BIG 4

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BIG 4

Postby Lizzy » Sun 30 Jan, 2011 8:04 pm

Just thought it'd be interesting to see what everyones current big 4 is- shelter, sleeping bag, pack & sleeping pad.
Mine:
1. Shelter: just got the golite Shangri-la 5... fun for the whole family! Solo I have Sierra Designs Lightning XT1
2. Sleeping Bag: Montbell UL Spiral downhugger 30 degree
Pack: Aarn Guiding Light
Pad: Neo Air regular

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Re: BIG 4

Postby Greenie » Sun 30 Jan, 2011 8:20 pm

Here's mine.

Shelter: Exped Vela 1. Yet to be used.
Sleeping Bag: Roman -5 Synthetic bag, not sure of model. Heavy at 2kg. Ok if car camping with a nearby heater!
Pack: WE Breakout. Great pack
Pad: Thermarest Prolite.
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Re: BIG 4

Postby dee_legg » Sun 30 Jan, 2011 8:34 pm

Mine are...

Shelter: Mountain Hardwear Skyledge or Bibler Tempest
Sleeping Bag: Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32F or Phantom 15F or Mont Brindabella
Pack: One Planet McMillian
Pad: Thermarest Trail Pro Regular
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Re: BIG 4

Postby ollster » Sun 30 Jan, 2011 8:47 pm

Hmmn. Nice thread.

Shelter: MSR Hubba HP
Sleeping Bag: MDs Ultra 500
Pack: OP McMillan (90L)
Pad: Prolite 4 (XL)
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Re: BIG 4

Postby etrangere » Sun 30 Jan, 2011 8:53 pm

Shelter: Macpac Eclipse or Outdoor Reseach Highland bivy
Sleeping Bag: Mont Zodiac 500 or 350
Pack: Macpac Ascent Classic (75 + 15L)
Pad: Thermarest Pro Lite Plus Regular
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Re: BIG 4

Postby Nuts » Sun 30 Jan, 2011 9:03 pm

Ive got way too much, change too often but (atm) for overnight (up to 4/5 days out):

Shelter: Golite Shangri La 3 (modified)
Pack: OMM Jirishanca 35
Bag: Marmot Atom/Helium (both with MLD Bivy)
Pad: Neo (or just foam & removable back panel from pack)
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Re: BIG 4

Postby flatfoot » Sun 30 Jan, 2011 9:36 pm

Not quite my current yet as I'm waiting for the tent to be delivered:

Tent: Terra Nova Laser Competition 1
Sleeping mat: Exped Downmat
Sleeping bag: Montbell Super Spiral Down Hugger
Pack: Deuter Aircontact 75+10

At some point I'll replace the pack as it's too heavy at around 3.5kg from memory.
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Re: BIG 4

Postby vagrom » Sun 30 Jan, 2011 10:37 pm

The cheek...!

Pack, tent,bag: 7max, 5kg min(?), for a 5-12 day away, with off-track ; Mission: Tasmania. (Step by; can you get the theme music from Mission Impossible? )
Mat and Stove(with fuel): 2kg max
Jacket and Boots.

Then, food: I think it's only from the 5 day mark that the weight saving becomes an issue and people talk of figures between 700 and 900 grams per day, as a rule of thumb.
Then the relevant bits: Thermals in Tassie, electrics, stationary (maps, guides,encyclopaedias etc) and toothbrush?
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Re: BIG 4

Postby SteveJ » Sun 30 Jan, 2011 10:43 pm

Ouch Flatfoot, a 3.5 kg pack!! I would think you'd remember that :-)

This is the gear I use for longer trips, about 90% of the time.

Tent:Tarptent Moment (810g)
Sleeping mat: POE Peak Oyl MTN 2/3 (510g)
Sleeping bag: Western Mountaineering Summer Lite (525g)
Pack: Go Lite Pinnacle (790g)

Total weight - 2635grams

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BIG 4

Postby andrewbish » Sun 30 Jan, 2011 10:56 pm

Shelter: nylon tarp
Pack: Osprey Aether 60
Mat: Thermarest Trail
Bag: dunno - had it for years and the labels long gone
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Re: BIG 4

Postby johnw » Mon 31 Jan, 2011 12:44 am

Shelter: WE Second Arrow (2.57kg) or EPE Viper (2.5kg)
Sleeping Bag: Mountain Hardwear Phantom 15 (~900g) yet to use, or Roman Extremelite Zero synthetic (1.4kg)
Pack: WE Mountain Expedition (2.85kg)
Pad: Insulmat Ether Thermo 6 Regular (623g), or Exped Sim Light 2.5 (690g)
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Re: BIG 4

