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re: Perils of stealth camping, hiking, or even jogging in the US
Any time law enforcement officers tell you to do something, especially if their weapons are out, do it. Argue about your rights once your lawyer is there - and let him/her do the arguing. Until the...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Perils of stealth camping, hiking, or even jogging in the US
March 26, 12:42pm

Re: folding, all-purpose knife?
I agree that 420 is undesirable. Opinel knives come in both carbon and stainless in a huge variety of sizes. They are very basic, yet very good knives. You can do a lot better, but not at that ...

In GEAR » folding, all-purpose knife?
March 25, 7:23pm

re: backpacking with baby after abdominal surgery
Relax! It's the long term you need to think about now. Picture you, your S.O. and your kid hiking together 15 years from now. If it's one year or two years before you can carry a 25# pack p...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » backpacking after abdominal surgery
March 24, 6:48pm

Re: The Wedge (A new Tent)
I wonder how much of a breeze it would take to collapse those tubes?

In GEAR » The Wedge (A new Tent)
March 24, 1:53pm

Anyone used Ruta Locura carbon stakes?
Has anyone used the Ruta Locura Sorex (carbon) stakes, particularly in rocky ground such as the Sierras? How do they stand up to glancing off embedded rocks and stuff? Can anyone compare them in us...

In GEAR » Anyone used Ruta Locura carbon stakes?
March 15, 1:07pm

Re: Re: Benchmade 531
"I know, I know, I totally don't NEED it, but if you're on this site, I feel its safe to assume that you know where I'm coming from." Ha! Two minds in the same gutter! N...

In Gear Deals » knife deals?
March 14, 11:18pm

Benchmade 531
Joseph, I don't know if you're aware of it, but Benchmade has a new version of the 530, numbered 531. Instead of the dagger type blade, it has a spear point blade with a single flat grind (...

In Gear Deals » knife deals?
March 14, 6:33pm

MLD at SoCal GGG...sorta!
Henniger Flats is a long way from Mountain Laurel Designs in Virginia, but I happen to have a small assortment of MLD mids, in a mix of silnylon and cuben, which I'd be glad to bring up for any...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » GGG in Southern CA
March 14, 10:55am

Re: East Bay "non-trip" report
" To Stephen's comment, snowy nights are great to muffle the neighbourhood noise." Yeah, like that's gonna happen here in the heart of urban SoCal in a drought! Debbie, I n...

In Post-Trip Reports » East Bay "non-trip" report
March 12, 10:16pm

re: East Bay "non-trip" report
Great way to deal with the "can't really go" problem! I've done some nights "testing: equipment in the backyard too. I always amazes me how noisy my neighborhood is at night!...

In Post-Trip Reports » East Bay "non-trip" report
March 12, 7:06pm

All Reader Reviews by Stephen Barber

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SmarTube Drinking System for Bottles
Since having a hydration bladder spring a leak inside my pack, I have avoided all such bladders. I stuck to simple water bottles until a couple of years ago when I ran across the SmarTube - a drinking...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
May 13, 1:33pm

ZPacks Sleeping Bag 40* and 20*
This is the side sleepers dream bag! The bags are filled with 900 fill power goose down, outer shell is green .95 oz/sq yd Pertex Quantum ripstop nylon, and the liner is black .67 oz/sq yd nylon. ...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
July 25, 9:25pm

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad
Upon receipt of the pad, I inflated it to sleeping firmness, and stood it up against the bookcase. An hour later it looked rather soft; three hours later it was in a pile on the floor. Brand new, and ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 24, 11:49pm

Lawson Equipment Customer Service
I've purchased from Lawson on several different occasions. I've always gotten excellent service, fast shipping (especially considering I live clear across the country!), and good interaction v...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 20, 11:47am

ULA Catalyst
I've spent the last two years trying to find a pack that is both light and comfortable, ie, transfers weight to the hip bones well. To date, i had found packs that were only one but not the other ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
June 04, 8:11pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
I was able to pick up a Bushbuddy Ti used, and can't imagine why anyone would want to get rid of one! I used it repeatedly this summer and have been absolutely delighted with it! It is probably...

In Stoves - Other
August 18, 11:59am