Gear you wish existed

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  1. kronin323

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    Do you ever have a recurring theme, some issue or hardship or gap you frequently have to deal with when it comes to gear? Either using it or incorporating it in the rest of your kit? The sort of thing where there may be a solution, but you wished there was a better one? The sort of thing you keep finding yourself thinking, "I sure wish there was a ________ for ___________."

    I'm not trying to ask anyone to give up their "million dollar" ideas; if you've got an idea you plan to turn into a million dollars, please keep it to yourself. Really more of a gear gripe topic.

    What's yours?
     
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    Here's mine - left-handed sheaths. I'm a lefty. I primarily want to carry lefty. But sometimes I want to carry righty as a secondary blade. Ideal solution is an ambidextrous sheath. They're a simple design that's been around a long time. But, at least with leather sheaths (which I prefer), you almost NEVER see them come with an ambi-sheath default these days. Instead it's all RH "taco" sheaths.

    More knives than not, when I get them, they come with a RH sheath. Almost every sheath knife I get, I have to deal with having a RH sheath. It gives me these options:

    - Wear it right-handed, on my off-hand.
    - Wear it left-handed, facing backwards.
    - Find a LH or ambi sheath I already have for another knife that it might fit in.
    - Buy or make a LH or ambi sheath for it.
    - Admire it on a shelf, unused. :(

    Could you imagine having to do that for nearly every single sheath knife you buy? Can't I just get a knife and have it come with a LH sheath, no extra cost or effort, a default choice? It gets old.

    So, here's the gear I wish existed - a simple, effective converter that would turn a RH sheath into a LH sheath without making it ugly or awkward. Easy to apply, easy to undo. Ideally dangler but not always.
     
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    Lefty love here too

    truly waterproof breathable rain gear

    Long lasting lightweight Cpap battery, something good for three to five nights
     
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    Lefty here too. I've always just carried lefty facing backwards. Sure, everytime you pull out your blade, you look like Norman Bates, but hey, you learn to live with it.
     
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    If we’re dreaming I’d like assisted mobility gear for hiking up inclines. Electronic or hydraulic to extend the range of older peeps like me
     
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    The thing with that one is muscle memory - if that's the only way you ever carry, you get used to it; I'm like that with my pocket flipper. But if you're rotating through different knives, some with LH sheaths, it's an awkward reminder with every draw and return...
     
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    Yep. I got a ambi kydex sheath for my Buck 863, and that took some REAL getting used to. Like you said, 30 years of muscle memory is hard to unlearn.
     
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    I wish there was a portable sleep machine where you could plug in the amount of hours you wanted then instantly fall asleep for that exact amount of time only and get good REM sleep. I feel like that technology will happen in my time probably...
     
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    Fire-proof, wool faced woobies.
    Fire-proof poncho-tarps.

    Maybe I'll DIY up both of these.
    ...I have really bad luck with melting holes in my gear.

    Honestly, there isn't much gear that I want. I like keeping things basic, or even primitive. I just want more land and more freedom, and more time to actually go out and practice skills or enjoy nature. I have a distinct lack of all three currently.

    Okay, along those lines, how about a teleportation device that can teleport me somewhere remote even though I live in the middle of a city? It sure would be nice to visit Alaska on my lunch break. ;)
     
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    A vehicle that will not rust or corrode ever.
     
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    "Instant shelter". Keeps you warm, dry, cool, bugfree...something about the size of a baseball. Just toss it out on the ground and boom! instant shelter.
     
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    Lefty here to. My mora rides in a sheath from a cheap knife. A simple canvas rectangle. The knife can ride either way and the sheath on either side.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    A time machine. I’m not sure I’d like to live in the past, or even change anything; but there are people I’d like to see again.
     
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    I already figured that one out. It's called "Bushmills, and Chester Lee". A snort of Bushmills, before bed, and, my rescue buddy Chester Lee to wake me up, in the morning. ( Of course, this only works when I'm at home.)
     
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    They were called DeLoreans.
     
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    A pack that doesn't get messy inside.
     
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    My cook kit in titanium. It's perfect, but it's heavy.
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    Alternatively, or additionally, the MSR Stowaway pots, exactly copied, but in Titanium. They are really awesome, but they are heavy.
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    EDIT: OH! And titanium squirrel cookers...so I can justify backpacking with a squirrel cooker.
     
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    Waterproof and “breathable” shells
     
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    Gear I wish existed:
    1) Death Ray
    2) Force Shield
    3) Gravitational Hovercraft with Cloaking Devise
     
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    Insect deterrent force field. Good out to 10 feet.
     
