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Re: Washing a down sleeping bag with a duct tape patch
It will get through the wash okay, but might not make it through the drying. The rubber band idea looks great, just make sure your rubber band only grabs fabric and not any of the down.

In GEAR » Washing a down sleeping bag with a duct tape patch
March 16, 7:20pm

Re: Denier vs fabric weight?
You can use it as a very rough guide to the extent that you are talking about similar fabrics (i.e. ripstop compared to ripstop) but it's still pretty rough. 1.9 oz. uncoated ripstop is typical...

In GEAR » Denier vs fabric weight?
March 16, 1:55pm

Re: quilt material for good water resistantance
One other thought - milesgear sells not only the Uber bivy which is more than what you want, but also a simple sack type that's prety light, and even the fabric used for the tops (non-woven, WP...

In GEAR » quilt material for good water resistantance
March 15, 5:36pm

Re: quilt material for good water resistantance
I have pondered the same question and I am leaning in the direction of a light synthetic insualted overquilt - as others have mentioned. The lightest Event fabric I've ever heard of is 2.25 oz/...

In GEAR » quilt material for good water resistantance
March 12, 6:32pm

Re: JMT and Altitude Sickness
All I know for sure is what works for me, I always sleep at at least 6000 feet the night before I start, generally that means I either stop during the drive at a handy spot, spend the night in the ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » JMT and Altitude Sickness
March 10, 10:51pm

Re: Thinking through a small mid test project
I second the notion that a "faux felled" seam is plenty strong. Plenty. If you like to try something else just for the joy of it, go to it. I would suggest you consider a simple rectan...

In Make Your Own Gear » Thinking through a small mid test project
March 10, 10:38pm

Re: Re: Reading glasses. Suggestions?
+1 on the zooms - but they are far from unbreakable, I've been through many pairs. I often carry a reading pair and a pair of #3's for splinters or other finer stuff.

In GEAR » Reading glasses. Suggestions?
March 05, 1:24pm

Re: Down vs. synthetic insulation for sleeping hoods and booties?
I went synthetic on booties many years ago for two reasons: 1) the down shifted around a lot in the booties, leaving cold spots. 2) Slightly less compressibility is a plus sometimes with the syn...

In GEAR » Down vs. synthetic insulation for sleeping hoods and booties?
March 05, 1:19pm

Re: Creative Commons and gear design.
If someone wants to copy your design and try to outsell your version they can still do it whether you have a pattern out there or not - all they have to do is buy one of yours and take it apart. Th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Creative Commons and gear design.
March 04, 10:53pm

Re: Do any companies ship direct to Muir Trail Ranch
Unless they've changed their rules you have to ship to them in a 5-gallon plastic bucket. I doubt the FD food suppliers will be willing to do that, but who knows? Another idea is to post on...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Do any companies ship direct to Muir Trail Ranch
February 23, 4:55pm

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