Gear 2022

Minimalism led me to simplify my possessions. I start each year reviewing what I used the previous year and determine what changes I want to make. I strive to use items that enable me to have an a healthy, impactful life, while minimizing friction. The following is a complete list of everything I personally own. Making this list was inspired by zenhabit’s one bag lifestyle and Tynan’s Gear posts, though I am not living that lightly. Please don’t use this list to fuel consumption or as a challenge to create a curated list of minimalist styled possessions. Do not allow your possessions to become the basis of your sense of security or well being.

Items in bold are exceptionally great. I happily use items marked with “*”, but not so much that I would automatically replace them. If I was a “true minimalist” I would get rid of them. The (year) is when the item became a standard part of my life, /year indicates when I re-purchased.

In 2021 I discovered that sometimes I like a bit of variety. For example, 90% of the time when I need a bit of extra warmth I wear a Macpac Nitro pullover, but sometimes I prefer wearing a sweater. In 2022 my family is planning to move between several locations which will blur the differences between “travel” and “everyday” resulting in several items going into “storage” and my “traveling list” will likely grow. Items that are used by the whole family are on our family gear page.

On My Person / Day Activities

Flexon Eyeglasses (1995/2020) eyeglass frames with Zeiss high index progressive lens. Eyeglasses are an incredible blessing. I used to break frames within a year of getting them. I started to use Flexon frames around 1995. They have lasted an average of 8 years with several prescription changes. In 2021 I tried transition lens but was disappointed. My cycling sunglasses (listed below) worked well in daylight but didn’t go clear enough when rides run into dusk. Transition Xtra Active go clear enough, but don’t darken enough while driving and aren’t polarized so doesn’t cut down glare. There is now Transitions XtrActive Polarized which is an improvement: goes from almost clear and unpolarized to 90% light blockage that is polarized but don’t transition while driving. For me, prescription glasses with clear lens and fit-over that are polarized and have 80-90% light blockage seem best combination other than looking a bit silly.

Powecom KN95 or United States Mask N95 Masks (2021) have replaced my cloth masks because N95 are more effective and now available without denying medical professionals. Masknerd has great reviews. His top recommendation for people with smaller face, The BOTN KT94 (size medium) is the first mask that really fit Jackie well.

Victorinox Swiss Army Rambler (1999/2015) is the smallest, usable tool I have found with a blade, phillips head & flat screwdriver, scissors, bottle opener, and nail file. When flying I switch to a Swiss+Tech Utili-Key which is not as usable as the Rambler, but for years has made it through TSA checkpoints without being confiscated. I am on my 3rd Rambler after losing a couple. I have some notes about other knife options.

Flowfold Minimalist Wallet (2012) which holds my IDs, 2 credit cards, a few bills, while taking up minimal space.

Uniball Vision Elite .5mm Pen (2015/2021) has a good “feel” and doesn’t leak after plane flights! I have stopped using my previously favorite pen, the Pilot V5, because I have had several pens leak.

Apple iPhone 12 Mini (2020) on Verizon. Not as small as the original SE… the upper right corner is a stretch for one handed use but smaller than most phones. I used to think iOS UI was superior to Android, but Android has pretty much caught up and has superior notifications and speech recognition. Can someone please make a thin smart phone with a high resolution screen that is 4″ on the diagonal? Maybe Unihertz with do this someday? Verizon is expensive, but gives me the coverage I want. Thinking about trying Mint Mobile. I will give GoogleFi a try when they support multi-carrier / network switching on the iPhone. Will be trying Gigsky or Airalo for international travel.

Apple AirPod Pros (2021) are nicely integrated with the Apple eco-system and just works. I found Bluetooth connects quickly and the connection is reliable. Noise reduction is decent, and the “ambient mode” provides some situational awareness. I have written about other headphones options.

Garmin 935 Watch (2017) accurately tracks my activities and measures my fitness level. The watch is light enough that I don’t mind wearing it continuously. It originally could last ~5 days without charging while using GPS 12 hours during this time. These days I am getting 4 days including 8 hours GPS. Has decent integration with smartphones and notifies me when I have left the paired phone behind. There are other good sport watches.

Zojirushi Double Walled Mug (2013/2017) can easily be used one handed, locks so it doesn’t open accidentally, pours at the perfect speed, the mouth is wide enough for ice cubes, and insulating better than every other mug I have tested. I have a Deep Cherry color mug which I picked up after misplacing my silver mug at work. The striking color make it easy to spot when searching for it. When flying you can fill it with ice (no water) and get through TSA security in many countries. Once through, add water and you can have icy cold water for your flight.

Office / Electronics

MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020) provided by Hashicorp. Been using MacBooks since 2006 as my primary computer because I get a UNIX environment and high quality applications. There are better performing laptops for the money, but I like the ergonomics of the Macbook, especially the touch pad. When I purchase one for personal use I select a configuration with the maximum memory available which has allowed me to use the same Macbook for 4-6 years before it feels too sluggish. The 2021 MacBook Pro is a return to what it should have been for the last several years. I hope Apple brings back the ultra-portable 12″ MacBook someday.

LG 27BN88U 27-inch 4K Display (2020) provide by work. Historically I have worked from the display on my laptop, using an external monitor only occasionally when needing to display a lot of data. In the era of Zoom meetings I use the laptop screen for displaying people, and the external monitor for notes, presentations, and general work.

RAVpower 120w USB-C Charger (2021) A compact power source with 2 USB-C, 2 traditional USB ports allows me to rapidly charger all the devices I use each day. Purchased so other charger could move into the garage.

USB Power Task Light* (2020) to replace a task light my wife needed somewhere else in the house. Most of the time I don’t need task lighting, but it works well when I need the extra light.

