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My question this time is: we have a shakedown this weekend. I want to show them how the sump works but I don't really understand it completely. I would imagine you are supposed to strain any ex...

In Philmont » Cooking Systems
June 24, 8:10pm

Re: Squall 2
I don't see what good the mosquito netting would do without a floor. I've had excellent protection from flying insects in MN/WI peak insect seasons with floorless models of the Squall (o...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Squall 2
June 22, 7:00am

A modest proposal
A plea to make our forum postings more useful .... Here at BPL (most other forums too), we'll see a lot of postings for "Is ____ suitable for 3 season use?", "Comment on my w...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » A modest proposal
June 21, 7:05am

Re: Yellowstone in Winter: An Igloo Traverse in America's Oldest National Park
Chris, Ryan J or anyone else who might have winter Yellowstone experience. I have a friend who's MN camping season started in October and ended in April ... he refuses to tolerate perspirat...

In Editor's Roundtable » Yellowstone in Winter: An Igloo Traverse in America's Oldest National Park
June 20, 5:39pm

Re: Silnylon as footprint?
The aforementioned polycro is lighter, but more expensive. If you buy your polycryo as window insulation at a hardware store, it will cost less than silnylon (maybe not if you can find silnylon ...

In GEAR » Tent footprint - help me choose one
June 20, 10:27am

Re: Silnylon as footprint?
I wouldn't bother with it but if you MUST have a footprint under your tent, use non-waterproof fabric that does not absorb much water (light wt polyester is better for that but nylon will work)...

In GEAR » Tent footprint - help me choose one
June 20, 10:18am

Re: vapor trail collar shortening
Dave, I agree, long extension collars are a bother. I use a Virga but I haven't bothered to shorten it ... yet. I suspect that GG thinks it'll be easier to sell to folks transitioning ...

In GEAR » ATTN Karl Keating? Vapor Trail extension collar.
June 20, 7:51am

Re: Rigging a tarp - question
Alvie, Don't worry about the POSSIBILITY of tearing out a grommet. If you use the tarp in the wind it is a CERTAINTY unless the grommet was installed by a good sail maker. Webbing loops ...

In GEAR » Rigging a tarp - question
June 18, 5:48am

Re: 2.5 Gallon Water Containers
We went over Phillips but did not camp there. I'd have felt comfortable camping on Phillips with 4.5 liters each if eating the wet meal at the previous water source. But everywhere we went we...

In Philmont » Philmont Checklist
June 16, 1:23pm

Re: The actual capacity of a Mariposa pack.
Wax, This link at McHale Packs has an explanation why HeightxWidthxDepth is not a particularily accurate estimate of pack volume. The "Do this fun experiment:" section at the end is a...

In Editor's Roundtable » Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus Backpack REVIEW
June 16, 12:55pm

All Reader Reviews by Jim Colten

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My entry into the world of tarping was with Hernry's orginal squall. Later that year the Cloudburst was introduced. I contacted him about an idea of converting my squall to use an arched front p...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 30, 11:04am
1) good products 2) friendly and useful help before ans after sale 3) great customer service I'd rate Thru-Hiker a 6 if that was an option

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 01, 8:10am

Minibull Designs Pocket Puck
Hector, I had similar experience .... but only the first time I lit it. Since then I've been giving the pocket puck about 15-30 seconds more warmup time and it has always stayed lit. There is a...

In Stoves - Alcohol
October 16, 6:04am