He Who Dies With The Most Toys Wins. I’m willing to use any means at my disposal to help you win. To encourage sales, I routinely offer discounts of up to 25%. While my initial asking price is generally somewhat higher than what you would expect to pay at a yard sale, when the cupboard is bare, I will offer discounts of up to 50% on selected items. In any event, if you send me a reasonable offer I will dial the price down a notch to put food on my table. Purpose-built for winter mountaineering, this premium-grade bag can deal with adverse conditions of the rather unpleasant variety. Based in Switzerland, Exped builds adventure gear that can endure prolonged exposure to the elements. With a water-resistant/ vapor-permeable shell [Pertex® Endurance] this bag is ideally suited for snow cave camping. Insulated with almost two pounds of 750-fill power down, the Swan compares favorably with top-of-the-line expedition-grade bags from Feathered Friends, Marmot and Western Mountaineering. The overall condition of the bag is excellent in every respect. I added this bag to my collection based on a review written by a fella who could recite, chapter and verse, every trait and aspect of this outstanding bag. The complete review wouldn’t fit on this page, but the introduction alone was more than enough to convince me of the bag’s merits. Exped – Swan WB sleeping bag review by RMOTO. I have owned a number of sleeping bags but this Exped Swan WB sleeping bag is by far the best I have owned. It is a top of the line sleeping bag with a price tag to match, however if like me you require a sleeping bag to keep you warm (or more to the point alive) in below freezing temperatures, then quality and performance is paramount. Here are some of the features I really like about this sleeping bag. It is completely waterproof, it is a compact sleeping bag and bivvy bag all in one. The stuff stack is durable and waterproof also. Great for carrying externally on a motorbike or strapping to the outside of your pack if a hunting trip brings success and you need the extra room for meat. The hood has three adjustment cords to get a perfect snug fit around your head in extreme cold conditions. It has a handy little velcro pouch inside. It is lightweight and packs up small. Comfort level -12°C survival level -31° C. After using this sleeping bag I have no desire to change, it satisfies every requirement I have and then some. I just can’t emphasise enough how great the waterproof feature is, it takes the hassle out of trying to keep your sleeping bag dry in wet conditions. Gear that has seen its fair share of wear and tear is my stock-in-trade; more often than not, the item will have minor condition issues of the cosmetic variety. O avoid getting on my wrong side, I’m thinking you should spend your nickels and dimes somewhere else. As it is, this cantankerous old goat already has enough of your kind on his naughty list. Flaws and imperfections are one thing, structural defects, on the other hand, are an altogether different matter- I don’t sell shoddy, hulled-out merchandise. Imbued with a pleasant disposition and the ability to communicate with people in a friendly manner. T he Grinch is a. Ogre with an aversion to roast beast, who pudding and obnoxious nitpickers who place undue importance on insignificant flaws. I should be able to answer any question you may have. Over the years, I’ve accumulated a lot of information, information that I’m willing to share. The east ridge tent emporium. While this endeavor is, for all intents and purposes, a glorified hobby that strayed off course, the selection of vintage merchandise in my shop is the end result of an acquisition process based on several decades of research. Truth is, over the years, this poor wayfaring vagabond has come to appreciate the traits and attributes, the benefits and drawbacks, of rugged, old school gear; gear purpose-built to bear the strain of prolonged exposure to conditions of the somewhat inhospitable variety. I made a wrong turn at Albuquerque, so this is as far as I got before I ran out of steam.. A-frames and Tipis: Rudimentary Tent Design, An Introduction to the Fundamental Aspects of. Prefatory Remarks: While I have nothing but respect for the fine free-standing and self-supporting tents that folks like Jansport and Moss were building back in the day, there were some other truly exceptional designs on the market back in the 70s. The vast majority of those designs were A-frames. Obtaining information related to old school gear is, by and large, a tad difficult, so knowing where to cast your net is the key to understanding the fundamental aspects of tent design. While from time to time you might stumble across an interesting tidbit online, the best source of detailed information is a dissertation that was cobbled together back in the mid-70s by William Kemsley. The Guide devotes three chapters, 57 of the 285 pages, to tent-related material. While traditional A-frames account for the majority of the 124 shelters evaluated, the selection is enough to put Baskin-Robbins to shame. The lineup includes flavors from Gerry, Holubar and Trailwise; from REI, Sierra Designs and The North Face; Early Winters, Snow Lion and MSR. If you’re at all familiar with tents, and if you’re reading this I will assume you are, you couldn’t help but notice that a very big name was left out of the line up. Just as the history of ice cream would be incomplete with mentioning vanilla, failing to mention Eureka would be akin to writing a history of the auto industry without mentioning Ford. Eureka deserves a place at the table, a place at the head of the table. Only one design featured in the Guide is still alive and kicking- the Eureka Timberline. The Eureka Timberline is a fossil of the self-tensioning A-frame variety. Back in the day, the self-tensioning A-frame was an innovative, state-of-the art design; other examples of the type include the Rivendell Bombshelter and the Trailwise Fitzroy. At the other end of the size spectrum, the Guide includes a base camp of the rudimentary, single-pole tipi variety that deserves some serious respect, the REI Mt McKinley, and a Sierra Designs tipi that can best be described as a work of art, the 3-Man Family Tripod. Neither fish, nor fowl, part A-frame, part tipi, the Tripod’s little brother, the Starflight, was downright peculiar. A gnat in the ointment: Given the overall value of the work, it may not be an issue of any great concern, but for some odd reason, a truly exceptional 3-man tipi from The North Face was edited out of the Guide. To omit some ordinary, run-of-the-mill design that doesn’t merit attention is one thing; to discard a gem is an altogether different matter. In any event, the aforementioned tipi is featured in the Fall 1975 edition of The North Face catalog; a catalog which is available online. Let me explain: In the April 1977 issue of Backpacker (aka Backpacker #20), an evaluation of the Dandelion appeared in a gear review entitled Under the Big Top. Lo and behold, a few months later, Under the Big Top was repurposed, minus the Dandelion evaluation, as a chapter in the Guide. This review is a thumbnail sketch based on my evaluation of the design. Truth be told, my initial impression was not altogether favorable. In addition to being a wee bit more than just a tad peculiar in a general sort of way, the 34-square foot Starflight has proven to be an odd duck in several other respects. The Starflight is not your standard basic-issue two-man tent. THE UNCOLA: Park the Starflight next to a standard basic-issue pup tent and the unorthodox nature of the design is rather obvious. Tailor-made for the seasoned backcountry explorer who marches to the beat of another drum, this pint-sized tipi may very well be the ideal shelter for the wilderness camper who is looking for a minimalistic retreat that resonates with a certain intangible quality. A quality that is best described as an acquired taste. Despite its outdated, by-gone era appearance, the Starflight tipi is a sound design with some features that… The item “Exped Swan WB 0-degree, down mountaineering bag with Pertex Endurance shell” is in sale since Sunday, December 06, 2015. This item is in the category “Sporting Goods\Outdoor Sports\Camping & Hiking\Outdoor Sleeping Gear\Sleeping Bags”. The seller is “ridge961″ and is located in Angleton, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States.