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11/30/2019 10:35AM
Curious what new gear you have or are contemplating for the 2020 paddling season.

I had Dan Cooke convert my 10 x 10 tarp into a screen tent, and I cannot wait to give it a whirl come June! As is true with anything he makes, the design is amazing and the workmanship top notch.

How about you?
 
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mschi772
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11/30/2019 10:53AM
2020 will see a my hammock setup completed for 3-season camping. I have a Warbonnet minifly over a SLD streamliner with bug net; just need quilts yet.
If things go especially well in the money department, my gf might be able to pull-off her own Amok setup in 2020.

Barrel harness is on the 2020 list as well. Maybe a Silky saw since the Sven's quirks have gotten tiresome. Otherwise we have all the gear we need already. It's mostly wardrobe stuff I'm interested in now both daily and backcountry. I'm trying to cull as much cotton from my daily life as I can (not just because it sucks in the wilderness but because I'm just generally not fond of it), relegating it to a few items like jeans and dress shirts. I like synthetics, but I've decided to try to avoid them when I can for environmental reasons. I have a couple of wool blend shirts and t-shrits from Icebreaker already, and I love them (yes, even in summer), and I've been eyeballing a lot more wool, alpaca, and yak wool items that I've discovered.
 
x2jmorris
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11/30/2019 04:59PM
I so want to buy new stuff... like anything but I really can't justify it. I have everything I need and it is all still in decent shape unfortunately.
 
11/30/2019 05:48PM
x2jmorris: "I so want to buy new stuff... like anything but I really can't justify it. I have everything I need and it is all still in decent shape unfortunately."

Good problem to have!
 
pswith5
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11/30/2019 10:40PM
I have been thinking about this a bit. Usually I ask for some gear for Christmas. Getting more difficult as I get older and have more of what I need. A lean has come to mind. Maybe a lighter more compressible sleeping bag. Don't really ..need..anything.
 
11/30/2019 11:06PM
I have a basket of suggestions. Anything specific?
Well that's been done, but as for me other interests have surfaced. Mostly a return to my motorhead habits of the 1960's thru 1980's. Be happy to recommend an inter-cooler for a turbocharged motor.
Still camping a bunch and will dabble a paddle on a long distance trip. Consider the "WindTamer" stove tent as a first 2020 piece of gear, but more for base camps. Surely there will be more!

butthead
 
Bearpath9
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12/01/2019 07:04AM
I could use a new sleeping bag. This is kinda funny, my wife just told me to quit buying gear, because the kids don't know what to get me for christmas.
 
bwcadan
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12/01/2019 08:24AM
I have most everything I need. What comes to mind is a new high quality pancake flipper. Something which can withstand higher heats than the cheaper models.
 
12/01/2019 09:29AM
I am also looking for a new multitool as my Leatherman took a plunge last year.
 
12/01/2019 09:58AM
Frenchy19: "I am also looking for a new multitool as my Leatherman took a plunge last year. "

Here's a few Mark, AG Russell
My personal choice in the Gerber Needlenose but there's a bunch to choose from!

butthead
 
justpaddlin
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12/01/2019 10:13AM
I've been slowly shopping for a sitting canoe since kneeling is getting quite painful and causing me to shorten my day trips. I figure I might as well get something fast so there is some upside to not kneeling. I don't plan to sell any of my kneeling canoes since I may get a new knee someday and I hate to have to buy stuff over again...plus they are loyal friends so they're not going anywhere.
 
12/01/2019 11:22AM
butthead: "Frenchy19: "I am also looking for a new multitool as my Leatherman took a plunge last year. "


Here's a few Mark, AG Russell
My personal choice in the Gerber Needlenose but there's a bunch to choose from!


butthead"

Thanks for that link, Ken. Some sweet looking pieces!
 
12/01/2019 12:20PM
Looking at a Tarptent Scarp 1 for cooler weather trips. Solid walls and more room than my Bowfin 1
 
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12/01/2019 01:46PM
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12/01/2019 04:35PM
I bought a Primus Powertrail New Stove a couple days ago. It's only my 4th stove in close to 40 years of camping.

I'm also getting the Agawa Canyon Boreal Saw for Christmas. I really want an Garmin Inreach but my wife says to just rent. I'm hoping she's bluffing and I'll see it under the Christmas tree. :)

I'm also looking into getting a strong plastic container similar to tupperware to hold my cook kit, stove, gas, utensils etc. A BWCA .commer I paddled with last fall turned me on to his organizational system inside his pack. He uses two of them side by side. I like his idea. I'm planning a trip to The Container Store in the near future. That's about it for this year.

