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Re: Shoe Mesh
My old Inov8 roclite 315s had a stiff-ish mesh on them (like bug screen for windows) but it was brittle and eventually broke/tore at the flex point above my big toes. The slit slowly grew after for...

In GEAR » Shoe Mesh
November 08, 11:06am

Re: So what are we talking practically for 3-season shelters?
I like the Beaufort scale, with just a little memorization it can calibrate your wind "sensor" pretty well. I've experienced "gale" force winds on a cruise where I could lea...

In GEAR » Accurately Estimating Wind Speed
November 08, 10:01am

Re: Re: Pertex rain shell as windbreaker
Just checked and Tom is absolutely correct. Pertex Endurance is in no way water proof. The company itself only claims high water resistance. Much more water resistant than a simple DWR but still in...

In GEAR » Pertex rain shell as windbreaker
November 08, 9:31am

Handstitch
Hand stitch it using a speed stitch as someone else suggested. If you go slow and steady you'll have a great repair, even with no experience. Machines are nice but for small repairs they're...

In Make Your Own Gear » Backpack repair question
November 08, 9:09am

Re: Re: warmth vs breathability
So I'm confused, is this the same fabric used in the Cap 4 baselayers? If so, maybe make a hoody since everyone seems to rant and rave about it as a deep cold baselayer? Lets you try one out fo...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polartec Power dry high efficiency baselayer fabric???
November 08, 9:02am

Re: Pertex rain shell as windbreaker
Pertex Shield Plus (2nd gen) is noticeably more breathable than Pertex Shield DS (generation 1) but it's still going to be far far less breathable than a true windshirt. That said, open up the ...

In GEAR » Pertex rain shell as windbreaker
November 08, 8:41am

Re: Hiking staff for hexamid shelter?
I'd second the LT4 suggestion. They're pretty stiff. Mine only broke when a buddy stepped on it directly and crushed the lower section on talus. You can buy them individually now and the...

In GEAR » Hiking staff for hexamid shelter?
November 08, 8:36am

Detox
As per safety, you're exposed to more toxins breathing the diesel exhaust of a truck driving by than you will be on a hike in the woods burning a little methanol. Sure it may not be the safe...

In GEAR » Safest alcohol for stoves - US perspective
November 06, 11:23am

Re: Re: Need guesstimate for current temp rating of a long term compressed sleeping bag
From the few studies I've seen, compression doesn't minimal long term damage, it does drastically increase loft time. Basically down is like velcro on a microscopic level. So heavy compr...

In GEAR » Need guesstimate for current temp rating of a long term compressed sleeping bag
November 06, 10:49am

Cold
Watch "Cold" which was part of the Reel Rock a few years ago. It's a mini-documentary about climbing Gasherbrum II in winter. While you won't be dealing with the altitude, weather...

In Winter Hiking » Extreme cold weather clothing systems and other related issues
November 04, 11:23am

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