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stores and UL Gear
I was told that a main reason the larger outfitters do not carry UL gear is because of the possibility of frequent return of gear that was mis-used. For example, a silnylon pack might be easily to...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Do you think ideas are discounted because of the source?
September 05, 1:29pm

rubber maid type mug/bowl
On my last hike I replaced this: http://www.rei.com/product/752844 (Large) weighs 2 3/4 oz. With this: http://www.rei.com/product/787278 Advantages to the Sea-to-Summit: packs smaller and...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » drinking problem
September 04, 10:13am

line tensioners at work
Denis' design at work with MLD Trail-Star: src="/backpackinglight/user_uploads/1256074027_17160.jpg" width="550" />

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Guyline Tensioners
September 04, 9:39am

foam padding
Owareusa has some padding options and ideas. http://owareusa.com/

In GEAR » Wide foam pad source?
September 03, 6:42am

hydration system
Hey, something new for my gear box! Google: Blue Desert SmarTube Hydration System

In Post-Trip Reports » South San Juan Wilderness, 8/22/10-8/26/10
August 31, 2:53pm

bivy and tarp
Bivyis great for adding warmth or just as a ground cover. It is usually the end of the bag that gets wet, especially when sleeping on a slight downhill slope. The new bags dry very quickly, howeve...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Newbie with a question
August 31, 2:43pm

esbit
I have used esbit a lot using the match-under-a-hanging-edge method. Good to know of the other "tricks' listed above. I have had problems with old matches not lighting, too.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Esbit - what am I doing wrong?
August 31, 2:39pm

wow
Wow! Maybe I'll head thee next year instead of the Sierras. Beautiful above tree line photos. Did you use a shuttle service or just friends? Is Durango the nearest airport?

In Post-Trip Reports » South San Juan Wilderness, 8/22/10-8/26/10
August 31, 2:28pm

SHR
With my brief experience on the SHR,the days were indeed long since progress is slow. At several moments we were not doing even a 1 mph pace! Here is a photo from Mather Pass down into the Uppe...

In Post-Trip Reports » Sierra High Route, Aug1-6, 2010
August 31, 8:48am

SHR Loop?
Was your hike that shown on the maps, p.85 of Roper's book. Not a loop hike, I assume. Dis you leave cars at both ends or was public transportation an option after Bishop Pass? How many miles ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Sierra High Route, Aug1-6, 2010
August 29, 9:36pm

All Reader Reviews by Frank Deland

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Gossamer Gear
Ditto. When something is not in stock when you first look, just put your name on the -e-mail-when in stock list and they will let you know. They quickly and without questions replaced items that...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 21, 3:36pm

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
Very comfortable and a pillow not needed. But, you are not supposed to blow this up by mouth because moisture will get into the fill. So, there is a blow-up bag arrangement that does work, but it is ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 12, 8:44pm

GoLite Ultralite poncho/tarp
This Golite gear is made of a rugged silnylon. It has snaps to help shorten its length when worn as a poncho. It is useful to run a guide line over the top of it between the supporting poles to help...

In Clothing - Raingear
September 30, 7:45pm

Ray-Way 3-person tarp and net tent
Att: Mrs. EW! You do not need all that extra weight of overhead netting, plus you will have even more room under your tarp without it. Just add several inches of netting along the side edges, and ma...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 08, 10:10am

Superfeet Performance Green
I do not think superfeet are supposed to prevent blisters, unless because they help correct the fit, they, by chance, correct an area that might otherwise chaffe your skin. Also, cut off about 1/8 in...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 04, 12:09pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
Note BD's final picture: the handles of the pot are directly over the opening that allows wood or fuel to be added to the stove when it is burning and the pot is ontop. When adding wood, I found ...

In Stoves - Other
March 30, 8:37pm

Montrail Vitesse
On my first pair, the coating wore off the toe top. The grey just pealed off leaving a white fabric. Also, the rubber on the front side separated from the side of the shoe. I repaired it with Shoe ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
January 05, 12:06pm

Merrell Mesa Ventilator II Cross-Training Shoes
Ditto. I am about to head to the REI nearest me where they are on sale for $57 (Jan. 5) It will be my second pair having switched over from the Montrial Vitesse (see above). I had avoided this shoe ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
January 05, 11:50am

Littlbug Wood Burning Stove Littlbug Junior
First, to find the website note that Little Bug is spelled with no "e". The efficiency of this stove amazed me. I have tried homemade versions of woodburners with little success, so I was ...

In Stoves - Other
December 12, 9:45am

Gossamer Gear Lightrek Plus Poles
Same as Phil Barton above. The tip broke off on the first day. I returned the pole, it was repaired at no cost and a spare basket and extra tip was also included. I had lost a basket as well as the...

In Trekking Poles
October 18, 2:18pm