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Bilgy Tent & modern spin-offs
Is there an advantage to sewing the bug net to the tarp 12-18" in from the edge ? Wouldn't sewing the bug net to the edge of the tarp eliminate a seam that could leak and create more elbow...

In GEAR » DIY Tarp Shape
June 24, 6:39pm

Basic pack needed
I'm looking for a basic pack for LW backpacking. Here's my criteria, in order of priority: 50-60 Liters capacity Wide & cushy hip belt & straps 3-4" of torso length adjus...

In GEAR » Basic pack needed
June 10, 9:04pm

1st Tarp for Couples
My advise is to get a 10x12 flat tarp in silnylon to start with if you know you'll have 2 people often, and you are a beginning tarp user. It's not that hard to pitch a flat tarp taugh...

In GEAR » Help me pick my first tarp
June 10, 8:26pm

Down bags
I think Down is significantly warmer (ie: true to it's temp rating, whereas synthetic is usually rated 10-15 degrees "optimistic"). However, down may be a problem on the east coast...

In GEAR » Down vs. synthetic sleeping bag
June 08, 8:54pm

Lightweight Synthetic 40-45 degree sleeping bag
Does anyone know of any lightweight synthetic 40-45 degree sleeping bags ? The REI Lumen is 37.5 oz on my scales. The Marmot Axiom has an advertised weight of 25 oz, but I'm concerned about t...

In GEAR » Lightweight Synthetic 45 degree sleeping bag
June 03, 7:29pm

Down bags
Here in Maryland, the spring weather is 90% humidity during the day with 4-6 hours of light rain most nights, and 20-25 degree temperature drops at night. As a result, I get condensation even unde...

In GEAR » The Pacific Northwest Gear Thread
June 03, 3:55pm

Need Grand Canyon Clothing Recommendations
I need some clothing recommendations for backpacking and hiking in the Grand Canyon in mid June for a week. In the hot & humid east coast, I typically wear a booney hat (3" brim, mesh s...

In GEAR » Need Grand Canyon Clothing Recommendations
May 31, 9:13am

Big Sky Order-fulfillment Times
Does anybody have any RECENT experience with how long it takes for Big Sky to ship a tent after an order is placed ? I've seen many forum posts from about 2 years ago saying that backorder tim...

In Editor's Roundtable » Big Sky International Evolution 2P Tent Review
May 24, 9:25pm

Re: Re: Single Skin Pyramid
I like floorless shelters and a seperate ground cloth myself. But it's because it's for the convenience. ie: It's often wet where I live, and I can take my rain gear and my muddy shoe...

In GEAR » Floorless Shelters and Creepie Crawlies
May 23, 8:06pm

Single Skin Pyramid
Order the Pyramid with 18" of mesh sown around the perimeter. Then, set it up with 9" of mesh lying on the ground - under your ground cloth. The overlap should discourage almost all the...

In GEAR » Floorless Shelters and Creepie Crawlies
May 23, 4:10pm

All Reader Reviews by John Gilbert

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Wenger Esquire
I was looking for something a little bigger than my Victorinox Classic (2.25") knife. The Wenger Esquire has essentially the same tools, but is 1/3 of an inch longer, about 3/32" wider and ...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 07, 7:05pm