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Re: Rappelling Rope
If you are fixing the line for a single pitch rappel, then 8mm is as thin as as most rap devices generate decent friction. 8 mm static line is available by the foot and works well for rappeling an...

In GEAR » Rappelling Rope
January 04, 3:12pm

Simple lapped seam
Sails are often sewn with this seam. Two parallel 3-step zig-zag stich lines that overlaps the raw edges works well on stiffer dacron sail cloths but can pucker lighter fabrics like silnylon unles...

In Editor's Roundtable » Bushwhacking Gear: Heavyweight Fabrics and Compatible Construction Techniques to Improve Clothing Longevity for Off-trail Bushwhacking
January 03, 11:19am

Re: Which shelter?
If you aren't any taller than 5'10" you might want to look at the single wall Black Diamond Firstlight. The EPIC fabric works surprisingly well in tents, though it can leak under heav...

In GEAR » Which shelter?
December 10, 9:30am

Re: Adding loft to my down bag...
If the bag has parallogram baffles then they will expand with more fill making the bag warmer (and shorter). If the baffles are vertical you'll get round tubes of higher loft pinched thinner b...

In Make Your Own Gear » Adding loft to my down bag...
December 09, 9:27am

Re: Bottles for SODIS disinfection
Polycarbonate does a pretty good job of filtering short and long wave UV. Window glass transmits and 80% of UV, whereas a thinner sheet of lexan will only transmit about 3% UV. This is why the Aq...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Does a solar still purify water?
November 20, 12:44pm

Re: MYOG Materials
I'd like to see a 1.0 oz (or 1.1 oz with DWR) polyester mini-ripstop for wind-wear. Polyester is hydrophobic and plenty durable enough in this use and dries much faster than nylon. gray or black ...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Materials
November 13, 12:33pm

Re: apologies / saturated outer layer (eVent)
Epic definitely will leak under heavy rain. Even under a light rain where the rain pressure is being repelled, Epic will leak under the pressure of pack straps once water accumulates there. It se...

In GEAR » eVent or Epic: Which is more breathable?
November 13, 12:06pm

HEADSWEATS alternative
I haven't tried this yet, but the sweat gasket in this design looks promising: Has anyone experience with this?

In Philosophy & Technique » Wicking fantasy
September 30, 1:08pm

I've taken fleece blankets when over night lows were no less than 55-60 F. They don't save any weight over a much warmer down or synthetic quilt with a loft of an inch or so, but are much easier t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Blanket for backpacking?
September 28, 11:05am

Re: why no rack
I've never toured off road, but have had some success with unconventional ultralight unsupported tours without a rack. My logic is that the main triangle is already a frame, so I built a 3 inch th...

In GEAR » MLD Prophet 20 or 30?
July 10, 6:36am

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