Apple iPad Air 4* + Smart Keyboard Folio* + Magic Keyboard* (2021) Purchased to function as a second monitor for a MacBook (via Sidecar) for when I am working away from home. I have found the iPad also works well for consuming media. The Folio keyboard is compact making it the choice for onebag travel, but the keyboard feel is mediocre and not stable enough to use on the lap. The Magic Keyboard works well when sitting on my lap, the keyboard feel is decent, and the keys are lighted which is handy in the evening but the weight of this keyboard + the iPad is as heavy as a real laptop. I tried to do most of my “personal” computing on the iPad to see if it could replace a laptop: it was a failure. There is too much friction when integrating information from several windows and often web sites and iOS apps often fall short when compared to the web experience on a real laptop or Chromebook. This is my third iPad. While each was purchased for a particular task, I have yet to find it a compelling device.

Kindle Oasis* (2019) Lets me carry the majority of my library and every book can be displayed with large print for my aging eyes. Love being able to quickly search for notes / highlighted passages. I miss physical books and I know knowledge retention is better when reading paper books, but the convenience of the ebooks outweighs this for me. The Oasis ergonomics allows reading with a single hand and I like the warm backlight in the evening. I was tempted by e-paper Android tablet such as those made by Boox which are a more versatile devices. If I lost the Oasis I would not replace it and just use my other devices to access my Kindle “library”. Might end up in storage later this year.

Patagonia Tres 25L Bag (2016) 23andme swag which holds my current “working set” of paperwork and office supplies. There is still room to add my MacBook Pro and power supply if I wasn’t carrying them in another bag. Switched from the plastic file folder for easier transportation.

Small fabric tape measure – not shown (2012) to measure packages and other smaller items.

Nitecore Tip SE 720 Flashlight (2021) Replaced flashlight stolen from car. Recharged using USB-C.

Bathroom

REI Micro Shower Bag (2017) is the perfect size for my toiletry kit while providing just enough organizational features to make it easy for me to find everything quickly. Inside pocket holds a few doses of medicines for allergies and colds. Main area has: Violife slim sonic toothbrush (was thinking about some other options but it looks like replace heads are once again available), a small HumanGear GoTubb to store aleve and tylenol, lip balm, toothpaste, a micro fiber cleaning / storage bag for my glasses, and most of the bathroom items listed below. Outside pocket holds first aid kit which includes waterproof Band-Aids, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic cream, superglue, a couple of safety pins. No longer made. The GOX Organizer looks to be similar.

Matador Flatpack Soap Case (2020) to carry a 100senses body bar which takes care of all my cleaning needs without drying out skin or making my hair feel like straw. Replaced Dr Bronner’s soap, Aveda shampoo, and Pacific shaving oil. One bar lasts me around 1/2 a year. I am sure there are better shaving creams and shampoos, but it’s been good enough and simplifies life for me.

Gillette Power Mach-3 Razor (1999) Vibration no longer works so use as a manual handle.

Listerine Floss (1996/2021) is the most effective dental floss I have used. Gentle to the gums while still getting plague and food wedged between teeth out.

PaRaDa Nail clipper (2014) with a trimmings catcher to make cleanup easy.

Retractable Bristle Hairbrush (1994) which is compact but effective.

Oral-B/Braun 6000 Electric toothbrush (2016) and USB powered charger. A recent meta analysis concluded that the rotational approach of Oral-B is likely superior to approach of Sonicare, but both are significantly more effective than manual brushing. When traveling for less than a month I leave the Oral-B behind.

Linen Towel – not shown (2020) Lighter weight, dries faster, and less likely to get smelly than a traditional cotton terrycloth towel, but isn’t as soft.

Sleep!

ChiliPad (2019) which cools or warms water which flows through a mattress topper. I need to be significantly colder than Jackie to sleep soundly. Allows me to sleep without requiring the room to be cold and Jackie needing heavy blankets. I had problems with the heat exchanger isn’t able to dump enough heat to hit the cooling target with the unit under the bed (it has the specified clearance) but it has been fine when I move it from under the bed. The eightsleep system is more advanced, but also much more expensive.

Newvanga Sleep Mask (2021) helps me get longer / better sleep because it stops external light from disturbing me. Since 2015 I have gone through 4 Bucky 40 Winks Sleep Mask which are similar. The Newvanga is cheaper at purchase time, hoping that it is more durable than the Bucky. If I was a hard core minimalist I would use my Buff as a sleep mask.

Clothing

I have notes about selecting clothing for an active life which goes in detail  about how to select clothing for a wide range of activities and conditions. All the clothing, shoes, and outerwear listed below (excluding the “Variety” section) easily fits into Osprey Transporter 46L bag.

Exercise / Active Clothing

De Soto Mobius Tri Shorts (2018/2021) works well cycling, running, and swimming. I also use them backpacking. They are comfortable for all the activities I engage in when the temperature is above freezing. They have reduced issues with chafing, dry fairly quickly, and are reasonably comfortable when wet. They have side pockets large enough to hold some nutrition and my phone so I don’t need to use a special cycling jersey. I never need to think about to wear for vigorous physical activities…. I just grab a pair of Tri Shorts.

Xenith Delta Shirt (2021) is the most comfortable shirt I have worn in hot weather, especially when I am exercising. The shirt maintains breathability and doesn’t stick when wet. The shirt dries at the perfect rate: faster than wool or cotton, but slower than classic “fast dry” shirts feeling cool against the skin. I have also found that is the most odor resistant synthetic shirt I have tried, though not as good as wool.

