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How many readers still use internal frame packs?
Roger; thanks for being a lightning rod and undertaking this task. It’s great to see someone establishing comparison criteria for such a complex task. I am curious how many readers use the pa...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 1A: Testing Overview and List of Packs Tested
September 01, 9:55am

leave it behind and keep it light
Paul; I started backpacking about ten years ago using my car-camping gear and a 6500 cubic inch pack that weighed almost 8 lbs. Since then I’ve purchased about five packs, six sleeping ba...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New pack please help new to UL
August 05, 9:27am

back panel
Does the back panel add any stiffness to the pack? Did you consider putting your poles on the outside edges of the back-panel for extra stiffness? Any thoughts of a pad pocket between your ribb...

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: Silnylon Backpack
July 23, 7:59pm

I have found an old White Model 77 with a green finish dating from the 1930's on Craig's list. Price $20. I have found a manual on-line, price $0.00. I will use some of my Wife's...

In Make Your Own Gear » Sewing Problems
July 19, 6:13pm

Dan's Mom
Dan; I wish my mom were still around to help..... ah well.... Can you send/post some of the e-mails she received on how to sew through webbing on her Bernina?

In Make Your Own Gear » Sewing Problems
July 12, 4:31pm

Thanks for all the comments. I have found several old steel machines on Craig's list in the $30 to $40 range. There are several black singer machines made in the 20's - 40's. The...

In Make Your Own Gear » Sewing Problems
July 12, 4:23pm

Sewing Problems
My wife has a Bernina sewing machine that I have tried to use to sew through webbing. Every time I try the thread gets all tangled on the bottom of the fabric. I have tried using a thicker need...

In Make Your Own Gear » Sewing Problems
July 06, 1:06pm

I too am a scouter. My first trip was with over 50 lbs and included a kitchen sink! I just got off an 80 mile AT section with my brother, also a scouter. It was his first extended backpacking tr...

In Editor's Roundtable » The 45-Year-Old Boy Scout
May 14, 8:06am

My Three
Reconfigured Western Mountaineering bag to use as a quilt; Western Mountaineering down jacket; Home-made soda can stove (various versions) Janet; When does the pack review come? I need a ...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2009 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
January 01, 5:52pm

I went with a crew in 2005. Two of the leaders didn't follow advice and ended up with packs in the mid forty pound range. Everyone else was below 35 lbs. By the fourth day they regretted carr...

In Editor's Roundtable » Philmont Scout Ranch: How Light Can You Go?
June 29, 1:33pm

All Reader Reviews by Jim Cowdery

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Western Mountaineering Alpinelite
I believe that Western Mountaineering is the standard for lightweight down sleeping bags. I gave my old alpinlite to my daughter for an AT through hike and bought a new one for myself. I tok an old ...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
August 25, 9:50am