I’d rather not buy anything. I will spend hard-earned money on durable goods to reduce cost over time and to ensure proper operation in use. Unearthing equipment from the closet has exposed tired, torn and broken gear. Some is repaired, some is replaced. Some is ready to go, despite wear. Getting ready for summer.
Carradice Camper saddlebag, repaired several times.
Brunton cookpot, previously repaired (note handle from M5 bolt and housing ferrule), soon to be replaced. Product discontinued. Suggestions for an inexpensive .8L-1.2L cookpot, not too deep not too shallow, not too heavy?
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 tent, previously repaired, several parts replaced. In use for almost 5 years. Ready to go.
Klean Kanteen 40 oz and 64 oz bottles. One large bottle dented, one smaller bottle broken from severe freeze. Water always tastes good and can be warmed over stove. Dented bottle, ready to go.
Tires. Since tires are consumable by design, it is common to consider the price of a tire in relation to durability and other features. I prefer Schwalbe touring tires for puncture resistance and durability, wearing several tires well past 10,000 miles. Maxxis makes some tough mountain bike tires that we like. CST, Geax, and Kenda sell some great tires at a great price. Reflective sidewalls are a useful feature, with no downside. I am always looking at tires.
Nylon quick-drying shorts, without liner. Cheap and durable, good for riding, swimming, sleeping, walking, everything. Cotton t-shirts– everyone is giving them away. Need new shorts, probably Patagonia 5″ baggies.
Wool long underwear is comfortable, wicks moisture and resist odors. Wool is not particularly durable compared to synthetic fibers. I generally trust Ibex for quality. I generally avoid Smartwool clothing, but recent experiences are changing my opinion.
EMS down jacket, in use for two years. Down is always said to last a lifetime. That may be the case in the closet, but in the real world a garment will have a finite lifespan. I recently replaced the zipper slider and have patched several holes with duct tape. I am searching for a purpose-specific ripstop fabric tape. Light and warm, ready to go.
EMS Deluge jacket, made of Gore-Tex Paclite fabric, which boasts waterpoofness and breathability in a lightweight package. The zipper is fatally scrambled and the fabric has worn in several places in two years of use. Replaced. The exact same jacket is on order. Otherwise, I would have gotten the Marmot Minimalist, but this jacket fit me better.
Salomon mid-height Gore-Tex hiking shoes. These are the best all-weather biking shoes I’ve ever used. Expired, due to extended hard use. Need replacement.
Patagonia Capilene 2 long-sleeve top. My current clothing system relies upon this layer, over top of a lightweight wool shirt, and a cotton t-shirt. Walz cycling cap has outlasted nearly a dozen chains.
Revelate Gas Tank, top tube bag. Fits more than you’d think and built light and tough. Ready to go.
Sea-to-Summit eVent compression drybag. Durable, ready to go.
Enameled steel camping mug. Tough as nails, beat to shit, ready to go.
Thermasrest Prolite sleeping pad. Either it is durable or I am lucky, but this has been with me for over a year without any punctures. I have punctured mats from REI and Big Agnes. I have repaired several holes in the past with bicycle patches and duct tape.
Mont-Bell UL3 Down Hugger sleeping bag. This is one of the best in class, and after several years of testing bags, I have landed on this model. Lael loves her Western Mountaineering Summerlite bag, except when it is 12deg at night.
Brooks saddle. Comfortable. More notably, this saddle has been extremely durable. People often mistake it for a new saddle. I smile and respond that is has seen over 30,000 miles since October 2009. Lael loves the stock saddle from her Cannondale Hooligan. If I was to buy a new saddle, I’d pick one up for $35.
Steel bikes. I’ve broken one steel frame, but I’ve also ridden dozens. I would not hesitate to ride aluminum, yet I still ride steel. Titanium would be nice, but it’s out of my price range. Steel wins again. The Pugsley is coming to Europe. Shown here with 26×3.8″” tires on 65mm fatbike rims last summer, I am currently building 29″ wheels for our upcoming journey. Thinking about Rabbit Hole rims.
For further details, revisit my Kit List posts from last fall.