By Kristin Hostetter
If you're a hiker or camper, you would like this e-book. Why? since you love your apparatus and rely on it to make your journeys cozy and secure. within the box stuff occurs, and figuring out the way to cope may be the variation among an excellent journey and a depressing one. Plus, your apparatus should still final a long time, yet provided that you know the way to maintain it operating properly.This e-book covers all demeanour of outside gear—from boots and packs to tents, jackets, and kitchenware. easy methods to maintain your apparatus finely tuned, safely kept, and working at its top, and the way to mend difficulties yourself—saving you severe time and money. step by step directions and real-world colour images stroll you thru the entire maintenance. And let's face it, a few issues are past solving, even for the main expert DIY-ers, so this booklet comprises plenty of recommendation on what beneficial properties to appear for while buying new apparatus.
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With serious use, the hook side of the Velcro can get clogged with lint, fibers, dirt, and other debris, which inhibits its ability to form a good seal. If your Velcro starts to look like a miniature lint tray, try these tricks to clean the gunk out: • Carefully comb through the hooks using a needle or pin. • Scrub the hooks using a dry toothbrush. • When machine-washing any item with Velcro, make sure both sides are joined. Not only will this prevent stuff from accumulating, it will protect face fabrics from scratching on the hooks.
Use your garden hose to give it a high-powered rinse. • Hang it in the shade (to protect it from UV damage) until it’s totally dry. indd 43 3/19/12 4:02 PM Tips from the Field: Backpacks • Load it up: Properly packing your backpack means a more balanced load and easy access to all your stuff. Place your heaviest gear close to your spine at around lumbar level (not too high or the pack will get tippy). Insulate poky or delicate stuff in the center of the pack, where it won’t rip the bag or get smushed.
Pack Fitting 101 If you do decide to splurge on a new pack, getting the right fit is absolutely key. Here are a few tips to get you sized correctly. ) 1. Load the pack with at least 20 pounds. Why? Because an empty pack always feels good, plus, without some weight in it, you won’t get a sense of how it rests on your hips and settles into the shape of your spine. 2. Put on the pack. Snug the hipbelt and shoulder straps slightly. Check to make sure the overall torso length is comfortable and shorten/lengthen to taste.