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Re: samurai style
Yep. It's only for temporary stash when scrambling or I need them out of the way. For long term storage I attach them to the pack or stuff them in a pocket.

In GEAR » Your ZPacks Arc Blast Customizations - (or other UL/MYOG packs)
May 09, 6:32pm

Re: Zpacks trekking pole holders
I always found my Exos pole holders to be finicky in use, getting tangled up and such. Now when I need to temporarily stash my poles I just do it "samurai" style across my back underneath...

In GEAR » Your ZPacks Arc Blast Customizations - (or other UL/MYOG packs)
May 09, 5:41pm

Re: Re: Astrophotagraphy equipment recommendations
The astro imagin forums on www.cloudynights.com will be your best source of info on the latest gear.

In Photography » Astrophotagraphy equipment recommendations
May 08, 5:44pm

Re: Re: Adventure Medical Kits SOL Escape Bivvy
Hmm, I'd say it is about as insulative as a cotton sheet at body contact points, breathes like wax paper, will wet thru on body contact points, and is kinda expensive compared to a $2 Mylar &qu...

In GEAR » The SOL Escape Bivvy
May 07, 8:13am

Re: Re: Montbell Alpine Down Parka (not "Light") & new Montbell stuff
I am skeptical of Montbell's ultra high Fill Power ratings as the down/feather content seems off compared to others. Montbell seems stuck at 90/10 ratio for 800FP, 900FP, and 1000FP while some ...

In GEAR » Montbell Alpine Down Parka (not "Light") & new Montbell stuff
April 30, 5:31pm

Re: Re: Re: Montbell Alpine Down Parka (not "Light") & new Montbell stuff
JC, you would be wildly overestimating the amount of down at nearly 50% of the jackets weight thinking it has 180g-200g of down. Not even the Mirage with its 7D fabric has a fill ratio that high. T...

In GEAR » Montbell Alpine Down Parka (not "Light") & new Montbell stuff
April 30, 1:24am

Re: Montbell Alpine Down Parka (not "Light") & new Montbell stuff
I think you can guessitmate, given the fabric weight and feature set of the Alpine Down Parka, that the fill weight is ~4oz/125g. At half the price of the USA Mirage it is a good value. The Japa...

In GEAR » Montbell Alpine Down Parka (not "Light") & new Montbell stuff
April 30, 12:11am

Re: Just purchased
Maybe should have waited until you got to Korea, Nathan. You may find the climate and campsite terrain unsuitable for that TT design.

In GEAR » acceptance into UL backpacking. the tent!
April 28, 6:46pm

Re: now i SEA
Survival knife? You better check the Korean law on that. In Japan you would be arrested if found carrying any knife with a blade length over 5cm (2")! Seen it happen to countless foreign backp...

In GEAR » Moving Overseas: bringing our backpacking gear
April 27, 7:05pm

Re: shipping
Nathan, the $200 quote surprised me but it seems the USPS no longer offers SEA MAIL service. Everything is sent by air now! Still, I would just box my stuff up instead of buying new large "...

In GEAR » Moving Overseas: bringing our backpacking gear
April 27, 6:42pm

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