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06/01/2010

What favorite piece of gear is still going strong?

Whether it’s a tent that’s weathered many a storm, hiking boots that fit like slippers

or a trusty two-wheeled steed, tell us about your “old friend”.

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MSR whisperlite international. Bought it in 1986, so 26 years old! Never had to replace anything!

posted by Nutellafan on Wed Mar 07 09:19:17 PST 2012

Nike Wildedge GTX shoes. They fit like socks and never let any water in.

posted by ChrisMorgan on Sat Dec 31 01:29:51 PST 2011

rei nalgene bottle

posted by This Backpacker on Fri Jun 24 12:17:07 PDT 2011

I bought this tent some time between 1974-76 and here is a picture of it up at Joffre Lakes, B.C., four weeks ago.....still going strong (along with some of my other old gear like an optimus 111B...all the older leaders in my son's scout troop got all nostalgic when I pulled that out and fired it up).

I seem to recall this tent was designed for the 74 or 76 K2 expedition (although I recall that in 76 they also took Jansport's new fangled geodesic dome tents).

The tent has an internal vestibule at the far end with a semi-circular zippered floor access to the snow and a chimney above it (also a snow tunnel in the vestibule).

Does anyone recall what this tent was called.

I used it well in my youth and now I'm going to pass it on to my son so I can buy one of those geodesic tents that I secretly coveted since 1976 (I'm drooling over the MH Trangos).

posted by Jody BC on Fri Mar 11 18:52:16 PST 2011

Wood shaft ice axe I bought at REI almost 40 years ago when I worked in the REI warehouse on Capitol Hill.  It has been used all over the NW mountains and hangs in view in my basement gear room.  Still in great shape, although I can find no brand marks anywhere.  I do remember it was one of the last wood shaft axes REI sold until they later came out with the commemorative issues.  Favorite trips with it include the Bailey Range and Ptarmigan Traverses.

posted by roslyndoug on Sun Dec 19 13:31:51 PST 2010

My 2006 Cannondale F400 Mountain Bike and I have rode thousands of trail miles across Maryland with excursions to my home states of New York and Connecticut with more than a few (some might say a whole lot!) memorable crashes and mishaps, all on our original equipment.  I did upgrade the Aluminium Horse (as I call him), with disc brakes a couple of years ago (making it equivalent to the F600), but the frame and fork are the same.  I've also had spectacular up-close-and-personal run-ins (but not run-overs) with a terrified black bear atop Shwanangunk Ridge; a black vulture devouring a freshly dead grey squirrel (he stayed with the corpse until I was literally a wheel-length away); innumerable red foxes; and a plethora of beautiful warblers, herons, egrets, and butterflies.  I'd have to say though that the strangest encounter of all was when I rode upon a group of LARPers about five miles in from the trailhead at Cedarville State Forest.  They may have been wearing elf ears and sheets over their shoulders, but I'll give them credit for having hiked that far from the parking lot! ;D

posted by LMAppelbaum on Thu Dec 09 00:27:18 PST 2010

my msr reactor stove

posted by sergio the great on Wed Sep 29 02:08:08 PDT 2010

An REI down vest bought in 1973, my first purchase from REI, just after joining.

I've washed it a few times and replaced a worn-out zipper, but otherwise it still works great.  The only problem is that I've grown a bit and men's medium no longer fits me, but it fits my wife and college age son fine.  I expect my grandchildren will one day wear it (that is, if my kids get their act together and start producing some!).

posted by ewolin on Wed Aug 25 16:26:14 PDT 2010

I have an LL Bean daypack (actually it was called a day and a half pack) that is still going strong after close to 25 years.  It's been on hundreds of hikes and trail maintenance trips, been used as airline carry-on and been all over the world and been on ski slopes throughout the northeast and Rockies.

