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Re: GG Kumo
I have the past version of the Kumo. Really really like it. Only change I'd like to see is modification to somewhat narrow throat opening/closure system. Maybe just using snaps. Surprisingly to...

In GEAR » GG Kumo or ULA OHM 2.0
April 12, 3:08am

Re: Arcteryx Atom LT or Montbell Thermowrap jacket
Hybrid types of ACTIVE insulation like the Atom LT have been superceded by the new class of Alpha-type jackets like the Westocomb Tango, RAB Strata, and Patagonia Nano Air. Certainly from a stylist...

In GEAR » Arcteryx Atom LT or Montbell Thermowrap jacket
April 11, 4:27am

Re: This Thing is annoying.
"So as I was packing up I realized just how inefficient I really was.... The Japanese have me brain washed! " Funny, as I lived in Tokyo for 24yrs! I used to spend an inordinate am...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Adding weight to increase efficiency. Thoughts?
April 07, 1:56am

Re: Re: Small Travel Essentials Backpack
Patagonia has some nice crossover packs. The 25L Ascensionist seems to have replaced their Lightweight Travel pack this year. New colors too. Maybe too technical for your purpose. Probably some...

In GEAR » Small Travel Essentials Backpack
April 03, 4:39am

Re: Re: sub 5 lb -does it really matter?
"Which is honestly harder? Hiking 200 miles in 8 days with a 27 pound pack, or. Hiking 200 miles in 5 days with a 15 pound pack? Which one would I rather do? Duh..." IMO, this k...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sub 5 pound - does it really matter?
April 01, 3:58am

Re: minimalist shoes with good traction on wet and dry rocks?
Japan is virtually alone in the so-called sport of "shower climbing" which is basically wading mountain streams and climbing up and over waterfalls. They have even commercialized a whole ...

In GEAR » minimalist shoes with good traction on wet and dry rocks?
March 30, 2:22am

Re: Re: No
I actually measured this last year with the help of a heart rate monitor and foot pod while training. Short of actually running, varying pack weight between 2kg and 12kg makes no significant differ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sub 5 pound - does it really matter?
March 30, 1:48am

Re: 15-20C
We bought a different £7 IKEA 4TOG quilt when we moved into our new flat last Autumn. Unheated room temp never drop below 66F/18C in the flat over the Winter and we were fine sleeping in light cot...

In GEAR » CHEAP summer weight synth quilt option?
March 28, 12:06pm

Re: Re: CHEAP summer weight synth quilt option?
Price drop due to my error in original post quoting the double size 200x200 instead of the single 200x150. My thinking is the TOG rating is regulated spec by EU law and I figure 4 TOG = ~3CLO =...

In GEAR » CHEAP summer weight synth quilt option?
March 28, 10:19am

Re: camera gear pack
Matthew, a few years ago I also looked for a lightweight pack capable of carrying dslr kit for 3-5day hikes. I settled on the Granite Gear Aji w/Airbeam frame option and it has been more than "...

In GEAR » Good lightweight pack for about 30lb?
March 28, 3:19am

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