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    they seem to move through me. -
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    Interesting article.
    Found myself having to try to keep an open mind even while reading it.

    The author has covered enough trail miles with an umbrella to overcome any objections I might have made, even so, something inside me resists.

    In the end, I did click a couple of the links.

    Maybe because I hike shorter distances rather than long distance, I just don't feel the urge to try it. A couple days of rain has never bothered me and I've not hiked enough ground for the sun to bother me that much.

    Still, an interesting, thought provoking read, thx Dos.

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    I think I am going to try this.
    Suns hats are WAYY too hot and rain jackets make me sweat profusely.

    I saw a couple of people who found a way to attach them to their packs and
    thus able to use their hiking poles.
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    I have two of the Camel back tube traps on each shoulder strap to fasten it down. They work sweet with the umbrella for securing it hands free.
    I like refried beans. That's why I wanna try fried beans, because maybe they're just as good and we're just wasting time. You don't have to fry them again after all.

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    I read that article a month or two ago and decided to try one. The price point is not so outrageous that it will kill my wallet to try it and if it works there are a lot of benefits to it. So I received one for Christmas present. A Golite Crome. Haven't had a chance to use it or weigh it yet. I am hoping it works. My son and I will be on the trail for 2 weeks at Philmont Scout Ranch in July. So I am hoping the quick deploying factor helps for those sudden rain storms.
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    I've used umbrellas a few times on backpacking trips. They work well but in the end I'm not convinced I want to carry the extra weight. The only time i was REALLY glad to have mine was in a 2 hour grape size hail storm!!!

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    I enjoyed that article. Good find and thanks for sharing.

    I am going to give it a try this year backpacking. I have mastered the art of navigating the woods with a huge golf umbrella on my daily, regardless of conditions, walk with my dogs. I hardly ever wear a rain jacket and return home only damp from the knees down after a couple of hours of steady rain or snow. I do dislike the weight of the golf umbrella so that Golite looks like my choice.

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    I have though of getting an umbrella but I am one of those that don't want to give up my trekking poles. Maybe I should just give it a try and see how I like it. The expense of the umbrella is negligible and if I decide not to use it backpacking, then I still have a nice umbrella for everyday use. I really like the GoLite and will probably pick up one soon and let you know what I think after I have had a chance to use it.
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    Not sure this guy is right in the head...he sleeps on the ground.
    Mark is the name and If there is more than one way to understand what I just said....I meant the good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Two Tents View Post
    I have two of the Camel back tube traps on each shoulder strap to fasten it down. They work sweet with the umbrella for securing it hands free.
    I am SOOOO going to try this!!
    Thank you
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    In some mysterious way woods have never
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    In physical terms, I move through them;
    yet in metaphysical ones,
    they seem to move through me. -
    John Fowles


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