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Why?
Not too long ago, 440C and AUS8 were considered super steels. A dull knife will still cut, albeit poorly. The thinness of the edge proves very much in your favor. I used to carry a sharpener, b...

In GEAR » folding, all-purpose knife?
March 26, 5:32am

Durability
In all fairness, the durability of eVent DVL isn't spectacular (I've seen jackets whose membranes were damaged by getting caught in a zipper) so going with the Plasmic isn't necessarily...

In GEAR » What jacket to buy?
March 26, 5:27am

One obvious choice
There is only one obvious choice for a knife under $30. A Victorinox Swiss Army Knife. While it may not be sexy, it's one of the few knives even worth buying at such a low price, quality is sup...

In GEAR » folding, all-purpose knife?
March 25, 9:27pm

not strong enough
The 3mm cord you are looking at *might* hold body weight but is not strong enough to rely on. Choose the 1" mil-spec webbing that REI sells by the foot (a lower density weave) -- it's more...

In GEAR » Total hammock newb wants to buy some SUL rope.
March 23, 7:39am

One more complication
Ah, but we are forgetting that to stay aloft the birds are actually displacing their weight in air by flapping their wings the air must move somewhere, and naturally the truck bed is there to absor...

In GEAR » Pack compression
March 22, 9:30am

horizontal straps
After trying and owning an embarrassingly large number of packs I have come to the conclusion that: - zig-zag straps are cute, but useless for real compression - two straps on either side are a...

In GEAR » Pack compression
March 21, 11:43pm

20%
End of this month. Next week. Your coupon will likely be available Thursday, but definitely Friday if not.

In GEAR » Rei dividends are here =)
March 21, 12:35pm

I'll help
Hi Max. I'll relieve you of your burden. PM incoming.

In Gear Swap » Help Me Out! FS: Arcteryx Squamish (Men's L, Orange)
March 21, 9:51am

Re: Pertex Equilibrium
I have the Westcomb Crest and I agree that it is nearly the perfect windshell. It's breathable, highly water resistant and very lightweight. I am a little concerned about durability. One of ...

In GEAR » Pertex Equilibrium
March 20, 3:10pm

2014 only
The recall only refers to the 2014 edition of multi-day Flash packs. The mustard yellow Flash 62 came out in 2013.

In GEAR » anybody hear what happened with the new REI Flash packs?
March 19, 1:09pm

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