I still have my original MSR Whisperlite, that is over 20 years old, but I use a newer, shaker jet model these days and lend out my Whisperlite to anyone who need a stove.

posted by BrianSnat on Tue Aug 24 08:52:24 PDT 2010

My Optimus white gas stove was passed down from my dad. This piece of equipment will be the last piece to be upgraded even if I can save weight by using something else. It has been a great companion.

posted by MuseJr on Wed Aug 18 02:00:52 PDT 2010

My old Jansport daypack.  I have had it for over 15 years now and I have been through at least 3 complete gear makeovers since then.  Don't do as much day hiking as I used to but when I go, it's right behind me.  

posted by That Guy on Tue Aug 17 20:35:34 PDT 2010

my gary fisher hookooekoo hard tail mountain bike purchased new in

1995. it could be in a museum, (by the looks i get) but i ride it about 50

miles a week and love it. not 1 problem and has saved my $$$$$$$ in

therapy.ZZ

posted by yellowlenz on Sat Aug 14 20:57:07 PDT 2010

Chaco's I have had for over three years now. I have not had to resole them yet, but it is getting close. They have survived a 40+mile backpacking trip from Mt Hood to Eagle Creek. Scrambling in the Wichita Mts in Oklahoma and impromptu bouldering in the gorge. They have been awesome!

posted by P-Town Adventurist on Thu Aug 12 00:25:46 PDT 2010

My 12 year old Montrail Moraines. The tread's still good, even through there's a spot where the padding around the top is held with duct tape. Still love these boots and they've got some history on them.

posted by RangerMatt on Wed Aug 11 13:03:45 PDT 2010

My Camping Gaz stove has served me well for over ten years.  Easy to use, plenty of heat for what I do and compact.  My challenge is that REI no longer carries the required C206 fuel cartridge and this renders this functional device as useless.  When I called the local store I was first told that they were out of stock of that item, that they had it in stock a couple of weeks ago.  Then when I tried to place an order I was told to call a different number.  Ultimately I was told that REI discontinued that item.  I'm not satisfied about this REI experience.  

posted by cascadesrule on Mon Aug 09 21:02:58 PDT 2010

My Zephyr sleeping bag (+15) has been through some of the worst weather and a year in Colorado. 

posted by kennewick man on Fri Jul 30 00:02:08 PDT 2010

Different spokes for different folks.

posted by ke6kzr on Mon Jul 19 01:07:37 PDT 2010

You want the answer to this, I'll give it.  But it is not very flattering to REI.  I have an old backpack that is perfectly solid and functional.  It needs a new hip belt however, and REI tells me that I have to buy a new pack because there are no hip belts that will fit my solid old pack.  Shame on you!  You are supposed to be environmentally conscious, are you not?  You are supposed to be supporters of the outdoors are you not?  Instead you are in lock-step with the American Way of forcing people to buy new when the serviceable old is just as good if not better for the sake of small component parts.  I will look elsewhere rather than support such an anti-environmental business. 

posted by Argonon on Sun Jul 18 20:04:32 PDT 2010

My favorite peice of gear that is still ticking is my hannesy hammock. I have not had it very long, but i've run it through the mill more than once. the rainfly ripped once but the ripstop material kept it rrom spreading. it was easily repaired. The bottom has never ripped even though i have set it on the ground many times to fold it up. The seams did not strech and the plastick hooks have never snapped. The ropes have never frayed or ripped, even when i used sharp steaks. Overall, very very very durable

posted by Golter135 on Sun Jul 18 15:23:35 PDT 2010

camping in the wilderness

posted by donna the sender on Mon Jul 12 14:03:44 PDT 2010

My JanSport D3 Backpack.  Purchase in 1976 for the then unheard of price of $89.  While I have moved on to internal frame packs the D3 is still being loaned out to Boy Scouts or their dad's for Troop trips.  Also I think this model backpack shows an interesting period in backpack features.  It was one of the first full size backpacks that was panel loading.  Today while many large backpack models are top loading they do have a 'panel access' feature.  Another feature that did not stay, however, was it's unique hipbelt.  Rather then being mounted to the frame in the standard way, this hip belt is mounted to pivotable arms that extend out from the frame and rap around your hips along with the padded hip belt.  The idea was to better balance the weight by having the weight sitting on the front of your hips.  On open trails it really did allow for a more upright and balanced posture.  The frame's 'flying wings' also allow the pack to be self standing which was particularly helpful given the panel loading feature.  I guess this feature got discontinued because on any rough terain or scramles the frame could feel very confining.  An interesting piece of history for me is in 1978 I used this pack on a section of the Northville Lake Placid Trail.  I have a picture of me next to the pack at the starting point, a parking area at Piseco Lake.  In 2008 I completed the section from Upper Bension to Piseco and since a scout's dad had used my D3 for the trip I was able to again have my picture taken in the same parking lot and next to the same backpack now 30 years later.  Needless to say, it's obvious the backpack has held up better than I have!

