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Re: new REI tents
> The QD1 looks like someone started with the old Eureka Crescent design and jettisoned a pole to save weight; thus losing most of the stability of the Eureka, not to mention the freestanding fe...

In GEAR » New REI Quarter Dome Tents
March 02, 12:29am

Just get a heavy puffy
Like you, I run hot when active and quickly spin down to very cold when inactive. During spring and fall I use an Arcteryx Atom SV (100g/m2) and in winter I use a Patagonia DAS Parka (180g/m2). ...

In GEAR » Warm hiker, cold camper layering question
February 27, 9:49pm

Michael Glavin
Michael, The most vocal do not necessarily represent the views of everyone. I for one, appreciate you being here because I value the insight behind the design process. As an aside, I saw the Dr...

In GEAR » Current UL windshirts and breathability: are there other options and layering techniques?
February 26, 7:21am

Hair ties
Hair ties are great. The best I've come across are the Scünci elastic hair bands and they are a decent bit more durable than regular rubber bands. They are, thankfully, available on Amazon...

In GEAR » Quality Rubber Bands
February 25, 8:24pm

OR Ferrosi
The OR Ferrosi is on clearance for half-off at REI ($61). Has anybody got experience with this? I'm mainly interested in it for rock climbing but at less than half the price of the Black Di...

In GEAR » Current UL windshirts and breathability: are there other options and layering techniques?
February 25, 8:03pm

Dividend on sale items
>One thing to note on the REI visa is while it does give you addt'l 5% on REI purchases, you don't get ANY dividend on sale items. Not quite. Using the REI Visa you get 5% back on ...

In GEAR » REI Claus is Coming to Town!!!
February 25, 9:52am

Re: Re: Pad.
>Stephen what 20F quilt are you using? Enlightened Equipment RevX. I am a big fan.

In GEAR » EN 13537 and LOFT
February 23, 9:47pm

Pad.
I sleep cold and I found that a conservatively rated 20ºF quilt and an R5 pad keeps me warm at or around freezing. I found that I often feel cold at similar temperatures without such a warm pa...

In GEAR » EN 13537 and LOFT
February 23, 8:11pm

approaching the problem differently
In some cases, the collarbone can hurt if the sternum strap is located too low, or pulled in too tightly. The sternum strap is not to be cinched down hard, as is most people's inclination, but ...

In GEAR » Girlfriend's pack problem
February 20, 5:27pm

Re: Zipper Parts Names
> Stephen: "Zipper head" means "Pull tab"? "Stopper side" = "box"? You got it. It's important to note that the Houdini, like many other zipper...

In GEAR » Zipper Rescue: Skipped a Tooth, Can't Unzip
February 20, 3:01pm

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