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- Mar 30, 2013 at 8:38 am #1971041
If your bag isn't too large, the top of a 2-liter plastic Coke bottle above the bag will help and it's super light weight. Keep the cap and it can be used as a water scoop as well.May 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm #1881424
I use tulle bugnets on my hammocks and it works great for mosquitoes and black flies. I am told that it doesn't work as well for no-seeums. But, I soak my tulle in permethrin so that pretty well takes care of anything that might try to get through the weave.
One word of caution – there are different qualities of tulle. I use the "fashion Tulle" from JoAnns Fabrics. Most other tulles fall apart before you can hit the trail but if you are gentle with the "fashion tulle" and don't snag it on bushes, it will serve you well at half to 1/3rd of the weight of other netting or organza.Feb 3, 2012 at 10:54 am #1833904
I will never hike in the mountains without my poles, but I find them to be just extra gear on the flat land hikes so I leave them at home then.
As to swing weight, that's very important. I fly fish and have found that rod "A" can weigh more than rod "B" but, rod "A" needs a lighter reel than rod "B" to balance it because it's swing weight (not total weigh) is lower. The difference is unbelievably significant with fly rods.Dec 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm #1814795
For the eastern US (where I hike), I just don't think soft-shells are the answer. I wear an appropriately thick wool base layer and them pack a second, lighter weight wool layer, a wind shirt and a poncho. If it's cold, I also bring rain pants.
I will wear a soft-shell for a day of snowshoeing or skiing when I have a limited time of exposure and can predict the weather reliably. But that's the only time.
I can imagine that in the dry western winters they may do well.Dec 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm #1814790
What an adventure! Thank you for sharing it in such a personal way.Dec 20, 2011 at 6:47 am #1814214
I love it! I'm going to make a second layer, a little larger than the first, and fill the space between with some Primaloft insulation that I have laying around, along with some M90.
Thanks Ken!Nov 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm #1800209
If they put these up for sale on a bushcraft forum, betcha they could sell more of them than even the Chinese could make!Nov 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm #1800202
I've been fondling (over the internet) the Backcountry Stoic Vaporshell even before this article came out. Now that the article has given me the confidence to pull the trigger – Backcountry no longer has the men's Vaporshell. :-(Nov 2, 2011 at 6:03 pm #1797989
My wife and I have the OR Cascadia gaiters and use them for X-country skiing and for snowshoeing and also with Kahtoola Micro-spikes.
We are very happy with them. My only comment would be to size DOWN one size from the recommended OR chart. I think they assume you are using plastic mountaineering boots.Oct 22, 2011 at 6:21 am #1793695
I ordered a set of Vargo's Ascent stakes and quickly abandoned using them.
The top part, above the notch for the guy line, bends over with the slightest pressure used to push the stake into the ground. After a couple of events like this, it breaks off from fatigue failure.
Yes they are light, but useless.Oct 22, 2011 at 6:12 am #1793694
You can easily make your own poles. You can pick what strength you want to make them. Quest Outfitters sells both aluminum and fiberglass poles segments and shock cords and fittings to custom make your own in various diameters.
http://www.questoutfitters.com/tent_poles.htm#FIBERGLASS TENT POLE SET
While I would recommend not using the slightly lighter carbon fiber poles for your particular need, you can get custom CF poles also from Fibraplex…Oct 18, 2011 at 10:48 am #1792017
I bought the reflective fabric from Scott (above) and used two layers, with shiny side facing inward, and between the reflective layers, I added a layer of Insultex (also from Scott). This has worked out well because it is flexible, packable, washable and still weighs only 1/2 ounce.Oct 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm #1790614
I always check my backpacking gear. There are several items in there that TSA would object to going though security.Oct 12, 2011 at 8:23 am #1789523
I just received my REI tripod stool last night. I sat in it for about 20 minutes will I made a couple of whoopie slings and found it to be acceptable in comfort. It was not posh, nor did it cause pain.
