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down/synthetic jacket
From a bulk and weight point of view, I can't imagine why you'd ever want combine two sleeping bags to make a warmer bag. If you're a very occasional winter tripper then I could unders...

In GEAR » Combining two down bags for warmth
November 30, 12:30pm

Patagonia Houdini
I can post again - cool. Personally, I find Gore-Tex to be one of the biggest scams around. It's breathable compared to a cheap PU coated raincoat, but it's not very breathable compared...

In GEAR » how breathable a wind shell is
November 26, 7:26pm

Surefire Minimus
My vote is for the Surefire Minimus. They can be had for <$100 if you look around online. I just bought one to replace my Petzl XP2. Surefire makes a great product and they have a no question...

In GEAR » Bright, powerful headlamp?
October 19, 3:00pm

depends on what you're using it for ...
I really appreciate a quality knife and I also think that a knife is THE most important thing a person carries when venturing off the beaten track. For super basic food prep and/or opening package...

In GEAR » 1.5" Knife: 35 grams, $0.95
October 18, 12:36pm

snowpeak
I haven't read through all the posts, but I'd imagine Snowpeak has come-up a few times. I have a Ti cup from a lightweight Snowpeak pot set. While it's light, it does burn the lips an...

In GEAR » Lightweight Coffee Cup Recommendations Please
October 12, 12:23pm

makes sense ...
Thank you for the ideas/input. Both the tent fabric and the patch fabric have one side that is 'matte' and one side that is 'shiny' ... I assume the shiny side is PU coated. Whe...

In Make Your Own Gear » Adhesive for sil nylon patch?
October 10, 9:28pm

I've tried two different brands ...
I'm a loooong-time Patagonia advocate, but I've recently been using more and more Arc'teryx stuff. I have Patagonia base layers dating-back as far as the mid 1990s and they're stil...

In GEAR » Patagonia Capilene 4 hoody. Antimicrobial / smell??
October 10, 2:17pm

Has to be breathable ...
Any form of air-tight membrane feels warm for a while, but then, as body vapour begins to condense, your toes will get really, really cold. Same feeling as wearing rubber boots or non-breathable r...

In GEAR » Icy feet
October 10, 12:01pm

Adhesive for sil nylon patch?
On a recent trip, a squirrel chewed three holes into the sil nylon vestibule of my Black Diamond [Bibler] Bombshelter [no - there wasn't a speck of food in there]. The tent is virtually brand ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Adhesive for sil nylon patch?
October 10, 11:31am

I have a few ...
I like knives that are strong and sturdy. I also like knives that are made from quality materials and exhibit tight manufacturing/design tolerances. Fixed blades are great, but folders are more l...

In GEAR » EDC Knife
October 02, 9:31pm

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