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Stiffening vents
I have used strips of a thin foam mat(0.7 or 1 cm thick or something like that). Works pretty well.

In Make Your Own Gear » stiffening vents
December 11, 8:31am

Looking for a waterproof jacket
Hey guys, I'm in the market for a new waterproof summer jacket. I'll be using it every day for most of the year. My dad is going to New York next week, so maybe I can take advantage of t...

In GEAR » Looking for a waterproof jacket
November 25, 7:06am

Synthetic sleeping bag, how much insulation?
Hello everyone, I'm thinking about making a simple sleeping bag. I would probably use this (

In Make Your Own Gear » Synthetic sleeping bag, how much insulation?
June 03, 6:53am

You could try some Ecco shoes. They're pretty lightweight and so far they're the only brand that makes shoes with a sufficiently wide toebox in combination with a heel that actually fits me.

In GEAR » Wierd feet: need shoes
April 28, 4:33am

@JR: I have a yellow shirt that I often use when I'm working arround the house and my experience is that bees, bumblebees and butterflies often check out my shirt in search of nectar. I don...

In GEAR » Colors that repel insects?
April 11, 7:18am

I use my Ortlieb 4L waterbag as a pillow. Fill it with 3-3,5L of water or air or a combination of the 2 (just water is usually too cold) and wrap it in a fleece or some other garment. It's a ve...

In GEAR » Another pillow thread--high loft pillows for side sleepers
February 05, 5:50am

Sleeping bag
In the mountains I would count on night temperatures of 0-5 degrees Celcius. It may be warmer, but you want to prepare for the coldest night you can expect. I recommend you take a look at Cumulus, ...

In GEAR » Down Sleeping Bag for summer hiking in European Alps advice
February 05, 5:39am

You could try Ecco. All (or at least most) of their models are very light and very good quality. I have Ecco hiking shoes and dress shoes and I may get some of their casual shoes as well.

In GEAR » Any footwear that is light, comfortable for lots of walking, tough, and looks stylish (ie, not technical looking)?
January 26, 1:03pm

@Richard May: Stainless steel is usually softer than carbon steel. Because carbon steel is harder it can keep a sharper edge than stainless steel. Carbon steel will also keep it's edge longer ...

In GEAR » Mora #2/0 vs. Mora #1?
October 12, 3:41pm

MYOG roll top
Be carefull when you decide to use the ribbon Greg mentions because they come in very different qualities. While there are some that are very good, most of these ribbons easily crack and fray lengt...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG roll top dry bag
October 10, 9:19am

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Fizan Compact (very lightweight, adjustable pole)
I have not been able to really test these, but I'd like to share my first impressions. I'm planning on using these for a 2-3 week trip this summer. If I have anything to add, I'll edit thi...

In Trekking Poles
April 20, 6:58am