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Valerie E (Wildtowner) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Grand Canyon State
About Me More "light" than ultralight, but I keep trying to balance my luxury at camp with the luxury of a lighter trail experience. Kind of a "good vs. evil" struggle, and I'm still not sure who's winning!

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RE: Down Bag rating inflation
Although the short answer IMHO is "yes", obviously it's a complex subject, and one would need to be sure they are comparing "apples" to "apples". Newer bags ten...

In GEAR » Down Bag rating inflation over the years?
October 20, 6:20pm

Geography
I agree with Steven -- it depends where you're going... I've only "thru-hiked" a 250 mile section -- which is a "mini" version, by anyone's definition. But it...

In GEAR » Thru-Hike Pant System
October 20, 2:16pm

Rain
Since you anticipate rainy conditions, I would propose that you take the convertible pants (mostly wearing them as shorts). If it's windy, I think zipping on the pant legs would provide enough...

In GEAR » Thru-Hike Pant System
October 20, 12:45pm

Staying Warm when Sweaty
Justin, I often use my wind shirt for that purpose. If I'm taking a long lunch and I'm really sweaty, I put on my wind shirt FIRST, then I put on my puffy. The wind shirt prevents the puf...

In GEAR » Webcast presentation from Sierra Designs about layering
October 16, 3:34pm

Western Mountaineering -- Notable Sale @ Prolite Gear
Significant savings on some very high-end gear, including a small selection of WM bags. Have at it: http://www.prolitegear.com/site/clearance.html?m=000743gWr9GesogVvIO1burLHSg

In Gear Deals » Western Mountaineering -- Notable Sale @ Prolite Gear
October 16, 3:28pm

SUL Women's Packs
If the OP thinks that the ULA Ohm is "way too heavy", then I don't think anything from Deuter or Osprey will be in the running... How about going a "custom" route? Zimme...

In GEAR » Women with large breasts: what backpack do you use?
October 15, 10:24am

Thinking Differently...
A couple of interesting ideas from SD, I thought -- particularly 1) The way a backpack's hip belt is covered via the side openings of the new rain jacket. For those who like to keep their ca...

In GEAR » Webcast presentation from Sierra Designs about layering
October 14, 12:23pm

Prana Pants
I'd like the Prana pants, please... PM me your PayPal info, and we'll get it done. Thanks.

In Gear Swap » FS: Men's Pants sale in asst. sizes
October 11, 6:47pm

Interesting Details
A couple of interesting ideas here, I thought -- particularly 1) The way a backpack's hipbelt is covered by the new rain jacket. For those who like to keep their camera in their hipbelt pock...

In Gear Deals » SD LIVE event tomorrow: Layering strategies.....
October 09, 4:54pm

Thanks, Greg
Thanks, Greg, for your clarification of the causes of the current Colorado river conditions. I *thought* it must've had something to do with the recent rains. And it makes perfect sense that ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Grand Canyon Denied – Lessons Learned
October 09, 1:26pm

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