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Appreciate this new Flash format; Ryan which shelter is that?
Ryan I really appreciate this new format. While the in-depth reviews are very helpful, getting more reviews out and getting them out earlier will help a lot of readers. Reminds me of the academic p...

In Editor's Roundtable » Flash Reviews (No. 1): ZPacks Challenger Raingear, JepPaks Custom Packs, Zebralight H52Fw Headlamp
September 18, 1:41pm

FYI if noise is a concern I think bloggers covering the recent OR conference noted that a version with even quieter material is coming out in the spring.

In GEAR » NeoAir Xtherm Noise?
September 10, 12:01am

Re: Re: Patagonia Nano-Air at windy rest stops & on move versus traditional synthetic puffy
Rick, I understand the Nano Air Hoody can be left on while moving - what I want to know is whether it will work just as well at rest stops over everything. When it's cold and I stop I don't...

In GEAR » Patagonia Nano-Air
August 30, 4:27pm

Patagonia Nano-Air at windy rest stops & on move versus traditional synthetic puffy
I thought of using the Nano Air as the inner layer of a two layer belay jacket system - two lighter layers instead of one heavy layer, with the outer jacket sized one size up to accommodate the inn...

In GEAR » Patagonia Nano-Air
August 30, 11:53am

FYI New Exped MW Sized 72 x 25 in. High R value Mummy-shaped Sleep Pads
These MW size Exped pads will be coming out for Spring 2015, most likely available in late January, for those who prefer the vertical baffles of the Exped pads. These are very light weights for hig...

In GEAR » NeoAir XTherm Large Dimensions?
August 27, 2:03pm

+1 HE pot; Weight of Fluxring Helios 3L? Re: HX pots
+1 David. I was also going to recommend a heat exchanger pot like the Primus 1.7 or 3L, which are also handy for snow melting. David, what's the weight and dimensions of that Fluxring Helio...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Group cooking
August 27, 1:36pm

FYI REI Carbon Power Lock = same plastic flip locks and non-detachable carbide tip as Cascade Mountain Carbon
Just found out from the local REI that the REI Carbon Power Lock is built just like the Cascade Mountain Carbon flick lock poles - while the flick lock screws on both are metal, the collar and the ...

In GEAR » Trekking poles
August 22, 3:03pm

Re: Re: re: Pole straps
Jake my wife and I were doing a long weekend hut to hut in the White Mountains one September and encountered more than a few folks from out West, especially California, complaining about the lack o...

In GEAR » Trekking poles
August 22, 1:50pm

REI Carbon Power Lock w/ metal nuts? Cork? W's version worth loss length? Great value in poles
Does anyone know if the REI Carbon Power Lock by Komperdell also comes in a cork-grip version whether from REI or Komperdell? Also, do the REI poles have metal tightening nuts on the flick lock mec...

In GEAR » Trekking poles
August 22, 1:39pm

Trekking poles - straps versus strapless
I'll add, coming from a cross country skiing background, my wife and I get great use out of the straps on our poles and have a hard time understanding why one would want to go without them. The...

In GEAR » Trekking poles
August 22, 1:25pm

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Craig, How do you set up an auto search on eBay? Not familiar with that feature. Did you set up an outside program to crawl eBay? eBay is not only useful for acquiring used and new gear at low...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 20, 7:51am

Patagonia Houdini Wind Jacket
My wife has had such good experience with her Houdini that I'm going to switch over from my Montane Lite-speed. I've used my Montane Lite-Speed in almost all conditions. The material has excellent ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
January 30, 9:40pm

Montane Lite-speed
I've used my Montane Lite-Speed in almost all conditions. The fit is quite good, with plenty of room to layer underneath, without being way too big. I'm 6 ft 180lbs, 42 chest and I do fine with the ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
January 30, 9:31pm