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    I agree with the premise for keeping you dry, the...

    I agree with the premise for keeping you dry, the best place for the ground cloth is INSIDE the tent. Especially as your tent ages and if you are in the slop like wet snow. If you want to...
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    I need to try those although I don't struggle...

    I need to try those although I don't struggle with blisters most of the time. I had a fairly horrible blister experience after decades of not having any problems doing Section J of the PCT last...
  3. No doubt.... that base layer wears like iron. ...

    No doubt.... that base layer wears like iron. They looks as good as the day I bought them. I run in the bottoms more than I do the top as it is just light enough to take the edge off rain soaked...
  4. I have a Feathered Friends sleeping bag from...

    I have a Feathered Friends sleeping bag from 1995ish. I also have a pair of Pantagonia light-weight primary layer tops/bottoms that are still going strong from that era. I have less time on them...
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    I think most thru-hikers are just looking for...

    I think most thru-hikers are just looking for something to get up quick and easy at the end of the day, and goes back in the pack quick & easy the next day. Most people planning for a thru-hike...
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    I use the Walmart Frogg Toggs. Cheap, easy to...

    I use the Walmart Frogg Toggs. Cheap, easy to replace, light weight, and actually plenty breathable. They fit like a garbage bag but that isn't all bad. I actually find them fairly usable for...
  7. I have a Burrow which was cheap and as usable as...

    I have a Burrow which was cheap and as usable as my more expensive gear. But I wouldn't go chasing 8-ounces here or there if I already had a usable system. People get WAY too myopic about...
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    I don't wear them while I'm hiking so for me...

    I don't wear them while I'm hiking so for me these layers are mostly for camp/emergency. You really don't need expensive long-underwear for camp. I have merino, good ole polypro, some expensive...
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    Lots of truth here. I've done long sections of...

    Lots of truth here. I've done long sections of the AT & PCT and since I never had a commitment to do "the entire thing" I never felt the oppression that many feel by being trapped by their goal. ...
  10. Thread: Shoe Spikes

    by kevperro
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    We hike every weekend year-round and our favorite...

    We hike every weekend year-round and our favorite winter trail requires spikes most of the winter at least part of the way up. We had an ice storm one year and it was solid ice from top to bottom...
  11. I have had a ULA Catalyst since around the year...

    I have had a ULA Catalyst since around the year 2004-2005. It is one of the Brian Frankle versions before Chris bought the company. My wife wears it every weekend on our day hikes (yes... I know...
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    Sounds like you have done your experimentation. ...

    Sounds like you have done your experimentation. My wife hikes in the same conditions and she has decidedly different takes on my preferences so YMMV. I can do without gloves even in the cold...
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    Yea...these Showa 262 gloves don't have great...

    Yea...these Showa 262 gloves don't have great dexterity either. You don't pick up a huge advantage because they are gloves. But our winter conditions are rarely cold like you get back east. ...
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    At this point in our life about 95% of our hiking...

    At this point in our life about 95% of our hiking is our weekly early morning day hikes so my wet gear gets plenty of time to dry in front of the fireplace. We save our longer hikes for good...
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    Amazon delivered them up yesterday, Mother Nature...

    Amazon delivered them up yesterday, Mother Nature delivered on the conditions and I put them to the test this morning. They are not exactly a stylistic statement but they worked wonderfully both...
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    I've seen them in the local REI I think, but...

    I've seen them in the local REI I think, but never jumped.
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    Cold weather gear hacks.

    I'm sitting here ruminating before our weekly hike about weather changes, gear and generally rethinking some of my cold weather gear. We hike year-round in the PNW and this time of year is dark,...
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    I have a one person REI Quarterdome in perfect...

    I have a one person REI Quarterdome in perfect shape. I've used it 3-4 nights. It is just over two pounds.... need to put it on the scale again because my number in GearGrams is not right. I'd...
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    I know I'm behind the times but I've experimented...

    I know I'm behind the times but I've experimented with cuben. Other than the weight, the only thing I like about it is that is doesn't hold water. It is easy to repair too but it needs it more...
  20. I went years using an old Therm-a-rest without...

    I went years using an old Therm-a-rest without anything under it. Never once had a puncture. I've had one on a newer pad I bought. They don't make them like they used to (in my best old man's...
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    When I hiked it in the 90s my only...

    When I hiked it in the 90s my only "non-essential" was probably a book. I always hiked with a book to read.

    If I did it today, in my advanced "soft" old age, I'd probably take an inflatable...
  22. I did 1200 miles of it back in 1994. It was...

    I did 1200 miles of it back in 1994. It was crowded then.

    Hey... I hike every week. I move and planned my life around living in a place where I could hike every week. I get it.... I bend...
  23. Thread: Rain pants

    by kevperro
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    I've tried about everything (ok...not EVERYTHING)...

    I've tried about everything (ok...not EVERYTHING) over the years and 99.9% of the time I wear shorts. I hike weekly year-round in the PNW so rain, snow, cold and wind are normal. I still mostly...
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    I have one that is that old and still in use. ...

    I have one that is that old and still in use. They were much heavier back then though. ;-)
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    Wear what makes your feet happy. The only way...

    Wear what makes your feet happy. The only way to know is to hike and experiment. What works for me won't necessarily work for you.
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