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Trying the Phd's
Thanks for the review. I've been wearing Vibrams for about 4 months now. I've had occasional problems with the Injinji and Fila Skeletoe socks slipping down into the shoe and I'd have t...

In GEAR » Toe Sock Update
April 20, 10:36pm

Picked up Inertia X-Lite refurb.
Just a note on my experience with a refurbished Klymit pad deal on eBay after reading this thread. I just picked up an Inertia X-Lite torso pad. Listed for $59.95, I made an offer of $43. They coun...

In GEAR » Klymit Static V - Insulated or no?
April 14, 4:44pm

Adjustable grip hitch
As you said, I think the problem with the prusiks is the size and texture of the mason's line. I tried them also (I tried both 3 and 2 wrap prusiks) and they do work, but it wasn't quite wh...

In GEAR » linelocs vs prusik loops
April 05, 12:00am

There is...
I can definitely taste it, and although it doesn't make the water taste particularly bad to me, I usually just bring a Sawyer Mini for the ease of use. The exception is when I'm in the Sier...

In GEAR » aquamira vs filter
March 31, 5:23pm

Similar situation
I'm a 6'3", lean, quilt user, stomach/side sleeper also and have gone through some of the same decisions, although I never really concerned myself with my arms being on the pad when &q...

In GEAR » Sleeping Pad Shape and Comfort for Stomach Sleepers
March 27, 3:03pm

Doesn't seem too bad
I just unboxed my new Xlite 66" pad and tried it out, rolled around on it a bit. I started to get a bit worried from what I've been reading on this thread and a few others, but the noise d...

In GEAR » NeoAir Noise
March 27, 2:21pm

Trying Neo-Air Xlite, regular or women's size?
I'm 6'3", 200 lbs and don't sleep well enough on a CCF. I used a Z-Lite for the 2nd half of the JMT and sleep was just OK but not great, and I want good sleep. I have a Prolite Plu...

In GEAR » Prolite 3 Small vs. NeoAir or even REI Flash
March 24, 11:18am

Hi-Tec V-Lite
Yes, I used them on the JMT in 2012. As I mentioned, they did soak through in a sustained thunderstorm, but after spraying the one person tent as mentioned in my previous post, it has been waterpro...

In GEAR » Cheap Tents: Philosophy, Review, and Raw Emotion
March 17, 5:18pm

Re: ??????????
"Like I said, my old single wall EPIC fabric BD tent absolutely COULD withstand prolonged driving rain..." I understand this, I wasn't saying that you were incorrect about your Fir...

In GEAR » Single Wall Tarp-Tent W/ Epic/Nanoshield Type Fabric?
March 17, 2:32pm

Waterproof is preferred
I tend to agree that a waterproof shelter design that can minimize condensation issues would be preferred over a water-resistant material. Having gone through a sustained thunderstorm in a water re...

In GEAR » Single Wall Tarp-Tent W/ Epic/Nanoshield Type Fabric?
March 17, 11:57am

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