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I'll throw in another plug for the Gatewood Cape. It offers excellent protection and easy set up, and I have never had any trouble at all getting it right, or ever got wet in the rain. And it ...

In GEAR » Tent/shelter system with small staked footprint under 1 lb. total possible?
November 05, 6:07pm

In these conditions, a VBL is appropriate. A VBL prevents moisture build-up in the insulation from body moisture. But the heat still warms the insulation and bag, and drives humidity out. If you...

In GEAR » Western Mountaineering on water resistant down and Pertex fabric
November 01, 6:14pm

I like the old, I might like the new, too.
My practices include methods for keeping my down dry and lofted to the best extent possible, because it provides the best warmth with the least carry-weight and best compressibility. Keeping it wor...

In GEAR » Western Mountaineering on water resistant down and Pertex fabric
October 30, 7:23am

Re: Gatewood/Serenity not 19 ounces
My GC is much lighter than yours, and it's a fairly new one. It's less than 19 ounces as a combination. Of course, that isn't even mentioning that it's saving me from carrying at ...

In GEAR » Solo Shelters
June 10, 10:39am

Single serving instant
Like others, I use single serving instant. I don't use Starbucks Via, but I use another brand.

In GEAR » how to cut coffee weight
June 10, 7:24am

SMD Gatewood Cape.
SMD Gatewood Cape and inner serenity net tent. Even if you don't want to use it for multi-purpose as raingear. It's a true double-wall shelter that's 19 ounces total. This not only ...

In GEAR » Solo Shelters
June 10, 6:52am

Re: Re: yay
It has some R value, but I have seen no testing on what the exact amount is for that particular pad variant. BPL did some scientific testing on the Klymit X-Frame pad variant, and found that it ...

In GEAR » Klymit Inertia X Wave
June 08, 8:24am

Depends on pitch and protection.
I personally like a side-entry, so I don't pitch in A-frame style. I pitch in modified half-mid style, so I like a 9' long and 6' wide tarp. However, this is still open on one side, s...

In GEAR » Zpacks 8.5x8.5 Tarp
June 08, 6:14am

I would recommend the Stainless Companion as the Mora. The problem with the #1 and other "traditional" Mora knives is that they don't stay in the sheath very well, and the sheaths th...

In GEAR » survival lanyards, SAK, and Moras
June 08, 5:13am

GC suggestion
I'm not as tall as you are, but I have a Gatewood Cape too, and I have found it is roomier and able to deal with foot/head room easier if you pitch it higher than the instructions say. The no...

In GEAR » The 6'1" dilemma - Hexamid Long vs. Solo-Plus vs. Shaped Tarp
June 05, 9:42am

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