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Re: Drawstring Shorts for JMT
These: http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/37360?feat=908-GN1&page=supplex-classic-sport-shorts-8-inseam and these if you want more pockets: http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/36414?feat=908...

In GEAR » Drawstring Shorts for JMT
April 18, 12:13pm

Re: Best aluminum flick-lock hiking poles? Al versus Carbon for shelter support & field repair
AS a shelter support it seems to me that the locking mechanism is the weak link usually. Some of the twist-lock poles tend to slip slowly down under the kind of vibrating load you get with a wind-f...

In GEAR » Best aluminum flick-lock hiking poles? Al versus Carbon for shelter support & field repair
April 13, 9:59pm

Re: Adding weight to increase efficiency. Thoughts?
For the few things I do use stuff sacks for, I like them plenty big. that way they squish around nicely when mashed into the bottom of the pack, so that you get, to quote a friend of mine, "a ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Adding weight to increase efficiency. Thoughts?
April 06, 11:04pm

Re: Re: gloves
Tom, I'm not extrapolating from my experience, because I didn't damage my hands that way, my nerve damage is different. I'm passing along a hand specialist's advice against forceful...

In GEAR » Trekking poles/blisters
April 06, 10:52pm

gloves
As a guy who works with his hands I say go gloves. I try to wear gloves almost all the time when I am working - in large part for my wife's sake. Because of this my hands are not rough and toug...

In GEAR » Trekking poles/blisters
April 05, 10:39pm

Re: Overquilt - hydrophobic down or synthetic fill and which shell material?
If you go with a single layer of 2.5 or so Climashield, which is reputed to be about a 50 degree quilt on its own, I think that you get more warmth for the same weight than with down, due to the fa...

In GEAR » Overquilt - hydrophobic down or synthetic fill and which shell material?
April 05, 10:25pm

Re: sewing machine advice-singer?
Take 'em both. Great price. Keep the one you like best, and sell the other for $20 or if you like them equally well, keep the oldest. Older is better with Singers. Still have my mom's 1947 ...

In Make Your Own Gear » sewing machine advice-singer?
March 31, 5:54pm

Re: Synthetic Overquilt Temperature ratings
Given the variables - humidity, metabolism, etc. - it's going to be tough to be sure. But as a starting point I'm making an overquilt (2.5 oz climashield) and going on the assumption (based...

In GEAR » Synthetic Overquilt Temperature ratings
March 26, 7:09pm

Re: shelter for bc ski traverse this fri
Unless you think you can always camp in the trees I'd go with the Sisters. I have used an MSR Twin Peaks - very similar - on a number of ski trips and like you say it is bomber in the wind. The...

In GEAR » shelter for bc ski traverse this fri
March 19, 10:30pm

Re: Washing a down sleeping bag with a duct tape patch
It will get through the wash okay, but might not make it through the drying. The rubber band idea looks great, just make sure your rubber band only grabs fabric and not any of the down.

In GEAR » Washing a down sleeping bag with a duct tape patch
March 16, 7:20pm

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