Gore-Tex is a membrane made of PTFE (Teflon). The Teflon is stretched so that billions of small holes are formed. The new porous material is then called ePTFE (e for expanded). This creates about 1.3 billion pores per cm2, each with a diameter of about 1/20,000th of a drop of water, but about 770 times larger than water vapor molecules. This means that no water can penetrate, but the internal water vapor can escape to the outside. There are Gore-Tex in different laminates the standard consists…
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Gore-Tex (Pro) vs Ascentshell, FutureLight, eVent and co.
Comparison of waterproof and breathable laminates for jackets, bivouacs, etc.
5 quick-tips for good hygiene when hiking
Keep body and equipment clean
Overview Te Araroa thru-hike in New Zealand (2020)
Thru-Hiking in New Zealand - a summary
Cuben Fiber vs Silnylon vs Silpoly
Advantages and disadvantages of each material for tents and tarps
Merino vs Synthetic vs Cotton
Improve your comfort with the right material
Ultralight Footprints DIY
The 1 Euro tent pad - protection for the tent floor
Visa and entry in New Zealand
Applying for the right visa for Te Araroa
Insurance and precautions for the hike
Avoid high costs in case of an accident
How much does it cost to hike Te Araroa?
Start with enough money and minimize worries
My gear list of Te Araroa
PLB and other equipment
Phone providers in New Zealand
Watch out when buying data
Navigating Te Araroa
Using apps to not get lost on the trail
Resupply / Water / Gas / Poste Restante
Stocking up on supplies on Te Araroa
Starting point of Te Araroa in New Zealand
Where the trail starts and how to get there
UV Rays and the New Zealand Heat
Protect your skin
Unpredictable new zealand weather
Te Araroa can be stormy
Hut's and wild camping on the Te Araroa
Backcountry Pass and other preparations
Trail Angels and Koha in New Zealand
Give and take on Te Araroa
Other hikers and HYOH
Don't lose sight of your goal
Sandflys, rats and possums
Some annoying fellow hikers
Crossing rivers on Te Araroa
Be prepared and don't risk anything!
Whanganui River kayaking
Spend 7 days on the water
Shuttle for river crossing Raikaia and Rangitata
Bypassing the two big rivers
Gaiters to keep stones out of your shoes
Minimize blisters and sores while hiking
Nalgene VS CamelBak VS PET bottle
Which hydration system for hiking?
Vitamin 'I' also called Ibuprofen
Painkillers for hiking
Rainwear for hiking a comparison of options
Poncho vs Rain Jacket
Elevation profile - Te Araroa 2019/2020
Elevation profile according to the latest data
SOS devices (PLB) for thru-hikes and dangerous hikes
Cell phone reception at the end of the world
Ultralight sleeping pads for hiking
The difference between shivering and sleeping at night.
Shoes, Gore-Tex and Gaiters
From leather boots to sandals made from car tires
Insect protection in comparison
DEET, permethrin, picaridin: what helps against insects?
Cuben-Fiber (Dyneema Composite), X-Pac, Cordura and co.
Comparison of different ultralight materials
Ultralight hiking backpacks tips and recommendations
...and the fall from Mount Everest
Base Weight Definitions
What do the different terms mean?
Quilt or sleeping bag the pros and cons
Synthetic vs Down
Buff - bandana, headband, sweatband
An insanely versatile tube scarf
The Super Cat Alcohol Stove (aka Fancy feast stove)
Gasoline stove from metal can
Knife, axe and shovel
Survival on the hike
Remove the inner cardboard roll. This allows the toilet paper to be easy rolled-out from the inside (like the carnival streamers) instead of unrolling the sheets from the outside.
Silnylon is often used as the main material for tents. That is a nylon layer, which is coated with silicone on both sides. The silicone increases the tear strength and makes the material water repellent or waterproof.