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SectionHiker’s Gear Closet Giveaway, Summer 2019

Time for some more house cleaning. I get a lot of free samples from gear manufacturers to review and like to redistribute them to my readers before they take over my house or my wife kills me. All of the items below are used, but in very good to excellent condition, as indicated.

To participate in this gear giveaway, you must be a SectionHiker newsletter subscriber. If you’re not a current newsletter subscriber, you can still subscribe (using this form) to participate in this giveaway and future ones. If you don’t know if you’re a newsletter subscriber, you can resubscribe using the same form just to be sure.

I’m giving away the following items:

  1. Hyperlite Mountain Gear Dirigo 2 Tent
  2. Eureka Solitaire AL Tent
  3. Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT
  4. Hilleberg Tarp 5 Tarp
  5. UGQ Winter Dream Tarp
  6. Gossamer Gear Mariposa 60 Backpack
  7. Gossamer Gear Ranger 35 Backpack
  8. Gossamer Gear Murmur Backpack
  9. The North Face Phantom 50 Backpack
  10. Granite Gear Blaze 60 Backpack (2019 model)
  11. Granite Gear Crown 2 60 Backpack (2019 model)
  12. MassDrop/Granite Gear X60 Backpack
  13. Big Agnes Pluton 40 Sleeping Bag
  14. NEMO Siren 45 Sleeping Quilt
  15. Outdoor Research Foray Jacket

If you’d like one of the items listed above below, you can have it for free if you pay me for the USPS postage (via Paypal) to ship it to you. This usually works out to be less than $25. If several people want the same item, I’ll select one to receive it. You can request as many items as you want as long as you complete the form hyperlinked under each product description below to request it. Your shipping address must be in Continental US (lower 48) to participate in this giveaway.

Deadline to Enter: July 14, at midnight PST. 

Fill out the linked form under the description of the product you want. If you have a question about the item, try reading the linked gear review, visiting the manufacturer’s product page, or ask in a comment below.

1. Hyperlite Mountain Gear Dirigo 2 Dyneema DCF Tent

Tent in the Scottish Highlands
The Dirigo 2 is a strong shelter good for windy environments
  • SectionHiker Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Dirigo 2 Tent Review
  • Type: Trekking pole tent
  • Shape: Pyramid
  • Weight:  28 oz, not including stakes
  • Color: White
  • Type: Single-wall/Double-wall hybrid
  • Materials: DCF, DCF-WB, DCHW, Carbon Fiber, No-Seeum Mesh
  • Doors: 2
  • Vestibules: 2
  • Minimum number of stakes to set up: 8
  • Dimensions:
    • Packed Size: 12” x 8” x 6” | 30.4cm x 20.3cm x 15.2cm |  (9.5L)
    • Interior Peak Height: 45″ | 114.5cm
    • Floor Area: 52″ (W) x 90″ (L) | 32.5 sq. ft.
    • Pitched Dimensions: 92″ (W) x 95″ (L)
    • Pole Length: 49″ | 125cm
    • Vestibule Area: 6.25 sq. ft. per vestibule (12.5 sq. ft. total)
  • Manufacturer Product Page
  • Condition: Very Good, no stakes included
  • To request this item: Sorry Entries are closed

2. Eureka Solitaire AL Tent (2019 model)

You can get in and out of the Solitaire by stepping through the roof zipper
You can get in and out of the Solitaire by stepping through the roof zipper
  • SectionHiker Review: Eureka Solitaire AL Tent Review
  • Type:  Semi-freestanding
  • Shape: Bivy
  • Range: 3 season
  • Capacity: 1 person tent
  • Trail weight: 2 lbs 10 oz (minus stakes, tested tent was 1 oz heavier)
  • Dimensions: 96″ x 32″
  • Peak height: 28″
  • Poles: 7000 series aluminum
  • Fly and Floor: 68D 185T Polyester taffeta 1500mm
  • Doors: 1, Front (it is also possible to exit via top zipper when fly is rolled back)
  • Interior pockets: 2
  • Manufacturer Product Page
  • Condition: Excellent, no stakes included
  • To request this item: Sorry Entries are closed

3. Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT

The extra guylines add interior volume and stability
The extra guylines add interior volume and stability
  • SectionHiker Review: Mountain Shelter LT Review
  • Weight: 29.5 oz, minus stakes
  • Type: 2 Person, 3-season
  • Minimum number of stakes to pitch: 6, and up to 13 for more interior volume and stability
  • Doors: 1, front
  • Seam-taped: Yes
  • Materials: 40d Sil-Nylon Rip Stop PU 2000MM
  • Dimensions:
    • 142″ x 54″ x 84: (360 x 137 x 213 cm)
    • Area: 54 ft² / 5 m²
    • Peak: 4′ 6″
  • Color: Yellow
  • Manufacturer Product Page
  • Condition: Excellent, no stakes included
  • To request this item: Sorry Entries are closed

4. Hilleberg Tarp 5 Tarp

The extra side wings on the Tarp 5 give the occupant more interior space even when the trap is staked to the ground in a storm-proof pitch
The extra side wings on the Tarp 5 give the occupant more interior space even when the trap is staked to the ground in a storm-proof pitch
  • SectionHiker Review: Hilleberg Tarp 5 Backpacking Tarp Review
  • Weight: 11.3 oz, including guylines and tensioners (11.2 oz actual, tested)
  • Fabric: 20 D High Tenacity Ripstop Nylon 66
  • Manufacturers Product Page
  • Dimensions: 10.3′ x 7′ (see below)
  • Number of guy out points: 8, includes guylines, tensioners, and stakes
  • Sides: 5
  • Seam sealing: Not required, because there’s no center seam
  • Hydrostatic head: 5000 mm
  • Condition: Excellent, no stakes included
  • To request this item: Sorry Entries are closed

5. UGQ Winter Dream Tarp

Snaps run the length of both doors
Snaps run the length of both doors
  • SectionHiker Review: UGQ Winter Dream Tarp Review
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Ridgeline length: 11′
  • Weight: 17.9 oz, including double split rings
  • Material: .93/oz 15d Sil/PU coated Taffeta Polyester
  • Dimensions: 132″ x 116″
  • Guyout points: 8 + 2 R/L
  • Manufacturer Product Page
  • Edge/Ridge Tape: Black
  • Color: Olive Green
  • Condition: Very Good
  • To request this item: Sorry Entries are closed

6. Gossamer Gear Mariposa 60 Backpack (2019 Model)

The Mariposa 60 has three unique side pockets, a long quiver pocket on the left and two stacked pockets on the right.

7. Gossamer Gear Ranger 35 Backpack

Panel Loading Backpack
The Ranger 35 is a panel loader with a large external and internal zippered pockets in the top of the pack.

8. Gossamer Gear Murmur 36 Backpack

The Murmur's side water bottle pockets are easy to reach and are perfectly sized for tall Smartwater bottles
The Murmur’s side water bottle pockets are easy to reach and are perfectly sized for tall Smartwater bottles
  • SectionHiker Review: Gossamer Gear Murmur 36 Backpack Review
  • Weight
    • 8.5 oz / 240 g  Pack only (8.2 oz actual, tested)
    • Removable waist belt with pockets = 2.5 oz / 70 g (2.4 oz actual, tested)
    • Sitlight Pad  =  1.5 – 2.0 oz. ( 43 – 56 g ) (2.0 oz actual, tested)
    • 13.2 oz / 374 g fully featured
  • Capacity
    • 2200 c.i. (36 l.) total
    • 1,700 c.i. (28 l.) in main pack body to extension collar seam
    • 500 c.i. (8 l.) in main pocket
    • 20 lb maximum carry capacity, 15 lbs for comfort.
  • Materials
    • 30 and 70 denier Robic nylon
  • Manufacturer Product Page
  • Condition: Excellent
  • To request this item: Sorry Entries are closed

