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Re: Mystery Ranch Backpacks equals Dana Design quality?
I have an old (circa 1990) Dana Design Hyalite. It was one of the smaller Dana packs at the time. It isn't exactly lightweight - the material is thick and the zippers huge - but it sure does carr...

In GEAR » Mystery Ranch Backpacks equals Dana Design quality?
July 21, 12:40pm

Re: Walmart = Wallyworld?
Yes. I, for one, often refer to Wal-Mart as Wally World. I don't fault you for the confusion, as I have also seen some strange retail names. IMHO = In My Humble Opinion I prefer IMO, as min...

In Gear Lists » Cheapest UL Gear List Challenge
July 20, 6:20pm

Pros & Cons of Wal-Mart
So the Swiss Gear tent is indeed too good to be true. It's 2.5 kilos, not pounds. Still, for price... Wal-Mart footwear is probably great for the growing feet of the young hiker that doesn't s...

In Gear Lists » Cheapest UL Gear List Challenge
July 19, 2:05pm

Re: Re: Re: mini bic source?
I think that the piezoelectric is more reliable than flint, especially if the lighter gets wet. Sometimes all it takes is one strike on a wet flint to kill a lighter for good, even after it dries ...

In GEAR » Best butane lighter?
July 19, 1:54pm

Re: Cheap, "light" backpacking kit
Wow. It took a while to find that kit, but dang - that's quite a deal. FYI, the item # is 115940. It's a <4lb external frame pack! The sleeping bag is heavy at 3.5lbs and there's plenty of 'e...

In Gear Lists » Cheapest UL Gear List Challenge
June 16, 1:19pm

Re: Re: Re: Hiking alone--a female perspective
That is a great (and really funny) story. Isn't it funny how the guy just assumed that your Aqua Mira water treatment was somehow 'too risky'. Would he have said the same if you were boiling it? ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Solo or No Go
June 07, 2:06pm

Re: Alcohol Stove for 2
Consider a ClikStand setup. Google 'clikstand' and you'll see what I mean.

In GEAR » Alcohol Stove for 2
June 06, 3:45pm

Re: Lafuma bags?
I presume you're talking about the Warm 'n Light series. I think they come in 600g, 800g and 1 kilo models. I have the Lafuma Extreme 800, a synthetic predecessor of the Warm 'n Light 800. I hav...

In Gear Lists » Lafuma bags?
May 30, 4:06pm

Re: Wide Brim or Ball Cap? (fixed)
As a shaved head guy, I have plenty of experience with a sunburned noggin. I prefer a wide brimmed hat. I do wear a ball cap on occassion. I prefer a hat I can dunk in water for evaporative co...

In GEAR » Wide Brim or Ball Cap? (fixed)
May 26, 10:53am

Re: Cheapest UL Gear List Challenge
The Lafuma Extreme 800 for $50 at GI Joes is a sweet deal. I got the last two at the GI Joes I was in, and they said that they don't expect to get them again. The stuffed size is tiny, and for +4...

In Gear Lists » Cheapest UL Gear List Challenge
May 20, 3:27pm

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