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Russell Swanson (rswanson) - BPL Forum Member

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Which Sleeping Pad for JMT
James hit the nail on the head, pretty much. My GG pads have held up better over time and are more comfortable. Cheaper too I think. And a better fit for my backpack (ULA Conduit) as a back pane...

In GEAR » Which Sleeping Pad for JMT
April 02, 1:22pm

Re: Re: Re: Which Sleeping Pad for JMT
Having owned and used both I'd definitely choose the Gossamer Gear CCF pads over the ZLite. It would be fairly easy to adapt a CCF pad to use the toggle on the Montbell Pillow.

In GEAR » Which Sleeping Pad for JMT
March 31, 3:38pm

Re: Re: WM
I'm 6'0 and 190-ish. I own the Ultralight, which I believe is cut the same. In it I can wear a baselayer and an insulated jacket with no issues. Personally I like the tight fit- makes me...

In GEAR » Narrowed it down to 2 Bags
March 31, 3:01pm

Given the choice, I'd take the Summerlite, provided its a comfortable fit. It's 6 ounces lighter, better made (and made in the US), and I've read mixed reviews on whether or not the Go...

In GEAR » Narrowed it down to 2 Bags
March 31, 2:32pm

Re: Which Sleeping Pad for JMT
After having three 2.5" thick inflatables (two Pacific Outdoor and one Big Agnes) develop leaks I've sworn this style of pad off for everything except overnighters. I know, I know- you ha...

In GEAR » Which Sleeping Pad for JMT
March 31, 2:12pm

Re: Re: RE how does one plan for a thruhike
Piper wrote- "What doesn't work is debt. Stay out of debt at all costs." Unless you don't care about the implications of leaving unpaid debts behind. 1 in 10 people in America...

In Philosophy & Technique » How does one become a thru-hiker?
March 31, 1:44pm

Brad Pitt
Reading this thread I cannot stop thinking of Fight Club.

In Philosophy & Technique » A quilt by any other name
March 31, 1:30pm

Re: Re: Re: Zion - Snakes
My wife is also terrified of snakes. Even watching them on TV freaks her out. We took a trip out to Zion 4-5 years back and, after fretting about rattlers for weeks, she was reassured by a member...

In Gear Lists » Zion National Park - Mid May
March 31, 12:03pm

Re: Re: Shelters
I am going to have to disagree with the naysaying of shelters. I've slept in PLENTY (maybe 40-50 nights total) of shelters from NC to NY and while they aren't always clean and tidy I think...

In GEAR » Shelter conundrum
March 29, 4:24pm

Re: Shelter conundrum
If you're hiking exclusively on the AT, I'd consider taking just a bivy- preferably something like the SMD Meteor, strictly for bug protection. Use the AT shelters- that's what they...

In GEAR » Shelter conundrum
March 29, 10:58am

All Reader Reviews by Russell Swanson

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Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
This is a little dated as the new Ether series has since replaced my POE pad but I still feel the review is relevant due as a statement about the company. First, the pad is comfortable, so I won'...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
September 29, 11:48pm

Pacific Outdoor Equipment Max Compact
I'll be posting a similar review under the POE Max Thermo regarding the quality of the pad. First, the pad is as comfortable as advertised, so I won't go into details about this. My comments ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
September 29, 11:41pm

Aloksak O.P 12.5 x 20"
I also had difficulties securing the seal on the on the OP Sak in both a Bear Vault and an Ursak (w/aluminum liner). The OP Sak is square and the bear containers are round. Perhaps a better design w...

In Miscellaneous Products
September 22, 9:42am

Patagonia Houdini Wind Jacket
I don't need to add to the comments about the jacket's usefulness and breathability. I practicaly live in mine on the trail. I'm dinging the perfect rating down to a 3/5 for two reasons;...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
May 03, 4:33pm

ULA Conduit
A lot of superlatives have been already said in the above reviews and I don't have a lot to add, other comments about the pad sleeve. It was clearly designed to accept self inflating 3/4 length p...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 11, 10:57am

REI Quarterdome
If you must have a double walled tent, this one is hard to beat. For the price, you're getting a great package. I've had the Quarter Dome for a few years now and it's been quite a serv...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
March 21, 5:18pm

ULA Equipment
Aside from Brian's phenomenal products (which are well documented), I recently had a great experience shopping with ULA. While researching a new pack purchase, Brian Frankle my emails to ULA Equi...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 14, 1:58pm

Western Mountaineering Ultralight Super
Ok, I'll admit that I'm posting this review just to see what it does to my BPL rating. Oh the vanity! I bought this bag sight unseen, based largely on Western Mountaineering’s reputation within th...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
November 30, 6:02pm