What is backpacking gear/apparel lacking?
Question: I'm an apparel design major and I'm currently working on designing some outdoor apparel for a project. By the way I mean for REAL backpacking, meaning not with a suitcase around Europe (no offense), I'm meaning in the woods carrying your tent kind of backpacking. I'm only been backpacking a couple of times but I go hiking on a regular basis and there's not much fashionable hiking gear out there. So my question for more experienced backpackers is what kind of apparel do you wish existed (it can also have functional qualities too)? I found that when it would start raining it was a pain to take off my pack and then put my rain gear on and put my pack back on, so one piece I'm designing is something like a cape that you can easily throw on over yourself and your pack. Another item I'm working on is a jacket with a square on the back that you can unzip when you have a pack on and when you start to heat up going up a hill you don't have to take your pack off to take off the jacket. What else do you wish existed?
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Fashion is an opinion in the desire to make outdoor clothing fashionable. Often function, purpose and quality are thrown out the window in new fashion Designs because the designer had no clue about the outdoors. I don't want to stifle your goals they are good ones and educating your self along the ideals of an outdoors person will lead you in the right direction your cape is an example of a lack of knowledge as already demonstrated it's a poncho invented in the civil war or even older. I used one that was WW2 surplus. By educating yourself you won't make the marketing mistakes of some stores selling High heeled hiking boots for example a fashion faux pah. Join up with an out door group such as the Sierra Club take their training courses and get familiar with the needs of outdoors-man. for example we don't need a paisley printed floral cotton blouse we need a water wicking material shirt in a color that matches our terrain so when we sneak up on wildlife to take pictures we won't stand out like some old florida tourist in new york city. See whats on the market now and compare to what you know would be better. REI, Back packer are a couple web sites to compare
Of course you can ! All you should do : 1- Insert DVD into Laptop A (The one wich has a DVD-drive). Create a DVD image by using a software like Nero. If you are not familiar with disc images, nero will tell you what to do. (please note that you should create *.iso file) 2- Copy this image into your thumbdrive. Remember, the thumbdrive have to be capable of the filesize of the image. 3- Install a DVD emulator in your Laptop-B. If you dont have an emulator program, I suggest "daemon tools" or "clone cd" 4- Insert the thumbdrive into laptop -B. And use the image as if it is a DVD by using the emulator program (daemon tools etc.)
Don't be discouraged by the "It's a poncho" comments. There is actually a functionally significant difference between a poncho and a cape (the cape opens at the front and so can be thrown over the shoulders, while the poncho must be pulled over the head), and I personally think a cape would be very useful and more comfortable. I suggest that you design it to fold into a small pouch that can be worn on the belt; otherwise, you'll still have to take off your pack to get it out. I'm a hunter rather than a backpacker as such, but there's a certain amount of hiking through the woods involved in my chosen pursuit. What I want is a rubber boot (better for scent control) with the support of a hiking boot, that will fit a woman with big, muscular calves. (I'd love to say it's from all that stalking through the woods, but big calves just run in my family.) Boots that are the right size for my feet are invariably too narrow at the calf. I can't even pull them on! Can you do something about that for me, please?
Skipping a gear doesn't harm the transmission as long as the engine is going fast enough to handle the gear. I skip form 4th to 6th all the time. you need to be a little more careful skipping while downshifting as if you are going too fast for the lower gear it can stress the transmission. Shifting from neutral to a gear other than 1st is also fine, again, assuming you are going fast enough for the higher gear. I've been driving for 36 years, and with two exceptions, have always driven a stick.
The cape you suggested is a poncho that is designed to fit over a backpack and a person wearing it...it's already been invented (in the 1970's!) and is being marketed by companies here and in europe. The second might be a hard sell depending on how much it weighs, adding extra zippers, flaps etc will add to the weight and might be a deal breaker for many people. Remember jackets for backpacking have light weight as the most desired feature. You'll need to get a whole bunch of experience backpacking to be able to design things effectively, Not only that but you will need to become intimately aquainted with the specialized fabrics and materials that are the industry standard for jackets, tarps, rainwear, sleeping bags. As a high sierra backpacker that takes frequent 2 week trips and sometimes entire summers spent backpacking , I'm not concerned at all about "fashionable" clothes, but practical ones. There are so many good products on the market that the only one not currently avaliable is a great ultra light weight boot that provides superior ankle support with a running shoe type footbed and outsole. Hope that helps
You're fine skipping gears just make sure you don't shift into a gear too low for the current speed or a gear too high that will stall the engine or bog it down. You don't necessarily have to rev the engine while down shifting thanks to synchronizers but reving the engine will keep the synchro's good and smooth out the shifts. I skip gears a lot when down shifting to stay in my power band. Like for example lets say I'm going 60mph (4th gear) and coming to a turn and I wanna do 20mph (2nd) through the turn. I'll slow down to the speed I want while keeping the car in 4th gear, then just before the turn once I slow down enough I throw it neutral (with clutch pedal released), rev the engine up, press the clutch pedal back down then move it into 2nd gear and release the clutch. That's a brief description of a technique called Double Clutching - It's very effective for smooth shifts especially down shifting, and very helpful if you decide to skip a gear. The technique isn't very common since modern cars have synchronizers but I still use it, and my synchro's are worn so I like that method. I also skip gears while upshifting at times, when I need to get up to speed fast I'll stay in 3rd all the way to 80mph then skip 4th and go straight to 5th in my Civic and cruise right at 80. Edit: No damage will occur from skipping unless done incorrectly. I don't know where Matthew H learned skipping will ruin your gears because their in synch but I can tell you that the gear itself is the strongest part inside a transmission, the odds of gears being damaged in a daily driver car are extremely low even if driven by a novice - the synchronizers will go out before any gear ever does unless something completely catastrophic happens. Here's a very brief run-down: Most transmissions have a mainshaft and a countershaft. The mainshaft holds the gears themselves on it and the countershaft holds their partner counter gear. The gears are NOT in synch with each other but they are in synch with their own matching counter gear on the counter shaft. The synchronizer assemblies allow only 1 gear to be locked to the mainshaft at a time. When one gear is active it rotates locked to the shaft and the others spin freely on the shaft until the active gear is disengaged and a synchronizer is moved to lock the new gear in. It's impossible for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd to ever be in synch with each other, otherwise the transmission would lock up.
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