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fast draw camera
Bob, what do you use for quick access to your camera? I hate having mine bounce around off my neck when I hike and I always miss out on great shots when it is stashed.

In GEAR » Function over Weight: Impressing Max Dilthey
June 27, 9:49pm

clothing dryer
After awhile in storage it's always nice to take your down items and put them in the dryer for a few minutes. That'll loft them up well. As mentioned above the down barbs stick to each othe...

In GEAR » Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Q-Shield hydrophobic down and loft
June 27, 2:14pm

Katadyn recommends flushing the system with a bleach-water mixture after trips if you are not planning on using it again soon. I don't know whether or not soaking the system in bleach overn...

In GEAR » Will Bleach Hurt A Katadyn Hiker Filter?
June 26, 4:11pm

Re: Re: don't like this combo
Stephen, I don't doubt that the Crux Lava and other pieces are great. I love gear and have (too many) pieces of awesome, specialized gear in my garage. I have a waterproof insulated jacket ...

In GEAR » Crux down jackets with event shell
June 26, 3:56pm

don't like this combo
I'm personally not really into the mix of insulation + waterproof shell for the backcountry, especially if you are trying to go light. It's a fantastic sort of jacket for single day-only us...

In GEAR » Crux down jackets with event shell
June 26, 2:25pm

in stock now
Heads up to those who can't wait for the Cap4 Hoody: it is back in stock for the Fall '13 season at $120 at Right now you have to call or Live Chat a salesperson to get it si...

In GEAR » Patagonia Capilene 4 Hoody
June 17, 7:01pm

OR Rando Cap
I have the OR Rando Cap (Gore Tex) and my usual hiking partner has the REI eVent hat. They are great when it is drizzly but not pouring so you can keep your hard shell's hood off, or only wear ...

In GEAR » Are WPB caps a good idea?
June 10, 10:26am

Leather Cover
Amazon's Paperwhite Leather Cover is an awesome combination with the Paperwhite. It is listed at 5.6oz so it's not exactly made of cuben fiber, but it is a great case, adds lots of rigidity...

In GEAR » Broken Kindle blues - Looking for a case
May 22, 4:56pm

quilt and jacket
> Also, you can't match your head insulation to the temperatures at night. For example, if you have a 20 degree quilt, but are dealing with 40 degree temperatures, you can't just leave y...

In GEAR » Hooded down jacket or separate hood?
May 22, 3:37pm

harness-less rappel
> Rappel: the dulferstitz works. No harness needed Be sure to wear a collared shirt for this, and go slowly! I wouldn't do this on terrain where you are free-hanging in air, as you could ...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Where to learn basic climbing skills?
May 20, 12:22pm

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