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Re: Re: UL Trail knife
I use the scissors on my Leatherman Mirca... but the smallest/lightest pair of scissors I have found was the little pair that came in a sewing kit from a hotel i stayed at. These were VERY small a...

In GEAR » UL Trail knife
March 27, 10:52am

Re: h2o plus gear thread suggestion
...and to Mary's post I'll add that there are few gear discussions so grounded in personal preference as a group of people that have never gotten sick from drinking water arguing about what...

In GEAR » Water purification
March 26, 2:42pm

Re: Re: Water purification
Cost is one consideration. The tablets are fairly expensive per liter compared to the liquid. Katadyn MicroPUR MP1 Tablets = $14.24 to treat 30 liters. (~47 cents/liter) McNett AquaMira = $1...

In GEAR » Water purification
March 26, 2:33pm

Re: GG Mariposa
I use the GG Mariposa extensively and exclusively. I have done some "basecamp" hiking with it where I'll pack in a weeks supply of gear (food is the heaviest item) and then dayhike c...

In GEAR » GG Mariposa
March 26, 6:46am

Re: Marmot Atom Sleeping Bag REVIEW
This is a great sleeping bag... it is what it is... a sewn-through down bag. That means it is less expensive and has limitations. The extra weight is a disappointment. I'll weight mine and p...

In Editor's Roundtable » Marmot Atom Sleeping Bag REVIEW
March 22, 8:31pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Steripen
I got my SteriPEN today and have been playing with it around the house. I'll have to fool with it a bit but it will require some changes in my gear... most notably I'll have to go to a wid...

In Editor's Roundtable » SteriPEN Adventurer Water Purifier REVIEW
March 20, 10:54pm

Re: Pasta cooking
That is seriously cool. I just cook the pasta at home. I cook it a little more firm than usual. Then I put it in the dehydrator until it's bone dry. It dries quickly. When I am ready to ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Food drying
March 20, 10:46pm

Re: Ray Jardine bans people from his website
...this is really sad. It's these questions and comments that can produce better products and services. Sometimes the truth is hard to hear, but one thing is a constant: People will always e...

In GEAR » Why are the Ray Jardine books so expensive?
March 20, 9:42am

Re: Re: Removing printing from beer can
...steel wool. It doesn't take me an hour of buffing, however. Perhaps I am using a grade that is more course or Heineken cans are more heavily painted... I'll have to do EXTENSIVE testin...

In Make Your Own Gear » Removing printing from beer can
March 17, 8:36am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Steripen
Haha, fair enough! Well, I ordered one of the things just for kicks so if I get sick you guys will be hearing from me! :) I am a firm believer of not criticizing gear until I personally have p...

In Editor's Roundtable » SteriPEN Adventurer Water Purifier REVIEW
March 14, 11:35am

All Reader Reviews by James Pitts

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Pro-Tick Remedy Pro-Tick
I am so glad someone posted a review of this gizmo. First let me say that you can remove a tick with a pair of tweezers. The Pro-Tick Remedy tool is not multi-use like tweezers. That said, it w...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
May 26, 11:18am

Repel Lemon Euculyptus Insect Spray
I am a huge fan of 3M Ultrathon largely because the stuff works REALLY WELL... for what I use it for. So this is sort of my "gold standard"... encapsulated DEET lotion. That said, differ...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 26, 10:24am

Mountainsmith Wisp
I forget when I bought this. It was on an uber-closeout type deal. This sleeping bag is not made anymore. The facts: - 750+ fill down - Size Long (6' 6") Weight: Says 24 oz, 23 oz in ...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
January 08, 9:27pm

Marmot Atom
Let's get down to the facts: - Temp rating: 40 degrees - Size Long (6' 6") Weight: 20 oz on the box, 22 oz in my kitchen. - Shell: Pertex Quantum N-090 Ripstop - Lining: Pertex ...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
January 08, 9:14pm

Martin Backpacker Guitar
Now here is a review you don't see every day. This was a very thoughtful gift from my dear wife. I am an avid guitar player but leave my music at home when I hike because a flat-top 6-string ...

In Miscellaneous Products
January 08, 8:54pm

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
What's with people that review gear they have never owned nor tested in the field? This is a mystery to me. Anyway, on to the Jetboil. I bought this because... I had an REI dividend and the...

In Stoves - Canister
January 08, 7:58pm

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
This was my default insulating layer until I bought the MontBell Down Inner Jacket. This jacket is very warm, as is the vest. I prefer the older models (05 and later) to the newer ones. I recall ...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
January 08, 7:49pm

What is there to review? Be careful driving in the parking lot because people seem to switch off their brains when they walk about outside the store. Seriously, they take anything back and there a...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 08, 7:46pm

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
...and they really mean it. I have seen people hopelessly abuse the return policy but REI stands by it. The prices are fair, especially if you use an REI Gold Visa. The dividend makes for a nice gi...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 08, 7:43pm

Therm-A-Rest Lite Seat
Works great and is light but very comfortable. It takes quite a beating and will eventually get a hole in it. I have had to make two repairs to mine. I use it to extend my sleeping pad setup when I...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 08, 11:52am