Yo Luke how do you handle moisture build up in a bivy? Condensation seems to be a big issue maybe you can address this issue. Even in a tent during winter. How do you avoid frost an moisture build up while inside asleep
My Response (Answer):
In the winter moisture is always an issue but there are things you can do to limit it. With a bivy it's all about keeping your breath out of the bag if at all possible. A synthetic fill sleeping bag will be key if you can't because you will stay warm even with the moisture build up. But, with the sleeping bag make sure it isn't too warm for the conditions you are in. If you sweat some condensation will form on the walls. Can't really avoid that. Also make sure that your clothes are absolutely dry before you get in the bag. Dry socks are important to. Make sure you have a barrier separating you from the ground. More than just the material of the bivy. Vent at the top of the bivy as well as the bottom if at all possible. Some build is likely no matter what.
The other day I had an individual write in and this is what he had to say;
"Hi Luke. I really enjoy your youtube vids. I would like to ask your opinion on hiking pants. I am just getting into hiking, so I don't plan on spending a bundle on most of the gear (just yet), but I certainly want the right boots/pants. The boots I can handle, but I am clueless on what kind of pants will not chafe me raw. Any insight would be appreciated."
My answer to him is this;
"Hey there XXXXX,
How are you brother? Thanks for the kind words.
As for hiking pants, well there are a lot of different types and lots of different fabrics. It goes without saying that Cotton is a bad choice. "Cotton Kills" & "Cotton: Fabric of Death." Plus, hike ten miles in jeans and you'll never walk the same....ever again!!!
For the average pant I would say go with something nylon. Lightweight, fast drying and fairly cheap. You may come across a nylon blend and that is fine too. Normally it's a blend with spandex. Can't go wrong there. That will cover you during the 3 seasons.
When it comes to the 4th season, nylon is still a good choice but layering becomes important. You can look for a softshell pant or even a heavy material such as the G1000 from Fjallraven. In other words, you need the right tool for the job.
When it comes to boots, there are a lot of options. Some lighter than others, some with waterproof liners, some more breathable. I typically say that there isn't a one pair fits all solution when it comes to shoes and boots. On dry days I want something lightweight and breathable. If it's going to be a wet one, I want something with a gore-tex (etc) liner. If it's going to be really cold, I want something insulated. If it's cold and wet, insulated and waterproof. See what I mean?
The next video inline for our Outdoor Fitness series focuses on nothing but pullups. Simple. Powerful. Here's a special move that I learned a while back. Definitely DON'T TRY IT unless you have the right setup and you're strong enough to do it (seriously!!!!!)
An Updated Review of the Optimus Crux Stove withTerra Cook Set.
Optimus Crux Stove With Terra Cook Set $79.95 Amazon -UPDATED
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Boil time (1 L / 34 fl. oz of water):
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