Castelli Light Arm Sleeves – white color (2021) combined with Xenith shirt when I don’t want to hassle with sunscreen. Arms actually feel a bit cooler than when exposed and uncovered. Stains easily.

Patagonia Capilene Thermal Weight Hoody (2009/2014) for cool/cold weather outdoor activities. Without wind protection the grid weave lets air flow through speeding the release of heat. With a shell it insulates well. Comfort down to 30F when running without a shell, below that with a shell. When walking around town keeps me comfortable down to 45F when combined with a wind shirt with hoods up. I am reasonably comfortable engage in high energy activities when it’s 65F by fully opening the zipper and pushing the sleeves up to my elbows. Dries amazingly quickly and feels more comfortable than any other shirt I have used when it’s wet in cool conditions. Mine was actually called Capilene 4 because it pre-dates the renaming to “thermal weight”. Could be replaced by a tee-shirt + Macpac Nitro Hoody listed in outwear, but continue to use the Cap4 to keep sweat and stink generated during cool weather exercise away from the Macpac Nitro.

Core Everyday Clothing

Outlier New Way Shorts – 3 pair (2014) are nice looking shorts which fit me perfectly, don’t have cargo pockets, durable, dry reasonably quickly, and resist stains. They are pricy but at the time that I purchased them, I hadn’t found any shorts I like as much and have had no need to replace them.

Icebreaker Anatomica Tee-shirt – 2 shirts (2014/2021) merino wool with a bit of nylon for durability (3x longer lasting 100% merino in the the same fabric weight) with just a bit of lycra for a body hugging fit. This tee-shirt fits me perfectly, is super comfortable, doesn’t smell after several days of wear, dries fairly quickly, and my wife likes how the shirt looks on me. I still find synthetics technical-tees superior in two ways. First, synthetics work better when I am heavily sweating while exercising [See Xenith shirt mentioned above]. Second, synthetics are more cost effective because they tend to be cheaper and longer lasting. I get around 500 days of wear before an Anatomica Tee looks tired, and 600 days before holes appear. There are a number of other good merino wool tee shirts from Smartwool, Outlier, and Wool&Prince.

Icebreaker Spector Tee* (2021) I decided to try a lighter weight tee that isn’t as body hugging in a fun (purple) color. I quickly decided that I prefer my Anatomica tee-shirts. When this shirt wears out I will replace it with another black Anatomica tee-shirts.

Icebreaker Anatomica Briefs – 4 pairs (2014/2021) the most comfortable underwear I have worn. Earlier version developed holes after around 150 days of wear. All my original pairs have worn out. The newer version has a bit of nylon with the wool. I have gotten around 600 days before the waist band deforms and small holes appear. Some people prefer boxer style but I see no reason to have extra fabric. Good alternatives are the synthetic travel oriented briefs from Ex Offico and the comfortable but expensive underwear from Saxx.

Darn Tough Socks – 6 pair (2013/2019) are unsurprisingly durable since they come with a lifetime warranty. I have a mix of no-show mesh and light cushion crew. Icebreaker and the Smartwool PhD line are good alternatives. Worn out and replaced 2 pair.

Akona 2mm Neoprene Socks (2019) which protect my feet when using flippers or with Keens if I am on a trip which is constantly going in and out of water.

Western Rise Evolution Pants (2020) Slight stretch nylon pants in the style of jeans. Compared to Slim Dungarees: less expensive, lighter material which makes them pack smaller and are more comfortable in hot weather, less stain/water resistant, but over all pretty good. The coin pocket is too deep. Don’t know yet if they are as durable as Slim Dungarees.

Outlier Slim Dungarees – 2 pair (2014/2019) High-tech nylon pants in the style of jeans. Wonderful fit, looks good, excellent mobility. Thanks to the NanoSphere treatment very stain and water resistant. They are perfect except when it’s >80F and I am active. They seem pricey, but the per day cost of wearing is about the same as denim jeans. I have gotten more than 450 days of wear. Buffworks, Maker&Rider and Wool&Prince makes nice alternatives. Current pants acquired in 2017 and 2019.

Montbell Wickron Dry Touch Short Sleeve Shirt* (2021) for when I need to be more dressed up than wearing a tee-shirt in the middle of the summer when it is hot. A gift from my wife and an experiment in the coming year… hoping the seersucker fabric will be comfortable in hot, humid conditions.

White Button-up Shirt (2012) my default button-up shirt. Appropriate for both casual and more formal conditions.

Muji Sport Jacket* (2013) for events in spring and summer when I should be more dressy than a shirt but I don’t need to wear a formal suit. Doesn’t easily wrinkle, so good for travel. Gift from Jackie.

“Variety” Clothing

The following I sometimes call my “Jackie clothing”. I know my wife get tired of me wearing the same thing every day (sometimes I do as well), so when we are doing a special activity together, I will take the time to select something than isn’t my daily wear. This year we will be on the move a fair bit. This clothing will be going into storage. When rolled over their hangers, these items as well as my “optional” shoes fits nicely into a $4 Ikea Frakta Duffel.

Toni Richards Hawaiian Shirt (2019) Everyone needs at least one shirt for “Hawaiian shirt day” though some might argue that white and blue with sharks rather than flowers isn’t very Hawaiian. I find the cotton lawn fabric used by Toni Richards to be one of the best materials when it’s hot and humid.

Peach Button Up Shirt* (2014) for a change from a white shirt when we are going out for the evening. Birthday present.

Black/Grey/White Checked Button Up Shirt* (2013) for something that is casual but a bit more dressed up than my tee-shirt or hoody. Gift from Jackie.

Wool and Prince 210wt Burgundy Oxford Shirt* (2020) Slim fit, classic oxford cloth look while being 100% wool. Christmas present.

