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Critique my downhill ski kit & tell me how to make the most of it.

New to Colorado, grew up skiing a couple times a year on the east coast, then stopped for a while. Now I have a local season pass. Help me acclimate to skiing out west once a week or so this winter, given my current abilities, gear, budget, and goals. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Nov 8, 2014 - 12 answers

Sailing gear for a summer on a tall ship

I will be working as a deckhand on a tall ship this summer, sailing up and down the East Coast of the U.S. I need to buy foul weather gear in the next few days. I know I need a jacket, pants, boots, and a rigging knife. What should I look for when I purchase these items? Is there anything else essential that I need, gear-wise? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on May 21, 2014 - 15 answers

Swim gear

I'd like to start swimming more regularly. I want some gear that will make it easier. I need goggles, earplugs, and a cap. Also, what's your favorite piece of swimming gear? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Apr 9, 2014 - 25 answers

Best backpacking guide... book, website, whatever!

I'm looking to start backpacking/rough camping this year, and I've had a hard time picking a guide. Can you recommend a book (preferred) or a website for this sort of thing? I've done some not-so-rough campground camping before, but it was alway drive-in camping. We'd love to start off with over nighters and work our way up from there. We don't know what type of pack/tent/gear to get at all. Bonus: guides for the tri-state (Philadelphia-New Jersey-Delaware) area camping/packing would be nice, too. Thanks!
posted by ancient star on Feb 7, 2014 - 11 answers

What to wear at SoulCycle?

I'm taking some cycling classes at SoulCycle. What should I wear & what should I bring with me? [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jan 21, 2014 - 7 answers

Character effectiveness in WoW: what's the player skill: gear ratio?

At or near the top end of the WoW performance curve, how much does gear contribute compared to player skill? [more inside]
posted by Sternmeyer on Dec 18, 2013 - 18 answers

Alpine touring setup for a 105 lbs, 5'0" beginner skier

With just about every activity that I ended up enjoying, I started out by buying cheap-ish gear and then having to purchase everything all over again when I was ready to upgrade. Help me not do that when it comes to a randonee/alpine touring ski setup to be used in the Pacific Northwest backcountry. Complications: I'm a 5'0" woman with mondo size 22 feet, don't weigh a whole lot, and I'm going back to skiing after a decade of snowboarding (lessons start next month and I tend to be a very fast learner). I've my backpack, all clothing and avy gear, but I need skis, bindings, boots, poles, and skins. I'm on a budget and unfortunately nothing is available used in my size, but I'm willing to invest. Help?
posted by halogen on Nov 28, 2013 - 9 answers

I donĀ“t always shoot digital, but when I do...

In my personal view of photography and life in general, the "convenience" that, for me, is the only advantage that digital cameras have over film (specially if we talk about medium format film), was never something I cared about. However I may have to start caring about it, at least part of the time. The thing is, I have no idea of what camera to get, so I would like some advice. [more inside]
posted by Fermin on Nov 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Tiny Spotify

I want a teeny tiny music player to take along when running. All it needs to do is do Spotify in offline mode. [more inside]
posted by 26.2 on Oct 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Cool stuff for an "Innovation Starter Kit"

I'm looking for interesting things to add to what will amount to an Innovation Starter Kit for a small group of faculty who I'm trying to encourage to think a little differently about education. So far I'm thinking about things like Sugru, Chromecast, a Leap Motion Controller, maybe some light-sensitive paper... What else can I add? [more inside]
posted by madred on Sep 25, 2013 - 14 answers

European man whom carried many pounds of gear everyday -Website or link

In the 2004-2006 timeframe I recall discussion on websites I frequented at the time (which I cannot recall now) about a European man whom carried many pounds of gear everyday. Things like writing pens, hand tools, survival tools, lighters, etc.... There was also a particular website that detailed all the items he carried, mostly in his coat and on his belt, including photos. My google skills are failing me. He was/is northern european, maybe French, Belgium or English. I would like some web=links to this information, if still available?
posted by wylde21 on Sep 22, 2013 - 3 answers

Google disagrees with me on what "petite women's work pants" are.

