Winter Snow Sport Gear
Backcountry Gadgets
Search Amazon for Electronics, Optics, Cameras:
Amazon.com
Backpacking Forums
BackcountryGear.com
backcountry gear

---- Our Gear Store ----
The Lightweight Gear Store
 
 ULTRA-LIGHT 

Ultralight Backpacks
Ultralight Bivy Sacks
Ultralight Shelters
Ultralight Tarps
Ultralight Tents
Ultralight Raingear
Ultralight Stoves & Cookware
Ultralight Down Sleeping Bags
Ultralight Synthetic Sleep Bags
Ultralight Apparel


the Titanium Page
WM Extremelite Sleeping Bags

 CAMPING & HIKING 

Backpacks
Tents
Sleeping Bags
Hydration
Kitchen
Accessories

 CLIMBING 

Ropes & Cordage
Protection & Hardware
Carabiners & Quickdraws
Climbing Packs & Bags
Big Wall
Rescue & Industrial

 MEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 WOMEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 FOOTWEAR 

Men's Footwear
Women's Footwear

 CLEARANCE 

Backpacks
Mens Apparel
Womens Apparel
Climbing
Footwear
Accessories

 BRANDS 

Black Diamond
Granite Gear
La Sportiva
Osprey
Smartwool

 WAYS TO SHOP 

Sale
Clearance
Top Brands
All Brands

 Backpacking Equipment 

Shelters
BackPacks
Sleeping Bags
Water Treatment
Kitchen
Hydration
Climbing


 Backcountry Gear Clearance


 WINTER CAMPING 

Shelters
Bivy Bags
Sleeping Bags
Sleeping Pads
Snow Sports
Winter Kitchen

 SNOWSPORTS 

Snowshoes
Avalanche Gear
Skins
Hats, Gloves, & Gaiters
Accessories

Stay Healthy--Eat Well

MARY JANES FARM ORGANIC MEALS

Mary Janes Farm Organic Backcountry Meals

NATURAL HIGH GOURMET MEALS

Natural High

 

Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#93017 - 03/23/08 09:47 PM Sent with the best of intentions
kevonionia Offline
member

Registered: 04/17/06
Posts: 1322
Loc: Dallas, TX
This topic could have been Lamest Hiking Gadget(s) Received from a Relative, but I’m not that crass.

You know, we can get addicted to these backcountry gadgets. And in our attempt to go brighter & lighter, we can focus on them to the point that we drag family members into the quest with us, with interesting results. Example:

During the weekly phone call with my 78-year-old mother in Dallas (to “verify” that I’ve received her once-a-week, pre-addressed letter filled with clipped grocery coupons), the conversation invariably lags after discussing those coupons, then the weather and finally the economy. I try to avoid talking too much about life at the marina (since she has a severe phobia of water), especially after getting her upset when I told her a friend took some photos of a 9-foot alligator swimming around here a few months ago. So I’ve been telling her about coming hikes, new hiking gear and attempts at “going lighter & brighter.”

That resulted in this arriving from her in the mail:



This was sent because she thought I could use a campsite candle that wouldn’t (as she had envisioned as it tipped over) turn our tent into a silnylon pyre. It runs off a little quarter-sized battery and puts out something in the range of one nano-lumen. She didn’t get it off the Internet (since she isn’t on the Internet), but through some snail-mail flyer filled with cheap, superfluous, inessential Chinese-made trinkets that’s strategically targeted at the senior set. This came from StarCrest, I think she said, which has had some hearty reviews at ripoffreport.com.

I thanked her profusely the next time we talked, which had the unfortunate effect of reinforcing her purchase, resulting in my soon receiving a package in the mail containing this:



Not the Night Scope 7x20mm!! YES, it's the authentic Night Scope 7x20mm!!

I hadn’t seen a night scope since the last of the bootlegged Russian night scopes were apparently snatched up off that crazy Sportsman’s Guide military surplus catalogue a few years ago. And those things ran in the hundreds of dollars and weighed a ton.

