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Once and for All: Cork or EVA Handle?

Once and for All: Cork or EVA Handle?

Over the last couple of months it has been interesting to dissect and critically look at our Vertex poles as part of our redesign and moving production to the USA. One of the questions I've been hearing a lot is: why do you want to make a cork handle for your poles? This is a funny question since I originally only designed the Vertex to have an EVA handle, but repeated requests for a cork handle convinced me there is interest, so we made a cork version. Since now the question of cork and EVA has come up again, I...

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Vecto Best Practices and Useful Accessories

Vecto Best Practices and Useful Accessories

With the hiking season getting closer and so many people planning on including Vectos as part of their 2018 thru-hiking experience, I've been getting more and more questions about the Vecto: how to use it? best filters? for clean water or dirty? can be a hydration bladder? To make things simple, I thought I would write about how I use the Vecto, best practices from the design point of view and some accessories that go well with it. A brief history If you aren't one of the original Kickstarter Vecto fans, here is a quick overview of how the Vecto came to...

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The Cnoc Outdoors Plans For 2018

Cnoc Update

The Cnoc Outdoors Plans For 2018

Wow time flies when you are having fun! 2017 was our first full year in business and things have gone fast and slow at the same time. I won't do a 2017 recap because those can be boring, but let me just say that getting a new product to the market is a real challenge. The Vecto is proving to be just the thing that hikers were missing: a truly practical and simple way to gather and carry water. It has been demanding and tiring and exciting and amazing and many more things to launch the Vecto, but mainly, we...

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Upgrading 3 Season Gear to 4 Seasons on a Budget

Gear Information Outdoors Skills

Upgrading 3 Season Gear to 4 Seasons on a Budget

Getting into 4 season gear can be pricey: warmer sleeping system, more complicated layering, new footwear solutions, etc. In reality, if you have a solid 3 season system, getting to 4 seasons (snowy winters) doesn't have to cost a fortune or be very complicated. First, let's break down the main changes that need to be made: Increasing the warmth of your sleeping system: sleeping pad and insulation Estimating the need for a 4 season shelter Updating to a 4 season cooking system Adjusting to the appropriate layering system Choosing and getting the right footwear Finding the right balance at camp With that...

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Getting The Most From Your Insulation

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Getting The Most From Your Insulation

When it comes to what insulation clothing is needed in the outdoors, you can find so much information that it is just amazing, and most of it is pretty good. What I have noticed, though, about the information available, the questions I get asked and the people I meet outdoors is that there is an implementation gap: many have no idea how to utilize their insulation layers for the best efficiency, comfort and weight. In order to add some guidance about the best way to use insulation and staying comfortable this coming winter, I wrote below about my method of...

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