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Re: R Value of Gossamer Gear Pads
3/8" = ~1.36 1/4" = ~.90 1/8" = ~.45 http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=5464

In GEAR » R Value of Gossamer Gear Pads
September 02, 12:20pm

Re: Re: Lightweight thru-hiking shoes
It might be worth waiting til January to check out the new New Balance MT110s. A couple previews: http://www.irunfar.com/2011/08/new-balance-mt110-preview-2.html http://bikernate.blogspot.co...

In GEAR » Lightweight thru-hiking shoes
August 31, 7:46am

Re: Benefits of ultralight trekking poles?
I think pole weight is pretty noticeable. I have GG LT4s as well as some MYOG ones I made out of golf club shafts that weigh about an ounce less per pole than the GG poles. If I trade poles with ...

In GEAR » Benefits of ultralight trekking poles?
August 30, 4:00pm

Pfaff 145 walking foot industrial sewing machine
Selling because I just bought a 138. Works great and will sew pretty much anything you throw at it (8 layers of VX40 in pictures). Lots of extra feet, bobbins, plus 5 complete hook units and some...

In Gear Swap » Pfaff 145 walking foot industrial sewing machine
August 30, 1:17pm

Re: Singer 401A ?
Go for it; 400-500 singers are about as good as it gets for home machines imo.

In Make Your Own Gear » Singer 401A ?
August 30, 11:53am

Re: trip suggestions
The Chiricahuas are unreal, especially if you have any interest in ecology/birds/etc. Bummer about the fire, I hadn't heard that. A couple Utah ideas: Dark Canyon-lower section is best, al...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Southwest backpacking fall trip suggestions
August 30, 10:31am

pack liner as inflator for air mattresses
It takes a little practice, but you can easily use your pack liner to inflate an air mattress which eliminates a separate piece of gear like the instaflator. My Kookabay 48" pad takes less th...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Inflatable Sleeping Mats - State of the Market Report 2011 Part 2: Test Results and Mini-Reviews
August 29, 6:34pm

DX40
I've weighed it and it's 6.9 oz/yd. It's indeed awesome fabric and the face fabric is mostly dyneema. I've been using it for pack bottoms which seems to be a perfect place for it.

In Make Your Own Gear » Heavier weight cuben fiber ?
August 29, 6:30pm

Dirty Girls
Agree with the above; Dirty Girls are awesome and will do much more than any change of shoe would. Cheap, light, and they work.

In GEAR » Need high top minimalist shoe!
August 27, 9:04am

Re: quilt
For warmer weather desert trips I usually take a narrowish silk 2.5 oz Apex quilt and no other insulation. Very breathable, nice against the skin (not clammy like nylon gets) and light.

In GEAR » UPPER temp limits of sleeping bag comfort?
August 26, 4:41pm

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