9. The North Face Phantom 50 Backpack

The Phantom 50 can be used with its top lid or without because it has a speed lid to cover the top of the pack instead
The Phantom 50 can be used with its top lid or without because it has a speed lid to cover the top of the pack instead
  • SectionHiker Review: The NorthFace Phantom 50 Review
  • Size: L/XL
  • Max weight: 40 ounces, fully configured (actual 39.5 oz in size large)
  • Removable components
    • Top Lid: 5.0
    • Frame sheet: 8.3 oz.
    • Hip belt padding: 3.7 oz.
    • Bag alone, with webbing hip belt, no framesheet, no top lid: 22.4 oz
  • Frame: Internal, U-shaped wire with horizontal stiffener
  • Gender: Unisex
  • Max recommended load: 25-30 pounds
  • Bear canister compatible: vertical
  • Hip belt: one size (but it just barely fits my 38″ waist)
  • Materials: 210D high-tenacity nylon, 840D IronLite nylon
  • Manufacturer Product Page
  • Condition: Very Good
  • To request this item: Sorry Entries are closed

10. Granite Gear Blaze 60 Backpack (2019 model)

The Blaze has a floating top lid which can be raised if the pack is overstuffed, or to secure items to the top of the pack. Shown here with a bear canister.
  • SectionHiker Review: Granite Gear Blaze 60 Backpack Review
  • Manufacturers Product Page
  • Size: Men’s Regular
  • Weight: 3 lbs; (optional top lid weighs 2.8 oz)
  • Frame: Internal
  • Access: Top, Front
  • Adjustable Length Torso: Yes
  • Adjustable Length Hip belt: Yes
  • Pockets: 3 plus main compartment, 2 additional hip belt pockets
  • Bear canister compatible: Yes
  • Max recommended load: 50 lbs.
  • Materials:
    • Main body: 100d Robic high-tenacity nylon with DWR
    • Reinforcements: 210d Robic UHMWPE triple ripstop nylon
    • Polycarbonate framesheet
  • Condition: Very Good
  • To request this item: Sorry Entries are closed

11. Granite Gear Crown 2 60 Backpack (2019 model)

The top lid can be used to secure a full sized bear canister to the top of the main compartment.
The top lid can be used to secure a full sized bear canister to the top of the main compartment.
  • SectionHiker Review: Granite Gear Crown2 60 Backpack Review
  • Size: Men’s Regular
  • Year: 2019
  • Volume: 60L
  • Total Weight: 39.7 oz actual, tested.
  • Total Weight Minus Top Lid: 36.7 oz
  • Component weights:
    • Top lid w/straps (optional): 3.o oz
    • Hip belt: 6.4 oz
    • Framesheet: 6.3 oz
  • Type: Internal Frame, Rolls Top
  • Hip Belt: Adjustable Length
  • Top Lid Pocket: Optional, Floating
  • Pockets: 7, including main
  • Color: Black/Red
  • REI Product Page (the manufacturer website does not show the latest 2019 model…sheesh!)
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Color: Black
  • To request this item: Sorry Entries are closed

12. MassDrop X Granite Gear X60 Backpack

The side water bottle pockets are large enough to carry two 1 liter bottles
The side water bottle pockets are large enough to carry two 1 liter bottles
  • SectionHiker Review: Massdrop x Granite Gear X60 Backpack Review
  • Gender: Unisex only
  • Size: Regular
  • Weight: 40.2 oz – 23.2 oz based on configuration (34.4 oz as a roll-top for instance)
  • Capacity: 60L
  • Type: Internal frame
  • Top Lid: Optional
  • Torso Size: 18-21″
  • Hip belt Sizing: Adjustable length
  • Materials: 210d high-tenacity Robic ripstop nylon and 100d Robic high-tenacity nylon
  • MassDrop X60 Product Page
  • Condition: Very Good
  • To request this item: Sorry Entries are closed

