Category Archives: Rentals

New TEHCC Rental Equipment: Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 (HT-18)

Submitted by Vic Hasler, Rental Equipment Coordinator

After a couple of decades of use, the HT-18 Slumberjack Bivy was showing signs of losing its weather resistance.  TEHCC has purchased a Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 as its replacement.  The Big Agnes is primarily a one-person tent with much better ventilation at a similar packed weight (2 lbs, 6 oz).  This one-person tent offers 22 sq ft of floor space, with a length of 90” and width of 43” at front narrowing to 31” at back – plenty for a sleeping pad.  Reviews indicate that the 38” head height may not be enough for taller folks to completely sit up, but it’s good for most.  There is a 5 sq ft vestibule to stash the backpack and footwear.  The entire tent bundle rolls down into a 14” x 4” bag.  It comes with its own set of 11 lightweight stakes, which need to be shown upon return to Bldg 310, but kept with the tent – unlike our standard stake policy.

Rental rate is “B” ($5/weekend, $7/week).  It’s on the shelf, ready to go backpacking…

New TEHCC Rental Equipment: Therm-a-rest® Z-Lite™ Pad (HP-2)

Submitted by Vic Hasler, Rental Equipment Coordinator

In continuing to replace older equipment, the well-worn Ridgerest pad which did not roll up tightly is now a folding Z-Lite pad.  It is like HP-3 and HP-6 pads – although yet another color scheme of “coyote/grey.”  The same old storage bag continues to be used, but skip taking it on the trip to save a few ounces.  (Just return the pad to Bldg 310 in the bag.)   It can be purchased for $40 from Mahoney’s using the 10% discount for club members (show your Recreation card).

And to be consistent, the rental rate for HP-3 was cut to $2/weekend.  As these pads are used 3-6 times per year, the cost of replacement will be covered after five years.

HA-1– Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork Trekking Poles

Vic Hasler, Rental Equipment Coordinator (rental [at] tehcc [dot] org)

A new type of equipment for the hiking club – trekking poles.  Based on discussion held at the March Lunch & Learn, a pair of Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork Poles was purchased for $80 to allow members a chance to try them out before deciding to buy this type of equipment.  These three-section poles were selected due to the ease of adjustment within 29-55 inches using the FlickLocks feature.  Rental rate “D” ($4 weekend, $6 week-long) will be set for these poles.  If popular, then another pair of a different style may be purchased to allow comparison.

They will also be demonstrated at Ian Powell’s “Trekking Poles 101” Lunch & Learn on July 21st, so come learn how to properly use them – including those wrist loops.

New rental equipment: HB-33 – Gregory G-pack

by Vic Hasler, Rental Equipment Coordinator (rental [at] tehcc [dot] org)

A grab at the 2011 Gear Swap – $25 for like-new $149 list price. And now the club’s lightest backpack at 2 Lb, 10 oz for 3100 cubic inches or up to 25-30 pounds. It is the large frame which fits a 19.5-21.5” torso size.

Pack is made of strong, but light, silicone-impregnated fabric, which can handle our region’s normal trail conditions. Warning: Based on actual reported experience, do not lift by just a shoulder strap when loaded! The backpack has a large central core area with full outer mesh pocket and a lid bag. Compression sacks would be great packing aid to minimize volume.

The challenge is to have your gear down to within its capacity. Check by seeing if everything (tent, sleeping bag, mat, clothes, cookware, food, etc.) can fit into just one and half photocopy paper boxes, and then weighs less than 30 pounds total on the home scales. If yes, then this is your light-weight option for an overnighter trip.

This will be available at the rental counter and on our rentals page very soon.

ed by Vic Hasler, Rental Equipment Coordinator (rental [at] tehcc [dot] org)

 

A grab at the 2011 Gear Swap – $25 for like-new $149 list price. And now the club’s lightest backpack at 2 Lb, 10 oz for 3100 cubic inches or up to 25-30 pounds. It is the large frame which fits a 19.5-21.5” torso size.

Pack is made of strong, but light, silicone-impregnated fabric, which can handle our region’s normal trail conditions. Warning: Based on actual reported experience, do not lift by just a shoulder strap when loaded! The backpack has a large central core area with full outer mesh pocket and a lid bag. Compression sacks would be great packing aid to minimize volume.

The challenge is to have your gear down to within its capacity. Check by seeing if everything (tent, sleeping bag, mat, clothes, cookware, food, etc.) can fit into just one and half photocopy paper boxes, and then weighs less than 30 pounds total on the home scales. If yes, then this is your light-weight option for an overnighter trip.