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Michael Ray (topshot) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Midwest
About Me Middle-aged father who got into backpacking late (2009) and wants to encourage his 16 and 7 year old sons to backpack lightweight. Video trip reports of all the adventures so far are on my YT site below.
StateIndiana
My Website URLhttp://www.youtube.com/user/topshotrhit
My PDF Gear ListMaroon Bells - August 2011

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Re: Re: Uncoated pack fabric
Daryl, Who's your normal supplier of said uncoated 1.9?

In Make Your Own Gear » Uncoated pack fabric
April 18, 2:45pm

Re: Foster's
LOL. See this to get to 2 good video links.

In GEAR » Beer Can Pot Durability, Efficiency, & Protection It
April 18, 2:41pm

Re: Re: Re: Amazon Vs Walmart
I'm pretty sure they are still cheaper at Walmart. It seemed they were still $14.88 for one flick-lock and $18.88 for a pair of the TWIST-lock version.

In Make Your Own Gear » FLIPLOCK, 3sect, Al walmart pole -- modified to 6.9oz
April 18, 1:21pm

Re: Amazon Vs Walmart
They are the same. I have both the orange and green ones from Walmart. Maybe "Outdoor Recreation Group" is the parent company that makes Outdoor Products? They are cheaper at Walmart. I t...

In Make Your Own Gear » FLIPLOCK, 3sect, Al walmart pole -- modified to 6.9oz
April 18, 12:26pm

Re: Re: Re: tarp testing
You are correct that that would help. Perhaps buying some larger OD washers and grinding off one side would be a simple solution. I don't think a milk jug even doubled over would be stout enoug...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
April 18, 11:56am

Re: Beer can pot
Hey, Duane! No pot protection for me. I just make sure it's above the food bag. You might try adding ridges to your Foster's pot to give it more strength against squeezing. There have be...

In GEAR » Beer Can Pot Durability, Efficiency, & Protection It
April 18, 11:52am

Re: Re: FLIPLOCK, 3sect, Al walmart pole -- modified to 6.9oz
Utilize the top for what? There are lots of ways you could pad or cap it but what are you trying to accomplish by doing so? As for straps, I'm more along the lines of Skurka I guess, finding...

In Make Your Own Gear » FLIPLOCK, 3sect, Al walmart pole -- modified to 6.9oz
April 18, 11:45am

Re: First MYOG project: Cuben backpack
Very nice job for your first production model. It does look like you're a wee bit short on the torso though (or your pad has collapsed a bit more likely) as the straps angle down the back of yo...

In Make Your Own Gear » First MYOG project: Cuben backpack
April 18, 11:08am

Re: Another strap method
Nice job. Why do you consider straps essential? I never use mine. I keep meaning to cut them off.

In Make Your Own Gear » FLIPLOCK, 3sect, Al walmart pole -- modified to 6.9oz
April 18, 9:21am

Re: Beer Can Pot Durability, Efficiency, & Protection It
> I just finished Andrew Skurka's new book and really enjoyed it. I was surprised to read that he thinks a beer can pot "wasn't durable enough to even last for a week long trip"...

In GEAR » Beer Can Pot Durability, Efficiency, & Protection It
April 18, 9:09am

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