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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

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

Re: Warning... Machetes can be Hazardous to your Health
Just want to reiterate what Bob said; hiking with machetes can be very dangerous business. One little stumble and the blackberries might not seem so bad...

In GEAR » Machetes for bushwacking.
August 26, 7:18am

"Filter vs Steripen"
I have an Opti and love it. I've never had a single problem and it's seen LOTS of use.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Filter vs Steripen
August 25, 11:20am

3d mesh weight
It's relatively heavy; the rockywoods stuff is just under 15 oz/sq yd. I've used the thru hiker mesh as well and I'd be surprised if it was much different.

In Make Your Own Gear » How light is reasonable for a (non-Cuben) MYOG pack ~30 liters?
August 17, 6:11pm

Re: How light is reasonable for a (non-Cuben) MYOG pack ~30 liters?
If you keep straps, buckles, pockets, 3d mesh, etc to a minimum it's probably doable. Those add up way faster than fabric weight. Here's one I made that's similar volume to what you&#...

In Make Your Own Gear » How light is reasonable for a (non-Cuben) MYOG pack ~30 liters?
August 17, 5:45pm

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