posted by MadScience on Sat Jul 10 04:50:42 PDT 2010

Merrel Chameleon hiking shoes.....3+ years and still going strong.

A close second, Keen Voyageur Mid Hikers, 4+ years.  Just replaced them with another pair of the same!!

posted by Up on Top on Fri Jul 09 11:16:53 PDT 2010

My Merrell Chameleon Evo Gore-tex hiking shoes!  These things go with me everywhere.  Including Afghanistan :)

posted by ratiphi on Thu Jul 08 18:45:12 PDT 2010

My Thermarest Z-rest.  I have used it at baseball games, NHRA races, fly-fishing on rocky shores, backcountry skiing trips, at bluesfest, as a dog bed in the back of a pickup for 150,000 miles, and yeah, I have used it camping too.

posted by BonzM on Thu Jul 08 18:37:42 PDT 2010

My old Coleman 413F two burner stove that my dad bought the same year I was born (1963).  It weighs a ton, it's bulky, and it shows its age, but it's never failed once.  I've got an MSR Whisperlite for backpacking that's outstanding as well, but for car camping I just can't give up the Coleman!

posted by Utahmen on Thu Jul 08 11:41:49 PDT 2010

I'd have to say my Cold Steel Norse Hawk ax.  I know it's not from REI, but I wish they stocked it.  Admittedly, I baby this piece of kit, but it's seen a lot of good action over the years.  ORIGINAL HANDLE!  That's right, no throat hits or head flying off after a whiff.  The steel is a perfect blend of being relatively easy to sharpen and the ability to hold an edge forever.  I carry a lubricant everywhere I go with it, and it's had a few wraps of athletic tape, but when I peel it down biannually, it looks pristine, like a newborn baby.  (Okay, not exactly like a newborn baby.  No poop or throw-up, though...)  In a pinch, I can even use the Norse Hawk for gutting and skinning game.  The shape of the blade edge makes this possible.  I wouldn't go on a weekender or day trip without it.

posted by sabr686 on Fri Jul 02 06:37:22 PDT 2010

My Leatherman Charge TTi, what a tool! I could never leave home without it!

posted by Kevin Hillstrom on Thu Jul 01 19:30:44 PDT 2010

I bought an REI dayback about 14 years ago.  Don't know who oringally made the pack but LOVE that pack.  All outdoor gear gets old and outdated and for us gear junkies that is okay.  However when this pack dies I won't be okay. 

Oh, and my 10 year old LEKI Makalu anti-shock trekking poles.  We've seen a lot of miles together.

Keep smiling and take care of our open space.  =)

posted by SPNTY on Wed Jun 30 11:00:04 PDT 2010

1: My Sorel Glacier boots. I bought them for ice fishing in 1994 and they are still as waterproof and warm as the day I bought them. 


2: My Trek 7000. I bought this bike the same year as the Sorels and she is still looks good and going strong. Expecting another 2000 trouble free miles again this season.

posted by Pugsley on Sun Jun 27 22:41:23 PDT 2010

Two pieces:


1) My 15+ year old Sierra Designs Meteor Light tent.  I've taken good care of it, and it's taken good care of me.  It still looks new, despite all its use.

