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View Poll Results: Does Gear Color Matter?
Yes, it matters 106 42.06%
Somewhat 128 50.79%
No, not at all 18 7.14%
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Old 02-06-2007, 09:19 PM
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diana_of_the_dunes diana_of_the_dunes is offline
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Color definitely matters to me. Unlike some other, I consider the color of my gear to be a part of its function (i.e. bright orange potty trowel, forest green tarp). There are times when I have passed up excellent deals on gear or clothing that I want due to the color. Because I do a lot of solo hiking or hike with my mom, I prefer not to be seen from a mile away. My summer hiking shirts are blue, green, and dark red. My winter clothing was chosen with less focus on color. My shirts are purple, blue, green, and dark pink, and I have a green fleece and blue down jacket. It is extremely difficult to purchase women's outdoors clothing with stealth camping techniques in mind. If you flip through the REI spring catalogue, much of the men's clothing is dark, subdued earth tones, while the women's are all bright. Even the greens are unnatural (lime green instead of sage). It does seem like men's clothing is getting brighter as well, but most styles at have at least one earthy color. Women's outdoor clothing colors is one of my pet peeves, and I could probably rant about it all day...
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Old 02-07-2007, 10:08 AM
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Yep. Color matters to me. There are some colors I just won't wear or use, so it'll turn me off of a product really quickly. Generally, I like subdued colors, but I do like rich blues and have a few products like that.

Tom
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Old 02-07-2007, 12:07 PM
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WinterWarlock WinterWarlock is offline
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I, too, said yes, and agree with many who have said that natural/earth tones are best for MOST of my gear. However, I like to have at least one piece of clothing to attract attention should I need to, and I completely agree with the small object/bright color theory. I looked for brown lighter once in a pile of fall leaves - not again!
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Old 02-07-2007, 06:34 PM
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It does for me to an extent. There are some colors that I hate. I like subdued or Earth-tone colors. BUT, If the features of the gear are amazing, I'll still buy it even if I don't like the color (case in point: my new Insulmat Thermo pad).

One thing that really bothers me is when everything is the same color. I can't stand it if I'm wearing a green pack, green fleece, green pants and a green tent. I don't know why but I like to have things differentiated.
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Old 02-08-2007, 02:47 AM
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And now for something different

A serious comment for a change . Sorry about this.
Here in Australia certain types of flies are attracted by blue colored clothing, so I avoid them. This theory is contradicted by most , but my fly count on different colours tell me otherwise. That is the reason I have changed from that to dark greens/gray and black. I don't use insect repellents.
Franco
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Old 02-08-2007, 07:03 AM
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If you ever see me hiking you will realize that color is not a determining factor in making a purchase. Although if I have a choice i will go for natural colors. Of course with things like my Kiva with a choice between Apricot and Wasabi it was tough. I went with Apricot figuring it might be better to have a bright color in winter, for possible S&R.
I think mute colors play into the LNT practices. In most situations my camp is very hard to spot from fairly close.
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Old 02-08-2007, 10:57 AM
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Somewhat.

For someone that began their camping "career" in white or bright green massive Scout tents and then progressed to bright orange Force Ten tents, I am not overly concerned about being stealthy when it comes to shelters. However, when it comes to clothing and packs, I'm a little more discreet but that's more vanity than any kind of attempt to blend in to the surroundings. Hehe.
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Old 02-08-2007, 06:34 PM
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Natural Colors "best"

Wear the colors you like. Nature's colors are full spectrum so that's a wide choice. (It does not include DA-GLO red, orange, yellow or green) I don't use DA-GLO colors with the exception of my DA-GLO orange ripstop 3'X3' signal panel.)

I like SUBDUED TENT COLORS. Darker colors give more shade. If you're sick during the day, and need to rest, a subdued color beats a bright yellow interior anytime.

Sometimes I like CAMO PATTERNS. I have a lot of camo hunting gear. Sometimes it ends up going camping... keeps you inconspicuous.
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Old 02-09-2007, 04:42 AM
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Form, Fit, Function, then Fashion.
This drives my wife crazy, i.e. I bought a pair of shorts, really like them so I went and got two more pairs, Now, I don't really worry about what other people think when they see me in the same shorts day after day But my wife does.

In hiking gear nobody seams to care and I LIKE that.

I voted somewhat, I like colors that hide dirt. and at the sametime I got a 'blaze' color Go-Lite wind shirt.

Sandy B
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Old 02-10-2007, 09:05 PM
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Earthtones: Outta sight outta mind

When I go backpacking it is often for the solitude. When I spot other hikers from a distance I may have never seen them if they would have been wearing earthtone colors. I've seen bright colors over long distances before (nearly a mile) and for me they contribute to a crowded feeling.

Because solitude is so important to my enjoyment I don't want to negatively affect the enjoyment of others seeking solitude. As a result most all my gear is green, brown, tan, black or camo and I camp in a stealthy manner.

I will not consider obscenely colored gear (not counting small items like lighters, etc.) even if they would be truly functional. I wish gear makers would wake up and give us at least 1 earthtone color as a choice.
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