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stratospire, haven, swiftline
I'm in the middle of a similar choice. For my girlfriend and I, our roomy option is the Stratospire II, (46oz) our light/affordable option is the Haven net & tarp (32oz) and i'm awa...

In GEAR » recommendations for 2p UL shelter
December 18, 8:41am

solar charge warning.
Solar charging I've never had direct solar charging while underway hiking work out in my favor. By that I mean strapping a solio or similar to the sunny side of my pack and trying to charge ...

In GEAR » Recommendations for external battery capacity for two on the PCT?
December 12, 7:29am

when I needed a knife..
I was once group camping and one of my trio tore a ligament in his leg (MCL) - he needed crutches so we could hike down off the mountain and seek aid, and my buddy and I needed to carry his gear. ...

In Chaff » hatchet vs large survival knife?
December 12, 7:09am

sometimes...
While the OP here obviously doesn't really get it that this is BPL and less is more here, I can think of some outdoor pursuits where a real knife would be useful. It all comes down to where you...

In Chaff » hatchet vs large survival knife?
December 12, 7:00am

Jetboil is annoying
I had the original jetboil... I found it annoying compared to my snowpeak TI minimalist setup, which is also much more compact. First, the bulk. - the jetboil is big, no way around that. Se...

In GEAR » PCT: jetboil or DIY stove
December 01, 8:47am

Mystery Ranch
Mystery Ranch packs are not lightweight but offer awesome support for carrying heavy and/or awkward loads. I've been hiking with a 3-day assault pack for years, it weigh's 5lb's bu...

In GEAR » 35+ LB capacity pack recommendation
November 21, 10:05am

love it!
I have made mine my go-to foam pad and a core component of my sleep system. I hammock, and when ground sleeping prefer to sprawl out a bit, stomach and side sleeping. Generally I put it down in...

In GEAR » Exped Multimat
October 17, 6:22pm

my two cents..
When hiking with my buddy we usually each travel as soloists, with our own cooking setups, I use a snow peak TI minimalist setup,0.5l cooking mug, spork and stove, and it nests a pair of mini fuel ...

In GEAR » does anyone hike with their partner and carry two instead of one cook kit?
October 07, 11:01am

haven
The Haven looks great too! Definitely a contender now. I am interested in the Zpacks duplex, but would sort of prefer a two part approach, I would like to setup the net tent seperately for star...

In GEAR » picking a trekking pole tent for 2 - no center pole, 2 entrances
September 30, 4:00pm

picking a trekking pole tent for 2 - no center pole, 2 entrances
I am in the market for a new tent/shelter for two adults, looking to keep my weight down to around 3lbs or less. In the past I mostly hiked with a buddy and we each carried soloist equipment: hammo...

In GEAR » picking a trekking pole tent for 2 - no center pole, 2 entrances
September 30, 3:35pm

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