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quilts?
I haven't switched - here's what happened. The idea was very attractive to me. I had at the time a new REI subkilo bag - with the zipper opened all the way, it has a sort of foot pocket lik...

In Philosophy & Technique » Switch From a Mummy Sleeping Bag to a Quilt?
May 14, 2:19am

meds
This is most interesting - had no idea there were so many with sleeping difficulties. This is truly a case where individuals can differ. For instance, Ray Jardine sez "fatigue is the most comf...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » sleep
May 09, 6:28pm

Re: pedometer
I like pedometers - always have. Still have one of the old mechanical ones from pre-teen days. On various "walking" sites, like "walking.about" you can find reviews of what'...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » pedometer
April 29, 2:39am

what do you sleep on
in warmer weather (just below freezing an up) an Exped foam air. In subzero, an Exped downmat 9. I seriously begrudge the weight - 26 oz for the foamair - but I knew I could no longer use my 1/8 en...

In GEAR » What do you sleep on?
March 20, 3:44pm

montbell bags
I really like the Montbell SS #3 - although in retrospect I think for my size, (6'1", 152 lbs) the Alpine might have been enough. But I had been using an REI SubKilo, which was too confini...

In GEAR » Do I flip a coin ?
March 10, 9:38pm

aarn packs
I agree with Franco...the Aarn packs are totally in a class by themselves. Firstly, NO, the pockets do not obscure your view of your feet and the trail ahead. Most probably, improvised arrangements...

In GEAR » backpack from Australia
March 05, 8:07pm

rain pants
I have the Reeds, and don't like them because of the lack of zipper. I tend to delay putting on rain pants until it is really necessary, by which time it is a major inconvience to find someplac...

In GEAR » Lightweight Rain Pants
February 17, 3:58pm

vapor barriers
I think many people miss the point of vapor barriers in sleeping bags, because they always have a chance to warm them up an dry them during the day...such as occurs in western high mountains, where...

In GEAR » Vapo barriers, condensation and bivies
December 18, 12:23am

best tasting olive oil
There sure is a lot of opinion out there...but it is after all a matter of taste. People often talk about the "fruity" taste of expensive extra-virgin oils...I've never found one that...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Best tasting olive oil?
December 09, 9:48pm

powermax
I guess this is nice, but honestly I feel disappointed that Coleman seems to be backing away from their powermax concept. Not only is the liquid withdrawal method a more sound system, but the gas m...

In Make Your Own Gear » Modified Coleman Xtreme Stove
January 30, 2:26pm

All Reader Reviews by William Siemens

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mont-bell Thermawrap Parka & Pants
I have had/used the Thermawrap jacket for a couple of years and really love it. Then for xmas, my wife got me the Thermawrap parka, so I've been comparing. I'd discovered that I can use the th...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
February 22, 4:54pm

Granite Gear Vapor Trail
I must bow to the enthusiastic acclaim for this pack - obviously its the complete answer for some. I find it frustrating. True, the shoulder straps are very well designed and comfortable. Nevertheless...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
May 09, 6:08pm

Montbell Thermawrap jacket
I really like my Thermawrap...as they say, about the weight of a t-shirt..I checked on my kitchen scales, and it is true. And so much warmer...I don't know how they do it, because there's not a lot of...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
November 05, 9:16pm