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All Forum Posts by Stephen Barber

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Re: "What Dan McHale has to say about UL backpacks"
Back in the day (60s, 70s), we pretty much all used external frame packs. I actually started with a frameless boy scout "rucksack", which killed my shoulders when carrying much more than ...

In GEAR » What Dan McHale has to say about UL backpacks
January 12, 3:09pm

re:Who's nailed into the dining room floor to test pitch a shelter?
Dining room? Never! Living room? Of course!

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Who's nailed into the dining room floor to test pitch a shelter?
January 11, 9:42pm

re: UL Headphones
Max, if you're wearing headphones while cycling on the road, touring or whatever, you're pretty much taking out your ability to hear what's coming up behind you - which increases your c...

In GEAR » UL Headphones that aren't earbuds!
January 10, 12:22pm

re: re: re: etc: Technical Description of Capilene ?
"They now more rely on the physical structure of the material to create a hydrophillic effect. They do this primarily through bi-component fabric and CAPILLARY ACTION via denier gradient (smal...

In GEAR » Technical Description of Capilene ?
January 10, 12:10pm

re: I Almost Left Alone
It doesn't get much better than that! A grand memory for you both! Oh, and very nice color coordination there!!!

In Post-Trip Reports » I Almost Left Alone. (Los Padres, 12/26 thru 12/27)
December 28, 10:14am

re: 2wd front wheel drive car in the sierra nevadas...
As one who spent six long years/winters in Canada's Northwest Territories driving a 2WD vehicle: David speaks the truth, and Roger is a wise man. Heed them!

In GEAR » 2wd front wheel drive car in the sierra nevadas...
December 26, 9:37am

Sleeping bags vs. blankets
The following is pure speculation! A properly rated sleeping bag doesn't radiate much excess heat, and it zips all the way to the head. That means a snake wouldn't be able to sense much ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Safety of sleeping on the ground with no critter protection
December 25, 3:56pm

re Recommendation for some trail runners
Check New Balance website. If you click around through their trail runners, you'll notice some links to their lasts - the model the shoe is made from. If you know what shape your foot is, or ho...

In GEAR » Recommendation for some trail runners
December 23, 11:40pm

Re: Re: fire
David and Ian have it right: in the rain, the fire needs to be big, and you need to put put more wet wood behind and beside the fire to start drying early. "Behind" is as much for reflect...

In GEAR » A 3.4oz fire starting insurance policy
December 18, 12:41pm

re: A 3.4oz fire starting insurance policy
"..at a certain point your hands start shaking and your motor skills go out the window ... think "polar bear" swim but rather than having a warm blanket and hot chocolate after, you ...

In GEAR » A 3.4oz fire starting insurance policy
December 18, 9:49am

All Reader Reviews by Stephen Barber

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SmarTube Drinking System for Bottles
Since having a hydration bladder spring a leak inside my pack, I have avoided all such bladders. I stuck to simple water bottles until a couple of years ago when I ran across the SmarTube - a drinking...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
May 13, 1:33pm

ZPacks Sleeping Bag 40* and 20*
This is the side sleepers dream bag! The bags are filled with 900 fill power goose down, outer shell is green .95 oz/sq yd Pertex Quantum ripstop nylon, and the liner is black .67 oz/sq yd nylon. ...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
July 25, 9:25pm

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad
Upon receipt of the pad, I inflated it to sleeping firmness, and stood it up against the bookcase. An hour later it looked rather soft; three hours later it was in a pile on the floor. Brand new, and ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 24, 11:49pm

Lawson Equipment Customer Service
I've purchased from Lawson on several different occasions. I've always gotten excellent service, fast shipping (especially considering I live clear across the country!), and good interaction v...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 20, 11:47am

ULA Catalyst
I've spent the last two years trying to find a pack that is both light and comfortable, ie, transfers weight to the hip bones well. To date, i had found packs that were only one but not the other ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
June 04, 8:11pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
I was able to pick up a Bushbuddy Ti used, and can't imagine why anyone would want to get rid of one! I used it repeatedly this summer and have been absolutely delighted with it! It is probably...

In Stoves - Other
August 18, 11:59am