But this Night Scope 7x20mm was light as a feather. This essential piece of outdoor survival gear is made of cheap plastic, has a little focus wheel for its crackerjack-toy lens, and a little clicky button on top to enable its night-scope feature to become operational. And just what is that? A dim krypton bulb powered by two AA batteries that doesn’t bathe the subject in infrared light, but in dim incandescent light, light that can't be projected more than ten feet away; it's really sort of the antithesis of a “night scope.” I had a good laugh over it, unfortunately at my mother’s unknowing expense. (I’ve never really told her what I’ve thought of it, other than to say it will be “helpful.”)

Anyone else received a piece of lame hiking or outdoor gear from a loved one?
_________________________
- kevon

(avatar: raptor, Lake Dillon)


Top
#93018 - 03/24/08 10:03 AM Re: Sent with the best of intentions [Re: kevonionia]
phat Offline
Moderator

Registered: 06/24/07
Posts: 4107
Loc: Alberta, Canada

I'd have to say it would be a made in china "rambo" knife complete with camo pleather sheath, honing stone, and huge ball compass in the handle.

All from a well meaning grandmother who knew i hiked and hunted...

Pretty far cry from the little opinel knife or SAK I usually carry - (ok, and I chuck in a wyoming knife when I'm hunting big game).
_________________________
Any fool can be uncomfortable...
My 3 season gear list
Winter list.
Browse my pictures


Top
#93019 - 03/24/08 04:46 PM Re: Sent with the best of intentions [Re: phat]
Jimshaw Offline
member

Registered: 10/22/03
Posts: 3938
Loc: Bend, Oregon
My grandad got me a mail order pocket knife an inch and a half thick <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" />with all kinds of blades, knives, fork and spoon. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />The spoon worked <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" /> - the fork worked, <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" /> but you couldn't hold anything with the fork while you cut it. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" />The other boy scouts liked it, but I only carried a little while until I got an official boy scout folder. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

My mom got me a svea 123, some nice hiking boots, and a Lowe backpack. Bless her heart.
Jim <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />
_________________________
These are my own opinions based on wisdom earned through many wrong decisions. Your mileage may vary.

Top
#93020 - 03/24/08 08:34 PM Re: Sent with the best of intentions [Re: Jimshaw]
OregonMouse Offline
member

Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 6371
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
One of my daughters-in-law, with the best of intentions, sent me two items for Christmas. One is an LED lantern that requires 4 (!) AA batteries, completely unnecessary because my headlamp is more than sufficient for all my lighting needs. The other is actually rather useful for exercise walking around home, a gadget called a "Gulpy Pet Water Dispenser," consisting a one-pint water bottle with a "trough" attached for my dog to drink out of. Its capacity is too small for a hike of more than an hour, though.
_________________________
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey

Top
#93021 - 03/25/08 06:21 AM Re: Sent with the best of intentions [Re: OregonMouse]
Paddy_Crow Offline
member

Registered: 11/08/04
Posts: 2285
Loc: Michigan
Keep the lantern for using around the house when the power goes out. It's also nice for car camping, if you ever do any of that.

Top
#93022 - 03/25/08 07:22 AM Re: Sent with the best of intentions [Re: Jimshaw]
Brumfield Offline
member

Registered: 12/23/07
Posts: 255
Loc: Expat from New Orleans, now in...
Quote:

My mom got me a svea 123, some nice hiking boots, and a Lowe backpack. Bless her heart.
Jim <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />


Jim, does your mom know that you have her credit card? Brum <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
_________________________



Top
#93023 - 03/25/08 12:21 PM Re: Sent with the best of intentions [Re: kevonionia]
bigfoot2 Offline
member

Registered: 09/17/06
Posts: 1432
Loc: Eugene , Oregon
I-Pood No,guys, i mean the small trowl "I-Pood" that has a hole in the handle for little baggies. I haven't used it yet and do not know if i ever will. Does a Bigfoot $-it in the woods? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
_________________________
Hammockers aren't stuck up, they're just above it all.

Top
#93024 - 03/25/08 03:20 PM Re: Sent with the best of intentions [Re: kevonionia]
Rick_D Offline
member

Registered: 01/06/02
Posts: 2801
Loc: NorCal
If nothing else, your mother sounds utterly charming! Keep them; they'll provide smiles for years to come.

