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Tail Hook Lengthener
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I know a dude who backpacks the Cascades with an Alite. Takes it everywhere, and is frequently laughing at us as we sit on the ground.

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Thu, 07/27/2017 - 22:51
emor
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yeah, it's a great chair. Here's my favorite Alite experience:

It was on my last big trip, 10 days, 500 miles in the Cascades with Wesbarf and a couple other friends. My pre-dad celebration trip. Every night, I would unfurl my alite and post up with my beer and gloat over my dirt-dwelling buddies. I certainly enjoyed that experience.

On night four, we were settling in for our layover day at the Olallie Lakes basin. We were setting up a huge fire and I begin my nightly Alite routine and settle into it exclaiming how comfortable it is. Typical Doug.

Just then the pole snaps at the joint and I fall on my ass in the dirt in front of everyone. Absolute perfection! I ended up carrying the broken chair for the remaining four days up and down every fucking mountain pass.

To the brand's credit they sent me free replacement poles that have been redesigned to eliminate the stress riser.

Also, my wife had one. Her first trip with it was the tandem trip we took in Canada and the San Juans. The first day she got it to use the wind blew it into the campfire and melted it to destruction. Also delightful because she used mine for the rest of the trip.

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 22:59
mdilthey
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To be honest, this is the single best piece of camping gear that I own and it was a joke in my camp crew that I always carried a sit pad, until I got them all one for christmas, and now I own like four and they all have them too.

26/M/41t N/W

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 23:09
eric_ssucks
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In this crue only mine is a cut up old foam sleeping pad from boy scouts 25 years ago. Gets used for gardening too.

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 00:14
Shortpants
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In the messenger world a butt pad is standard gear. Stash it in your bag as extra back padding but the main purpose is so you can have a comfy place to sit on a wet wall or steps.

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 00:52
lukasz
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Just impulse bought one for the second time (I bought and returned one two years ago). Damn it I wish I could find my scraps from when I cut my foam sleeping pad down to size. $15 for this thing?!

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 02:30
Rusty Piton
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I have one of these that I've had since I was like 10 years old:

I've never regretted not bringing a piece of gear more than I did on my NOLS trip as I sat in the fucking dirt every night for a goddamned month straight.

emor wrote:
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Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:47
ShartAttack
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I bent the hell out of an Alite chair one time, admitted to them that I was probably 10 pounds over their weight limit, and they still repaired the frame for me. Cool folks.

Former RAGBRAI enthusiast

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:26
Andrew_Squirrel
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(Reply to #2459)

emor wrote:
Decided to try hammocklife on my trip this weekend for the first time. My cheap silver-x Eno hammock increases my sleeping gear weight by 25% but hoping it's more comfortable than sleeping on the ground. Also shouldn't care about weight since I am bringing my Alite camp chair

Just picked up the lightest version of the Alite chair with two legs, I can't tell if its comfortable or not comfortable since it distracts you with the fun game of balancing.

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 14:28
Andrew_Squirrel
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(Reply to #2460)

emor wrote:
The first day she got it to use the wind blew it into the campfire and melted it to destruction. Also delightful because she used mine for the rest of the trip.

I noticed that quite a few reviews mention that this is a popular way to kill them.

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 14:30
emor
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It's official: if I'm going to enjoy bike camping in the Midwest I need a freestanding bug shelter.

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Sat, 07/29/2017 - 20:12
jimmythefly
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Bwahahahaha! Ok not really laughing, and definitely not at you specifically.

Folks out here (the PNW) just don't know how good we have it, how lax we can be with our tent door discipline, to say nothing of going out with non bug-proof shelter and not having to worry about it.

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But honestly, I have no idea how I am going to follow through on that plan and I already have a pretty rad bike. I think I just like fucking with my bikes.

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 00:25
JUGE FREDD
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I'm pretty sure I have an OR Bug Bivy to send you

It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
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Sun, 07/30/2017 - 01:27
NOVELTYNAME
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Couldn't you rig up a no-see-em screen over your tarptent? It would weigh nothing and pack down to nothing

"Folks want options!"

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 01:34
Shortpants
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I have a lifelong shame.

Mosquitos don't bite me. Never have. Sometimes I see them on me but not often. I dont feel them on me and I don't get mosquito bites. I have one theory on why this is which would account for why they don't like me but doesn't account for why what few bites I get don't result in the usual welt and itchiness.

Regardless of the how or why, having lived most of my life in the South I am a giant jerk. Sitting around the river or a campfire I am always in complete peace while my friend get bit to shreds. Subsequently I don't often mention it because at that point I'm an actual jerk.

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 03:58
NOVELTYNAME
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F u
Bit to shreds and big welt team here

"Folks want options!"

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 09:28
Rusty Piton
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I'm Mosquito proof too. It's awesome.
I also don't seem to be affected by poison ivy.

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 09:31
Petr5
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Not mosquito proof, but my wife is a magnet so I just stay near her.

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Sun, 07/30/2017 - 10:11
jeffro
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Mosquito magnet, but I don't get poison ivy.

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 10:24
TimArchyLime
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(Reply to #2470)

jimmythefly wrote:
Bwahahahaha! Ok not really laughing, and definitely not at you specifically.

Folks out here (the PNW) just don't know how good we have it, how lax we can be with our tent door discipline, to say nothing of going out with non bug-proof shelter and not having to worry about it.

I first noticed this the first few times I went camping up here. I saw people do the unthinkable, leaving the tent door open while they moved stuff from the car to the tent. Like, leaving it open for 1-2 minutes at a time. I asked Marley and she said "cuz no bugs".