2) My trusty Dagger Vesper kayak.  Day trips, overnights, ponds, lakes, rivers - it's done it all.  It's a little more faded and scratched than it was when I got it 15 years ago, but still going strong.

posted by Musubi on Thu Jun 24 15:43:29 PDT 2010

My Kona King Kahuna titanium mountain bike.  I ended up with one of the last 5 of these frames they ever made.  I love this bike.

posted by jdjfamilyadventures on Mon Jun 21 01:27:34 PDT 2010

My Snow Lion down mummy (0 degree).  2.5 pounds.  Bought it in 1975.  The shell is discolored from the sun but the down still lofts up and the cut of the bag is the best blend of "tight but right."  NOt as confining as my North Face Cat's Meow.  Can't beat top quality down for temp range (high to low).

posted by dzager on Sun Jun 20 06:18:48 PDT 2010

tough call - Northface Rock22 tent, JetBoil backpack cooking unit, merril Boots or Trek Fuel 98 bike.. although the Wilderness Systems  kayak gets props for minimal damage after getting ripped off the roof @ 65 mph on rt. 66.

posted by Rickcantstayin on Thu Jun 17 18:11:57 PDT 2010

My Merrell's ! I have put them through so much and they still pull it off. Although, I did just hike Mt Si a few weeks ago and the scramble as well in my Vibram Five Fingers and they preformed amazing.... We might have a new front runner in a few months.

posted by Shepp the Trail Boss on Thu Jun 17 12:07:26 PDT 2010

My #1 and #2 BD Camalots purchased from Mtn Chalet in CO Springs in spring of 91... still going strong and swinging from my rack.  The action is as smooth as the day i bought them.

posted by Daryl on Mon Jun 14 16:29:44 PDT 2010

My 1993ish GT Timberline frame, received as a used bike in 1995 and since ridden enough miles (pushing 18,000 and just getting warmed up) to wear out everything except the frame.  Sure, I've had a couple of minor crashes.  I was a teenager when I got the bike, and there's only one way they learn.  Snow, sand, stone dust, singletrack, immersion up to my knees, sliding, stopping, taking me to work countless times, the occasional thunderstorm, suicidal wildlife, 45 MPH descents, hundred-mile days, hundred-degree days, wearing a coat of dirt like a hard-won trophy, riding through the third rainiest day in Syracuse history, I could go on.  After every ride when my body is screaming in protest, the bike has a one word answer: "MORE!" 

posted by AMTK207 on Sun Jun 13 22:27:04 PDT 2010

My Vasque Sundowner boots, 11 years now.

posted by Dr. Watson on Wed Jun 09 09:41:14 PDT 2010

hands down: the GSI personal javapress. i have (freshly pressed) exquisite coffee with me anywhere i go. i bought it the first time i ever stepped into an REI... i've used it a million times, it's easy to clean, and works great. i'll be coated in mud, blood, and sweat... but you better believe i'm in heaven with my delicious cup of coffee. 

posted by thetokengirl on Tue Jun 08 21:47:55 PDT 2010

We bought the REI half dome tent in 2002 and it is stll as good as new after many, many adventures

posted by Montanabrunellfamily on Tue Jun 08 09:22:51 PDT 2010

I bought the Granite Gear Vapor Trail backpack when it first came out (8 years ago?) and it's still in great shape. It's comfy and able to handle 35 pound loads (my normal load is closer to 25). There are several newer packs with more features that I would LIKE to have, but I don't NEED a new backpack while my old VT still gets the job done.

I'm running out of things to buy with my annual rebate. This year I splurged on a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses that cost me $4.06 with the rebate & 20% off. Considering the longevity of the cheap sunglasses I've sported in the past, a pair of MJ's could be an annual purchase (though I'm making an effort to take extra good care of these).

posted by Drift Woody on Sun Jun 06 12:07:39 PDT 2010

1999 Specialized Rockhopper, A1 Comp FS Green.  :)   Fantastic bike. Some of the components have had to be replaced, but I think that would be the case with any bike that's this old.

posted by DirtyHippieBrian on Sun Jun 06 08:57:06 PDT 2010

Motobecane Nomade 1972

posted by Twowheel Art on Wed Jun 02 15:25:51 PDT 2010

I am sure I have several hundred hiking miles on my Asolo hiking boots and they still feel great! My toes don't jam if the terrain isn't flat and they grip when I need it.

posted by Eileen B on Wed Jun 02 15:18:50 PDT 2010

I have had my REI half Dome 2 tent for as long as I can remember, well over 10 years and it has been great.  I did however just upgrade to the 2010 model for a little more room but will keep the old one around as a spare to share with friends!

posted by chrislynn on Wed Jun 02 13:52:51 PDT 2010

I bought this tent some time between 1974-76 and here is a picture of it up at Joffre Lakes, B.C., four weeks ago.....still going strong (along with some of my other old gear like an optimus 111B...all the older leaders in my son's scout troop got all nostalgic when I pulled that out and fired it up).

