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Forum: Touring
05-05-21, 12:03 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,684
Posted By gauvins

We've had a good downpour in cold (7c / 45F)...

We've had a good downpour in cold (7c / 45F) weather today. 40 minutes commute. Socks are perfect (wet but warm). Gloves totally waterproof, although water coming down my sleeves was starting to wet...
Forum: Touring
04-29-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,684
Posted By gauvins

Thanks for this side-by-side comparison. Made me...

Thanks for this side-by-side comparison. Made me re-install my front fender, as I expect several rainy days, many on dirt roads.
Forum: Touring
04-29-21, 07:40 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,748
Posted By gauvins

Well, the upside of a canister wasn't big enough...

Well, the upside of a canister wasn't big enough to justify the expense since I already have an Ursack. But yes, I appreciate the advantages of a canister. Perhaps in another life :)
Forum: Touring
04-27-21, 10:48 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,684
Posted By gauvins

Yes, the general situation. Personally aOK.

Yes, the general situation. Personally aOK.
Forum: Touring
04-27-21, 08:50 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,684
Posted By gauvins

hmmm... neoprene socks work differently -- you...

hmmm... neoprene socks work differently -- you get wet, but not cold. Whereas booties try to keep you dry.

Those I've settled on are the NRS...
Forum: Touring
04-27-21, 04:59 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,684
Posted By gauvins

Will do (well, if there's a trip this summer....

Will do (well, if there's a trip this summer. Things took a turn for the worst...]


Became aware searching for DCF booties on Zpacks' site. I have 3mm (on a boat) but wouldn't consider bringing...
Forum: Touring
04-27-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,684
Posted By gauvins

Thanks elcruxio , djb and Trevtassie for chipping...

Thanks elcruxio , djb and Trevtassie for chipping in. It consolidates my understanding (that wet isn't the problem, but it is rather "cold" that is the issue). As you may have read above, I've...
Forum: Touring
04-25-21, 11:17 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,684
Posted By gauvins

Actually, found some yesterday, in a municipal...

Actually, found some yesterday, in a municipal park. :)

[but since then I've pulled the trigger on thin neoprene socks, so I guess I'll not mess with the dog-poop supplies]
Forum: Touring
04-23-21, 04:50 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,684
Posted By gauvins

Interesting. I gather, looking at the pictures,...

Interesting. I gather, looking at the pictures, that mozzies weren't an item at the beginning, but (you've probably been through Whitehorse) certainly wanted to feast on your blood at some point....
Forum: Touring
04-23-21, 04:42 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,684
Posted By gauvins

Good point. Cold rain certainly drains a lot of...

Good point. Cold rain certainly drains a lot of calories (as the body tries to keep it's core temperature). My regular diet is ramen-heavy. Agree that it makes for feel-good meals.
Forum: Touring
04-23-21, 09:08 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,684
Posted By gauvins

Yes yes, absolutely. The reason why I am looking...

Yes yes, absolutely. The reason why I am looking left and right is that finding dry shelter will not be an option for several days in a row. Not even obvious that I'll be able to wait until the...
Forum: Touring
04-23-21, 08:16 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,684
Posted By gauvins

Yet, an interesting point. I am not familiar with...

Yet, an interesting point. I am not familiar with testing theory, but would guess that a test is meant to learn something about failure. And that it may not be necessary to conduct a destructive test...
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 04:14 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,684
Posted By gauvins

Veeeeery funny :) (as early as Sunday. Aren't we...

Veeeeery funny :) (as early as Sunday. Aren't we lucky to be living in the Belle Province!)
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 02:05 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,684
Posted By gauvins

Tend to completely agree. Has been enough for us...

Tend to completely agree. Has been enough for us so far. Just planning for the worst (planning made more intense by a serious case of cabin fever). Going through my kit, reviewing my options.
...
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 01:56 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,684
Posted By gauvins

Well... my shell(s) have hood(s). I assume that...

Well... my shell(s) have hood(s). I assume that they will do the trick.

Hmmm... my "system" is something like a base layer (capilene) + mid layer (capilene air hoody; plain hood -- scores very...
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 09:31 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,684
Posted By gauvins

I live in Canada, so can't really say about how...

I live in Canada, so can't really say about how this delicate issue is handled in the US (they do such a great job with vaccines, they probably handle this properly :))

Will try this. The great...
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,684
Posted By gauvins

(Good morning djb :)) Something I considered...

(Good morning djb :))

Something I considered seriously. Not a problem (perhaps a benefit) looking like a dork. Just not sure that I'd have liked the feeling all day long (pulled the trigger on a...
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 09:14 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,684
Posted By gauvins

Thanks for your inputs. For background -- in "the...

