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Fat
Are you carrying any fats? Olive oil (or any fat) is more than 200 calories/oz and it's a great way to carry extra calories, if you don't end up needing it the weight penalty isn't muc...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Meal Plan For Yosemite
August 30, 10:35pm

A fun MYOG idea
Ooh, here's another idea that's even more ridiculous than a skirt - modify running shorts so you can attach/detach the middle part of the shorts to make them temporarily a skirt. I can'...

In Gear Lists » base layer and running shorts
August 30, 1:02pm

Old Man's Beard
I did a trip recently in Glacier and one campsite had a tree covered in old man's beard that was right on the trail to the latrine. Couldn't have been more convenient. Not super common in...

In Gear Lists » Insulation for GNP in Aug
August 30, 12:59pm

Fashion is a losing battle anyway
As long as you're losing fashion contests you could consider a skirt instead of shorts. Then you don't have to take it off to switch the base layer.

In Gear Lists » base layer and running shorts
August 30, 12:52pm

Thinlight
As for the torso-length CCF, I use one but I supplement with an 1/8" thinlight pad and sometimes my pack as well for the legs. Adds more weight of course, but it's still lighter than the ...

In Gear Lists » 2-3 day run/fastpack- help trim the fat! :)
August 30, 12:50pm

Dropped framebag pricing
Dropped pricing on custom framebags to $90 through Labor Day.

In Gear Deals » Labor Day Custom Bikepacking Gear Sale
August 28, 9:34pm

Labor Day Custom Bikepacking Gear Sale
I just got back to my house after a summer of fun and I'm starting up my custom bikepacking sewing business again. Introductory pricing through Labor Day. Check out my new website for details...

In Gear Deals » Labor Day Custom Bikepacking Gear Sale
August 27, 1:14pm

Chili Pepper Version 2.0
6 month update: Luke, how did you know? I *did* end up making another pack entirely (a canyoneering pack, a bit heavy for BPL) and then I took the Chili Pepper apart, made a lot of changes and ...

In Make Your Own Gear » First MYOG Pack - The Chili Pepper
August 24, 8:54am

Topeak Explorer
For what it's worth I like the Topeak Explorer Disc version and I've taken it on some bikepacking trips on singletrack. The one thing I would suggest with any rack is not to use the stan...

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » Rear rack choice
August 22, 9:49pm

Light but replaceable?
As Jim mentioned, there's always the option of going with the light+waterproof+cheap option of polycro, *if* you could figure out a good way to make it replaceable. Tape works great for repair...

In Make Your Own Gear » Optimum Tent Floor Material with or without groundsheet.
May 29, 8:10am

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