Equipment – So Many Choices, So Many Opinions….
Big Three – Part I
It’s fun to plan the retirement walkabout and debate equipment preferences. We’re finalizing the Big Three and have plans for a few shake-down hikes in March to test the new stuff. First up – the tent.
It’s fine to disagree on the stuff we carry separately, be we share the tent and need to agree (as much as a couple cranky old folks can) on shelter selection. We’ve been using an EMS Velocity 2 tent for our section and weekend hikes for 10+ years, and it has served us well. However, we, and our packs, have expanded a bit. So, we’re on the hunt for larger and lighter living quarters.
Max is lugging the tent in his pack so he is all about weight. Maureen doesn’t like bugs and snakes, so she insists on secure sides and a floor. Also, we would both love a little extra room for the space that will be home. Not interested in super ultralight trekking pole tents, tarps, etc. Pretty sure we want two exits (gotta pee), double walls, good headroom for two, and room for backpacks inside.
Our choice, so far, is the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL3. Anyone have experience with this beauty? Haven’t committed yet.
Next up – Backpacks – we are in opposite camps on this topic but hiking your own hike is the name of the game.
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