Postby anne3 » Mon 31 Jan, 2011 4:57 am

shelter: MSR Hubba Hubba (fantastic tent)
bag :Mountain design Travelite 530 (great bag)
pack:Blackwolf mckinley 75 (does the job,just)
mat: Thermarest womens prolite (excellent mat, no aching hips on this one!)
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BIG 4

Postby Bluegum Mic » Mon 31 Jan, 2011 7:23 am

Shelter: Tarp tent moment and WE i-explore 3 winter.
Sleeping bag: Roman extremelite sub zero synthetic (1.3kg) and Kathmandu pathfinder down (680g). I know I know Kathmandu but I've found this a great little bag that packs down palm size and is toasty.
Pack: golite pinnacle, deuter aircontact. I also have a Kathmandu interloper for travel that I've used on multiday day walks as I don't mind the harness fit for me. Oh and a deuter kid carrier 2 if the little monster is on my back :-)
Sleeping pad: POE thermo ether 6 (~650g).
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Re: BIG 4

Postby mountnman » Mon 31 Jan, 2011 8:04 am

Tent: MSR Hubba or Black Wolf Hornet
Sleeping bag: Mountain Hardwear Merced 32
Pack: Osprey Argon 85 or Aether 60
Mat: DMH Outdoors Hikelite Lightweight (over a kilo...) :shock: Long (my next upgrade - looking at a neo air...)
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Re: BIG 4

Postby rucksack » Mon 31 Jan, 2011 10:06 am

Tent: Hilleberg Nallo 2 or Macpac Olympus
Sleeping bag: Fairydown Everest or Fairydown Scorpion Entrant
Pack: One Planet McMillan or Macpac Glissade
Mat: Thermarest Prolite Plus Regular
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Re: BIG 4

Postby Drifting » Mon 31 Jan, 2011 10:27 am

Good thread!

Tent: Hillberg Nallo GT 4 (need a smaller tent for just daughter and I- thinking of a Tarptent Scarp II)
Sleeping Bag: The North Face Mammoth (for us big guys)
Pack: Wilderness Equipment Karajini
Mat: Exped Downmat 9 Pump (worth the weight!)
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Re: BIG 4

Postby Son of a Beach » Mon 31 Jan, 2011 10:41 am

I currently share the tent most of the time, and am hoping to get a single person tent for solo or self-catering trips again one of these days. But currently it's

TENT: Macpac Olympus (older model with two large vestibules)
SLEEPING BAG: One Planet Zephyr (recently replaced the J&H Winterlite)
PACK: One Planet Strezlecki (should have got the McMillan though)
MAT: Thermarest 3/4 length (some ordinary model about 20 years old)
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Re: BIG 4

Postby iGBH » Mon 31 Jan, 2011 11:07 am

Light Setup:
TENT: Tarptent Scarp 1
SLEEPING BAG: Montbell UL Super Spiral #3
PACK: ULA Circuit (soon)
MAT: Pacific Outdoor Ether 6.
Total weight: 3.6kg

Heavier Setup (winter)
TENT: Hilleberg Nallo 3 GT
SLEEPING BAG: Kathmandu Dryloft Rumdoodle (back when they used to make quality gear)
PACK: Macpac Cascade
MAT: Exped Downmat 9 DLX :D
Total weight: 9.0kg
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Re: BIG 4

Postby ILUVSWTAS » Mon 31 Jan, 2011 11:29 am

Very Interesting.

Tent- Terra Nova Photon 600grams
Sleeping bag Mtn Hardware- 600grams
Pack OP Traverse 38l or for longer than 2 nights, OP Mungo 60l 2.3kg
Pad NEOAIR 400gram.

Although I dont consider myself a lightweighter, at 3.7 (much less for 1 or 2 night trips) it seems im up there with the lightest of them!
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Re: BIG 4

Postby buggeriamold » Mon 31 Jan, 2011 11:35 am

TENT: Macpac Microlite (Dam thing wont die)
SLEEPING BAG: Salewa 750 (Dam thing wont die)
PACK: Macpac Cascade ( Dam thing wont die, but has had some repairs)
MAT: Thermarest, old, purple, thin (Dam thing wont die)

I have got to say the service life on most of my gear is amazing, the only problem is that it makes it hard to justify the upgrade to the new shiny bits we all covet.

