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Richard DeLong (Legkohod) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Eastern Europe / Caucasus
About Me Citizen of the world. UL backpacker and mountain lover among other things. Did the PCT in 2009 ("Buckwheat"), blogged about it at Hiked for 3.5 months through the mountains of Europe in 2011. More to come.
CityKiev / Tbilisi
CountryUkraine / Georgia / USA
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In Gear Swap » F.S. Marmot, Wild Things, Lightheart, Golite, Kookabay, Thermarest, CF Poles most all NEW!
October 02, 9:45am

Fitting for the top of a trekking pole for increased tarp shelter stability
Hello. I'm envisioning something that fits on top of a trekking pole that can have an unlimited number of lines tied to it that would be staked out from the center of the shelter at the camper&...

In Make Your Own Gear » Fitting for the top of a trekking pole for increased tarp shelter stability
September 28, 11:11am

thanks for the input
I've just ordered the Osprey Talon 22. Thanks!

In GEAR » Trail running and adventure daypack with laptop sleeve?
September 19, 7:01am

Trail running and adventure daypack with laptop sleeve?
I'm having trouble picking out the perfect daypack for my needs, which include day hikes and various forms of travel. The characteristics I am looking for are: - 22-30 L capacity - suitable...

In GEAR » Trail running and adventure daypack with laptop sleeve?
September 19, 4:05am

Notches in the rocks
Often, if it weren't for notches like that, for hanging ropes, rails, and other helpers, places would be entirely inaccessible, or the death toll for visiting them would be much higher. I perso...

In Editor's Roundtable » Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon Photo Essay
September 03, 3:33am

Yeah, waiting for that report. Just a bit of friendly encouragement from a fellow report writer:-)

In Pre-Trip Planning » Three Weeks in the Pyrenees
July 02, 2:16am

Side sleeper
Interesting. I'm also a side sleeper, and that's precisely why I like the Klymit so much.

In Gear Swap » FS: Klymit Inertia X Frame
July 02, 1:45am

WTB Inov-8
If anyone has some inov-8 trail runners in size 13 or 14 US, please let me know. I am particularly interested in 310s size 13 and 315s size 14. (Shipping to U.S. address)

In Gear Swap » WTB Inov-8
June 12, 2:56am

Darn Tough
Thanks, Bill. I'm sure those are nice. I often hike in Darn Tough merino and like them a lot, but I'm looking for a thin sock lighter than anything Darn Tough makes, as far as I can tell fr...

In GEAR » Simple sock recommendation needed
May 30, 6:20pm

Simple sock recommendation needed
I've been studying socks for a few hours and my mind's starting to spin. I just need a simple recommendation or set of recommendations. What I'm looking for is a sock that is as quick-d...

In GEAR » Simple sock recommendation needed
May 30, 5:48pm

All Reader Reviews by Richard DeLong

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Klymit Inertia X Frame
This is a preliminary review that will be updated later this spring/summer when I get more experience with the sleeping pad outdoors. I will post what I know so far in order to help answer people'...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 29, 10:32am

Katabatic Gear Palisade Quilt
This is a preliminary review based on testing the Palisade on my balcony. I'll be using it all summer in the mountains of Europe and will update the review later this summer. The quilt is beaut...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
March 29, 10:30am

Gossamer Gear Nightlight Torso
I have seen no other pad that is as comfortable for the weight. True, for most people the Nightlight is not thick enough, but then use two! I doubt you will find a softer, more comfortable pad for the...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
February 01, 10:16am

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
I liked this pad while it lasted. After maybe 10 or 20 nights it developed a leak that I could not detect even under water. I think I have had it with inflatable pads...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 27, 5:06am

BMW pro 90 balaclava
Like the previous reviewer, I did a modification of the Pro-90 hood. I cut the front piece all the way down and sewed on omnitape velcro (doesn't catch on clothes). I also modified the elastic cor...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 10:29am

PossumDown Gloves (BPL Gear Shop)
I have been wearing these for two years. They are very warm and comfortable for their weight and do not stink up. Before them I'd tried several different kinds of gloves, such as polipropilene and...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
October 22, 8:23am

Mountain Laurel Designs Zip
DISCLAIMER: this is a pack that came out in 2007-2008 and was seen as a sturdy and robust pack for the SUL spirit of the times. This model has sinced been replaced by more robust packs that probably c...

In Backpacks - Frameless
September 28, 7:09am

I recently tried to make an order on and sent a couple of messages to Oware regarding my order. I have not received any replies regarding my issue and am not sure that the order followed ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
June 04, 7:00am

MLD Trailstar
My Trailstar weighs 468 grams, not 650 g as the previous poster stated. That's with the included linelocks and seam-sealing, but without the included rope for tie-outs. You could cut off the 10 li...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
April 07, 8:10am

Titanuium Goat Ptarmigan Bivy
I have used the bivy sack extensively, especially while thru-hiking the PCT. It works. The long length is great for 6'3'', and the width is great. I have the full netting option and used i...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
October 03, 4:20am