Outlier AMB Merino Wool Button Up Shirt (2019) Very comfortable. It doesn’t wrinkle and if I don’t spill food on it can be worn many days without washing. Good air permeability, surprisingly comfortable in warmer conditions. Might replace white button-up as my default “dressed up” shirt.

Grey Cashmere V-neck Sweater* (2019) for fall and winter evenings when I need more warmth than just a shirt and hoody or fleece is too casual. Love cashmere but durability is low, it pills very quickly.

Banana Republic Purple Merino Wool Sweater (2013) for cool days or when some color is called for. Purple is the color of royalty… so it can function as a Christmas or Easter sweater. Gift from Jackie.

Boss Blazer Jacket* (2014) for dressy events in the fall and winter that don’t require a formal suit. Christmas present.

Boss Wool Suit (2012) slim/european cut in super 140 wool. Fits me perfectly though not bespoken. First suit that I wear rather than the suit wearing me. Light enough that it’s usable in the summer. I use it for weddings, funerals, and special nights out on the town. I won’t naturally choose to wear a suit, but sometimes it’s appropriate.

Footwear

shoes

Vivobarefoot Gobi II (2017) are comfort, zero-drop, minimalist ankle boots which are acceptable to wear with casual clothing and when fairly dressed up, though I have been told aren’t appropriate when wearing a formal suit. I have been very pleased with their durability.

Altra Running Superior Trail-runners (2017/2021) zero drop, modest cushion, trail running shoe which are light weight with a fairly grippy sole for mixed trail conditions. Beside wearing them running, they are my primary footwear in the backcountry, and I wear in town when my feet are sore and need some extra cushion. I am on pair 14. Wish I could get more than 400 miles before they wear out.

Keen Clearwater CNX (2014/2018) are the lightest sandals Keen makes. I liked the minimalist sandals made by luna but the toe protection of the Keens makes them a clear winner for me. When worn with gray socks they can “pass” for shoes most of the time. Comfortable in a wide range of conditions. Replaced pair in 2018 when my original pair wore out.

Carots Shoes* (2017) are formal looking zero drop shoes. These are the only minimalist shoes I have found that looks like traditional dress shoes (heels and and tapered toe) that are sufficiently comfortable for an evening when need shoes that are more formal than the Gobi. Going in storage later this year.

Softstar Shoes Merino Moccasin* (2021) Comfortable, easy wearing minimalist slippers. Going in storage later this year.

Head and Hand Wear

Tilley LTM6 Hat (2014) provides good sun protection while offering ok ventilation. If I was going to pick a single hat to own, it would either be this hat, or the LTM8 which offers more ventilation. I used a canvas Tilley hat for more than 20 years, purchasing the LTM6 because I lost my first Tilley. I have a list of other hats that you might prefer.

Nike Dri-Fit Visor (2012) keep sweat and sun out of my eyes while maximizing air circulation for my head. Worn anytime I go for a run.

PolarBuff (2003) Generally I use the hoods on my garments for warmth but sometimes I want a warm hat or a neck gator for extra warmth.

Mountain Hardware Grub Gloves (2015/2020) medium weight PowerStretch gloves with a quilted mitten cover which folds away into the back of the glove making it comfortable to wear in a wide variety of conditions. Alas, this model has been discontinued. On my second pair. The PowerStretch palms are starting to wear out on the second pair, will likely have to replace soonish.

Ultrafino Santa Fe Hat* (2021) is “Panama” straw hat. It isn’t a durable or packable as a Tilley, but much nicer looking. In the past I found straw hats feel cooler in hot weather, but this hat’s weave is so tight that the ventilation is minimal.

Montbell Unbrero* (2021) is a rain hat which provides a large brim and great ventilation and folds up for storage. Silly looking, but very functional. It deforms somewhat in 20mph winds but was still effective. Unfortunately doesn’t provide UV protection so it can’t be used for all-around protection. The Kavu Chillba is more versatile but less packable.

Outerwear

Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody (2020) Keeps me comfortable ~25F lower than I would be without the jacket. Provides just the right insulation for me for colder winter nights in the SF Bay Area and shoulder season backpacking in the sierras. Combined with down vest it just right for winter trips in the sierras. Reasonably light and compresses well. Has a good hood. Long enough to be worn over suit jackets without looking silly. This jacket lives in our car so it also functions as a loaner jacket. Lots of other good options for an insulation layer.

Montbell Plasma 1000 Down Vest (2021) Incredibly light weight vest which provides moderate insulation for my core. I have the Japanese version which has pockets. When mix/matched with a tee-shirt, Macpac Nitro, and Gore R7 Shell allows me to be comfortable while casually walking to 25F. Combined with Nitro and Micro Puff keeps me warm enough in any winter conditions I am likely to encounter in the next few years. A bit boxing in cut and the neck doesn’t seal well.

Macpac Nitro Pullover (2021) Made from Polartec Alpha Direct. Moderately warm, highly breathable. Very light insulate without a shell, surprisingly warm under a shell. Good insulation for when active in cold conditions. I can feel a difference between standing still and walking. Worn whenever my tee-shirt isn’t warm enough. I am comfortable down to 40F with a tee-shirt, this pullover and a uninsulated shell when walking on flat ground in the shade, and I am comfortable wearing this pullover when sitting inside when it’s 66F. Likely could eliminate Patagonia Capilene Thermal Weight Hoodie if my goal was minimal count of items.

