Our original gear list has changed. We've added a few gems and have also dumped some poor performing or no longer useful stuff.
Stuff that hit the trash can.
#1 on the loser list, a spot earned for being total failures, are those Solomon XCR Pro 3D shoes. They served me well for a while, but then when it got really wet they soaked through and left me totally uncomfortable. This happened while at Yakushima. Worst of all, they have NO E-MAIL so I can't even tell them what a failure their product is.
#2 on the loser list is are the Seal Skinz gloves. They leaked very early on and continued to make my hands miserable. When I need gloves next (next year probably), I'll go for some liners and a waterproof shell for them.
#3 (in my book, not Todd's) are patagonia or any non wool shirts. They smell bad really quickly and aren't as comfortable as the wool shirts. I now have three Icebreaker Bodyfit 150 shirts, and that's it.
#4 My smartwool zip long sleeve shirt had to go. It was too tight and made me look like I was emo or something. I left it at Elliot's place in Japan in case someone there wanted a shirt.
#5 My Treo 700p phone. Sprint screwed me over this month by taking away all of my discounts (thanks... I've been using 0 minutes.), so I'm porting my number over and will just use my Nokia from now on. Goodbye monthly fee.
Stuff that's getting shipped back home (thanks, parents!)
When I get my new shoes (below), I'll get rid of my Rainbow Sandals. I love them, but they take up a bunch of space and my new shoes can be used in their stead. Don't get me wrong - these are the best sandals I can imagine... I just don't need them anymore.
Headphone amp and its 8 AAA batteries. I love this thing but it turns out that our laptops and MP3 players put out enough juice that it's not a necessity.
All socks. I love my Smartwool socks more than life itself, but they won't work with my new shoes.
Terramar wool leggings. I don't think we'll be anywhere cold enough to need these. Plus I've said it before and I'll say it again - the crotch area leaves enough room below to store a bag of groceries. It's weird.
My awesome R. Kelly style sunglasses. They're great, but not necessary.
The New and Exciting:
Vibram Five Finger shoes. These things are so cool it's ridiculous. They are very light and thin (which is a lot better for your legs and joints), and look like ninja shoes. Todd has the classics, which he got in San Francisco, and I'm getting on the gravy train late by having a pair of KSOs sent to Bangkok.
Luxury Lite Cot. This thing is fantastic too - it's the smallest portable cot, and is super comfortable. Great for staying at people's houses who don't have couches, sleeping in the airport with an overnight layover, camping, or sleeping in the park in Pamplona after running with the bulls.
It could be argued that we don't actually need to be bringing our beds around with us everywhere we go, but... it's just so cool and there's nothing worse than sleeping somewhere uncomfortable... like a cave floor for example.
Sea to Summit Silk Liner. If you're going to bring your bed around, why not have luxurious silk sheets to go with it? The liner is smaller than a coke can when packed up and weighs a fraction of a pound. It unfolds to be like a super thin silk sleeping bag. It only gives you about 10 degrees of warmth, but it's very comfortable, fits the Luxury Lite perfectly, and has a convenient stuff pocket at the top to make a pillow. As a bonus, I can use this if we stay at a hostel some time.
KettleStack Kettlebell. For taking our crossfit workout on the road there's nothing better (or even comparable) than the kettlestack. We carry the lightweight handles around and buy cheap weights wherever we go, or use the gym's. Check out my gadling review of them.
AlokSaks. After the fiasco in Panama that left Todd's video camera half-inoperable, we've wised up to water protection. These bags take up no space, keep water out, and can also be used as pillows if inflated. They're also very good for packing with and "shrink wrapping" our stuff by forcing all the air out. We each got enough so that we could sink our backpacks underwater and our clothes and electronics would be dry. I reviewed these for Gadling as well.
Tiny portable hard drives (link goes to something similar.. ours is a no name from Akihabara). We bought new hard drives to store all of our pictures and video, and put our old ones in these enclosures. They use the same cable we already carry for our phones and mp3 players, and require no extra power source.
Fenix L1D flashlights. Todd lost his Arc Light and decided to go with a Fenix flashlight. They're bigger than the Arc Lights, but are also a ton brighter, last longer, and have cool accessories like red filters and light diffusers. I had to order one too. They haven't come in yet, but we should get them in Bangkok.
