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  • #3759695
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain

    If carrying a bear canister regularly, the Nunatak Bears Ears is a great pack, particularly the framed option.

    #3759008
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain

    I personally prefer a fleece and a windshirt. Wider temperature use range and faster drying than most standard synthetic jackets. And perhaps you already own both…

    #3757830
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain
    #3757753
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain

    I also do not check my camping gear when air traveling. I have had my gear lost and destroyed too many times to trust baggage handling anymore. If I have to absolutely check something, it won’t be any of the big three items (pack, sleep & shelter), plus other expensive or hard to acquire items at the destination.

    What is your torso size? I ask because a framed pack that has no load lifters (such as the HMG packs) can be compressed down to the frame, often not exceeding carry on limits. So if your torso size is 20″, there is a good chance that the backpack frame stays will only be 22″, thus not exceeding common carry on limitations.

    #3756454
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain

    I don’t have alpha bottoms. But my leg insulation looks like this in New England outings, including Mt Washington in winter:

    • Below freezing but under 20F, the softshell pants are enough when active. I have down pants and also a pair of very baggy silnylon pants that I will throw over when stationary. One or the other, not both. The silnylon pants are part of my rain gear kit, in case the weather is warmer than forecasted.
    • Zero and below, I wear a standard mid weight layer. I tried a heavier polartec gridded thermal bottom, but I found it too much for me when pushing a good pace. Fine if moving slow. When stationary, I will put on my down and perhaps the baggy silnylon pants over them depending on weather conditions (wind), chances of snagging, or time foreseen outside sleeping bag.
    • Teens are in between. Perhaps a lightweight layer under the softshell pants and down puffy over when stationary.

    I have considered alpha pants, but fear they would be too warm except perhaps at zero F or below.

    Below 20F I use vapor barriers in both my hands and feet. Turkey oven roast bags for feet and 9MIL gloves from Harbor Freight.

    If buying down pants, I would prefer the extra weight of full side zippers. Mine don’t have them, but it would be great to not have to take my shoes off when putting them on and off… Mine are GooseFeet Gear and they are great. I would probably order from them or Timmermade.

    #3756314
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain
    • Fleece (pajama) pants
    • Fleece base layer / underpants
    • Military surplus insulated pants.
    • Alpha pants (Timmermade, and others)
    • Down Chinese Pants
    • Montbell, Rab, GooseFeet Gear, Timmermade, etc…

    I think those are your options more or less organized by cost. When I started winter camping, I started using the fleece pajama option. Inexpensive and relatively light. Easy to walk into a couple of retailers and study the fit and features. Many are cut baggy, which makes them easy to slide over other base layers.  Eventually, I got insulated pants on gear swap.

    My son uses military insulated pants. You could search online, but a trip to the local surplus outfitter, you will be able to find some of the green older, less expensive styles as well as some newer synthetic insulation offerings. They are wide to layer over pants, so take that into account when shopping. Traveling, so I have no clue of weight.

    There are some threads about the Chinese down pants offerings. Perhaps a bit old. As always, fit can be an extra challenge compared to the other options.

    #3755026
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain

    Not the same, but I have seen Kevin Timm in a video or two use a leaf blower…

    #3754029
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain

    I think black argon is less revealing than other argon colors. But when I need a replace mine, I would probably get Hexon

    #3754025
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain

    If looking at one pole mids, one possible source of inexpensive mids is Oware. Owner Dave Olsen/Olson posts here once in a while.

    https://bivysack.com/shop/ols/categories/tarps

    #3754020
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain

    Like JScott, I have had great luck with Steripen. My first one was the Opti. But those batteries can be pricey. I decided to switch years ago to the Classic 3 with AA batteries. No failures. My son in Scouts likes it too, so I got him a used Classic 3. No failures. Checking on the model name online, I noticed that Sunny Sports has a 50% discount on them it seems.

    I feel that in the BPL forums I seem to hear of failures pre-Opti and the first gen of the Opti, but not as much with other, more recent, models… So perhaps they have solved the issue?

    I gave up on water filters a few years back.

    #3754016
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain

    I think Luke’s Ultralight (LUL’s) didn’t have a pocket. I am on vacation, so unfortunately, I can’t check. They are crazy light, but not very abrasion resistant.

    #3753933
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain

    Luke Ultralite used to make a pair in argon. Not sure if in other materials. Unfortunately, his company closed. If memory serves me well, Dutch sold them under Luke’s name for a while. Now they are just Dutch shorts…

    https://dutchwaregear.com/product/dutch-shorts/

    #3753419
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain

    Thank you, Craig!

