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Zack Karas (iwillchopyou@hotmail.com) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Zack Karas

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What the what?
Mags--seeing that photo of you getting out of your tarp made me laugh. Definitely not the same clean shaven guy I saw at POD's and Disco's wedding! -Zack, of 'Buddha and Zack'

In Editor's Roundtable » Walking the Backbone: A Journey on the Continental Divide Trail
April 07, 9:57am

bushcraft
Am I missing something, or did you get edited out of the bushcraft thread? edit--nevermind, saw that you mentioned it was removed.

In Philosophy & Technique » I try and give some lightweight feedback, and look what happens...
March 19, 9:22am

elbow pain
I xc ski race and often will get some early season elbow pain with certain poling motions. I think it is a sort of tendinitis and by backing off a bit and massaging the area it's disappears qu...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sharp elbow pain from trekking poles?
March 12, 12:50pm

pinnacle mod
I've carried an 11 day supply (~35 lbs pack weight) in my older model Pinnacle with the foam back pad removed (I used my folded ridgerest as a frame). It was quite uncomfortable on my shoulder...

In GEAR » Modifying a Golite Pinnacle
March 07, 9:09am

dog booties
I use my beard trimmer to shave off all the hair in between my dogs paw pads to help alleviate the tendency of snow to clump to the hair there. There is a product called Musher's Secret which ...

In GEAR » Snowshoeing with a dog - are the Ruff Wear Bark'n Boots any good
February 23, 9:37am

gear list
I may have missed it, but I didn't see anything for dealing with bugs while hiking or sleeping. Have fun!

In Gear Lists » Messy PCT thru-hike list
March 03, 12:28pm

wide toe box.
Adidas Supernova Riots.

In GEAR » Wide forefoot/toe box shoe suggestions after pinched nerve
February 06, 5:58pm

SOLD FS: Montbell UL Down Inner Jacket, women's small--PRICE DROP TO $60
SOLD

In Gear Swap » FS: Montbell UL Down Inner Jacket, women's small--$75
January 26, 11:01am

Re: FS: Montbell UL Down Inner Jacket, women's small--PRICE DROP TO $60
Aaron--It was purchased in the US, so the fit seems to be true to size for my wife, unlike the Montbell line that is sold in Japan. Just to make sure--this is the women's version. I'v...

In Gear Swap » FS: Montbell UL Down Inner Jacket, women's small--$75
January 22, 5:26pm

FS: Montbell UL Down Inner Jacket, women's small--PRICE DROP TO $60
Now only $60 (includes shipping to CONUS).

In Gear Swap » FS: Montbell UL Down Inner Jacket, women's small--$75
January 21, 3:34pm

All Reader Reviews by Zack Karas

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Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
As many previous reviewers have noted, this light stove works well and supports my ti pot well. I only use this in lower elevations and warmer weather, but that is due to esbit not the stove. I ...

In Stoves - Other
September 15, 12:36pm

Therm-A-Rest Ridgerest
I buy a size regular and cut it into two 30" long sections and I believe they weigh 5oz. One pad will last me for about 1200 miles before I replace it--though the replaced pad still has life lef...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
September 15, 12:33pm

Bibler Eldorado
I have only used it around 14 or so nights since then (only use it in more rugged and windy environments when snow is a possibility). My wife and I used it for our 10-day Tibet trek and it perfor...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
September 09, 4:47pm

BPL Blow-Up Pillow
I had high hopes for this pillow--the single baffle version. I have found that I have to inflate it very little to avoid my head rolling all over the place. So, in order for this pillow to keep my h...

In Miscellaneous Products
September 09, 4:36pm

Adidas Supernova Trail 5
After having foot problems, I went to a podiatrist and had custom orthotics made. The Dr. also recommended these shoes and to replace all shoes every 300-500 miles. Since using these, I have had z...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 09, 4:04pm

Red Ledge Thunderlight pants
I'm surprised that more people don't use and/or know about these. My pants weigh 6.5oz size medium and fit over my shoes. They have button snaps at the ankle to allow for 2 different sizes b...

In Clothing - Raingear
September 09, 4:00pm

Brasslite Turbo II-D
Purchased in 2004, used for around 6000 trail miles. Weighs 2.5oz, so there are lighter alternatives out there, but for the slimmer sleeve I feel it is worth it as it allows a broader trail diet. ...

In Stoves - Alcohol
September 08, 10:15am

Western Mountaineering Pod 30
Purchased in 2005, used for entire CDT, 10-day Tibet trek, Iceland thruhike, 6 months hiking in NZ, plus about another 1000 or so miles. Weighs 17 oz after cutting off pad sleeve. Only downsid...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
September 08, 10:12am

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 3
I recently purchased this for a thruhike of Iceland based on its' weight. It performed well, but let me explain... The foot-end of the tent is lower than the head-end, plus the vestibules are ...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 08, 10:06am

Dirty Girl Gaiters
These would be a 5 if the supplied adhesive strip resisting peeling after very wet days. Superglue was the answer and has held the velcro down wonderfully. Very breathable (and I'm a sweater...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 08, 9:59am