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  • IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT- top gear

    Okay I thought a series on gear would be nice... I'm going to call it "if money were no object". In other words, if you could afford the "best", what would you get? I'd like to do this with some of the things we've talked about before, and then collate the data for folks who are looking to rent or purchase gear for Alaska. yes, I know we've worn some of these discussions out, but we get new folks in here alla time... so it's for their benefit. It could be something we can keep in its own forum too, perhaps.
    Here are the categories:
    1. Large tents
    2. Mountaineering tents
    3. Packs
    4. Hiking boots
    5. Jackets
    6. Raingear
    7. Hip boots / waders
    8. Sleeping bags
    9. Sleeping pads
    10. Large water filters
    11. Small water filters
    12. Headlamps
    13. Backpacking stoves
    14. Campstoves
    15. Knives
    16. Trekking poles
    17. Inflatable canoes
    18. Large rafts / catarafts

    My plan is to get a list of your top choice in each category (we'll do a separate thread on each one, so don't list the gear in this thread!) and then do a poll for the top ten in each category (if we get that many). We will list the final "winners" in each category as the "forum users choice". Feel free to post your reasons for the ones you recommend, too. We might include that in the final writeup.

    I know a lot of this is personal preference, but the point is to say that if you could afford what you consider to be "the best", what would it be, and why?

    Can you think of other items that should be on the list?

    -Mike
    Michael Strahan
    Site Owner
    Alaska Hunt Consultant
    1 (907) 229-4501

  • #2
    one additional...

    Mike,
    you forgot Optics in your list of gear.....
    Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for the shadow is mine and so is the valley. Thy Glock and thy M14 comfort me in days of civil unrest and terror

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    • #3
      Great idea

      But I really think that you should add in "The Next Best Thing" Not everyone can afford the best but they could get ideas from them but having a next best thing would probably fall into alot more budgets. This kind of info would go hand in hand.
      Semper Fi and God Bless

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      • #4
        just tell us...

        the 18 things you have Mike and we'll know which ones to get.

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        • #5
          Oh, you bad man...

          Originally posted by lawdog View Post
          the 18 things you have Mike and we'll know which ones to get.
          Yeah, the intentions are good, but I've gotta work on the delivery...

          Actually there are some things on my list that I don't have yet, but eventually you have to put the brakes on. I like the Arctic Oven and the Bombshelter, but don't own either...

          It will be interesting to see what pops up in this one. Hope it helps folks.

          -Mike
          Michael Strahan
          Site Owner
          Alaska Hunt Consultant
          1 (907) 229-4501

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          • #6
            Great thread idea Mike!

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            • #7
              It would be nice if all the related threads were stickies as well.

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              • #8
                Mike,

                Methinks this is best suited for the Alaska outdoors gear forum instead of cluttering up the hunting forum, especially if you are gonna do a separate thread on each one! But just my opinion.
                Mark Richards
                www.residenthuntersofalaska.org

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                • #9
                  topic

                  2nd as well. Great topic just not well suited here.

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                  • #10
                    Great list. How about listing the biggest piece of junk for each catagory. Sometimes mistakes are the best teachers. Other times 2 or three replacements after years of wear and tear seems better than one ruined super dollar gem. My .02

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                    • #11
                      Water filter: Katadyn Base Camp

                      From: http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...d.php?p=336854

                      We used the Katadyn Base Camp filter last year to filter plenty of water from the silty Tanana River. To reduce silt, we used a settling pond first, then let the water drip through a nylon sack to reduce filter clogging - until finding a tannin-stained creek later with less silt. The rest was set it and forget it; fill and drip 5 to 8 gallons was effortless during our 8-days out. Worked flawlessly for us. Vance in AK suggested wrapping a coffee filter around the filter element too, which made good sense.
                      No habitat, no hunter.

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                      • #12
                        Rifle Holster?

                        The most important piece of equipment is a rifle.

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                        • #13
                          Water filter

                          I am a huge fan of the MSR Miox, which just purifies the water, it is not a filter. I used this for all of my water for a 10 month period in 2007-8. All you need is batteries and salt. It is about the size of one of those large sharpie markers. I think it cost about 100 bucks in 2007

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RastaHunter View Post
                            I am a huge fan of the MSR Miox, which just purifies the water, it is not a filter. I used this for all of my water for a 10 month period in 2007-8. All you need is batteries and salt. It is about the size of one of those large sharpie markers. I think it cost about 100 bucks in 2007
                            certainly an interesting product, but having to wait 4 hours for the destruction of Cryto is just too long IMHO. At least for an active hunt where water may be hard to find, like sheep or goat.

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                            • #15
                              Tips for this thread

                              Michael~ maybe you can put a suspense for the categories (you originally listed 18 items, but more surfaced RIFLE/OPTICS). As with any "gear" junkies there are different types of gear for a specific hunt. I don't take my cataraft on a sheep hunt, nor would I bring trekking poles on a moose hunt. I admire your intent, but think this post should should be tweaked to read "to encompass everyone's wish lists for any outdoor outing." This could include hiking, hunting (sheep, grizz, moose, bou, whatever), rafting, fishing, ect. Since this post is on the gear list, I'd suggest going with the "wishlist" approach, set a time to add your catagories (your 18 + are a great start) and once the equipment items are identified/charecterized to have the gear junkies "VOTE" on their dreamy expensive (money's not an option) gear; the Best of the Best... Sir! Lol...
                              Respect what you do not own but are privleged to enjoy, Mother Earth thanks you...

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