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    My Son's 5 year old Deuter needed a replacement...

    My Son's 5 year old Deuter needed a replacement buckle, two emails later they sent me not only one new one, but that and a couple of extra in case he needs one on his trip to Philmont this summer. ...
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    That is probably the most concise and reasoned...

    That is probably the most concise and reasoned answer to this issue I have ever read.

    Agree completely.
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    I believe she has stopped working with cuben.

    I believe she has stopped working with cuben.
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    With the Ratsack you are still going to need...

    With the Ratsack you are still going to need another bag to keep you food dry. Just a thought. I have the ZPacks, works fine for me, I try to stay away from shelters.
  5. Thread: Emergency info

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    Most smart phones let you program owner info on...

    Most smart phones let you program owner info on the lock screen. No need to keep your phone unlocked if you have a newer phone.
  6. Thread: Trekpouch

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    I wish you the best of luck on your project. For...

    I wish you the best of luck on your project. For myself, I spent good money to upgrade my poles to the lightest I could afford for a reason. I have no particular interest in adding that weight back...
  7. Thread: hiking barefoot

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    Look up the book: The Barefoot Sisters...

    Look up the book: The Barefoot Sisters Southbound, (Adventures on the Appalachian Trail)
  8. I guess I missed it, but where in the article...

    I guess I missed it, but where in the article does it say that the bear that attacked was a Mama bear with cubs?

    All I read was there were bears of different sizes and one of them attacked the...
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    The black ones are supposed to be the lowest...

    The black ones are supposed to be the lowest volume ones, but I have never used them. The light blue ones are medium volume but have a higher arch. A lot of the fit has to do with the shoe or boot...
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    I'm with you on everything you said up to the...

    I'm with you on everything you said up to the last point about the tent. I just don't see the need to go in that direction in this thread. On the Superfeet however, I agree completely.

    My...
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    Or they just don't mix well with your feet and or...

    Or they just don't mix well with your feet and or shoes. I love mine and they really help with most footwear. I have high arches and a narrow heal, the green ones feel like they are custom made for...
  12. Thread: Trekking poles

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    My two cents for what it is worth. Antishock...

    My two cents for what it is worth.

    Antishock defeats the purpose for which I use hiking poles, and that is to transfer some of the load off my legs and feet to my arms to give me more stability...
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    There is a reason I don't subscribe to Backpacker...

    There is a reason I don't subscribe to Backpacker anymore. Actually there are many, and crap like this is just one.

    (oldweatherman, I'm not trying to disrespect your post, just Backpacker...
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    I agree. The Hips are lower than waist. I wear...

    I agree. The Hips are lower than waist. I wear my pants around my waist, my pack belt rests on my hips which is lower than where the belt on my pants is.

    No matter how tight you make the belt on...
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    A ground cloth does not have to cost much of...

    A ground cloth does not have to cost much of anything. A small chunk of Tyvek from a construction site, a piece of a $2 painter drop cloth, or even a cut down emergency blanket. Anyway just a...
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    Just a few comments, remember you asked :) I...

    Just a few comments, remember you asked :)

    I would take another look at you cook kit. Unless you are planning to do gourmet cooking, I would suggest getting rid of the bowl and cup. 1 pot is...
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    Maybe I missed it, but where are you starting...

    Maybe I missed it, but where are you starting from? If there is an outfitter along the trail where you are hiking, you will have an opportunity to either get the pack fitted correctly, or swap it...
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    I hope your friend made it through without...

    I hope your friend made it through without serious injury.

    Everything I have read says that most black bear attacks up north and out west involve adolescent male bears that don't have the common...
  19. Thread: folding bucket

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    I take one if I am hiking with groups (my kids,...

    I take one if I am hiking with groups (my kids, scouts), but not solo. With groups it's worth the weight, just to keep everyone away from the spring stirring up all the mud and silt. If I am solo...
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    To paraphrase an old nautical saying, the trail...

    To paraphrase an old nautical saying, the trail is a patient mistress. She will wait until you're ready to hike. Hang in there and you will be hiking again sooner than ya think.
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    If two people are using the same stove, with two...

    If two people are using the same stove, with two hot meals a day, I would say if your average time between resupply points is 4 days or more, the canister stove is probably lighter in the long run. ...
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    Yep, they are omnivorous scavengers, not...

    Yep, they are omnivorous scavengers, not predators. Like most scavengers they are opportunists, and for the most part not willing to burn energy or risk injury screwing with a full size human just...
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    I don't believe eastern black bears are a...

    I don't believe eastern black bears are a significant threat to anyone, and I don't worry about them myself, but I have to say however that the stats quoted are very misrepresented (I know they are...
  24. I spend more time in hiking and camping in GWNF...

    I spend more time in hiking and camping in GWNF than any other place. For the most part, if there is a good place to camp, someone has already built a fire ring, or two, or three :) So there is...
  25. There is no specific ban on campfires in areas...

    There is no specific ban on campfires in areas designated for dispersed camping. Within designated camping areas, campfires are only allowed in established fire rings. pit, etc. See link below.
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