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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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The best in the whole wide world?

In Editor's Roundtable » The Best Backpack in the Whole Wide World
September 11, 2:24am

Wilderness First Aid Training
I recently attended a four day Wilderness First Aid training course for first reponders. Advice for wounds was as follows; Do not apply disinfectant or alcohol to wounds. This kills the ti...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Updated Foot-Care Kit
July 23, 9:19pm

Xtherm durability
Left my Xtherm packing sack behind and just stuffed the pad in the bottom of my backpack. Ripped it in two places with one inch rips - it was rubbing against something in the pack. Patched it wit...

In GEAR » Relenting on NeoAir XLITE
July 16, 3:45am

Baffle construction
I've always wondered, are the baffles through-stitched or do they use box-construction with a divider between the inner and outer fabric? The stitching looks very pronounced for box construction.

In Editor's Roundtable » Montbell Down Hugger 900 #2 Sleeping Bag Review
June 13, 12:24am

For the chromosomally compromised.
I love my Miles Gear Pico bivy. Granted its 5 ounces heavier than the ML Soul, but at half the price it includes full seam sealing, a hoop, and enough room to read a book inside. It is very roomy...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain Laurel Designs eVENT Soul Bivy Review
May 07, 4:54pm

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

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