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Richard DeLong (Legkohod) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Eastern Europe / Caucasus
About Me Citizen of the world. UL backpacker and mountain lover among other things. Did the PCT in 2009 ("Buckwheat"), blogged about it at Hiked for 3.5 months through the mountains of Europe in 2011. More to come.
CityKiev / Tbilisi
CountryUkraine / Georgia / USA
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All Forum Posts by Richard DeLong

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Arm chaps?
I am a fan of poncho tarps used in conjunction with leg chaps when appropriate. Anyone heard of "arm chaps" to keep the arms dry when in poncho mode? Should be easy to make...

In GEAR » Arm chaps?
November 06, 9:34am

alpine photos
I, too, will indulge myself in a selection of alpine photos from exploits of 2008-2009: View from Crimea's highest peak, Roman Kosh (1545 m): May view towards Ukraine's highest peak...

In Photo Gallery » Above Treeline
November 06, 9:25am

Re: you are welcome
Mike, I've got a lot of UL gear including MLD and Zpacks packs, a bivy sack, Bush Buddy stove, Caldera Cone, JRB quilts, Pro 90 quilt, scale, etc. -- enough to outfit me and my wife in a variet...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Working at going UL
November 06, 8:49am

Re: 30% Off Select Inov-8 Shoes
"2. Select from the Roclite 370, 390 GTX, Mudclaws, or the Roclite 315 (color silver) models. " What about the other clearance models on the page? Does this apply to 310, 300, 335, 320?

In Gear Deals » 30% Off Select Inov-8 Shoes
November 06, 8:34am

Re: FS MLD Bug Bivy
Interested. Would this fit someone who is 6'3" like the current version?

In Gear Swap » FS MLD Bug Bivy
November 05, 5:30pm

Re: Re : Inov8 sizing
I've created a page on Inov-8 at the BPL wiki. It has a link to this discussion and some general info about the company. Feel free to contribute to that page.

In GEAR » the Inov-8 sizing thread
November 05, 11:07am

Backpack as carry-on
Most of the time, UL backpacks are small enough to take on the plane as carry-on. What I did after the PCT was mail my poles and "dangerous" objects home in a tube (cheaper than paying fo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Basic questions on Thru Hiking
November 03, 5:45pm

Re: Re: GG Nightlite vs. Ridgerest
I dunno... In my experience Evazote foam has seemed warmer per unit of weight than old-style foam, such as that used in the Ridgerests of the 1980s.

In GEAR » GG Nightlite vs. Ridgerest
November 03, 5:41pm

Re: Re: Re: Rocky Goretex socks
If you have bulky feet, these will be a pain or simply impossible to use. For thin feet like mine, they're perfect.

In GEAR » Rocky Goretex socks
November 03, 5:37pm

my PCT trail mix
Mixed salted nuts and M&Ms in a 50/50 ratio. Never got tired of it!

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Trail Mix Recipes
November 03, 5:36pm

All Reader Reviews by Richard DeLong

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Klymit Inertia X Frame
This is a preliminary review that will be updated later this spring/summer when I get more experience with the sleeping pad outdoors. I will post what I know so far in order to help answer people'...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 29, 10:32am

Katabatic Gear Palisade Quilt
This is a preliminary review based on testing the Palisade on my balcony. I'll be using it all summer in the mountains of Europe and will update the review later this summer. The quilt is beaut...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
March 29, 10:30am

Gossamer Gear Nightlight Torso
I have seen no other pad that is as comfortable for the weight. True, for most people the Nightlight is not thick enough, but then use two! I doubt you will find a softer, more comfortable pad for the...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
February 01, 10:16am

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
I liked this pad while it lasted. After maybe 10 or 20 nights it developed a leak that I could not detect even under water. I think I have had it with inflatable pads...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 27, 5:06am

BMW pro 90 balaclava
Like the previous reviewer, I did a modification of the Pro-90 hood. I cut the front piece all the way down and sewed on omnitape velcro (doesn't catch on clothes). I also modified the elastic cor...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 10:29am

PossumDown Gloves (BPL Gear Shop)
I have been wearing these for two years. They are very warm and comfortable for their weight and do not stink up. Before them I'd tried several different kinds of gloves, such as polipropilene and...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
October 22, 8:23am

Mountain Laurel Designs Zip
DISCLAIMER: this is a pack that came out in 2007-2008 and was seen as a sturdy and robust pack for the SUL spirit of the times. This model has sinced been replaced by more robust packs that probably c...

In Backpacks - Frameless
September 28, 7:09am

I recently tried to make an order on and sent a couple of messages to Oware regarding my order. I have not received any replies regarding my issue and am not sure that the order followed ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
June 04, 7:00am

MLD Trailstar
My Trailstar weighs 468 grams, not 650 g as the previous poster stated. That's with the included linelocks and seam-sealing, but without the included rope for tie-outs. You could cut off the 10 li...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
April 07, 8:10am

Titanuium Goat Ptarmigan Bivy
I have used the bivy sack extensively, especially while thru-hiking the PCT. It works. The long length is great for 6'3'', and the width is great. I have the full netting option and used i...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
October 03, 4:20am