As a distance hiker, I rely on my gear. That also means I tend to be a little protective of it, as losing any by accident or theft could really put me in a bind when days or more away from anywhere. This brings up the constant, where does one put their gear question. I'm not asking that though, ok sort of, but not exactly.
Here's my plan:
A: If there is sufficient room in the pockets, stuff as much gear as I can in them. This will create dead air (insulation), and put my gear close and behind velcro (tamper alarm). What doesn't fit in the pockets, I leave in my pack, and place it under my knees (I like knee support when sleeping like a banana) which will also offer added insulation. This should keep my gear fairly close, and would discourage any tampering.
I haven't got a clue how much those pockets hold, so I'm not sure if plan A is viable or not. If not, here is plan B.
B: I get a gear hammock, and tie it next to my NA. Perhaps the JRB gear hammock or the Bushman Hammock Chair. I stuff extra clothes that I'm now wearing into the NA pockets for insulation, leave the rest in my pack and drop it into the gear hammock (also under my oversized tarp). If I need anything, I can reach out to the gear hammock next to me and get it. I can still get out easily on the other side.
And if that doesn't work either, there is plan C.
C: Someone here tells me a much better option than A or B above, and I use that instead. Something tells me that I'll be going with Plan C.
So, how much can one put in those pockets? Any pictures of them with something to scale the size? A boot? Soda Can? Milk Jug? Anything to show how large and deep they are. And, don't forget to let me know what Plan C is. Thanks everyone.