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Yak Trax vs Kahtoola Microspikes
I agree with Chris's comments. I have had the same experience with Yak Trax though I do still use them on short hikes that involve intermittent snow & ice as well as bare rocks or gravel.

In GEAR » Yak Trax vs. Kahtoola Microspikes
March 28, 6:22pm

Black Rock Gear
The only issue I've had with BRG (if indeed it is an issue!) is that after getting a product from them, you'll be so impressed you'll want more! Thanks Evan.

In GEAR » Black Rock Gear
February 27, 2:49pm

Dog coats
Haven't heard of them, but having tried Ruff Wear and shopping around, I found that most coats provide no protection under the chest and stomach. My suggestion, look at Cabellas.com as their c...

In GEAR » Dog coats
February 21, 3:59pm

Terra Nova Laser Tent Review
Thanks for the thorough objective review, Ray. I agree with everything you say except I find mine to be a royal pain in the ... to set up. I'll take my Akto anyday, especially with the net in...

In Editor's Roundtable » Terra Nova Laser Tent Review
May 07, 10:03am

Evernew Ti Dx stove set
This is a pricey but very good looking system, however my experience is that it is a "gas-hog"! Yesterday, temps about 50 degrees, very little wind, tap water of about 50 degrees, the st...

In GEAR » Evernew Ti DX stove set
March 28, 1:12pm

Re; Cook/Eat System
I agree that the White Box stove is great for 2 persons but it does not work well with the MSR Titan Kettle. The other thing I have found about the White Box is that it requires more fuel to heat ...

In GEAR » Cook / Eat system
March 28, 12:58pm

PLB's
The Summer 2009 issue of the Gazette, an Alpine Club of Canada publication, features a recent review of the Spot Satellite Personal Tracker. Although the "Gazette" does not seem to be av...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » PLB's
July 06, 5:39pm

Durability of wool brands
Another vote for Icebreaker and Ibex. My experience with Smartwool was really disappointing - holes in my microweight t-shirts after one wearing. I haven't tried any other brands.

In GEAR » durability of wool brands
April 22, 1:27pm

Alcohol Stoves
I cast my vote for the Caldera Cone. I have both the Caldera Cone for the MSR kettle as well as the White Box Solo. Although more compact overall, I find the White Box stoves to be less fuel effi...

In GEAR » Alcohol Stoves
April 17, 10:30am

Granite Gear Vapor Trail capacity
I have a 3-4 year old Vapor Trail and would like to know the capacity without using the extension collar. I know GG advertised the capacity as 3600 cu. in., but I wonder if that includes using the...

In GEAR » Granite Gear Vapor Trail capacity
April 03, 5:35pm

All Reader Reviews by James Loy

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Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
Like it or not, I usually end up spending a good bit of the night sleeping on my back, which means my shoulders & elbows are on the ground. The height from my torso to where my arms touch the gro...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
October 08, 11:44am

Patagonia DAS Parka
Whoa, did I miss something? Are we only supposed to offer reviews of lightweight gear? Although not a lightweight piece of gear, I have to give the above rating to a product that works as advertised...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
April 02, 12:44pm

Nunatak Arc Alpinist
I wholly agree with all the accolades above. I just received my second Arc Alpinist (wife gets the prior one). I ordered the latest in Epic, 3 oz down overfill, and a length averaged between a regul...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
February 24, 4:56pm

Icebreaker Oasis Bodyfit 200 Tee
After purchasing one of these shirts in late 2006, I have found this shirt to be my "cast iron skillet" for spring, fall and winter trips in the mountains. I have even used it as a warm bas...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
February 06, 1:09pm

Icebreaker Tech T Lite Superfine 140
I tried one of the superfine 140 Tees on a backpack in Canada's Kootenai Natl Park last August. The weather was everything from cold, wet and windy to humid and warm. I wore the shirt constantl...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
February 06, 12:54pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
I used the Ecomesh shirt on a desert backpack in SE Utah in May of 2007, and found it absolutely superb for sun protection and comfort. I perspired heavily, but the shirt always dried during a short ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
February 06, 12:45pm

Icebreaker Balaclava Lite
I love Icebreaker products however I found the fit on this item disappointing. One size does not fit all! I spent an entire afternoon constantly pulling the fabric back up over my nose as the fit wa...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 12:36pm

Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero
A great hat with only one exception: because the brim secures to the crown with velcro rather than a snap, expect the wind to blow the brim up and secure it to the velcro on the crown without you bei...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 12:31pm

PossumDown Beanie (BPL Gear Shop) Beanie
Because of all the hype about this product being so warm, I decided to order one in spite of the price. The beanie is well-made and a good fit, however I was extremely disappointed after wearing it i...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 12:23pm

Big Agnes
I returned a Seedhouse SL-1 tent that experienced a torn center pole loop about the 3rd or 4th time I set it up. I returned it to Big Agnes and they quickly replaced it with a new tent. When erectin...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 05, 2:36pm