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My picks
Mine are pretty simple. UL backpacking equipment: Enlightened Equipment Revolution 30. This has been a really nice piece of gear. Its simple and comfortable and light. The venting ability of ...

In GEAR » 2013 Reader Picks
December 31, 2:09pm

Need advice on a rain jacket that will fit my needs for an AT thru hike.
I would recommend the Stoic Vaporshell to you for several reasons. The fit is unusual in that it fits a tall skinny person with long arms well (I am about your size). Breathability is very good. ...

In GEAR » Need advice on a rain jacket that will fit my needs for an AT thru hike.
December 26, 8:58am

Lab Test - Zpacks Waterproof Breathable Event Fabric
Thanks loads, Richard, for providing this information to the community. Its really helpful.

In GEAR » Lab Test - Zpacks Waterproof Breathable Event Fabric
December 20, 12:20pm

30* quilt for April NoBo start on AT. Doable or just stupid?
I think you're fine. You could be a little cold if a cold snap came through, but I think you'll be fine. The average low on Clingman's Dome in April is 34 degrees. http://www.hikingi...

In GEAR » 30* quilt for April NoBo start on AT. Doable or just stupid?
December 19, 1:57pm

1 pound packs
Zpacks has a good lineup. There is the frameless Blast and Zero. People will debate how much you can carry comfortable in these frameless packs. For me, I start to notice weight at about 25 poun...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Longest ultraight BP w/o replenishing?
December 18, 2:04pm

8 x 10 tarp
Looks to me like your front line just came loose. It obviously has to be tight to get a good ridgeline. I almost always tie that line to a tree, root or other solid natural object. Then it can&#...

In GEAR » Best way to setup 8x10 tarp
December 18, 1:12pm

northbound AT gear list
I would use alcohol. Its easy to source on the AT. Esbit is not so easy to source. I will differ from Andy on the need for a compass, map, etc. The AWOL AT Guide is more than enough and much mo...

In Gear Lists » northbound AT gear list
December 17, 11:05am

Clarifications
I would think about getting a Sawyer Squeeze too. They are really cheap now(about $20). And you won't have to wait for your water to treat. I can really carry less than a half liter pretty m...

In Gear Lists » 2014 SOBO gear list
December 16, 9:46am

Clarifications
The heavy stuff,to me, would be the WPB bivy, water, and food. Not expensive items to cut at all. Take the AWOL guide and water sources will be easy; you don't need to carry much water. As...

In Gear Lists » 2014 SOBO gear list
December 16, 9:40am

Clarifications
It won't hurt that much to carry some of the relatively heavy stuff if its really your preference. A couple of items might make you really uncomfortable though. If you carry that WPB bivy, yo...

In Gear Lists » 2014 SOBO gear list
December 16, 9:20am

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