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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 02-05-2007, 06:31 PM
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I read somewhere (I'll try to post a link when I find it) that bears and some other predators are more curious about tents, hammocks and other objects that stand out from the natural colors of the environment.

I'll second the above though, after almost getting nailed by a turkey hunter in Pennsylvania.
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Old 02-05-2007, 07:02 PM
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Mike_in_FHAZ Mike_in_FHAZ is offline
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"it aint pink, its light red"
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Old 02-05-2007, 09:08 PM
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For me, color is everything! I like softer colors, though I can get crazy. I have this big thing about baby blue and love it. I also don't mind pink. But, I do like muted tent colors.
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Old 02-05-2007, 09:15 PM
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I voted that color matters. I'm not a huge stickler for color, but some colors and combinations will push me away from a product, or draw me to it (at least initially).

I don't want ALL of my gear colors to blend in with the surroundings, because sometimes it's good to be seen. So, some of my gear is bright (but not neon), and some of it is muted (because there is a bit of shock when someone walks by wearing pinks, purples, and neon greens). For some of my gear, it really doesn't matter.

I like most of my clothing to blend. It's nice to have a foul weather shell that stands out, because I would like to be seen. Since I don't really do glacier travel or any of that, my shelter blends in for the most part (except for the reflective guy lines, which I like). I like being able to disappear into the surroundings just off the trail so folks walking by early in the morning or late at night don't pay attention to me. If my tent was Marmot bright orange, I'd have to set up camp half a mile from roads and trails.

My pack has a little bit of bright red on it. Nice that there's not too much, but also nice because if I set my pack down to take a leak, it's not so hard to find it again.
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Old 02-05-2007, 09:51 PM
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I voted that color matters. I don't think I could bring myself to buy something that was neon/flourescent/highlighter colored. Most of my gear stuff is muted earth tones, browns, darker grays, muted reds.

I am a sucker for anything purple, though. Especially the lavender variety. IF I could, everything would be purple from my tent to my bag to my stakes to my socks. I would look like a giant lavender stalk cruising down the trail.

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Old 02-05-2007, 10:22 PM
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I like subdued colors that blend into the landscape. As a solo female hiker, I don't particularly want to stand out. Except, of course, in hunting season, when I wear a blaze orange vest and have altered another one for my dog (golden Lab).

Sometimes, though, there's no choice, or at least not much. My pack is the older model Six Moon Designs Comet, which is bright yellow. Fortunately, the mesh pockets cover nearly all of the yellow, and they are usually full, so there isn't that much bright yellow showing. If it hadn't been on sale, I might not have bought it, although I'm glad I did--it's an extremely comfortable pack. The new Comet, by the way, is blue and not quite so conspicuous. My new InsulMat Max Thermo is bright red on top, but it will stay inside the tent.

One thing I particularly hate is that women's outdoor clothing is so often pink, purple, baby blue or sickly yellow-green. The only other choice is black (not very useful either in hot sun or around a perpetually shedding light-colored dog). It seems that most of the good outdoor colors (like medium browns, subdued dark greens and gray) are reserved for men's clothing. I can wear men's shirts, but with my ample behind there is no way I can wear men's pants!
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Old 02-06-2007, 09:10 AM
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I voted not at all. Given a choice I will pick neutral/natural colors, but fuction is first and foremost to me.
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Old 02-06-2007, 11:57 AM
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I'm a somewhat guy. Most of the gear I buy is because of function but mostly bought on the cheap. I like bright loud colors though (not really neon but bright). I love the yellow of my Montbell bag and the yellow of my quilt. I like the red in my Max thermo too. But as others have stated there is a functionality to color for certain gear. My tarptent is nice that it won't stand out like crazy and it won't drive me crazy if I'm stuck in it for a while. I've thought of making a cheap tarp out of Tyvek but then I didn't like the white reflector factor of the materials lack of color. So it's a toss up.
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Old 02-06-2007, 08:45 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by big_load
If I have a choice, I'll go for natural colors that will blend in. I avoid most bright colors if possible...I'm not immune to compromise if the price and features are right.

Ditto for me.

Last edited by Reality : 02-06-2007 at 08:53 PM.
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Old 02-06-2007, 09:17 PM
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I said somewhat, beacuse if there is a product that fits all my needs (and I can be particular), color is secondary. But gear that is mainstream or lots of options I'll definitely choose by color.
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