Can you recommend durable, somewhat fitted, not outrageously expensive work pants that will fit a small woman (5'0", 100 lbs, athletic build)? And by work I don't mean office-appropriate: I'm a carpenter and I spend my days at a grimy construction site. [more inside]
posted by halogen on Sep 20, 2013 - 8 answers

One outfit to rule them all

I will be trekking/travelling/volunteering in South America for 6-8 months early next year. I am looking for what to wear and bring. Ideally, comfortable, water resistant, fashionable, lightweight things. [more inside]
posted by saul wright on Aug 23, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me replace my REI Hobitat 6 tent with a better one

I have an old REI Hobitat 6 tent that has reached the end of its useful life. There were some things I really liked about that tent, and some things I really disliked. I'd like to find a tent that keeps what I liked and fixes what I disliked. [more inside]
posted by crookedgrin on Aug 13, 2013 - 6 answers

The best camera is the one you have with you... unless it's an iPhone

I'm ready to up my photography game. I live in a gorgeous place with lots of interesting things to photograph-- wildlife, birds, water and mountains, abandoned infrastructure-- and my iPhone 4 can't produce pictures that are rich or detailed enough to do it all justice (or blow up for prints, or be good blog fodder). However, I'm not interested in a DSLR because I know I'm unlikely to actually have it with me when opportunities present themselves, and at this point I'm not really technically proficient enough to justify the cost. What point and shoot models should I consider? [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Jun 25, 2013 - 19 answers

Essential Men's Gear from Patagonia

I have access to a pro deal from Patagonia for a few more months. What are some men's essentials that it would be worth it to purchase / stock up on? I ski, hike and am getting more into mountaineering. There are a fair amount of things from Patagonia that I consider ridiculous for the price, so I'm just curious which one's are actually worth it.
posted by aleatorictelevision on May 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Please recommend me your winter gear - lightest and warmest and cheapest

I currently live in the Southern US, but next month I'm making a trip to Southern Argentina and next year I'm moving to New York. I guess it's time to buy warm clothes! Can you give me some recommendations on warm, light, layerable winter clothes, particularly a coat? [more inside]
posted by Buckt on May 24, 2013 - 13 answers

Bike camping gear in northern Ontario

Help me prep for a 7-day, 700k bike trip through low-populated terrain! [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on May 1, 2013 - 10 answers

What backstory do I need for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance?

I love the game developer Platinum Games, and buy everything they put out. Their new game, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, is the latest in a long-running series with a famously incomprehensible backstory? I've played a bit of Metal Gear Solid 2 and didn't really enjoy it. I'd like to know a. if anyone who's played MGR: Revengeance knows what backstory I need to enjoy it or b. if anyone can provide a summary or a link to a quick summary of Metal Gear Solid's backstory.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Feb 21, 2013 - 2 answers

The Best Gear for the Rest of Us.

What forums do you know of that discuss good gear at budget prices? I'm aware of Budget Light Forum for flashlight aficionados and Poor Man's Watch Forum for watch junkies. What else is there? [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Jan 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Help Identify this Climbing Gear Please!

Can anyone help me identify the use of these climbing ropes are? Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Dec 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Gadgets, and gizmos, and gear, oh my!

I spend a lot of time cruising the web during my slow days at work. One of the things I love are websites with cool "gear" for guys. Help me find more! [more inside]
posted by Stan Grossman on Oct 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Musician filter: Please help me assemble a rig.

Musician filter: Please help me assemble a rig. [more inside]
posted by ezekieldas on Oct 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Will a swim shirt help keep me warm in the pool?

Is there a swim shirt that will help keep me warm in the pool? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Sep 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Gear geekin

Starting package of gear for live electronic music? [more inside]
posted by aesacus on Aug 30, 2012 - 7 answers

How to keep sane on a 6 month roadtrip?

Gearing up for a 6 month road-trip in the US. What do I take? Looking for sleeping bag, technology, and other gear recommendations. [more inside]
posted by piedmont on May 18, 2012 - 13 answers

What essentials do I need for spring camping in Ontario?

I'm going camping in Algonquin Park in the first week in May. It's going to be cold. What do I need to bring to stay warm? [more inside]
posted by iona on Apr 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Stores selling used football gear in Chicago?

Stores selling used football gear in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by jjonajason on Mar 2, 2012 - 2 answers

I don't wanna leave my heart in San Francisco

People who either travel with "gear" (broadly defined) or have to pack "gear" for work--how do you preflight what you're taking, make sure you have it when you go out, and make sure you bring it back when you return? Bonus: how do you label things so that it makes its way back to you if your protocol fails? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Feb 3, 2012 - 13 answers

Bike and camping supplies in Las Veags?

