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Re: Ultalight Bicycle Panniers
I made a front pair: 4 oz packcloth against the frame, remainder 1.4 oz silnylon. Corroplast stiffeners (recycled campaign signs), 3/4" grosrain tie downs for the rain flap, draw cord top clo...

In Make Your Own Gear » Ultalight Bicycle Panniers
August 27, 9:36pm

Re: Ambien alternative
I've also had good luck with benadryl which I take as much for sinus perturbations that come with change in climate on outings. My wife swears by melatonin (a natural sleep hormone(?) whose le...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ambien CR and High-Altitude
August 26, 10:20pm

Re: Adding a bottom to a couples' quilt
I've done it both ways: breathable and coated. If you sleep in a shelter with a floor, then breathable will be lighter and a little more, well, breathable, with little risk of outside ground m...

In Make Your Own Gear » Adding a bottom to a couples' quilt
August 26, 9:40pm

Re: Omni-Tape (Non Stick Velcro)
Joanne fabrics sells Velcro brand snag-free velcro in 3/4" by 36" pieces (or 19mm x 90cm for the metricly inclined). The package also says 1-piece design, so the 36" only gets you 1...

In Make Your Own Gear » Omni-Tape (Non Stick Velcro)
August 25, 9:09am

Re: Re: Re: Summer quilt ideas?
A baffled design will have more constant loft; the baffled designs I made were also differential cut; the shell was 4" more in circumference than the liner at the shoulder, less so at the foot...

In Make Your Own Gear » variable girth baffles
August 24, 6:37pm

Re: Summer quilt ideas?
My summer quilt velcros to a 'coffin-cut' ridge-rest pad. This gets the full length pad down to 11 ounces. It's more like a top bag when used this way. The shell has 42" of girt...

In Make Your Own Gear » variable girth baffles
August 24, 11:43am

Re: Sewing Gaiters to shoes
A leather needle might work, even if your sewing machine motor isn't strong enough to punch through you can work the machine by hand. But if the throat of the machine doesn't work well let...

In Make Your Own Gear » Sewing Gaiters to shoes
August 09, 1:32pm

Re: Green and Light?
I'm all for environmentally friendly alternatives and market demand being met. My point is that finding environmentally benign alternatives is not always clear without a decent life cycle anal...

In Philosophy & Technique » Green and Light?
August 07, 6:11pm

Re: Retro Gear - Snow Lion, another great line that came and went
Snow Lion also made some great down filled gear until they started using sub-standard down and went out of business. I had one of their 'Bering' baffled parkas that was super warm. When t...

In GEAR » Ultralight Retro Gear - Jensen Packs
August 06, 8:17am

Re: Green and Light?
Being able to make informed trade-offs is not apathy. Your view of hybrid vehicles is simply incorrect. They derive all of their energy from burning hydrocarbon fuels and are not anywhere nea...

In Philosophy & Technique » Green and Light?
August 06, 7:53am

All Reader Reviews by Neil Bender

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Go Lite Speed
I like this pack but had to modify it to make up some deficiencies. Lack of side comptression straps or lacing makes it sloppy when less than full. The load lifter straps are uselss without a frame,...

In Backpacks - Frameless
September 02, 11:24pm