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Re: Gear List

Postby rlown » Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:21 pm

how can one not wash a bag? you basically only have to punch it down into the tub once in a while, then run 2-3 rinses afterwards.. then drain, and move to the dryer or outside.



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Re: Gear List

Postby RoguePhotonic » Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:55 pm

Lol it is not that easy at all. Getting it soaked is very difficult. Then moving it around while completely wet makes you think your going to rip it. Then it took like 8 rinses to stop feeling soap come out. And then it takes about 3 days to dry. The process of rinsing was actually so difficult I put a chair in the shower to set the bag on while I wet it and let water drain out of it.

Then last it takes allot of time to shake the down around and try to get it even again. I'm not sure I ever got it all balanced again after the one wash.
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Re: Gear List

Postby rlown » Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:09 pm

isn't that what winter is for?
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Re: Gear List

Postby TRAUMAhead » Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:12 pm

I'm usually freezing my ass off in the morning or night if I'm not hiking (Summer Sierras, Death Valley winters), so I need the down clothes to keep warm when doing camp chores and long underwear/top isn't enough for me. Flipside is I hike super hot, so I'm usually wearing a windshirt and shorts down to 35*-40*s. The long underwear doesn't work well with my clothing setup.

Like WD mentioned, the weight/bulk difference between my down clothes/quilt vs a bag is a wash, but I end up with a modular system. My 30* quilt will work down to 20*s or 40*s+ instead of needing (wanting?) 2 bags.

And where's everybody's gear list? :bear:
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Re: Gear List

Postby freestone » Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:44 am

And where's everybody's gear list?


Coming soon, just have to weigh and add in a new pack and stove.

punch it down into the tub once in a while


Go to the Westernmountaineering web site. They will tell you how to best wash their products. First, leave it in the stuff sack until it is soaked. Be patient, it works. So does tennis balls in the dryer to punch free the clumped down.
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Re: Gear List

Postby Carne_DelMuerto » Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:59 am

Somewhat of a tangent, but does anyone have scale recommendations?
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Re: Gear List

Postby oldranger » Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:24 am

Carne ...

I got mine at a cooking store. Sorry but it doesn't even have manufacturers name on it! but it measures in either oz. or grams and oz to the .1. It weighs up to 10 lbs which means I can not weigh my full Bearikade on it. But every other individual item can be accurately measured.

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Re: Gear List

Postby RoguePhotonic » Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:11 pm

Sounds about the same for me. I got mine at Walmart in the cooking area. Has no name on it and does ounces, pounds, grams etc.
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Re: Gear List

Postby oldranger » Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:16 pm

Another senior moment, as soon as I read Rogues reply I remembered that is where I got mine!

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Re: Gear List

Postby rlown » Sat Mar 17, 2012 1:03 pm

a scale matters why? I have one, but it's a postal scale. What you pack is what you need. weight at that point doesn't matter.

Sure it's fun.. 52.. that's what i get every trip.. pretty happy with that..
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Re: Gear List

Postby oldranger » Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:34 pm

Russ,

It gives me a hint where I might be able to shave oz to make up for my extravagant downmat!

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Re: Gear List

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sat Mar 17, 2012 4:14 pm

"What you pack is what you need". Deciding what I need is like looking in my closet and trying to decide what to wear. Too many choices! All that gear begs "you need me", "take me". Four tents, three bivy sacks, four sleeping bags, six packs, five sleeping pads, four types of bear cans. You get the picture. I am a pack rat who never throws out anything. To be fair, my husband and I combined two households of backpack gear plus gear his kids gave back to him because they no longer wanted it. We also have four complete sets of technical climbing gear. Maybe we should start an outdoor school.
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