It weighs 16.8 ounces on my scale. There was no stuff sack included.
I looked at ways to lighten it. I will be removing the carry strap and it's attachment hardwear. I will also replace the heavy duty nylon webbing around the base with some 1.75mm zing-it (dyneema) line.
I thought about removing the 3 plastic feet, but could see what Erik just mentioned – that the stool would probably sink into the ground without them.
All in all, I'm pleased with te purchase as a good balance between weight, comfort and price. I won't take this on all trips – only the ones where I go with someone that likes to sit around the fire and talk a bit. It will be left at home on solo trips.Oct 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm #1789347
I just received RailRider's Adventure pants and I am completely impressed.
The fabric is thin, very cool but yet appears durable. Men's size large weigh 9.5 oz plus there is an attractive 1 oz removable belt.
They have pleats in the front so they look dressy enough for travel. There are no cargo pockets but they have very deep front pockets. There is a side zippered pocket for security. (I should have had these in Spain where I caught a pick-pocket in the act). The two rear pockets are also zippered. They are quite long, which is good for me, but a shorter person would probably take a hem in them. I haven't washed them yet to see if they dry overnight, but my bet is that they would. I will definitely order another pair of these in a different color. (They come in four colors.)Oct 11, 2011 at 8:31 am #1789124
I have to adit that scratch my head and wonder when I look at softshells. Here is my general take on the genre.
Softshells are not really waterproof, not really breathable, not really warm, and they weigh a lot.
Well, I guess that would get me kicked out of the softshell fan club.
I do wear a softshell (Polartec Powershield) when out for a day of cross-country skiing when it's too cold to rain.Oct 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm #1788560
My Thorofare pants in size large weigh 4.1 oz (and it is a very large, "large").
I can walk slowly through a stream, knee deep with moving water, stop in the middle to take a picture, and come out the other side with the pants bone dry. They are miracle pants. There is no other pants to compare, that I know of. I only wish I had bought a half-dozen pair or more!
It seems Rohan has discontinued those pants, as they do not show up in their catalog anymore.
I just ordered Railriders Adventure pants (about 10 oz) to see what they are like.
I have some Railriders shirts which I really like.Oct 9, 2011 at 5:06 pm #1788557
I much prefer the Tech Lite 140 because if fits like a regular tee shirt whereas the Icebreaker Atlas 150 fits like tights. Also, the Tech Lite is a softer fabric, at least to me. I have 1 Atlas 150 but I have 6 Tech Lites, all in different colors.Oct 9, 2011 at 1:36 am #1788295Oct 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm #1787804
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I have the same desire that I believe the OP does, and that is I want to sit at chair height. My legs are 60 years old each, and while I can still walk on them all day, they complain a lot when I have to get up off the ground, or nearly so. To me, that's more important than having a back.
So I am looking at REI's 3 legged stool. For my goals, it sounds like a better fit.
That stool, the Monarch, and the slinglite all weigh 18-19 ounces. Pretty much a tie there.Oct 7, 2011 at 3:37 am #1787640
Thanks for the headsup!Oct 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm #1787519
Do it NOW! While you're still single! You won't get that chance again. LOLOct 6, 2011 at 7:55 am #1787336
I bought a Gerry down parka back in the mid 1970's and used it as a ski jacket for many years. This was way before wp/b stuff was out there. At the time, Gerry was considered premium gear. I bought it at a Peter Glenn, a boutique ski shop.
I remember it seemed lighter than air at the time. He only reason I don't have it today, is that I gave it to my grown son, and he still uses it now!Oct 6, 2011 at 7:45 am #1787334
I don't use it on the tarps I've made and they are no worse for wear. I do sew a few inches of it on the edge at the tie-outs for reinforcement.
You would have to use 3/4" grossgain which weighs 1-1/3 grams per foot. So, that would add about 1.4 ounces to your tarp.