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Re: Return to Goretex in rainy climates?
First of all, Gore-tex boots/shoes: I think a lot of folks are not clear on how a Gore-tex shoe or boot is constructed. Basically you take a boot and you drop a gore-tex liner sock - fully seam-sea...

In GEAR » Return to Goretex in rainy climates?
November 17, 9:25pm

Re: Re: Re: Winter Footwear Solutions
@Bob - re the 20 oz plastic boot; it exists if you want to pay $$$ for it. Ski mountaineering racing boots - also known as Rando race boots - like the Scarpa Alien 1.0 or the Dynafit PDG. Rigid sol...

In Winter Hiking » Winter Footwear Solutions
November 17, 9:03pm

as for stainless
McMaster-Carr has four types of 2mm (which I believe is about .078") stainless rod http://www.mcmaster.com/#standard-stainless-steel-rods/=un4h0e They have titanium rod but it looks like...

In Make Your Own Gear » 0.08" ti rod grade 5 OR ti spokes, 14 gauge where to buy
November 17, 8:50pm

Re: Non-trekking pole PCT hikers: do you think trekking poles are actually justified in the Sierra?
I don't use poles - well, I use one, I've always liked a walking stick and have used one for forty years of backpacking, only now it's a "trekking pole" instead of an old golf...

In GEAR » Non-trekking pole PCT hikers: do you think trekking poles are actually justified in the Sierra?
November 17, 6:50pm

Re: Water Strategy
There are a lot more variables than constants when it comes to water needs. Variables: Altitude Temperature humidity level of exertion individual metabolism body mass how much you drank yes...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Water Strategy
November 13, 3:53pm

will take
PM on the way

In Gear Swap » FS: REI pants
November 11, 10:55pm

Re: The Insulation Mess
Bill - You have assumed that a given increase in Clo will give everyone the same increase in temperature rating. I don't think this would be the case. A cold sleeper generates less heat (by de...

In Make Your Own Gear » The Insulation Mess
November 11, 7:10pm

Re: FS: REI pants
If they are the Sahara pants I'll take them.

In Gear Swap » FS: REI pants
November 10, 9:59pm

inners
If you're making it mostly for winter use, then think spindrift. I'd go with fully solid and a mesh vent at the peak that can be covered by solid fabric if needed. I would aim for an inner ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Questions about a Solid/Partially-Solid Inner for a 'Mid
November 09, 10:33am

Re: Covered top vent for Betamid
I have pondered the same question. Here's what I intended to do on my Twin Peaks but never did: use an aluminum or carbon pole, maybe around 24" long or so. Sew a sleeve to the ridgeline (...

In Make Your Own Gear » Covered top vent for Betamid
November 08, 10:33am

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