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  1. Just bought a Compass 360 ultra-pak rain jacket...

    Just bought a Compass 360 ultra-pak rain jacket at (...of all places...) Dick's Sporting goods. Ridiculously light airy feel. Packs into the pocket. Fabric feels like Harry Potter's Cloak of...
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    I love new gear and ambitious new designs. And if...

    I love new gear and ambitious new designs. And if I won the lottery tonight, I'd unquestionably spend $1K on this tent. But aside from winning the lottery, this tent requires some perspective.
    ...
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    I've been searching for my best pad too! About...

    I've been searching for my best pad too!

    About me: I'm a side sleeper. I'm 220 lbs and 6' (so a bit heavy). I'm 47 years old. I sleep with either an AegisMax Outdoor Ultralight Sleeping Bag or a...
  4. I used my Gerber Dime to fix a zipper that had...

    I used my Gerber Dime to fix a zipper that had come off the track in the middle of a 250 mile bikepacking trip. Cool! I felt so Macgyver.

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    I'm constantly pulling 'em up! Love this idea! ...

    I'm constantly pulling 'em up! Love this idea!

    Cyclists use bib shorts for this reason.

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  6. Sorry... More to add on Gerber Dime. The...

    Sorry... More to add on Gerber Dime.

    The purple is only $14.95 and is fooking beautiful.

    It's a little bit larger than the micro SAK but much smaller than regular SAK.

    The blades do NOT lock...
  7. Gerber Dime. Very light and compact. Two blades...

    Gerber Dime. Very light and compact. Two blades in Leatherman style folding pliers. Light and compact. Scissors work well and are spring loaded.
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    I too rode the GAP and C&O. I found the...

    I too rode the GAP and C&O. I found the Hiker/Biker campsites quite nice. Although I too noticed a tremendous amount of poison ivy.

    I saw someone using a hammock one night. But certainly some...
  9. Got outside today with the REI Flash today....

    Got outside today with the REI Flash today. (Wasn't able to last weekend.)

    It was unexpectedly easy to setup. Straps go around the trees. Hammock connects to straps with the C-clips. Pole goes...
  10. Yes they help. They lift everything up helping...

    Yes they help. They lift everything up helping form the bathtub. Please they create more space above your head.

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  11. I should be able to get out this weekend and...

    I should be able to get out this weekend and string things up for assessment. For size comparison, I also purchased an 11 foot hammock from Amazon for $17.99. It's measures 130" x 78" and looks like...
  12. Another picture with...

    Another picture with sticks.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180920/eaaa56fbd6177cb6d91bd90780107683.jpg

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  13. I forgot two other things! I use sticks under...

    I forgot two other things!

    I use sticks under the tie outs to lift the sides. Choose "Y" sticks and the tension will keep them vertical. See picture above.

    For when I do use a hiking pole, I...
  14. I enjoy my Luna Solo. It weighs 1 lbs 14 oz with...

    I enjoy my Luna Solo. It weighs 1 lbs 14 oz with tie outs, stakes, carbon pole, and stuff sack.

    I bikepack (no hiking poles) so I have the Easton Carbon pole. It's 52 grams and folds in thirds. I...
  15. I ultimately went with the REI flash. I had my...

    I ultimately went with the REI flash. I had my credit card out and was ready with the Dutchware Gear - but REI's return policy won out.

    I decided it's the easiest one to try and if I don't like...
  16. Tremendous thanks for all the suggestions! I'm...

    Tremendous thanks for all the suggestions! I'm grateful for you time and thoughtful responses.

    in no particular order:

    I was aware of the Dutchgear hammocks but hadn't seen their introductory...
  17. Help me choose a hammock: REI Flash vs Hennessy Explorer Ultralite

    Hi Hammockers:

    Seeking advice and expertise from the Whiteblaze Hammock crowd. Lots of information below. But the key question is:

    REI Flash or Hennessy Explorer Ultralite Zip for a first...
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    Anyone know specifically if stoves like the...

    Anyone know specifically if stoves like the Biolite and Emberlit are considered "campfires" or merely stoves? I would prefer to be...
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    I wear daily disposables and carry enough for the...

    I wear daily disposables and carry enough for the trip. They're very light. But I also carry a lense case with cleaning resolution in the case. I use the first pair a couple days and by the time I...
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    I have one and always worry about the durability...

    I have one and always worry about the durability of the air pad. Otherwise it's light and comfortable for me. I really like the hip belt with four attachment points at the sides. It seems to...
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    I like the "in a bowl with milk - like cereal"...

    I like the "in a bowl with milk - like cereal" idea but then I thought, I don't carry a bowl or milk.

    But then I realized...

    I have a toaks mug. And powdered milk would be easy to carry!
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    Keeping pop tarts intact?

    Tired of crushed pop tarts. Tricks for keeping them intact?

    Saw someone suggest a plastic VHS tape case. That made me chuckle! When's the last time you saw a VHS tape?

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    Credits to Zelph for the initial post and video....

    Credits to Zelph for the initial post and video.

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    Yes. Diffuse the heat. They also hold heat. I...

    Yes. Diffuse the heat. They also hold heat. I probably could have snuffed the stove and baked several more minutes on the stones. They still sizzled when I dumped them in water about ten minutes...
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    I just tried this over the weekend using the same...

    I just tried this over the weekend using the same Betty Crocker mix, a Trangia alcohol stove, some foil, and some stones.

    I put the rinsed stones in the bottom of the pot. I fashioned the...
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