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Gordon Smith (swearingen) - BPL Lifetime Member

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An old school solution that still works wonderfully is an umbrella. Of course it's not helpful if conditions are windy, but more often than not one can hike far more comfortably using an umbrel...

In GEAR » Best Practices for Cool Damp Weather Dressing
December 23, 2:28am

I've been bike commuting at night for years and I've tried a number of lights with varying degrees of success. Last year I finally ponied up for an HID light and haven't looked back. I ...

In GEAR » How powerful a light for road biking/commuting?
December 04, 8:54pm

Petzl Tikka
I like my Petzl Tikka: It goes with me on winter dayhikes where I might get caught out after dark but it's a bit heavy for ba...

In GEAR » Headlamp help?
December 03, 6:00am

Wire saw
I carry a BCB wire saw and a Mora Clipper for this purpose. About 5 ozs total. The trick to the wire saw is to make a bow saw out of it first: G

In GEAR » ultralight wood cutting / chopping / splitting solutions?
November 25, 4:57am

TS1 Sharpness
My experience with the TS1 is that it's very sharp at the wide angle end. As you zoom to longer focal lengths the image does soften, but it's still reasonable for most purposes. Noise is re...

In GEAR » Ultralight camera
November 13, 12:18pm

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1
I think for backpacking a nearly perfect camera is the Panasonic DMC-TS1. It's 12 megapixels, has 4.6x optical zoom and shoots HD video. More importantly the camera is shockproof and it's c...

In GEAR » Ultralight camera
November 13, 1:53am

NF Diad
I've been very happy with my North Face Diad Jacket I got back in the spring. It's been on quite a few outings so far and has performed well. Haven't put it through its paces in a downp...

In GEAR » What is a good multiuse wind shirt/rain jacket ??
November 10, 8:31pm

Waffle and Crap
Jack writes: >>Waffle and crap? (<< OK, that's dam funny. I'm guessing Roger is using "waffle"...

In GEAR » How often does silnylon need to be recoated?
November 04, 1:03am

Garmin Rino
Another option for a good weather radio is a Garmin Rino 130. I have used this on my last couple of trips instead of the Sangean. It's three ounces heavier, but for that I get a mapping GPS AND...

In GEAR » AM/ FM Receiver
October 17, 9:51pm

One thing I've learned is to try to use the driest fuel possible. Wood that's in contact with the ground may feel dry but likely contains a fair bit of moisture. I try to find something lik...

In GEAR » Bushbuddy Wood Stove and Soot on the Pot
October 16, 6:58pm

All Reader Reviews by Gordon Smith

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Trail Designs Caldera ULC Cone for Snow Peak 600 mug
The Caldera ULC Cone is the compact version of the original Caldera Cone that Trail Designs has been making for several years. The great benefit of the ULC Cones is that they're designed to fit in...

In Stoves - Alcohol
March 05, 1:32am