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I want to see something like this brought to market. I've done a few traverses in the PNW where the beginning and end are on dozens of kilometres of logging roads, while the rest of the trip...

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: The Incredible Rulk - Rucksack and Pulk Combo
May 06, 2:20am

Consider Thermawrap parka over jacket
Hi Alice, I have both the Thermawrap jacket and parka. I find the jacket (small), with a fleece toque, keeps me warm to 5C, and weighs in at about 260g. The parka (medium) weighs in at 350...

In GEAR » Insulating and wind/rain layers
April 04, 2:15am

Nalgene bottle warmer
For me, the PC and copolyester Nalgenes work, especially as a hot water bottle. No matter how thick a bag I have, in long winter nights my metabolism drops so low for so long that the bag is no ...

In GEAR » Nalgene bottles, worth their weight
March 12, 1:58am

Montbell pad seam failure, how are you rolling it?
Aaron, how were you rolling the pad? In particular, were you rolling it folded at the quarter marks into the middle, or simply rolling it without folding, or other? The reason I ask is most of m...

In GEAR » MontBell U.L.Comfort System Pads?
March 09, 12:36am

Taiga gear
I just sold one down parka, and still have an older one. Quality is as good as what I have owned from MEC (bush pilot, Northlite), Patagonia (DAS), FF (Helios) Integral Designs (PLQ) and Montbel...

In GEAR » Anyone use Taiga Gear?
March 06, 7:15pm

Down Parka
Taiga - Mont Blanc Extreme 700 My small weighed in at 670g. At $200 Cdn, its a steal. I'd buy another one if I didn't ...

In GEAR » Down Parka for Denali
March 06, 1:14am

Insulation and beacon?
Using a synthetic sleeping bag/quilt? Carrying a beacon? If using down and carrying avvy gear, consider a Black Diamond Alias. Only 30 litres, toplid is sewn on, and weighs about 3 pounds,...

In GEAR » winter pack choice
February 27, 11:51pm

Re: Stephenson Warmlight VBL year round?
I tried a VBL above freezing on a 3 night trip in Wells Gray in September. It didn't work for me, but I didn't have much choice. I had taken a bag that I thought would be good to 0 C, th...

In Editor's Roundtable » Vapor Barrier Liners
February 25, 10:33pm

Re: Re: VBL socks in activities
For smelly feet after a day of hiking/skiing in vbl socks, a light dusting of Goldbond foot powder on the feet makes a big difference. Smell's better and the feet dry quicker. Put some on the l...

In Editor's Roundtable » Vapor Barrier Liners
February 25, 12:24am

Ridgerest needs floor
If you have to ask, take both. As for the ridgerest, I thought R. Nilsey indicated on another thread that it requires maerial underneath it (and on top?) to achieve the 2.6 rating (air pockets?)...

In Winter Hiking » Ridgerest in winter
February 20, 1:18am

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