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- Aug 4, 2020 at 6:04 am #3668765
Here are some things that work for me…YMMV.
Cup – Ditch the cup altogether and use your pot with Hot Lips.
Stakes – Accumulate a collection of different stakes and select the number/type depending on the terrain expected. Mix-n-match.
Pillow – Big Sky Dreamsleeper UL. 1.6 oz. Adjusts to the firmness you want. I pull my buff over it for a pillow case.
Water – For me, not carrying water is stupid light. Hungry for a day or two is not a survival threat. Thirsty for 8+ hours is. I always carry a min of 1L. HYOH.Aug 4, 2020 at 5:25 am #3668764
+1 for the Schnozzle…If you use an inflatable mat and it is compatible. Otherwise I like the Nyloflume bags (like from Litesmith)Aug 3, 2020 at 5:14 am #3668509Jul 29, 2020 at 6:39 am #3667177
“Not clear if the “banging” of your toes is on the front of the big toe or on top of the nail.”
Yes! Same result with the damage coming from a different direction. Sufficient toe room is in both width and height. Untrimmed toenails simply exacerbate fit problems. It can take a lot of trial and error, and a lot of experience to select the proper shoe for your feet.
Shoes and backpacks…everyone is so incredibly different.Jul 29, 2020 at 6:27 am #3667175
Bought my Duplex in Nov 2013, pretty much weeks after it was released. At that time it was unique and exciting and I loved it from first pitch. It’s still my main tent but realizing its end of life is approaching I started searching for a replacement.
I REALLY don’t want to spend almost $700 (again) on a tent, but damn if the SS Li isn’t the mac daddy…clearly…arguably without equal. Design, construction, the small details, all at the pinnacle.
That said, I jumped on the X-Mid 2P when it was announced because the design is similarly unique and exciting and…1/3 the cost with only a 10 oz weight penalty. With COVID…Florida is the dumba** capital of the US…local daytime temps in the mid to upper 90s and travel pretty much out of the question I have not had a chance to put it to use. But if the X-mid fails to live up to expectations, the SS Li *will* be purchased. It will be painful, but the decision is easy.Jul 19, 2020 at 6:57 am #3665230
Good points so far, especially so David’s reminder that your feet swell on the trail. What might seem “too big” a size in the store may be exactly right on the trail.
This might seem obvious, and you may already be doing this, but make certain to trim your toenails before a hike. I would say “as short as possible” but that may only be what works for me, and that will mean different things to different people. If the meat of your toe tip contacts the shoe, it is must less painful and destructive that if your toenail touches first and is driven backwards!Jul 18, 2020 at 7:08 am #3665051
“Warm, light, price the most important to me.”
I will suggest that you can pick any two of those, but not all three.
Since you sleep cold, I second the suggestion(s) that you go with Western Mountaineering or Feathered Friends as they are both absolutely top quality and you will love your bag for the entire time you own it.
IMO, starting a “new bag savings fund” and waiting until you can afford the good stuff is a better plan than buying something now simply because you can afford it. With either the WM or FF bags you will get a minimum of 10 years of use, and more likely 20 with proper care. Looking to find something on the used market is also a good plan, but you may find people don’t often dispose of these bags…a testament to their quality.
As for which degree rating to choose, I am afraid no one can answer that question but you.
Good luck with your search.Jul 17, 2020 at 6:12 am #3664866
Roger – Sometimes, old-school is the best school :)Jul 13, 2020 at 5:00 am #3657922
Very thorough review over at Section Hiker, after a reported 6 months of use (vs 10 days for the BPL review). Some conclusions mirror those of the BPL review, others do not. Of particular personal interest were the comments comparing the Visp to the Montbell Versalite, and Phillip’s suggestion that a difference in target audience may suggest they are not entirely comparable.Jul 12, 2020 at 10:32 am #3657744
Suffered the same type of damage for the same reason on my WM Megalight 5 years ago. Repaired it in the field with tenacious tape and it still looks perfect even after a wash/dry.Jul 7, 2020 at 5:35 am #3656760
I have always said that anything Western Mountaineering is a recommended buy. However, the points made by @mtwarden regarding down weights, the fact that the Flylite does not appear on the WM website, and the “special edition” label on Backcountry would all cause me to take a pass on this one.
