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Altaplex – zpacks now has the ultimate tent
As some suggested, an adequate tent should have far less than ten stakes, more coverage under the awning, and vents to help with condensation when the tent must be buttoned up, assuming this one ca...

In GEAR » Altaplex – zpacks now has the ultimate tent
November 23, 8:40pm

Re: leather treatments on hybrid leather/GoreTex boots?
In a warm but well ventilated place, I apply two coats of Limmer boot grease (they still call it grease but it's no longer greasy) to the leather surfaces with an old toothbrush. After it'...

In GEAR » leather treatments on hybrid leather/GoreTex boots?
November 19, 7:38pm

"The only problem has been a lack of air flow from the foot area."
One approach is to have a small hoop or trapezoid-shaped wicket at the foot end with a small awning leading from it, as on the back end of a classic Stephenson's Warmlite 2 person tent. The ad...

In Make Your Own Gear » What to do with 4 ounces of .51 Cuben...MYOG Tarp
November 14, 6:53pm

Can I Cook in My Tent?
Roger, In my early forays northward into Canada, there was always bottled ethyl alcohol, so labeled, for sale in the liquor stores. Never checked the proof, because I liked the taste of 151 proof...

In Editor's Roundtable » Can I Cook in my Tent?
November 13, 7:24pm

Re: No more plastic...
There are lots of different plastics. Changed to an opaque polycarbonate a while back to cut weight. Haven't noticed any funny tastes.

In GEAR » No more plastic...
November 13, 6:03pm

Re: Re: Is there a spreadsheet for tents out there?
Backpacker no longer publishes their speadsheets in the magazine; however they have still been available on line in the past, and it might be worth contacting them. Assume you are familiar with the...

In GEAR » Is there a spreadsheet for tents out there?
November 13, 5:55pm

Source for 210D Dyneema X Gridstop
Dan McHale of McHale Packs sold me some in 2012. At the time he had several weights and coatings. He was at He might be helpful.

In Make Your Own Gear » Best Source for 210D Dyneema X Gridstop?
November 09, 8:19pm

Pad Help - Uncomfortable nights
I'm another one who can't stand the inflatable chamber pads. Even the Therm-A-Rest partially foam filled ones are uncomfortable for the same reason; namely, they feel like just another air...

In GEAR » Pad Help - Uncomfortable nights
November 04, 8:01pm

Rapid Series Tents
I think you are asking the right question: How to design a FS tent to go from on the ground to erected in one quick motion, that being by far the easiest way to pitch any tent in severe wind. Ther...

In Make Your Own Gear » Rapid Series Tents
November 03, 11:15pm

Aarn Hipbelt
Thanks, Christopher*, for pointing out the Aarn hip belt. Researched it a bit, and ordered one from Aarn USA. Really like my existing MYOG pack, and if the slippage can be prevented, no need to b...

In Make Your Own Gear » Grabbier fabric with DP/Xpac
October 31, 9:39pm

All Reader Reviews by Sam Farrington

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Marmot Rockstar Pant
These pants were purchased after trying a number of DWR, quick drying polyester and nylon products in search of lighter weight. However, all were very baggy, and none met the secondary goal of having ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
May 12, 10:51pm

Mont Bell Ultra-Light Spiral Down Hugger #3 Long
Bought this shortly after the BPL review came out. It was my first down bag since the 70's. The outstanding DWR treatment shown in the review persuaded me that a down bag might work for me agai...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
November 25, 8:09pm

Potable Aqua Iodine Drinking Water Germicidal Tablets
It is a good emergency item, because, as already pointed out, it takes up almost no weight or space. It addresses both the crypto and giardia if one waits the recommended times. Should the main wa...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
July 05, 11:13pm

Sealskinz Ultra Grip Black Glove
Tried them a few years ago for winter snowshoeing, which involved a lot of bushwacking. Clammy, wet, cold and eventually, frozen fingers. Just about anything else is better, even just leather. Am su...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 11:14pm

Montbell Super Stretch Down Hugger #3
Used the reg (not super) version of this bag for three weeks; one on Maine's Grafton Loop Trail in June at altitudes up to 3K', and two in Colorado's Rawahs in August at altitudes up to 12...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
January 06, 11:10pm

Cocoon UL 60 Hoody and Pant
I have not had any problems with the stitching, and have found the product to be reasonably warm for its very light weight. Pockets might have been nice for handwarming, but if it is really cold, I c...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
October 07, 12:06am

Lorpen Trekking Extreme Coolmax Socks
For anyone allergic to wool, or just looking for a fine coolmax sock, these are a good choice - 75% Coolmax, 15% Polyamide, 10% Lycra. Weight is 4.4 oz a pair in size Medium. They are a medium to he...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 25, 8:26pm

Remington RMHL2AAA-B
While I have always used hang lights in camp instead of headlamps, ordered this item because of Keith's excellent review. Was pleased to note that the beam was as bright and more even than the Ph...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 14, 8:34pm

MSR Mountain Safety Research HyperFlow microfilter
My understanding from this and other sites is that this filter is not effective after thawing once the element has been frozen. If this is not so, it would be helpful to have this corrected. Otherwi...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
March 01, 4:44pm

SnowPeak Gigapower LI
The only drawback for this stove was the lack of a windscreen, such that it did not perform efficiently in windy conditions. The manufacturer's screen sold separately is stainless steel, and on th...

In Stoves - Canister
November 15, 12:39am