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Backpacking trip ideas - Palm Springs, CA area December.
Hi everyone, best of the season to you all. I'm heading down to Palm Springs to spend Christmas with family. I'm going to try and escape for a couple of days and would like some recomme...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Backpacking trip ideas - Palm Springs, CA area December.
December 16, 10:20am

Thread types - Nylon vs. Poly
Hi everyone. Pretty new to sewing and making my own gear. I've mostly been using polyester thread, but when would one want to use nylon thread? Please give some examples of when you'd us...

In Make Your Own Gear » Thread types - Nylon vs. Poly
September 25, 12:18am

in my experience ...
Outstanding: Patagonia, Cascade Designs, BD, MEC, EXPED [amazing actually], Arc'teryx [but they're s-l-o-w and I live right next to their HQ], North Face [at least in the 1990s - don'...

In GEAR » The best warranties?
September 14, 3:31pm

fine for what it is ...
It's a super light piece so it's not going to have the same durability as a hardshell. I use it primarily for hiking and backcountry skiing [the skinning part] and it's performance is ...

In GEAR » Durability of Patagoni Houdini ?
September 14, 3:22pm

Dynafit
As others have said, go Dynafit bindings and boots. You can pretty-much go as light as you want. For touring, I'd also look at the DPS Wailer 99 ski. AT gear is expensive, but it's cheap...

In GEAR » Since winter is around the corner I'm gonna talk about skis
September 11, 4:45pm

smartwool
Smartwool makes great products. Their socks are the only socks I buy and they last forever. Some of my Smartwools are 15+ years old. That said, their Ph.D line is very comfortable, but you'd...

In GEAR » Smartwool Warranty/Service joy joy joy!
August 07, 8:42pm

Re: Re: MEC
"The sizing is very strange on the MEC, not to mention the fabric is not that nice against the skin. I tried to like it but went with the Patagucci. Much nicer for me." The fabric is I...

In GEAR » Patagonia Capilene 4 Hoody
June 18, 3:32pm

Re: MEC
YUP! Huge fan of Patagonia here, but a lot of their fabrics are no longer proprietary. MEC makes several of the same products using an identical fabric [Polartec Power Dry] for 50% of the cost ...

In GEAR » Patagonia Capilene 4 Hoody
June 18, 3:29pm

Therm-a-rest pillow case ...
I can't justify the bulk of a pillow. Down pillows just aren't firm enough for me. 99% of my camping is done in the mountains so I always have a parka of some kind along with me. Therm-a...

In GEAR » Best lightest pillow recommendations
June 18, 3:18pm

Re: Velcro
+1 ... that's how I'd do it. 3 long strips: top, middle bottom. Could always separate the two in the field which gives you flexibility.

In GEAR » How to glue your CCF pad to your inflatable pad
June 14, 11:11am

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