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A similar thread over at BPL has me thinking about Gear Acquisition Syndrome.
I was in remission for a while there, having gotten my kit pretty well dialed in. Years, even. I was sated.
Then my zpacks summer bag reached the end of its life. Again I was drawn back into the mire...would an exact replacement meet my current needs/wants? A new inventory was taken. Assessments. In the end I pulled the trigger on another 40-degree bag from Joe and clan. Went with the next-longer length to extend the usable temperature range (more room for high-lofting garments) and make it dual-use (An overbag for my 15-degree sack). The higher-fillpower down, and thus lighter down--in comparison to my first zpacks bag--more or less compensates for the added weight which comes with the longer length. Just under 14 ounces.
My stock-taking also identified a gap in my shelter options, so I ordered a Borah Gear tarp a week or so later. A trim piece of top-shelf silnylon 5-1/2 x 9 feet in dimensions. That clocks in at 8.5 ounces with guylines, and should provide enough coverage to to ditch my UL bivy when the bugs die off.
But my biggest wavering was with my shell game. Like most of us I have a WPB rain shell and a uber-light windshirt that live in my pack. I'm gonna ditch them both as much as I can this year in favor of a gen II, Patagonia-made level 4 PCU shirt that I just sniped off ebay. A new-in-bag medium-long! This is a grail find for me. The gen twos (circa 2011 vintage) are EPIC encapsulated nylon of a significantly higher denier than their houdini windshirts, but with a houdini cut. HH of around 400 (3 times that of the houdini), with 25 CFM of breathability (the most breathable WPBs barely manage 1). Perfectly spec'ed to keep you dry even in a deluge provided you keep moving, on account of heat and pressure differentials. That is, your body heat is sufficient enough to push moisture outward at a rate faster than it is allowed in. Pretty stoked for that to arrive.
Anyone else recently have their GAS flare up?