years agotangMember
My trusty Zamberlan boots, proper fitted and 15 years old. Patagonia r2 fleece (got two), patagonia merino and Arcteryx primaloft hooded jacket that combo with a good shell covers lots of situations.
Hydroflask bottle and flask given to me by Chris Igleheart (Amazing US frame builder). Just brilliant, I see the flasks are now available in the UK. Fit in a bike bottle cage too.Posted 3 years agomark90Member
A mid 80’s Karrimor Hot Route 55 ruc sac, 30+ years old and still going, from when Karrimor made decent kit. It has done everything from winter day sac, lugging climbing gear from crag to crag, backbacking (with strap on pockets). The shoulder strap padding is a little thin these days but still used for dragging clmbing gear to crags.
My more current/recent best bit of kit is Montane Prism jacket. It has become my go to jacket for 3/4 of the year, in fact more than that as it goes summer camping and is supplemented with a Rab Generator gillet in the cold winter days.Posted 3 years ago
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