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Sun, 07/30/2017 - 10:48
Tail Hook Lengthener
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Allergic to everything, mosquitos love me.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 10:48
lukasz
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(Reply to #2472)

Andrew_Squirrel wrote:
emor wrote:
The first day she got it to use the wind blew it into the campfire and melted it to destruction. Also delightful because she used mine for the rest of the trip.

I noticed that quite a few reviews mention that this is a popular way to kill them.

I feel like if you read down like 10 reviews on any camping gear you will find that someone has fucked it via fire. It is kind of funny.

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 11:24
Shortpants
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(Reply to #2473)

Rusty Piton wrote:
I'm Mosquito proof too. It's awesome.
I also don't seem to be affected by poison ivy.

oh yeah, that too.

but I try not to test it as I know how allergies work.

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 11:40
Lowrey'sOrgan
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Fucka bivvy atmo
Even the "breathable" ones suck, and all that extra plastic makes em almost as heavy as other solutions
Tarp or single wall tent if it's gonna be rainy, or just sleep on the ground if not
If it's buggy but cold enough to zip up your sleeping bag, all you need is a head net to keep the skeeters off

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 12:46
JUGE FREDD
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nah the bug bivvy is 70% mesh / 30% floor

with a ~1m hoop pole to keep it suspended above you

can't always bundle up enough for a head net

It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
– akasnowmaaan

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 15:18
emor
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I would love that bivy Fred!

My problem last night was that it was way too hot to hide in my bag, which is what I did when I was up high by a lake in the cascades. It didn't get down to 70 until midnight so I spent many hours hiding in the bag, getting so sweaty I had to undo it and fan myself with my hat. My bag got soaked in sweat. Also, was a dry camp so I ran out of water at 11pm and didn't get more until 10 miles in this morning...

Like I said: warm weather bug shelter is absolutely necessary to not have miserable experiences out here.

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 15:55
joy of vaping
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Hammock with a bugnet sounds good for that situation if you like hammocking. In my experience i've been good in a hammock down to about 75F with no insulation, then below that I needed quilt + pad. Anything above 70F i sweat like mad in a tent, even one with lots of mesh and the rainfly off.

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 16:24
blackholelectron
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I tarp/bivy it, lately, in the incredibly buggy NE US:

Been really liking the adaptability and low weight! I got the Gossamer Gear cuben tarp and MLD superlight bivy for a steal, and made the poles from parts this one online replacement vendor sells. Whole shelter ends up around a pound with poles and stakes. If I know it's not gonna rain, I'll just use the bivy. Sometimes I don't zip it. If I feel like it won't be buggy (but honestly it usually is) I can just use the tarp. Plus, I can keep the bivy in the drybag for my buttrocket, and keep the tarp in my Ozette, just in case I gotta pitch it when it has started storming already.

Gonna experiment with DIY to make a new mostly mesh bivy with a cuben bottom (although I might just use some of the Momentum 50 from Thru-Hiker.com instead of bug netting for the body, since it's really breathable and low weight anyway) to drop some grams.

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Sun, 07/30/2017 - 18:03
lukasz
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Would try that setup. Looks fantastic.

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 18:17
Rusty Piton
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(Reply to #2480)

Straws wrote:
Rusty Piton wrote:
I'm Mosquito proof too. It's awesome.
I also don't seem to be affected by poison ivy.

oh yeah, that too.

but I try not to test it as I know how allergies work.

I hadn't tested it for years until I crashed my MTB into a ravine full of the stuff.
Nothing happened to me, but my buddy got it just from being in my presence.

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 11:15
that guy
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You too can go e-bikepacking for only $4,100*

(*Fly rod, flies, Blackburn bags, kayak, Tacoma, tent, dog, and film crew not included.)

http://cog.konaworld.com/all-new-kona-remote/

Bikes suck. Don't ride one.

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 02:51
sparksflyhigh
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This isn't the jackass turn sandwich thread

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:41
Goddamnit Gunther
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It has a key.
Isn't there a motorcycle thread over in OT?

Endpoint wrote:
turdly buttways

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:14
kmcdon
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motherfucker has old man mountain racks tho

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 20:08
cousinmosquito
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One ride I cant imagine wanting to do. Not a lot out there.
I think only one person finished last year. Sarah Hammond
https://www.curvecycling.com.au/pages/race-to-the-rock-2017

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 20:57
kmcdon
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http://www.bikepacking.com/routes/family-bikepacking-salida/

Gonna do this loop this weekend on a demo ECR. Surly and my LBS (Yawp! Cyclery) put on a weekend bikepacking trip every year. It's pretty rad.

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 21:45
cousinmosquito
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Two of my Tour Aotearoa buddies did this ride a while back with the idea of entering it in this competition. Matt takes a reasonable photo.
http://www.bikepacking.com/routes/no-8-wired/

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 23:05
cousinmosquito
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Looks like my buddy has gone into production with his dual cage mount.
https://www.cyclewerks.co.nz/shop-online/parts-and-accessories.cfm/product/bottle-cage-double-adaptor

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 04:57
lofarkas
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Why have a massive gap between the two bottles? To make extra super certain that you'll bash your knee against them every 3rd revolution?

Edit I guess it's to leave space for a full framebag. Not convinced that particular compromise is worth it for more than 4 people in the world.

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 05:36
cousinmosquito
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(Reply to #2490)

No knee bashing. I've got one myself. Very popular in this neck of the woods.

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 10:08
lofarkas
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I guess if you got a "wide stance" you're good. I've kicked my frame pump before, and that sticks out 1/4 as much as those cages. Also got trouser legs caught on empty bottle cages at the start of the downstroke, which can be real inconvenient.

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 10:27

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