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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

Wet grip
There is a considerable difference between the wet grip that shoes from different manufacturers provide. Even between different soles from the same maker. One pair we have provides good grip on dr...

In Editor's Roundtable » New Balance MT910V1 and MT910V1GTX Trail Shoes Review
February 19, 1:57pm

Pack suspension
You may want to put a horizontal stay across the top of the pack, or some other form of stiffening, to help it keep square. Bend to shape of back, otherwise pack will turn into a cylinder.

In Make Your Own Gear » Help Us Design the Ultimate UltraLight Pack
February 16, 1:20pm

Things they do not tell you about NZ
Being a small country the size of UK, with a small population, (4Mil), there are plenty of wild places. In two hours by car, from anywhere in the country, you can get to good hiking (tramping) area...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Gone Bad
February 09, 9:30pm

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