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Choice made
Good Choice! Highly recommended. Not quite as spectacular as further south but great tramping country, The weather will be better too.

In Pre-Trip Planning » New Zealand! Need suggestions
February 09, 1:32pm

Sounds like you can do some of the more ambitious trips. Feb/ March should be good weather, so crossing passes should not be too difficult although some can get icey. There has just been a light sn...

In Pre-Trip Planning » New Zealand! Need suggestions
February 07, 1:19pm

More information would be helpful
There are a huge number of hiking (or in NZ speak-tramping ) trips available in NZ, in both islands, ranging from a a day or three walk in the park, to very challenging of 10-14 days. Some can be ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » New Zealand! Need suggestions
February 07, 2:38am

Flexible pack frame
The arc blast frame is very simple, and as mentioned above can be duplicated using standard items. The only hard bit is the bar joints. Just out of interest I have made quite a complex frame by la...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG version of Exos/Arc Blast frame?
June 16, 3:11pm

boots vs shoes
It all depends on the terrain you are hiking over. a) If relatively stable ground, eg the typical trail. light shoes are best. Personally I use Merrells but whatever fits you best. Avoid "...

In GEAR » Confused about hiking boot choices..
May 31, 1:27am

Spiders and bities.
In NZ don't worry about spiders or any nasties in NZ except sandflies and mosquitos. Good repellent is essential and commonly available. There are close to 1000 huts available to the public, so...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Year long trip - Wonderland Trail --> Arizona Trail --> Te Araroa ---> CDT
May 23, 6:05pm

carbon fibre pack frame.
I made a CF frame, basically to compare with light weight aluminium in the same application. Both were shaped to fit me and designed to have a degree of flexing in two dimensions to allow lozenging...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Carbon fiber frame backpacks in the future
May 04, 9:20pm

zip ties
These are lighter than the thimbles.Just as secure for thin cords. Not limited to shock cord. Need no tools so can be field fitted. Loops can be made as needed. Spares can be carried, very littl...

In GEAR » Quality Rubber Bands
February 27, 12:06am

to make a loop
Form a ring with ends overlapping by about 3/4 of an inch. Wrap a small cable tie around both cord ends, quarter inch from end of one cord, tighten. Repeat at end of other cord. Alternatively sm...

In GEAR » Quality Rubber Bands
February 26, 9:56pm

wet grip
Thanks. Good to know. Just to add, a salesman told be that there were 101 versions of vibram. Certainly I have three pairs from one manufacturer which use vibram, all of which have different ha...

In Editor's Roundtable » New Balance MT910V1 and MT910V1GTX Trail Shoes Review
February 19, 3:06pm

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