Jeff - We'll ask Milo about purchases from the US. We're asking that question of all companies on Days 2-4.
Both Milo and Gelanots say that the fabric is 20,000 mm/h2o and 20,000 g/m^2/24h. I believe this puts it on par with standard Gore-Tex. I will look into this more.
There is another company or two at ISPO that use Gelanots, and we are meeting with them in the next two days. We'll let you know what we find. In the meantime, someone from the BPL community may chime in with more info.
Devin - Thanks!
Eugene/Eric - Yes, there may be a slightly lighter separate ax and shovel on the market, but the idea behind the combination was the novelty here. Maybe someone at BPL will see this and make a better, lighter version. Several of the things that we report on are good ideas, but not necessarily ultralight. Who knows what this community can do with it!
Dwight - Alas, no. Unless you can convince Addie that we need to stay an extra day here . . .