Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Gear Sale

In order to fund my quest for the lightest tent possible I must, finally sell off some of my other gear. Not all of it mind you, just some of the best stuff.
Here goes.

A Torsolite by Pacific Outdoor Equipment. This was the first really wonderful torso pad that wouldn't break the back of the user. It is truly for the torso only and most people use their packs under their legs, or another closed cell pad under the whole thing. It weighs 8.8 ounces and it is made of tough fabric. It measures 18 inches at the top, 13 inches at the bottom and it is 32 inches long. This would be good for folks who want the extra comfort of an inflatable but don't want to worry so much about the thing springing a leak. Check out the reviews on the web. I paid $79.95 for it and will sell for $40 plus shipping. I probably have 20 nights on the pad. It did not come with a stuff sack.

The Notch by Tarptent. I purchased this last year (2012) at the Kick Off and probably used it on 15 or 20 nights of my section of the PCT. It weighs 26 ounces without poles or stakes. I used Ti stakes and my trekking poles in place of dedicated poles. This is a very comfortable tent and very popular. I would keep it but, I need to fund the new tent. I added two additional attachment strings to the peak of both sides as I was in some gnarly desert winds and feared the tent would blow down. The second picture shows what I added and that I seam sealed the whole thing afterwards. SOLD!
The Notch

You can see the attachment with super light string.

And here you can see where the attachments are. On both sides.

One more cool thing about this tent is that the net portion can be removed and either used on it's own or you can use only the outside. There are two very functional vestibules. Quite a versatile structure.

I paid $259 and will sell it for $180, plus shipping.

I am also thinking of selling my The One, made by Gossamer Gear. It is a great little shelter, weighing in at 17.4 ounces on my scale. I say I am thinking of selling it because one of the zippers is acting up and I will have to see if I can fix it before actually selling it. I bought it in 2009 and paid $275 for it. I used it over two or three seasons for short jaunts of a few weeks so I probably have 30 to 40 nights on the tent. I just found out this will cost me $75 to get the zippers replaced so I don't know if it is worth selling once I factor in the cost of shipping it back and forth. Any ideas?
The One

OK, that is it for now. Let me know if you are interested in anything here.


  1. Hi Shelly--Karen and Lola Dog here in Ashland. Hadn't checked your blog in many months until today and here you are. Wondering how much of your blues may be connected to being newly retired, not an easy transition for many folks. You've just inspired me to go camping on Friday and we both thank you for that. Be easy.

  2. Travel well Karen and Lola the wonder dog. Thanks for checking back with me. I seem to be coming out of a cloud here and am more hopeful for my hiking future. Have a great weekend!

  3. Hope to see you on the trail in '14, as my Grandma used to say "the walking is easy, but the mind well that is a whole other thing.

  4. Hey- I'm interested in the Torsolite pad, how do I contact you?

    1. Email me at and we'll chat.