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bright light
Here is a light from Sears that uses 6 AAA batteries and specs at 66O lumens.

In GEAR » Flashlight vs. Headlamp for hiking
November 04, 12:28pm

PCT Gear
I used a frameless pack for two weeks on the JMT and found myself wishing for shoulder relief by the time I had finished. I have since gone to the Granite Gear Vapor Trail for a bit more support. ...

In Gear Lists » PCT Gear List 2011
November 04, 10:50am

Golite windshirt
How does this compare to the Golite Ether Windshirt w/hood? I know that the Golite is a full zip, but is the material similar?

In Editor's Roundtable » MontBell Tachyon Anorak and Dynamo Wind Pants Review
November 03, 11:19am

VT thumbs up
I spent 14 days hiking the JMT with a frameless pack. By the end of the hike I was wishing for a frame pack that would lift weight off my shoulders. Inoticed others using the VT, so when I found ...

In GEAR » GG Vapor Trail 1st impressions
November 01, 8:10am

MYO front water carrier
Here is one hiker's solution:

In GEAR » 'Aarning' the Vapor Trail
November 01, 7:30am

ground cover
Because of the tiny "claws" of tyvek that grab onto leaves and other debris, I do not like tyvek. A strip of coated nylon just slightly wider than my sleeping bag works fine. The best s...

In GEAR » Help! Need ideas on slippery silnylon floors...
October 27, 3:30pm

hip belt
The Blast 32 has a wide comfortable hip belt with lots of room in the hip belt pockets.

In GEAR » ZPacks X20 or MLD Burn- advice or experience, please.
October 27, 3:18pm

Cuben can be sewn, but taping leaves no holes. Spinn cloth does get flimsy with stuff sacks, but not so with shelters. (See Dan D."s comment above). GG SpinnTwin has remained sturdy along ...

In Make Your Own Gear » SpinnShelter-esque
October 13, 11:24am

sticky down
Nice job, Lance. I just hung the open tubes on a bathroom rack and stuffed by hand. I kept chalk dust (found among climbing gear) on my hands to prevent the down from sticking to them. I kep...

In Make Your Own Gear » Filling my Down Quilt
October 13, 11:16am

SHR Loop hikes
Thanks, Greg, and ditto to Bradford's comments. Fellow Sierra hikers should consider doing loop hikes including segments of the SHR. I completed one hiking north out of Tuolumne. (somewhere...

In Post-Trip Reports » JMT/SHR Loop - Tuolumne Meadows to Thousand island Lake
October 04, 4:28pm

All Reader Reviews by Frank Deland

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Gossamer Gear
Ditto. When something is not in stock when you first look, just put your name on the -e-mail-when in stock list and they will let you know. They quickly and without questions replaced items that...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 21, 3:36pm

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
Very comfortable and a pillow not needed. But, you are not supposed to blow this up by mouth because moisture will get into the fill. So, there is a blow-up bag arrangement that does work, but it is ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 12, 8:44pm

GoLite Ultralite poncho/tarp
This Golite gear is made of a rugged silnylon. It has snaps to help shorten its length when worn as a poncho. It is useful to run a guide line over the top of it between the supporting poles to help...

In Clothing - Raingear
September 30, 7:45pm

Ray-Way 3-person tarp and net tent
Att: Mrs. EW! You do not need all that extra weight of overhead netting, plus you will have even more room under your tarp without it. Just add several inches of netting along the side edges, and ma...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 08, 10:10am

Superfeet Performance Green
I do not think superfeet are supposed to prevent blisters, unless because they help correct the fit, they, by chance, correct an area that might otherwise chaffe your skin. Also, cut off about 1/8 in...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 04, 12:09pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
Note BD's final picture: the handles of the pot are directly over the opening that allows wood or fuel to be added to the stove when it is burning and the pot is ontop. When adding wood, I found ...

In Stoves - Other
March 30, 8:37pm

Montrail Vitesse
On my first pair, the coating wore off the toe top. The grey just pealed off leaving a white fabric. Also, the rubber on the front side separated from the side of the shoe. I repaired it with Shoe ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
January 05, 12:06pm

Merrell Mesa Ventilator II Cross-Training Shoes
Ditto. I am about to head to the REI nearest me where they are on sale for $57 (Jan. 5) It will be my second pair having switched over from the Montrial Vitesse (see above). I had avoided this shoe ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
January 05, 11:50am

Littlbug Wood Burning Stove Littlbug Junior
First, to find the website note that Little Bug is spelled with no "e". The efficiency of this stove amazed me. I have tried homemade versions of woodburners with little success, so I was ...

In Stoves - Other
December 12, 9:45am

Gossamer Gear Lightrek Plus Poles
Same as Phil Barton above. The tip broke off on the first day. I returned the pole, it was repaired at no cost and a spare basket and extra tip was also included. I had lost a basket as well as the...

In Trekking Poles
October 18, 2:18pm