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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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Re: PCT gear review
Thanks Scott. "Buckwheat" here -- also did the PCT this year. I'm still full of enthusiasm about my trip, so I'll add a few 'reviews' of my own :)) I can add that I use...

In GEAR » PCT gear review
October 31, 10:00am

Re: MLD TrailStar thread.
So, here's a follow-up to the use of the pentagonal Trailstar as a 4-sided pyramid. To connect two adjacent corners, you would string a line through two linelocks at once, but only the top ...

In GEAR » MLD TrailStar thread.
October 31, 8:29am

Re: Patagonia Merino 60% off. Can someone buy me some and send it to Australia?
Don't know if I'll be buying any personally, but I'd be happy to mail it to you. I routinely do this for friends in Russia and Ukraine.

In Gear Deals » Patagonia Merino 60% off. Can someone buy me some and send it to Australia?
October 30, 7:40pm

Re: Yow!
Someone needs to write a program that will scan the gear swap forum and automatically post an "I'm interested" message as soon as someone creates a new thread containing the letters &...

In Gear Swap » mld rain chaps, regular silnylon 2.2 oz
October 29, 4:47pm

Re: Re: chaps
2nd in line... e-mail sent.

In Gear Swap » mld rain chaps, regular silnylon 2.2 oz
October 29, 2:31pm

Re: My trailstar
Wow, Liang, that's an exciting use of the Trailstar. That might have been a situation where connecting 2 adjacent corners of the pentagon would have created a steeper-wallled pyramid that would...

In GEAR » MLD TrailStar thread.
October 29, 11:43am

Re: Re: BPL Merino Wool Hoody
Nia, that was my experience with an Icebreaker Superfine Tech T 140 on the PCT this year as well --- utterly threadbare and full of holes when I finally tossed it out at Crater Lake. The first hole...

In GEAR » BPL Merino Wool Hoody
October 28, 7:34pm

links to discussions of Trailstar
I'm going to paste in links to past discussions of the Trailstar for reference: 1) initial questions 2) review:

In GEAR » MLD TrailStar thread.
October 28, 6:58pm

MLD TrailStar thread.
I've spent a lot of time thinking about this shelter and would like to consolidate some observations and get some feedback from people who have used it in the wild: The MLD Trailstar: Thi...

In GEAR » MLD TrailStar thread.
October 28, 5:39pm

Re: Colorado advice
I would move to Colorado in a heartbeat, particularly to Boulder, for its recreational activities and the cycling culture there (you can live a full life without a car). I've heard tons of good...

In Chaff » Colorado advice
October 28, 3:01pm

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