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I don't live in Colorado, but we get plenty of heavy rain and sometimes high wind here in the Smokies. I think as a shelter is is excellent for stability and protection. As a rain poncho, it ...

In GEAR » Gatewood cape on Colorado trail
March 31, 10:19am

The whole "claim to fame" for Zebralight is its efficiency on the Eneloop AA NiMH battery. That is what it is designed to excel with. 14500 is a fine format too, but you are correct th...

In GEAR » 14500's Purchase Advice Please
March 14, 7:20am

Stoic Wraith
I got a Stoic Wraith for a very low price during one of their sale events. Something like 40 bucks. I know they changed the name from Stoic to Backcountry now, but I would keep an eye on that produ...

In GEAR » windshirt with a good waranty or a decent cheap one?
March 11, 7:31am

re: sharpening
A Mora is a "scandi grind" edge, which means that there is a wide flat bevel that is designed to be laid flat on the bevel when it is sharpened. This comes from the old ways of being able...

In GEAR » Knife sharpeners
March 07, 1:16am

Cuben gatewood
I agree. A cuben Gatewood would have me set forever. I love the silnylon one anyway, and a lighter one would be icing on the cake.

In GEAR » New SMD tarp
March 06, 11:47am

I use a base layer sock of my choosing, then put a bread bag or small bathroom trash bag over that, and smooth it out, and then put an insulation sock over that. Bags are much less likely to rip ...

In GEAR » alternative to breadbag socks?
February 10, 10:44am

maintain neutral temp
They key to avoiding the heavy sweat inside the VBL is to regulate your temperature to neutral. If you are overheated and sweating inside the VBL, of course it's going to be wet inside. The ide...

In GEAR » Waterproof inside layer for winter bag
January 29, 5:41pm

Buy the close-outs
I will buy the regular down gear on specials or close-outs. It has worked perfectly fine for me my whole life, and I have never had any down product fail to do what I needed it to do, in any condi...

In GEAR » DWR Down Ye or Nah
January 29, 5:26pm

At my age I sleep colder than when I was young. For me, a 20 degree bag IS the bag I need for 30 degree conditions. If I need to push it to lower temps, then I can use the puffy clothing to augmen...

In GEAR » 3 season sleeping bag for Sierras
January 23, 5:32pm

4 Sevens Atom
I would have a look at the new 4 Sevens Atom, and the new 360 headlamp headband kit. It has a very wide beam width that comes from having no reflector. This essentially eliminates the hot spot, so...

In GEAR » Zebralight me choose
November 26, 8:13am

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