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UHMWPE Extravaganza! FS: Full spectra, Dyneema X, DX40 and cuben for MYOG
Please email me at swihart dot b at gmail rather than PM. All prices include shipping to the CONUS. I'll gladly ship anywhere for a bit extra. I have probably 7 or so yds each of the DX40 ...

In Gear Swap » UHMWPE Extravaganza! FS: Full spectra, Dyneema X, DX40 and cuben for MYOG
January 24, 4:28pm

Re: Re: How often do you hike or backpack?
I'm probably in the 100ish nights a year camp, Fall/winter/spring I'm backpacking at least 2-3 weekends every month and live bordering a good sized wilderness area, so weeknight overnights ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How often do you hike or backpack?
January 23, 9:38pm

Re: 2013 winter list: Northern Rockies
Good list Dave. Any reason you're using the Boreas over the Cap4 for a midlayer? Seems like brethability might be limited with the Boreas plus Essenshell vs Cap4 plus Boreas. I suppose the C...

In Gear Lists » 2013 winter list: Northern Rockies
January 23, 8:12am

Re: Re: Re: Shangri-La 2 or MLD Trailstar?
I had a Trailstar and now have an SL2 which will probably be on the sale block soon. Most of the time I like the SL2, but when weather gets bad and you're trying to do anything other than slee...

In GEAR » Shangri-La 2 or MLD Trailstar?
January 21, 9:55pm

Re: Is there a decent non-lightweight forum?
First of all, good on ya for getting back out there. I'd invite you to stick around. While there are some 5 lb trophyers, I think most on here are more interested in the right skills and ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Is there a decent non-lightweight forum?
January 21, 10:48am

Re: Re: Seam Strength, Cuben Fiber
Agreed, Ryan, that a felled seam would be much better there and that construction methods are perhaps more to blame in that case. What I'm thinking is that using such a lightweight face fa...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter 4400 Backpack Review
January 18, 4:49pm

Re: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter 4400 Backpack Review
Nice review. I find it crazy that HMG didn't use a hybrid cuben with a heavier face fabric. I received some samples from Cubic a while back while looking for fabrics for MYOG project and the ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter 4400 Backpack Review
January 18, 8:18am

Re: Some perspective on the choice of fabric
It depends hugely on what type of hiking you're doing. You might be more agile, but rocks/canyon walls/branches are sometimes unavoidable, and even with a light pack the occasional pack loweri...

In Make Your Own Gear » Typical Pack Bag Failures
January 17, 4:26pm

Re: Re: Re Re Rab
From Mike's link: "Like the AL, it's a versatile top that you either wear as a cold conditions, next-to-skin, heavy duty base layer or as a light, high-wicking mid-layer. Where it...

In Editor's Roundtable » Midlayer Technology: Patagonia Capilene 4 v. Mountain Hardwear Desna Hoody
January 17, 4:08pm

Re: Rab
The baseline looks different --more like the R1 powerdry (doesn't have the same voids in the grid). The Rab AL does look like the same PD High Efficiency as the Cap 4.

In Editor's Roundtable » Midlayer Technology: Patagonia Capilene 4 v. Mountain Hardwear Desna Hoody
January 17, 11:53am

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