- This is one of those small things that matter from a packing efficiency perspective. It is actually a very silly, common sense little topic but where market trends may easily lead us to the dark side
- Packing for a ski trip is not the same as packing for hiking on dirt and the differences are well beyond the obvious. It's a packing style of its own
- First it was GSM. Then it was GPS. Then I got PLB. Everytime defines a milestone from which hiking will never be the same again
- One of the problems with rain jackets is what happens at their lower edge: water drips down over a sensitive area. It may make sense to move the drip line further down
- I had this revelation moment once during the early days of my hiking career. It was a very silly thing but it was symbolic. It opened a big door
- I’ve put the HMG 3400 Southwest to a serious test now: a non-supported, 8 day trek where my max load (with 8 days worth of food) was above 34 lbs
- A weekend out in mild, post-summer conditions for an initial trial of my new toy
- I got this pack as my new thru-hiking pack. I researched the market for a pack that would meet my requirements and the Southwest won
- A pyramid may be the most versatile shelter geometry and the best compromise for the long distance hiker. This is an analysis of the reasons why
- Layering is intuitive, most people do it regularly without thinking about it but the best performance requires some deeper analysis. This is it
- Understanding why hands get cold and what we can do to avoid it is very important for a general well-being in the outdoors. It's about comfort and it's also about safety
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One of the problems with rain jackets is what happens at their lower edge: water drips down over a sensitive area where it soaks your pants at pocket height. It then soaks your underwear. It there’s enough water, capillary action may soak the lower section of your tops too.
I got this pack as my new thru-hiking pack. No frivolity, I really needed a new one. My old thru-hiking pack was worn out beyond usability after more than 10 years. Not bad. I researched the market for a pack that would meet my requirements and the Southwest won.
A weekend (2 days and 2 nights) out in mild, post-summer conditions is not the most demanding use case for a pack this size. The Southwest was not fully loaded with only two days worth of food and minimal spare clothing, base weight below 4 kg. Yet it was my new toy and I was eager to try it. This is how it turned out.
My previous long-distance-backpacking pack is more than 10 years and thousands of miles old. That’s a lot for a lightweight pack. I’ve used it until it’s so worn out that it’s not usable anymore.