Clas­sic Gear

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The pages of this is­sue are full of in­no­va­tive new gear (see page 45 for our ed­i­tors’ top picks). But we know some of the best equip­ment never be­comes ob­so­lete. When we asked our Twit­ter fol­low­ers to share their old­est back­pack­ing gear with us, Dorothee Benz sung the praises of her 1993 MSR Whis­perLite stove, which she said is “as re­li­able now as it was then.” Craig Solomon has been wear­ing his green EMS zip-up fleece since 1989, when he picked it up for a NOLS trip in Alaska. (“Still fits,” he noted.) Brion W. Gal­lagher keeps his Camp Trails Hori­zon Knap­sack with As­tral Cruiser frame from 1970 around. Kevin Reavy of­fered a dif­fer­ent take on what he’s still glad to be us­ing: “My feet,” he wrote.

Camp Trails Hori­zon Knap­sack with As­tral Cruiser frame Circa: 1970

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