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Originally Posted by NorCal View Post
Hey Slim have you ever checked out the "garage sale" at REI? (it might have another name, but it is along those lines). It is all the returned items and other left over crap. They have it about once a month and the deals are amazing. They had a lot of good backpacks and sleeping gear when I was in there last. Worth a look.

Not sure. The Seattle flagship does have a basement department full of returns though, available any time. Right now they have a lot of sleeping pads, and ski boots. I checked it out.

I love some of the notes on the returns. Thermarest sleeping pad 6 foot. Marked down to 17.99. Why? "Too$hort".

Uh...

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BTW the REI in Seattle is next level. They have a damn kayak test run if memory serves.

I'm not sure about that, they have a mountain bike test track, and the 65 foot climbing pinnacle. I don't recall seeing a kayak run, though I wouldn't be surprised if they had some sort of regular testing day where you could try out a bunch of them on Lake Union. They are only a few blocks away.

Yesterday there was a PowerBar rep there who was super hot.
post #302 of 412
This might seem like a dumb question, but what kind of socks do you guys use?
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post #304 of 412
I love smartwool socks. Very comfortable and they do not not move around or bunch up in the boot all.
post #305 of 412
Agree, I use Smartwool socks over Coolmax or other polypro liner socks.
post #306 of 412
A big +1 to sock liners. Absolutely the best blister prevention I've come across.
post #307 of 412
So... is that a thin sock and then a thicker sock over it?
post #308 of 412
Yes, exactly. The thin sock is designed to reduce any friction and wick moisture away from your skin.
post #309 of 412
Gotcha.

Apparently I am largely unfamiliar with sock technology.
post #310 of 412
fucking newb. go read about socks and stay the fuck out until you read about socks.
post #311 of 412
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Originally Posted by jett View Post
Anyone into hiking and/or backpacking? If so, what do you think the best backpack and/or boots are for extended hikes?

Completely depends on the place you're walking.

Heading to Khumbu in the winter. Ospery Aether 70 liter pack and a pair of goretex boots.
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fucking newb. go read about socks and stay the fuck out until you read about socks.
This is why I asked. I wanted to read about socks.
post #313 of 412
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Originally Posted by johnapril View Post
Heading to Khumbu in the winter. Ospery Aether 70 liter pack and a pair of goretex boots.

Cool, let us know how it goes. I may be there in 2011. Buddy of mine is on temporary assignment in China and we are planning to go to Lhasa in the summer. I want to take a tour trip to Everest Base Camp -- but I will NOT be going into the Khumbu ice fall!
post #314 of 412
Picture last summer from day hike up to the Lakes of the Clouds in Colorado:



Another from the same trip, a hike up Mt. Elbert:



Early next year, I'm going to do a five-day thru-hike of the Lone Star Trail. And next summer, my son and I are going to tackle about half of the Kungsleden in the Swedish Arctic.
post #315 of 412
Great pics and thanks for posting Gent.
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