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All Forum Posts by Zack Karas

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I've hiked the CDT southbound and easily covered 25 mpd in that section. It's not crazy difficult, just high elevation. We were well acclimated at that point, and I'm from CO so altit...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Weminuche CDT beta?
September 01, 11:49am

I don't know your pace, so this is all subjective in guessing at a 10 week hike. --Great Divide Trail: People I know who have hiked it describe it as difficult, rewarding, beautiful, and b...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » recommendation for a 10 week trail
September 01, 11:42am

I think the Flash has twice the down than the Montbell jacket has. I know the price is up there, but I really want the flash jacket now.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » mid-layer struggles
September 01, 11:24am

Can you mail them?
I traveled in May and inquired about poles. I was told that they would be confiscated if I tried to carry them on. I ended up shipping them in a small tube for something like $10 each way. The a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Collapsable Hiking Poles on Plane
September 01, 11:21am

WM megalite
+1 WM Megalite. My wife and I use it unzipped as a double's quilt, and when used solo zipped up there is a lot of room. I'm 5'10", 150 lbs, so I'm not the biggest guy, though.

In GEAR » Sleeping Bag Claustrophobia
September 01, 11:19am

Personally, I would get the 3/4 bag. I've considered a half bag, but sleeping with my hands in my pockets when it's cold out doesn't sound so comfortable to me. The 3/4 bag will way a...

In GEAR » sleep system need help
August 31, 9:14pm

fleece schmeece
Most of my backpacking is in similiar climes. Here is my setup: Long sleeve button up hiking shirt (9oz) Montane windshirt (2.5oz) Either a Montbell UL Inner Down Jacket (5oz) or a WM Flight ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » mid-layer struggles
August 31, 9:10pm

My wife uses the straps under her body, never under the GG Nightlight pad she typically uses. I assume it's a personal preference. She tosses and turns throughout the night and doesn't se...

In GEAR » using nunatak quilts
August 31, 7:00pm

Try brasslite
I don't know if you can buy them individually, but Brasslite sells fuel bottles that have those caps.

In GEAR » FireLite Red Spout Cap alternative??
August 30, 5:33pm

pinnacle foam
Both the Jam and the Pinnacle have a foam backpad, however the foam is more rigid in the Pinnacle. I don't believe it is accurate to say either pack is 'framed'. I have older versions...

In GEAR » The Colin Fletcher Easy Chair
August 29, 8:20pm

All Reader Reviews by Zack Karas

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Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
As many previous reviewers have noted, this light stove works well and supports my ti pot well. I only use this in lower elevations and warmer weather, but that is due to esbit not the stove. I ...

In Stoves - Other
September 15, 12:36pm

Therm-A-Rest Ridgerest
I buy a size regular and cut it into two 30" long sections and I believe they weigh 5oz. One pad will last me for about 1200 miles before I replace it--though the replaced pad still has life lef...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
September 15, 12:33pm

Bibler Eldorado
I have only used it around 14 or so nights since then (only use it in more rugged and windy environments when snow is a possibility). My wife and I used it for our 10-day Tibet trek and it perfor...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
September 09, 4:47pm

BPL Blow-Up Pillow
I had high hopes for this pillow--the single baffle version. I have found that I have to inflate it very little to avoid my head rolling all over the place. So, in order for this pillow to keep my h...

In Miscellaneous Products
September 09, 4:36pm

Adidas Supernova Trail 5
After having foot problems, I went to a podiatrist and had custom orthotics made. The Dr. also recommended these shoes and to replace all shoes every 300-500 miles. Since using these, I have had z...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 09, 4:04pm

Red Ledge Thunderlight pants
I'm surprised that more people don't use and/or know about these. My pants weigh 6.5oz size medium and fit over my shoes. They have button snaps at the ankle to allow for 2 different sizes b...

In Clothing - Raingear
September 09, 4:00pm

Brasslite Turbo II-D
Purchased in 2004, used for around 6000 trail miles. Weighs 2.5oz, so there are lighter alternatives out there, but for the slimmer sleeve I feel it is worth it as it allows a broader trail diet. ...

In Stoves - Alcohol
September 08, 10:15am

Western Mountaineering Pod 30
Purchased in 2005, used for entire CDT, 10-day Tibet trek, Iceland thruhike, 6 months hiking in NZ, plus about another 1000 or so miles. Weighs 17 oz after cutting off pad sleeve. Only downsid...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
September 08, 10:12am

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 3
I recently purchased this for a thruhike of Iceland based on its' weight. It performed well, but let me explain... The foot-end of the tent is lower than the head-end, plus the vestibules are ...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 08, 10:06am

Dirty Girl Gaiters
These would be a 5 if the supplied adhesive strip resisting peeling after very wet days. Superglue was the answer and has held the velcro down wonderfully. Very breathable (and I'm a sweater...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 08, 9:59am