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Re: Old tent floor feels tacky/Replacing Sierra Designs floors
Many of the Sierra Designs floors are easily replaced as there is a bound/taped seam around the floor perimeter (rather than a floor that runs continuous up the 'bath tub' side wall). The ...

In GEAR » Old tent floor feels tacky
June 11, 11:29am

Re: larger knives and multitools have a place....
My everyday utility knife is a small pocket clip knife that weighs 1.8 oz. Usually a spyderco delica (serated)or a benchmade axis 530 (half serated). Both have about 3" blades and can be ope...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Knives and Other Sharp Things
June 10, 8:14am

Re: Thunderbolts/Pyramid Lightening rods
If you have a small dog with you (yorkies, chihuahuas or dachshunds are the lightweight backpacker's nano-wolf of choice) their wet nose should be at the top of the the pyramid. Some kibble on...

In Philosophy & Technique » High Wind Techniques
June 10, 7:24am

Re: Tent fabric
If you are building your own, silicone impregnated fabrics (which means both sides) have better strength to weight as the silicone actually makes the fabric stronger. Urethane coatings for some re...

In GEAR » Tent fabric
June 07, 7:15pm

Re: Bright colors or not?
For packs I like light neutral colors (silver, gray, or tan) so there is good visibility when looking into the pack. I also like to use different colored webbing, and never black webbing which has...

In GEAR » Bright colors or not?
June 05, 10:52am

Re: Quilt Question(s)
A round head hole is harder to sew and will require a tall collar with a drawstring to seal, and the collar will likely be thinner than 2.5 to 3 " loft of the quilt top. A 23-24 inch slit ope...

In Make Your Own Gear » Quilt Question(s)
May 25, 8:58pm

Re: Re: Re: MYOG -Failures!
Yes, there are plenty of instances where home cooked beats 'prefessional' or 'mass produced' or 'one size fits all'. I have long since upgraded my abilities and design ...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG -Failures!
May 24, 2:08pm

Re: MYOG -Failures!
Sam, It wasn't bravery, more like pathological DIYitis, a disease which can be controlled, but never cured for those of us who have the congenital form. My dad was a tinkerer, my brothers a...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG -Failures!
May 24, 12:24pm

Re: How H2O proof is...?
Initially the momentum's dwr will look just as good as Epic. But with a little dirt, sweat, abrasion, etc. the dwr on the Momentum will break down in as little as a day of abuse and require re...

In Make Your Own Gear » How H2O proof is...?
May 24, 11:45am

Re: MYOG -Failures!
If it rips, it's a prototype ;-) Never take a prototype anywhere where failure could be a problem. So far I've never had a failure with sleeping bags (actually a buddy melted a zipper in ...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG -Failures!
May 23, 7:16pm

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