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post #31 of (permalink) Old 04-22-2015, 06:21 PM
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How were the customs charges, etc?
Good question. I don't remember there being anything other than GST. I chose the USPS Priority shipping option. It's slower but less charges than FedEx.

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post #32 of (permalink) Old 04-22-2015, 07:06 PM
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I remember ordering through the States once and the customs, duties, etc. were punitive, so I haven't bothered since..

Maybe it was Fed Ex that was to blame?

I've ordered stuff through Amazon.ca and it's been shipped from an American supplier, no customs, etc..

Hmmmmm..

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post #33 of (permalink) Old 04-23-2015, 12:40 PM
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I was a gear tester for Hyperlite Mountain Gear for a bit. Great products and they have been continually upgraded over time which says a lot about the management group actually listening to customers.
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post #34 of (permalink) Old 04-23-2015, 12:41 PM
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FamilyGuy, would you be willing to share your WCT gear list? I noticed you have hiked the trail multiple times and I've noticed some of your gear posts on backpacking light.
Hey - received your PM and responded in kind.
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post #35 of (permalink) Old 04-23-2015, 09:56 PM
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Hey - received your PM and responded in kind.
Thank you, Great list
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Thank you, Great list
Would you be willing to send it to me as well?


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post #37 of (permalink) Old 04-24-2015, 09:06 PM
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My experience with cross-border shopping in general is that anytime a courier is used for shipping, the Customs/Duty charges go through the roof, particularly with UPS.
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post #38 of (permalink) Old 04-24-2015, 11:43 PM
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UPS is "brown." Brown is the colour of poop. That is what their service is.

If UPS is the only shipping option, I option to buy elsewhere. From the US, USPS - Canada Post is awesome.
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post #39 of (permalink) Old 04-25-2015, 03:52 AM
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I have a western mountaineering summerlite sleeping bag and would highly recommend it. It's expensive, but I have used it for 8 years and it has been worth every penny.
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post #40 of (permalink) Old 04-25-2015, 07:45 PM
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I cant imagine you would need a stove and all the cooking stuff that goes with, or a sleeping back rated for less than +5. What about all those cups, forks, toothbrushes, heavy headlamps...chuck chuck chuck...what else you got in there, an iphone? Gonzo, how about your boots isnt a pound on your feet worth three on your back...bye bye, some light hikers will be fine now that your only carrying a day pack with a sil tarp and an equator bag from MEC. Its probably not rocket science, just get harder

I dunno, last trip I went on Nick ate out of a ziplog and harvested our used tea bags...pocket rocket...pffft for what warm food...that shits for softies
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post #41 of (permalink) Old 04-29-2015, 08:29 PM
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There are going to be a lot of techniques to lower your overall weight.

The simplest being to simply buy lighter, more expensive gear.

A simple way that I dropped weight was to drastically compress as much air out of my gear as possible. It's amazing the amount of air people carry around in their packs, necessitating large backpacks with heavy suspension systems.

Get OR compression sacks and get creative. Stuff, don't roll, everything. I can get my Winter sleeping bag into a 8L compression sack and then the tent, my clothes and a puffy goes in another 8L compression sack.

From trying different compression methods I got my pack size down to 30L for overnight trips in the Winter. My 30L pack weighs less than a pound. Note that I'm also bring a camera tripod, 4 lenses, batteries... etc, as well as a stove, sleeping pad and sometimes helmet, crampons and ice axe. I share food weight with my wife.
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post #42 of (permalink) Old 04-29-2015, 10:00 PM
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throw your gears on the floor a couple days ahead of your trip so that you can see and think easily & clearly , then check each item and ask yourself: "do I really need it for the trip?"

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post #43 of (permalink) Old 05-04-2015, 02:56 PM
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throw your gears on the floor a couple days ahead of your trip so that you can see and think easily & clearly , then check each item and ask yourself: "do I really need it for the trip?"
Great tip. I do this also. I start the process of packing for the weekend on a Tuesday usually, right after I've unpacked on the Monday, ha!
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post #44 of (permalink) Old 05-06-2015, 12:31 PM
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Nobody ever seems to respond to this suggestion - but if you want light it's hard to beat hyperlitemountaingear (HMG) stuff. I have their packs (3400 and 4400) and their two person Mid. Expensive but very tough, completely waterproof and very light. I got my stuff on discount while keeping an eye out for sales.

Also second the idea to weight everything you bring and add it all up. The "little bits" count. I wrote a blog on this a few months ago too, if you're interested.
Looks like they have some great products. It looks like the Mid comes without a floor, I feel like if it rained there would be a big issue, is that not true? Right now I'm not seeing the advantage of the Mid compared to the Echo. Maybe I'm missing something obvious here, but could you help me out Vern?
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