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Re: Any bug proof fabrics out there?
Tyvek - I had a tyvek long sleeve shirt on a backpacking trip last month and it was amazing to watch the mosquitoes land on it and be so confused. I don't know if it's the dense fibers or ...

In GEAR » What is the best base layer?
September 14, 4:34pm

Smartwater is my favorite - 45g for the liter. I use it with the mUV. I never found much info on the mUV, but I got it last year, and I've used it a couple of times without problem. http:/...

In GEAR » Favorite CHEAP bottle for Steripen use
April 25, 9:37pm

Field tested and in love
So, I've had some time to get a feel for these and I've been so impressed. The microfleece / wind shell creates the perfect climate for most of my activities. I've used them backcount...

In Make Your Own Gear » 3 Finger Lobster Mitt
April 25, 9:12pm

Re: excellent work
Yeah, the red material came from the stuff sack to my Montbell Alpine Light and the black was from a Patagonia one. Both seemed to be really wind resistant and have a good DWR on them. I wanted s...

In Make Your Own Gear » 3 Finger Lobster Mitt
March 11, 10:40am

3 Finger Lobster Mitt
I've been looking for the perfect glove for backcountry skiing (in the sierras) this winter and can't seem to find what I want. Best system I have so far is just a light fleece liner on th...

In Make Your Own Gear » 3 Finger Lobster Mitt
March 11, 12:05am

Alpine Light
I got the Montbell Alpine Light Parka about a year ago and I've loved it. If there's a chance of temperatures being below 50 I bring it along. I rarely use it as an active piece but it...

In GEAR » hood or no hood down jacket
January 13, 6:50pm

Alan, the bivy I'm using is homemade, dry ducks on top and was black 3 mil plastic on the bottom, but that is changing to tyvek right now. The plastic was getting a lot of pin holes in it. ...

In GEAR » Size up for winter bags?
November 08, 9:25pm

long vs. reg
This is obviously going to depend on what you want to keep in it. Last winter I decided to drop the tent and just try using a bivy. It worked out fine and I will probably rarely use my tent for C...

In GEAR » Size up for winter bags?
November 07, 11:34pm

Poles don't help strengthen
I found it interesting when one of my knees started hurting backpacking, the first thing I thought was - time to get a pair of poles. So I got some and used them for the next 6 months or so and th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Strengthening knees
October 31, 1:47pm

if you don't need to read it right away the iButton is the way to go otherwise I would look for a watch or something that does it.

In GEAR » Thermometer
October 27, 11:20pm

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