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Re: Sawyer Squeeze question
Filling the dirty bag is pretty easy. Obviously if you find running water, then nothing else is needed. For a lake, a plastic bag will work. Some folks use a cup or bowl that they might use for din...

In GEAR » Sawyer Squeeze question
October 31, 11:46am

Re: Re: Re: Some clarity...
Like I said, bike shoe covers are specifically designed for this. Not to cover boots, of course, but to cover bike shoes. Bike shoes and trail runners are quite similar. The only difference is that...

In GEAR » Suggestions for UL Waterproof Gaitors?
October 31, 10:54am

Re: Suggestions for UL Waterproof Gaitors?
There are plenty of good gators out there, but I don't think they will keep your feet waterproof, unless most of your shoe is waterproof. They will cover your ankles and much of the boot, thoug...

In GEAR » Suggestions for UL Waterproof Gaitors?
October 30, 8:39pm

Re: Sawyer Squeeze question
Sounds like a good plan. Here are a few suggestions: There is a weight penalty with the Big Zips over a regular Platypus or Sawyer Bag. I think the Sawyer bladder is lightest, but not very durab...

In GEAR » Sawyer Squeeze question
October 30, 8:27pm

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

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