Reply To: Bearikade Expedition?
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by Paul McLaughlin
52m ago
I have both a weekender and an expedition. I have gotten 12 days worth into my Expedition with some room to spare, and I think I could do 14 if I packed as carefully as I could. The 12 days was 18lbs; I probably eat less than some now that I am in my 60’s. The officially stated capacities of the two are 650 Cu. in. and 900 cu. in.; based on that and doing the math from 14 days, then I should be able to do 10 with the weekender. I am not sure of that, but I am confident I could get 8 or 9.  I will be using it this summer for that many days. And yes, I could figure out ways to resupply so t ..read more
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Reply To: Recommendation on kids gear
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by dirtbag
2h ago
Not sure of your budget but if you could swing it ZPacks sub Nero Is 30 L.  Great pack I can attest as I use 1 in the summer months.  I also saw a ULA kids Spark pack.. @ 40L.  Can’t say anything about that other then it looks good and ULA packs are solid pieces of gear. I do have a Circuit in X-pac material and its a great pack. My kids are older now but when they were younger they used Gossamer Gear murmur and Kumo packs. Actually, my daughter still uses a kumo pack when she comes out with me. Maybe the Gossamer Gear Loris 25 Daypacks? More affordable and they can pick from va ..read more
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Reply To: HMG Splash Bivy
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by jscott
2h ago
Why not just buy a double wall tent? Good bug protection and the outer skin can be left off on warm nights. Easier than a tarp/bivy. This is a rhetorical question! I understand the very good reasons than many folks like the modularity of a bivy/tarp combination. I like the simplicity of a double wall tent ..read more
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Reply To: Sewing tolerances – inaccuracy in cutting and seam width
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by Tim (Slowhike) Garner
3h ago
Good point Bill.   ..read more
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Reply To: Sewing tolerances – inaccuracy in cutting and seam width
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by Bill Budney
3h ago
Perhaps, assuming that you don’t sew it into a seam, and the fabric is strong enough. I have pulled it off of Alpha Direct (to reposition it). I would say that it slightly compromised the fabric, but it was within the seam allowance so I didn’t care. Dritz makes wash-away 1/4″ tape that dissolves in the laundry. I have a roll of that but have not tried it yet.   ..read more
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Reply To: Recommendation on kids gear
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by David P
3h ago
The Deuter Fox 30 and Fox 40 have been working well for my smaller than average 10 & 12 year olds, and the suspension could be adjusted for smaller kids too. The Costco down throw blankets (60” x 66”) might make a diy quilt with a few snaps added. We used the MH Bozeman kids bags (5’ long) this past spring in canyonlands and being synthetic they are bulky but managed to stuff small enough to just fit into the kids packs. Carrying just bags and layers their packs were pretty light to carry but big enough to be proud of ..read more
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Reply To: Sewing tolerances – inaccuracy in cutting and seam width
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by Roger Caffin
3h ago
Bill That 1/4″ tape. Just wondering. If you are not sewing thru it, could you peel it off later? Cheers ..read more
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Recommendation on kids gear
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by Steven Hall
5h ago
Hi all, used to be pretty active on here and finally getting back into backpacking now that my kids are old enough and looking for some gear help for the big items. 9 year old girl and 7 year old boy for reference. Shelter: Got the Tarptent Rainshadow 3 which I’m excited about. Packs: They have the REI Tarn 18 packs which work well. Looking for something for a little volume though so they could also carry there sleeping bags. Any recommendations for something around 30L? Sleeping bag/quilt: Any suggestion? Don’t really have anything at the moment. Seems like all the kids stuff out there is bul ..read more
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Reply To: Sewing tolerances – inaccuracy in cutting and seam width
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by Bill Budney
5h ago
I’m just a padawan at sewing, but I’ve been using 1/4″ basting tape from SailRite. It is narrow enough that I don’t sew through it ..read more
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HMG Splash Bivy
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by Monte Masterson
6h ago
ZPacks had a “Splash” Bivy 7 or 8 years ago. I never owned one but they were known to be absolute condensation factories. Since Joe and Company haven’t used the name in awhile I suppose it’s fair game now. https://www.hyperlitemountaingear.com/products/splash-bivy If the HMG Splash was made with all net upper without the 7D DWR portion I’d be rejoicing, but in warmer humid environments it could turn into a zero ventilation oven. The MLD Bug Bivy 2 is very similar, however Ron rightly states in the description that it’s for ‘cooler climates, northern latitudes and harsher weather”. Yep, even a ..read more
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