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Thinsulate for quilts/bags
Yes, used Liteloft for a winter bag, and it was suitably warm for less weight than other synthetics. Did not have Thomas' breathability problem, but sewed it into the bag without any scrim. Li...

In Make Your Own Gear » Anybody ever used Thinsulate 3M for a quilt
May 11, 10:52pm

Polyester or Nylon
If you stretch the fabric over a frame and leave it outside for a bit, the nylon will wrinkle as the temp and humidity change, a polyester good for MYOG won't. I use inexpensive plastic embroi...

In Make Your Own Gear » determining fabric type
April 29, 9:31pm

KUIU tents
Wondering why KUIU does not provide dimensions. Just the inside height, and floor length and width would be very helpful in evaluating the tent. Are they perhaps on the web version of the recent B...

In GEAR » New tent from KUIU - Thoughts?
April 27, 9:32pm

DWR agents
After the Backpacker magazine article of several years back, I stopped using wash-ins to refresh DWR (Durable Water Repellent - not a waterproofer). Never had any luck with them anyway. But based ...

In GEAR » which waterproofing agent?
April 27, 8:35pm

So What Material to Use for the Next Shelter?
"I think I'll still carry on and prototype out a cuben fiber mountaineering tent in my spare time." Good. At least we are both on the MYOG track, which is the purpose of this forum...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben tent for mountaineering?
April 24, 10:56pm

Cascade Mtn cam lox
There are a few reviews now on the Amazon page for which you provided a link. There was some discussion also at (wherein your poster went down fighting):

In GEAR » Anybody tried the new Cascade Mountain flick lock trekking poles? (updated version of last summer's Cocsto poles)
April 24, 8:58pm

which side out
"Assuming one side is more coated than the other, which side would you recommend facing out for a shelter or poncho application?" For a shelter, I would put the more water resistant si...

In Make Your Own Gear » Argon silnylon
April 15, 8:53pm

Dutchware Gear silnylon
Dutchware sent me 4 samples of the Argon silnylon. It is much thinner than the 30 denier silnylon sold by Thru-Hiker. Since durability and resistance to abrasion and penetration are important for ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Argon silnylon
April 08, 9:09pm

Re: "Manufacturers lean towards nylons with a PU coating over sil because you can tape a PU coated nylon but you can't tape silnylon. Also, silnylon is not as flame retardant." So ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Argon silnylon
April 07, 9:53pm

You might consider 'kitty clips,' used to make cat collars. They are a very small side pressure opening connector that looks like a buckle and connects, but does not cinch like a buckle, a...

In Make Your Own Gear » fabric clips
April 03, 9:54pm

All Reader Reviews by Samuel C. Farrington

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Marmot Rockstar Pant
These pants were purchased after trying a number of DWR, quick drying polyester and nylon products in search of lighter weight. However, all were very baggy, and none met the secondary goal of having ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
May 12, 10:51pm

Mont Bell Ultra-Light Spiral Down Hugger #3 Long
Bought this shortly after the BPL review came out. It was my first down bag since the 70's. The outstanding DWR treatment shown in the review persuaded me that a down bag might work for me agai...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
November 25, 8:09pm

Potable Aqua Iodine Drinking Water Germicidal Tablets
It is a good emergency item, because, as already pointed out, it takes up almost no weight or space. It addresses both the crypto and giardia if one waits the recommended times. Should the main wa...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
July 05, 11:13pm

Sealskinz Ultra Grip Black Glove
Tried them a few years ago for winter snowshoeing, which involved a lot of bushwacking. Clammy, wet, cold and eventually, frozen fingers. Just about anything else is better, even just leather. Am su...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 11:14pm

Montbell Super Stretch Down Hugger #3
Used the reg (not super) version of this bag for three weeks; one on Maine's Grafton Loop Trail in June at altitudes up to 3K', and two in Colorado's Rawahs in August at altitudes up to 12...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
January 06, 11:10pm

Cocoon UL 60 Hoody and Pant
I have not had any problems with the stitching, and have found the product to be reasonably warm for its very light weight. Pockets might have been nice for handwarming, but if it is really cold, I c...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
October 07, 12:06am

Lorpen Trekking Extreme Coolmax Socks
For anyone allergic to wool, or just looking for a fine coolmax sock, these are a good choice - 75% Coolmax, 15% Polyamide, 10% Lycra. Weight is 4.4 oz a pair in size Medium. They are a medium to he...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 25, 8:26pm

Remington RMHL2AAA-B
While I have always used hang lights in camp instead of headlamps, ordered this item because of Keith's excellent review. Was pleased to note that the beam was as bright and more even than the Ph...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 14, 8:34pm

MSR Mountain Safety Research HyperFlow microfilter
My understanding from this and other sites is that this filter is not effective after thawing once the element has been frozen. If this is not so, it would be helpful to have this corrected. Otherwi...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
March 01, 4:44pm

SnowPeak Gigapower LI
The only drawback for this stove was the lack of a windscreen, such that it did not perform efficiently in windy conditions. The manufacturer's screen sold separately is stainless steel, and on th...

In Stoves - Canister
November 15, 12:39am