Hopefully she won't sign you up for Amway product of the week or somesuch <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />
_________________________
--Rick

Top
#93025 - 03/25/08 05:32 PM Re: Sent with the best of intentions [Re: Brumfield]
coyotemaster Offline
member

Registered: 03/07/06
Posts: 294
Loc: Arizona
Brum,
I was wondering if you are 501c3?

Top
#93026 - 03/26/08 09:23 AM Re: Sent with the best of intentions [Re: coyotemaster]
bulrush Offline
member

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 132
Loc: Michigan
Moms mean well, don't they? I might let my mom know that "this probably won't survive my rigorous hiking" or something that gets the message through subtly.

Top
#93027 - 04/26/08 08:01 PM Re: Sent with the best of intentions [Re: bulrush]
nimby Offline
member

Registered: 08/30/02
Posts: 216
Loc: intermountain west
Why not just thank her for her thoughtful gift, and add a comment like, "But what I could really use /am looking for right now is a ..." and be very specific about something you could really use in her price range. If she is like my mom she catalog shops for recreation and would enjoy the challenge of hunting up just what you are looking for. You could maybe even put her on the mailing list for your favorite snail mail retailer...

Top
#93028 - 04/27/08 08:44 AM Re: Sent with the best of intentions [Re: kevonionia]
chaz Offline
member

Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 1149
Loc: Tennessee
My mom's pushing 80 and gives me lot's of stuff like that for christmas. She goes to the casino and saves the promo items they give her when she walks into the door. I give the stuff away or put it in the junk drawer. Best to give than receive.

Top
#93029 - 05/31/08 10:06 PM Re: Sent with the best of intentions [Re: kevonionia]
northernbcr Offline
member

Registered: 05/26/08
Posts: 125
Loc: bc/yukon border area
my well meaning grandad passed on a8lb splitting maul for (i quote) a little help around the fire.

Top
#93030 - 06/01/08 08:02 AM Re: 'Big-dog' splitting maul [Re: northernbcr]
kevonionia Offline
member

Registered: 04/17/06
Posts: 1322
Loc: Dallas, TX
Quote:
my well meaning grandad passed on a8lb splitting maul for (i quote) a little help around the fire


Mmmm. That's ultralight! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
_________________________
- kevon

(avatar: raptor, Lake Dillon)


Top

Shout Box

Highest Quality Lightweight Down Sleeping Bags
 
Western Mountaineering Sleeping Bags
 
Lite Gear Talk - Featured Topics
Bivvy Sack combo Arrangement
by Jim M
10/18/17 01:58 AM
what is the lightest framed backpack around 40L
by toddfw2003
10/16/17 07:23 PM
a worthy challenger to the msr pocket rocket2
by the-gr8t-waldo
10/16/17 01:28 PM
Backcountry Discussion - Featured Topics
Napa Fires
by balzaccom
10/11/17 07:43 PM
Backpacking the Ouachita Trail thanksgiving
by toddfw2003
10/05/17 11:54 PM
Rockfalll on El Capitan in Yosemite
by balzaccom
09/28/17 09:47 AM
Make Your Own Gear - Featured Topics
alcohol stove comparisons
by Bike_packer
10/03/17 08:56 PM
Can footprint plasticizer harm tent ground-sheet?
by Weston1000
09/10/17 02:24 AM
Featured Photos
Breakneck Ridge, New York
May 2012 Eclipse, Lassen Park
New Years Eve 2011
Trip Report with Photos
Seven Devils, Idaho
Oat Hill Mine Trail 2012
Dark Canyon - Utah
Who's Online
0 registered (), 28 Guests and 0 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
LivelyLiz, Weve, Tones21, Pasquale, Rahultravel
12423 Registered Users
Forum Links
Disclaimer
Policies
Site Links
HOME
Backpacking.net
Family Hiking
Lightweight Gear Store
Backpacking Book Store
Lightweight Zone
Hiking Essentials

Outdoor Gear Daily Deals
Outlets, Sales, Bargains

Our long-time Sponsor, BackcountryGear.com - The leading source for ultralite/lightweight outdoor gear:

Backcountry Forum
 
 

Since 1996 - the Original Backcountry Forum
Copyright © The Lightweight Backpacker & BackcountryForum.com