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Winter leg insulation
Ice climbing in Ouray CO around Christmas we had morning lows around 5 F and it warmed up to maybe just below freezing. I wore expedition weight polypro under supplex nylon pants. My butt got col...

In Winter Hiking » snow pants
January 04, 4:22pm

Guns in the wild
I notice the Rangers in US National Parks carry guns, but not for non-human wildlife. I have even seen backcountry rangers with heavy duty belts and service sidearms and cheerleader batons and gov...

In Chaff » Does your kit include a gun?
December 13, 3:46pm

Possible Trip Ideas
The closest area that might provide what you are looking for would be the Uintas. I've never hiked there, so I don't know how much of the trails are above tree line but a cursory look seem...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Trip Suggestions
November 30, 1:12pm

Homemade look
Unless you make multiple refined copies of something, pretty much every thing you make is a 'prototype'. Sometimes roughing something up in a cheap fabric is a worthwhile practice exercise...

In Make Your Own Gear » The Homemade look--Aargh!
November 30, 6:23am

Polyester is more UV resistant and can be treated to move moisture along its surface,such as is common with bike jersies and polyester base layers. But I suspect the decision might have more to do...

In GEAR » Nylon or Polyester face?
November 22, 9:49am

Re: Bear canisters in AZ?
Bears in the Santa Catalinas are few and far between. If you camp near the top of the mountain near Summerhaven and campgrounds near the road, a bear habituated to garbage prowling could come arou...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Bear canisters in AZ?
October 29, 9:42pm

Re: Cocoon Conundrum Secrets of Warmth
Everyone's body is a law of physics unto itself, but entropy seems to be an ever present consideration. Those loft/temp values worked for me when I was in my 20s. Now 20 years later my metabo...

In GEAR » Cocoon Conundrum
October 28, 10:04am

Re: Re: pad r-values versus top insulation
Looking at those percentages makes me that that for the pad heat loss through conduction is more the mechanism, thus contact Area makes a big difference where the heat goes if there are different R...

In GEAR » sleeping pad R-values vs temperature ratings
October 27, 7:01am

Pad r-values versus top insulation
I'm just guessing but I think for many conditions the air temperature drops quicker than the ground temperature, thus the smaller temperature differential between your body and the ground requi...

In GEAR » sleeping pad R-values vs temperature ratings
October 25, 10:42pm

titanium work hardens
If I recall correctly titanium work hardens which is why it is so difficult to machine. Grinding it should work, but I also have heard that titanium is pyrophoric so it might give off a nice showe...

In Multiple Use Gear » Spork knife?
October 19, 7:03pm

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