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Russell Swanson (rswanson) - BPL Forum Member

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All Forum Posts by Russell Swanson

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Re: Re: Fit & Preformance v.s. Longevity
Andrew, They are expensive! Every year they release some new 'model' with some new 'feature' and they up the price another $5. I'm pretty sure my first pair cost about $90; ...

In GEAR » New Salomons deflowered today
March 29, 10:40am

Re: Re: Fit & Preformance v.s. Longevity
I've been wearing these exclusively (well, I've tried other shoes but keep coming back to the Salomon's) for some time now. I've owned 4 pairs. I get about 300-400 miles on a pair...

In GEAR » New Salomons deflowered today
March 29, 10:30am

Re: Wide forefoot/toe box shoe suggestions after pinched nerve
EJ, Give these a shot: Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra Wide- You currently wear Salomon's so you may have goo...

In GEAR » Wide forefoot/toe box shoe suggestions after pinched nerve
February 08, 10:35am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: stay dry--stay safe
"Naturally, you brush any of that off before stuffing the bag." I think assuming this comes naturally to a lot of people is a broad assumption. I've observed it to be a common mista...

In GEAR » drying cloths on the trail
January 22, 5:40pm

Re: Re: Re: stay dry--stay safe
I don't think you fellas are understanding me. If the moisture in your bag gets pushed out- dew point, loft, etc non-withstanding- then it's out. As, I mentioned I have a lot of experienc...

In GEAR » drying cloths on the trail
January 22, 5:05pm

Re: stay dry--stay safe
Maybe I'm abnormal but in temps where clothes are likely to be wet from rain, I don't have any issues keeping my bag lofted over several days of bad weather, drying them in the bag. For my...

In GEAR » drying cloths on the trail
January 22, 3:20pm

Re: Pitching a Tarp In Wind
I agree with the comments above that a catenary curve tarp is designed to be pitched only one way. If you want to have success pitching in a polyhedral manner you really need a tarp with straight ...

In GEAR » Pitching a Tarp In Wind
December 31, 10:34am

Re: REI Bivy sack
I agree with everyone else an AT-type shelter (guessing that's what you're referring to as you're located in the Mid-Atlantic) a full-on weather resistant bivy is overkill. I...

In GEAR » REI Bivy sack
December 30, 12:36pm

Re: Need GPS suggestions
Friday is tomorrow. IMO that's too soon to go walking off into an area where you can possibly get lost with a piece of gear that has a learning curve. I hope you have map/compass experience. ...

In GEAR » Need GPS suggestions
October 15, 8:13pm

Re: Re: Weight increase mentioned in annual update
"This seems highly debatable. I'm sure all manufacturers strive to offer the 'best combination' and all fans of those brands would argue they do." Well, someone has to do i...

In GEAR » ULA Open!
October 15, 7:25pm

All Reader Reviews by Russell Swanson

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Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
This is a little dated as the new Ether series has since replaced my POE pad but I still feel the review is relevant due as a statement about the company. First, the pad is comfortable, so I won'...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
September 29, 11:48pm

Pacific Outdoor Equipment Max Compact
I'll be posting a similar review under the POE Max Thermo regarding the quality of the pad. First, the pad is as comfortable as advertised, so I won't go into details about this. My comments ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
September 29, 11:41pm

Aloksak O.P 12.5 x 20"
I also had difficulties securing the seal on the on the OP Sak in both a Bear Vault and an Ursak (w/aluminum liner). The OP Sak is square and the bear containers are round. Perhaps a better design w...

In Miscellaneous Products
September 22, 9:42am

Patagonia Houdini Wind Jacket
I don't need to add to the comments about the jacket's usefulness and breathability. I practicaly live in mine on the trail. I'm dinging the perfect rating down to a 3/5 for two reasons;...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
May 03, 4:33pm

ULA Conduit
A lot of superlatives have been already said in the above reviews and I don't have a lot to add, other comments about the pad sleeve. It was clearly designed to accept self inflating 3/4 length p...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 11, 10:57am

REI Quarterdome
If you must have a double walled tent, this one is hard to beat. For the price, you're getting a great package. I've had the Quarter Dome for a few years now and it's been quite a serv...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
March 21, 5:18pm

ULA Equipment
Aside from Brian's phenomenal products (which are well documented), I recently had a great experience shopping with ULA. While researching a new pack purchase, Brian Frankle my emails to ULA Equi...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 14, 1:58pm

Western Mountaineering Ultralight Super
Ok, I'll admit that I'm posting this review just to see what it does to my BPL rating. Oh the vanity! I bought this bag sight unseen, based largely on Western Mountaineering’s reputation within th...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
November 30, 6:02pm