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Andy Jarman (AndyJarman) - BPL Premium Member

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About Me Spent my youth addicted to world travel, am now a recovering travelholic trying to pretend I enjoy suburbia...
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Zpacks Cuben
Have you seen what John Abela had to say about the Zpacks jacket? I think he was the first to publicise the static head figures for the newer fabric that they are now using. http://hikelighter....

In GEAR » ZPacks WPB Cuben Fiber Jacket vs. OR Helium II vs. ?
April 10, 8:51pm

ARC BLAST Fragile?
Try one, I've just spent two years wearing one canyoning, reversing backwards through impenetrable thickets and dragging it along rock shelfs. They are tough as. Ripped the netting on min...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Grocery Sack Grows Up: A Genealogy of the Modern Ultralight Backpack
April 03, 7:43pm

HMG Ulta Mid Vs Bear Paw Pyra 2?
Having complained about no mossie net (my post above) I took a look at the Bear Paw Pyra 2. Lo ! it can be fitted with an internal mossie net/bug bivy, hurrah. Now, what I'd really like t...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 Shelter Review
February 13, 5:47pm

Metric conversions
Thanks for this article, very interesting. Can you just check your metric conversions (under the photo and again in the table), 500cm means the thing is about 16ft long doesn't it!? I hav...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 Shelter Review
February 13, 3:31am

Body weight versus pack weight.
Water in your pack is the only water that can rehydrate you when you are away from the water source. Water in your stomach is passing through your body, not stored there for future use. Y...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Is the weight of water that you've already drunk that much different from the weight of carried water?
January 22, 6:09pm

Hooped Bivy
Very smart looking bivy, was it difficult to make? I understand why you have the large mesh area overhead, but did you consider a hood like canopy over this to dispense with the tarp on trips wher...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Freestanding Hooped Bivy
November 28, 8:51pm

Uber and Pico Bivies
I've started using Dave Mile's new "Pico Bivy". I pushed Dave to consider using Tyvek 1443R (the lightweight Kite making Tyvek), Dave bought a sample and tested it, he refused to...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bivy Condensation
November 20, 7:32pm

My pillow
Put two of these 0.85 oz (24 g) http://www.ultralightdesigns.com/products/sleeping/flexAirPillowLg.html inside one of these 1.65oz (47g) http://www.zpacks.com/large_image.shtml?accessories...

In GEAR » pillow recommendations
August 04, 6:41am

Prposed gear list.
Your list looks admirably home made, good see you aren't going for broke with the latest and greatest. I wish I had done what you are planning, instead I did a lot of reading then bought a lot...

In Gear Lists » Proposed Gear List for Ultralight Newbie
July 31, 8:44pm

Zpacks used to do bug bivies.
Joe Valesko used to do bug bivies with a cuben ground sheet that you could sit up in. Joe is the sort of person who would run you up one if you asked him to. His mesh is 2/3rd the weight of regul...

In GEAR » Bug net/bivy
July 25, 12:31am

All Reader Reviews by Andy Jarman

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None Ultra-light 318g UL outdoor inflatable
I have just ordered a clear polythene Neo Air look alike from China. Can inflate top and bottom halves separately - think about that Cascade Designs. Zero R rating info. 318g. $23. Will provide a r...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 10, 8:33pm