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Texas - East or West?
Do you consider Texas to be part of the eastern USA or the west? Historically, I think it's generally been thought of as part of the west. Louis L'Amour certainly thought so. And when I bri...

In Gear Swap » New type of PIF -- the Travelling Hiker Box!
September 29, 8:14pm

Sierra cup - other uses
A Sierra cup makes a decent but very small gold pan.

In GEAR » Sierra Cup
September 27, 6:26pm

re: Merino blend vs synthetic for odor?
I don't know anything about this particular item, but I've used the Patagonia merino wrapped around a synthetic core and had no stink issues at all.

In GEAR » Is a Merino Blend any better than a Synthetic for odor?
September 23, 3:08pm

re: What would you have done?
About the only other thing I would have done would be to pull out a map, show him where he was, show him where the turn-off/trail was, and assure him that he couldn't get there from here withou...

In Philosophy & Technique » What would you have done?
September 23, 3:02pm

re: Re: RE RE Expeds leak
Like Dave said, you can get multiple reports of failing inflatables. In my case, I've had multiple problems with NeoAirs, and not a single problem with my Exped UL Synmat or Downmat. Thus I ...

In GEAR » Exped Synmat UL7 LW or Big Agnes Q-Core LW?
September 23, 12:19pm

Re: Re: lightweight and liquid-tight bottles
Ditto on the small Nalgene bottles. A bit heavier than some bottles, but they just don't leak!

In GEAR » lightweight and liquid-tight bottles
September 22, 9:13pm

re: Minimalist Bug Solutions?
The obvious questions are, "How sane are you to begin with? And how much/little would it take to push you over the edge?" ;)

In GEAR » Minimalist Bug Solutions?
September 19, 2:57pm

re: Educate me on guylines
I generally use the Skurka method, especially with a cuben tarp (no stretch with those!). I've been very happy with it, it's strong, very light weight and very versatile. I have some ML...

In GEAR » Educate me on guylines and line locks
September 19, 2:54pm

A review of the Mini is here and answers some questions above: http://sticksblog.com/2013/09/18/first-look-the-sawyer-mini-water-filter/ MLD has it for $24. Looks like the same filter, lig...

In Gear Deals » New Sawyer 2014 MINI Filter on Sale
September 19, 8:24am

re: Re: Exped Noise
I'm with Jennifer here! When I had a brief flirtation with the Thermarest XLite, it kept both me and my wife awake with its loud crinkling. But my Exped UL Synmat is as quiet as the grave. O...

In GEAR » A Question for You Science-Minded Folks...
September 11, 7:10pm

All Reader Reviews by Stephen Barber

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ZPacks Sleeping Bag 40* and 20*
This is the side sleepers dream bag! The bags are filled with 900 fill power goose down, outer shell is green .95 oz/sq yd Pertex Quantum ripstop nylon, and the liner is black .67 oz/sq yd nylon. ...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
July 25, 9:25pm

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad
Upon receipt of the pad, I inflated it to sleeping firmness, and stood it up against the bookcase. An hour later it looked rather soft; three hours later it was in a pile on the floor. Brand new, and ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 24, 11:49pm

Lawson Equipment Customer Service
I've purchased from Lawson on several different occasions. I've always gotten excellent service, fast shipping (especially considering I live clear across the country!), and good interaction v...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 20, 11:47am

ULA Catalyst
I've spent the last two years trying to find a pack that is both light and comfortable, ie, transfers weight to the hip bones well. To date, i had found packs that were only one but not the other ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
June 04, 8:11pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
I was able to pick up a Bushbuddy Ti used, and can't imagine why anyone would want to get rid of one! I used it repeatedly this summer and have been absolutely delighted with it! It is probably...

In Stoves - Other
August 18, 11:59am