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approaching the problem differently
In some cases, the collarbone can hurt if the sternum strap is located too low, or pulled in too tightly. The sternum strap is not to be cinched down hard, as is most people's inclination, but ...

In GEAR » Girlfriend's pack problem
February 20, 5:27pm

Re: Zipper Parts Names
> Stephen: "Zipper head" means "Pull tab"? "Stopper side" = "box"? You got it. It's important to note that the Houdini, like many other zipper...

In GEAR » Zipper Rescue: Skipped a Tooth, Can't Unzip
February 20, 3:01pm

Re: Zipper Rescue: Skipped a Tooth, Can't Unzip
You can fix this if you are patient about it. It's happened to me a few times when I wasn't paying attention so I am decent at fixing these now. Unzip it as far as you can. Then you w...

In GEAR » Zipper Rescue: Skipped a Tooth, Can't Unzip
February 20, 2:29pm

Enlightened Equipment quilts are better than any bag I've ever owned
I sleep cold, I am a side sleeper, a rotisserie sleeper, and I thrash around a lot at night. A quilt has proven to be the best option for me. My 20º Enlightened Equipment RevX quilt at 22oz easil...

In GEAR » Has anyone here switched to a quilt and liked it LESS than a regular sleeping bag?
February 17, 7:40pm

Thanks John
John, I truly appreciate your insight about the Solplex. Your photos were very helpful and your attention to the details makes me more confident that the Solplex is the shelter for me. I didn&...

In GEAR » Can I do better than a Zpacks Solplex?
February 15, 10:14pm

Not the target market.
>The thing this thread really highlights is the disconnect between the main thrust of outdoor product lines and what hikers really need. The retailing centers around winter jackets, heavy soft s...

In GEAR » Current UL windshirts and breathability: are there other options and layering techniques?
February 15, 8:28pm

Skyscape vs Solo & Hexamid + net questions
To my untrained eye the SMD Skyscape and the LightHeart Solo look the same. Why would I choose one over the other? Michael L, I'd like to see that review of your Hexamid + Net Tent set up. ...

In GEAR » Can I do better than a Zpacks Solplex?
February 13, 5:08pm

Re: Re: Better than a ZPacks Solplex?
> You didn't say if you were set on cuben. Cuben is just a means to an end. I want my summer shelter system to weigh a pound or less. How I get there is irrelevant as long as my specified ...

In GEAR » Can I do better than a Zpacks Solplex?
February 13, 7:32am

Can I do better than a Zpacks Solplex?
Setting my budget at about the price for the Solplex ($535), is there anything else I should be considering for a similar weight (~15oz)? A couple things about my shelter needs: - 1 person, 3 s...

In GEAR » Can I do better than a Zpacks Solplex?
February 12, 10:27pm

Kelty Salida 2
The Kelty Salida 2 is an excellent two-person tent or one-person palace. It's listed at 3lb12 which is pretty good considering it's freestanding, double-walled with plenty of bug netting...

In GEAR » good, not too expensive, 2 or 3 person tent.
February 12, 9:08pm

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