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pack cover
I see you use a pack cover. Did it keep everything dry, or did water get in through the straps/back panel? Where did you keep your water when using the pack cover? Thanks.

In Editor's Roundtable » Salvation in Skykomish
January 19, 6:53am

granite gear
Many of the granite gear packs have a removable hipbelt. You can order the other size from their website.

In GEAR » Osprey Exos 58 - Need help with sizing or other recommendations
January 08, 5:28pm

650 down vs synthetic
I have a Marmot sawtooth 15 degree 650 fill down bag, and a north face cats meow 20 degree polarguard delta bag. I believe my 650 down bag is 10-15 degrees warmer, and squishes down to about 1/2...

In GEAR » Is 600-650 down worth it?
January 03, 7:18pm

suunto arrow
The suunto arrow thumb compass in the 1st post has a full sized capsule / needle. It also has an extra fast settling needle. Its popular at orienteering races. The thumb compass downside is t...

In GEAR » Dependable, light base-plate compass
December 28, 5:34pm

I use the Fenix E01. Not quite as convenient for camp set up or cooking in the dark as my Petzl Tikka 2 headlamp. Not as far reaching for night hikes as the Fenix AA monster. But works for both,...

In GEAR » Best UL light and Backup Light Combo
December 18, 6:03pm

wood stoves
Back when white gas backpacking stoves were novel and only used by ”serious mountaineers” (ie: multiple days above tree line), us mere backpackers used camp fires to cook and melt water in the ...

In GEAR » Wood stove vs gas stove for winter backpacking.
December 13, 5:51pm

big agnes
My wife and I have had very comfortable sleep on the big agnes insulated air core. Cost was $80-90 at REI. Takes about 3-5 minutes to blow up depending on whether you take a break in the middle ou...

In GEAR » Help me choose an sleeping pad
December 10, 5:13pm

heavier items
I noticed your last post said its hard to keep your heavier items near the bottom in your osprey pack due to its tapered design. Generally, its recommended that heavier items are against your ba...

In GEAR » Full featured yet light pack?
December 04, 5:28pm

WP boots
I run into this same constraint with scout groups. Your argument to use trail runners needs to cover 2 things: 1. You have lightened your pack and developed sufficient ankle strength to carry a p...

In GEAR » Hiking the AT in Shenandoah Spring 2013
December 01, 11:08am

foot box
I sleep on my side and find the contoured foot box just adds a dead air space above my feet. On cold nights, I tuck the bag between my feet to reduce the dead air space. So I'd prefer a flat fo...

In GEAR » Flat foot box on Zpacks bags compared to other types. Thoughts?
November 27, 5:50pm

All Reader Reviews by John G

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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