Sunday, December 29, 2013

Gear: #27 No Sew Tyvek Windshirt / Rain Jacket

In this gear video, I show how to make a Windshirt/ Rain Jacket out of a set of Tyvek coveralls. This project is quite easy and fairly cheap. The materials needed are a Tyvek Coverall, Tyvek Tape and scissors. I spruced it up with a shockcord hood and some cordlocks. I will do another video with dyeing and how to make the chaps.

Tyvek Coveralls - This is the XL. Make sure to get the TY127S in your size.
http://www.amazon.com/DuPont-Protective-Coverall-Disposable-X-Large/dp/B0008F4HNS

Backpacking Light Forum Post
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=64670

Southwest Ultralight Blog
http://southwestultralight.blogspot.com/2012/03/make-hooded-tyvek-rain-jacket-and-chaps.html


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Gear: #26 Dummy-loads

I have used dummy-loads on my hiking gear for awhile. It keeps the wear and tear down on items such as my down quilt and jacket. It allows me to keep my pack at the same weight and bulk each time I hit the trail. It will also save time in the AM when I decide I am heading out to the trail. I no longer need to pack before I go. I am ready to roll.  This technique also works well for simulating food loads or gear that you may not own yet but have an understanding of the dimensions. This is not recommended on a backwoods trail but more for the local training hike. So far it has worked well for me.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Gear: #25 Footwear

Regardless of the gear in your back, nothing will stop a trip faster than problem feet. I consider footwear to be one of the most important systems in a kit. Without proper footwear, your feet will be cold, blistered and ruin your trip. So in this video I ramble on about some of the things that worked for me and didn't in hope of helping to eradicate problem feet.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Gear: #24 Therm-a-rest Xtherm Sleeping Pad Revisited - The Large Size

I really like the Therm-a-rest Xtherm as a year round sleeping pad. So far I have not had any issues with durability or heat loss. The one problem I did have was the Regular was just too narrow.  The Large is 25 inches wide which is close but I would have preferred something around 28 inches. Unfortunately, with the additional width came additional length of 77 inches. This of course add weight. I have spoken with Cascade Designs, and they have no plans to make a wide pad with a shorter length. There is a market for that type of design, someone just needs to start making them.