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Darkness at Noon
I have a brown one and live under the sun drenched skies of So. California where rarely the clouds gather. The brown canopy does nothing to enhance the mood and often produces the need for a flashl...

In GEAR » MLD Trailstar gray vs brown?
August 17, 8:15am

Hike report
Tom, Great reading, very enjoyable. Your word choice has inspired some plans for a future trip in fact has me thinking about modifying plans for a hike later this month. I could almost hear a hy...

In Post-Trip Reports » Vidette Lakes-Center Basin via Kearsarge Pass 7/21-25
August 02, 8:37am

Bags(s) $25 for both?

In Gear Swap » FSoT: MLD large cuben dry bag
July 08, 10:53am

O2 jacket
I'll take it if still available.

In Gear Swap » FS: Rrrrrrrrrain gear: OR Seattle Sombrero, O2 and Frogg Toggs Jackets
June 17, 7:37am

Page Update
I was using the opening provided by Kenny's comment to ask the question and your response James was the type of history I was looking for. Even though I have been checking in here at least once...

In Editor's Roundtable » Guide's Gear Award No. 1: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack
April 15, 1:09pm

Page update
I never understood the heirarchy when joining in 2006. Ryan Jordan appeared to be the owner along with well respected staff spread over the western U.S. Along with others hither and yon. What happe...

In Editor's Roundtable » Guide's Gear Award No. 1: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack
April 15, 9:11am

ease of use
Short or tall cut the front corner guy line as long as it takes to provide easy ingress and egress. The line lock position allows easy adjustment from inside. Better than a zipper in my opinion. Ma...

In GEAR » MLD Patrol Shelter coverage?
February 13, 8:15am

Timely Q
Craig, I just posted this yesterday regarding my one time experience with the PS and rain: "The protection of the PS will surprise you. Although I have used one for several years I had never u...

In GEAR » MLD Patrol Shelter coverage?
February 09, 8:28am

Patrol Shelter
J Dos, The protection of the PS will surprise you. Although I have used one for several years I had never used it inheavy rain until last summer. It rained for about five hours with a significan...

In Gear Swap » WTB: MLD Patrol tarp in Sil or Cuben (Or a comparable tarp)
February 08, 1:21pm

Fast breakdown and stow
The struts always made for a sloppy tent roll when trying to hurry along in the morning. Most of the time, for me, patience and time is too short to roll it up perfectly to obtain that neat little ...

In GEAR » Tarptent Protrail
January 19, 9:03am

All Reader Reviews by John Kays

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zpacks Company
My pack suffered a minor injury recently requiring repair and I wanted the job done by the manufacturer. I sent it in accordance with Zpack’s instructions on late Monday afternoon from California via ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 23, 10:07pm

ZPacks Hexamid Solo Tarp
Hexamid Solo with beak, a feature I recommend. Camped in open with no tree coverage earlier in September. Zero condensation! The guylines are braided mason's line from Home Depot coupled with Micr...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
September 24, 10:19pm

Western Mountaineering Megalite
The Megalite has kept me warm and comfortable down into the 20s even though I am not a particularly warm sleeper. I used it in January combined with a Montbell UL Down Inner pants and jacket and was v...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 11, 10:52pm

Nunatak Alpinist

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
April 11, 6:44pm

Montrail Namche
Good support and torsional rigidity. Very light weight and good fit for my feet. This mid-ankle boot needed lacing hooks for the top two holes. It was a chore both removing the boots and putting the...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 20, 5:23pm

Tarptent Contrail
My Contrail arrived last fall but opportunity to use it has come only twice. All of the positive comments above regarding the quality of workmanship and ease of pitching are agreed with here. It is a ...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
May 20, 2:57pm

Golite Hex 3
Can't add much to what has already been said. For me it is the perfect two man shelter, particularly in nasty damp weather.

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
May 01, 10:40am

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
Took the Bushbuddy to the woods for the first time last weekend on a hike in the Southern Sierra north of Kennedy Meadows up to Monache Meadows. I wasn’t expecting much from the stove but I didn’t tak...

In Stoves - Other
April 26, 9:47pm

Henry's success, in my opinion, is no accident or result of mere happenstance of good market timing. I have purchased several products from him and marvel at his total devotion to putting the cust...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 18, 3:00pm

Sling-Light Chair w/ body and kneck rest
In the 1989 passing through Crabtree Meadows coming over from Guyot Saddle, my first glimpse was a hiker enjoying what appeared to be the maximum comfort and serenity one could possibly experience in ...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 20, 9:56am