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Marmot Helium EQ
Yep, the EQ is actually a waterproof/breathable shell, which along with the full zipper accounts for the extra weight. I got the EQ version because I use the bag in winter and wanted to protect aga...

In GEAR » Marmot Helium EQ vs. Marmot Helium
October 25, 12:25pm

Odor-proof bags
What about using odor-proof bags in canisters and other food protection devices (ie, Ursacks)? Have bears attacked food canisters using odor-proof bags? My own experience is that neither Ursacks ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Electric Bear Fence
October 12, 11:33am

Miox
Hmm -- I tried the "search" function before posting this thread, and it only came up with two product reviews that weren't related. I'll try again.

In GEAR » Miox
September 14, 7:20pm

Miox
Anyone used it in place of iodine tablets or filter? Any pros or cons I should be aware of? Sounds like a pretty cool water purifier for large amounts / long distances...

In GEAR » Miox
September 14, 4:44pm

Alcohol fuel
Thanks very much for all the helpful comments. Since I posted this, I found my notes from a 9 day Sierra trip I did about 6 years ago with the same homemade alcohol stove, and we used .75 liter of...

In GEAR » Amount of denatured alchohol for trip
September 10, 12:06pm

Amount of denatured alchohol for trip
Doing a 7-day backpack in the Sierra and deciding how much alcohol fuel is appropriate for 2 people. Basic heating water for meals and light cooking, at 8-10k' altitude. I'm used to estimating a...

In GEAR » Amount of denatured alchohol for trip
September 09, 5:47pm

Lightweight winter boots
Try Columbia Bugaboo 2 boots -- they fit like a traditional shoe or boot, rather than the wallowing feeling you get in Sorel's. Very comfortable for long hikes in snowshoes. They're insulated and w...

In Gear Lists » User Gear Lists (LEGACY POSTS FROM OLD FORUMS)
March 15, 2:56pm

MSR Superfly
I would have been interested to read about the hanging stove assembly that goes with the Superfly. That's the main reason I chose that stove over lighter ones (and also the wider burner). I use th...

In Editor's Roundtable » What kind of stove do YOU use for lightweight backpacking?
February 16, 9:15am

Single-wall tents
A second vote for Henry Shire's tarptent. It's ideal for three-season use. Also, in terms of bivy reviews, I didn't see a mention of Montbell's very light 7 oz. Gore-Tex bivy. I like the F...

In Editor's Roundtable » Single Wall Shelters
December 13, 6:38pm

Pertex Equilibrium in sleeping bags?
Hello -- your article was very helpful, as always, but I didn't see any mention of Equilibrium used as a sleeping bag outer fabric. Marmot and a couple of other manufacturers are now offering this,...

In Editor's Roundtable » Soft Shells
August 22, 6:06pm

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