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Re: More firm slpg pad
Have you tried Thermarest (or other) self inflatable pads? My wife didn't like the NeoAir, so she still uses her Thermarest ProLite.

In GEAR » More firm slpg pad
December 07, 7:02pm

Re: fleece pants
I bought a pair of fairly heavy full zip fleece pants which I use in the winter. I managed to find them on sale at a used outdoor clothing store. I love them. Because they are fleece, they breathe ...

In GEAR » fleece pants
November 26, 2:16pm

Re: crampons for non technical people - choices
I've used YakTrax and have been happy with them. My friends carry Microspikes, which obviously have better traction, but I've never felt like I needed them. I'm pretty snow savvy, thoug...

In GEAR » crampons for non technical people - choices
November 26, 2:06pm

Re: re: Wind Breaker that doubles as a Rain Coat?
I've used a Propore jacket/pants as a wind shirt and it worked fine. The biggest problem was that I used the Propore as a bug suit. For regular hiking, I usually hike in a T-Shirt, so I don'...

In GEAR » Wind Breaker that doubles as a Rain Coat?
November 25, 6:15pm

Re: re: F1s
I'll admit I've never skied with a Telemark boot (or a plastic boot that has a bellows). But from what I've seen, it seems like it has a distinct advantage over Randonee boots (which I ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Tools for Human Powered Oversnow Travel - State of the Market Report
November 23, 9:44am

Re: Comparison
Sounds like there might be some production problems with the Dri Ducks. My experience (with several pairs of both) are more like Mark's. In general though, anyone buying any Propore (made by an...

In GEAR » DriDucks vs. O2 gear
November 21, 4:42pm

Re: Tools for Human Powered Oversnow Travel - State of the Market Report
Excellent article. I would definitely recommend it for someone who is interested in snow travel, and hasn't done it before. Even some of those who obsess about winter sports can learn a thing o...

In Editor's Roundtable » Tools for Human Powered Oversnow Travel - State of the Market Report
November 14, 12:50pm

Re: Frogg toggs karta?
My guess is that it is relatively heavy. It makes sense for folks who love the price of Frogg Toggs, but not the durability and could care less about the weight.

In GEAR » Frogg toggs karta?
November 13, 2:41pm

Re: Cleaning the Sawyer Inline Filter- Draining Excess Water
I would imagine a blow drier might help as well.

In GEAR » Cleaning the Sawyer Inline Filter
November 13, 2:38pm

Re: Squeeze
The setup in Nico's picture looks just like mine. As he said, some Platypus bladders fit the threads, some don't. The ones that he shows (with squarish bottoms) seem to work fine (http://ww...

In GEAR » Sawyer Squeeze question
October 31, 1:04pm

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