I spontaneously decided to join a friend's 2-day camping trip - I'll be meeting them at the campsite early tomorrow morning. I'm not an avid camper, and don't want to forget anything that might be considered a no-brainer. I'd appreciate advice on any camping essentials I may be forgetting - list of what I'm planning on bringing at the moment is inside. I'd also like advice on ready-to-eat meals or meals which can be easily prepared at the campsite. [more inside]
Preparing for our first baby in October and trying to figure out the smartest approach to equipping ourselves with everything we're going to need. So many choices to make! What things should we pay more for because we'd regret pinching pennies, and when is splurging on the pricier stuff a waste? What should we look for new vs used (and not just for safety issues like carseats, but also what's the key "never waste your money on buying X new, you can get it so much cheaper used" stuff)? [more inside]
Divers - why is it so difficult to sell used dive gear? And where/how is the best way to do so? [more inside]
I'm in the market for a pair of good in-ear earphones. There are lots of options and it's a little overwhelming. [more inside]
I have two more long runs before the actual race in March and I'd like to break in everything I plan to wear/take in the next week or so. Can you MeFi runners suggest some good gear? List of what I think I need inside. [more inside]
New to Colorado, grew up skiing a couple times a year on the east coast, then stopped for a while. Now I have a local season pass. Help me acclimate to skiing out west once a week or so this winter, given my current abilities, gear, budget, and goals. [more inside]
I will be working as a deckhand on a tall ship this summer, sailing up and down the East Coast of the U.S. I need to buy foul weather gear in the next few days. I know I need a jacket, pants, boots, and a rigging knife. What should I look for when I purchase these items? Is there anything else essential that I need, gear-wise? [more inside]
I'd like to start swimming more regularly. I want some gear that will make it easier. I need goggles, earplugs, and a cap. Also, what's your favorite piece of swimming gear? [more inside]
I'm looking to start backpacking/rough camping this year, and I've had a hard time picking a guide. Can you recommend a book (preferred) or a website for this sort of thing? I've done some not-so-rough campground camping before, but it was alway drive-in camping. We'd love to start off with over nighters and work our way up from there. We don't know what type of pack/tent/gear to get at all. Bonus: guides for the tri-state (Philadelphia-New Jersey-Delaware) area camping/packing would be nice, too. Thanks!
I'm taking some cycling classes at SoulCycle. What should I wear & what should I bring with me? [more inside]
At or near the top end of the WoW performance curve, how much does gear contribute compared to player skill? [more inside]
With just about every activity that I ended up enjoying, I started out by buying cheap-ish gear and then having to purchase everything all over again when I was ready to upgrade. Help me not do that when it comes to a randonee/alpine touring ski setup to be used in the Pacific Northwest backcountry. Complications: I'm a 5'0" woman with mondo size 22 feet, don't weigh a whole lot, and I'm going back to skiing after a decade of snowboarding (lessons start next month and I tend to be a very fast learner). I've my backpack, all clothing and avy gear, but I need skis, bindings, boots, poles, and skins. I'm on a budget and unfortunately nothing is available used in my size, but I'm willing to invest. Help?
In my personal view of photography and life in general, the "convenience" that, for me, is the only advantage that digital cameras have over film (specially if we talk about medium format film), was never something I cared about. However I may have to start caring about it, at least part of the time. The thing is, I have no idea of what camera to get, so I would like some advice. [more inside]
I want a teeny tiny music player to take along when running. All it needs to do is do Spotify in offline mode. [more inside]
I'm looking for interesting things to add to what will amount to an Innovation Starter Kit for a small group of faculty who I'm trying to encourage to think a little differently about education. So far I'm thinking about things like Sugru, Chromecast, a Leap Motion Controller, maybe some light-sensitive paper... What else can I add? [more inside]
In the 2004-2006 timeframe I recall discussion on websites I frequented at the time (which I cannot recall now) about a European man whom carried many pounds of gear everyday. Things like writing pens, hand tools, survival tools, lighters, etc.... There was also a particular website that detailed all the items he carried, mostly in his coat and on his belt, including photos. My google skills are failing me. He was/is northern european, maybe French, Belgium or English. I would like some web=links to this information, if still available?
