Questions relating to any physical gear for engaging in those activities discussed in The Great Outdoors. Examples include packs, knives, bikes, kayaks, and climbing harnesses.

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Get the bad smell out of sheep wool

Note: This question might be a little offtopic. Kill it if necessary. I've always had "THC" outdoor jackets which are knitted sheep wool jackets. However, they stink like a stable. Normally I put ...
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Circumstances to prefer mittens over common snowboarding gloves? [duplicate]

I know that if all things being equal (fabrics, thickness, and insulation), mittens are warmer than gloves. from this question. However, I feel like there's was a trend to "mittens" the ...
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Are “skateshoes” really necessary?

Skaters commonly wearing special kind of shoes. However, from my point of view they just look like a pair of sneakers. In most cases these are very expensive and I asked myself if they're really ...
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Are wooden shafts competitive to carbon ones?

I know a lot of archers who emotionally prefer wooden shafts: More "traditional" Environmental-friendly if lost Just general personal preferences However, do they (the arrows) have any rational ...
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Which ABEC to use for park skating?

I'm pretty new to skateboarding and I've ordered my first "real" deck. The shop mailed me which ABEC I want to have for my ball bearings. The ABEC scale is an industry accepted standard for the ...
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Building a fridge in the wild [duplicate]

I've read that one can create a (actually a pretty decent) fridge with quite common materials a few years ago. How do you do that?
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When to use hiking boots? [duplicate]

I've always wondered when I have to choose hiking boots over shoes? Which circumstances on the trail (or are there any other reasons) make them a better choice?
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Creating a bone colored feather dye

I've white turkey feathers. I want to dye them like my nocks: As you can see, they're "bone" colored (a slightly dirty white). Am I able to make my white feathers a little bit more "creamy"? ...
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What makes flannel so popular?

The flannel shirt is extremely popular when it comes to outdoor activities since ever. Flannel is a soft woven fabric, of various fineness. Flannel was originally made from carded wool or ...
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Possible to transform (at least two) smartphones into walkie-talkie like devices?

Of course we agree on the fact, that cellphones aren't that good in the great outdoors cause they just don't work if you are too far from civilization. That's why we use devices like Walkie-Talkies ...
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Which ski binding for alpine touring?

Being a ski-novice I want to start doing alpine ski tours, that means mountaineering with ski. I don't want the ski to be mainly used in 'downhill powdering'. Because of long uphill sections, weight ...
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removing tent pole cord from pole tip

We have lots of tent pole segments and I'd like to repair one of our poles but the cord is stuck on the inside of the tip. I had to just cut the cord just so I can work with the tip alone. Any tips ...
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What are the dangers of descending/rappeling very quickly?

Sometimes when descending with a GriGri, I get the urge to pull hard and zip down the line. Safe reasoning returns and I continue descending with a safe, steady pace. However, I would like to know ...
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What's a bullet tip/point?

Someone has recently mentioned a "bullet tip". I assume he meant something for target shooting but it sounds like some hunting equipment. So, what exactly did he refer to?
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What is a longbow?

In movies and other resource there are often "long bows" mentioned. It has become pretty "legendary" imho. Although I know how it's shaped etc. I wanted to know what exactly makes a bow a longbow?
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What is a bow shelf?

I'm new to archery and bought a book. However, the author is often using the term "bow shelf" and I can't really imagine what this might be. So, what is a "bow shelf"?
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What's a field tip?

Of course I know that it's an arrowhead to shoot on targets with. However, I wonder how it's exactly defined. So, what (exactly) is a field tip?
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What is a recurve bow?

When I hear people talking about archery or I read something about it, there is often a "recurve bow" mentioned. Altough I know how it's shaped etc. I wanted to know what exactly makes a bow to a ...
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What's the spine of an arrow

I often read about the "spine" if it comes to archery and arrows in particular. What's meant by "the spine" and why is it so important?
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Arrows in full length measured without the nock?

Normally you measure the arrow from the nock (so, where the string is placed) to the end of the shaft. If you want to have a 29" arrow, the shaft itself has only about 28,5" cause the distance between ...
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Differences between two spine declarations?

I shoot Easton arrows. These arrows are normally labeled with "500" or "300" etc. to tell you the spine of them. However, I've recognized a few brands which label their arrows like "3545" (or ...
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Why do some archers wear two gloves?

I've recently noticed that some archers wear two gloves and some only one. Latter always have them on the hand which pulls the string. Two gloves: One glove: What's the difference? Is it up to ...
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Does the fletching length practically influence the arrow?

Of course it's theoretically a difference if I've a 4" or 5" fetching. I wonder if it's really practically noticeable? I'm asking from a bow-hunter's point of view (strong bow/powerful arrow).
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How to store a snowboard?

What should one consider while storing a snowboard? Mine is in the same position for about 7 months of the year. In case it makes any differences, here are the specs: Directional shape Sidecut: ...
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How to store a knife

Actually I've placed my knife besides my quiver. It's in a leather scabbard and a dry room at common room temperature (17°C - 23°C). Is there anything else to consider? My intention aren't any ...
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Any reasons to prefer braces over belts?