Have you heard of Injinji? http://www.injinji.com/tetratsok/p_micro.htm
They will work with your five fingers. I love smartwool socks, and these are my other favorite. super comfy and made of coolmax.
curious to know if you managed to get all of the new gear plus your existing gear (minus what you dumped) into a 28lt pack
if so, you should make a video of how you guys pack your packs - short of the TARDIS that would be some miracle of engineering.
I actually just went out and bought a pair of classics and KSO. So far I ran around and played soccer in the classics. In the KSO I went to a restaurant, went dancing at a night club, and walked home from the club when my ride "got lucky"... being a wing has it's pros and cons ;)
Anyway, I like the KSO much better. The strap versus the pull thingy is nice, I like that it covers the top of my foot... more ninja like than the classic.
great update. one thing i would have to suggest is using resistance bands. They are perfect and im quite surprised that you arent using them. one of the stronger resistance bands can provide up to 50kg of force. That is more then enough to get a good workout. and the best thing is, resistance bands don't weigh anything (well not much anyway) and the chances of injuring yourself are lowered.
Yes please. I may be no podiatrist, but what does someone (much like me) do when there are no arches on the feet? My feet overpronate, which if left ignored, can cause much knee and back pain. The FFs rely on naturally 'good' feet with little-to no support (which I imagine is important for carrying heavy loads and preventing twisting or damaging of the ankle). I am skeptical Todd.
Hoku, I can't imagine anything pulling these off my feet. If anything, they're a little snugger than I'd like, so I wouldn't say a more secure fit is a reason to get the KSOs. I'd still want mine over any of the other styles.
If any of you are interested in Fenix flashlights, we ordered from fenix-store.com. Great prices, and they're so confident in Fenix that they'll replace yours if you break it.. no need to worry about warranty service (which is lifetime anyway).
Tim, I got rid of my shoes as well. The Five Fingers'll be fine for hiking or anything else. The North Face shoes weren't very grippy and the sole started to separate in one place after very little use, though they were very waterproof.
The coolest thing about the FFs is they change the way you walk for the better. I'll post about that.
Todd's experience running with the bulls was a lot better than mine, so I'm going to let him dazzle you with that story.
The tradition in Pamplona is to sleep in the park, and then run with the bulls the next day. This is a convenient tradition because we didn't want to pay for hotels anyway.
We walked as far away from the festivities as possible, which go all the way until around 4am every night, and set up our awesome Luxury Lite cots in the park. We locked our bags shut and locked them to our cots. Sleeping was a bit cold since we don't actually have sleeping bags, but the Luxury Lite definitely keeps you comfortable.
Taking a note out of tynan's books and my experiences travelling, travelling with less is always more. Having heavy bags, having to find a place where to store thing, and being bogged down is not how I like to travel, and thus I choose to travel very very minimalisitcally, Although I think tynan might be pushing it wanting to go sub-19 liters, but to each their own.
Laptop: Macbook Pro 13'
I love this thing, and now that the price is very competitive compared to other windows laptops in the range there is really no reason not to pay the, now, much smaller premium. before mac book would cost 25%+ than windows laptops in the same range, now the differnece is probably only 10%. For example, that asus zenbook 301ux LA (my current favortie windows laptop, I don't like tynans because the processor is not 4258u or 4558u which means lower wattage, worse built in graphics, and slightly worse performance, although his computer does weigh substantially less and due to lower wattage uses less battery. , so to each their own) costs about the same, give or take 100 dollars ( about 7% of the price) as the mac, except with mac you can run mac osx, and other oses, although the mac does weigh a little bit more, but I like the build a bit better.
Overall with the macbook pro you get a top of the line processor with the best built in graphics for ultrabook use, weighs a measly 3.3 pounds, which is a lot compared to the air and such, but you get a rugged build, and a 2560x1600 display resolution. and you can just bootcamp windows and linux. Overall I really like it, and I don't mind the extra weight because I find the gestures and the mac osx environments so useful on a laptop that I can't see myself going back. and I can just run windows apps within mac osx via parallels, whats not to love?
backpack: Tom bihn 19 synapse.