You know when I didn’t have these problems? Before I moved to Dreamhost.
June 4, 2012
So much to write about, and so little. Where to start. How about things I love right now, bikey and only loosely bike related – most of it bike camping (or bike packing) related. Let’s start on my most recent few items.
1.) Gerber Prodigy- Fixed blade camp knife.
Good for general heavy duty camp stuff like cutting wood or rope, popping off bottle caps, fighting off ninjas and shit. Feels a little conspicuous cutting vegetables or my steak with it around the campfire, but I got over it. Not too big, not too small. Sheath is well constructed. Is awesome camp accessory.
2.) REI Stratus – Insulated air pad
This air pad is awesome. At 20oz the Stratus is 3x lighter than my Thermarest and almost 2x lighter than the Exped Synmat 7 (38oz) that is so popular right now. The Stratus ($75) is also FAR cheaper than then the super lightweight Exped Synmat pads ($130~$165). It packs (and weighs) as small as the smallest Exped mat (about 3x smaller than a Thermarest) but is made of more durable material making it more puncture resistant. It’s insulated against the cold and what might be my favorite part, the outer ribs are oversized meaning it has bumpers! These are GREAT if you’re like I am and do a lot of tossing and turning in the night. It’s extremely light weight, packs small, is extremely comfortable, and is comparably cheap. I can’t say enough good things about it.
3.) Everything Revelate Designs. EVERYTHING IS AWESOME.
Revelate bags are so badass words fail me. Pictured above, I’m using 2 mountain feed bags, a gastank, the Viscacha saddle bag, and a Tangle Bag, which is like a half-frame bag. I used saddle bags but had I used the handlebar bag system I wouldn’t have needed to. Good design. Smart construction. Kicks so much ass. SO. MUCH. ASS. I can’t say it enough. When going mountain biking I use the gas tank and feedbags – that’s how good they are. You can go mountain biking with them and they don’t get in the way and are super useful.
Okay moving on.
4.) Big Agnes Lynx Pass 1, single person tent
I don’t know how much I love this yet, but I sorta love it. I like that it packs twice as small and is half the weight of my 2+ person REI half dome tent. I also like that it’s only $175.
I gotta do a write up about bike lights I realize now. I ran through about a dozen lights and lighting systems and drew some conclusions that bears putting down at some point. So, assume there are some bike light systems that fit into “things I love” but realize they’re going in a future post.
Alright, more later.