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Re: SMD Fusion info has been released
They seem to have substantial hip belts and frames. If the 50lb rating is accurate, that would be great, but it does seem optimistic. I did not see what material the external pockets were made of -...

In GEAR » new SMD packs
February 25, 1:58pm

Re: GPS on Android
"I have the Gaia app and really only open it up occasionally if I have a little concern that I am where I want to be." I think this about sums up my GPS use. I also have a stand alone ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Android Smartphone as GPS?
February 25, 12:09pm

Re: General question
I use Gaia GPS. Map quality is great - far better than my old Garmin. I can easily download tracks and all necessary maps ahead of time and access them offline. I don't track my route - I can e...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Android Smartphone as GPS?
February 24, 2:10pm

Re: Ultamid 2 - Optimal Custom Inner Design for 4 Season Use
You might consider using a light, breathable nylon for the sides of your inner instead of cuben. I do not know how well some of the 10D fabrics (nobul1, Argon, etc) would work for this, but the...

In GEAR » Ultamid 2 - Optimal Custom Inner Design for 4 Season Use
February 24, 10:52am

Re: Android Smartphone as GPS?
Ben, glad to hear the GPS works with Android. I was concerned it would either not work at all or would be a major battery drain. Kevin, I'm certainly not going to pack in 4-5 extra batteries...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Android Smartphone as GPS?
February 23, 9:43pm

Re: HMG Ultamid
See this post: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=81323 Anthony is using two poles in an inverted V on his Ultamid. The poles ...

In GEAR » HMG Ultramid & MLD Duomid: Couple's use?
February 23, 9:28pm

Android Smartphone as GPS?
I have been using my iPhone 4S for a couple years now as a GPS unit with good success. The phone stays in airplane mode most of the time, and whenever I need to check my position, I do the followin...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Android Smartphone as GPS?
February 23, 5:30pm

Re: Patagonia Baggies Shorts 7'' (size Medium)
Now $25 shipped for the Patagonia Baggies.

In Gear Swap » FS: Montane Mountain Fury Tights (size Medium) and Patagonia Baggies Shorts 7'' (size Medium)
February 23, 12:35pm

Re: Do people actually rely this heavily on fire?
I don't know - I think these fire starting items give people a false sense of security. If you're out there solo, and all the wood is wet, and your gear is wet, and it's raining, and...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Do you carry a backup fire starter? What and Why or Why Not?
February 21, 4:15pm

Re: Do you carry a backup fire starter? What and Why or Why Not?
I see comments such as "fire can be the difference between life and death". Do people actually rely this heavily on fire? When I go out, I would NEVER rely on fire as my savior in an e...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Do you carry a backup fire starter? What and Why or Why Not?
February 21, 2:11pm

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