ten if the lightest pieces of gear

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ten if the lightest pieces of gear

Postby wayno » Thu 05 Jun, 2014 1:21 pm

So with a little bit of research across the board we've come up with what we believe to be the ten lightest bits of outdoors gear around.


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Re: ten if the lightest pieces of gear

Postby icefest » Thu 05 Jun, 2014 1:44 pm

Most seems reasonable, though I disagree about the choice of pack and shelter.
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Re: ten if the lightest pieces of gear

Postby wayno » Thu 05 Jun, 2014 1:48 pm

icefest wrote:Most seems reasonable, though I disagree about the choice of pack and shelter.


who's making a lighter 2 person shelter and 55 litre pack?
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Re: ten if the lightest pieces of gear

Postby icefest » Thu 05 Jun, 2014 2:48 pm

Example 35l daypack at 506g is heavier than the Arc Blast 45l which weighs 454g

Example tent is 880g
Zpacks duplex net is 547g
MLD duomid w net inner is 635g
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Re: ten if the lightest pieces of gear

Postby wayno » Thu 05 Jun, 2014 2:50 pm

yeah i guess they didnt take a serious look at cottage industries... was it a case of looking at their advertisers gear?
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Re: ten if the lightest pieces of gear

Postby walkerchris77 » Thu 05 Jun, 2014 2:59 pm

Interesting thanks wayno
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Re: ten if the lightest pieces of gear

Postby Mark F » Thu 05 Jun, 2014 9:08 pm

Of course they were looking at advertisers or potential advertisers. They mention the Fire Maple FMS-116T and compare it to a rebranded Fire Maple FMS-300T as though they don't know the FIre Maple original exists.

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Re: ten if the lightest pieces of gear

Postby icefest » Fri 06 Jun, 2014 1:22 am

Mark F wrote: They mention the Fire Maple FMS-116T and compare it to a rebranded Fire Maple FMS-300T as though they don't know the FIre Maple original exists.

I had to giggle about that part too. :lol: :lol:
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Re: ten if the lightest pieces of gear

Postby Joomy » Tue 20 Jan, 2015 11:06 pm

Well at least most of the users of this forum know that most of the genuinely lightest gear is from cottage manufacturers that the editors of these magazines have probably never heard of.
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Re: ten if the lightest pieces of gear

Postby wayno » Wed 21 Jan, 2015 3:47 pm

well the article is headed "Ten of the lightest" not "The ten lightest", its not that wide of the mark and for those who dont shop online and buy overseas and dont want to pay the shipping for products from overseas, they've got a better chance of coming across the mainstream brands in their local shop...
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