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Skyscape X floor dimensions
Respectfully, ask yourself why you carry a shelter in the first place? From what do you want shelter? from bugs? from weather? from observation by others? from the world in general?...

In GEAR » Skyscape X floor dimensions
November 22, 2:15pm

Compare and contrast two down pieces
Enhance your search for gear with the many great compare and contrast reviews here

In GEAR » Compare and contrast two down pieces
November 19, 10:05am

Backpacker Magazine $4.50/year - Sunday Nov 7 Only
IMO, a waste of money at any price. YMMV

In Gear Deals » Backpacker Magazine $4.50/year - Sunday Nov 7 Only
November 17, 9:24am

CDT Sleep System Debate
What is under you at night is more important than what's over you. If your height fits it, the Thermarest Prolite Plus Womens' inflatable pad is the way to go. Makes a great frame sheet ...

In GEAR » CDT Sleep System Debate!
November 17, 12:54am

Colorado trail in mid-aug to September??
Quoting from PMags CT End to End Guide: "Northeast / Denver Bound: You do face some of the hardest ter...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Colorado trail in mid-aug to September??
November 14, 9:56am

Colorado trail in mid-aug to September??
Jennifer: You will be fine and you won't need crampons, ice axes, and the like (unless Mother Nature gets wildly unusual). By the time you get to the higher altitudes in the San Juans, the m...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Colorado trail in mid-aug to September??
November 13, 9:47am

Wyoming wind measurement device

In GEAR » Accurately Estimating Wind Speed
November 09, 6:51pm

Re: We've seen worse.
Cabin Fever is setting in early this year. Either that or most of us don't have a life outside BPL.

In GEAR » Do inflatable pads work ok
November 09, 6:48pm

Zpacks Waterproof Breathable Event Jacket
Disclaimer: I have nothing against Cuben fiber in general nor ZPacks in particular; they make some great albeit expensive gear. I have several O2 Rainfair propore suits and enjoy them. Much lighter...

In GEAR » Zpacks Waterproof Breathable Event Jacket
November 09, 1:07pm

Missing Articles on Home Page - Roger
Roger - My browser is IE10 rather than Firefox. I changed the Adblock settings to allow pop-ups from BPL. For some reason that defies logic, those Home page images are considered pop-ups by ...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Missing Articles on Home Page
November 09, 10:55am

All Reader Reviews by Bob Bankhead

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Western Mountaineering The Company
WM products are a 5+ WM the company does not sell direct, only through dealers, ergo end-user contacts would not be expected. Their printed catalogues do list their address and FAX and telephone nu...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 24, 3:33pm

Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce
I use a lot of Mountain House Pro Packs and as much as I like the flavor and texture of this item, I avoid it like the plague. The overwhelming downside is the cheese they use. It does NOT rehydra...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 05, 5:17pm

Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice
One of my favorite Mountain House meals, albeit a tad too sweet for my taste; too much pineapple, not enough sour sauce. Nonetheless, it makes a great motivator to get to a dinner spot when I know one...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 03, 6:26pm

Mountain House Precooked Scrambled Eggs with Bacon
I tried these several years ago when they first came out - no bacon in them then. They were horrible! Like a previous reviewer said, virtually flavorless yellow sponges. Last year I noticed they ha...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 03, 6:21pm

Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 Adjustable CF Trekking Poles
I decided not to buy these when they first came out because fully closed they were too long to carry on my pack in checked baggage on the plane, and I really didn't want to hassel with the maili...

In Trekking Poles
September 24, 11:15pm

Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape
I just returned from 22 nights in the high Sierra on the PCT and JMT. I had two days of constant high winds in Onion Valley, with sustained gusts to at least 50 mph. My trusty Gatewood Cape flapped a ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 24, 9:23am

Six Moon Designs Traveler backpack
We have TWO Traveler packs. Early in 2008, we were shopping for a new pack for my wife, who has a short 14-1/2 inch torso length. We drove out to Ron's house to try the SMD Essence, but it did not...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 06, 10:35am

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack
In addition to silnylon, Sea to Summit also now makes their Dry Sack line in eVENT fabric, both with and without compression capability. evac Dry Sack: available in 3, 5, 8, 13, 20, 35, and 65 lite...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 21, 9:08pm

Therm-A-Rest Ridgerest
This has been my "go-to" sleeping pad for many years on the PCT. I've tried a variety of others but keep returning to this little beauty. It does a great job of insulating one from th...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
May 17, 8:26am

Aloksak O.P 12.5 x 20"
I have found them to be quite effective in the Sierras the past two summers. I have a Bearikade Expedition, and if you're not careful, the metal edges around the latches can slice an OP sak wh...

In Miscellaneous Products
August 21, 10:07pm