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bigger tarp
A bigger tarp with your current bivies will be much lighter than your current tarp with eVent bivies, and you'll be better off in windy conditions besides.

In Philosophy & Technique » Foot of Bivy sticking out of tarp?
November 05, 6:57pm

Re: .34 ounce Cuben over 10d nylon
Cuben has little or no stretch; nylon has significant stretch. So layering them together doesn't seem like a good idea, as the cuben will still take the load anyway because the nylon will never...

In Make Your Own Gear » .34 ounce Cuben over 10d nylon
November 02, 5:18pm

Re: Backpacking snow shell pants
For California in the spring I have been using homemade EPIC shell pants with great success. Long johns underneath. Puffy pants for camp. I don't carry waterproof pants at all. Now if it's ...

In GEAR » Backpacking snow shell pants
October 28, 11:21am

Re: FS: Tarptent Stratospire 1
I want it. PM me.

In Gear Swap » FS: Tarptent Stratospire 1
October 26, 8:09pm

Re: Probe
The probe poles are pretty much worthless as probes because of the taper and the fittings for adjusting length. If you need a probe carry a probe, forget the probe poles.

In GEAR » Fizan compact for skiing?
October 26, 5:54pm

Re: Fizan compact for skiing?
I wouldn't say you were crazy but I'd suggest you be prepared for breakage. I've done a fair amount of backcountry touring and I'd say ski poles take a lot more abuse than hiking po...

In GEAR » Fizan compact for skiing?
October 26, 3:55pm

claims aside
Looking at the weight of the garments (12 oz jacket, 14 oz hoody, 9 oz vest) I don't see this as exciting. You can easily make a primaloft or Climashield garment the same weight or less and it ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Thermoball
October 23, 11:13am

Re: Beginner to winter backpacking...need help with layering
Start by adding a warm, in-camp-only layer for your legs. Seems like most folks will have more and warmer layers for the torso, and your list sounds like that's the case for you. Light down pan...

In Winter Hiking » Beginner to winter backpacking...need help with layering
October 21, 10:28pm

good for internal frames as well
I don't make frameless packs anymore(don't see the point when my stays are only 3 oz and they make life so much better), but I have always built my internal frame packs with contoured side ...

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: Contoured Side Panels for Improved Load Carry in Frameless Packs
October 16, 6:33pm

Re: Re: What would you have done?
Only once have I walked someone back to the right trail, and I did it more for my own sake than his. This was on top of Whitney at the end of a JMT thru-hike. My buddy and I were spending the night...

In Philosophy & Technique » What would you have done?
October 15, 6:18pm

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