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go lite packs
I have the current version of the golite jam 50. The lack of a frame is no big deal if you use a z-lite pad in it's place. I also really like the large outer zip pocket and mesh back. The fabri...

In GEAR » Help with pack choice...
April 12, 7:16am

Mountain laurel designs used to have pics of their apex quilts in stuff sacks on their web site.

In GEAR » Down vs Apex packed size?
March 30, 7:03am

I've split a lot of 1-1.5” thick sticks into 4-8 pieces to make dry kindling with a standard 3.5” Victorinox swiss army knife. It weighs 3 oz and is plenty strong. The blade works good f...

In GEAR » Knives
March 11, 11:38am

I have a dueter act lite. It carries very comfortably and well balanced. Ie: great harness, frame, and shape (narrow, curved in over shoulders). The shoulder straps don't feel narrow (my golit...

In GEAR » Packs @REI recommendations
March 01, 5:06am

youth groups
Most of the scouts in my area use externals, but its because they are half the price, very sturdy, and more adjustable - which is important for parents who want a pack that will fit a 12 year old, ...

In GEAR » External Frame Packs?
February 26, 5:33pm

external frame packs
My kelty has a MUCH higher center of gravity than my Lowe internal, which causes me to work more on rocky ”stair step like” trails. I think if the pack bag was attached 12” lower it would pr...

In GEAR » External Frame Packs?
February 25, 5:56pm

I think your calculations may be based on faulty data... I seem to remember seeing clo / oz for down being in the 2-3 range depending on the fill power (550-900). So the clo for the jacket with 21...

In GEAR » Down vs synthetics in expedition clothes?
February 08, 11:25am

Pitch your tarp as a pyramid in wind blown rain. Ie: long side into the wind, stake down the rear corners, put 1 trekking pole in the center of the other long side and guy it out, then stake down t...

In GEAR » Tarp/Bivy vs Tarp/Ground sheet for rain spray protection
February 06, 6:26pm

foam pad
If I have soft forest floor duff or tall meadow grass to sleep on, then a foam pad worlds for me. On hard ground, I sleep much better on a big agnes inflatable - which weighs less than a full leng...

In GEAR » Foam pad(s) for side sleeper?
January 29, 5:50pm

ice belt
Which carries the load better, the GG belt or the ice belt?

In GEAR » Modded HMG Windrider 3400
January 24, 6:18am

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Wenger Esquire
I was looking for something a little bigger than my Victorinox Classic (2.25") knife. The Wenger Esquire has essentially the same tools, but is 1/3 of an inch longer, about 3/32" wider and ...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 07, 7:05pm