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Weight comparisons
For comparison's sake, here's my 3-season typical clothing system for my legs: Patagonia running shorts: ~4.2 oz Patagonia Cap 4 tights: ~5.4 oz Montbell Dynamo Wind Pants: ~2.6 oz ...

In Gear Lists » Beating a dead wind pant horse
June 07, 12:47pm

Not Likely
I agree with the assessment of the others. If you're carrying a cup or cookpot that is easily accessible, there's no reason not to use it as your scoop.

In Philosophy & Technique » Using cup as scoop for Squeeze bladder, risking illness?
June 07, 10:51am

Original Plan
+1 for leaning toward your original plan. This is basically the same set-up I carry on most of my trips in Southern CA and the Sierra in the summer. I prefer to hike in shorts, have a pair of t...

In Gear Lists » Beating a dead wind pant horse
June 07, 10:00am

I've mostly worn the original weight as well. They work great at keeping my feet blister free; unfortunately, I'm lucky if I get 6 mos to a year out of a pair before I wear a hole through ...

In GEAR » Injinji socks -- which models?
June 06, 9:01pm

Solution for transporting Caldera cone
I used to just roll up the cone and floor, wrap it in a thin piece of tyvek and put a rubber band around it. It would sit at the top of the my pack so it wouldn't get crushed. Never had a...

In GEAR » Solution for transporting Caldera cone
June 04, 12:37pm

New REI Return Policy
I just received an email from REI outlining their new return policy. I have no major issues with it. For most items, I'd expect to figure out if I'm satisfied with them well within the fi...

In GEAR » REI limiting returns to one year
June 04, 12:30pm

ZPacks 20 vs. Katabatic Gear Alsek vs. ? bag
Just based on the fill quantities, it would seem like the Katabatic Alsek has the potential to be the warmest in that it has more down and it's concentrated mostly on top of you rather than und...

In GEAR » ZPacks 20 vs. Katabatic Gear Alsek vs. ? bag
June 04, 9:48am

Backcountry Fire Rings
If they're along well-used trails and in plain site within a few miles of a trailhead, I'm inclined to let them be. More so if they are clear from brush and show evidence of presumably uns...

In Philosophy & Technique » Backcountry Fire Rings
June 03, 9:38pm

Great trip report and impressive accomplishment!

In Post-Trip Reports » BMWO 2013 - Another Year of Swimming in the Flathead
May 30, 8:18pm

Re: Viewed in a Different Light
Another +1 for Rob's take. Honestly, if the forecast was clear and stable, I see no harm in going on a short overnighter without a shelter. There's plenty of quick overnight trips where...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How stupid is it to go into the wilderness without a shelter or survival skills?
May 30, 11:39am

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