I'm planning a trip do Death Valley in january and I'll be landing in Las Vegas where I'll spend the first day or two preparing, and I wonder if anyone has some recommendations for places where I can get the supplies I need. [more inside]
posted by tristpinsm on Dec 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Meet me slopeside in three weeks.

What is the best way to get two snowboards (and associated gear) from Seattle, Washington to Aspen, Colorado if we don't know where we will be staying while there? Flying with the snowboards would be hugely inconvenient, since travel plans include two continents and several cities with extended stopovers before we eventually meet up in Aspen for NYE.
posted by halogen on Dec 5, 2011 - 9 answers

Get me running please.

I'm 30 lb overweight because of depression. I want to start running. Tell me what running shoes I need, what running Apps. [more inside]
posted by buck:fuller on Nov 12, 2011 - 25 answers

Modified Couch to 5K?

Inspired by this question, I've decided to finally go for the Couch to 5k. I'm currently reading through the excellent threads on here, but I have a couple of specific questions. [more inside]
posted by swingbraid on Nov 10, 2011 - 10 answers

What are the components of Lenny Kaye's guitar sound?

Geetar-filter: What axe/fx achieved the sound of Lenny Kaye's wonderful solo on "Pissing In A River"?
posted by Trurl on Jun 24, 2011 - 3 answers

(No! Soundsystem) Daft Punk Is Not Playing in My House

What is the optimal wiring configuration to make the most of a very specific set of PA equipment? [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck on Jun 4, 2011 - 3 answers

Keep me covered

I'm in the UK, I've just started Couch to 5k, and I'm having trouble getting suitable running gear. Particularly a sports bra. Help! [more inside]
posted by mippy on May 12, 2011 - 20 answers

Sweet Camping Gear?

I am looking for some sweet camping gear to give as a gift to my new bride. The only catch is that we already have most of the basics. Looking for something she/we can really use and would make a great gift.
posted by 2legit2quit on May 6, 2011 - 31 answers

Where in New York can I find a hunting stand/tripod?

Where can I get something like this hunting stand/tripod in/around New York? [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork on Apr 8, 2011 - 2 answers

I need Rain Gear

Help me pick a nice waterproof, breathable shell for (long) day hikes and possible backpacking. [more inside]
posted by HighTechUnderpants on Mar 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me find this blog about Cameras

Help me find a blog! It was about people on the streets with interesting cameras. It showed closeups of the cameras and sometimes their owners.
posted by jgwong on Mar 17, 2011 - 2 answers

Does it come in a summerweight version?

Where can I find a lightweight t-shirt, or its functional equivalent, with a zippered chest pocket to carry my iPhone when I'm running? [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Mar 9, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me complete my home studio!

Computer music MeFites! I need your help! Here is what I want to do: compose music on Finale, export the composition to a MIDI sequencing software, add beats that I'd also like to create myself, and then mix in real instruments including voice. What do I need? [more inside]
posted by The Pantless Wonder on Oct 8, 2010 - 3 answers

Picking a Pack

Looking for a great travel backpack - your reviews? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Oct 6, 2010 - 24 answers

Help me navigate the world of camping purchases...

Getting camping gear together... what should we buy next? We have just bought a tent (4 person), 2 chairs and 2 therma rests. We will be camping at a caravan park this time. What should we buy next? What are the priorities? [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on Sep 17, 2010 - 16 answers

Beginner's Running Gear

I've got good running shoes. What should be my next piece of running gear? [more inside]
posted by goateebird on Sep 6, 2010 - 24 answers

Identify this dome tent.

So I bought a used Jansport dome tent. It is nice and cost me very little, but I was wondering if there is a complete list of Jansport tents online somewhere that I can use to identify it. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Aug 23, 2010 - 4 answers

"I'm here for the singing ladies, not the numbers stations."

I'm leaving for Bulgaria tomorrow with a bunch of professional radio/recording gear. Kindly lavish me with advice on getting there and back with all my equipment intact. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jul 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Please help me plan an awesome hardcore state crossin' bicycle trip! Now in 3D!

Me and my girlfriend are planning to embark upon a long adventure. We have never done it before and have some questions. [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Jul 20, 2010 - 12 answers

Small, Cheap Plastic Gears?

What would be a good place to find small plastic gears for hobby projects? [more inside]
posted by DMan on Jul 6, 2010 - 12 answers

Best motorcycle/scooter jacket for San Francisco?

What's the best motorcycle/scooter jacket for daily commute riding in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by heliostatic on Jun 15, 2010 - 5 answers

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