Starting off Small
It's fun, good exercise, and quickly teaches you what you need and don't need. It's also fun. Since you asked about brands, personally I really like Kelty, Klymit, Sea2Summit, Source, Tactical Tailor, MSI, SOL, Anker, Sawyer, REI, Columbia and North Face (the technical clothes, not the fashion stuff). Kelty tends to hit that sweet spot of price/weight/durability for me.
2 years ago
When IMHO is garbage
I backpack with my friend who was once an eagle scout at least once a year. He has the same old school external frame Kelty he used when he was in boy scouts he got from the Goodwill. He hangs half his pack off the pack and I have to hear it rattling the entire time we are out there. It drives me insane.
2 years ago
What do people think about Kelty, especially regarding their tents?
Kelty stuff is really well made and super durable. They are just simple products without many high-end or super modern features. They make high quality gear that would have been cutting edge 20 or 30 years ago, so they are a little less expensive today. For beginner or casual campers they are one of the best value picks.
9 months ago
Best value tent for small family.
Standard, good brand 6p dome like Kelty or REI will last 5-10 years easy … not a day or two like a Wally World one. Look for rainfly to reach the ground… no toupees. And then get a 2-3p tent for the kids when you all realize they need those own space … after a few nights /trips.
1 year ago
ALICE pack for a cross country trip? My friend and I will be ridesharing, hitchhiking, camping and staying in hostels on this trip. Will an ALICE do?
Kelty, Gregory, Lowe Alpine, Jansport, Outdoor Research, old Coleman, Mystery Ranch, Hill People Gear, Kifaru, Seek Outside, Dana Design, all are quality brands, some are very spendy even for used. Avoid generic looking bags, and external frames may not be quite right as they're often large for what they are and cumbersone for ridesharing.
8 months ago
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