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M MYOG: Backpack fabrics, features, and dimensions
by David Chenault | on July 30, 2014
Making your own gear is a frustrating and expensive yet very rewarding process. Making your own pack allows you to tailor it to your needs and is a fantastic way to learn about gear.

M Evaluating outdoor gear with open source hardware
by Matthew Morrissey | on July 30, 2014
As customers of the outdoor industry we want to know which gear works the best. Using open source hardware is a great way to evaluate our gear choices.

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