Luckily, I learned long ago that it's cheaper in the long run to get the right stuff, that you want, right up front. That, and the ability to sell some things here on the site to fund other purchases, has provided me with a near perfect setup (only thing I still need to fund is a cuben fiber tarp).
I'm also always experimenting and tweaking in small ways, but the following is what works for me.
Summer Setup (typically backpacking)
Hammock: Darien UL, 11 foot
Tarp: HG Cuben Fiber 4 Season Tarp, modded for side pull-outs to be at the RR spreader bars
TQ: 20* extra wide Burrow
UQ: 20* Incubator
Stove: Ti-tri Caldera Cone w/ 12-10 stove. Swap out for Soto Micro-regulator canister stove when alcohol stoves aren't an option.
Cook kit: .9 liter Titanium Evernew pot and long-handled titanium spoon (I typically go with freezer-bag cooking)
Winter Setup (when I can use a pulk or car to get my gear around)
Tarp: HG Cuben Fiber Winter Tarp
TQ: 0* Burrow
UQ: Winter Full-length Lynx
Stove: Primus Omni-fuel Ti
Cook kit: Set of MSR Pots/Pans
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Last edited by breyman; 01-11-2013 at 12:14..