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Re: Re: Make Your Own Gear: Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles
Roger, Another useful tape for wrapping shafts is self-vulcanizing silicone tape (sometimes referred to generically as mox tape, but I believe that is also Arlon's brand name for their tape)...

In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear: Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles
May 09, 3:00pm

Re: Foam pad question
Initially the Z-rest will be more comfortable, but the bumps flatten out over time. The ridge rest seems to keep it's "loft" longer, but doesn't fold up as compact as your two ch...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Foam pad question
April 03, 12:27pm

Re: synthetic insulation
Matt, Synthetic may have less sewing, particularly with continuous filament polyester (Polarguard, Climashield) that can be left unquilted and edge stabilized only. However I wouldn't say i...

In Make Your Own Gear » synthetic insulation
March 21, 2:46pm

Re: What is the lightest stretch-windshirt with a hood?
Something a home sewer can do that manufacturers typically won't mess with for woven fabrics is to cut the pattern on a bias. With ripstop, the square grid looks like diamond quilt on the fini...

In GEAR » Wind Shirt vs. Softshell
March 02, 7:50am

Re: Lightweight Gear Excluding Smaller Wallets
A general rule in design (applies to bicycles, outdoor gear, race cars, military equipment, etc) is you can optimize only two of the following three aspects: strong, light, cheap. If you want some...

In GEAR » Lightweight Gear Excluding Smaller Wallets
February 17, 10:04am

Re: Anyone tried s. Kaibab > Phantom Ranch > Bright Angel in 1 day?
If I recall there is no water on S. Kaibab. You won't need much water going down. I recommend caching some water on the way down so you don't have as much of a load going up. S. kaibab h...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Anyone tried s. Kaibab > Phantom Ranch > Bright Angel in 1 day?
February 11, 10:58am

Re: re: base layers
Frank, We're pretty much in agreement then. Good deal on the no-frills supplex wear. I suspect your metabolism is different than mine if you find it comfortable as a base layer at cooler t...

In GEAR » Base Layer
February 10, 9:46am

Re: Re: Smartwool vs....
Frank, Sweat that does not evaporate doesn't cool the body very well. This is because evaporating a mass of water carries away much more heat than simply warming it up X degrees. Poly base...

In GEAR » Base Layer
February 09, 5:18pm

Re: Full Zip, No Hood Windshirt?
The Pearl Izumi Optik is on sale at Performance bike right now for under $60. It's a light polyester similar to the old Marmot Chinook. Probably in the 3-4 oz range. The one I examined passe...

In GEAR » Full Zip, No Hood Windshirt?
January 31, 12:01pm

Re: Fast tracking an injury recovery for a hike
I injured my achilles tendon 3 years ago on a mountain bike tour. When I flexed my foot it felt like what one site described as 'rubbing wet leather'. Anyway, it took 3 months to heel and...

In Philosophy & Technique » Fast tracking an injury recovery for a hike
January 25, 11:22am

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