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Nov
14
comment Jerky or Freeze-dried food : Is the salt they contain a concern?
different people are going to have different tolerances for things like this. I'd recommend that you experiment with foods on short trips (day trips, overnight trips) and see what works for you, before going out on long multi-day excursions. I personally can't deal with the sodium levels in freeze dried backpacking meals because the affect my blood pressure to much, but most of my friends love them.
Nov
11
comment Energy bars for outdoors activities: what are the important criteria?
good point on hydration. I don't do muck backpacking these days, if I'm outside I'm usually sport climbing, and having plenty of water is usually pretty easy. I remember that I worried about sodium a lot more when I was backpacking.
Nov
10
answered Winter food : Should I change my habits for winter?
Nov
9
answered Energy bars for outdoors activities: what are the important criteria?
Nov
8
answered How to prevent skin cracks?
Nov
7
comment What characteristics should I look for in a good torch/flashlight?
LED Headlamps are a good idea. There are several commercially available ones for <$100 that meet the posters requirements. And there are cheaper ones ~$20 that aren't quite as bright, but still usable. Being able to function hands-free is really nice.
Nov
7
comment How do I reseal a tent bottom with many pinprick holes
@RusselSteen - I'd second Rory's point. I like to keep weight down too, but footprints address both of the problems you're seeing - they prolong the life of a tent floor, and they help keep you dry.
Nov
7
revised What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?
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Nov
7
comment What shoes keep me warm in the cold?
does it need to be one single shoe? I usually wear heavy boots when I'm hiking in the cold, but it would be really hard to control a bicycle in them - instead, I wear my regular cycling shoes, but switch to wool socks, and a neoprene shoe cover over my cycling shoes if I'm riding a bike. -32C is a little out of my experience though.
Nov
6
comment What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?
To who downvoted this answer - can you give a reason? Its a little long, but its through, has a lot of good information, addresses the topic, and seems to be grounded in the practical experiences of the answerer.
Nov
6
comment What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?
oh, neither do I. A wolf fur jacket just seemed a little comical.
Nov
6
comment What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?
+1 I like the notes about wolf fur and seal skin... almost wish I had some to wear and blow my friends minds.
Nov
6
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Nov
6
comment What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?
Edited and kept on topic. I feel like I need to leave in some mention of synthetics, mostly to note important limitations of natural materials.
Nov
6
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Nov
6
comment What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?
I've heard that animal hides (caribou maybe?) can offer great insulation, and are sometimes preferred on expeditions in extreme northern climates. But I don't think those are commercially available in the lower 48 states.
Nov
6
comment What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?
the simple answer is: you probably want wool. Down may also be appropriate. But neither is going to be waterproof. They can be expensive, but the following companies make very high quality wool pieces for outdoor wear: Ibex, Smart Wool, Icebreaker. You may get more for your money with synthetics, though.
Nov
6
answered What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?
Oct
31
answered What backwoods trick to get pure water produces the most safe water?