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Re: Nylon v polyester shell fabrics
A google search shows many references to "Pertex Quantum nylon". It could be mass-misunderstanding though. Polyester is better at wicking moisture. I assume this means it's more hy...

In GEAR » Nylon v polyester shell fabrics
February 04, 10:28am

Re: Fleece/wadding: why polyester not polypropralene(olefin) or acrylic?
Polypropylene fleece is widely available as military surplus base layer garments. It's not very comfortable, and often has odor retention issues. It also melts instantly when exposed to high he...

In GEAR » Fleece/wadding: why polyester not polypropralene(olefin) or acrylic?
February 03, 10:11am

Re: Quilt vs Bag
Tried a quilt, didn't like it. My Montbell stretch bag has all of the advantages of a quilt in a less drafty bag which weighs 21 oz.

In GEAR » Quilt vs Bag
February 03, 8:17am

Re: Winter hiking around 0F and below - what do you wear?
+1 for I have very limited experience at 0F and below, but here's my current clothing system: Footwear polypro liner sock, oven bag vapor barrier, thick wool sock, pos...

In Winter Hiking » Winter hiking around 0F and below - what do you wear?
February 02, 7:50pm

Re: No Hipbelt
The GG Gorilla stripped down to bare bones (removed hip belt, sternum strap, frame, back pad) is very comfortable and 16 oz or less. I use this for loads of 20 lbs or less. It's not very dif...

In GEAR » No Hipbelt
February 02, 9:00am

I fully agree with this. People walking too fast are a real trail durability issue. Rangers should weigh all packs, and have a minimum required pack weight of 40 pounds before they can issue a back...

In Chaff » Trail runners should be banned from trails
February 01, 8:13pm

Re: Trailrunners: Waterproof or Not?
I prefer non-waterproof footwear. (Except when it falls below 20F, around which temp I switch to waterproof rubber mukluks with vapor barrier liners.) Rocky Gore-Tex socks gives me the option of...

In GEAR » Trailrunners: Waterproof or Not?
January 31, 8:15am

Re: First Gear List
I don't see a sleeping pad or underquilt listed. +1 on the Groundhog stakes. A big stake with plenty of holding power is often needed in variable forest soils. I'd stay with the filte...

In Gear Lists » First Gear List
January 29, 8:31pm

Re: Marmot
I have a Marmot Never Summer 0 degree bag--great bag for the price. Weight is close to 4 lbs.

In GEAR » Best 0 Bag for the Money?
January 29, 1:45am

Re: First aid kit
I got my first aid kit down to around 3 oz using the principle of having something to clean the wound, prevent infection (antibiotic ointment), cover it, and having some medications for minor pain,...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Gear for the Non-ultralight wanting to go a little lighter
January 28, 3:37pm

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