Can you recommend durable, somewhat fitted, not outrageously expensive work pants that will fit a small woman (5'0", 100 lbs, athletic build)? And by work I don't mean office-appropriate: I'm a carpenter and I spend my days at a grimy construction site. [more inside]
I will be trekking/travelling/volunteering in South America for 6-8 months early next year. I am looking for what to wear and bring. Ideally, comfortable, water resistant, fashionable, lightweight things. [more inside]
I have an old REI Hobitat 6 tent that has reached the end of its useful life. There were some things I really liked about that tent, and some things I really disliked. I'd like to find a tent that keeps what I liked and fixes what I disliked. [more inside]
I'm ready to up my photography game. I live in a gorgeous place with lots of interesting things to photograph-- wildlife, birds, water and mountains, abandoned infrastructure-- and my iPhone 4 can't produce pictures that are rich or detailed enough to do it all justice (or blow up for prints, or be good blog fodder). However, I'm not interested in a DSLR because I know I'm unlikely to actually have it with me when opportunities present themselves, and at this point I'm not really technically proficient enough to justify the cost. What point and shoot models should I consider? [more inside]
I have access to a pro deal from Patagonia for a few more months. What are some men's essentials that it would be worth it to purchase / stock up on? I ski, hike and am getting more into mountaineering. There are a fair amount of things from Patagonia that I consider ridiculous for the price, so I'm just curious which one's are actually worth it.
I currently live in the Southern US, but next month I'm making a trip to Southern Argentina and next year I'm moving to New York. I guess it's time to buy warm clothes! Can you give me some recommendations on warm, light, layerable winter clothes, particularly a coat? [more inside]
Help me prep for a 7-day, 700k bike trip through low-populated terrain! [more inside]
I love the game developer Platinum Games, and buy everything they put out. Their new game, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, is the latest in a long-running series with a famously incomprehensible backstory? I've played a bit of Metal Gear Solid 2 and didn't really enjoy it. I'd like to know a. if anyone who's played MGR: Revengeance knows what backstory I need to enjoy it or b. if anyone can provide a summary or a link to a quick summary of Metal Gear Solid's backstory.
What forums do you know of that discuss good gear at budget prices? I'm aware of
Budget Light Forum for flashlight aficionados and [more inside] Poor Man's Watch Forum for watch junkies. What else is there?
Can anyone help me identify the use of these climbing ropes are? Pictures inside. [more inside]
I spend a lot of time cruising the web during my slow days at work. One of the things I love are websites with cool "gear" for guys. Help me find more! [more inside]
Musician filter: Please help me assemble a rig. [more inside]
Is there a swim shirt that will help keep me warm in the pool? [more inside]
Starting package of gear for live electronic music? [more inside]
Gearing up for a 6 month road-trip in the US. What do I take? Looking for sleeping bag, technology, and other gear recommendations. [more inside]
I'm going camping in Algonquin Park in the first week in May. It's going to be cold. What do I need to bring to stay warm? [more inside]
Stores selling used football gear in Chicago? [more inside]
People who either travel with "gear" (broadly defined) or have to pack "gear" for work--how do you preflight what you're taking, make sure you have it when you go out, and make sure you bring it back when you return? Bonus: how do you label things so that it makes its way back to you if your protocol fails? [more inside]
I'm planning a trip do Death Valley in january and I'll be landing in Las Vegas where I'll spend the first day or two preparing, and I wonder if anyone has some recommendations for places where I can get the supplies I need. [more inside]
What is the best way to get two snowboards (and associated gear) from Seattle, Washington to Aspen, Colorado if we don't know where we will be staying while there? Flying with the snowboards would be hugely inconvenient, since travel plans include two continents and several cities with extended stopovers before we eventually meet up in Aspen for NYE.
I'm 30 lb overweight because of depression. I want to start running. Tell me what running shoes I need, what running Apps. [more inside]
Inspired by this question, I've decided to finally go for the Couch to 5k. I'm currently reading through the excellent threads on here, but I have a couple of specific questions. [more inside]
Geetar-filter: What axe/fx achieved the sound of Lenny Kaye's wonderful solo on "Pissing In A River"?
What is the optimal wiring configuration to make the most of a very specific set of PA equipment? [more inside]
I'm in the UK, I've just started Couch to 5k, and I'm having trouble getting suitable running gear. Particularly a sports bra. Help! [more inside]
I am looking for some sweet camping gear to give as a gift to my new bride. The only catch is that we already have most of the basics. Looking for something she/we can really use and would make a great gift.
Help me pick a nice waterproof, breathable shell for (long) day hikes and possible backpacking. [more inside]
Help me find a blog! It was about people on the streets with interesting cameras. It showed closeups of the cameras and sometimes their owners.
Where can I find a lightweight t-shirt, or its functional equivalent, with a zippered chest pocket to carry my iPhone when I'm running? [more inside]
Computer music MeFites! I need your help! Here is what I want to do: compose music on Finale, export the composition to a MIDI sequencing software, add beats that I'd also like to create myself, and then mix in real instruments including voice. What do I need? [more inside]
Looking for a great travel backpack - your reviews? [more inside]
Getting camping gear together... what should we buy next? We have just bought a tent (4 person), 2 chairs and 2 therma rests. We will be camping at a caravan park this time. What should we buy next? What are the priorities? [more inside]
I've got good running shoes. What should be my next piece of running gear? [more inside]