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G4
I used one on the JMT. Frameless, it was comfortable for anything under 20 lbs or so. At that point, anything over that seemed to go directly to the shoulder straps. Because of some extra weight th...

In GEAR » Gossamer Gear G4 pack
September 03, 1:17pm

Worked in much worse places
I had a friend who took a SteriPen to Haiti to treat his drinking water when he assisted with relief after the big quake. He had no problems over several weeks, despite water that was almost alway...

In GEAR » Would a newbie survive PCT w/ a steripen?
August 21, 12:25am

Jellied petroleum
They keep "Jellied Petroleum" in the regulations to allow Sterno type fuel, even though every ranger I've talked to knows that its actually jellied alcohol. I'm not sure why they ...

In GEAR » update on alky stoves on the JMT
July 14, 8:06pm

Re: six
"six moon designs Deschutes or gatewood cape and leave the bivy at home" I agree with this so long as you are sure there are no skeeters, in which case bring the Borah bivy. I usua...

In GEAR » Best tarp + bivy setup under $250
July 01, 9:38pm

Re: Re: Re: Trekking Poles
"For twist lock poles, i know someone has recommended using sand paper with adhesive backing to act as a friction material to create a better hold, but was wondering if someone has ever tried ...

In GEAR » Lightweight Trekking Poles
June 27, 10:11am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Trekking Poles
Ive used the cork wrap for my mountain bike grips, I have to think it would work just fine for trekking poles. Ive even used a paracord wrap on my myog bamboo poles in a multi-use experiment, and w...

In GEAR » Lightweight Trekking Poles
June 27, 9:57am

Cascade Mountain Tech
"http://www.amazon.com/Cascade-Mountain-Carbon-Fiber-Trekking/dp/B007E0ZBZI One review says "over 7 oz each" and another says "Manufacturers site says each pole weighs right ...

In GEAR » Lightweight Trekking Poles
June 26, 4:05pm

Sunrunner
The thing I like about the Sunrunner is the ability to remove the shroud and use it as a ballcap in camp and in town. I have a Walmart knockoff with a sewn in shroud, but I much prefer the Sunrunner.

In GEAR » Hat for hot sun...
June 22, 8:57pm

Borah
+1 on the Borah. At 6' 3", I bought the tall/wide, weighs 6.1 oz with plenty of length.

In GEAR » Tall Bivy
June 16, 8:39pm

Re: Rockbros first impressions.....
Reporting back on my trials of the Rockbros jacket since I've had a chance to try out on a few day hikes and an overnighter, and I am giving it a positive review. I've only put in about 12 ...

In GEAR » "Faux-dini": 2.3 oz. Windshirt, <$15 - Initial Review and Sourcing
June 03, 10:03pm

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