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Re: BIG 4

Postby Drifting » Mon 31 Jan, 2011 12:26 pm

Nuts wrote:Ive got way too much, change too often but (atm) for overnight (up to 4/5 days out):

Shelter: Golite Shangri La 3 (modified)
Pack: OMM Jirishanca 35
Bag: Marmot Atom/Helium (both with MLD Bivy)
Pad: Neo (or just foam & removable back panel from pack)


You ought to do a thread on your modified Go-lite Shangri-La. I'd be curious to know more about that!
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Re: BIG 4

Postby Capt DropBear » Mon 31 Jan, 2011 2:05 pm

Fun idea for a thread, nice work :D

My kit's nothing fancy, but does the job and is dependable:

Sleeping Bag: Mountain Designs Kashgar 75(summer), Moutain Designs Ultra 500(winter - as yet untested) - with Thermalite Reactor when required (or perfect on it's own mid-summer)
Shelter: Outer Limits Backpacker, nicknamed "The Barnacle" by my car-camping mates. Comfortable 2-person / spacious 1-person, reasonably lightweight at 2.2kg - not exactly roomy but it does the job. Has done me well through the warmer months over that last 4 years - and despite wanting (note: not necessarily needing) an upgrade, I'm finding it difficult to justify the price tags given I paid $100 for it, and that most alternatives are about the same weight anyway...
Pack: Macpac Cascade 75. Unkillable. Nuff said. I'm getting the feeling that if the bomb dropped, it'll just be Cascades and cockroaches that'll live on... (or cockroaches wearing tiny Cascades... strange mental image that...)
Pad: Mountain Designs Somnus Lite. Recent upgrade from a failing Kathmandu equivalent - same thickness, 3/4 the weight, half the packed size... go figure.
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Re: BIG 4

Postby frenchy_84 » Mon 31 Jan, 2011 4:13 pm

Shelter: Nallo 2
Pack: Macpac Cascade
Bag: Oneplanet something
Pad: Exped Synmat 7
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Re: BIG 4

Postby corvus » Mon 31 Jan, 2011 4:44 pm

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WE Karijini
Warmth Unlimited Tundra Pure DRY-5
Thermarest Pro Lite 4 Regular.
This my current choice of several Shelters ,Packs and Sleeping bags +my old blue closed cell mat :lol:
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Re: BIG 4

Postby flatfoot » Mon 31 Jan, 2011 6:14 pm

SteveJ wrote:Ouch Flatfoot, a 3.5 kg pack!! I would think you'd remember that :-)


Correction - 3.1kg but that's still too heavy. It does have a great harness with a really wide waist strap but it's probably better to try and get myself a pack that's around 2kg. By changing tent and sleeping bag I've managed to shed 2.5kg from my big 4 weight so far.
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Re: BIG 4

Postby north-north-west » Mon 31 Jan, 2011 7:50 pm

Shelter: Hilleberg Nallo 2 or Akto (with Tyvek footprint) or Salewa Sierra Ultra II
Sleeping Bag: Mont Nemo or Western Mountaineering Highlite (warmer weather)
Pack: Aarn Load Limo, with Sport Pockets (until the Photo Pockets arrive) or if that's too small, Osprey Luna 85
Pad: NeoAir regular or Prolite 4 (for snow camping)

Weight?: No idea. Don't really care. But it is getting lighter . . .

Hey, Nik!!! Luvverboy might have an Akto for sale soon, if you're interested.
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Re: BIG 4

Postby Lindsay » Tue 01 Feb, 2011 12:20 am

TENT Tarptent Moment 1180g (with crossing pole and homemade tarp. footprint.)
PACK Gossammer Gear Mariposa Plus (not used) 680g
BAG Golite Ultra + 1 Quilt (not used) 690g
MAT Neo-air regular 410g

I will be testing this combination out in NZ next week. :D
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Re: BIG 4

Postby Son of a Beach » Tue 01 Feb, 2011 8:42 am

north-north-west wrote:Hey, Nik!!! Luvverboy might have an Akto for sale soon, if you're interested.


Yeah? But I don't think the Akto really meets my demands. I don't want a tent that requires maintenance (bumping off snow) all through the night during heavy snowfall - that's why I sold my last single person tent. :-(
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Re: BIG 4

Postby BlueyAu » Tue 01 Feb, 2011 9:26 am

Tent: Fairydown Ignition
Pack: One Planet Strezlecki
Bag: One Planet bushlite
Mat: Thermarest prolite
combined weight of 8.2kg! Looks like i need to upgrade also.
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Re: BIG 4

Postby tasadam » Tue 01 Feb, 2011 9:35 am

Tent - Hilleberg Nallo2 (used with Tyvek groundsheet)
Bag - 20+ year old Mont Franklin (used with silk sheet)
Pack - Macpac Cascade 75l
Mat - Thermarest 3/4
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