Thanks for your inputs. For background -- in "the past" we'd avoid riding on rainy days, a mix of touring dry regions and a "rain-means-a-zero-day" policy (largely because of the kids). I am...
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 05:50 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,684
Posted By gauvins

Hands and feet in the rain

What are the options and their relative merits, when you ride all day long in rain?
Forum: Touring
04-17-21, 10:23 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,598
Posted By gauvins

1. Yes, in part because you've mentioned it, and...

1. Yes, in part because you've mentioned it, and in part because it has stellar reviews. Thanks for your mentioning it in the first place.
2. Unfortunately my next trip will we wet and full of bugs,...
Forum: Touring
04-17-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,598
Posted By gauvins

Yup, Rollers. I've also purchased a set of City,...

Yup, Rollers. I've also purchased a set of City, not noticing the difference. BIG mistake. (lucky for me, OK for the kids)



Totally agree. As I said elsewhere in this thread, I'll reconsider...
Forum: Touring
04-17-21, 10:20 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,598
Posted By gauvins

From your most recent journal...

From your most recent journal (https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1mr&page_id=373278&v=m) on CGOAB



Fantastic. Thanks

WRT bivy. I'll probably try something and advise. It is indeed...
Forum: Touring
04-16-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,598
Posted By gauvins

I've edited my previous post by inserting...

I've edited my previous post by inserting questions
Forum: Touring
04-16-21, 02:20 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,598
Posted By gauvins

Compatible objectives. My kit *must* be less than...

Compatible objectives. My kit *must* be less than 25L. Then, it becomes a trade-off between convenience and bulk. My current setup fits everything needed for solo unsupported (including a tent)...
Forum: Touring
04-16-21, 11:52 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,598
Posted By gauvins

staehpj1 a few questions. 1. Yeah... bivy...

staehpj1 a few questions.

1. Yeah... bivy + tarp VS tent. My Duplex weight 539g and packs at a bit less than 4L. It looks like most bivy + tarp combos would pack very close to if not larger than...
Forum: Touring
04-16-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,598
Posted By gauvins

You may want to share your packing list, if this...

You may want to share your packing list, if this is easy for you.
Forum: Touring
04-15-21, 10:01 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,598
Posted By gauvins

We seem to have similar kits. I have a silk liner...

We seem to have similar kits. I have a silk liner and an Extreme S2S + a Zpacks bag.

My observation was that I've never travelled without a sleeping bag, whereas it might well be unnecessary (i.e....
Forum: Touring
04-14-21, 07:38 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,598
Posted By gauvins

Interesting -- Sea To Summit's Extreme liners DO...

Interesting -- Sea To Summit's Extreme liners DO pack the size of a soft-ball. In their blog (https://seatosummitusa.com/blogs/ask-baz/using-a-liner-as-a-stand-alone-sleeping-bag) they write...
Forum: Touring
04-12-21, 09:40 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,598
Posted By gauvins

Could you please share a link? I have a Zpacks...

Could you please share a link? I have a Zpacks that comes in a stuff sack measuring 6 in x 12 in (15 cm x 30 cm). the size of a softball -- you meant a liner?
Forum: Touring
04-09-21, 11:42 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,598
Posted By gauvins

Yes yes, followed that thread. Yet there's a...

Yes yes, followed that thread. Yet there's a difference between what can I eat that doesn't require a stove, and, I want to tour without a stove.

I can't imagine going stoveless on an extended...
Forum: Touring
04-09-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,598
Posted By gauvins

I'd like to read from you about this. You eat...

I'd like to read from you about this. You eat nuts and fruits? You cold soak? You eat in restaurants? I can certainly appreciate the weight/space savings. Not clear how it works out.
Forum: Touring
04-09-21, 03:51 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,598
Posted By gauvins

Nice job -- I've Googled a bit in the meantime. A...

Nice job -- I've Googled a bit in the meantime. A couple of threads suggesting aluminium pan liners. Made me think that an aluminium foil pie plate (comes free with a pie :) ) might do.
Forum: Touring
04-09-21, 03:46 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,598
Posted By gauvins

Thanks for the feedback on sleep systems. ...

Thanks for the feedback on sleep systems.

Being impulsive, I've almost ordered an OR Helium bivy (reviews are extremely positive). But as I must also try to be reasonable, I'll probably try a dry...
Forum: Touring
04-09-21, 03:38 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,598
Posted By gauvins

I have the same + 300ml, both stored inside an...

