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Vick Hines (vickrhines) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Central Texas
About Me 2X AT thruhiker
Author of How to Make Your Own Lightweight Camping and Hiking Gear
Builder of solo canoes
Compulsive builder of yondering gear of all kinds.
CityAustin
StateTexas
CountryUnited States

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All Forum Posts by Vick Hines

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Re: Freezer Bag Boiling
It's sort of a sliding scale. Sandwich ziploc bags are light, but get really soft when filled with hot water and require the support of something like a fitted cozy. Hard bits such as noodles ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Freezer Bag Boiling
August 20, 8:40pm

Re: Re: Re: Fastpacking Definition
The sport of 'fastpacking' or 'swiftpacking' had been around for a few years when in 1979 some friends in California asked me to develop something that would work for runners bette...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Fastpacking Definition?
August 20, 1:52pm

Re: How fast do you hike?
Flat ground, clean trail, when acclimated to the elevation: 3mph Ups and downs, rocky trail, insecure footing, being unacclimated knocks it way down. The only time I ever did better than 2 mph o...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How fast do you hike?
August 20, 1:29pm

Re: Kevlar fabric
I don't recommend using Kevlar at all. 1) Unless you use DuPont "Nomex" you are in for a world of frustration with Kevlar. Even Nomex is a bear to cut. Kevlar also absorbs lots of w...

In Make Your Own Gear » Kevlar fabric
August 19, 7:03pm

Re: thanks...
I do quilts like Mat described. Your questions: 1. Yes, Climashield will snag on the presser foot, and it is fine and strong, so it really snags badly. I use a guard to hold the insulation down a...

In Make Your Own Gear » How do you finish your quilt edges?
August 14, 8:14am

Re: Jo-Ann Fabrics grosgrain ribbon and homemade silnylon loops for tarp tie outs
Thumbs up for JoAnn's grossgrain. I've used it for years for tarp tie outs. If anything, it is too strong and therefore too heavy, so for SUL tarps I use folded fabric instead of grossgrain.

In Make Your Own Gear » Joann Fabrics Grosgrain Ribbon for tarp tie out loops
August 12, 8:44am

Re: I've got a Flat!
Nothing beats a flat tarp for versatility. There are probably a dozen useful configurations.

In Make Your Own Gear » I've got a Flat!
August 02, 11:43am

Re: Re: Re: Hammock bug netting
OK, I called JoAnn's - that dress fabric is calle 'toole' or just 'net'.

In Make Your Own Gear » Hammock bug netting
July 31, 11:12am

Re: Quick and Dirty Bug Net
For just skeeters, fabric stores have toole, a net fabric for stuff like retro prom dresses. It's cheap, not durable, but very light. It usually comes in 48" or 54" widths. The 54 is...

In Make Your Own Gear » Quick and Dirty Bug Net
July 31, 11:11am

Re: Re: Hammock bug netting
The only craft store netting you are likely to find is a dress fabric for proms and such. Don't remember what it is called. It will stop mosquitoes but not no-seeums. It is light, but not durab...

In Make Your Own Gear » Hammock bug netting
July 31, 10:54am

All Reader Reviews by Vick Hines

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Nike Free Trail 5.0
Summary: A light moccasin with a good sole and no heel counter. The shoe encourages full use of foot and ankle, improves balance and control, and strengthens the foot and ankle. The low profile sole r...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
May 12, 4:17pm

Golite Trail Fly and Tail Spike
Two pairs of Golite shoes self-destructed within 70 miles on the AT. The first pair (Trail Fly) failed after 66 miles. The fake ripstop fabric over the toe section cracked with repeated flexing (an...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
May 08, 8:16pm