Gore Gear R7 Shakedry Hooded Rain Jacket (2020) is an ultralight and ultra-breathable rain jacket designed for trail running. I can actually wear it and not be soaked by sweat when active! No other rain jacket has worked as well. I am using it as a wind shell. Need to be careful not to jam the zipper. Fabric is fragile. I have a two pinpoint holes in the shoulders likely caused by taking backpack on and off but so far they have not impacted performance. Other options are discussed in my post about rain gear.

Zpacks Vertice Rain Pants not shown (2018) are simple, light, breathable, waterproof rain pants. Used when in cool rain when commuting by bike, hiking, or backpacking. After a few years of use I am getting some leaking – maybe through the seams. Will be sealing the seams to see if that fixes the problem.

Black Diamond Alpine Start (2021) is a 6oz hoodless ultralight soft-shell which is very air permeable and extremely water resistant thanks to the Schoeller NanoSphere treatment. I use it for cool weather, high aerobatic activities, primarily bicycling. Very comfortable bicycling at pace (~220watts / ~18mph) or doing a zone 2 HR runs when it’s 35-55F. In a light rain find it easier to manage moisture than the R7 because the higher air permeability helps me dump heat (reducing the amount of sweat), keeping the rain away from my shirt and skin. Normally I like a hood, but the lack of a hood is useful when cycling and running with a hat.

Outerwear in Car

We carry some warm clothing in the back of the car for those days that the weather was cooler than expected. I rarely need to use these garments but have often loaned them out to friends.

ArcTeryx Squamish Wind Shell (2012) is a 5oz windshirt with an air permeability of ~35 CFM. When combined with an air permeable heavy base or middle layer provide comfort over a huge range of conditions. Comfortable against the skin.

Icebreaker Quattro Hoody (2012) is a medium weight wool sweatshirt

Patagonia Micro Puff (2020) listed in the ”Outwear” section above.

OR SunRunner Hat* not shown (2007) Baseball style cap with a removal veil for sun protection. Light, packable. Unfortunately the veil block air circulation, so it is not as cool wearing a big brim hats.

Beach

When we spend extended time near a tropical beach I pull my “beachwear” out of storage.

Bluesmith Spartan Board Shorts* (2016) For days that I am living in swimming suit, going in an out of the water. These shorts dry very quickly. Could use my Tri or New Way Shorts if I was trying to minimize more.

Bluesmith Kanaha Shirt* (2021) Hydrophobic treated shirt which protects from the sun and absorbs very little water. It’s a good as a “rash guard” shirt. Replaced a misplaced shirt. I experimented with it as a general fitness shirt but I don’t it’s hydrophobic approach to moisture is better for me that Polartec Delta in hot weather. Downside if not used for water sports is it quickly accumulated body odor, upside is that a quick rinse seems to wash the odor away.

Matador Pocket Blanket* (2019) to sit on when at the beach.

Matador Droplet Wet Bag* (2019) which holds items on the way to the beach, and wet items on the way home.

Yeesam Prescription Snorkeling Mask* (2019) which lets me actually see underwater life when snorkeling rather than just blurs and flashes of color.

Bicycling Stuff

Specialized S-works 2019 Roubaix (2021) an endurance bike with a responsiveness that approaches a race bike while smoothing out the road making it easy to be confident on less than ideal road surfaces. This is a older model that I purchased on sale when my R3 drivetrain wore out and was going to take months to repair due to supply chain issues. I found this version of the Roubaix approach the handling on the current generation Cervelo R-series, and was significantly better than the Cervelo Calidonia-5. A huge improvement from the 2013 version of the Roubaix. Fitted with an Infinity Seat (weird looking but the most comfortable seat I have used), 2 water bottle cages, and a small seat bag which holds a pump, inter-tube, bike tool, and 2 tire levers.

Felix BC21R Bike Headlamp and Cygolite Hotshot Pro 150 (2019) which was purchase when my Expilion 850 and an original Hotshot were stolen. The BC21R uses a removable 18650 rechargeable battery. I think I slightly preferred the quality of light from the Expilion, but the BC21R works well enough to stick with it, and I do appreciate that the battery can be charged outside light housing.

Power Tap P1 Pedals (2015) because I like objective measures about how my physically condition is changing. The Garmin Vector 2 pedals integrate better into the Garmin eco-system, use standard Keto cleats, and are lighter / more streamlined at about the same price point.

Bicycling Shoes (2013) with Cleat for PowerTap peddles.

Giro Air Attack Shield Helmet (2013/2016) provides protection, good ventilation while having a streamlined aerodynamic profile. Has snap on optical shield. These days there are helmets which are more aerodynamic, and also cheaper while providing equivalent protection. If you ride a bicycle, wear a helmet!! I have been able to walk away from at least two accidents thanks to the protection of a helmet. On my second Air Attack helmet due to a crash which broke the helmet but protected my head.

Cervelo R3: (2013, identical replacement purchased in 2015 when first was stolen). Pricy but amazing road bicycle. Comfortable enough for an endurance ride, responsive like a race bike, great for climbing. Drive train has been mostly replaced… still looking for Rotor chain rings which are fairly worn. Now my “spare bike” which I can use if my Roubaix is needing service and to use on Kickr when “riding” indoors.

Wahoo Fitness Kickr* (2013) is a trainer for when I don’t want to hit the road. Integrated power meter and variable resistance which can be controls via ANT+ or BlueTooth. Wahoo built the Kickr with an open API so there are numerous companies which have applications which can control the Kickr. At the beginning of 2020 I was thinking about selling it, but once shelter in place started, I found having a way to exercise at home was useful and held on to the Kickr.

Exercise Equipment

Most of this will stay in our house which will be in use by other for significant portions of 2022.

Pullup Bar (2020) To work upper body without going to gym.

