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I'm with Ed.
Full length all the way. Life is too short for a crappy night t's rest in the outdoors. I used a 3/4 neo ex lite for years. The full sized pad, though, there is no comparison.

In GEAR » Torso vs. full length pad
June 22, 5:56am

Down Smell
I've used down pillows and toppers since I was a baby - down has a smell. Down is also luxurious. Old pillow are kind of musty - new ones are too. But my EE quilt has no smell. Maybe it's t...

In GEAR » awesome quilt, smelly down.
June 09, 11:31pm

We'll the squeeze is less than 90 seconds; it's instant. That said I got a sterilants off of SAC today for $33 (mini traveler or something 3.6 oz. 2 CR123 powered) can't wait to try it ...

In GEAR » Steripen vs Light Sawyer filter... Which do you prefer?
June 09, 11:24pm

Looks like a no-brainer
Get the groundsheet, save weight on raingear, and relish in the perfect lightweight shelter you already have. I have a Hex tarp with non-poncho groundsheet. I love it. When it's buggy I put ...

In GEAR » Hexamid solo vs. Solplex
June 04, 10:32pm

Lite Trail Toaks
If you're on here, weight must be of some importance. If you're just boiling water (or want to perhaps heat food over a fire), the Lite Trail Toaks 550 is lighter than the standard Toaks v...

In GEAR » Solo Pot ?'s
June 02, 10:16pm

Interesting Idea - especially maybe for winter
I have a Stateless Society Quilt with Event footbox, lower and neck/chest areas. It works great if there's any drip from a light tarp setup. Not sure about a no-tarp setup. I think you'd...

In GEAR » Waterproof quilt standalone shelter
May 28, 9:38pm

Trailgroove Magazine is really a great resource. One of the trail tips in the recent issue no. 15 at Page 11 (link here:, has a pro's and con...

In GEAR » Do I have any other option for a water purifier a part from the Steripen and Sawyer models?
May 28, 8:21pm

For what your after solo, it sounds like an MLD duomid (or solo XL) might be just the ticket. Light, handles snow, spacious for one. Lots of trip reports have them faring well in snow.

In GEAR » Need to choose 2 tents for different circumstances. Please lend me a hand?
May 26, 11:18am

Giga Power
Bomb proof simplicity. Too many bells and whistles on the JB products. If you're just boiling water they all work fine.

In GEAR » Not happy with my cook setups.
May 25, 11:29am

No contradiction at all
Hobby Lobby is FOS. They are well invested in companies that make day after pills and other birth control. That hypocrisy aside,the ACA does not make them fund contraception or any other specific p...

In Chaff » Hobby Lobby has good selection of 550 cord
May 21, 3:41am

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