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Sean Nordeen (Miner) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale SoCAL
About Me Thru-hiked the PCT in 2009.
Northern 600 miles of AT in 2012.
Thru-hiked both the Tahoe Rim Trail and the Tahoe Yosemite Trail in 2014.
CityLos Angeles Basin
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Borah vs MLD
I can only comment with personal experience on two of those. I have an 2009 silnylon bottom MLD Superbivy with the halfmoon window that is still in excellent shape and a 2 year old Borah Gear side...

In GEAR » Borah Gear Side zip bivy vs MLD Superlight bivy vs Katabatic Gear Bristlecone Bivy
September 28, 8:35am

I've read those articles on condensation before but their comments didn't match up with my own experience. As someone who has used a light water resitant (not proof) bivy for almost 9 year...

In GEAR » Sub 1lb <$300 PCT Shelter Options
September 27, 2:26pm

tarp sizing
I think my early 2008 vintage Grace Solo Tarp is somewhere around 4.7'x6.5'x8'. So your poncho Tarp is longer but narrower at the head end. What this means is you'll have more spr...

In GEAR » Sub 1lb <$300 PCT Shelter Options
September 22, 7:24pm

Rigid mesh works fine
I've had ULA packs with both the stretchy mesh and with the original rigid mesh. The rigid mesh pocket has enough space sewn in that you'll have plenty of space inside even when the main...

In GEAR » Ohm 2.0
September 21, 2:23pm

Bivy/tarp user
I used a cf MLD Grace Solo Tarp with a cat cut (older 8' length) with a lightweight bivy on the PCT in 2009. Still use the same Tarp today so its held up well. My only complaint has been wish...

In GEAR » Sub 1lb <$300 PCT Shelter Options
September 20, 11:43am

Haven't really noticed the issue
I have a CF MLD Grace Solo Tarp from 2008 that is still my primary shelter. It's been on numerous trips including the PCT and 1/3 of the AT. I do not stuff it, but am a folder when packing it ...

In GEAR » does older cuben hold water more than new cuben?
September 11, 7:45am

RR sizing
As someone who owns several of RR shirts and pants, buy the size you normally wear. The shirt will still be a little loose which is what you want.

In GEAR » Railriders sizing
September 09, 3:43pm

Bivy/tarp user
I still use a small tarp/bivy. The MLD cuben fiber tarp is the same one I bought in early 2008. It's been on the PCT and AT. I'm a cowboy camper unless it's raining (and I really ...

In GEAR » Tarp and Bivy Users (Past and Present)
August 22, 8:32pm

Carbon Fiber Lid
CF lids are lighter then titanium ones. On narrow pots the difference is small, but everything adds up. If it didn't, half of us wouldn't be here obsessing over tenths of an ounce or gram...

In GEAR » Carbon Fiber Lid for the Evernew 600
August 18, 8:42am

Fear the mice
My experience is mice are the biggest danger to your food on most of the AT. At least if you are staying in or camping next to a shelter. I carried an Ursack Minor ( anti-rodent not bear version)...

In GEAR » Lions and tigers and bears, oh my
July 06, 1:56pm

All Reader Reviews by Sean Nordeen

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Mountain Laurel Designs Superlight
When I lost my old bivy sack early on in my 2009 PCT thru-hike, MLD was quick to ship me this one when I explained my situation. Mine weighs 6.5oz with the stuff sack and the cord used to pull the ...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
August 11, 9:06pm

Mountain Laurel Designs Grace Solo Spectralite .60
I bought my MLD grace solo tarp in Spectralite (Cuben fiber to most of you) back in early 2008 just before Ron added the linelocks to the model. I've used it all over the southwest and the Sierra...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 11, 8:36pm

Golite Ultra 20
I've used this quilt for the past 10 months, including adverse weather. I'm a tarp camper so I feel the weather more then someone in a tent. In May, I didn't bring a bivy sack along an...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
December 13, 1:03pm