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Re: Windshirt
I agree with most of the comments, especially Dan's. Here is my take on it: A windshirt is not necessary. I always carry the following while backpacking: 1) T-Shirt 2) Puffy Jacket (synt...

In GEAR » Windshirt question
October 29, 8:51am

Re: Mombasa Defender as a 7 oz tent, $26 at rei
Sounds good to me. I'm not sure I would call it a tent, though. Add a tarp and you've got yourself a tent (and a double walled one at that).

In GEAR » Mombasa Defender as a 7 oz tent, $26 at rei
October 17, 7:45pm

Re: Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum Tent Review
So, what is the rain fly made out of? What about the bug net? I assume most of the weight savings came from a lighter zipper, lighter bug net and lighter rain fly. If the bug net and rain fly are p...

In Editor's Roundtable » Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum Tent Review
October 17, 7:41pm

Re: x
I use a ground cloth, but I didn't make any reinforcements. I haven't had a chance to use the tent much. I only got out a couple times this year and both of those were short (two night) tri...

In GEAR » SMD Skyscape Trekker- your experience in winds
October 14, 4:31pm

Re: stakes
I had a Skyscape X out in really heavy winds and it did well. I didn't measure the wind velocity, but it was heavier than I usually experience (it was on a high pass). The key was to angle it i...

In GEAR » SMD Skyscape Trekker- your experience in winds
October 13, 7:35pm

Re: Re: Re: I've used Microspikes and Crampons off-snow
I think that is the one advantage of Yaktraks. Microspikes provide better traction, but Yaktraks are a bit easier to slip on and off.

In GEAR » Using microspikes outside of the snow?
October 12, 1:14pm

Re: I've used Microspikes and Crampons off-snow
Yeah, what Andres said. An ice axe is sometimes used on a dirty hillside for the same reason. In the gully of a moraine, it can be really difficult to get up the last few feet to the ridge. Rocks a...

In GEAR » Using microspikes outside of the snow?
October 12, 9:03am

Re: Re: LuminAid: 4.5 oz
Buying a scale is probably the best ultralight purchase you can make. Then start weighing everything. You will be surprised. Some stuff seems pretty heavy but isn't bad while other stuff is sur...

In GEAR » LuminAid solar charged, inflatable LED light
October 08, 10:29pm

Re: No flame
Different stove types have different advantages. An alcohol stove is the lightest (or has the potential to be the lightest). It also has the advantage of being able to match the exact amount of fue...

In GEAR » Flame on
October 08, 10:22pm

Re: size
I just want to add my 2 cents to this discussion. I agree with the points that were made about keeping the dimensions similar (if not identical) to your previous tents. If it works for your wife an...

In GEAR » The CAFFIN tents come!
October 07, 3:02pm

All Reader Reviews by Ross Bleakney

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Gossamer Gear
Another GG review, another five out of five. This time, I broke a pole section (the lower part, or tip). It was my fault (I stepped on it) and not the fault of the pole. A call to customer support (I&...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 25, 12:11pm

Ultrapod Mini
I am very happy with my Ultrapod Mini. It does what is supposed to do very well. You often have to be resourceful with it; but with a little imagination, you can take great pictures. For example, if y...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
July 04, 7:38pm

Pentax Optio WP
I very much like my Optio WPi (6 mp). I have found the waterproof feature to be of much greater value than I originally expected. For winter pictures, it is really handy to set up a picture and not wo...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
July 04, 7:13pm

Eureka Zues II Exo
I bought this tent a few years ago, before I knew about tarp tents. I have been happy with it, but it is a little smaller and heavier than a tarp tent. As a free standing tent, it is more round, which...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
August 14, 3:13pm