I broke the bank last year with a new canoe. Frenchy, I pulled the trigger on a Swift Shearwater.



 
singlebladecanoe
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12/01/2019 06:25PM
Just ordered some upgrades for my hammock setup. Dynemma tarp and DH Darien hammock. Its going to cut my current hammock setup weight in half. Also just picked up a Nova Craft Fox. Hope one day to have another Swift.
 
12/01/2019 06:30PM
I've has the Scarp 1 for a bunch of years now. It is great!
 
12/01/2019 07:46PM
How do you like the Swift Shearwater, Tom? I'll bet it's easier to carry and easy to paddle too.

I'm putting the same saw on my list.

Hope the stove works out well. I may replace my old JetBoil one of these days. It's getting old like me.
 
12/01/2019 07:55PM
TomT: "I bought a Primus Powertrail New Stove a couple days ago. It's only my 4th stove in close to 40 years of camping.


I'm also getting the Agawa Canyon Boreal Saw for Christmas. I really want an Garmin Inreach but my wife says to just rent. I'm hoping she's bluffing and I'll see it under the Christmas tree. :)


I'm also looking into getting a strong plastic container similar to tupperware to hold my cook kit, stove, gas, utensils etc. A BWCA .commer I paddled with last fall turned me on to his organizational system inside his pack. He uses two of them side by side. I like his idea. I'm planning a trip to The Container Store in the near future. That's about it for this year.

I broke the bank last year with a new canoe. Frenchy, I pulled the trigger on a Swift Shearwater.



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BEAUTIFUL!!! Have to let me know your thoughts. I love mine, but yours sure is much more pretty!!
 
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12/01/2019 09:22PM
TomT: "I bought a Primus Powertrail New Stove a couple days ago. It's only my 4th stove in close to 40 years of camping.


I'm also getting the Agawa Canyon Boreal Saw for Christmas. I really want an Garmin Inreach but my wife says to just rent. I'm hoping she's bluffing and I'll see it under the Christmas tree. :)


I'm also looking into getting a strong plastic container similar to tupperware to hold my cook kit, stove, gas, utensils etc. A BWCA .commer I paddled with last fall turned me on to his organizational system inside his pack. He uses two of them side by side. I like his idea. I'm planning a trip to The Container Store in the near future. That's about it for this year.

I broke the bank last year with a new canoe. Frenchy, I pulled the trigger on a Swift Shearwater.



"

That is such a sweet canoe!
Recently Ted Bell made me a Northstar Magic in carbon with wood trim, and it's hanging in my garage waiting for the next paddling season. That pretty much took care of my budget for new gear!
 
GearGuy
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12/02/2019 08:26AM
Just bought my 3rd and last CCS tarp this weekend, looking forward to setting that up when it gets here. About to buy an Osprey Aether Pro. Debating buying a Garmin gps.... the more I think about that $600 the more I remember how easy it is to get around on map and that I've never been lost. I did just get some new icebreaker merino long underwear im looking forward to using. Might make a slingshot for 2020, I use 1.75mm Lash it for a bear rope and it'd be so slick to shoot the rope over branches with a small nut on the end. I'm also thinking of picking up another UGQ quilt, rated for zero (current top quilt is a 40F). Oh! Im gonna buy a coffee making option, I don't drink coffee but I've noticed I can't start cracking the whip to get a move on until everyone's got coffee in their mug and I'm not the type to hope someone brings their own coffee and coffee maker lol. For 2020 I picked up a 9 tray excalibur dehydrator, along with mylar bags you can pour boiling water into to rehydrate food, excited to step my dehydrating game up. Going to be buying another water filter option, water filter life span is a constant problem in the algae rich lakes of bwca. And I need a cool looking hat that doesn't look nerdy...hmm
 
12/02/2019 10:21AM
Frenchy19: "Curious what new gear you have or are contemplating for the 2020 paddling season.

I had Dan Cooke convert my 10 x 10 tarp into a screen tent, and I cannot wait to give it a whirl come June! As is true with anything he makes, the design is amazing and the workmanship top notch.

How about you?"


Great minds think a like. I was thinking of converting mine as well. Still thinking.

I rented a Bell 20’ canoe last summer to fit the 4 of us for our trip. I think I want to order one and customize it. I just didn’t like the additional seat placements. But I’d need to sell my Quetico 18.5...I can’t fit both in my garage and financially it makes more sense, but I don’t know if I can get rid of it :)...

T
 
Nozzelnut
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12/02/2019 04:09PM
I'd really like to downsize my Wenonah Solo Plus to a Swift Prospector 14...

The Solo Plus is a great boat; but I think the Prospector will do everything I want and is lighter, shorter....

So it might become new gear next spring.
 
