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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

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Re: favorite high elevation summer down puffy??"
"I'm not sure how well summer kit in the sierra translates to the CDT. I've never hiked in Colorado." I spent 4 days out there yo yo-ing up/down 14er's in 2008, and I didn&...

In GEAR » favorite high elevation summer down puffy??
February 03, 8:39pm

Re: Re: Re: wait
"I'm not advocating our involvement. I'm decrying that of Russia's." Our involvement, beginning with Clinton's ill advised policy of bringing Eastern European nations i...

In Chaff » I Find This Very Troubling (Warning: Politics)
February 03, 6:04pm

Re: favorite high elevation summer down puffy??
"So would I appreciate the increased warmth and comfort of the WM? I am sadly losing my cold tolerance lately, but the ex light was OK in the sierra the past two years. Decisions decisions dec...

In GEAR » favorite high elevation summer down puffy??
February 03, 5:29pm

Re: Re: No worries
"me thinks surgeons steer patients to open because it takes less skill and is cheaper and faster... I have surgeon friend that confirms this..." I'm not so sure about this one, Bil...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How will hernia repair affect backpacking ??? Anyone Know?
February 02, 8:24pm

Re: Menus and weights (SamuelCF)
"I’m sure many will be interested (at least I am)." +1

In Editor's Roundtable » Simplifying Expedition Food With Single Serving Sized Packages
February 02, 5:50pm

Re: Re: 7th Annual Gathering of Gear Geeks
It's all been said very well, so I'll only add that I had one of the best weekends ever. It isn't often I have a chance to meet so many really cool, interesting people, and I'll be...

In Photo Gallery » 7th Annual Gathering of Gear Geeks
February 02, 5:28pm

Re: Roclite 286
"The Roclite 286 looks available on Based in the UK but they have free shipping to the US. Their customer service is good too." Only in a size 4.5 UK. :((

In GEAR » A mid-height trail runner that scrambles well and sheds snow/dust?
February 02, 5:13pm

Re: Efficiency
"1) Efficiency will be higher if you don't heat all the way to a boil. At higher water temperatures more heat is lost to the surroundings, so if you just heated water from 40F to 100F then...

In GEAR » Solo cooking set.
January 29, 3:55pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: StarLyteXL
"I conserve maximum fuel once my boil is achieved I quickly snuff the flame out with a thin sheet of silicone oven liner that is in disc form as you can see in the photos. Really helps prevent...

In GEAR » Solo cooking set.
January 29, 3:49pm

Re: Re: Frontline - Putin's Way
"That's too bad, you have some interesting ideas" Thank you, Jerry. But I have concluded what I would have to say if I hung around would be highly controversial and disruptive in ...

In Chaff » Frontline - Putin's Way
January 27, 8:02pm

All Reader Reviews by Tom Kirchner

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Gossamer Gear ThinLight insulation pad 1/8" approx. 2 oz.
Having used both of the above mentioned combinations(only with a Mens' Prolite 3), I heartily concur with their rating(s). It would be hard to find a piece of insulation/protection/padding that g...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
October 27, 5:20pm

ULA Circuit
Pro's: 1) Light; 2) Durable for the weight(like Kevin, I've done some off-trail/bushwhacking(Wanda Lake to Martha Lake via Davis Lakes/N. Goddard Creek) with only minor abrasion on the waist...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 29, 6:16pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
Scott, Check out for the eco-mesh shirt. They have free shipping whereas Railriders charges a pretty hefty fee. I've been using this shirt for years and consider it the best S...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
April 06, 5:27pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro-Lite 4
Hi David, What you are experiencing with your Prolite-4 is a common phenomenon in my experience with the Prolite-3. It is, however, easy to mitigate. Just position the valve next to your shoulder o...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 04, 5:17pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite 3
I've used the Prolite-3 almost since it came out with good success. It compresses well, is very light FOR ITS SIZE(what would a TorsoLite weigh if it was 20"x48"??), and insulates just ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 15, 6:02pm

I've been using the Peak UL carbon fiber poles(womens' non antishock 3 section model-11.2 oz/pr) ever since they came on the market and have been ecstatic about their performance. Like some other pos...

In Trekking Poles
November 04, 5:58pm