MX Select MX55 Adjustable Dumbbells (2021) 20-55 lb in 5 lb increments. Smooth and fast to change weights. Considered the Bowflex adjustable dumbbells, but local store told me they stopped carrying them due to mechanism failures (they were a service problem).

Bowflex Adjustable Kettlebell (2020) Useful for numerous exercises. Max weight is 40lb, would like it to be 60lb, and there is a 10lb jump between 25-35 lb. Used for several of sets in the Simple Six workout.

20lb Rucking Plate* (2020) – Held in a backpack and used to add weight to my pull-ups, squats, etc. I have stopped adding it to my daily walks, hikes, etc. It seems the weight continuously on my shoulders is causing pain in other parts of my body when walking on concrete sidewalks.

Withering Body WiFi Scale (2014) makes it easy to track weight which is well integrated to Garmin, Fitbit, MyFitnessPal, LoseIt, and numerous other health tracking eco-systems.

Garmin HRM-Pro (2021) because optical heart rate monitors aren’t sufficiently accurate for HRV measurements and aren’t responsive enough to track interval training. Works when I am heavily sweating and swimming. Does both ANT+ and Bluetooth. Replaced a ANT+ only HRM so I can I could connect it with software running on iPad when using KickR.

Hiking / Backpacking

Entchin Fanny Pack shown above (2020) Inexpensive fanny pack which is the good size for most of my done in a day activities. Unfortunately, it is cheaply made, the main bucket broke after six months of use. I was able to repair it. All of the items above, a protein bar and small volume jacket fit. I switched to a fanny pack because the strain of a courier bag or sling on a single shoulder would be painful after several hours.

Nicore NU25 rechargeable headlamp shown above (2019) Very light-weight when the headband is replaced with cords. Good regulation, bright enough for trail running, a decent electronic lock so it doesn’t turn on accidently. Use on hikes / backpacking trips, when I am running in the dark and it has been a backup for when I forgot to recharge my bike light. Can be powered from a remote USB power supply, enabling the battery to be kept warm inside a coat when the temperature would be low enough to impact performance. I have a post about other good flashlights.

I have a 3-season packing list which makes use of a number of the items on this list and has several items which are specific for backpacking. In addition to the items on my backpacking list, I have several items which come out when I am heading to the mountains and expect snow. I have not taken pictures of any of these items. They are stored in a plastic bin which holds my backpacking gear. One item which was on my clothing list last year but is purely used backpacking is an Outlier Air Forged Oxford Shirt which I use to protect my upper body from sun and mosquitos.

Travel

travel gear 2022

Tom Bihn Synik 30 Backpack (2020) is my luggage for most trips. Wonderfully designed with just the right amount of organizational features. Large enough for every trip I have taken, while small enough that it fits under seat and is not viewed as “luggage” by transportation operators. Replaced a Tom Bihn Synapse 25 purchased in 2014 which worked for 80% of my trips but on trips that I needed to have a suit, warm outdoor clothing and beach wear was too small. Have notes about other travel packs.

Osprey Transporter 46L (2004) Now called the Porter 46. Used for 10 years as my primary travel bag until I downsized to a Tom Bihn bag 8 years ago. It is large enough to hold all my core clothing and possessions not in “storage”. It’s coming out of storage because we will be living a semi nomadic in the next year and I will want to carry more than my typical onebag packing list.

Gossamer Gear Vagabond Packable (2021) Comfortable to carry. The top loading and handles makes it work well as a moderate volume grocery bag. I have used it for “one bag” trips that didn’t require bring a laptop or formal clothing. Have a Osprey Ultralight Drysack which can be used as a liner when expecting particularly wet conditions. Use it around toward to bring groceries home and on trips that include done in a day outdoor activities.

Tech “Survival Kit” is stored in a small pouch from Muji. RAVpower 10K battery with USB-A&C outlets, Sharge 3-power USB charger which is small, can put out 65W across 2 USB-C and 1 USB-A ports. 6” USB Lightning and USB-C cables, 3ft USB-C and Lighting cables, cable for Garmin watch, with some adaptor tips which let me connect pretty much any two USB devices. Was part of my of my EDC when I commuted to work.

Extra long Lightning and USB-C Charging Cables, Micro International power adapter (2018). If I was doing more international travel, I would drop my power adapter and swap my USB power supply for a Unidap 61w Universal Adaptor.

AWS AC-650 Digital Pocket Scale (2012) is a small scale which makes it easy to weight food on the go.

PackTowel Ultralight (2009) Bodysize/XL – dries amazingly quickly, is compact, and is very effective. The XL is large enough that I can wrap it around my waist like a small sarong. For awhile I used a medium/face size which packs in a tiny space. I found the face size sufficient for me to dry myself after a swim or shower, but I am willing to carry a larger towel for the added versatility and ease of use.

Immersion Water Heater* (2019) carried primarily for Jackie when taking trips to cold destinations where the hotel rooms don’t have any way to heat water.

Sentimental

There are a several items I have kept as a specific way to honor people I love.

Box which I store these things, my spare glasses, some old documents, etc.

Various buttons collected over the years related to projects or movements that were important to me.

Libby’s pins (<2000) of a nativity scene, a mother and child. Originally worn by Libby on special occasions, they became daily decorations on the hats she wore during chemotherapy during the last months of her life. They remind me of Libby’s courage and the two things most important to Libby, family and Jesus.

Gumby (2011) which was given as a reminder that when life is difficult, we need to be flexible.

Dad’s (<1980) tie tacks and Alox Swiss Army Knife which remind me of his love of the outdoors and his care for his students.

Knit Cap with 23andme logo (2016) Used to wear to show company spirit. Not used regularly because my jackets have hoods, and I try to show my Hashicorp spirit rather than 23andme.

