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Title: My New A5 Expedition Fly
Post by: johnmac on July 25, 2012, 01:06:01 pm
After several years trying I finally got my expedition fly for a steal on Ebay...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/300741290864?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/300741290864?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649)

Can't believe it went at 105.00. Since I was budgeting quite a bit more I also just ordered a new Pika Hook as well!

So what is the best strategy to waterproof this sucker? The seams are not sealed.

 
Title: Re: My New A5 Expedition Fly
Post by: johnmac on July 25, 2012, 02:53:44 pm
Also, could someone please provide the fly pole length so I can make one up.

Thanks.

john
Title: Re: My New A5 Expedition Fly
Post by: mungeclimber on July 25, 2012, 07:08:11 pm
she's a beaut


I have a feeling our level of cross posting ledges and flys may drop now. :)


gomz has one of these. can't recall if we used a pole though.  send him a pm.
Title: Re: My New A5 Expedition Fly
Post by: A5scott on July 25, 2012, 09:09:09 pm
Hey John, nice score...   I think the best way to seal it up is with seam grip...  Duluth trading co, which has some great stuff,  has sailboat sail patch which welds to fabric... i was looking at that to have in case the fly gets damaged.

scott
Title: Re: My New A5 Expedition Fly
Post by: johnmac on July 25, 2012, 09:30:25 pm
Thanks Scott. I'll give that a try.
Title: Re: My New A5 Expedition Fly
Post by: Alpinisto on July 26, 2012, 07:59:46 am
Nice score! 

I was gonna post an FYI about that fly when I saw it on eBay (along with a BD single), but thought that might just lead to a senseless bidding war.  Glad I kept my mouth shut!  ;-)
Title: Re: My New A5 Expedition Fly
Post by: johnmac on July 26, 2012, 10:18:13 am
I'm really glad too!

Title: Re: My New A5 Expedition Fly
Post by: lambone on July 26, 2012, 04:23:24 pm
I have one of those, kinda smells like mildew so I never bring it....
Title: Re: My New A5 Expedition Fly
Post by: cobbledik on July 29, 2012, 09:43:11 pm
I was bidding on that too and ended up getting sidetracked by work and didn't get back to it in time to push the price higher. I probably would have bowed out around $150 but such is life. I was pisssssed when I got back to check on non-work internet things; damn camp director job.
Title: Re: My New A5 Expedition Fly
Post by: johnmac on July 30, 2012, 08:37:15 am
I've bid on probably half a dozen of these over the last few years as my other fly is pretty damaged and held together with patches. I'm sure more will come up, just make sure you have an alert set up for "portaledge fly" or something similar. Good luck next time.
Title: Re: My New A5 Expedition Fly
Post by: cobbledik on July 30, 2012, 05:24:15 pm
i have "portaledge" alert setup which is probably bad because it ended up with me getting two single ledges in addition to my double ledge just because the price was good. I no longer place severely undercut bids and instead just watch ledges now. Expedition flies are a different matter, I'll get one soon enough.
Title: Re: My New A5 Expedition Fly
Post by: *Mucci* on July 30, 2012, 09:44:13 pm
I have one.  Perfect condition, fits the fish double (thanks cobble) like a glove.

That said I think it is better suited for cold/snow than pacific wetness.

The material is pretty thin oxford, and having to set it up every bivy, rain or shine just to cover your ass is IF the shit goes down is gonna be exhausting.

Now for everything else extreme outside of california, I would think the A5 would shine. 

All of my storms have been weathered in a 3 season BD fly, so they weren't really that bad. 

I may just sell it off for the right price, I won't be needing the cold weather bomberness anytime soon.