So admittedly I have a problem with gear (and evil black rifles, but that's for the mud pit). The first step to reconciling this is to offer items up for sale before the wife starts inspecting more closely the sheer number of tents, sleeping bags, and coyote brown backpacks I have. This is particularly acute given the new Eberlestock pack I 'needed' which just was added to the herd. With that in mind here's a couple of things for the crowd to potentially take advantage of:
Outdoor Research Highland Bivvy
Good bivvy if you want to keep things off your face and are camping solo. I used it one time (pictured) and it worked fine but we had minimal precip. No reason to doubt it. Packs up rather small:
Storage sack has one small tear. Bivvy itself is fine. Perfect to toss in the truck if you venture out alone frequently, or for a go bag, or otherwise want to pretend to be Han Solo stuffing Luke into something that doesn't smell quite as bad as a tauntaun (nevermind, nerded out there...).
SnugPak Sleeka Force 35 Ruck ($50 shipped)
Decent little slick go bag for those that don't want the MOLLE stuff all over the outside. This one is in Coyote brown-I regret not grabbing the Anglophile edition in Camp Bastion with DPM or whatever on it but figured that would just raise the ire of some SNCO unnecessarily. Amazon link contains the pertinent details. This one has seen use primarily as a go bag inside the truck and thus has minor wear but nothing significant. Side pouches are big enough to fit a nalgene-a bit tight if you add in the canteen cup that can fit on the bottom of those, but still feasible. Map flap is good and roomy. Padding is decent in the straps, back, etc.
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