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Essence or Crux -- does Crux replace Super Mica?
Similar to the OP, I was about to purchase the Marmot Essence, but had a bit of interest in the Marmot Super Mica, primarily because of the reinforcement where pack straps sit. Now, the new Mar...

In GEAR » Marmot Essence
March 24, 6:20am

Where did you get the tea bags?
I like your approach quite much. Where did you acquire the tea bags made for loose tea? I don't recall having seen those before. Also, if Bud Light is a 0, and your favorite American IPA (...

In GEAR » Pat's Backcountry Beer...
July 04, 5:02am

First, have a great time on your hike; sounds amazing. When I backpack with a group that size for a week I carry a Jetboil Ti and let the others carry fuel canisters. The Jetboil is so fast at ...

In GEAR » Advice on cooking equipment for 7-night Tour Mont Blanc summer hike
May 29, 12:52am

Build quality and load transfer
Just to reinforce some points made above: Osprey packs are built well, and for their weight tend to have good and comfortable weight transfer capability -- before I lightened my load and switche...

In GEAR » why are osprey packs so popular?
May 04, 11:48pm

Outdoor Research Helium Bivy for stealth alpine camping
I am seeking BPL member feedback on the relatively new Outdoor Research Helium Bivy. My intended use is for ad hoc stealth camping in the Swiss Alps, to use when huts are full -- tent camping ...

In GEAR » Outdoor Research Helium Bivy for stealth alpine camping
April 23, 10:08am

Sno Seal
+1 for Sno Seal. Significantly increases ability of leather boots to repel water, and easy to apply with a hair dryer. Cheap, too. Just take care not to inadvertently melt the glue at th...

In GEAR » Leather Boot re-waterproofing
April 21, 12:56am

Fuji X100s
After having used Nikon D90 (DSLR), Canon S90/S95/S100 and Sony RX100 for both travel and hiking/backpacking, I prefer my Fuji X100s. Image quality is amazing, ergonomics are great, and fixed lens...

In Photography » Camera for Travel and Backpacking?
March 19, 7:25am

Try lightweight gaiters, shake at lunch
I have tried the Gore-Tex socks, and even the thinnest capture too much heat, promoting blisters. With trail runners with mesh uppers, I find that a lightweight set of gaiters (mine are eVent ...

In GEAR » goretex socks to prevent dirt from getting to your feet?
August 21, 5:19am

Quick Exped Lightning 45 review
I just finished a 7 day, 82 mile, 16000 feet trip in the Sawtooth mountains of Idaho, where my new Exped Lightning 45 (black) received a good workout. One first step of first day, pack weight was ...

In GEAR » Anybody tried the Exped Lightning 45 and 60
August 19, 4:33am

Great for groups and longer trips.
I love this stove; one of my hiking buddies really digs a cup of coffee mid afternoon, and this stove is so fast to assemble, boil, and break down that we lose almost no time on the trail. Bei...

In GEAR » Jetboil Sol Titanium Stove
May 19, 9:31am

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