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    Poles are the same. Straps are L and R handed....

    Poles are the same. Straps are L and R handed. It's mostly at the thumb. The wrong one twists the little bare section of strap under your thumb, while the right one keeps the strap straight, and a...
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    Describe your "air pad", and how/where you are...

    Describe your "air pad", and how/where you are uncomfortable.
  3. Thread: Clumpy down

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    Second more drying time, and tennis balls(I...

    Second more drying time, and tennis balls(I always use 6).
    btw, not "advice", as I'm hardly the leading authority on the subject, but what I personally do...or don't do.
    I never wash my down. ...
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    It sounds so crazy when you say it, but you can...

    It sounds so crazy when you say it, but you can get an off the shelf pair of down pants with 2oz of fill that weighs less than an empty Nalgene bottle, and probably a pair of both warmer pants and...
  5. Thread: Base Layer?

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    Aside from polar vortex weather, or under...

    Aside from polar vortex weather, or under raingear in lieu of regular pants when it's cold and wet, I have never once hiked in a long baselayer bottom...for long. Meaning I've started out on a cold...
  6. Thread: Sleeping Pillow

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    After deciding to try another pillow with...

    After deciding to try another pillow with dimensions based on actual measurements that worked best for me, I chose(well, the measurements chose) the Exped Air Pillow UL M.
    Worked out pretty well...
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    Guess everybody's different. I use a Tarptent...

    Guess everybody's different. I use a Tarptent Notch, which has very little extra space when used with an innernet, and have never had to do anything to make myself comfortable. I'm actually happy...
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    Evernew or Platypus for bags, Smartwater 700mL or...

    Evernew or Platypus for bags, Smartwater 700mL or 1L for bottles.
    You can drop a relatively large amount of weight vs. Nalgenes.
    I typically use a 1.5L Evernew for dirty water(matches up with...
  9. Thread: Backup

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    Same here, just gotta remember to do it. Polar...

    Same here, just gotta remember to do it. Polar vortexes with subzero low temps got me, leaving them out. Being in the South, I wasn't used to worrying about my filters in the daytime until we started...
  10. Thread: Backup

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    Don't know about "best", but Micropur is what I...

    Don't know about "best", but Micropur is what I carry-in my FAK, so they're never accidentally left out.
    Having frozen a couple over the years, I've actually considered toting an unused Sawyer as a...
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    I never have enough sagging with the Notch(>300...

    I never have enough sagging with the Notch(>300 nights) for it to register as a "problem". The lack of interior space with an inner, and of width at the head and foot ends, along with there not being...
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    Me in a nutshell. I may bring extras, like camp...

    Me in a nutshell. I may bring extras, like camp shoes/sandals, even a folding saw and fixed blade knife, on 1-3 night trips in winter, but on a "real" backpacking trip where I'm knocking out miles...
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    Nice. Haven't been getting out that much this...

    Nice. Haven't been getting out that much this summer, but have been surprised not to see a snake or three at a couple different places. Figures I saw one in February, but not June, or so far in...
  14. You're not missing anything. Trust me, being a...

    You're not missing anything. Trust me, being a bit under 5'7" and having a 6'5" guy set the pace on runs and marches really brings home the advantage of a longer stride.
    And you probably don't need...
  15. Thread: Hot, Hot , Hot

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    Humidity's just starting to drop around that...

    Humidity's just starting to drop around that time. From 4-6am is when it's worst. I work night shift, and if busy, will sweat more in early morning than I do all day if I work over on day shift, or...
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    Frankly, I don't give a crap about staying keto...

    Frankly, I don't give a crap about staying keto on a long hike, and am not about to get into a diet discussion here(for hopefully obvious reasons), but read up on the "Targeted Ketogenic Diet". ...
  17. Thread: Hot, Hot , Hot

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    -adequate hydration; start and stay hydrated....

    -adequate hydration; start and stay hydrated.
    -use electrolyte replacement tabs, mixes, etc.
    -no caffeine; it reduces heat tolerance.
    -lightest, most breathable clothing practical; thin...
  18. Oh, sure, bring sex into it. That's all you women...

    Oh, sure, bring sex into it. That's all you women think about😒
  19. Depends. Everyone doesn't sleep the same. Some...

    Depends. Everyone doesn't sleep the same. Some run much warmer or colder than others, and that can have a big impact on how much insulation they require. Women do tend to sleep colder than men,...
  20. I've used several torso length pads. Thermarest...

    I've used several torso length pads. Thermarest Guidelite 3/4, ProLite small and Z Lite small, plus a Klymit Inertia XLite Recon.
    Fine for me in warm weather, and flat campsites. With pads this...
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    Have y'all measured the actual capacity of your...

    Have y'all measured the actual capacity of your cups?
    As memory serves, my Snow Peak Trek 700 actually tops off ~830mL.
    Here's some pics from when I was testing a stove some years ago.
    That's...
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    Zeta SL, huh? I'll be checking that out when my...

    Zeta SL, huh? I'll be checking that out when my Helium HD gives up. I keep quiet about it, because it's been so great, and reviews of the regular Helium so poor, that I figured it must be some kind...
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    btw, I got tickled about your thread title, and...

    btw, I got tickled about your thread title, and was ready to talk about new vs old, differences in support with the same shoe, etc.
    I recently bought 2 new pairs of Merrell Moabs. Same shoe, both...
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    If I were having that much trouble, I'd go back...

    If I were having that much trouble, I'd go back to custom orthotics, and see if that let me wear what I wanted. When I had plantar fasciitis, they were the difference between not being able to walk...
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    Each individual's body chemistry is different, so...

    Each individual's body chemistry is different, so what works for one may not for the next. Even "safe", "natural" supplements can have adverse effects, particularly when combined with other...
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