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non lofting insulative ideas for blankets/quilts
IMO, based of earlier threads, the 3M Thinsulate is still the best nonlofter, but it does not compare to the best lofting insulation in terms of insulative value for the weight. Liked the idea o...

In GEAR » any other non lofting insulative ideas for blankets/quilts?
September 04, 7:35pm

Kenmore sewing machines
Might have mentioned that mine is a Model 1947 (model #, not year) Zig Zag, and it does have adjustable pressure for the foot. The only way I've used it is to release the adjuster entirely whe...

In Make Your Own Gear » Advice before buying a sewing machine
September 03, 7:45pm

buying a sewing machine
Pete, In addition to the older Singers suggested by Pilate, there were the Kenmores. Roger Caffin posted that one way to ID them is that they are all metal. If you can't afford a factory mac...

In Make Your Own Gear » Advice before buying a sewing machine
September 02, 7:10pm

"Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces."
This summer's trek involved a lot of fording, and carrying two shelties across one at a time. The light slip-ons discussed on this thread did not provide enough protection from slipping on str...

In GEAR » Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces.
September 01, 8:59pm

"Anyone else put off by the Ray-Way?"
So you say he's egoistic and off-putting. But nobody's forcing us to listen. Billions of voices are asking to be heard. Listen to what you want to. That's the information age. I ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Anyone else put off by the Ray-Way?
August 31, 8:53pm

"Cuben v.s. silnylon durability"
Antti, Sewing a thin strip of something to the netting, as you suggest, may turn out to be the only solution. For a tent, there are also the zippers, and some other materials that don't bond ...

In GEAR » Cuben v.s. silnylon durability
August 31, 8:39pm

"Cuben v.s. silnylon durability"
Eric, Maybe you've noted some of the lengthy threads in the last year or so about this issue, not to mention the other big issue, water resistance, especially after considerable use in the fie...

In GEAR » Cuben v.s. silnylon durability
August 30, 8:58pm

"Solo Wilderness Security"
Rod, All the bears I know prefer an HK or MP machine pistol, so that's what you will be up against; and unlike what you see on TV, a rifle or handgun will be useless in the face of such overwh...

In GEAR » Solo Wilderness Security
August 29, 12:16pm

"Suggestions for 1person tent bigger than contrail but still light?"
Salewa Neutrino

In GEAR » Suggestions for 1person tent bigger than contrail but still light?
August 28, 6:58pm

seams ripping out
Christopher, The guide to my sewing machine has a diamond-shaped stitch that it recommended for sewing fabrics to elastic tapes. Tried it, and it is bombproof. Moreso than just a zig-zag stitc...

In Make Your Own Gear » Breathable Gaitahs
August 26, 10:06pm

All Reader Reviews by Sam Farrington

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Marmot Rockstar Pant
These pants were purchased after trying a number of DWR, quick drying polyester and nylon products in search of lighter weight. However, all were very baggy, and none met the secondary goal of having ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
May 12, 10:51pm

Mont Bell Ultra-Light Spiral Down Hugger #3 Long
Bought this shortly after the BPL review came out. It was my first down bag since the 70's. The outstanding DWR treatment shown in the review persuaded me that a down bag might work for me agai...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
November 25, 8:09pm

Potable Aqua Iodine Drinking Water Germicidal Tablets
It is a good emergency item, because, as already pointed out, it takes up almost no weight or space. It addresses both the crypto and giardia if one waits the recommended times. Should the main wa...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
July 05, 11:13pm

Sealskinz Ultra Grip Black Glove
Tried them a few years ago for winter snowshoeing, which involved a lot of bushwacking. Clammy, wet, cold and eventually, frozen fingers. Just about anything else is better, even just leather. Am su...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 11:14pm

Montbell Super Stretch Down Hugger #3
Used the reg (not super) version of this bag for three weeks; one on Maine's Grafton Loop Trail in June at altitudes up to 3K', and two in Colorado's Rawahs in August at altitudes up to 12...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
January 06, 11:10pm

Cocoon UL 60 Hoody and Pant
I have not had any problems with the stitching, and have found the product to be reasonably warm for its very light weight. Pockets might have been nice for handwarming, but if it is really cold, I c...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
October 07, 12:06am

Lorpen Trekking Extreme Coolmax Socks
For anyone allergic to wool, or just looking for a fine coolmax sock, these are a good choice - 75% Coolmax, 15% Polyamide, 10% Lycra. Weight is 4.4 oz a pair in size Medium. They are a medium to he...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 25, 8:26pm

Remington RMHL2AAA-B
While I have always used hang lights in camp instead of headlamps, ordered this item because of Keith's excellent review. Was pleased to note that the beam was as bright and more even than the Ph...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 14, 8:34pm

MSR Mountain Safety Research HyperFlow microfilter
My understanding from this and other sites is that this filter is not effective after thawing once the element has been frozen. If this is not so, it would be helpful to have this corrected. Otherwi...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
March 01, 4:44pm

SnowPeak Gigapower LI
The only drawback for this stove was the lack of a windscreen, such that it did not perform efficiently in windy conditions. The manufacturer's screen sold separately is stainless steel, and on th...

In Stoves - Canister
November 15, 12:39am