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Re: 2007 Alpkit Carbonlite Trekking Poles REVIEW
I have owned and used these on and off for something like three years now. They are very nice poles and the price is outstanding, even with shipping to the US. It is critical manage moisture th...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2007 Alpkit Carbonlite Trekking Poles REVIEW
October 15, 7:29am

Re: Gram Weenie stove
Really slick. Not a lot of support for the pot being so small, but I am betting with a little care this is not much of an issue. What did you use for the inner and outer walls? Any other constru...

In Make Your Own Gear » Gram Weenie stove
July 29, 6:55am

Re: AM vs. filter
AM works by producing oxidants that kill microorganisms in the water. The oxidants disperse over time and after 4 hours they will all be gone. My understanding is that the 4 hour time for crypto ...

In GEAR » Aqua Mira vs Hiker filter
July 29, 6:49am

Re: Re: Waterproofing a wind shirt
I tried waterproofing the seams of a windshirt I got on closeout. It worked fairly well but it did add a fair amount of weight to the shirt. Also, I didn't find the jacket to be nearly as &qu...

In GEAR » Waterproofing a wind shirt
June 24, 9:06pm

Re: harmonica
The harmonica is an easy instrument to learn but tough to master. It is indeed a nearly perfect instrument for backpacking. That said, for "entertainment" I will carry my iPod Nano wi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Passing Time in Camp
June 24, 9:03pm

Re: Best one pound sleeping bag?
I have the Marmot Pounder Plus... I use it on Kayak trips. I don't know about that 54 degree rating I think someone posted... I would swear I have slept in it on colder nights than that with n...

In GEAR » Best one pound sleeping bag?
June 24, 9:01pm

Re: Heineken Pot Lid with Sipper
That's great... really cool. I will say that you might have to drill a hole in the lid on the opposite end from the moutpiece. If you drink hot water without a way to relieve the pressure, th...

In Make Your Own Gear » Heineken Pot Lid with Sipper
June 24, 8:58pm

Re: Re: sub 15 oz bear deterrent
We should remember in discussing and reading this that a bear deterrent is about protecting the bear as well as protecting the hiker. Preventing bears from becoming desensitized to humans is key i...

In GEAR » Sub 15 oz bear deterrent...
June 17, 12:27pm

Re: Re: Scoutmasters- I need help.
As with all Scouting activities, this should be boy-led. You can tell them the "answer" (whatever that means) but the process of them sorting it all for themselves is of more value than ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Scoutmasters- I need help.
June 09, 11:00am

Re: Re: Thoughts on no-cook food
I tried the no-cook thing in the past. What I found was that for me a cooked warm meal was far more appetizing than a cold/tepid one. Food that isn't appetizing is food that is hard for me to...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Thoughts on no-cook food
June 07, 8:49pm

All Reader Reviews by James Pitts

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Pro-Tick Remedy Pro-Tick
I am so glad someone posted a review of this gizmo. First let me say that you can remove a tick with a pair of tweezers. The Pro-Tick Remedy tool is not multi-use like tweezers. That said, it w...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
May 26, 11:18am

Repel Lemon Euculyptus Insect Spray
I am a huge fan of 3M Ultrathon largely because the stuff works REALLY WELL... for what I use it for. So this is sort of my "gold standard"... encapsulated DEET lotion. That said, differ...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 26, 10:24am

Mountainsmith Wisp
I forget when I bought this. It was on an uber-closeout type deal. This sleeping bag is not made anymore. The facts: - 750+ fill down - Size Long (6' 6") Weight: Says 24 oz, 23 oz in ...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
January 08, 9:27pm

Marmot Atom
Let's get down to the facts: - Temp rating: 40 degrees - Size Long (6' 6") Weight: 20 oz on the box, 22 oz in my kitchen. - Shell: Pertex Quantum N-090 Ripstop - Lining: Pertex ...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
January 08, 9:14pm

Martin Backpacker Guitar
Now here is a review you don't see every day. This was a very thoughtful gift from my dear wife. I am an avid guitar player but leave my music at home when I hike because a flat-top 6-string ...

In Miscellaneous Products
January 08, 8:54pm

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
What's with people that review gear they have never owned nor tested in the field? This is a mystery to me. Anyway, on to the Jetboil. I bought this because... I had an REI dividend and the...

In Stoves - Canister
January 08, 7:58pm

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
This was my default insulating layer until I bought the MontBell Down Inner Jacket. This jacket is very warm, as is the vest. I prefer the older models (05 and later) to the newer ones. I recall ...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
January 08, 7:49pm

What is there to review? Be careful driving in the parking lot because people seem to switch off their brains when they walk about outside the store. Seriously, they take anything back and there a...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 08, 7:46pm

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
...and they really mean it. I have seen people hopelessly abuse the return policy but REI stands by it. The prices are fair, especially if you use an REI Gold Visa. The dividend makes for a nice gi...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 08, 7:43pm

Therm-A-Rest Lite Seat
Works great and is light but very comfortable. It takes quite a beating and will eventually get a hole in it. I have had to make two repairs to mine. I use it to extend my sleeping pad setup when I...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 08, 11:52am