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Question about "true rating" of MontBell SS UL #1
They market it as a "15deg F" bag. [EN TESTED]26˚F/ -3˚C(Comfort)、15˚F/ -9˚C(Lower Limit)、-19˚F/ -28˚C(Extreme*) Given that they call it "comfort female / comfort mal...

In GEAR » Question about "true rating" of MontBell SS UL #1
December 26, 12:00pm

Heavy materials
I will point out that when hand-sewing heavy materials (Cordura 500/1000D comes to mind) that it's MUCH easier with a machine than pushing a needle through it yourself. It can be done, sure, b...

In Make Your Own Gear » hand sewing vs machine - stitch strength, down-proof(ness), etc?
December 14, 12:24pm

@Jason "Weight conscious?" You just need to come to terms with your size and not focus 110% on the weight ... accept that you're a bigger guy and everything you do will have to ...

In GEAR » Need some tent help, please
December 14, 12:16pm

Hard question
I want a jacket with inflatable air-struts and (partial) vacuum chambers. Just to see how well it works against the Argon-filled Klymit vests. =) -mox

In GEAR » Wishlist Gear Ideas
December 12, 4:33pm

Lots of people in the world use the same small set of clothes over and over. The only downsides are: 1) Lack of expression/style/freshness/etc 2) Smaller set of clothes to be washed more frequ...

In GEAR » Can 3/4 of my wardrobe be hiking gear?
December 07, 6:54pm

Of course...
This video shows a cheap blue poly tarp, 8x10, pitched as a pyramid. Obviously the technique will scale up, so if you wanted a bigger tent ... just get a bigger tarp and pole. Nothing fancy...

In GEAR » Tarp for car camping
December 07, 4:12pm

For anyone doing the same, be careful how you cut your carbon shafts... Without a 10k RPM+ rig, like a mounted dremel or a commercial carbon tube cutter (maybe a local archery shop will do it fo...

In Make Your Own Gear » DIY Carbon Trekking Poles 295g / 10,357oz
December 06, 4:52pm

Be careful in California ...
When it all boils down to that 10 seconds of "aim and pull the trigger" hunting with a pistol is no different than a shooting range. The difference is in the time leading up to that 10...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » hunting to lighten pack load by eating meat?
December 06, 12:44pm

Re: I beg to differ...
You can hunt just fine with a pellet rifle, and you can hunt just fine with a .22 short or LR. If you cannot get closer than 75 yards to a rabbit, and you need to take that shot, fine, use the h...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » hunting to lighten pack load by eating meat?
December 05, 5:52pm

Fair enough. Interesting, at least to me, the old reports of all-eVent bivvies not having the same condensation problems as other bivvies in the group had. Or the HomeWrap Tyvek bivvies report...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Breathability proposal of fabrics- looking for feedback
December 03, 4:53pm

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