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PostTue Mar 06, 2007 7:53 am 
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borank wrote:
The earlier pics are from the '71 catalog, but the pics were virtually the same the next 2 years.  A couple more from '71.
rei-4
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Pops passed down the blue one on the bottom a few years back after two decades of abuse. I used it as a climbing bag for a while, but have since settled on it as a book bag.

The thing is a friggin tank, with hardly a flaw save a small, roden-gnawed entry way on the bottom.

And of course my golite gust receives a tear in the first month...sweet.

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PostTue Mar 06, 2007 9:57 pm 
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Wow flashbacks............I remember those pages very well, I used to study those catalogs all the time, I would just sit and dream about getting all that "high tech" equipment. I still have my Cruiser pack and my Optimus 8R pictured above. I will always remember the time the o-ring in the fuel cap popped and shot about a ten foot flame out of it, it sounded like a jet engine, that was scary.

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PostTue Mar 06, 2007 10:07 pm 
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A 1962 (64?) REI catalogue was being passed around the pub table last night.  I found the entire page (or was it 2 pages?) devoted to hat ornaments fascinating.  Guess that one pint of cider fried my memory cells.

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PostWed Mar 07, 2007 12:05 pm 
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Still have my "Sacs Millet" as shown on the 1971 'rei-4' catalog page. I don't use this for hiking anymore as pack technology has brought us some more comfortable packs; but thing is still in great shape with lots of use.


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PostWed Mar 07, 2007 12:10 pm 
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I have an identical one also. biggrin.gif

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PostWed Mar 07, 2007 9:07 pm 
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I can't remember at what age I started looking at the REI catalog, but I do remember my Dad had just gotten a calculator and that I had about $30 in my bank account.  I was trying to figure out how much it would cost to outfit myself to be a self sufficient backpacker.

Sleeping bag
Tent
Stove
Pack

A good quality Holofill II bag was in the $40 range.  I think they also had a bag where the bottom was filled with polarguard and the top was down.  Anyone know what it was called. It was a little depressing, because no matter how I added the numbers it would require several more birthdays with money from my Grandma before I could afford more than a sleeping bag (minus the $4 stuff sack).   My sister one-upped me by buying the Pasayten bag which I could not yet afford.  I ended up buying a lesser expensive bag, which I still have, from Jonas Brothers.

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PostWed Mar 07, 2007 9:29 pm 
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polarbear wrote:
A good quality Holofill II bag was in the $40 range.  I think they also had a bag where the bottom was filled with polarguard and the top was down.  Anyone know what it was called.

I can't remember the name of the ploargard/down bag, but I still have mine - still use often. Bought it with my first paycheck ever, in 1974. Been repaired a few times, but one great quality bag. Couldn't tell you how many nights I've spent in it - 1000's. That's when REI had some real long lasting quality.

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PostSun Mar 11, 2007 11:24 am 
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Long-lasting quality.

Here is my 1971 REI hi-ender tent.  Picture taken August 2003 (Crawford Lk)

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Hello, my boyfriend worked up at Mt Rainier National Park for 16 seasons 1975-1991. Trail crew,  carpenter shop, he wore a pair of rondoy hanwag made in Germany.  What size are they?
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