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Re: John Muir Trail - what will you carry?
Sounds like you have a gear list thought out already. Can you give us the highlights? What for sleeping? What pack? What else?

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » John Muir Trail - again
December 08, 7:21pm

Re: Re: Soft shells, Fleece, Synthetic fills
Recently I've settled on using a synthetic vest as one of my insulation layers (Patagonia Micropuff vest). It provides great warmth per weight, but also vents moisture much better than a full jacke...

In Make Your Own Gear » Is Soft Shell Material Wamer and Lighter
December 03, 6:43pm

Re: Re: Don Wilson, Pringles, Artic 1000, and Unsupported/Unresupplied/Thru-Hikes
Richard - Interesting comments. I was certainly attracted to fatty foods this summer while on my long hike. My other unmentioned favorite was Fritos. I did try to maintain some diversity...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2006 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
November 30, 9:46pm

Re: Long Walk
Gosh, I hadn't heard that before. That's dissappointing. Humans are an odd lot.

In GEAR » best thru hiking book?
November 29, 9:25pm

Re: Pringles
John - Yeah, Pringles may not be a healthy snack, but they really hit the spot for me this year in warm conditions and long days. I've ignored the nutrition value and the fact that they are...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2006 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
November 29, 12:36pm

The Long Walk
The Long Walk By Slavomir Rawicz Not exactly a thru hiking book, but definitely a very long, very difficult walk. If you haven't read it, you should. It'll make you think twice the next time you...

In GEAR » best thru hiking book?
November 28, 9:14pm

Re: SUL and Enviornment
I wholeheartedly believe the idea of UL or SUL backpacking helps to build a better ethic for stewardship among most (not all) of its practitioners. I enjoy reducing the amount of stuff I carry bec...

In Philosophy & Technique » SUL and Enviornment
November 26, 5:26pm

Re: Western Mountaineering Megalite
The WM Summerlite is a full 5 ounces lighter and has the same loft. With your build, it might be a little tight for you, but may be ok. If you can get to an outfitter and try it out, that might l...

In GEAR » Western Mountaineering Megalite
November 23, 11:30am

Re: Bias in writing
As a BPL staffer I'll chime in with a few words. Do BPL staffers have biases - sure. Do we try to manage those biases when we review products or provide recommendations - yes. There is qu...

In GEAR » Bias in writing
November 22, 8:14am

Re: re:Organizing your outdoor gear
Impressive. Yikes, I suddenly feel unorganized.

In GEAR » Organizing your outdoor gear
November 21, 10:05pm

All Reader Reviews by Don Wilson

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Western Mountaineering SummerLite
Agreed. A superb bag - at the top of the pile for light mummy bags. See our review at:

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 21, 10:57am

Nike Lava Dome
Thanks for that blast from the past Randy. I wore a pair of Lava Domes for several years, including over 20 days of climbing on El Cap in Yosemite. Nothing is tougher on shoes than time spent aid cli...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 27, 7:20pm

Complete Walker by Colin Fletcher
His writing is unforgettable. In The Man Who Walked Through Time he describes a day spent lying naked on a beach along the Colorado, in a remote section of the Grand Canyon. I'll never forget his desc...

In Books and Media
November 21, 9:56pm

Montane Featherlite H2O
This jacket certainly caught our attention at BPL. We recently obtained a test sample from Montane and we'll be doing a full review. I'm anxious to get in into some nasty conditions. If it even has re...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 02, 3:56pm

Western Mountaineering Flight Jacket
I agree but of note for potential buyers - the XL is 13 ounces, more additional weight than I would have expected. But it is an excellent jacket. I'm still giving it a 5 also.

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
October 29, 1:27pm

GoLite Virga
We'll be taking a closer look at the Virga in the near future. But the prototype version we tested was an exceptionally light jacket at 6 ounces, and performed reasonably well. It is lacking in du...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 24, 8:24pm

Nunatak SkahaPlus
Hope you all have seen our SPOTLITE review of the SkahaPlus, published last December. The Skaha is really a superb performer in loft per weight. And the new optional features give you a chance to mak...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
September 01, 11:41am

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
I've had mine for 6 months or so. I find I use it more than any other piece of insulating clothing. I've used it in the desert, mountains, rain forest - you name it. It stuffs easily into its own pock...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
August 07, 5:27pm