If the Summerlite ticks all your boxes, I’d stick with that.Jun 30, 2020 at 6:24 pm #3655565
^ Was wondering when someone would go there.Jun 30, 2020 at 6:18 pm #3655564
FYI, Currently 30% off buying directly from Granite Gear with code SPRING30. Easy returns and great customer service. That brings the Crown2 60 down to $139.96 and includes free shipping.Jun 30, 2020 at 6:08 pm #3655562
I would also prefer to be able to easily return if it does not fit me well or comfortably. I have an REI store nearby
Given that preference, take a look at the Granite Gear Crown2 60. It might be slightly larger than you specified but compress well and are easily adjusted to carry all/most weight on the hips. Durable to boot. I own and regularly use one as well as a ZPacks Arc Haul depending on trip parameters.Jun 29, 2020 at 5:10 am #3655270
I ditched the MH meals long ago for reduced salt/increased nutrition DIY dehydrated meals, but the MH freeze dried ingredients are good quality. I vacuum pack all my meals in zipper bags like these…they work the business for repackaging any food items. An inexpensive vacuum sealer is in my top 10 most useful “backpacking” purchases.Jun 25, 2020 at 5:35 am #3654575
My plan is to only do solo backpacking trips for the foreseeable future. I try to avoid places that attract people anyway…now it is not simply a personality trait, but a medical necessity.Jun 21, 2020 at 6:15 am #3654226Jun 14, 2020 at 5:31 pm #3652990
ZPacks uses 1.0 for the Duplex floor. See the “materials” tab.
This is true for all of their floored shelters I checked and is true of my Duplex.Jun 6, 2020 at 10:06 am #3651326Jun 4, 2020 at 5:12 pm #3651001
I am surprised. No. I am shocked. That is not the quality of product or craftsmanship that I have received, nor that I would expect, from ZPacks. They must have made a mistake somewhere. I would send them pictures of the replacement and ask for a response. I bet they make it right.May 28, 2020 at 5:04 am #3649671
Absolutely everything that David said!May 14, 2020 at 6:38 pm #3647249
I had made several different Reflectix rehydration pouches and was generally happy with them…until I made one of these. The improved thermal insulation of the blue foam is astounding. Now my food is still too hot to eat even after rehydrating for 20-30 min. And it really does make a great coffee cup. Only downside is it doesn’t pack flat so I just pack other things in it so no wasted space. Never going back to Reflectix.
Forgot to mention I just put the freezer bag in the thermos…I hate doing dishes in camp.May 1, 2020 at 6:09 am #3644466
“Fortunately, it’s okay for everyone to like different things.”
I hate how often I have to re-learn that my opinion is precisely that…my opinion. I suppose I must be both opinionated and a slow learner.Apr 25, 2020 at 6:50 am #3643054
Rex – You go your way, and I’ll go mine :)Apr 24, 2020 at 5:25 pm #3642948
The IS treatment is very different than spraying a solution of permethrin diluted in water onto your clothes and allowing it dry. Not only is there great risk of polluting your local environment during such application, permethrin applied to clothing in this manner will wash almost completely out in 3-4 washings. It also leaches out when you sweat, or when you get rained on, or when you swim in your clothes.
IS treatment is a very technical chemical process that bonds the permethrin to the clothing fibers. It does not wash off, rinse off, or sweat off…not in your washing machine, not onto your body in the rain, not into a stream or lake. There is a great deal of information on the IS site for those interested in researching these claims further or reading the scientific reports. For those disinclined to believe the literature provided by a vendor who wants to sell something, there have also been many studies worldwide, spanning several decades, that corroborate IS’s claims. Google reveals all. In this case, not only is there adequate scientific research, there is a surfeit of it supporting the safety and efficacy of the proprietary Insect Shield treatment.