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Q&A Durable backpack that won't rip if carried on one shoulder

I'm looking for a backpack that I can use to schlepp all my stuff around while hiking and taking buses around the country (and possibly out of it). Every backpack I've used so far has eventually r...

1 answer  ·  posted 6mo ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 6mo ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Q&A Is there a reason for the seemingly over labeling gear in the UK with "unisex" ?

From this question and it's answers it looks like a lot of gear sold online in UK is label as "unisex" when it wouldn't be in the United State. For some gear like climbing harness labeling a harn...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A How would PLA stand up to cold and wet environments?

I am thinking about making some trekking pole baskets with my 3D printer in PLA, the originals having been worn out a long time ago. PLA has problems with heat, how does it do with cold? They won'...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A How to improvise baskets for trekking poles?

The baskets on trekking poles are very useful while hiking through snow, however, they have a tendency to break. How would one improvise a fix in the outdoors for this?

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A Nails in an emergency/survival kit

After reading this question about emergency kits, I noticed that no one mentioned nails. Why shouldn't we include 10 or 12, common 6d (2", 6 penny) nails in the kit? Ten 6d nails weigh about an o...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by B540Glenn‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by James Jenkins‭

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Q&A How to cut and seal backpack straps?

My backpack has straps that are way too long and I would like to shorten them, both to save weight and to make it more organized. How can I cut the straps and then seal them so the ends don't come...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Sigma‭

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Q&A How do I protect necessary glasses while kayaking or rafting?

My team at work has occasional outings and one of the activities we've talked about for the future is kayaking or whitewater rafting. I've never done either and am also dependent on expensive pres...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Q&A Should I wash new child snow mittens before wearing?

I bought new mittens for my kid for the coming winter holiday. They should be waterproof or at least water-resistant. Normally when i buy clothing, i wash it before wearing. The fabric may not hav...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Ivana‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the fastest style of sled?

Winter is here and, like every year, I am still thrilled when the extended family rounds up all the little kids and we go sledding. This year we compared our sleds and found that some were signific...

9 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by theJollySin‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What should I replace guylines with?

I need to replace some guylines on one of my tents. I normally use some paracord lying around but they have been getting tripped over more and more. I found some glow in the dark paracord, but be...

5 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by MaskedPlant‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the best way to figure out the size/volume of an old pack?

I have a North Face Big Shot backpack that I purchased around 2003. It was a great general purpose backpack that I used for day hikes, rock climbing, and traveling. Unfortunately time and the abuse...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Erik‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Fly fishing rig knots

I have been fly fishing with my dad for a number of years but recently I went on my own and hit quite the stumbling block... I didn't know how to set the kit properly, normally I drive the boat whi...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by rg255‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is Permethrin safe for cats after it dries?

I'm concerned about ticks and want to treat some of my outdoor gear with Permethrin, a spray-on very persistent treatment against ticks and mosquitoes, to reduce the chances that I'll bring home ti...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Benzo‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Micro-Fractures in Climbing Equipments

I have always been very careful while handling climbing gear. Last year while returning from an expedition, I met a group that was returning from a tough-looking climb. They were selling off a few ...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How strong are the individual internal strands in 550 parachute cord?

550 Parachute cord is a very small kermantle rope (has a core and an external sheath) as you can see in this image. The minimum breaking strength of the cord is 550 pounds, hence the name. It i...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I reduce the pressure of backpack straps on my collarbone, perhaps by fixing padding to the strap?

As some of you who are also active on bicycles.se may know, I broke my collarbone in a bike crash last year, and it's now got a titanium plate in there. I'm not sure whether it's the plate or not,...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Chris H‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the use of this cord on my backpack?

I have a feeling this can come in handy but I don't know why exactly has this been provided.

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Arsalan Ahmed‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What's this backpack part called and how can I get a replacement?

This is part of the chest strap of an Altura Morph backpack/pannier that I use for commuting. I've lost half the strap and one of my bikes can't take a pannier rack so I use backpack mode on that ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Chris H‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can an energy absorber or elastic lanyard be used in glacier travel to give greater time to react in case of a fall?

In the case of a roped up team marching along a glacier with some hidden crevasses, the greatest risk is of a team member falling in and then dragging everyone else along before they can self-arres...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Yogesch‭

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Q&A Gear storage: what gear that can be safely stocked outside?

I have plenty of gear and I live in a small apartment. I am planning to buy an outdoor closet to put on the balcony to get some extra space. Here's a sample to show you how it would be like. I ...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Dakatine‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A The best solution for carrying a D-SLR when hiking

I am planning a multi-day hike in the Drakensberg area of South Africa. This is a beautiful landscape with interesting flora and fauna. Consequently I want to have my Digital SLR close to hand. I d...

5 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by D.H.‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to clean trail running shoes?

I've asked all of my trail running friends and the general consensus is to simply hose them off in the sink (some even just wear them in the shower...). I'm concerned that leaving soaking wet shoes...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Atlas‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to waterproof leather gloves & mittens?

I have leather gloves and mittens and I want to waterproof them. I usually use mink oil on my leather boots to condition and seal them, Can I do the same for gloves and mittens or should I use som...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is a type of walking trailer a good alternative to a heavy backpack in off-road conditions?

Heavy backpacks can spoil the pleasures of being in the outdoors. There are two ways to resolve this: Carry less Find an alternative to the backpack While the first option is usually the best o...

7 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Ben‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Waterproof mittens for cycling and snow-fun: leather or synthetic?

I have a pair of nubuck leather mittens that are nice and warm but do not last very long when cycling in the rain in autumn/winter or when building snowmen and throwing snowballs. So now i'm looki...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Ivana‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I get away with less advanced food storing methods if backpacking in areas where meeting bears is unlikely?

