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    There's nothing wrong with that as a ground...

    There's nothing wrong with that as a ground cloth, but it's a one pound item. More appropriate for car camping than backpacking.
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    You're referring to polycro, aka window cling...

    You're referring to polycro, aka window cling film.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000AXON8C/
  3. Very good point.

    Very good point.
  4. Even without directly being hit by rain, down can...

    Even without directly being hit by rain, down can absorb humidity from the ambient air. I experienced this last year in New Hampshire with a rainstorm that lasted several hours in March. Despite...
  5. $500 on a down quilt can be a great investment -...

    $500 on a down quilt can be a great investment - but that sounds like a winter quilt based on price. If you're looking for something to use in rainy conditions, it's (probably) not the best bet.
  6. Consider the temperature you're dealing with. If...

    Consider the temperature you're dealing with. If it's comfortably above freezing, there's little enough insulation involved that you don't gain significantly from down in the first place. If you're...
  7. Agreed on all points. I just didn't know it was...

    Agreed on all points. I just didn't know it was even a valid page to order from.
  8. And? Even if you don't save weight, it does...

    And?

    Even if you don't save weight, it does reduce things you carry and simplifies a trip. To some, that's appealing.
    I don't generally cold soak ahead of time, but I'll set things up when...
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    I read it as Crossup felt like adding 6 ounces...

    I read it as Crossup felt like adding 6 ounces for a footprint was a good trade.
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    The footprint needs to be smaller than the...

    The footprint needs to be smaller than the protection from above so it doesn't draw falling rain under the tent. Extending under the vestibule is totally fine.
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    I guess if the very first thing you see of town...

    I guess if the very first thing you see of town is the surroundings of the bus stop, that could make sense.
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    No question - individual people are certainly a...

    No question - individual people are certainly a concern. I just found stephanD's comment bizarre and off base.
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    I've lived here 30 years and never found the...

    I've lived here 30 years and never found the 'creepy' side of Roanoke. Fascinating.
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    In hindsight I agree with you, nsherry....

    In hindsight I agree with you, nsherry. Especially in the light of some other things that came up about the family's posts yesterday. Definitely a concerning family situation.
  15. I agree with that for a night or two, but if...

    I agree with that for a night or two, but if you're out for several days it's a different story. The sweat can affect the insulating ability of the quilt/bag. Two sweaty nights followed by a third...
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    Fair enough. But I'm a reasonably experienced...

    Fair enough. But I'm a reasonably experienced backpacker after thirty years of it and still need things from the outfit by the trailhead from time to time.
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    Has anybody contacted Outdoor Trails with the...

    Has anybody contacted Outdoor Trails with the info? They'd be an obvious stop for her if she needs any gear.
  18. Couldn't you inflate the bag by mouth to test? ...

    Couldn't you inflate the bag by mouth to test? To be clear - I haven't tried this and don't have a bag handy at my desk to give it a shot at the moment. Just thinking aloud.
  19. Funny story - I didn't know until just now that...

    Funny story - I didn't know until just now that it -really- was real. I was just making a lousy joke about Scotty revealing it to us in 1986 so it was (sort of) already invented.
  20. I thought they did that already?

    I thought they did that already?
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    Did Walter forget that the bulk of his hiking...

    Did Walter forget that the bulk of his hiking isn't actually on the AT?
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    You don't?

    You don't?
  23. Here you go...

    Here you go...
  24. Who is 'fit' to use it? Who decides?

    Who is 'fit' to use it? Who decides?
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    The sky is falling!

    The sky is falling!
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