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Ultralight Dry-Bags?
I'm planning a trip into Northern Ontario and anticipate some swimming across fjords to shorten our hiking distances (and to add an element of variety). My question is; does anyone have any experi...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ultralight Dry-Bags?
July 28, 9:18pm

Vapor Trail
How are you planning your transition? The GG Vapor Trail is a good pack but personally, I wouldn't use it for more than 25 lbs total weight. If you can plan for supply drops between towns you can...

In GEAR » New today..Granite Gear Vapor Trail
July 28, 8:45pm

I too ordered a MLD Pro poncho with 1/2 foot chopped off the length. If you're not going to use your poncho above the treeline I would go with the MLD poncho cause its multi-purpose (if you ever w...

In GEAR » Poncho advice
July 28, 2:39pm

Pitching options for cat tarp.
I think you're pretty much restricted to A-pitches if you want to take advantage of the design aspects of a cat-tarp. That said, you can probably do things like lean-to s as well, just don't expec...

In Philosophy & Technique » Tarp Pitching Options: Cantenary or Flat
July 18, 2:03am

You will be happy with your new investment. I was in Killarney park this April with a friend who used my Montbell UL bivy + Nunatak Arc Alpinist. Some nights were pretty cold and he sweats quite ...

In GEAR » Montbell UL Bivy First Impressions
July 16, 5:18pm

Grace tarps
I am also waiting on a Grace Pro Poncho. Hopefully it will arrive before August and my planned trip to the Overlord trail in Nunavut. I've got the Prophet 30 and the workmanship is top notch.

In GEAR » MLD Tarps
July 03, 6:49pm

Mosquito relief... for me.
Maybe you should try some of the newer formulations of DEET. I've experienced really good results with 3M's Ultrathon. Its like Deep Woods Off on steriods. I usually put a thin layer of it on ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Mosquitos Aargh! -- Need Advise
July 02, 9:40pm

Hex3 pitch between 2 trees
I've pitched a Hex 3 between 2 trees with accessory cord, 1 mini-biner, and a clove hitch. Its a little tricky to tension the canopy as you have to continuously adjust the clove hitch so the tensi...

In GEAR » Hex 3: for 3 or not?
June 16, 3:04pm

Isn't the PTFE membrane sandwiched between a face fabric and wicking fabric? Since PTFE is a solid and NOT a gas you would have to inhale against the fabric pretty hard to get some aerosols into y...

In GEAR » is gore-tex safe?
June 12, 2:07pm

my arc ghost.

In GEAR » Love at first sight
June 11, 8:03am

All Reader Reviews by John Chan

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Integral Designs Siltarp 2
This is now my preferred mode of tarping. After experimenting with cat-cut tarps, hammocks, tee-pee tarps, I have concluded that the most versatile configuration is the standard flat 8 x 10 silnylon ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 12, 9:41pm

Montbell Breeze Dry-Tec UL overbag (M)
I have used this bivy for 1 full season now. Compared to the BMW Vapor bivy this overbag has several plusses and minuses. The advantages 1. No stakeout points. This may seem counterintuitive, ...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
August 12, 9:33pm

MiniBullDesigns Trek 3
The MBD Trek 3 is the fully pressurized version of their original side-burner. There is no priming cup. You must add the denatured alcohol via small hole on top of the stove after unscrewing a wing-...

In Stoves - Alcohol
August 09, 7:11am

Vargo 1.3 L Titanium Pot
Very well made item. On the bottom of the pot it says "made in Japan" which from the dimensions, suggests that its an Evernew pot without the pot handles. I'm not sure how long the non-stick surface...

In Cookware - Titanium
August 09, 6:59am

Mountain Laurel Designs Prophet 25/30
Recieved my MLD Prophet 30 the other day. Its a pretty simple design but will probably do what I envisioned it to: carry a UL 3-day summer kit. I had Ron make some small modifications to my pack lik...

In Backpacks - Frameless
May 09, 9:17am

Nunatak Skaha Plus
Recently took delivery on my much anticipated Skaha Plus down sweater. Two long, anxious months from concept to delivery but boy, was it worth it. I had Tom build a sweater in Quantum shell/ 0.8...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
December 24, 7:53pm

Golite Hex 3
I recently applied UL philosophies to group camping so I replaced my MH Trango 2 tent with a Golite Hex 3. This week, I took the Hex 3 on a planned circumnavigation of the 100 km LaCloche Silhouette ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 26, 5:09pm

Princeton Tech Aurora
Probably the best overall LED headtorch on the market. Ample light, ample light settings, great battery longevity.

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
November 08, 1:13pm

MSR Titan Kettle
Great primary pot for 1 or 2 if you are going to boil water and add. I have even used it for cooking rice (you'll need a pot cozy). I gave it a 4 because of the flimsy handles but I guess for UL coo...

In Cookware - Titanium
November 08, 1:11pm

Montane Featherlite
I've been using the Montane Featherlite Smock as a replacement for a bulky hardshell and its worked great so far. The Pertex fabric with DWR really does well in light precipitation and even in the oc...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
November 08, 10:34am