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Less bulk, less warmth
I carry the UL Down Shirt when I expect the weather to not be too cold but need something to keep the chill off in camp. It is not as warm, but much smaller and lighter than the Nano Puff. It packs...

In GEAR » Nano Puff vs. Ultralight Down Shirt
June 16, 10:00am

Can't speak for anybody else but the Steripen Adventurer Opti has never, ever failed me. I carry spare batteries and chlorine dioxide tablets and I have never been forced to use the tablets...

In GEAR » Filter Recommendation
June 10, 9:43pm

Sawyer and Steripen
In my opinion the Sawyer system is the best system I have used for any trip with more than two people... Perhaps even best for any trip when not flying solo. The reason is, any system is fine f...

In GEAR » Filter Recommendation
June 09, 7:33pm

regular platypus
This is probably obvious, but any of the regular Platy bags will work great. 1L and 2L. Never seen a 3L Platy that wasn't a Hoser however. Did a quick search and couldn't seem to find o...

In GEAR » Platypus Hoser-style Bags
June 06, 1:48pm

What if, instead of going cheap and light you go for durable and breathable? OR Ferrosi Hoody is made of a Cordura two-way stretch soft shell material, breathes with the best of 'em while s...

In GEAR » Affordable Windshirt?
June 04, 8:56am

The biggest upside to using a bivy is not having to stake it out and construct a pole skeleton to erect it. This is a big advantage for speed and also in very windy conditions. It is also good for ...

In GEAR » Borah Gear Snowyside Bivy- Full Review!
May 30, 9:49am

complicated subject
Alexandra, you sure have become infamous around here, but I'll take a stab at giving you some advice. With water purification it seems like the more you know the worse off you are. UV and...

In GEAR » Do I have any other option for a water purifier a part from the Steripen and Sawyer models?
May 29, 2:51pm

I had preordered a week's worth of Soylent during their Kickstarter-esque campaign about a year ago in June. I am still waiting for the goods, which Rob Rhinehart and crew swear up and down...

In GEAR » Soylent
May 13, 11:34am

Thanks, keep it coming
I do already have a Chrome Dome. I hadn't initially considered bringing it but that certainly seems worth considering. Regarding slot canyons and flash flooding, are there usually warnings b...

In GEAR » Clothing for desert hiking
May 13, 8:40am

Re: clothing:
> Escalante is a huge diverse swatch of land. You can either be on sandstone/red rock or sage brush mountain sides. What type of hiking/backpacking do you plan on doing? I don't know yet...

In GEAR » Clothing for desert hiking
May 12, 2:35pm

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