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  1. I think if you look at the Helinox cot for what...

    I think if you look at the Helinox cot for what it is, the price isn't out of the norm. For most tents, about 40% of the cost of manufacture is in the poles. With the complexity of the Helinox cots...
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    This is a sad, but salient point. I started road...

    This is a sad, but salient point. I started road racing at age 13. Won my first state championship the next year, was on the US National development team by 17, and podiumed at my last state...
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    Well THAT is impressive.

    Well THAT is impressive.
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    This is always a touchy subject, and I realize...

    This is always a touchy subject, and I realize you are aware you are positioning this query in the forum section where the firearm advocates are likely to support you, which is fine.

    I just want...
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    I can't stress enough how little instruction...

    I can't stress enough how little instruction Americans get with regard to on-road safety. For every one safety tip taught in the US, European riders, particularly in France, learn an additional half...
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    Yes. The spec on this bike is super tight. The...

    Yes. The spec on this bike is super tight. The brakes are solid and surprisingly close in performance to the Guide brakes on the Bucksaw. The X11 drivetrain is tack accurate. The Bucksaw made me a...
  7. I used the Hemisphere system in Ecuador and...

    I used the Hemisphere system in Ecuador and really liked it. My number one "like" was the roll top closure. I love to throw a fit when a zipper pisses me off. The roll-top not only opens up wide,...
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    The crazy light setup, good down to 40, sub 5 pounds and could almost fit in my riding suit pockets:

    MSR EC Bivy - one pound
    Sea To Summit Ultralight Mat - sub one pound, 12 ounces
    Sea To...
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    Yes indeedy. Carbon frame and fork. So fun.

    Yes indeedy. Carbon frame and fork. So fun.
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    Uh...kudos for the innovative idea, but it's not...

    Uh...kudos for the innovative idea, but it's not exactly solving a problem I've ever encountered. Plus, it's always so much easier to maximize the storage space of a soft container.

    Years ago a...
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    Prescott cheap? Not so much.

    Prescott cheap? Not so much.
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    268375268375 New bike. Yea.

    268375268375

    New bike. Yea.
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    Having spent 25+ years as a licensed moto rider,...

    Having spent 25+ years as a licensed moto rider, I've only been riding on the dirt with any regularity in the last several years, and on rather big bikes at that. As for reassuring your wife of your...
  14. Yes. I always consider fuel and water weight as...

    Yes. I always consider fuel and water weight as too variable to calculate into total weight numbers, but like you said, sub 35 pounds is easy to do. My tent, pad, sleeping bag, and stove/cookset are...
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    It's not perfect, but it's really not bad either....

    It's not perfect, but it's really not bad either. I'm not so thick of head bone to think I'm impervious to the ill deeds of others, but I just feel a relative safety with regard to where I go, and...
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    I'll be the first to admit, I'm an...

    I'll be the first to admit, I'm an ophidiophobiac. I hate snakes. But considering we don't live in a place with Black Mambas and other aggressive snakes, almost every snake I've seen in the Southwest...
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    I never carry a weapon, and never will. Just not...

    I never carry a weapon, and never will. Just not something I feel is necessary. For me it boils down to a simple matter of where I like to go. We all select our destinations based on a variety of...
  18. I had a discussion a couple of years ago with an...

    I had a discussion a couple of years ago with an adventure rider who was trying to impress me with how "light" he goes on his DR650. By the third time he said, "you have no idea...." I had to chime...
  19. I was a tarp advocate for a while. I used a Moss...

    I was a tarp advocate for a while. I used a Moss Heptiwing for a while, but more than one trip proved that tents, particularly uber light tents, are pretty handy. My recent trip to Iceland once again...
  20. I can get down right feathery light when I...

    I can get down right feathery light when I bikepack, effectively with backpacking gear.

    If I use a 3/4 NeoAir Xlite pad, my MSR EC bivy, either my Spark sleeping bag or Phantom 32 bag, Clikstand...
  21. Osprey Hornet 42 Ultralight backpack Sea To...

    Osprey Hornet 42 Ultralight backpack
    Sea To Summit Spark 40 degree sleeping bag
    Thermarest NeoAir Xlite reg sleeping pad
    Clikstand stove, or Windboiler MSR stove
    Terra Nova Laser Comp tent, or...
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    If you have an inclination to get into more...

    If you have an inclination to get into more backcountry travel in the western half of the US, be aware that some towns and cities offer better access to the backcountry than others. As an example, my...
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    By the way, Colorado is a big and diverse state....

    By the way, Colorado is a big and diverse state. Do you have an idea where you want to end up?
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    If it's a mountain town, just plan on your...

    If it's a mountain town, just plan on your prospective employer asking where you live. Lots of people move to Colorado and apply for jobs long before they get their accommodations squared away. Then,...
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    Bartending is sweet gig, but a relatively...

    Bartending is sweet gig, but a relatively competitive job market in service-oriented Colorado. I was a 'tender in College for a while in Vail and made a steady $175-$200 per night just working 6pm to...
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