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for a (base) camp situation, don't forget to bring a black plastic garbage bag
you put snow in the bag and leave it out in the sun. the bag warms-up and speeds your melting. try to have some water (an inch?)in the pot that's been heated before you start adding snow. if y...

In GEAR » What size pot for winter?
August 28, 8:27am

Re: Re: i don't pack raft, but i've been a dinghy sailor and have worn a dry suit in the winter for frostbiting
i was just asking in general for what was typical. I agree that bib style "hiking" hard shell pants would be inaproriate in swiftwater/whitewater.

In GEAR » Waterproof bibs for packrafting?
August 26, 9:26am

i don't pack raft, but i've been a dinghy sailor and have worn a dry suit in the winter for frostbiting
don't you guys wear life jackets? if you wear a dry suit, don't you practice swimming with it flooded for the experience and to confirm your life jacket has sufficient buoyancy? having fou...

In GEAR » Waterproof bibs for packrafting?
August 26, 8:07am

in similar situations as you are describing, i have been very successful with epic fabric wind pants
they are highly water resistant, dry quickly and considerably more breathable than laminate waterproof rain pants. Legs (for both men and women) typically take less insulation to keep warm than you...

In GEAR » Rain Pants - are they worth it?
August 26, 7:49am

favorite pants
with the exception of wearing the gym shorts, acme's or mistral's together, and running tights will always have something over them except for the mistral's, any combination/permutation...

In GEAR » What'are your top 5 hiking pants?
August 21, 8:45am

maybe the perfect fleece for you isn't a fleece
i'll admit that i'm not a big fleece wearer to begin with, but i've always had a patagonia windstopper fleece for around town and a polartec power stretch 3/4 zip hoodie is part of my l...

In GEAR » in search for perfect fleece
August 19, 11:24am

you live in oregon - start following craigslist and leave notes at the used gear shops that you are looking for a mchale pack
you'd be surprised that they show up periodically in washington/oregon for sale. check the various other sales fora. read the how to measure a mchale pack on his web site. If one sounds like ...

In GEAR » No compromises pack... does it exist?
August 18, 9:06am

Do what my architect friends did when they need reduced scale/weight appliances and fixtures (think size constrained NYC and SF apartments)
they looked to the catalogues of companies that make products for the boating/yacht industry. With the explosion of ultra-high-end motor homes and the growth of the tiny house market there’s bee...

In GEAR » Ultralight Furniture/Appliances?
August 18, 8:55am

a transition to ultralight sandals as with any change in footwear can/should be an evolution
be careful if you make a switch from "normal" footwear to some of the 0-drop, ultralight sandals being recommend here. if you plan on wearing them for an extended period of time, many if...

In GEAR » Most breathable sandals
August 17, 8:50am

not all soft shell materials are made alike
schoeller dryskin and its lighter sibling dynamic, are amazing (magic) fabrics. dryskin for the most part isn’t compromised by the negatives listed above. Do a little googling or read the revie...

In GEAR » What makes a "softshell" pant more weather resisant?
August 14, 9:44am

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