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18 Signs You're Addicted to Gear

Gear junkies of the world, unite! We can stop anytime, we swear...

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Think you’ve got your love for backpacking gear under control? How sure are you? Here are 19 signs that your “hobby” has become an addiction.

gear addict boot stack
Is this more of a Sticky Rubber or a Vibram kind of day?

1. You have enough extra clothes to fully outfit your out-of-town friends when they come visit.


Hold still, you’ll be happier wearing this.

2. Your bookshelf looks like this.


All guidebooks, because fiction is lies.

gear addict library books
All guidebooks, because fiction is lies

3. You’ve had heated debates about the merits of lithium vs. alkaline batteries.


Lithium is 33% lighter! Why are we even still talking about this? (Gronkca / Flickr)

energizer batteries Gronkca / Flickr
Gronkca / Flickr

4. Your annual REI dividend has exceeded $250


Free money! Buy more gear!

5. You made survival bracelets to give as Christmas presents.


And they’ll thank me when it save their lives.

Slip the remaining loops through the shackle. Now you have a completed paracord survival bracelet.
Slip the remaining loops through the shackle. Now you have a completed paracord survival bracelet.

6. You own collapsible titanium chopsticks.


For all that backcountry sushi I eat.

gear addict Collapsible Titanium Chopsticks
For all that backcountry sushi you’re making

7. You know what denier means.


And also how to pronounce it. (Apapadop / Wikimedia Commons)

blue cordura Apapadop / Wikimedia Commons
Apapadop / Wikimedia Commons

8. You registered at REI for your wedding.


Matching kayaks FTW! (Chris Phan / Flickr)

REI in Eugene, oregon Chris Phan / Flickr
Chris Phan / Flickr

9. You named your camp stove.


Meet Roger. We’ve been everywhere together.

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Soto Muka (Courtesy Photo)

10. Your “coffee table” is actually a large tub of packs that aren’t used enough to make it onto the peg board.


We open it on special occasions.

pack as coffee table

11. You’ve got sleeping bags for every condition.


Decisions, decisions.

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Photos by www.sethhughes.com

12. And packs.


Which one is best for windy Tuesdays?

gear addict pack pile
Which one is best for windy Tuesdays?

13. And boots.


Is this more of a Sticky Rubber or a Vibram kind of day?

gear addict boot stack
Is this more of a Sticky Rubber or a Vibram kind of day?

14. And your dog has multiples of everything, too.


Gah, we should have brought the 12-liter pack! (scottks / flickr)

scottks / flickr
scottks / flickr

15. You get Steep And Cheap alerts on your phone.

gear addict steep and cheap alerts
Gah, so many deals!

All the deals belong to me.

16. If your car got stolen, you’d get a bigger insurance check for what’s inside than for the car itself.

gear addict car packed katiebornder / Flickr
katiebornder / Flickr

Just heading out for the weekend. (katiebornder / Flickr)

17. You’ve worn your Chacos as formalwear.

chacos Connie Ma / Flickr
Connie Ma / Flickr

Black goes with everything. (Connie Ma / Flickr)

18. These are the only drinking vessels in your house.

signs you're addicted to gear: klean kanteen
They stack so well!

They stack so well!