I seem to recall this tent was designed for the 74 or 76 K2 expedition (although I recall that in 76 they also took Jansport's new fangled geodesic dome tents).

The tent has an internal vestibule at the far end with a semi-circular zippered floor access to the snow and a chimney above it (also a snow tunnel in the vestibule).

Does anyone recall what this tent was called.

I used it well in my youth and now I'm going to pass it on to my son so I can buy one of those geodesic tents that I secretly coveted since 1976 (I'm drooling over the MH Trangos).

posted by Jody BC on Fri Mar 11 18:52:16 PST 2011

My JanSport D3 Backpack.  Purchase in 1976 for the then unheard of price of $89.  While I have moved on to internal frame packs the D3 is still being loaned out to Boy Scouts or their dad's for Troop trips.  Also I think this model backpack shows an interesting period in backpack features.  It was one of the first full size backpacks that was panel loading.  Today while many large backpack models are top loading they do have a 'panel access' feature.  Another feature that did not stay, however, was it's unique hipbelt.  Rather then being mounted to the frame in the standard way, this hip belt is mounted to pivotable arms that extend out from the frame and rap around your hips along with the padded hip belt.  The idea was to better balance the weight by having the weight sitting on the front of your hips.  On open trails it really did allow for a more upright and balanced posture.  The frame's 'flying wings' also allow the pack to be self standing which was particularly helpful given the panel loading feature.  I guess this feature got discontinued because on any rough terain or scramles the frame could feel very confining.  An interesting piece of history for me is in 1978 I used this pack on a section of the Northville Lake Placid Trail.  I have a picture of me next to the pack at the starting point, a parking area at Piseco Lake.  In 2008 I completed the section from Upper Bension to Piseco and since a scout's dad had used my D3 for the trip I was able to again have my picture taken in the same parking lot and next to the same backpack now 30 years later.  Needless to say, it's obvious the backpack has held up better than I have!

posted by MadScience on Sat Jul 10 04:50:42 PDT 2010

Nike Wildedge GTX shoes. They fit like socks and never let any water in.

posted by ChrisMorgan on Sat Dec 31 01:29:51 PST 2011

Different spokes for different folks.

posted by ke6kzr on Mon Jul 19 01:07:37 PDT 2010

Merrel Chameleon hiking shoes.....3+ years and still going strong.

A close second, Keen Voyageur Mid Hikers, 4+ years.  Just replaced them with another pair of the same!!

posted by Up on Top on Fri Jul 09 11:16:53 PDT 2010

We bought the REI half dome tent in 2002 and it is stll as good as new after many, many adventures

posted by Montanabrunellfamily on Tue Jun 08 09:22:51 PDT 2010

My #1 and #2 BD Camalots purchased from Mtn Chalet in CO Springs in spring of 91... still going strong and swinging from my rack.  The action is as smooth as the day i bought them.

posted by Daryl on Mon Jun 14 16:29:44 PDT 2010

My Merrell Chameleon Evo Gore-tex hiking shoes!  These things go with me everywhere.  Including Afghanistan :)

posted by ratiphi on Thu Jul 08 18:45:12 PDT 2010

tough call - Northface Rock22 tent, JetBoil backpack cooking unit, merril Boots or Trek Fuel 98 bike.. although the Wilderness Systems  kayak gets props for minimal damage after getting ripped off the roof @ 65 mph on rt. 66.

posted by Rickcantstayin on Thu Jun 17 18:11:57 PDT 2010

rei nalgene bottle

posted by This Backpacker on Fri Jun 24 12:17:07 PDT 2011

Chaco's I have had for over three years now. I have not had to resole them yet, but it is getting close. They have survived a 40+mile backpacking trip from Mt Hood to Eagle Creek. Scrambling in the Wichita Mts in Oklahoma and impromptu bouldering in the gorge. They have been awesome!

posted by P-Town Adventurist on Thu Aug 12 00:25:46 PDT 2010

camping in the wilderness

posted by donna the sender on Mon Jul 12 14:03:44 PDT 2010

I bought an REI dayback about 14 years ago.  Don't know who oringally made the pack but LOVE that pack.  All outdoor gear gets old and outdated and for us gear junkies that is okay.  However when this pack dies I won't be okay. 

