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I apologize for the length of this first post, I didn't realize just how much there is to all of this.
Long story short, I used to backpack but with my ex and since the split, he has all of the gear and I have none of it. So, I need to start all over and I have NO idea where to begin. Help?
The details: I want gear that I can use on multiple day hikes and also on mountain biking trips in the summer and snowshoeing trips in the winter. So, lightweight, portable, not too bulky but able to withstand all types of weather.
In case this has any impact on the decision, most of these hikes / trips will occur in Ontario, Canada with some in British Columbia when out on backcountry ski trips. So temperature range from mid 30C to - 30C!!
So, do I need a summer kit and a winter kit or can I buy gear that I can use year round? That's where I get confused. Is a 4-season tent really for four seasons or is it for winter only and too warm for the summer?
I can purchase the North Face Mountain 25, barely used, for $400 (potentially less if I can talk him down) so would that be OK or is it too much tent for the summer? It also weighs about 8lbs!!
And what about sleeping bags? Again, temp range is huge so do I need multiple bags or is one adequate for all seasons?
I've narrowed down my backpack choice to the F-stop Gear Satori EXP (sorry, unable to provide link.) I decided on this one simply because I'm a photographer venturing away from my bread and butter market and moving in a different direction and this seems like a good bag to carry my camera, and other gear.
I'm open to any suggestions of brands, I'm not really a brand snob, I just want gear that works and that has been used by others so I'm getting honest feedback and not marketing materials!
Budget wise, well, we all want cheap but sometimes that's not possible so if you could perhaps give two choices - one for limitless budget and one for best value that would be greatly appreciated!!
Thank you all for your time,