    #3753404
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain

    That recipe looks great, Craig. Wondering what “Ouzelade” is… Could you clarify, please?

    #3753400
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain

    For brands, I may be forgetting some, but I think the main players are:

    • CAMP
    • GRIVEL
    • PETZL
    • BLACK DIAMOND

    My family has the first two brands and we are very happy with them. A friend prefers Black Diamond because they use Stainless Steel. Thinks steel unsightly. It doesn’t bother me. I make sure not to store wet.

    Regarding materials, I prefer steel despite being heavier than aluminum for the stronger bite. But that’s just my preference, even if I am not climbing vertical ice. Steel stays sharp longer when encountering mixed rock and ice.

    #3752908
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain

    Perhaps it’s worth it to add Maine to the list?

    #3752906
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain

    I don’t always get the notifications on follow up replies. That Zpacks pocket looks great, William!

    I just noticed that Superior Wilderness Designs has some new hipbelt pockets that are zipperless. I really like the way they look https://www.swdbackpacks.com/product-page/hip-belt-pocket

     

    #3752258
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain

    Hi Jeff,

    I’m 5’10” and wear a L size top. My 20F EE Enigma quilt is Reg length and Wide. My 40F EE was purchased Long and Xwide with the idea to layer it over the warmer bags. It has worked well both over the Enigma quilt and a Montbell 15F sleeping bag. Looking at the EE site, it seems that increasing length and width by a size yields about 6″ extra inches in length or shoulder width…

    Best luck!

    #3752197
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain

    Assuming you read the manual. It seems as some flaring up is normal even with isobutane when the stove is cold in a couple of videos I saw about it. I don’t have first hand experience with it.

    Also, even though the canister can be inverted, you need to start the stove with it upright and once the stove is warm, you can reverse it.

    Manual screen shot

    #3751897
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain

    Some of the BPL podcasts are produced at a very low volume level – much quieter than others

    I actually have this very problem with practically every episode.

    #3751485
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain

    Identifying… The family bottles were purchased in several different colors. I think Nalgene makes white, green, orange and red for 1L. Not sure about 2L…

    Also, stickers can be used to differentiate at camp from other folks’s. I thought placing boiling water would cause them to fall out, but hasn’t been the case over a handful of outings  I know, they increase weight…

    Wondering whether using a permanent marker and placing transparent tape over would work.

    Or perhaps Leukotape and writing on the tape. The way it sticks to skin compared to the typical first aid tape is great.

    You can also order a separate lid in a different color and shuffle. White bottle with black lid, etc. Most white bottles seem to have a blue lid.

    Or tie a thin piece of colorful cord around the lid attachment link.

    #3751456
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain

    I see plenty of insulation pockets for 1L bottles. There may be some for 2L, but I have never seen them.

    I was going to recommend Forty Below neoprene covers, and it turns out they do have a 48oz model. I have been very happy with my 1L…

    Another consideration is how will the 48L bottles be carried in your pack?

    Regarding UV treatment, the Steripens seem to max out at 1L…

    #3751149
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain

    Not sure whether you found a satisfying tarp ridgeline setup. I like using the combination of Nana Claws and two Loop Alien pieces of hardware, one open, one closed. Easy, fast adjustment, very workable with gloves. I bought the hardware separately and used the cord I already had.

    https://loopalien.com/products/titanium-continuous-ridgeline

    #3750857
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain

    I have had the Fizan Compact 3 (now available at Amazon for about $60). Over several hundred miles of New England hiking, I haven’t had any issues with them slipping and the shafts have been rather durable. Slippage was a concern when buying, but no longer.

    I also purchased a few sets of the Cascade Mountain Tech Black Ultralight for about $25 around Christmas as gifts for several relatives, including my son. I borrowed them from him a couple of times and they have worked well. The flick lock has a plastic nut, which Skurka had mentioned can break on the other poles from this brand, so I assume it’s the same here. The lock does look overall flimsier than what you get from the more reputable manufacturers. But it’s an easy fix at the hardware store. Now these poles are $60…

    Cascade Mountain Tech Trekking Poles – Carbon Fiber Walking or Hiking Sticks with Quick Adjustable Locks https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B086R8FM6Q/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_TZNMV7Z5CN3NJ6JS5TP7?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

    #3747670
    Iago Vazquez
    BPL Member

    @iago

    Locale: Boston & Galicia, Spain

    If not in a rush, Timmermade could be another option.

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