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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

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

notch fly only
The Notch outer does not come right down to the ground, so for snow use in the fly only mode you would need to build up a small wall - just a curb, really - of snow to seal that off. I've looke...

In GEAR » Hexamid in heavy deep snow?
November 02, 9:46pm

groundhseets on snow
I've never found that total waterproofness is important on snow. I've used old polyethylene groundsheets many times that had lots of pinholes in them, with no issues. I suspect this is beca...

In GEAR » Recommended tarp floor material for snow
October 22, 9:41pm

snowshoe footwear
What kind of temperatures do you normally encounter? The answer to that has a big affect on what one might suggest. But a few things are basic. Number one, never put too much sock in the boot. If...

In Winter Hiking » My snowshoe footwear system
October 19, 10:45pm

Re: Perceived Warmth Experiment
Daryl - I have a suggestion for you if you have the time and interest to try it: repeat your test but use three t-shirts - one all cotton, one cotton/poly blend, one all-poly. And also, in each cas...

In GEAR » Perceived Warmth Experiment
October 12, 11:53am

Re: coil or toothed zippers
There are #3 toothed zippers - though I don't know offhand of a MYOG supplier for them. I have them on my REI zipoff pants for instance, and have had them on light jackets in the past. I've...

In Make Your Own Gear » coil or toothed zippers
October 12, 11:32am

Thu-hiker Pertex
Has anyone made anything from the Pertex Shield or Pertex Endurance that Thru-hiker sells? Curious about how either has performed for you.

In Make Your Own Gear » Thu-hiker Pertex
October 11, 12:02pm

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