Oh, and my 10 year old LEKI Makalu anti-shock trekking poles.  We've seen a lot of miles together.

Keep smiling and take care of our open space.  =)

posted by SPNTY on Wed Jun 30 11:00:04 PDT 2010

My Kona King Kahuna titanium mountain bike.  I ended up with one of the last 5 of these frames they ever made.  I love this bike.

posted by jdjfamilyadventures on Mon Jun 21 01:27:34 PDT 2010

My Thermarest Z-rest.  I have used it at baseball games, NHRA races, fly-fishing on rocky shores, backcountry skiing trips, at bluesfest, as a dog bed in the back of a pickup for 150,000 miles, and yeah, I have used it camping too.

posted by BonzM on Thu Jul 08 18:37:42 PDT 2010

Motobecane Nomade 1972

posted by Twowheel Art on Wed Jun 02 15:25:51 PDT 2010

my msr reactor stove

posted by sergio the great on Wed Sep 29 02:08:08 PDT 2010

Wood shaft ice axe I bought at REI almost 40 years ago when I worked in the REI warehouse on Capitol Hill.  It has been used all over the NW mountains and hangs in view in my basement gear room.  Still in great shape, although I can find no brand marks anywhere.  I do remember it was one of the last wood shaft axes REI sold until they later came out with the commemorative issues.  Favorite trips with it include the Bailey Range and Ptarmigan Traverses.

posted by roslyndoug on Sun Dec 19 13:31:51 PST 2010

I am sure I have several hundred hiking miles on my Asolo hiking boots and they still feel great! My toes don't jam if the terrain isn't flat and they grip when I need it.

posted by Eileen B on Wed Jun 02 15:18:50 PDT 2010

Two pieces:


1) My 15+ year old Sierra Designs Meteor Light tent.  I've taken good care of it, and it's taken good care of me.  It still looks new, despite all its use.

2) My trusty Dagger Vesper kayak.  Day trips, overnights, ponds, lakes, rivers - it's done it all.  It's a little more faded and scratched than it was when I got it 15 years ago, but still going strong.

posted by Musubi on Thu Jun 24 15:43:29 PDT 2010

1: My Sorel Glacier boots. I bought them for ice fishing in 1994 and they are still as waterproof and warm as the day I bought them. 


2: My Trek 7000. I bought this bike the same year as the Sorels and she is still looks good and going strong. Expecting another 2000 trouble free miles again this season.

posted by Pugsley on Sun Jun 27 22:41:23 PDT 2010

I bought the Granite Gear Vapor Trail backpack when it first came out (8 years ago?) and it's still in great shape. It's comfy and able to handle 35 pound loads (my normal load is closer to 25). There are several newer packs with more features that I would LIKE to have, but I don't NEED a new backpack while my old VT still gets the job done.

I'm running out of things to buy with my annual rebate. This year I splurged on a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses that cost me $4.06 with the rebate & 20% off. Considering the longevity of the cheap sunglasses I've sported in the past, a pair of MJ's could be an annual purchase (though I'm making an effort to take extra good care of these).

posted by Drift Woody on Sun Jun 06 12:07:39 PDT 2010

I'd have to say my Cold Steel Norse Hawk ax.  I know it's not from REI, but I wish they stocked it.  Admittedly, I baby this piece of kit, but it's seen a lot of good action over the years.  ORIGINAL HANDLE!  That's right, no throat hits or head flying off after a whiff.  The steel is a perfect blend of being relatively easy to sharpen and the ability to hold an edge forever.  I carry a lubricant everywhere I go with it, and it's had a few wraps of athletic tape, but when I peel it down biannually, it looks pristine, like a newborn baby.  (Okay, not exactly like a newborn baby.  No poop or throw-up, though...)  In a pinch, I can even use the Norse Hawk for gutting and skinning game.  The shape of the blade edge makes this possible.  I wouldn't go on a weekender or day trip without it.

