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Re: Re: Ultralight Reading Glasses
>>> Yeah, very light, BUT ... they only work at home. If you are out walking and have got a bit sweaty, and want to read a map, forget it. They fall straight off your nose. Well, that&...

In GEAR » Ultralight Reading Glasses
February 14, 1:58pm

Re: Poncho and Windshirt are two separate pieces
For the most part, a windshirt is an unnecessary item. I don't always carry one. Basically, a rain jacket (or poncho) can serve as wind protection as well as rain protection. A puffy jacket als...

In GEAR » Breathable windshirt vs Frogg Toggs poncho? & as an aside, Zpacks fanny pack
February 14, 1:37pm

Re: Do it all pad combo
Sounds reasonable, the big question is whether you will be comfortable on just a Ridgerest. Lots of people move to inflatable pads from closed cell foam only because it is more comfortable. But tha...

In GEAR » Do it all pad combo
February 08, 11:58am

Hooded Windshirts
Yes, another windshirt thread. I figured I would start another one, rather than hijack one of the existing threads. I'm in the market for a windshirt. I have a couple, but the one I use the ...

In GEAR » Hooded Windshirts
February 08, 11:51am

Re: airshell
My feelings exactly Dan. I think a very light, waterproof shell that is only marginally breathable would be quite nice. Windshirts are so light now that bringing both would make a lot of sense. Wea...

In GEAR » Sierra Designs Cloud Airshell 4 ounce raincoat
February 05, 8:36pm

Typo on the Picture
There is a type on the picture (should be Glacier Peak, not Peaks).

In Editor's Roundtable » Salvation in Skykomish
January 22, 12:22pm

Re: Midlayer Technology: Patagonia Capilene 4 v. Mountain Hardwear Desna Hoody
How does the R1 fabric compare to Capilene 4? I'm replacing a Patagonia fleece pullover I've owned for twenty years (it has been used a lot and is finally showing its age). I forget what th...

In Editor's Roundtable » Midlayer Technology: Patagonia Capilene 4 v. Mountain Hardwear Desna Hoody
January 09, 11:01am

La Fin Du Monde
With regards to Dave Chenault's third pick: La Fin Du Monde is a great beer. I once proclaimed it as the best beer in North America (I would say that the brew from the Belgium monks are just...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2012 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
January 05, 10:49pm

Re: One Pole? And what about the other gear...?
Great article. Wow, Forrest McCarthy writing on Nordic Backcountry skiing. What's next, Mike Clelland drawing illustrations about backpacking light? Seriously, though, great work BPL. I think i...

In Editor's Roundtable » An Introduction to Nordic and Backcountry Ski Gear: Part 2 - Advanced Nordic Ski Mountaineering on UL Tele Gear
December 19, 12:18pm

Re: Nordic BC boot
I haven't noticed any compression of the thinsulate. I don't think it is like leather. I don't think it will fit very differently in the future. Generally speaking, a lot of these boots...

In Editor's Roundtable » An Introduction to Nordic and Backcountry Ski Gear
December 18, 12:55pm

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