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I'd look into Montbell as well. I have the Rain Trekker and it's an awesome jacket and a great value. Their Breeze Dry Tec is definitely more breathable than what you have listed. Not qu...

In GEAR » Best rain jacket for under $150?
April 21, 10:30am

Durable trail shoes?
I've found La Sportivas to be very durable. I've only used the Fireblades, but they definitely last longer than anything else I've used.

In GEAR » Durable trail shoes?
April 20, 6:42pm

2 yds of .74 oz cuben
2 yards (72") x 54" wide CT2k.08 olive drab color. $45 shipped. PM if interested.

In Gear Swap » 2 yds of .74 oz cuben
April 20, 9:01am

keg vs ti
I like using the kegs for woodburning or esbit because when they get all sooty they're easy to replace. I don't mind replacing 'em ;)

In GEAR » long term beer keg vs Ti pots
April 20, 8:54am

I'd also consider a windshirt one of my favorite layers. I made a hooded one from M90 with a liberty ridge pattern and love it. Cheap, easy project with a final weight under 2.5 oz. I find i...

In GEAR » Windshirts and warmth
April 13, 9:45pm

hose length
My experience has been that having longer hose above the filter improves flow rate but hose length below the filter does not. When I use a gravity filter I only have a couple inches of tubing belo...

In Make Your Own Gear » Gravity filter/ hose length
April 12, 10:48pm

"A new pack - I know what I want, but don't know what to get."
Between the Gorilla, Ohm, and Prophet, the Gorilla will have the cooler back with some 3D mesh and the eggcrate CCF. I have a Gorilla and a MYOG pack made of Dyneema X and the Gorilla is a bit coo...

In GEAR » A new pack - I know what I want, but don't know what to get.
April 12, 9:28pm

gorilla straps
I'm pretty small (about the same as Tyler) and love the gorilla straps. I find them very comfortable. I think it has to do more with body/shoulder/neck shape than large or skinny or whatever.

In GEAR » A new pack - I know what I want, but don't know what to get.
April 12, 1:24pm

The 3d mesh does have some stretch and is relatively heavy (not sure the exact weight), but it's awesome for shoulder straps and hipbelts. I've tried using mesh in the 2 oz range for packs...

In Make Your Own Gear » lightest mesh for backpacks?
April 12, 9:59am

Merino 1
Is the merino 1 any cooler than pure merino? I have some 150 merino and love it but it's a little hot in warm weather. I'm wondering if the Merino/syn blend could be the best of both worl...

In GEAR » I need a new baselayer
April 09, 5:11pm

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