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Light, cheap, strong; pick two
>"Am I overlooking other cheap, outdoor-worthy (durable) fabrics that are more wind-resistant and lighter than polyester but with enhanced breathability?" Momentum 90 at through hik...

In Make Your Own Gear » 100% polyester bivy top?
January 21, 1:50pm

Re: polyester ripstop
I've seen polyester rip-stops with a mini-grid pattern before, usually a 1.9 oz fabric weight, or even heavier. It won't be the lightest bivy unless you found some rare polyester ripstop a...

In Make Your Own Gear » 100% polyester bivy top?
January 21, 1:41pm

MYO shell tops
Rogers plans are optimized for ease of construction and could just as easily be applied to lighter weight fabric for a windshirt. Something I've had good luck with for closer fitting wind ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear: Shell Top
January 19, 11:18am

Re: Grand Canyon in Winter?
I hiked S. Bass to Tanner along the Tonto in 2000. It's about 105 miles. I think we started late February. Past April,water can get tricky. March is considered prime canyon season. It was ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Grand Canyon in Winter?
January 13, 11:24am

Re: Re: Re: Down pants
If you stitch horizontal down compartments across each leg, the crowning of the fabric will definitely require that the unfilled pattern be longer because the fluffed down will shorten the pants. ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Down pants
January 13, 11:05am

Re: wind pants as main hiking pants?
I've done it for short 3-6 day trips with wind pants as light as 4 ounces (1.1 oz rip-stop nylon with ankle zips and bungie cord waste). Without additional leg insulation at 32 degrees you'...

In GEAR » wind pants as main hiking pants?
January 12, 8:13am

Quilting down
Some of old Frostline kits such as down vests filled main garments sections such as back panels and left and right fronts with down or polyfill edge-stitched in and then sewed the quilt lines later...

In Make Your Own Gear » Down pants
January 10, 7:02am

Safe countries and cultures
Arapiles, Japanese americans who have access to firearms have even lower rates of homicide, assault, and other violent crimes than native citizens in Japan. Dave Kopel wrote an interesting book...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » FYI missing hiker in GA
January 09, 7:10am

Self defense outcomes
On these forums, we tend to value the judgements and opinions of others with experience. Here are some of mine over a 30 year span. I've used both pepper spray (actually OC & CS combo) ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » FYI missing hiker in GA
January 08, 5:44pm

Serape hole in down quilt
I've done it in a stitched through summer quilt. I cut a 22" slit at the center of the mid-length quilt line where the down would be thin anyway. Then I stitched-in a 2" high down f...

In Make Your Own Gear » Looking for quilt kit (synthetic)
January 05, 9:25am

All Reader Reviews by Neil Bender

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Go Lite Speed
I like this pack but had to modify it to make up some deficiencies. Lack of side comptression straps or lacing makes it sloppy when less than full. The load lifter straps are uselss without a frame,...

In Backpacks - Frameless
September 02, 11:24pm