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I keep thinking we'll get to the "perfect gear" level
I certainly don't obsess about my polo shirts for work, my tee shirts, or my work slacks. LLBean and Lands End have been reliable sources for the last THIRTY SEVEN years. So I'm not obsessi...

In Editor's Roundtable » All the Gear a Guy Could Want
October 07, 12:03pm

Stay Safe, Too
It sounds like you have ventured well-beyond "recreational hiking/camping." It's good to also plan for worst-case scenarios, too - as a parent I now think in terms of hiking buddies &...

In Editor's Roundtable » A Passion Found, Lost, and Rediscovered
January 07, 11:30am

My Favorites
Innov-8 shoes rock. They have become my favorite for trail hiking. Light, comfortable. Injini socks are helpful - even if they look very ninja-ish. Crocs are super - light, great for High Sie...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2008 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
December 17, 5:06pm

Some Fleece is Pretty High Tech
People keep talking about 100, 200, 300 fleece, which is a useful comparison when you are dealing with generic fleece pieces, but not very much about the so-called "technical" fleeces lik...

In GEAR » Fleece top as a staple for backpacking?
May 07, 6:35pm

Best Advice in a Thread to Date
I suspected the conclusions reached in this thread 8 years ago, but back then there was a lot of emphasis on "puff" clothing, whether down or synthetic. Assuming hiking and not mountainee...

In GEAR » Wearing Synthetic Insulation while moving
May 07, 2:17pm

It can get kind of cold out there....
Have you hiked Pt Reyes before? It can get kind of cold out there. But like everyone said, you are never too far from your car and can always bail. Watch out for poison oak.

In Gear Lists » Point Reyes 4 day with Golite Ion pack
November 21, 11:41am

Think it all the way through!
Pluses and Minuses of Overbags and Other “Bag Warming” Alternatives There are several ways to extend/reduce the temperature range of your “basic” or “core” sleeping system: In Hot...

In GEAR » Layering Sleeping Bags?
November 14, 10:20am

Great Explanation, My Anecdotal Experience
Basically you seem to be saying you don't need a lot of heavy clothing to keep warm! An R1 and Houdini are pretty minimal. Your chart is supported by my own experience in summer hiking to the H...

In GEAR » The best clothing combinations for backpacking or hiking?
September 05, 10:19am

I like the Patagonia Helium and Wild Things nylon
Seems like we have a lot of windshirt choices these days, and I am glad people are calling out which ones breathe better at one end of the spectrum, or repel rain better at the other end of the sca...

In GEAR » Your favorite Wind Shirt?
August 23, 3:30pm

In the "I don't care what other people think, I'm aiming for practicality" department, I've taken to wearing home-made knickers. Knickers are essentially very long shorts, or very short pants. ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Hiking Kilt
August 23, 10:07am

All Reader Reviews by William Webber

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Golite Ion
Think: ultralight travel. SE Asia using this as your only carryon. The zipper top is much better for this application that a drawstring top with lid. Plus, it "cleans up well" - looks better...

In Backpacks - Frameless
June 04, 12:00pm

Crocs Any closed toe model
They are so light you can really tie them way back on the outside of your pack without throwing off the balance. So they will "fit" onto (if not "into") any setup. They don'...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
May 07, 5:08pm

Tiny Knife - Gerber Micro-Lite LST
The new Spyderco Ladybug is even better. About the same size and weight, but better steel. Costs a little more. Shop online. Much cheaper than REI.

In Miscellaneous Products
May 07, 4:47pm

Marmot Precip Jacket Mens
The Patagonia Houdini works just as well for a lot less weight. The Precip is cluttered with a rain fly (annoying Velcro keeps catching the fly and gets in the way of operating the zipper) and "p...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 14, 9:43am

Golite Umbrella
I use the reflective silver Go Lite Dome for hiking in sunny weather. I tried all types of hats (Tilley, baseball cap with drape, etc.) but they were all too hot. Nothing beats a "parasol" (...

In Miscellaneous Products
November 14, 9:33am

Ray Way quilt one person - standard
I had to have a seamstress put mine together, but it was worth it for a bag that is less confining but still plenty warm. Does seem rather bulky, but I'll just take a Golite Gust instead of a Jam ...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
June 06, 4:00pm

Petzl Tikka
I use my orginal Tikka for reading at night while my wife is sleeping. It's much better than any "clamp-on" style book light. Actually since we are too cheap (!) to have installed lig...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
April 11, 11:05am

Patagonia Lightweight Capilene Glove Liners
These so-called "glove liners" have worked well for me as all the gloves I need. They weigh practically nothing, don't get hot or sweaty, but add a needed touch of warmth before bed or when getting up...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
November 15, 11:42am

Golite Gust
I have a couple of Gusts, too cheap and too elegant in the simplicity of their design to pass up. Since my hikes are short (1-2 nights) in mild summer weather, generally to High Sierra camps in Yosemi...

In Backpacks - Frameless
November 15, 11:38am

Black Diamond Winter Bivy
Ryan, great expert's perspective! However, I am in a quandary for summer hiking - I have a Ray Way quilt, and the Bibler seems ideally suited to it - keep the drafts out, keep the quilt clean so I ...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
November 15, 11:31am