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Old 07-29-2021, 09:10 AM
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Default OSH gear next year

Just back from OSH and already thinking about gear that works, that didn't, and improvements for next year. My observations, open to debate of course:

1. Tents: We're going to move to smaller tents, probably one tent per person. This was our second OSH where our larger car-camping type tents were at serious risk from winds out in the open, and we figure smaller/lower profile tents will be an improvement. We're also in search of better tent stakes, as our budget aluminum ones got badly bent by the wind.

2. Lighting: We loved these -- super lightweight, easy to pack, solar charged, very versatile -- can hang them or put them anywhere: https://www.rei.com/product/137939/g...-light-lantern.

3. Feet: in past years I've gone with running shoes, but after some time on the AT last summer I tried hiking mode - in my case, waterproof Merrell MOABs and merino wool socks. Not exactly a fashion statement but otherwise a huge improvement, especially when walking through wet grass or post-deluge puddles (which we have done a lot of). Meanwhile I'm prone to blisters and "hiker's wool" was the solution. Wrap some around your toes - outstanding. And while we're talking about wool, I boldly declare that summer weight merino wool underwear is worth the outrageous expense.

4. Hats: Lots of good options, but Henschels are made in the USA, are great in hot weather, and I love mine: https://www.hathabit.com/collections...aussie-breezer

5. Water: Saw numerous collapsible water bladders this year and couldn't believe we hadn't thought of that. Would have saved lots of trips to the wheeled water tanks. Would love thoughts on the best one.

6. Coolers: our cheapo styrofoam cooler was super light and surprisingly effective at keeping the Tito's cold, but just wasn't sufficiently durable. I'd love a recommendation for a (flexible?) cooler that packs small and light and performs reasonably well. Recognizing that this may be a unicorn.

7. Gadget charging: I'm late to this party, but discovered that those fabric-backed folding solar cell chargers are surprisingly good.

8. Bugs: we're thinking hard about bringing some sort of portable bug shelter next year. Evening temps were great for hanging out at the end of the day, but the noseeums in our corner of the South 40 were impressively fierce. You'd think they'd show some sympathy toward fellow aviators. A bug shelter could also make up somewhat for having cramped one-person tents.

Contrary views? Suggestions?
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Old 07-29-2021, 09:13 AM
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Just back from OSH and already thinking about gear that works, that didn't, and improvements for next year. My observations, open to debate of course:

1. Tents: We're going to move to smaller tents, probably one tent per person. This was our second OSH where our larger car-camping type tents were at serious risk from winds out in the open, and we figure smaller/lower profile tents will be an improvement. We're also in search of better tent stakes, as our budget aluminum ones got badly bent by the wind.

2. Lighting: We loved these -- super lightweight, easy to pack, solar charged, very versatile -- can hang them or put them anywhere: https://www.rei.com/product/137939/g...-light-lantern.

3. Feet: in past years I've gone with running shoes, but after some time on the AT last summer I tried hiking mode - in my case, waterproof Merrell MOABs and merino wool socks. Not exactly a fashion statement but otherwise a huge improvement, especially when walking through wet grass or post-deluge puddles (which we have done a lot of). Meanwhile I'm prone to blisters and "hiker's wool" was the solution. Wrap some around your toes - outstanding. And while we're talking about wool, I boldly declare that summer weight merino wool underwear is worth the outrageous expense.

4. Hats: Lots of good options, but Henschels are made in the USA, are great in hot weather, and I love mine: https://www.hathabit.com/collections...aussie-breezer

5. Water: Saw numerous collapsible water bladders this year and couldn't believe we hadn't thought of that. Would have saved lots of trips to the wheeled water tanks. Would love thoughts on the best one.

6. Coolers: our cheapo styrofoam cooler was super light and surprisingly effective at keeping the Tito's cold, but just wasn't sufficiently durable. I'd love a recommendation for a (flexible?) cooler that packs small and light and performs reasonably well. Recognizing that this may be a unicorn.

7. Gadget charging: I'm late to this party, but discovered that those fabric-backed folding solar cell chargers are surprisingly good.

8. Bugs: we're thinking hard about bringing some sort of portable bug shelter next year. Evening temps were great for hanging out at the end of the day, but the noseeums in our corner of the South 40 were impressively fierce. You'd think they'd show some sympathy toward fellow aviators. A bug shelter could also make up somewhat for having cramped one-person tents.

Contrary views? Suggestions?