posted by sabr686 on Fri Jul 02 06:37:22 PDT 2010

my gary fisher hookooekoo hard tail mountain bike purchased new in

1995. it could be in a museum, (by the looks i get) but i ride it about 50

miles a week and love it. not 1 problem and has saved my $$$$$$$ in

therapy.ZZ

posted by yellowlenz on Sat Aug 14 20:57:07 PDT 2010

My Vasque Sundowner boots, 11 years now.

posted by Dr. Watson on Wed Jun 09 09:41:14 PDT 2010

1999 Specialized Rockhopper, A1 Comp FS Green.  :)   Fantastic bike. Some of the components have had to be replaced, but I think that would be the case with any bike that's this old.

posted by DirtyHippieBrian on Sun Jun 06 08:57:06 PDT 2010

My Leatherman Charge TTi, what a tool! I could never leave home without it!

posted by Kevin Hillstrom on Thu Jul 01 19:30:44 PDT 2010

MSR whisperlite international. Bought it in 1986, so 26 years old! Never had to replace anything!

posted by Nutellafan on Wed Mar 07 09:19:17 PST 2012

hands down: the GSI personal javapress. i have (freshly pressed) exquisite coffee with me anywhere i go. i bought it the first time i ever stepped into an REI... i've used it a million times, it's easy to clean, and works great. i'll be coated in mud, blood, and sweat... but you better believe i'm in heaven with my delicious cup of coffee. 

posted by thetokengirl on Tue Jun 08 21:47:55 PDT 2010

My Optimus white gas stove was passed down from my dad. This piece of equipment will be the last piece to be upgraded even if I can save weight by using something else. It has been a great companion.

posted by MuseJr on Wed Aug 18 02:00:52 PDT 2010

My Camping Gaz stove has served me well for over ten years.  Easy to use, plenty of heat for what I do and compact.  My challenge is that REI no longer carries the required C206 fuel cartridge and this renders this functional device as useless.  When I called the local store I was first told that they were out of stock of that item, that they had it in stock a couple of weeks ago.  Then when I tried to place an order I was told to call a different number.  Ultimately I was told that REI discontinued that item.  I'm not satisfied about this REI experience.  

posted by cascadesrule on Mon Aug 09 21:02:58 PDT 2010

I have had my REI half Dome 2 tent for as long as I can remember, well over 10 years and it has been great.  I did however just upgrade to the 2010 model for a little more room but will keep the old one around as a spare to share with friends!

posted by chrislynn on Wed Jun 02 13:52:51 PDT 2010

An REI down vest bought in 1973, my first purchase from REI, just after joining.

I've washed it a few times and replaced a worn-out zipper, but otherwise it still works great.  The only problem is that I've grown a bit and men's medium no longer fits me, but it fits my wife and college age son fine.  I expect my grandchildren will one day wear it (that is, if my kids get their act together and start producing some!).

posted by ewolin on Wed Aug 25 16:26:14 PDT 2010

My favorite peice of gear that is still ticking is my hannesy hammock. I have not had it very long, but i've run it through the mill more than once. the rainfly ripped once but the ripstop material kept it rrom spreading. it was easily repaired. The bottom has never ripped even though i have set it on the ground many times to fold it up. The seams did not strech and the plastick hooks have never snapped. The ropes have never frayed or ripped, even when i used sharp steaks. Overall, very very very durable

posted by Golter135 on Sun Jul 18 15:23:35 PDT 2010

I have an LL Bean daypack (actually it was called a day and a half pack) that is still going strong after close to 25 years.  It's been on hundreds of hikes and trail maintenance trips, been used as airline carry-on and been all over the world and been on ski slopes throughout the northeast and Rockies.

