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Re: container for white gas?
I have also carried WG in plastic bottles many times with no issues. I do like to find bottles a little thicker and tougher than soda or water bottles, since I take them on ski trips and when I fal...

In GEAR » container for white gas?
April 29, 11:31am

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

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