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MLD Spirit Tent
I thought eVent couldn't meet US fire retardent standards. Wasn't that why other tent makers suddenly stopped using it? So how does MLD get around that? I must admit, the prototype pictured on t...

In GEAR » MLD Spirit tents
April 18, 9:16am

Rainbow Tent Poles
What is the assembled length and the number of sections in the stock Rainbow arch pole? From this thread, I assume the strut is a single 18 inch length with an option to make it a two-piece. WB

In GEAR » TT Rainbow in action
April 17, 8:14pm

Cascade Snow Levels
See the PCT Postholer http://postholer.com/cgi-bin/postHoler?trail=PCT The North Cascades look to be about 100% of April 01 normal, but we've got three daysd of heavy precipitation headed in. M...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Best June/ July Backpacking?
April 14, 2:43pm

Dble Wall Tent Review
Eric, I hear your frustration, and I do agree with you that it would be desireable to have a date on each BPL review and technical article so one knows which year's model was reviewed. Sometimes th...

In GEAR » Double Wall Tents Review Summary and Gear Guide Overview
April 12, 10:07pm

H20 Ring
While a novel idea and certainly functional, I would think that the bottle would tend to flop around with every step you took. I think I'd get very tired of that very fast. To each his own; I'l...

In GEAR » H2O Ring - Soda Bottle Attachment for Pack Straps Etc
April 09, 8:58am

ray way tarp book
Also go to http://backpackinglight.com Look under the ARTICLES / TECHNIQUES section for "Advanced Tarp Camping Techniques for Inclement Conditions" by Dr. Ryan Jordan. You will need a Premium...

In GEAR » Raw-Way Tarp Book
March 30, 10:29pm

ray way tarp book
Go to http://www.owareusa.com and download David MacPherson's excellent and well illustrated article on tarps and their use. Wandering Bob

In GEAR » Raw-Way Tarp Book
March 30, 10:19pm

sleeping couples
I've seen double quilts but not double bags. I doubt it would be feasible at a zero degree rating where you need an excellent hood system and insulation all around you all the time. It should work ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sleeping couples
March 30, 5:16pm

Titanium replacement
Be very careful here. SIBBG is very picky. I suspect that if you change out the approved aluminum liner for something else, even if it's the equivalent or better, you'll no longer have an appro...

In GEAR » Ursack Aluminum liner. Titanium replacement needed.
March 28, 9:46am

Helix ice axe
I LOVE IT ! and a great way to avoid any potential legal hassels if someone has an unfortunate experience whilst trying to use it for something else. Wandering Bob

In GEAR » Helix Ice Ax
March 28, 9:38am

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