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Andrew Wilson (andreww) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Vosges
About Me A PCTr 1998, all home-sewn, I've persued outdoor pursuits lightweight since. Currently I'm riding my 1983 Raleigh super-comp through the passes of the Vosges.

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Milspec polyester tape; braided fishing line
Nothing to do with linelocks, but interesting stuff on various twines. If you can get a hold of braided polester tape, rated at 50lbs or more, it's good for any secondary guys, and it holds ...

In GEAR » Original MLD Linelocs vs. MLD Mini Linelocs?
January 18, 12:57pm

Too much work
I'm pleased with all the stuff people will make with Tyvek; my cousing earned beer money making wallets out of the stuff. And as a certified cheapskate, I can see the attraction of making usefu...

In Make Your Own Gear » Working with tyvek
January 18, 12:30pm

Say no to detachable hoods
The zipper would weigh more than the hood itself. A couple of the tiniest snaps would do the trick for stowing it away, although unless you're biking, I don't see why just stuffing it down ...

In GEAR » Best Wind Shirt?
January 18, 7:27am

Great idea and a great product; I'm glad of your initiative. Personally I would look for a different kind of thing. I always wondered what down booties were for, other than for around a chil...

In Gear Deals » Down Socks
January 18, 2:19am

The wider grosgrain I find helpful for shoulder straps, for simply strapping the drybag to the packframe, lashing would be the lightest. For convenience sake, Roger's right, thin nylon, or I wo...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Pack Harness
January 17, 6:35am

Wenger esquire
I've got the Wenger Esquire, on thru-hiker's advice, and it's very light and very convenient. It is what would take on a thru-hike. You could go lighter, with a combination of BPL's...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Knife input needed
January 17, 6:28am

If you sew your own gear, thru-hiker's Liberty kit is unbeatable: as low as 2.5oz, use whatever fabric you like, build it with a hood, etc.

In GEAR » Best Wind Shirt?
January 16, 10:37pm

Grosgrain, sizes
Just make sure you use Grosgrain webbing, not the heavier nylon kind, which would be overkill for this, and actually can weigh quite a bit in the application you've chosen. I question whethe...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Pack Harness
January 16, 10:35pm

Bag liners and Fleeces
Bag liners are good at keeping the inside of your bag clean, not at increasing its temp beyond a few degrees; and for sleeping in hostels and refuges where such a thing is required. Its much easier...

In GEAR » 2 Newbie Gear Questions
January 16, 10:27pm

Healthy knees, mental exhaustion
I've been running barefoot for 4 years, not 100%, but about 80%, with some winter months off. I can testify that it flat-out cured my long-standing knee pain. I've had no injuries doing it,...

In GEAR » Running shoes bad for the joints?
January 16, 7:21am

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