I still have my original MSR Whisperlite, that is over 20 years old, but I use a newer, shaker jet model these days and lend out my Whisperlite to anyone who need a stove.

posted by BrianSnat on Tue Aug 24 08:52:24 PDT 2010

My Merrell's ! I have put them through so much and they still pull it off. Although, I did just hike Mt Si a few weeks ago and the scramble as well in my Vibram Five Fingers and they preformed amazing.... We might have a new front runner in a few months.

posted by Shepp the Trail Boss on Thu Jun 17 12:07:26 PDT 2010

My 1993ish GT Timberline frame, received as a used bike in 1995 and since ridden enough miles (pushing 18,000 and just getting warmed up) to wear out everything except the frame.  Sure, I've had a couple of minor crashes.  I was a teenager when I got the bike, and there's only one way they learn.  Snow, sand, stone dust, singletrack, immersion up to my knees, sliding, stopping, taking me to work countless times, the occasional thunderstorm, suicidal wildlife, 45 MPH descents, hundred-mile days, hundred-degree days, wearing a coat of dirt like a hard-won trophy, riding through the third rainiest day in Syracuse history, I could go on.  After every ride when my body is screaming in protest, the bike has a one word answer: "MORE!" 

posted by AMTK207 on Sun Jun 13 22:27:04 PDT 2010

My 12 year old Montrail Moraines. The tread's still good, even through there's a spot where the padding around the top is held with duct tape. Still love these boots and they've got some history on them.

posted by RangerMatt on Wed Aug 11 13:03:45 PDT 2010

You want the answer to this, I'll give it.  But it is not very flattering to REI.  I have an old backpack that is perfectly solid and functional.  It needs a new hip belt however, and REI tells me that I have to buy a new pack because there are no hip belts that will fit my solid old pack.  Shame on you!  You are supposed to be environmentally conscious, are you not?  You are supposed to be supporters of the outdoors are you not?  Instead you are in lock-step with the American Way of forcing people to buy new when the serviceable old is just as good if not better for the sake of small component parts.  I will look elsewhere rather than support such an anti-environmental business. 

posted by Argonon on Sun Jul 18 20:04:32 PDT 2010

My Snow Lion down mummy (0 degree).  2.5 pounds.  Bought it in 1975.  The shell is discolored from the sun but the down still lofts up and the cut of the bag is the best blend of "tight but right."  NOt as confining as my North Face Cat's Meow.  Can't beat top quality down for temp range (high to low).

posted by dzager on Sun Jun 20 06:18:48 PDT 2010

My Zephyr sleeping bag (+15) has been through some of the worst weather and a year in Colorado. 

posted by kennewick man on Fri Jul 30 00:02:08 PDT 2010

My 2006 Cannondale F400 Mountain Bike and I have rode thousands of trail miles across Maryland with excursions to my home states of New York and Connecticut with more than a few (some might say a whole lot!) memorable crashes and mishaps, all on our original equipment.  I did upgrade the Aluminium Horse (as I call him), with disc brakes a couple of years ago (making it equivalent to the F600), but the frame and fork are the same.  I've also had spectacular up-close-and-personal run-ins (but not run-overs) with a terrified black bear atop Shwanangunk Ridge; a black vulture devouring a freshly dead grey squirrel (he stayed with the corpse until I was literally a wheel-length away); innumerable red foxes; and a plethora of beautiful warblers, herons, egrets, and butterflies.  I'd have to say though that the strangest encounter of all was when I rode upon a group of LARPers about five miles in from the trailhead at Cedarville State Forest.  They may have been wearing elf ears and sheets over their shoulders, but I'll give them credit for having hiked that far from the parking lot! ;D

posted by LMAppelbaum on Thu Dec 09 00:27:18 PST 2010

My old Jansport daypack.  I have had it for over 15 years now and I have been through at least 3 complete gear makeovers since then.  Don't do as much day hiking as I used to but when I go, it's right behind me.  

posted by That Guy on Tue Aug 17 20:35:34 PDT 2010

My old Coleman 413F two burner stove that my dad bought the same year I was born (1963).  It weighs a ton, it's bulky, and it shows its age, but it's never failed once.  I've got an MSR Whisperlite for backpacking that's outstanding as well, but for car camping I just can't give up the Coleman!

posted by Utahmen on Thu Jul 08 11:41:49 PDT 2010

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