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Re: Load lifters on the GG Crown V.C 60 Ki
I own a Granite Gear Vapor Trail pack (a different model). It was reviewed here on this site. The reviewers found what I found: the load lifter are too low. It is otherwise a great pack. The hip be...

In GEAR » Load lifters on the Granite Gear Crown 60 V.C. Ki and other backpacks
May 15, 11:40pm

Re: Tarptent and Groundsheets
I use a groundsheet with my Six Moons Skyskape X. The bottom of the tent is more fragile and more expensive than a silnylon tent, so I feel it is worth it. One of the side benefits of using a groun...

In GEAR » Tarptent and Groundsheets
April 28, 7:10pm

Re: Re: Re: Windscreens
The one that sits on the radiation shield is very similar to the one I remember being described on this site. You are right, the bowl one is also very good. They both are quite similar, in that the...

In Editor's Roundtable » Recent Developments in Canister Stoves
March 13, 11:41pm

Re: Windscreens
The reason that they don't sell a windscreen with a canister stove is generally one of liability. A windscreen could cause your canister to overheat and explode... Yes, but a windscreen like...

In Editor's Roundtable » Recent Developments in Canister Stoves
March 13, 9:54pm

Re: Recent Developments in Canister Stoves
Excellent article. I'm curious about wind screens. Canister stoves have unusual demands from a wind screen perspective. BPL has written about this before (it may have been you, Roger, but I'...

In Editor's Roundtable » Recent Developments in Canister Stoves
March 13, 12:41pm

Re: density of foam- warmth vs durability
I use a GG thinlight pad with my inflatable (NeoAir). It adds a little bit more warmth and protection. It doubles as my sit pad. It may be overkill, but I feel more confident that way. Plus, it mak...

In GEAR » Ultralight Closed-Cell Foam Mat?
March 01, 10:41am

Re: Impact of Wind on Insulation Loft
Add me to the list of folks who would love to see a followup. This is the kind of stuff that really separates this site from the crowd. Anyone can review a piece of gear, but you dig into the scien...

In Editor's Roundtable » Impact of Wind on Insulation Loft
February 27, 6:44pm

Re: Re: Buying a Tarptent... need trekking poles
Even if you own trekking poles, you may still want to use lightweight poles to hold up your tent. My wife and I own a TarpTent Squall 2 and decided to buy a couple poles from TarpTent. They weigh a...

In GEAR » Buying a Tarptent... need trekking poles
February 25, 11:22am

Re: Thanks
I have a pair of MLD mitts I use for the summer (with very light glove liners). For the winter, I use similar glove liners with big wool mitts and OR mitt shells. Even though the shells are similar...

In GEAR » Zpacks or MLD Rain Mitts
February 24, 10:44pm

Re: Logic Check: Windshirt
Here is my take on it: In most cases it is a luxury. So is a pillow (use a rock-stone like Bob Marley). But it is a very light luxury item that comes in handy for a lot of uses: 1) As mentioned,...

In GEAR » Logic Check: Windshirt
February 21, 5:11pm

All Reader Reviews by Ross Bleakney

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Gossamer Gear
Another GG review, another five out of five. This time, I broke a pole section (the lower part, or tip). It was my fault (I stepped on it) and not the fault of the pole. A call to customer support (I&...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 25, 12:11pm

Ultrapod Mini
I am very happy with my Ultrapod Mini. It does what is supposed to do very well. You often have to be resourceful with it; but with a little imagination, you can take great pictures. For example, if y...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
July 04, 7:38pm

Pentax Optio WP
I very much like my Optio WPi (6 mp). I have found the waterproof feature to be of much greater value than I originally expected. For winter pictures, it is really handy to set up a picture and not wo...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
July 04, 7:13pm

Eureka Zues II Exo
I bought this tent a few years ago, before I knew about tarp tents. I have been happy with it, but it is a little smaller and heavier than a tarp tent. As a free standing tent, it is more round, which...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
August 14, 3:13pm