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Richard DeLong (Legkohod) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Eastern Europe / Caucasus
About Me Citizen of the world. UL backpacker and mountain lover among other things. Did the PCT in 2009 ("Buckwheat"), blogged about it at Hiked for 3.5 months through the mountains of Europe in 2011. More to come.
CityKiev / Tbilisi
CountryUkraine / Georgia / USA
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All Forum Posts by Richard DeLong

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In Gear Swap » FS: NWT Women's Golite Pinnacle size Medium
November 03, 2:23pm

Re: FS: Misc Stuff
interested, PM sent

In Gear Swap » FS: Misc Stuff
November 02, 4:06pm

Re: Caldera UL Compact for MLD pot
PM question sent

In Gear Swap » Caldera UL Compact for MLD pot
November 02, 2:23pm

Re: Follow-up
Aha, Birdman, I heard of you (particularly from Rafiki - another bird specialist), but we unfortunately never met. Ditto on ULA packs being the most popular. Circuits and Catalysts were everywh...

In GEAR » PCT gear review
November 02, 11:49am

Re: bump
That's an excellent price for a 2-person kitchen system, and those dings hardly matter a bit. You can straighten out the dings in the cone pretty easy. If I needed a 2-person setup, I'd ...

In Gear Swap » FS:BPL 1300 Ti pot and 1300 caldera cone
November 01, 6:10am

Re: PCT gear review
Hey, thanks for posting that link!! I had forgotten about those guys!!:)))

In GEAR » PCT gear review
October 31, 4:20pm

Re: Shelter weights
The Contrail was probably the most popular shelter this year. Most nights you don't need rain shelter, though, so it might be over kill. Nice for bugs, yes, but I saw many hikers having to dry ...

In GEAR » PCT gear review
October 31, 3:02pm

Re: Tarp and bivy like milk and cookies?
I've used a very similar cuben poncho tarp. I think that after you use it for a while you will better appreciate the silnylon version, with its hood that conveniently snaps shut on the ridgelin...

In GEAR » Tarp and bivy like milk and cookies?
October 31, 2:57pm

Re: Lots of good advice here
Ditto on cycling. Make sure the seat is up high enough so that you're applying force when the leg is semi-straight rather than strongly bent. My knees have never been as strong as they were...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Strengthening knees
October 31, 12:42pm

Re: REI Sub Kilo 20 sleeping bag opinions
It is snug. I found it to be a 35 degree bag, and I sleep slightly cold. If took the same weight of down that is in the bag, made it premium 800-850 fill power down, and turned it into a quilt, you...

In GEAR » REI Sub Kilo 20 sleeping bag opinions
October 31, 10:35am

All Reader Reviews by Richard DeLong

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Klymit Inertia X Frame
This is a preliminary review that will be updated later this spring/summer when I get more experience with the sleeping pad outdoors. I will post what I know so far in order to help answer people'...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 29, 10:32am

Katabatic Gear Palisade Quilt
This is a preliminary review based on testing the Palisade on my balcony. I'll be using it all summer in the mountains of Europe and will update the review later this summer. The quilt is beaut...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
March 29, 10:30am

Gossamer Gear Nightlight Torso
I have seen no other pad that is as comfortable for the weight. True, for most people the Nightlight is not thick enough, but then use two! I doubt you will find a softer, more comfortable pad for the...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
February 01, 10:16am

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
I liked this pad while it lasted. After maybe 10 or 20 nights it developed a leak that I could not detect even under water. I think I have had it with inflatable pads...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 27, 5:06am

BMW pro 90 balaclava
Like the previous reviewer, I did a modification of the Pro-90 hood. I cut the front piece all the way down and sewed on omnitape velcro (doesn't catch on clothes). I also modified the elastic cor...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 10:29am

PossumDown Gloves (BPL Gear Shop)
I have been wearing these for two years. They are very warm and comfortable for their weight and do not stink up. Before them I'd tried several different kinds of gloves, such as polipropilene and...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
October 22, 8:23am

Mountain Laurel Designs Zip
DISCLAIMER: this is a pack that came out in 2007-2008 and was seen as a sturdy and robust pack for the SUL spirit of the times. This model has sinced been replaced by more robust packs that probably c...

In Backpacks - Frameless
September 28, 7:09am

I recently tried to make an order on and sent a couple of messages to Oware regarding my order. I have not received any replies regarding my issue and am not sure that the order followed ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
June 04, 7:00am

MLD Trailstar
My Trailstar weighs 468 grams, not 650 g as the previous poster stated. That's with the included linelocks and seam-sealing, but without the included rope for tie-outs. You could cut off the 10 li...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
April 07, 8:10am

Titanuium Goat Ptarmigan Bivy
I have used the bivy sack extensively, especially while thru-hiking the PCT. It works. The long length is great for 6'3'', and the width is great. I have the full netting option and used i...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
October 03, 4:20am