CatBus Plushy (2018) given to me my Jackie because it reminds me of the gentle film My Neighbor Totoro which has delighted my family. I wanted a real CatBus, but no one can find one for me 🙂

Computer Wizard’s Tee Shirt (1977) from high school group club… still fits.

Grandpa’s Yamaka (<1980)

In Storage / Maybe Retire

These items, and my sentimental items have been put in a cardboard box for storage while we move between a variety of locations.

Sony RX100 VI Camera* (2020). Great quality image capture in daylight, so/so performance in low light situations, with a 200mm optical zoom that fits into my pocket. The features on the VII didn’t justify the extra cost compared to the VI. Geotagging mostly works through Sony’s smartphone ImagingEdgeMobile app. Computational photography in current iPhone is good enough except when I need an optical zoom.

Original Joby GorillaPod* (2012) for when I need more stability for the Sony RX100.

Small combination lock (2012) for use at the gym. Not going to the gym right now.

TYR Corrective Optical Performance Goggles (2012) so that I can actually see when I am swimming. Not currently going to swimming pools.

RunScribe Plus* (2020) to get information about running form. They have been a bit troublesome to use due slow sync times. So far I am not getting particularly actionable insight but provides more data on running form that Stryd. In the future might work with a coach which using data from these.

Precision Xtra Ketone and Blood Glucose Meter* (2017) for times I am fasting or engaged in a new diet and want some objective data.

Radsome EarStudio ES100* (2018) bluetooth/DAC/headphone amplifier allows me to use Westone IEM (or other wired headphones) with devices missing a headphone jack. Can also function as a USB DAC. The ES100 is tiny, with good sound quality (though Chord Mojo is better) and can even drive Sennheiser HD800 to reasonable sound levels. I have written about other DAC and Players. Retired because the Apple AirPod Pro’s noise cancelation is good enough to retire my Westone 5ES which was the primary reason I used the ES100.

Westone* 5ES custom In-ear-monitors (2012) with excellent sound quality and comfortable enough to wear on 14 hour flights. They reduce noise by 35db which makes travel much less fatiguing while being much smaller and having better sound quality than over the ears active noise canceling headphones. Stored in a medium size HumanGear GoTubb with adapters. Found Apple AirPod Pros adequate, more versatile, and less hassle.

Drain-stopper* (1996) to make sure sink can fill with water to wash clothing.

Montbell Trekking Umbrella* (2012) has the best balance I have found between small/light and useful canopy size. It has survived 40mph wind/rain storms but one of the ribs has broken (and then repaired). In warm to hot weather much more comfortable than wearing a rain jacket but doesn’t adequately protect my legs in a hard rain.

REI eVENT Rain Hat* (2013) a discontinued ball cap made from waterproof / breathable eVENT. Used when hiking or running when I know it’s going to be raining. Keeps rain off of my face and glasses.

Matador Freerain24 2.0 (2017/2020) The waterproof zipper on my first, a v1 wore out after 2 years which included a daily run to 6+ miles to/from work with my laptop. Weights only 5.5oz, carries well. easily folds into a small stuff sack, and keeps contents dry in the worst rain. Likely being replaced by a Gossamer Gear Vagabond which is more comfortable to carry, a bit more versatile for daily use, and almost as good in the rain when used with a waterproof liner.

Black Webbing Belt* (1996) Easy to adjust to exactly the right length and has no metal so metal detectors don’t get triggered.

Patagonia Cap 3 Tights (2007): added to my legs when facing continuously below freezing conditions.

Outdoor Research Meteor Mitts (2004): which have a removable 300wt fleece inner mitt which folds back to let you use your fingers and a durable, waterproof shell. Can use the shells without liner when it’s warmer. The magnets on the inner mitt detract from overall comfort. Many people replace the liners. Dries faster than all-in-one handwear.

Traction Devices (2020): Gives trail runners and other shoes grip on snow and ice. Picked up when we were facing ice trails in Grand Canyon. Don’t remember the brand and it’s not stamped into the chains.

OR Gaiters: (<1988) for keeping snow out of shoes/boots and the lower legs dry.

Extra clothing for when existing clothing wears out (most purchased on sale, great price used, or dropping the number of items I have in a weekly rotation): 2 slim dungarees, 2 new way shorts, 1 western rise evolution, 4 tee shirts, 4 pairs of briefs, 4 pairs of socks, Macpac Nitro hoodie, delta tee-shirt, tri shorts, Montbell peak shakedry jacket. It’s useful to have have an unused items purchased at the same time as one which is in “heavy rotation” so it’s easy to see how they compare which leads to understanding wear and tear.

Stolen from Car (Retired)

We were sad to have our car burglarized. An odd set of things were taken. Mostly items that would keep people warm, bags to hold things and flashlights. We hope that the thief was someone who was homeless and needed warm clothing more than we do. Items from my “gear list” included:

Wool Blanket originally owned by my grandfather. It has been on countless fishing and camping trips and to virtually every picnic and outdoor concert I have ever attended. Everytime I see the blanket I think of my dad and many wonderful moments. This was the biggest / saddest loss.

Montbell Chameece Inner Jacket (2004/2013) is a very light weight fleece. About the same warmth as a sweater but much more convenient to put on and take off. This was my third light fleece (1 wore out, 1 replaced due to weight loss).

Uniqlo Ultralight Down Vest (2012) is decent quality, low price down vest. Combined with a fleece and a shell keeps me warm enough in the coldest weather I encounter in the SF Bay area.

Patagonia Down Sweater with 23andme Logo (2016). Swag from work. I have never worn it, but it has often been used by family and friends.

