Dec 4, 2006 at 12:27 am #1220542
Hey Bill – did you ever do anything with the REI pants that convert to an elephant’s foot? ( http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/xdpy/forum_thread/4455/index.html?skip_to_post=32055#32055 )
I prototyped an uninsulated pair to see how it would work…not sure if I’m gonna make an insulated pair or not.Dec 4, 2006 at 10:07 am #1369382
@robertm2sLocale: Lake Tahoe
Perhaps the greatest advantage of going through the hassle of converting pants to a half-bag is not to keep your body warmer, but to avoid waking up to your water container a solid brick of ice, your camera frozen shut, your socks stiff as a board from ice, and your boots like concrete. You can’t very well stuff all that crap down the legs of insulated pants, but you can put it inside a half bag for instant use in the cold, cold morning.Dec 4, 2006 at 12:00 pm #1369394
True. But I don’t foresee using these without at least a top quilt b/c I only need insulated pants when it really cold…otherwise I just get into my quilt.
I could put these pants on over my boots, though…another advantage.
Still not sure if it’s worth the effort, though.Dec 4, 2006 at 1:07 pm #1369403
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
> not to keep your body warmer, but to avoid waking up to your water container a solid brick of ice, your camera frozen shut, your socks stiff as a board from ice, and your boots like concrete.
You forgot the worst one of all: frozen contact lenses! Found mine is a little bed of slush one morning…Dec 4, 2006 at 3:02 pm #1369425
hmmm… that’s pretty neat… gotta bookmark this…Dec 7, 2006 at 6:06 am #1369798
@pietriykLocale: Northeastern PA
Not sure if anyone thought of it already, but I seem to remember somewhere a mention that the zippers would be on the inseam and therefore irritating. I just had a thought about making the zippers on the outside, full-length, and flipping it around somehow to make the waist/crotch area the foot, and zip it together that way. Not sure if it would work at all, but it just came to me a minute ago. Might have to hack into an old pair of pants tonight to satisfy my curiosity.Dec 7, 2006 at 11:43 am #1369848
Making the circumference of the ankles big enough to fit your waist when you flipped it around might make for baggy pants…like bell-bottoms! At least you'd be stylin!
Of course, it depends on how big your waist is compared to your ankles…might work better for some than others…
Definitely worth experimenting with.
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