What's your gear addiction?

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What's your gear addiction?

Postby yedi » Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:57 pm

Hello, my name is yedi, and I'm a jacket addict.

I didn't think I had a problem. I thought it was normal to have to triple up on coat hangers to squeeze everything into a closet. But then a certain someone I live with pointed out to me that my "quiver" is now up to 26 jackets. I'd like to think I can stop, but any time I head to a gear store, I make a beeline for the jacket section. If a piece I've had my eye on is on sale, watch out.

But....I know I'm not alone. Friends collect tents, and boots, and stoves like they're baseball cards. So, I'm curious, what is the piece (or pieces) of gear that you just can't seem to stop collecting?
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Re: What's your gear addiction?

Postby VagabondSurveyor » Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:59 pm

Running shoes... Maybe close to 100 pairs...
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Re: What's your gear addiction?

Postby Dancesatmoonrise » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:08 pm

yedi wrote: what is the piece (or pieces) of gear that you just can't seem to stop collecting?


Hmm... do we have to name just one?

I guess mine would be ropes.

But honestly, those guys that play golf - you know - they don't just have one or two clubs in the bag. Same deal, right?

I mean, it takes different ropes for different strokes. Sometimes you're putting with a 30m, other times hitting those long shots with a 60. A 70 is nice on those long fairways.

Singles are workhorses, but in the alpine sometimes the half's or twins are better. Those 7.8's are really light. But working that scary project, I'd like the 10.2 SuperSafe with the low impact force.

OK, I admit, I'm powerless over rope. Even retired rope. Just ask the GF.

Wait, don't ask her.

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Re: What's your gear addiction?

Postby Scott P » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:14 pm

Just about everything. :oops:

I guess there are a few exceptions since my beacon was loaned out and not returned and I have only one. I don't have that great of a rock rack either. Everything else is an addiction. Maybe the worse would be guidebooks since I have over 500 of them.
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Re: What's your gear addiction?

Postby Bean » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:16 pm

Skis and running shoes. Lucky for me, I'm pretty good at selling off "old" pairs of skis, and using or repurposing shoes until they're well past dead.

There's nothing wrong with having unlined and lined softshell jackets, a windstopper jacket, plus a light neoshell and eVent jacket, plus a number of ski coats with varying levels of insulation. They all have specific uses and see AT LEAST two days a year of use.
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Postby SurfNTurf » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:18 pm

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Postby hunterwf » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:30 pm

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The Flag is awesome but the BD Reactor tools are a close second for sure :)
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Re: What's your gear addiction?

Postby its_not_a_tuba » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:33 pm

Things that weigh less than the things I already have.
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Re: What's your gear addiction?

Postby yedi » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:38 pm

Clearly, I've come to the right place. This makes me look downright sensible.

Bean wrote:a light neoshell and eVent jacket


This is not helping thin the closet. You don't find too much overlap in having both a light neoshell and an eVent jacket? What are the situations that you would use one but not the other?
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Re: What's your gear addiction?

Postby Bean » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:42 pm

yedi wrote:Clearly, I've come to the right place. This makes me look downright sensible.

Bean wrote:a light neoshell and eVent jacket


This is not helping thin the closet. You don't find too much overlap in having both a light neoshell and an eVent jacket? What are the situations that you would use one but not the other?

The eVent is more of a "freeride" (fat/baggy) ski cut so I use it inbounds skiing mostly. Neoshell is a Rab and as such has a Stupid Sexy Flanders cut which is appropriate any time I'm up high and want a hardshell.
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Re: What's your gear addiction?

Postby seth0687 » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:50 pm

I like ANYTHING that has a specific purpose, which unfortunately makes me more than a bit of a gear whore....I have a jacket for every season, type of precip, type of activity, and level of breathability. I have packs for virtually every type of climb/hike/camp/etc...I have a dedicated sport climbing project rope, a set of twins for ice/alpine, a 70m Indian Creek workhorse and a few others hiding out somewhere. I have a harness for the gym, one for ice/alpine, and one for trad/sport. If there is a piece of gear that has a specific purpose or fills a very unique niche, I'm powerless not to buy it lol.

I think that I love gear just as much if not more than actually using said gear heh.
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Re: What's your gear addiction?

Postby SikYou » Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:11 pm

I have to admit that it is the gear hunt that is my addiction. 2-3 REI garage sales a month, anything that I think I MIGHT need comes home with me if the price is right :-$
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