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Re: Are poles effective and PP poles more so?
Hi Bernard, From my perspective, the number of calories burned is not the main issue. The main issue is do trekking poles allow us to hike further, easier and/or with less fatigue. The thing...

In GEAR » Are poles effective and PP poles more so?
April 04, 9:21pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: tarp set up
Paul and Jack, I ordered two STLs recently (from JRB- what a coincidence!) and I suspect they will be sufficient to keep an A-frame pitch taut when attached to the ridgeline tie-outs. My reason...

In Philosophy & Technique » Benchmark time for Tarp Set Up?
February 13, 10:34pm

Re: Re: Re: tarp set up
Paul, I don't use a poncho-tarp, so I'm not much use in that department. Scott, I use an 8 X 10 tarp with center guyloops and 50 feet is not enough. It might be enough for a one-person tarp wit...

In Philosophy & Technique » Benchmark time for Tarp Set Up?
February 12, 4:58pm

tarp tips
Okay, these may seem obvious but I didn't know them when I started tarping and they've shortened my setup time a lot. For me, setting up a taut A-frame takes abut as much time as your average tent...

In Philosophy & Technique » Benchmark time for Tarp Set Up?
February 11, 3:10pm

Re: Help Plantar faciitis!!!
Plantar fasciitis is a very aggravating injury. I had it two years ago and here are some of my insights: 1. It will take a long time to heal. 2. Get new shoes, of good quality. 3. Do...

In GEAR » Help Plantar faciitis!!!
February 08, 5:25pm

Re: Re: Hiking without kitchen
Nuts, dried fruit and whole-wheat pitas. That's about all you need. Too many peanuts make me sick though so I bring almonds or mixed nuts. Dried tart cherries are delicious, as are figs and prun...

In Philosophy & Technique » Hiking without kitchen
February 02, 9:17pm

Re: Innovation I'm waiting for
The problem with WP/B membranes on the outside of shoes is they aren't very effective. For these membranes to work, they have to have a temp gradient on either side. In practical terms, this mean...

In GEAR » Innovation I'm waiting for
February 01, 2:44pm

If it helps your peace of mind, by all means take ample precautions to avoid bear attacks. Statistically though, in WA state you'd be far better off spending your mental energy watching where you ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » sleeping with bears
January 25, 12:38am

Re: Re: bungee to reduce wind stress
I've wondered about using these to keep my silnylon tarp taut overnight when it gets wet. It always loses a lot of tension and it makes me nervous. I've thought about using line tensioners but I'...

In GEAR » bungee to reduce wind stress
January 22, 1:52pm

Insulation "Quality"
Colin Fletcher writes in "Complete Walker IV" that in his opinion, there's a qualitative difference between synthetic and down insulations of the same loft. I would say the difference might even b...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Insulation "Quality"
January 11, 1:45pm

All Reader Reviews by Stephan Guyenet

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Patagonia MicroPuff Vest
This vest is dope in almost every way. It's very light, warm and well constructed. The only problem is the armholes are too large! The fabric they used around the arms and waist is very stretchy so...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
December 03, 6:01pm

Jacks R Better No Sniveller quilt
I bought this quilt to use as insulation for ground sleeping down to 30 degrees. I received it a week ago and I've had the opportunity to test it overnight in my backyard twice. The design couldn'...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
November 30, 1:35pm

Photon Freedom Micro (White)
It's so light, you can clip it to anything, and the joint allows it to be swiveled in any direction. The light intensity is sufficient for most backcountry uses.

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
September 29, 10:35pm

Patagonia R1 Balaclava
Balaclavas are so warm for their weight. This has to do with coverage of most of the head and neck, but also the fact that the part covering the mouth and/or nose absorbs and releases heat and moistu...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
September 18, 1:39pm

Mountain Hardwear Power Stretch Zip T
This may be my most versatile piece of gear. The temperature range of this long-sleeve top is amazing. I can't say enough good things about Malden Mills' Polartec Power Stretch. It's lightwiegh...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
September 08, 1:19am

Equinox 8 X 10 silnylon tarp
This tarp has ups and downs. Let's start with the ups: excellent value. Where else can you get a 14 oz 8 X 10 silnylon tarp for $65? Astonishing. Other ups are that it has three center tie-outs fo...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
September 08, 12:43am

Golite Gust
This is my first really lightweight pack, and all I have to say is "wow". Why was I carrying around 4 extra pounds? The Golite Gust is a no-frills pack that preserves essential functionality while l...

In Backpacks - Frameless
September 08, 12:18am

Beyond Backpacking by Ray Jardine
Okay, I have to put in my two cents because Ray Jardine's book has been repeatedly maligned on this website. Simply put, Beyond Backpacking is by far my favorite book on backpacking. This book w...

In Books and Media
September 07, 11:59pm

Gatorade Bottle
Man, what could be simpler or cheaper than an empty plastic bottle? They're surprisingly durable and leakproof, and amazingly lightweight. Gatorade bottles specifically have ridges that make them ve...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
September 07, 11:36pm

I just took one of these on a 3-day trip in Rainier NP. Very high cool factor. It worked about half the time. The rest of the time it mysteriously failed to "oxidize" to completion, despite my foll...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
September 07, 11:23pm