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SmartWool at Steep and Cheap
At approx 15:30 on 11/6/2006 SAC flipped over to selling SmartWool Smart Tee for $27.76 ... somewhat better than REI-outlet's closeout price of $41.93

In Gear Deals » SmartWool at Steep and Cheap
November 06, 2:46pm

Re: Making a tent
As always, the answer is "it depends". Silicone v polyurethane ? I believe the lightest fabrics will be silicon impregnated (unless you want to use cuben, to which this question does not appl...

In Make Your Own Gear » Making a tent
November 04, 6:05am

Re: Your questions needed for new BPL column
I'd love to see questions related to extended winter travel. Your example "What layering system do you recommend for winter snowshoeing in Minnesota?" would be good, especially if it dealt w...

In Philosophy & Technique » Your questions needed for new BPL column
November 03, 11:44am

Jumpstaring Ultralight Scouting at the troop level
Two idears that I've had some success with: participate in the troop's weekend car camping activities but pack and camp as if you were a solo ultralighter. Take the time to show youth and adult...

In GEAR » Ultra-light instruction at BSA National Jamboree?
November 01, 2:39pm

quilt length
I suggest adding at least 5 more inches than you measure though. I added a few inches to the length I measured hoping it would be a bit oversized but it came at just big enough. I had a similar ...

In GEAR » Sleep system for someone who tosses
October 31, 4:48am

Re: Ultra-light instruction at BSA National Jamboree?
Vlad, That is a change that must happen mostly from the bottom up. From the top, we need the word to get out that light is OK and we need some training materials. Sounds like RJ is working o...

In GEAR » Ultra-light instruction at BSA National Jamboree?
October 29, 10:22am

Re: Nagging Quilt Question
Finally he turns the whole thing right side out and the insulation is supposed to now be in the middle and he then sews the last seam. I can't see how the insulation gets in the middle. What am ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Nagging Quilt Question
October 27, 12:04pm

quilt footbox
Some folks make a simple foot box by just folding the quilt in half (the fold runs from foot end to head end) and sewing the edges together on the foot end. I have not used a quilt built that way ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Newb to MYOG - Want to build a quilt!
October 26, 4:30pm

Re: Climashield Combat Toe Cozies
Now that's a great example of "necessity meeting the inventive mind". Consider this variation ... add a thumb to these and they get a second use as a mitten.

In Make Your Own Gear » Climashield Combat Toe Cozies
October 23, 2:34am

Re: Crescent Moon overbooties
these guys are in Minnesota That brings a smile to my face. Back in the days of the air cooled VW engines a guy in Minneapolis had a somewhat successful business improving their heating systems...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » any sugg.: U.L. overboots w/ runn. shoes?
October 16, 8:02pm

All Reader Reviews by Jim Colten

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My entry into the world of tarping was with Hernry's orginal squall. Later that year the Cloudburst was introduced. I contacted him about an idea of converting my squall to use an arched front p...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 30, 11:04am
1) good products 2) friendly and useful help before ans after sale 3) great customer service I'd rate Thru-Hiker a 6 if that was an option

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 01, 8:10am

Minibull Designs Pocket Puck
Hector, I had similar experience .... but only the first time I lit it. Since then I've been giving the pocket puck about 15-30 seconds more warmup time and it has always stayed lit. There is a...

In Stoves - Alcohol
October 16, 6:04am