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Re: Anyone used the same piece of cuben gear for more than one thru-hike?
Bob, the example of a backpack that got shredded that I gave earlier was a Zpacks one using the 2.92 oz per square yard polyester reinforced cuben. I just don't see the place for a cuben backpa...

In GEAR » Anyone used the same piece of cuben gear for more than one thru-hike?
February 02, 9:11pm

Re: Dirty girls
Greg, I sewed two small grosgrain loops on each of my Dirty Girls. Most of the time I don't use them, but if I run into deep snow I cut two 6" pieces of cord and tie in a quick instep stra...

In GEAR » gaiters
February 02, 10:34am

Re: Cuben
I haven't been impressed with cuben in any application other than for shelters. I have a 0.51 oz cuben stuff sack that I use for toiletries that I am pretty careful with to not put it direct...

In GEAR » Anyone used the same piece of cuben gear for more than one thru-hike?
February 02, 10:26am

Re: Underquilt
Doug, I have a spreadsheet somewhere (geek alert..) where I imported historical weather data from a bunch of the eastern Sierra weather stations (e.g. Bishop Pass, Charlotte Lake) for about a te...

In Hammocks » Underquilt for the Sierras
February 01, 1:33pm

Re:Convince me I don't want an M10?
If your primary reason for switching is more breath ability, I'd caution you to have low expectations. I have two rain coats, a light PU coated one with poor breathability by the specs, and a G...

In GEAR » Convince me I don't want an M10?
February 01, 12:47pm

Re: Extended JMT
Highway 108 has a good amount of traffic in the summer. Many PCT'ers hitchhike from that trailhead into town to resupply. Will you be coming from the east or west? Flying into SF or Reno? S...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Extended JMT
January 30, 12:58pm

Re: Maps
I agree with Billy that the best way to plan side trips or an extension is just to pore over the maps and see what you think looks cool. Though since you're from out of town, you may not want t...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Extended JMT
January 30, 12:08pm

Re: Extended JMT
I'd recommend starting at Sonora Pass. Permits are a non-issue (they are free and there is no quota) and it's right on Highway 108 so hitching should be doable. Not sure if any bus goes the...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Extended JMT
January 30, 10:35am

New SMD packs
Backpacks aren't smartphones - they don't need to be reinvented every 24 months. I think it's great that Ron is questioning the relationship between cottage manufacturers and the market...

In GEAR » new SMD packs
January 29, 12:29pm

Re: Grayson Highlands
Looks like a great trip. You brought back some memories of hiking Mt. Rogers about ten years ago with my wife (then girlfriend) in college. It sure looks a lot different in the winter.

In Post-Trip Reports » Grayson Highlands in January
January 29, 8:25am

All Reader Reviews by Andrew F

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zpacks Company
I had the same experience as everyone else here. Joe got me a customized piece of gear on time and was very responsive to my questions and requests. Can't do much better than that.

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 30, 10:01am

The Ohm is my go-to pack for trips that don't require a bear can. You can fit a Bearikade in it, but it's not very comfortable because it bulges into your back. I put a plastic frame sheet fro...

In Backpacks - Frameless
November 15, 2:15pm

Katabatic Gear Alsek
See thread with pictures and comments here: I've used this quilt for about 20 nights no...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
November 15, 2:08pm