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Re: Morality Among Backpackers
> Who knows. It's at least convenient that when something really fails due to manufacturer defect, some companies honor the manufacturers they represent with a warranty replacement. That'...

In GEAR » NPR Reports: REI vs L.L. Bean Return Policy
September 25, 10:27am

Big difference
In my opinion there is a big difference between REI and LL Bean, and not just in the return policy. For one, a very high percentage of LL Bean's stuff is their own or branded their own, thu...

In GEAR » NPR Reports: REI vs L.L. Bean Return Policy
September 25, 9:31am

Re: pods
Temperature rating... Many sleeping bags are rated extremely optimistically, with the degree rating following the name of the bag usually around the EN lower limit rating. For comfort I would add 1...

In GEAR » sleeping bag question
September 20, 12:59am

hammock
If you backpack in wooded areas a side zip hammock may very well be the way to go for you. Since entry into a hammock depends on the height you hang the hammock, you can hang the hammock such t...

In GEAR » light tent for 63 year old female backpacker
September 17, 1:12pm

Re: Wrought Iron Loveseat, and a HUGE beefsteak
> On the way to John's Brook Lodge in the Adirondacks, we encountered a young man carrying an enormous beefsteak (enough to feed 20-25 people) in a plastic milk crate strapped to his load-ha...

In GEAR » The most "non lightweight" thing you've seen on the trail
September 15, 6:52pm

Patagonia Fitz Roy
I have the Patagonia Fitz Roy as my cold weather/alpine belay jacket. It is ridiculously warm. It is built with box-baffles like winter sleeping bags. The hood seals the deal, since there is nothin...

In GEAR » Warm downjacket for the "waiting time" (photographer)
September 13, 3:46pm

3-season SV hoody?
Do you guys use your SV Hoodies for 3-season use? I have one and while I like it a lot, it only comes out to play in late fall and when winter is in full swing.

In GEAR » synthetic post...3 items questioned
September 10, 11:37pm

Re: synthetic post...3 items questioned
#1: REI Revelcloud Vest. Not really any better (or worse) than any other Primaloft synthetic vest on the market, but it does come cheaply: REI frequently marks these down to $70 or $50 depending on...

In GEAR » synthetic post...3 items questioned
September 10, 3:43pm

Atom LT pants
I have the Arcteryx Atom LT Pants, which, as you mentioned, is on the expensive side. I think they are well and truly worth it especially if you can get them at a discount but even then they are pr...

In GEAR » Lightweight Synthetic Insulated Pants?
September 05, 5:01pm

Re: Mtn Hardwear Plasmic - Dry.Q EVAP
Dry.Q Elite is 3L eVent. Dry.Q Evap is 2.5L eVent DVL. The rest are MHW's own house-brand of PU. Dry.Q Core and Stretch are certainly PU, and I have no idea what Dry.Q Active is. I wish m...

In GEAR » Mtn Hardwear Plasmic - Dry.Q EVAP
September 03, 3:07pm

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