Saturday, July 16, 2011
Gear Grams Gear List Calculator
I've never been that into using software to create gear lists (mostly because I fear the daunting task of entering all the data on all of my gear).
Many people use Excel spreadsheets and it works but it's not as convenient to slap together a gear list for a specific trip. You have to do a lot of cutting and pasting.
I recent came across a really cool gear calculator called Gear Grams and have been playing around with it this morning.
It's a free, very user friendly program that allows you to quickly build specific gear lists with a simple drag & drop interface. You simply enter all of your gear into your "gear library", then drag individual pieces of gear into a list. I like this a lot because you can easily build lists for summer, winter, ultralight, or even specific locations or conditions. And, of course, every list automatically calculates your total weight.
One feature I really like is the ability to quickly shift between grams, pounds, ounces, or kilograms. That makes conversion simple for the mathematically challenged (like me).
Once you make your gear lists, you can easily share them by generating links and sending them to friends or posting them in a forum.
Overall, this is a very intuitive program and if I can get over my data entry phobia, I might just use it and become a gear list person.
Here is a video showing how easy Gear grams is to use.
Do you make gear lists? What program do you use?