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  1. I'd ditch the filter and grab a Steri-pen. A...

    I'd ditch the filter and grab a Steri-pen. A fraction of the weight and bulk, and easier to use to boot. No pumping, no backflushing, just 30 seconds of gentle swirling. True, it is one more...
  2. I've done a few short tours out of a 22 liter...

    I've done a few short tours out of a 22 liter backpack. Self supported, camping, but in nice weather, with no bugs, and the ability to buy food along the way. Of course, doing so did take some...
  3. Thread: quilt query.

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    If you got an Enlightened quilt, it should come...

    If you got an Enlightened quilt, it should come with four straps, of which you can use either set, or none at all.

    The longer, non-stretchy strap can be used to secure your quilt to the sleeping...
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    Have you tried asking Detours? I think I have the...

    Have you tried asking Detours? I think I have the same panniers, and they sent me a free set of the old style replacement hooks just because I asked nicely. They actually sent me a free pair of the...
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    As the proud owner of the Revelation X, I'm not...

    As the proud owner of the Revelation X, I'm not sure you can get a better sleeping bag (well, quilt) for the money. They are made to order, beautifully crafted, warm as you can possible need, and...
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    Strangely enough, I just had a crankset stolen...

    Strangely enough, I just had a crankset stolen from me. The bike was parked in the same spot for far to long, and when I (finally) went to retrieve it, I found it sans saddle (quick release, I know),...
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    just a reminder (because it's one of my pet...

    just a reminder (because it's one of my pet peeves), if you have a hammock, and you expect temperatures below 50 degrees or so, it pays to have insulation underneath you. Your choice if this is an...
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    I'm not sure where you get your data from; 1 inch...

    I'm not sure where you get your data from; 1 inch flat nylon webbing has a break strength of 3000 pounds, 1 inch polyester has a break strength of 3800.

    Polypropylene is weaker, and more prone to...
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    I'm sorry, I'm going to have to ask for...

    I'm sorry, I'm going to have to ask for clarification. I have no doubt a bear would cause wildlife to give you a wide berth, but doesn't it attack you?
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    It's true that polypropylene has a fraction of...

    It's true that polypropylene has a fraction of the breaking strength of nylon, but that really doesn't matter. 1 inch nylon has a breaking strength off ~2200 pounds, comparable polypropylene only...
  11. Thread: camping gear

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    If you are worried about food smells, you could...

    If you are worried about food smells, you could use a few OpSacks for your food. Store them in a stuff sack for easy hanging, and don't worry about food smells leaking.
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    If you have to ask, and you're in a position to...

    If you have to ask, and you're in a position to afford it, you probably should buy a Rivendell. If that's what you want, nothing else will come close.
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    Alcohol has been proven (several times now, from...

    Alcohol has been proven (several times now, from several different studies) to have a positive effect on ones health when consumed in moderation. Something like two standard drinks a day has been...
  14. Thread: camping gear

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    You can use a hammock as part of a versatile...

    You can use a hammock as part of a versatile system. So long as you don't mind using a sleeping pad in your hammock (it's not as nice as an underquilt, but still better than sleeping on the ground),...
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    Only some forms of webbing stretch when wet....

    Only some forms of webbing stretch when wet. Nylon stretches, Polyester doesn't, and Polypropylene has less stretch than either of them, dry or wet. A good strap supplier (because who knew there were...
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    You could always use a thin closed cell foam pad...

    You could always use a thin closed cell foam pad for extra protection. A Gossamer Gear Thinlight weighs about 3 ounces, and would provide some (slight) insulation in the event of an air mattress...
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    A pad with an R-value of 5.0 should be very warm,...

    A pad with an R-value of 5.0 should be very warm, more than sufficient for even serious winter camping. 2.0 should be more than sufficient for at least 2.5 season camping.
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    Don't think about it in terms of dunking your bag...

    Don't think about it in terms of dunking your bag in the river, rather think about a week long trip in very cold weather. As you sweat at night, the water vapor condenses on down, limiting loft. If...
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    Overfill is really insurance that you get the...

    Overfill is really insurance that you get the required loft, even under less than ideal conditions. Down isn't a gas, and doesn't expand to fill the available space, so if it's a little damp and your...
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    I can't post from personal experience, since I'm...

    I can't post from personal experience, since I'm still just saving up money for one, but I've heard nothing but great things about Enlightened Equipment's quilts. It's hard to say no to a price like...
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    I just wanted to point out that there is about...

    I just wanted to point out that there is about one wolf attack related fatality a year worldwide. By contrast, there are about 50 lightning strike related fatalities per year in the US.
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    Most titanium things are alloys, probably with a...

    Most titanium things are alloys, probably with a higher melting point. Also, copper melts at a considerably lower temperature than Ti, but you'd have one hell of a time reducing copper to a puddle...
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    The second set of eyelets underneath the brakes...

    The second set of eyelets underneath the brakes are likely for a small front rack like the V-O Randonneur. I don't know of any rack made to fit panniers that mounts to those eyelets, although you...
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    Can one of those go through Ti? We might have...

    Can one of those go through Ti? We might have found the one attack that the TiGr is actually strong against?
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    Those safety releases have come in very handy for...

    Those safety releases have come in very handy for me at least once. I was riding my fendered 'cross bike on a muddy trail and hit a spot of really thick gloppy stuff. It coated my wheels and...
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