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10 essential outdoor gadgets - a few might interest cavers

Postby JR-Orion » Mar 1, 2012 1:17 pm

Some others- like the $400 jacket- might make you laugh.

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/02/ ... ewall=true

But mainly, I hadn't heard of merino wool before, and wondered if it could be handy under some cave coveralls? Supposedly it breathes well when you're hot and wicks away sweat.

"Heck, it doesn’t even pick up body odor."
?

There's a new Petzl headlamp in there, and a hydration back pack that sprays water into your mouth. For those times when you are too tired to actually take in a sip or two.
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Re: 10 essential outdoor gadgets - a few might interest cave

Postby LukeM » Mar 1, 2012 1:29 pm

Wired should stick to what they know. This article is basically useless fluff, but I guess if you're really having trouble figuring out ways to spend all your money this would be a good place to start.

Anyway, I will extol the virtues of merino wool. It does indeed resist body odors, making it great for multi-day outings where you don't want to pack too many articles of clothing. It's also very comfortable. It tends to cost twice as much as other base layer alternatives.
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Re: 10 essential outdoor gadgets - a few might interest cave

Postby cavemud2 » Mar 1, 2012 4:58 pm

I have a few pairs of Smartwool socks, which is made from the merino wool. And i will also vouch for the keeping odors down. I can wear these for a few days and they dont stink as bad as my other socks i used to wear after a few days. I was looking at there base layers a few weeks ago.I think they would be great. They also dry out rather quick. They recommend you do not use fabric softeners, because they coat the Merino wool fibers and reduce the fibers' ability to naturally manage moisture and regulate your body temperature and the ability to repell body odor..


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Re: 10 essential outdoor gadgets - a few might interest cave

Postby polrbear » Mar 2, 2012 10:44 am

I already enjoy a few merino wool items; few things are good substitutes.

I don't think I'll be buying the solar-powered boombox for any upcoming caving trips.
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Re: 10 essential outdoor gadgets - a few might interest cave

Postby JR-Orion » Mar 2, 2012 12:15 pm

Cool. Nice to know that merino wool is the real thing.
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Re: 10 essential outdoor gadgets - a few might interest cave

Postby JR-Orion » Mar 2, 2012 12:50 pm

The comments at the end of the article are hilarious.
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Re: 10 essential outdoor gadgets - a few might interest cave

Postby nathanroser » Mar 2, 2012 1:43 pm

I'd like to take the hydration pack and turn it into a giant generator for a carbide lamp. Probably burn for a few days with that much volume.
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Re: 10 essential outdoor gadgets - a few might interest cave

Postby polrbear » Mar 5, 2012 10:41 pm

muddyface wrote:I'd like to take the hydration pack and turn it into a giant generator for a carbide lamp. Probably burn for a few days with that much volume.


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