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