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Hey everyone, first post on the site. Im in the Army and have done my share of backcountry and outdoor "activities", as well as a few multi day and half week summer hikes/climbs on my own. Previously, I used most of my issued miltary kit, and, while on my trips met other people and got a chance to see what they were using.
Some of the gear that is being used definately opened my eyes and made me really take a second look at what I was carrying. (Aside from the Army, growing up I wasnt able to spend a lot of time hiking) This is kind of my first real step into the non tactical outdoors world, and I have a few questions about gear and things related to it.
I really would like to get into 4 season hiking, as I live near the Rockies and a good 7 months of the year is winter.
That being said, here is the gear I currently own so that you can build a better picture of what my limitations are:
Pack: Kifaru MMR - 4200 CI, 7lbs 4oz https://www.kifaru.net/MGmmr.htm
SBag: Issue Sleeping Bag (two bag winter/summer system)
Mat: Self Inflating Thermarest
Stove: Jetboil http://www.equipyourtrip.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/1600x1600/5e06319eda06f020e43594a9c230972d/J/e/Jetboil_Personal_Cooking_System_Black.jpg
SnowShoes: MSR Denali Ascents w/ 8" Tails http://www.orssnowshoesdirect.com/ors-ss-images/msr_products/msr-denali-ascent-snowshoe-.jpg
Cold Weather Boots: Neo Navigator 5's http://www.overshoe.com/recreational/products/detail.php?s=N5P
Tent/Shelter: REI Clipper http://www.bikeamericas.com/images/Clippertent.jpg
I know thats a very basic list, but its also the main items I wouldnt usually leave without, as far as my own comfort is concerned. (Im purposely not including clothing, or safety equipment)
I like doing extended hikes, 3-8 days, and am working my gear collection up with the goal of being able to go out whatever the season, whatever the weather, any altitude (under 13,000ft).
My pack... I think is pretty heavy compared to a lot of high end civilian models. Ive been looking at the Arc - teryx Bora 95 and think it might be a good option? But maybe a guy like me doesnt need a pack like that either? I really dont know. Hopefully some of you guys have the time to share your opinions.
My sleeping bag system is good to minus 60 celcius, but weighs damn near as much as I do. So I would like to get rid of that, but still retain the ability to sleep in minus 30 celcius or better. From my limited knowledge, I want an 800 fill down bag? Not sure what companies make the best options?
My mat is the same one I bought and use in the Army. It has been fine in winter conditions up to date.
My stove, hasnt seen any real winter use. The coldest I've used it in is -5 celcius. From what I have read, it seems to be an alright option for cold weather? If there is something much better out there, Im all ears.
The overboots I have are also ones I use in the army. I usually wear a winter sock system and then my assault boots inside of the overshoe. I think they are rated to -60 as well.
My tent is my biggest concern right now. Its a 3 season by design, and Ive seen and heard of guys using it in the winter at moderate altitudes, but I dont think I trust it in conditions that could become ugly. I usually hike by myself with my dog, Im sure I'll be doing even more solo trips once I start heading out in the winter. I dont really need a large tent, just big enough for myself, the bear decoy ;) and my kit. I was looking at the Eureka Alpinelite 2xt?
Im going to apologize for how long this is. I see a lot of experience on this board and am hoping some of you have the time to offer some advice.
If there is gear that you think is a must have, then by all means please let me know.
Thanks for your time guys.