12/02/2019 06:42PM
boonie: "How do you like the Swift Shearwater, Tom? I'll bet it's easier to carry and easy to paddle too.
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I had practiced about 5 times on local forest preserve lakes and never in a wind or fully loaded but our first day in Quetico I was paddling half of Basswood Lake. The wind came up and there were a couple of rain squalls. Using my Kayak paddle I ran into some difficulty keeping it from weather vaning when the swells were quartering behind me. I never had this happen in my 55# Blackhawk solo.

The Shearwater was 31# before adding skid plates and foot braces so I'm assuming the light weight had something to do with it. I used my Lightweight bent shaft Zav Rec paddle on the paddle out on Basswood and fared much better. I'm done using a Yak paddle for the time being. Other then that issue the boat is fantastic. Quite a difference on portages too.

 
eagle98mn
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12/02/2019 06:54PM
Frenchy19: "I had Dan Cooke convert my 10 x 10 tarp into a screen tent"

I didn't realize this was an option. Do you have any pictures? What did it cost you?
 
12/02/2019 08:48PM
eagle98mn: "Frenchy19: "I had Dan Cooke convert my 10 x 10 tarp into a screen tent"


I didn't realize this was an option. Do you have any pictures? What did it cost you?"


No pics as it is in storage for the winter. Looks exactly like the ones posted on his site, however. Sent it to him in its original stuff sack, and it came back with a compression sack.
 
mschi772
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12/05/2019 11:11AM
x2jmorris: "I so want to buy new stuff... like anything but I really can't justify it. I have everything I need and it is all still in decent shape unfortunately."

My suggestion is a luxury for people who can afford it, but if you have everything you need but still enjoy getting new stuff, you could sell/gift stuff away and buy new stuff to try. You'd get to play with different toys, and others would benefit from your second-hand gear.
 
12/05/2019 01:53PM
Frenchy19: "eagle98mn: "Frenchy19: "I had Dan Cooke convert my 10 x 10 tarp into a screen tent"



I didn't realize this was an option. Do you have any pictures? What did it cost you?"



No pics as it is in storage for the winter. Looks exactly like the ones posted on his site, however. Sent it to him in its original stuff sack, and it came back with a compression sack. "


I was also unaware that it was an option to have your tarp converted. What did this cost you? I see the new 10 x 10 with screen is $575 new.
 
12/06/2019 08:54AM
Maybe also in the market for some new boots. Wish Chotas came in half sized. Those curious about having Dan modify an existing tarp, I suggest you contact him for pricing and other relevant information.
 
12/08/2019 03:57PM
I forgot that I picked up a Big Agnes Big Six camp chair. Have used it at our fire pit at home, and am looking forward to the comfort it brings come paddling season.
 
airmorse
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12/08/2019 07:17PM
2019 i bought quite a lot. (For me anyway)
1. New tent
2. New gravity water filter setup
3. Bag liner
4. Bear spray (more for Wyoming)
5. Another #3 Duluth pack
6. Pillow
7. Twig stove

2020
1. Garmin inreach explorer
2. Camp chair

 
Savage Voyageur
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12/09/2019 11:43AM
New gear for next year will be a new InReach Explorer + communication device, zip off pants, and way to many fishing lures.
 
tomo
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12/09/2019 05:54PM
I'm in the market for a daypack. I like to carry a daypack when I carry my canoe, but I don't want it to be too high volume, otherwise I'll fill it to the brim and then suffer under the canoe/pack load. Thinking Kondos daypack might fit the bill, but I've never actually seen one in person.

Also hoping to pick up a 10 x 12 ccs tarp and a small saw of some sort.
 
12/09/2019 07:15PM
tomo: "I'm in the market for a daypack. I like to carry a daypack when I carry my canoe, but I don't want it to be too high volume, otherwise I'll fill it to the brim and then suffer under the canoe/pack load. Thinking Kondos daypack might fit the bill, but I've never actually seen one in person.


Also hoping to pick up a 10 x 12 ccs tarp and a small saw of some sort."


For a daypack, check out the CCS rucksack. May be just what you are looking for.

CCS Rucksack
 
12/09/2019 07:41PM
Frenchy19: "Maybe also in the market for some new boots. Wish Chotas came in half sized. Those curious about having Dan modify an existing tarp, I suggest you contact him for pricing and other relevant information. "

Yea if you contact him he can give you a quote. Roughly...take the price of the screen tent, subtract the price of the tarp. That will get ya close unless he decides it is too much of a PITA then I’d charge more if I was him :)

T
 
Abbey
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12/09/2019 08:22PM
Got the large CCS hybrid pack at the Midwest Mountaineering fall expo to replace the previous “chuck wagon”.

Also already replaced the sleeping pad that I had been using in my WBBB hammock. Haven’t done the underquilt route as the “pocket” in the double bottom WBBB works well. Had been researching about found this for almost half off.

Klymit insulated hammock pad

Still thinking about getting a twig stove, not because I need it, but it’s intriguing.
 
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