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Thursday, 16 February 2017 13:33

Polyester vs. Nylon Clothing for Hiking

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One common complaint (or perhaps it’s not a complaint) among hikers is their clothing stinks. Even when the clothing has been properly laundered the stink is back within minutes of putting it back on your body. The reason is the chemical properties of the fabric.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 10:49

Outdoor Gear Builders 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!

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The holidays are quickly approaching, and you've been too busy riding/climbing/biking/hiking/camping to go shopping. Fear not, the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina are here with suggestions a-plenty.

Monday, 21 November 2016 10:52

Dental Floss – Myth-buster Edition

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Contrary to popular belief, dental floss is NOT a good choice to use as thread to repair gear in the field. While floss is readily available, an understanding of what dental floss is will help explain why it’s not best for sewing. 

Wednesday, 09 November 2016 12:50

Repairing Damaged Window Netting in your Tent

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I consider the inside of my LightHeart Gear tent my “Mosquito Free Zone”. Any hole or tear in the netting voids that space. The last thing I want at night is the whine of a mosquito buzzing in my ear as I try to sleep – let alone waking up covered in nasty bites.

Everyone dreads the thought of closing the zipper on their tent, only to have it separate behind the slider and gape back open. In a rainstorm, or heavy mosquito infested area, this can make life more than miserable. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to fix this in the field.