13. Big Agnes Pluton 40 Sleeping Bag

You can unzip the Pluton 40 and use it like a quilt or a blanket
You can unzip the Pluton 40 and use it like a quilt or a blanket
  • SectionHiker Review: Big Agnes Pluton 40 Sleeping Bag Review
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Color: Blue
  • Type: Mummy
  • Manufacturer Product Page
  • Weight: 15 oz (16.6 oz, actual tested, size regular)
  • Fill: 850 fill power DownTek water-resistant down
  • Fill weight: 8 oz
  • Zipper side: left only
  • Zipper length: full length (70″)
  • Length: 6′
  • Temperature rating: 40F / 4C
  • Dimensions (Girth): (Shoulder / Hip / Footbox): 59″ / 53″ / 36 “
  • Shell: 7 denier ripstop nylon with a DWR finish
  • To request this item: Sorry Entries are closed

14. NEMO Siren 45 Sleeping Quilt

NEMO Siren 45 Pad Capture System
  • SectionHiker Review: NEMO Siren 45 Sleeping Quilt Review
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Manufacturer Product Page
  • Temperature rating: 45 degrees F \ 7 degrees C
  • Weight: 21 oz \ 600 g
  • Fill weight: 10 oz \ 285 g
  • Insulation: 850 fill power down RDS (Duck)
  • Liner and Shell: 10D Nylon Micro Ripstop w/ DWR, 10D Nylon Ripstop w/ DWR
  • Gender: Unisex
  • Girth 53″ x 48″ x 39″ (shoulder, hip, knee)
  • Length: 78″ (fits up to 6′ 0″ in height \ 183 cm)
  • Compressed volume: 2.16L (compression sack included)
  • To request this item: Sorry Entries are closed

15. Outdoor Research Foray Jacket (men’s)

Outdoor Research Foray Jacket on Mt Isolation
Outdoor Research Foray Jacket on Mt Isolation
  • SectionHiker Review: Outdoor Research Foray Jacket Review, Men’s
  • Type: Waterproof/Breathable Hard Shell
  • Material: 50 denier Gore-tex Paclite
  • Weight: 17.5 oz
  • Pitzips/Torso Zips: Yes
  • Condition: Mint, Pre-2019 model
  • Pockets:
  • Adjustable Hood: Yes
  • Velcro Wrist Cuffs: yes
  • Color: Leaf Green
  • Size: XL
  • Manufacturer Product Page
  • To request this item: Sorry Entries are closed
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45 comments

  1. james burlingame

    Gossamer Gear Mariposa 60 Backpack

  2. Thanks for the consideration!

  3. None of the items were right for me (the Mariposa was the wrong size) but it reminded me to use your link to finally order the Mariposa!

  4. Super cool. Trip planned today cancelled due to extreme storms, so I’m on the Internet and this brightens up an otherwise disappointing day.

  5. I put in for the Ranger 35. Thank you for your consideration.

  6. Hi Phil,

    as you know, I am in Canada. Willing to pay the required shipping without issue. I have filled out two forms. Would you be willing to ship to Canada?

  7. Hope I’m chosen, want to get my son into backpacking and this would help a lot.
    Thanks for all the great reviews you do.

    • You are a wonderful giving man Philip Werner. I’m loving the Vargo Pack that you gave me. Again I thank you.

      • What a generous person you are!

        Would you ship to Sweden if I pay for the shipping?!..
        I hope you will!
        And if so, I am sincerely hope I am lucky and receive the sleepingbag!

  8. Thanks for opportunity, getting back into backpacking
    Trying to lighten the load

  9. Phillip – thanks for opening up your gear closet again and thanks for your excellent reviews! I don’t buy anything without checking if you’ve done a review first.