It accompanies me for quite a while. I see a lot of outdoor-people wearing braces instead of belts. Also, a lot of outdoor brands have braces in their range, such as these examples: From LD ...
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Why are these acceptable and safe anchors?

Everyone knows redundancy is chief when building climbing anchors. However, I have seen several types of anchors that don't appear to be fully redundant due to a single ring providing the master ...
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Is there any practical use for a grappling hook?

A friend was asking about grappling hooks the other day, apparently they'd seen a mountaineering program where the guy carried a grappling hook. We couldn't quite figure out why, I've never seen ...
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How to visually identify a rap hanger?

If I'm out on the rock and I come across a pair of hangers, how can I tell the difference between rap hangers (the kind you can directly thread rope through to rappel) and regular hangers (the kind ...
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How to get an insert out of the shaft again?

I've successfully rescued the last few inches of my carbon shaft. What I have is a piece of shaft containing the insert an the tip (the tip can be screwed out of course). The insert is fixed with a ...
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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 ...
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Does Life Paint effect waterproofing?

I got given a free can of Volvo Life Paint, the idea being you can spray any material and it'll become reflective under a light source. On the can it simply says it's less effective on shiny materials ...
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How long should an arrow be?

A local archery dealer measured my draw length to 29". He told me that this is not the same as the length of my arrows. I wonder how long an arrow has to be?
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Name of this quiver type

I noticed a few archers who have a different kind of quiver (different from a back-, bow- or side-quiver). It's kind of a pocket where the arrows are literally "plugged in". Just like in a bow-quiver ...
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Does a tracer influence the arrow in any way

I'm in doubt if I should attach tracers to my arrows. Of course, they make them better visible but I've heard rumors that they do influence the arrow (other than stated by the manufacturer). Do they ...
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Any disadvantages if I reuse fletches?

I've had a lot of broken arrows a week ago. I decided to salvage them and carefully removed the fletches along with the other reusable things. However, now that I have the fletches, I asked myself ...
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Is a field tip as effective as a hunting tip for small game

Note: This question is asked in an absolutely theoretical manner. NEVER hunt without proper equipment! I often ask myself what probably would happen if I shoot small game with a field tip attached. I ...
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What materials from nature can I use to make a hunting bow in the wilderness?

What materials can be used to make a hunting bow in the wilderness? Not just for the main structure but also the materials that would be suitable for the string. All of the materials should be from ...
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Will it damage my rain gear to store it in a compression sack?

I go hiking nearly every weekend, and usually (almost always) bring my rain jacket and pants. I store them in a stuff-sack in my backpack. I air them out after hikes if they are used. I was thinking ...
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Efficient technique for handling trad gear?

I have been practicing trad climbing and I've run into some difficulty managing and handling the gear. Specifically, I'm awkwardly taking cams off my gear loops, fiddling with them, and finally ...
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Is the keeper wire loop on a tubular belay device necessary?

The Reverso 4, ATC Guide, and others all have a keeper wire loop for carrying. However, the wire seems unnecessary -- one could simply cut it off and carry the device using the large hanging eye or ...
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Repairing down stuff?

I got a rip in my down jacket. I assume the fabric is nylon. What is the best way to repair a rip in a down sleeping bag or jacket?
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Why is silnylon/silpoly slippery, but silicone sealant is not?

I am seam-sealing a tent made from silpoly with silicone sealant (generic 100% silicone, couln't find any silnet around me). The fabric is very slippery, much more than regular polyester fabric or ...
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How to fold rope for storage?

What is a good and easy way to fold a (50-100') rope for storage so that it resembles a caterpillar and has no loose ends getting undone? Close to the way it comes folded in a store like this at the ...
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Is the outdoor ”cottage industry” only about ultralight? [closed]

Cottage industry: an industry whose labor force consists of family units or individuals working at home with their own equipment a small and often informally organized industry Within ...
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Is it ok to wear hiking shoes on street conditions?

I want to buy some comfortable shoes to wear while going to work. I have to walk 4 km every day. I want to use these shoes on rainy (not too heavy) days too. I am looking for shoes for all weather ...
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Retractable reel for twine - does it exist?

I occasionally use a very long stretch of twine to transport light gear (<1lb) between my partner and I when we're camping out ~30m from each other. Unreeling and reeling this twine is extremely ...
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Plus size wet suits?

I know its rather ironic but I'm a big guy that enjoys open water swimming. I'd like to do more of it in order to help myself with my waistline. I swim in the Pacific so I need a wetsuit. I'm looking ...
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How to re-store an inflatable sleeping pad?

I can't figure out how to put the kelty pdsi back in its stuff sack as small as it did before and can't figure out an easy way to get all the air out
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Are there any electrically heated winter gloves? [duplicate]

Every winter in -30C my fingers freeze. My warmest military grade gloves don't solve the problem. I wonder if electrically heated gloves will do a better job of keeping my hands warm, but haven't ...