Cleaning Out My Gear Closet | Free Stuff

Terra Nova Ultra 20 Backpack
A Cuben Fiber backpack for free? Read on...

As part of my New Year's resolutions I've decided to clean out my backpacking gear closet. Over the years I have acquired a considerable amount of backpacking equipment or varying type, much of which has been used very rarely, some of which has never been used at all. Well, it has to go.

This is part of a larger personal goal that I have set myself to simplify my lifestyle. As it turns out I have more duplication of gear as part of my backpacking passion than I do for any of my other activities or interests - a lot more.

To be completely honest and transparent, this is not a vendor sponsored giveaway. There will probably be very little required from you to be eligible to get free gear, I simply have too much and would like to give it away to people who share my passion and can put it to good use. Up first is...

Terra Nova Ultra 20 | Cuben Fiber Backpack
The Terra Nova Ultra 20 is the first ultralight backpack made by a mainstream manufacturer to use Cuben fiber. Until very recently, Cuben fiber (called ULTRA fabric by Terra Nova) was the mainstay of ultralight cottage manufacturers like Gossamer Gear, Zpacks, MLD, and others.

None of the more conservative mainstream manufacturers seemed willing to take a gamble on producing gear that looked so ridiculously flimsy as Cuben fiber. Not only is Terra Nova the first mainstream manufacturer to take the Cuben plunge, they are a UK-based company competing in an American dominated market.

Terra Nova Ultra 20 Scrunched Up
Yes it's really that small!

Terra Nova are definitely not novices jumping on the latest Cuben fiber bandwagon. They have have been producing excellent lightweight backpacking equipment for many years. However, the Ultra 20 represents a significant milestone in the evolution of their product offering.

The Ultra 20 is an exceptionally well made daypack. The quality and workmanship is excellent. It's an ultra cool looking pack too. The sad thing is that I use it so infrequently that it upsets me to see it sitting there in my closet, hopefully whomever wins this will put it to much more use than I have - I hope!

Giveaway Rules - Pay Attention!
As always, there are no restrictions on where I will send the winning item – so no matter where in the world you are, I’ll send it to you.  This will be a completely random drawing using Random.org, except that you have the ability to earn multiple ‘entries’.  Here are the basic rules of this giveaway:

  • One Entry: Submit a comment below on this blog post - that's it!  No gear lists to provide, or reasons why you deserve to win. Only comments on this post count (in other words, comments that you left on my blog a few years back don’t count)
  • Two Entries: There are three different opportunities to double on entries.  In addition to posting a comment below, you can post a comment on the Facebook page that I created for this giveaway.  Or the second option is adding your Twitter account as a follower of Brian's Backpacking Blog and re-tweeting my original contest giveaway Tweet.  By simply spreading the word, you get an extra entry.  (If you’re already a follower of my tweets, simply re-tweet and you'll get credit). 
  • Three Entries: This is easy – just do all three of the above! Leave a comment on this blog post below, comment on my Facebook page entry, and follow/retweet the original Tweet on Twitter.  The maximum I'll allow is three entries per person.
    Note: If you’re active duty military and deployed and are unable to complete the entry methods above, simply shoot me an e-mail and I’ll get ya entered in.

That's all there is to it. The deadline for this giveaway will be January 30th. Good luck to everyone!

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