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    Answered my wish too :)
     
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    1) the ti German - style mess kit that heavy cover posted a year or two ago but never followed through on
    2) a mors survival scarf (parachute, breathable) that could be zipped up to be bug proof, like a loose bivvy, with a generous bug net at the face
     
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    Look on Amazon for the Jackery 500 mw Cpap power pack. They claim it's good for 9 hours but a small solar panel set-up would extend that to several days if necessary.

    Steve
     
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    I would like a knife sheath for my Moras that will sharpen the blade every time I take it in or out of the sheath. Like a fine diamond stone liner for the blade.
     
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    Lightweight, compact, sharpening setup that will allow me to sharpen a stainless steel knife as easily (& quickly) as I can a good carbon steel blade. :51::51::51: Dang stainless steel!
     
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    Fiberglass tub for a CJ-7
     
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    A sleeping bag wide enough for us big guys that toss and turn during the night. I'm actually thinking a 2-piece system. A lower tapered bag with foot box that comes up to your arm pits. It would have suspender type straps to go over your shoulders to keep in place. The upper part would pretty much be an insulated coat with hood. That part you could wear any time, under a shell, during cold weather. At night as you turn over the upper and lower slide around independently so it doesn't get all twisted up.
     
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    I write SCiFi - what I want is an AG (anti-gravity) plate that will attach to my ruck to reduce the weight by, say 90%...

    I did say SciFi..
     
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    A Swiss Army tomahawk.
    With saw, can opener, magnifying glass, awl, eyeglass screwdriver, pliers and tweezers.
     
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    Don't forget the corkscrew. o_O

    Actually, if you incorporate a bottle opener, that would be a great way to impress your friends...opening a bottle of beer with a tomahawk. :dblthumb:
     
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    Boots that are 100% water pruff and won't fall apart after a year of wearing them. Prov 27:17
     
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    A Frost River Isle Royale (and Jr.) with a detachable external frame. It would be easy for them to do, too.

    A stainless steel Swedish Mess Kit knock off. While I can't justify buying Titanium, I would consider it if one was available.
     
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    A way to combine these two with a way to tune it to instantly kill and vaporize any flea, tick, deer fly, or mosquito that gets within 10 feet of me.

     
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    Hot camping companion. Or else, camping dog rental. Both should be low maintenance.
     
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    Fire resistant, ultralight materials. ;)

    I'll 2nd actual waterproof, breathable fabrics as well... would be excellent for anoraks, pullovers, windbreakers.
     
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    Haha, written at 2:43am! I'm with you, there's not much I wouldn't trade to be able to have a good nights sleep for the first time in my life.
     
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    This would be cool if more of the answers were serious. I don't think trying to perfect gear or fill a specific need is anything new.

    I wanted a thin convex blade similar to an Opinel but fixed. I also like simple Puukko blade shapes and barrel shaped handles. After some work I now have two and a third in the works.

    I really like my Stanco grease pot for it's size and weight. Aluminum is a little more forgiving to cook on than Titanium. The wide bottom let's you use it for frying stuff up in. If the lid was flat with a fold out handle in the middle so it could be used for a separate pan or plate and the pot had a fold out handle so I didn't need a pot gripper that would make for a pretty ideal pot for me on some trips. Going solo I generally use my 650ml ti pot, but depending on what I'm planning on cooking the grease pot would make more sense.

    Shoes for wide flat feet that don't suck. I love trail runners. I'll never wear boots on my outings. The only problem is that all these companies try to add things like arch support and support around the heels. I know I can get custom insoles but I don't feel like I should have to in order to get a decent pair of shoes that work for my feet.

    Running shorts without a liner. I hike in shorts always. And I've been wanting to try running shorts to ditch the belt for more comfort and less issues when it gets wet. I don't like the idea of my underwear being permanently attached to my pants. You'd think a simple pair of shorts with quick drying material would be easy to find but it's really not.
     
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    Use it in the summer, plenty of heat. Use in the winter, all the cold you want.
    Problem solved :54:
     
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    Oh, that's awesome!

    Count me in on these ones, too. :dblthumb:
     
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    Here ya go...no liner, quick dry, and inexpensive.

    https://www.varusteleka.com/en/product/swedish-commando-underpants-navy-model-surplus/7449
     
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    That reminds me of a scene from Avengers Endgame, if anybody's seen that... ;)
     
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    Carbon steal blade camp knife or scout knife with a bail and saw. Like a farmer in carbon but with a bail. I know I can get an old western or KampKing in carbon on EBay but no saw. I just like that old style look and bails on pocket knives.
     
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    This is an interesting thread, considering many bushcrafters use gear and techniques that emulate camping from 100 years ago.
     
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    Someday, Titanium mess kits will be nostalgic. :4:
     
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    They used to make those. Probably still do. I can't recall the supplier, though.
    ( Edited to add ) I have one on my 78 CJ7.
     
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