For the bugs, look up Thermacell on Amazon. We had one with us and it worked extremely well.
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Old 07-29-2021, 09:24 AM
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For tents, shop at REI. Their selection of backpacking tents is very appropriate for Oshkosh. The biggest issue with backpacking tents is the low dome height, which is great against wind. But awful for getting dressed.

I have a 3 person MSR tent that is great for 2 people.

On coolers, I've searched high and wide for a better solution than the Styrofoam coolers. My experience is that the ice melts in under a day, and I'd love to find one which kept ice for 30 hours as opposed to 20 hours. In 2019 I tried wrapping a Styrofoam cooler with a space blanket, and didn't see any improvement. We do keep the coolers under the shade of the airplane, but... OTOH, I haven't had any durability issues with them. Mine sits on a shelf in the hangar when it's not out flying and has lasted 10+ years. I'm sure a Yeti or equivalent would be great, but I'm not investing the money or useful load in something like that.

Feet? I wear Teva's when it is wet out. Comfortable, and double as shower shoes.

Charging? I have one of those brick chargers I charge at the HBC pavillion during the day and use to recharge our devices overnight.
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Old 07-29-2021, 10:56 AM
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Default Coolers and tent stakes

For several years, I bought a cheap Styrofoam cooler when I arrived at OSH after traveling by the airlines and a rental car. Had to buy ice every day and didn't feel good about leaving it in the trash when the week was over.
Started flying in and used a thick Styrofoam cooler like that beef company in Nebraska ships their frozen steaks in. Filled it full of camping stuff for the trip and then used it as a cooler when we arrived at OSH. A bag of ice lasted at least two days if the cooler was kept out of the sun.

Have gone to tent stakes like this https://www.harborfreight.com/10-inc...six-96534.html Previously tried 10 inch spikes from the lumber yard, but they rusted while in the ground and dirt stuck to them. These plated stakes come out of the ground clean and haven't corroded.
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Old 07-29-2021, 11:29 AM
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I use orange screws for stakes. Here is the link:

https://www.orangescrew.com/

The night we were awaken twice with warnings of storms I was not concerned about my tent blowing away. I was only concerned about poles breaking. So I was standing up with my back to the north side of the tent to stabilize it. I have a stand up tent.
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Old 07-29-2021, 12:32 PM
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I knew the RVers would come through with killer info.

Another item: the incredible PackTowl. Lightweight, packs small, dries fast even in humid conditions:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYNKET9...ing=UTF8&psc=1

Still looking for a good camping pillow. Been stuffing clothes into a sleeping bag pouch; not great.
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Old 07-29-2021, 05:19 PM
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Thanks for your tips, lights and towel on the wish list!

We have a Walmart faux-yeti cooler that we use as luggage in transit, keeps purchased ice for two days at the destination.
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Old 07-29-2021, 05:56 PM
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We have been very happy with these lights https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 07-29-2021, 06:14 PM
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Towel https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Pillow
https://www.mypillow.com/rollandgoan...low-66off.html

Tent
https://www.campmor.com/products/alp...yABEgLEX_D_BwE

Stakes
https://www.amazon.com/MSR-Groundhog...98NSM2BM&psc=1

The towel works quite differently as the micro fiber tends to somewhat drag against your body but it is quite effective at water removal and retention. Also dries very fast.

The roll and go pillow is what I use in the bed at home I like it so much. It rolls into its pillow case, at about 12"x4" and easily stuffs into an odd shaped cavity while packing the plane.

Tent has never had water intrusion, withstood rather high winds and has a vestibule on the two entries allowing for some protected storage. It is recommended to use a footprint under the tent for protection which I always have.

Stakes are light weight and are very highly rated in reviews.
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Old 07-30-2021, 12:58 PM
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This was my first time attending and I learned that I need to get better gear for next year. I think the low profile tent is def the way to go mine was tall and caught too much wind and leaked water. I have been looking at some different REI models as a replacement.

I was very happy with my tie down system for the airplane using The Claw https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/pspages/claw.php . This thing had my plane tied down rock solid.

However, I would like a better solution for a rudder gust lock. I was using an AirGizmos universal gust lock and it did get a little loose from the strong wind at one point and I had to retighten. I would like to find a good solution that locks the pedals from inside the plane.

Overall my gear was too large and took up way too much space and weight in the plane. I was solo for this trip but next year plan to bring my wife so we will be looking for compact and lighter weight replacement gear solutions.
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