I have three girls. They're awesome but they cost money. Dance money, bike money, lunch money, surfing money, rock t-shirt money, itunes money, and seriously the list just goes on and on. So as you can imagine, this leaves very little in the way of GEAR MONEY.
To solve this issue, I've decided to start selling crack cocaine online. However this is a tricky business. My website would need big time advertising while at the same time being undetectable. My distribution facility would have to be guarded by the A-Team and half my mail deliveries would likely be "Lost" in transit.
So in the meantime, plan B, Gear Hacking. Share with us your ideas for substituting expensive pieces of gear with creative gear hacking goodness. Now hopefully this wont become just another "heres how you shave 4 grams off your cook kit for free" threads. Instead, How can we avoid spending big bucks on gear by using cheap alternatives, or by modifying this to make that. I recently learned about Marshall's and Costco as sources for cheap gear, awesome! I also read in the forums the other days about using taped Tyvek to fashion mitts out of. Super awesome! I'll start with a few cool ones I've used recently. What else you guys got?? Love this stuff!
Waterproof socks out of subway bags
Warm sleeping hat out of cut-off jacket hood
Dri-ducks as snow shells
Wool socks as additional hand insulation
Thrift store Merino sweaters (second only to my Houdini in usefulness and just money-saving coolness!!!)
Thrift store wool slacks (better than you might think)