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post #1 of 18 Old 08-14-2009, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for some reasonably light camping gear. Nothing ultralight, but light enough that I can pack up and hike somewhere to setup camp. Right now I have my eye on the Eureka Apex 2XT tent. I could squish 3 people in it if I absolutely had to, and I really like the enclosed vestibule. For 125 bucks it seems like a quality product for a very reasonable price.

As far as bags go, I'm not sure. I'm looking for ~20* bag. Trying to keep the price around or below $100. What do you think of the Marmot Wizard and Marmot Sorcerer bags? Is the Wizard worth the extra cash?

Marmot Wizard
http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/,...Bag-Mummy.html

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http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/3...tic-Mummy.html

I just picked up a Princeton Tec Yukon HL headlamp for 30 bucks shipped. I love steepandcheap. This headlamp is wicked awesome, and for less than half price...I couldn't resist.

I don't currently need a little stove, but it would be nice to have. The little Whisperlite multifuels look like good stoves. It will get occasional use, but not all the time. What would you suggest as far as a good stove on a tight budget?

I was browsing my local Cabela's and saw a Gerber folding saw. Looked like it had an 8-12" blade on it. I've used small Gerber saws before, and they worked really well. I think this one was only $20. Do any of you have experience with Gerber's small folding saws?


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You are better off going with a down bag rather than synthetic. It is lighter and more compressible, thus easier to pack and carry. Down tends to be a bit more expensive, but is definitely worth it. Keep an eye on steepandcheap, I picked up a $300.00 bag for $115.00. Also make sure you get a sleeping mat. The closed cell foam or self-inflating types tend to be a matter of personal preference. You want to have one to insulate you from the ground and it does make of a more comfortable experience.

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I never went on steep and cheap before. How does this work? There is just one thing to buy at a time? How often does it change? Once a day or what? I could get addicted to something like that
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I never went on steep and cheap before. How does this work? There is just one thing to buy at a time? How often does it change? Once a day or what? I could get addicted to something like that
They run deals about every 20 minutes. They are affiliated with backcountry.com and will put up some of the items they want to move out of inventory. They tend to repeat deals periodically throughout the day, so if you miss one just keep an eye out. You can also set up desktop alerts to keep up with deals as they update.
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oh no.....every 20 min? This could get ugly...hahahaha... I feel myself getting sucked in as I type.

Hello... My name is Matt and I am a future steep and cheap addict
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well from my short analysis, short and cheap are actually good deals, however sierra trading seems to be average and things you can google or grab off amazon or ebay for cheaper. But yea I wanted that Marmot jacket but holy crap that sold out fast.
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But yea I wanted that Marmot jacket but holy crap that sold out fast.
it may pop up again today...that's how they get you
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You are better off going with a down bag rather than synthetic. It is lighter and more compressible, thus easier to pack and carry. Down tends to be a bit more expensive, but is definitely worth it. Keep an eye on steepandcheap, I picked up a $300.00 bag for $115.00. Also make sure you get a sleeping mat. The closed cell foam or self-inflating types tend to be a matter of personal preference. You want to have one to insulate you from the ground and it does make of a more comfortable experience.
Thanks for the tip. Down is a lot lighter, but like you said...quite a bit more expensive. I've been looking around for a 20* down bag, but its tough to get one near 100. Which bag did you get from SAC?


Regarding steep and cheap...start a new thread for it.

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I got the Big Agnes Crater down bag

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I got the Kelty Light Year Ultralight 20 Degree Long Sleeping Bag from Sportsmansguide for $160. It is pretty good. I like Kelty products. High quality and cheaper in price than other brands. I tried to go as light as possible with my equipment, but not break the bank at the same time. I do a lot of backpacking. I've hiked mostly in Pennsylvania, but have hiked in Nevada and Alaska also. Here is what I use and it has worked out great for me.

Kelty Trekker 3950 cu in. $111.96 Sportsmansguide.com
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent $93.95 Campinggeardepot.com
Kelty Light Year Ultralight 20 Degree Long Sleeping Bag $159.97 Sportsmansguide.com
MSR Pocket Rocket Stove $35.96 Backcountry.com
GSI Ultralight Dualist Cook System $44.96 Backcountry.com
Therm-a-Rest Ridge Rest Sleeping Pad $24.95 Backcountry.com

I absolutely love the Pocket Rocket. It is a great little stove. It fits nicely in the GSI UL dualist cook set too.
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big agnes FTW


I have 2 big agnes tents 2 big agnes bags and 2 big agnes pads


they make awesome quality stuff and have the most comfortable bags and pads I have ever slept on. I would rather sleep in my down bag on my pad then on my bed. It is awesome!

go buy a big agnes bag NOW!

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You need a Gerber Kit, I bout it about 3 years ago I think you can still get them but it is a nylon brief case that hold a hatchet, folding 8in saw, 2D cell mag light, multi-tool, and folding shovel. It is a must have for my camping. All for about 200 bucks.
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I dont think ive ever gone camping where ive needed to cut a tree down. Id say have an axe at the most, all you really need is a flashlight, knife, tent, food and booze. Unless youre doing some extreme outdoorsman things.
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