A page like this one, as well as a number of questions on this site, discuss how to pack food safely from bears. What about other animals? This post advises a pretty sophisticated way to protect ...

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where can I get little durable cases you can hang on your climbing harness?

On longer climbing sessions I like to keep my cell phone close by, but most of the time I have no backpack with me. So I would like to pack the cell phone in a little case that I can put on my clim...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Andreas Schwab‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What do you call the criss-crossed elastic strap on this Northface backpack?

This Northface backpack has an elastic strap which criss-crosses the back side of the pack. What is this type of strap called? The image below shows what kind of strap I'm talking about:

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Lexi‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How should a backpack be carried to keep from injuring the spine?

For example, which recommendations should backpackers follow while carrying heavy weights, and should backpack straps be tightened or loosened?

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Seeker001‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is sleeping on a yoga mat better than on an airbed during winter camping?

This is a follow up on question that my friend asked earlier, but I can't comment on. My friend and I have an ongoing argument about a question : During cold winter camping (-20C air temperature, ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by b0nd‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Outer Layer Recommendation Question

I'm relatively new to outdoors wear and was wondering if anyone had any advice on a lightweight outer layer/weatherproof jacket for my specific needs. I'd be layering it over a base layer, mid laye...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Ontic‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I fold in / tidy up the straps on my rucksack?

I bought a new rucksack. However, how can I tidy up and hide away the myriad straps so they don't flap about and get caught in things?

10 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Andrew Welch‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is sleeping on the ground in cold weather better than on an air mattress?

My friend and I had an argument about this topic. He says that the cold air in the mattress will stay at the ambient temperature, so if it's -20 outside the air in the mattress will stay at -20 so ...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Conrad‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the easiest way to remove creosote from pots and pans?

I just returned from a five day trip during which we used a friend's Solo Stove (wood burner). My pots are now covered with a thick, sticky, black layer of creosote. I've tried steel wool and soa...

6 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Jeff W‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What wetsuit thickness is recommended in which temperatures for diving?

I'm soon to embark on a chilly scuba dive around 5-7C at 18m, of which we'll be wearing 7mm semi-drys with shorties. The next thickest I think is actually a drysuit for really cold waters, but not ...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Aravona‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to prevent strap slippage through buckle?

A strap running through a buckle is typically easy to loosen and tighten as desired. Usually, it stays in place. Sometimes, however, it slowly (or quickly) works its way loose, as though the thickn...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Martin F‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What's the best way to carry a dslr camera when rock-climbing?

I am interested in hearing how people take their dslrs (digital single lens reflex camera) onto multi-pitch-rock-climbs. I have carried mine up in a small pack, but I end up taking hardly any pictu...

7 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by DudeOnRock‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Osprey Atmos AG 50 raincover

I have Osprey Atmos AG 50 and I am trying to buy a rain cover for it. There are two sizes in Ultralight rain cover model.One is 'M' size (upto 50 L) and another is 'L' size (50-75 L). Have anyone b...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Science123‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there a good way to be kept up-to-date with climbing gear recalls?

In the last years, there were a few occasions when companies would put out recalls on their climbing gear due to manufacturing defects. For example, Black Diamond recalled some improperly riveted c...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by anderas‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can you use a rope that has been in storage for a few years?

A guy I'm talking to about buying some rock climbing gear is getting rid of his stuff cause he hasn't used it in five to eight years. He said it wasn't used a lot, maybe 5 to 6 times, and he said n...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by user2916‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Art supplies on backpacking trips

I have always been inspired by the sketches and watercolors of explorers, cartographers and scientists who lived before the invention of photography. I have tried bringing watercolors myself, but d...

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by DudeOnRock‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to carry a traditional bow while hiking?

We're planning a 4 day hike in a few months. I would like to take my bow with me to do a little roving. How can I attach my bow to my backpack (back)? We are talking about an unstrung one-piece...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to carry a traditional bow while hiking?

We're planning a 4 day hike in a few months. I would like to take my bow with me to do a little roving. How can I attach my bow to my backpack (back)? We are talking about an unstrung one-piece...

0 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is "survival" paracord with fire starter strand dangerous

There are a number of "survival" products on the market that integrate "extra" strands into the standard paracord (US MIL spec, ~4mm accessory cord, usually 7 strand nylon or cotton) Most of them...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by crasic‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there any affordable night vision goggles that are good and available to civilians?

I quite often go hiking in the evening after work and I have a good head torch but sometimes I wish I had some night vision goggles because often a headtorch will scare wildlife and cause farm anim...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Andrew Welch‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What to look for in a spotting scope?

Spotting scopes are used for all sorts of things in the outdoors, from watching climbers on big walls to observing wildlife. Usually, the reason for using one instead of a pair of binoculars is the...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What to look for in climbing shoes?

Having just completed my Boulding induction at a local rock climbing gym, what requirements should I look for in a pair of my own climbing shoes? Assume here cost is not a primary factor.

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Aravona‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Pros and cons of different types of snorkeling fins

I need to buy a new pair of fins. There are many choices, so I would like some technical guidance. I am savvy in the water, but not as strong as I was, so I would like fins that give me the most ...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What to consider when buying fins for recreational snorkeling?

I've been on a few beach vacations in the last few years and have discovered that I really enjoy snorkeling. I have at least three trips in the next year where I will probably go snorkeling (a few ...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Laura‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it worth it to switch from Osprey Atmos to Exos to save weight?

My wife and I started hiking this season (we have been cycling for 10 years before that). We have pretty light and compact gear, except for the backpack. We carried Osprey Atmos 50 and Osprey Talon...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Yuriy Kulikov‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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