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SI is symbolicly & computationally best, but real things come in uncooperative quanta
As long as tooling and capital equipment and durable goods come in legacy units the old units will be around and comfortable to many. That's why beer around the world comes in 355 mL cans. Th...

In Make Your Own Gear » BPL standardised stove testing system
August 04, 8:10am

Re: Green and Light?
It's not worth it to me to pay more in weight or dollars for products that are marketed to play on guilt or to a fad. Then again, I make a lot of my own gear, some of it with down that's b...

In Philosophy & Technique » Green and Light?
August 03, 7:10pm

Re: fabric weight
Peter, 1.25 oz/yd^2 is light for silnylon but it could be that is why it is a second at Walmart. Try triple washing a swatch in a strong detergent. If it is still water repellent (that is if y...

In Make Your Own Gear » wal mart sil nylon: $1.00/yard
July 24, 10:52pm

Re: Havasupai Canyon
Zion is spectacular and better managed than the third world conditions in the village at Supai. When I was there in 2001 there was quite a bit of flash flood damage and the pit toilets were pretty...

In Post-Trip Reports » Havasupai Canyon
July 01, 9:51pm

Re: Silicone seam-sealing
While silicone may dry to touch for handling purposes once the solvent evaporates, many silicones require moisture from the air for full cure which takes 7 days at 50% RH and 75 F, or 22 C. If you...

In GEAR » Silicone seam-sealing
June 30, 4:14pm

Re: Re: Re: Nunatak quilts with Epic shell?
Compared to an epic shelled quilt or bag, an epic bivy top has fewer quilt seam lines to leak. I'd only consider the epic shell if a bivy was totally out of the question. The nice part about ...

In GEAR » Nunatak quilts with Epic shell?
June 30, 4:07pm

Re: Trekking pole newbie questions what makes 1 better than another, solid/adjustable,why? Recommendations
The BD Flikloks are the most bomber mechanism on adjustable poles, but if you collapse their pole and leave the cam loose, it can unscrew under vibration and fall off. So for stowing I lock the BD...

In GEAR » Trekking pole newbie questions what makes 1 better than another, solid/adjustable,why? Recommendations
June 26, 2:44pm

Re: silkscreening on camping gear
Peter, I don't have any experience with silkscreening, but in my experience, the only thing that sticks to sil-nylon is silicone bases sealants. You could try silk-screening a label out of ...

In Make Your Own Gear » silkscreening on camping gear
June 23, 10:33am

Re: CCF Floor Bivy
I have a body-taper cut ridgerest that serves as the bottom of a summer top-quilt set up. I used velcro tape on the bottom of the pad, and single layer fabric 'wings' from the quilt has ma...

In Multiple Use Gear » CCF Floor Bivy
June 16, 7:32am

Re: Re:cost efficient gear
Cost efficiency is a highly personal, subjective, and variable attribute (like all economic valuations it is subject to the evaluator's time preference, local knowledge, risk tolerance, and per...

In GEAR » cost efficient gear
June 12, 1:57pm

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