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  • What's the most useless piece of kit you've carrie

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    All transistor so shouldnt take too much power. Try it next time you have some half worn batterys reverse them turn it on and leave it for a week to ...
  • carribee packs?

    Comfort would be getting the right fit/size to match yourself, venting between the pack & your back, & how comfy the straps are. Should be sitting on your hips, ...
  • Which Pack to Choose?

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    Love the reviews: https://www.amazon.com/Arcteryx-VoLtair-Backpack-Black-Regular/dp/B016JRHP6E?psc=1&SubscriptionId=AKIAIJQOLMEHAHYV4K2A&tag=outdoocom-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B016JRHP6E "great for commuting to work in miami. hopefully will never need the airbag" :)
  • Which is the best water filter to buy

    water filters are made in places like america where they are paranoid about filtering water when its not always necessary. friend did the 350km john muir trail and never used a ...
  • Hacks for lighting fires in adverse conditions

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    You can - and I've used them previously. I used to have wood heating so had a ready supply of fire-starters (now, new house, no wood heating, gas bbq). However, ...
  • DexShell waterproof socks

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    Thanks for the info. Can't help you much with the boots, but I prefer something with mesh panelling. You can see the water squelch out with each step. ...
  • Tent ideas

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    One issue with NZ conditions is that for single skin tents (waterproof breathable fabrics) our climate makes this breathability really poor. I guess it's the relative humidity combined with cold ...
  • What's your favorite...?

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    Between me and Frank we carry 3 lighters on our trips.
  • Boonies Kaimai boots

    Boonies is slang for boondocks. Interestingly this is a Tegalog word from the region around Manila. It means mountain and is bundock in their language. I often tell Filipinos (and ...
  • Heating Gear

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    Surely the restaurant you are taking with you will generate sufficient heat?
  • rather than tents lets talk about poles

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    In May 2011 I attempted an unofficial record on the Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia, a 1000km hiking track running from Perth to Albany. I trained 6 months solid for it, ...
  • Wood stove to heat tent or tarp - anyone?

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    @mariku: How are you going with the tent stove project? I hear Aarn Tate is also working on something like that. There is a material known as a welder's blanket. That ...
  • Garmin InReach Explorer+

    Don't rate the gps in the original Delirme ones. About as good as a mid-range Garmin. Nowhere near as sensitive or fast to lock as my qstarz. Maybe the new ...
  • Pack repair, ChCh

    wow, never heard of them, thanks
  • Actually waterproof jacket

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    I've tried many jackets called waterproof and came up to the idea that if it doesn't let the water form outside, you are just gonna be wet because of sweat
  • Why Cotton Kills, A Technical Explanation

    yeah I havent owned any cotton pants since I was a teen. three teens were lost in kahurangi in winter, two of them died, the ones who died were wearing ...
  • Small hiking boots

    Hi, I haven't found any adult ones but there are a few children's options available - just compromise on the quality and the choice. There are about 5 or so ...
  • Macpac Sample Sale tomorrow

    Hey just a heads up to anyone in Christchurch the Macpac Sample Sale is on tomorrow (Friday) from 9-3pm. There will be plenty of packs, down, rainwear, merino, fleece, soft ...
  • PLB which model chose?

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    We hope that what ever you purchase you never have to use.
  • Hike Formthotic innersoles

    Has anyone tried these and are they any sturdier than the Run Single or Run Dual Blue/Green innersoles? I use those in my trail runners and they have great arch ...
  • Robust Inflatable Sleeping Matt

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    I know. I'll upgrade when mine stops being so freakin' awesome! ;)
  • 48km in a day, HUGE thanks to Gaiters!

    I agree. Not submersible, but held up to a decent downpour on Stewart Island the other day.
  • Baby Carriers

    Yeah we actually went for the next model up from the possum just because it was on special. The pack works fine. But like you said the sunshade and rain ...
  • How do you store your water bladder?

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    Yep. A combination of water and electrolytes. When conducting heavy, sustained exercise.
  • Kathmandu best stories

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    if you have any intelligence you can sift out the shallow bad reviews from the good ones and there are plenty of good in depth reviews around. I"ve been colating ...

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