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I've been trying to figure out a similar question, and based partly on CLO values and partly on anecdotes reported here on BPL, it seems reasonable to assume that the 2.5 apex quilt is going to...

In GEAR » Double up insulation warmth?
February 25, 2:52pm

scales or not
Broad statements about waxless ski performance vs. waxable tend to be just as accurate as any broad statement, and not much use unless the specifics are considered. Waxless bases vary quite a bit f...

In Editor's Roundtable » AT Nordic Ski Systems: Discovering the Best of Backcountry Nordic and Alpine Touring Systems Through Hybridization
February 22, 4:58pm

Re: Re: AT Nordic Ski Systems: Discovering the Best of Backcountry Nordic and Alpine Touring Systems Through Hybridization
On cost - the really nasty part is the boots, and with the constant improvement at the top end of the rando race food chain, a fair number of pretty light boots are showing up used, such as Scarpa ...

In Editor's Roundtable » AT Nordic Ski Systems: Discovering the Best of Backcountry Nordic and Alpine Touring Systems Through Hybridization
February 19, 2:34pm

Re: Re Re Updates
3D mesh will hold water, though.

In Make Your Own Gear » Help Us Design the Ultimate UltraLight Pack
February 18, 9:37am

separate tunnel
If you have doubts about the stiffness, just make the actual tunnel out of a different fabric, lighter and more flexible.

In Make Your Own Gear » 210d Dyneema X Gridstop-Question
February 18, 9:35am

Re: Update
cordura against the back: good way to go, that's what I do on my packs. But you don't need the 500d here, get some 330 or 160, it will be plenty tough.

In Make Your Own Gear » Help Us Design the Ultimate UltraLight Pack
February 17, 11:09pm

Re: Help finding wide ski boots
what brands have you tried so far?

In Winter Hiking » Help finding wide ski boots
February 17, 6:35pm

thoughts
At the weight range that you are aiming for - in the 40's - I have come to the conclusion that sewing the hipbelt directly to the bag is not the best way to do it. I have a pack I made about 30...

In Make Your Own Gear » Help Us Design the Ultimate UltraLight Pack
February 17, 9:32am

Re: CA Drought and 2014 hiking season
Snowfall in the Sierra was best in the tahoe-to-sonora section, and dropped off quickly south of that. So Desolation Carson-iceberg, Mokelumne, and Emeigrant wilderness areas did well and anything...

In Pre-Trip Planning » CA Drought and 2014 hiking season
February 11, 11:21pm

Re: Feb 2014 - Yosemite in the Rain
nice. I am reminded of a trip that my old ski buddy and I call "the 40 degree trip". It was in Desolation in March, and the temperature was 40 degrees almost the entire time, and snowing ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Feb 2014 - Yosemite in the Rain
February 11, 11:15pm

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