Water Bottle Sling (2004) which Nancy brought back from South America. Often used by Jackie when we go hiking.

Retired

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger* (2001/2019) The small size is just the right size for my daily needs. My first bag was used from 2001-2017 and was still usable (gave it to someone in need) when I switched to a backpack when I was primarily running to work. I purchased a new Timbuk2 when biking became my primary commute. I prefer courier style bags over backpacks because they are easier to access on the go and leave my back with ventilation. I appreciate the water resistant fabric and that the fabric is heavy enough to retain it’s shape, but light enough not to be a burden. It’s been retired because it’s highly unlikely I will commute by bike in the future. My company is remote first.

Stryd* Footpad power meter (2015) to capture run’s intensity better than using pace or heart rate. Replaced with RunScribe which should provide better information about run form. Easier to use than RunScribe and fits better into the Garmin eco-system. The Garmin Running Dynamics Pod is a cheaper way to get running power metrics. Not adding that much value today because my runs are mostly on level ground. Looking to gift it to someone who will find it useful.

Garmin Swim Heart Rate Monitor (2019) replaced with HRM-Pro which has BlueTooth support. Gifted to a friend who was looking to replace his broken HRM.

Xero Terraflex* (2020) are zero drop trail shoes with has a sole reported to survive 5000 miles, rather than the <600 most trail runners. After wearing them for several weeks they seemed to contributed to my development of plantar fasciitis.

Merrill Vapor Glove 4* (2019/2020): are the most minimalist running shoes I have found that fits me, “like a glove”. Great for travel because it packs into a very small space. Sole last around 400 miles for street running. Downside is that any moisture (rain, wet grass, etc) goes right through the uppers. For people who need more cushion and a wide toe-box I would recommend Alta Running & Topo, or if you need extreme cushioning Hoka OneOne. Worn out and replaced 7 pair. After I recovered from plantar fasciitis they were still comfortable running, but would sometimes have pain while walking.

Montane Prism Booties* (2020) keeps my feet warm around the house on particularly cold days. Replaced with slip ons that have a sole I can wear outdoors.

Flower Print Short Sleeve Shirt* (2019) gift, not worn much, prefer my sharks shirt when I want to wear a fun, casual shirt.

Wool and Prince 130wt Blue Oxford Shirt* (2014) Slim fit, crisp look while still having all the advantages of 100% wool. Very business casual. No need for business casual for several years.

Columbia/Montrail Titan Trailrunning Shirt* (2018) Not as cool wearing or stink resistant as my new Xenith Polartec Delta technical tee, though it’s slightly lighter and dries more quickly.

Vissla All-time Surf Tee Shirt (2019) Rash guard shirt to protect my skin from the sun while engaged in water sports. Body hugging without being overly tight. Misplaced.

Patagonia Down Shirt with 23andMe logo (2015). I now work for Hashicorp! Away with the old, in with the new. Gave to someone who needed a jacket. Micro Puff is a better match for the conditions I regularly encounter.

GoLite Snow Cap (2002): polarguard insulated bomber style hat which can be layered over other hats. Fairly windproof, warm, and light weight. Not needed due to Micro Puff hood.

DIY Facemask & Under Armor Sportmask (2020) The DIY is three fabrics as recommended by the Northwestern University study which combines two tightly woven cotton layers with a layer of chiffon. Now that N95 can be purchased switched to have a more effective mask.

Lacrosse Ball* (2021) – Purchased at recommendation of several people to help roll out sore muscles. I haven’t found it that useful.

Grip Strengthen* (2020) to build my hand strength. No longer gaining strength.

Refurbished Google Chromebook Pixel LS* (2020) – Tired of Apple prices, the time it takes for OS updates to run / machine to restart, and increasing security threat. Given that most of my work is web based these days seeing if I can make do with an Chromebook as I make a hard separation between work and personal use. Purchased refurb unit for $200 to run the experiment. Used March 2020 – June 2021. While I prefer a MacBook, I found I could largely live on a Chromebook, and could use Chrome Desktop Remote to family Mac Mini when I needed a “real” computer. Just wish was a bit lighter and have biometric unlock. The last OS update was May 2021 :(. The best (though pricy) replacement seems to be the Asus cX9.

Google Pixel2 Phone on Google-Fi (2020): Android 10 fixed most of the issues I had with audio out being routed to the “right” device. Notification management is better than iOS. Normally left deactivated, but brought out when traveling internationally. Purchased refurbished for less than $100 + a month of Google Fi is cheaper than international roaming on Verizon, and more convenient than purchasing local SIMs in each country. Alas, just after I purchased it our plans for a lengthy international trip was canceled due to COVID and Google stopped doing OS updates. Will be replaced by Gigsky or Airalo Esim for my iPhone when traveling internationally

Apple AirPods (2017/2020) have decent sound quality while letting in ambiance noise providing situational awareness, stays in place during exercise, no wires to get tangled, has good user interface with iOS, so/so with Android. They aren’t rated for water resistance, but after more than four years of using them while sweating heavily, rides and runs in the rain they continue to function. In 2020, after three years the battery life was poor, so I paid $98 for Battery Service (which is really a replacement). I used to love the AirPods, but recently the microphone is not always connecting to the phone when receiving phone calls. This is happening with both Android and iOS and I have heard other people complaining about the same things. What’s going on?! After less than a year of use the right AirPod doesn’t always charge, and has a run time of around 1 hour.

Mikikin Fan* not shown (2020) Gift from my wife for hot days I need some air circulation. It’s too noisy for the amount of air that it moves.

Portable File Case (2002) Has been used to hold paperwork / office supplies. Switched to Patagonia briefcase because it is more transportable.

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also

Matthew 6:19-21

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