I have the same + 300ml, both stored inside an MSR Titan kettle. OK but perfectible. (1) 450 is a bit small for a meal. And (2) the kettle is lower than the 460ml. I've order a 600ml insulated mug...
Forum: Touring
04-09-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,598
Posted By gauvins

Great kit. Two questions: (1) Six Moon is an...

Great kit.

Two questions: (1) Six Moon is an interesting option -- does it really work well? (Zpacks makes a poncho+ground sheet. Perhaps a better idea since I'd need a mesh tent under the...
Forum: Touring
04-09-21, 08:25 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,598
Posted By gauvins

Interesting kit. Will go over it in detail and...

Interesting kit. Will go over it in detail and see what I can learn from this. (I do carry a corkscrew -- I am civilised after all -- in a Swiss Army knife variant, which also has a can opener :))....
Forum: Touring
04-09-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,598
Posted By gauvins

Several interesting observations. Would...

Several interesting observations.


Would you have links? Curious wrt bivy. Although my tent (Zpack's Duplex (https://zpacks.com/products/duplex-tent?variant=9365267447844)) is very light and...
Forum: Touring
04-08-21, 03:57 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,598
Posted By gauvins

Ultra compact touring (vs ultra light)

What lessons have you learned regarding compact touring? Most conversations focus on ultralight, but nothing really wrt ultra compact.

As an example - what's the most compact stove+fuel...
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 09:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 954
Posted By gauvins

Completely agree. I believe I read somewhere that...

Completely agree. I believe I read somewhere that tourers average 16kph, close to half of Denham (16kph happens to be close to my average).

Since air resistance increases in the square of speed,...
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 954
Posted By gauvins

This...

This (https://www.cyclingabout.com/fascinating-aerodynamics-bikepacking-bicycle-touring/) is perhaps the most comprehensive discussion on touring aerodynamics. Worth reading.
Forum: Touring
03-31-21, 03:21 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 11,052
Posted By gauvins

Another iteration wrt the question of how to...

Another iteration wrt the question of how to select food items when volume is a consideration (ex: a trip segment w/o resupply option for a week, in bear country --> 10L for a bear canister/Ursack)....
Forum: Touring
03-26-21, 09:56 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 11,052
Posted By gauvins

:) No, unfortunately, no UrsFriends. However,...

:) No, unfortunately, no UrsFriends. However, since the family "might" be traveling in bear country later this Summer, I could rationalize the purchase of another. But then, that's a lot of stuff and...
Forum: Touring
03-25-21, 01:45 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 11,052
Posted By gauvins

WRT portions -- my understanding is that you...

WRT portions -- my understanding is that you should work backwards, i.e. first getting an estimate of the amount of food (fuel) you'll need to burn. My estimate is 3 000 - 3 500 calories/day. I also...
Forum: Touring
03-25-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 11,052
Posted By gauvins

thanks for the pointer. This is basically...

thanks for the pointer.

This is basically "enhanced GORP". What is interesting, though, is that it is priced very competitively compared to the "designer trail mixes" that are frequent in our...
Forum: Touring
03-25-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 11,052
Posted By gauvins

The values you refer to are for cooked food, i.e....

The values you refer to are for cooked food, i.e. including water. I took the nutritional values from the label on the packages. Found very close figure here...
Forum: Touring
03-25-21, 08:56 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 11,052
Posted By gauvins

Actually, by density I was simply referring to...

Actually, by density I was simply referring to the nutritional value per volume unit (say, a litre).

Walnuts are one of the more nutritious nuts (20% more calories per gram compared to peanuts)....
Forum: Touring
03-24-21, 02:54 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 11,052
Posted By gauvins

you make nutritious smoothies :) (see updated...

you make nutritious smoothies :) (see updated chart below).

I'll explore a bit. First impression was to get on with the walnuts. But then, there is the cost (3x peanuts) and perhaps density --...
Forum: Touring
03-24-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 11,052
Posted By gauvins

I've spent a few minutes getting basic data on...

I've spent a few minutes getting basic data on some food items. Turned out to be an interesting exercise. (1) Nutritional values (calories/proteins per 100g) vary quite a bit across sources. I'll...
Forum: Touring
03-23-21, 02:43 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 11,052
Posted By gauvins

Several interesting things in what you say. ...

Several interesting things in what you say.

I can't agree more on the idea that it is preferable to try at home, first.
Oatmeal for sure. Beans -- in what form? Dried beans take forever to...
Forum: Touring
03-23-21, 02:14 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 11,052
Posted By gauvins

Contemplating a summer long trip, with a couple...

Contemplating a summer long trip, with a couple of sparsely inhabited sections such that I'll have to carry up to a week of food, including a segment in bear country. (and later on meetup with wife...
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