- Best bit of outdoor kit you own.
Hate to be boring, but camel back mule.
Went through an aldi/lidl one every year, then was forced to buy one on a weekend away maybe 10 years ago. Bladder is rubbish and got replaced by a platypus of course, but it was a revelation in how much of a difference a good design makes.Posted 3 years ago
Good hand luggage bag too. The bladder sleeve becomes the passport money pocket, nice and secure against your back.themightymowgliSubscriber
My penknife.Posted 3 years ago
It’s an old plastic handled hook nosed no name piece that my dad gave me when I was about 12-14. It holds its edge well and I probably carry it places I shouldn’t. I’ve lost it, found it, cut myself badly with it. I’ve trimmed hooves, skinned rabbits and deer with it, cut seat belts and made bows spears and catapults with it. I wonder how I feel if I ever did lose it properly. Maybe I’d just always expect it to turn up again.SpudSubscriber
So many, but probably the Macpac Pursuit I bought from Outside when they had one at the Foundry, circa 1997. Brilliant, been all over, and still going strong. My Karrimor Hot Rock thats older has almost lost it’s internal sleeve. But Buffalo Special 6 also on the list.Posted 3 years agopeekaySubscriber
Have a blue Helly Hansen baselayer that I have worn and washed at least one per week, sometimes two or three times for fifteen years. Climbing,mountaineering, skiing, cycling, running, diving, DIY, gardening and so much more.Posted 3 years ago
Many others have come and gone, but this one particular top seems invincible.CountZeroMember
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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.
Hope you haven’t binned it, it wouldn’t be too difficult to get a new zip stitched in by a good seamstress/tailor, etc; some friends of mine have a business that does all that stuff to a very high standard, not cheap, but the repair will last as long again as the old zip.Posted 3 years agofatbobbMember
Damart thermal top and long johns. Bought them for my first winter on a motorbike 32 years ago and I still wear them. One of the legs got caught in something over the years so it’s cut off at calf level, but other than that still perfectly warm. Luckily they have gone baggy over the years to suit my ever expanding frame. My wife hates them.Posted 3 years agoscc999Subscriber
Pod Cragsack – 15 or so years old, had a tough life but still going strong.
Patagucci R2 fleece – warm, fits well, looks good as new after over a decade.
Still regret the loss of my Karisma fleece trousers to an ex. Great for lounging around in huts / at a campsite or great for winter walking. Might have to get another pair one day.
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I’ve got a 1995 KIMM 35 litre rucksack, first one that I saw appear with a Camelbak pocket. Bought for doing the Wainwright Coast to Coast on my Orange Clockwork, but since used as a day pack for round the world trip, 2 years as an outdoor instructor, 16 years as an ecologist out in the field, last 7 years commuting on the bike into work on a daily basis etc. Getting really threadbare and one shoulder strap is starting to detach…only got a few months left with my pal (sob). AWESOME. A companion on some of the best days of my life.Posted 3 years agouser-removedMember
+1 army goretex kit. Had to buy three jackets before I got the right size, right condition at the right price… Moved on to trousers and got lucky with sizing first time.
I only wear the combo when no-one I know can see me* but by Thor, it keeps everything out. Just brilliant.
*Often, it’s all camo, so no-one can see me.Posted 3 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
Captain Flashheart was admiring my Karrimor Hot Ice only last week.
That era of Karrimor kit was about as good as kit ever got. I have a saddle bag from that very period on my Diverge.
As Jerry knows, I did rather well out of Karrimor at that time. Their Kalahari panniers were superb.Posted 3 years agoBeddsMember
I’d go with my Buffalo as well.. it’s 15 years old and now has a hole in the chest pocket but I still love it.
Just (last year) bought the Teclite model and that’s my go to jacket now, I’ve worn it running, biking and more often that not all weekend. It’s a lot cooler than the Mountain shirt which means I should be able to wear it more 😉
I’ve got some Outdoor Designs gaiters which I’ve had for 10+ years. Bought when I was in an MRT and still use them in the winter.. they’ve had a hard life and still perform brilliantly.
I’d also say my Arcteryx Merino beanie as well.. that’s worn week in week out throughout the year and is about 8 years old.. still brilliant 🙂
My biking kit is more transient, I guess it’s more susceptible to fashion, but I’ve got some Sidi Dragon MTB shoes which are about 7 years old that are now out of retirement for use on the CX bikePosted 3 years ago
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