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John Almond (FLRider) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale The Southeast
About Me Bike camper, hammocker, tinkerer.

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Re: Re: Not Much Experience
Yep. Used my hiking socks as liners (I use thin running socks), since they were damp anyway. And when I did my head, I used my thin polyester balaclava as a liner. Hope it helps!

In GEAR » VBL question
December 13, 8:40pm

Unless it's for Tactical Stuff...
...that's WAY overkill for a pack. That's the sort of fabric you make a pack designed to be dropped out of an helicopter at fifty feet, not one meant for hiking on well-groomed trails. ...

In GEAR » Good pack material?
December 13, 8:10pm

Not Much Experience
I only use VBLs for my feet (repurposed veggie bags from the supermarket) and occasionally my head ($0.10 shower cap). I've found that my feet get between 10 and 15 degrees of warmth, but ...

In GEAR » VBL question
December 13, 7:56pm

Re: Leight-weight non-cuben pack
I'm sure that many folks will respond with good packs in that range. However, Chris Zimmer of Zimmerbuilt will make you one with whatever features you want, and I'm pretty sure that Joe ov...

In GEAR » Cuben vs Hybrid backpacks
December 13, 5:31am

Pack Weight
The primary drivers of pack weight are not the fabric used but rather the frame (if any), padding, hardware, and strapping. Each individual component of those isn't usually terribly heavy, but...

In GEAR » Cuben vs Hybrid backpacks
December 12, 9:27am

Not Bushcrafty Enough
See, the REAL trick is to know how to create a blade from found materials. Then you can build a shelter. Once you have shelter, you can start clearing ground for a farm. Once you have the abilit...

In Chaff » hatchet vs large survival knife?
December 12, 9:19am

A Different Angle
I don't really have any specific brand advice; I use a poncho. However, something that may be worth considering is the way that I look at shoes: miles per dollar. Rather than having a spec...

In GEAR » Too many choices, rain jackets
December 11, 9:01am

Re: Bottle Options
I use the Gatorade sport bottles. Their twist cap is NOT compatible with the regular 1 liter bottles, unfortunately. However, a collapsible Nalgene canteen is widemouth and easy to roll up ou...

In Philosophy & Technique » Hiking efficiency and eating+drinking
December 08, 10:14am

Re: Few more questions
The only absolutely necessary thing is consistent, straight, well-balanced stitching. However, the other two features that I, personally, would look for are a zig-zag stitch and a reverse button...

In GEAR » Best Value Sewing Machine?
December 08, 9:46am

Might Work
I'm a fan of a really thin polyester balaclava. I believe that the one I got from the military surplus store cost me something like $7 and weighs in the range of 1 oz. I'll check on the w...

In GEAR » Balaclava that allows me to breath while running?
December 04, 12:22am

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