  10. It’s be nice to win a hillebrg tarp or the Mariposa. Oh well more dreams. Thanks enjoy your newsletter.

  11. Hi Phil, like David above, hoping you’re willing to ship to Canada. I don’t mind paying the extra shipping.

  12. Thank you or the offer of your gear! I am hoping to “win” the tent to give to my partner who is currently on the CDT. Our old Big Agnes is starting to really wear out! :) ( I followed the directions). Also, I just bought the Gossamer Gear Mariposa, partially on your review. I think it will be the closest I can come to the Six Moons Designs Starlite that I used on my AT thru and trashed to bits but LOVED. ( Also a fine review from you).

    Yours is seriously the very best page for gear reviews as well as other information. Thank you so much! :)

  13. Hi Phil!

    I would love to have the Gossamer Gear Murmur. Thank you for passing all this gear on to your readers.

  14. Thank you for giving away the gear. Would love to have the Hilleberg tarp.

  15. Alexey Shmatkovskiy

    I do not know anyone else who share equipment from manufactories by free. If I will received any item I should test it and transfer futher to my friedns.
    Thank you Philip so much for such possibility, much appreciated!

  16. HI Philip,

    For some reason I just saw this–hoping you may still have the Dirigo (I submitted a form). I have had my eyes on it for some time.

    Barbara

  17. Phill,

    As others have said, thanks for sharing your gear closet surplus. It sure helps with the camping budget; for everyone and me too! Your reviews are the best I’ve read anywhere. I’ve purchased several items you’ve reviewed: Pacer Poles have been the best buy for me. Also bought poles for my wife, sister. and recommended to others. A friend of mine in CO has a hiking club where one of the very active members bought a pair too; He has both knees replaced and both ankles fused. The poles made a huge difference in his ability to hike.

  18. Thank you Phil. Just came off 4 days on the AT in the SNP and looking hard at a tarp vs my hammock for multiple day hikes.
    Thanks again for all you do.
    Mike

  19. This is so cool, thank you for brightening my day. I came across your articles in a review last year when I had a friend doing the AT. Been hooked ever since and enjoy the well thought out and written reviews, articles. As I plan for a through hike myself in the coming year(s) I look forward to gaining the additional knowledge I receive here.

  20. Phil, let me add my appreciation for your advice as well as these giveaways.

  21. Thank you for the offerings and for your consideration. Happy Hiking.

  22. A.t.2020 always looking to lighten up,thank you. Your reviews have been quite helpful

  23. I entered for a couple of the shelters and the Massdrop X60. I’m looking to get my wife into backpacking, but she doesn’t have a backpack and I only have a one person shelter. Thanks for your consideration!

  24. This is the first time I’ve posted a comment to any blog, but I wanted to say thanks so much for all the great info you share with us, and for your generosity passing this gear along. Your trail and gear reviews are the most accurate, informative, useful, and level-headed of all the many I consult. I really appreciate your efforts for the hiking community.

  25. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. I hope that the items will be received by those hikers and backpackers who really need them and possibly cannot afford them presently. You are not just helping those people receiving the items, but also the small cottage manufacturers for the exposure for their products. Good for you, sir!

  26. Fantastic gear reviews. Keeping my fingers crossed — Planning to take my 14 y/o backpacking and need to lighten our gear.

  27. Just want to say thank you!!!

  28. Thank you for passing it forward, what a grand idea.

  29. I just subscribed. Thanks, excellent reviews! I gave my home address requesting Mariposa 60 litre pack but have now seen a comment that you’ll only ship to USA.

    If you’ll choose me, I can provide a US address in St Louis AND if you would like to go hiking in our beautiful unspoiled back country, I will provide free accomodation in my home in Auckland, New Zealand.

    Best regards

  30. Thanks for the gear reviews…Keep up the great gear reviews.

  31. How are winners notified?

  32. Will you post the list of winners?

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