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My Locale Lake Tahoe
About Me Trail names that haven't stuck: Oprah, Sir Craps-a-Lot, Runaway Blouse, Bunefa, Steve, Big McLargeHuge, The Inedible Uncle Fabulous.

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All Forum Posts by Zack Karas

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Spinnaker waterproofness
I thought that spinnaker wasn't as waterproof? I notice that GG says they use a high thread count spinnaker--is this where the difference is?

In GEAR » GG Squall Classic
August 24, 11:32am

ion schmion
Jared, What brand and model of sewing machine do you use? I took my Ion apart like you did and have not been able to sew it back together as it seems my sewing machine doesn't have the stre...

In Make Your Own Gear » The Deionization of a Golite Ion Backpack
August 24, 11:29am

Honorable mentions
1. Dryheavogagger 2000--my first sawed off toothbrush. All dentists recommend almost vomiting after meals or at least twice a day. 2. Hiker kilt--air out the boys and make all people you meet...

In GEAR » You Tell Me...What is the Best Gear Ever???
August 22, 8:04pm

Pie Town
While doing the CDT, I stayed at the trail angel Nita's in Pie Town and she had a photo album of everyone who has visited her. There were several photos of people doing that race. did you mee...

In Other Activities » Christopher Plesko's record
August 21, 5:41pm

I misinterpreted what you wrote. What kind of glue did you use?

In GEAR » groundcloth
August 21, 5:13pm

I was thinking you were using this as your only floor--seems a little redundant/overkill and heavy with the bathtub floor of the TT. I've recently starting sleeping under an Oware pyramid ...

In GEAR » groundcloth
August 21, 5:07pm

Making an impression
You sound like my parents! Growing up in Colorado, whenever my folks had free time we all went camping. I always had chores to do, even while camping, so I wasn't all too thrilled about it (I...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yes, my son has seen the light
August 21, 4:48pm

groundcloth hybrid
Interesting idea. Questions: --which fabric are you putting on the ground side (I'm assuming tyvek)? --what is the finished weight and dimensions?

In GEAR » groundcloth
August 21, 4:37pm

Craig said it
+1 Craig. I agree with you 100% on your views of this post and your gear. I have a question for you--your posted gear list is for how many days out? I carry a similar set-up for 1-3 days out and...

In GEAR » Backpacking Weight Ranks
August 20, 5:46pm

I feel scared
The guy with the hat (Franco?) looks like he is stealing my soul with his eyes:)

In Post-Trip Reports » Petras, Franco, and Louis- PCT hike
August 20, 12:57pm

All Reader Reviews by Zack Karas

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Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
As many previous reviewers have noted, this light stove works well and supports my ti pot well. I only use this in lower elevations and warmer weather, but that is due to esbit not the stove. I ...

In Stoves - Other
September 15, 12:36pm

Therm-A-Rest Ridgerest
I buy a size regular and cut it into two 30" long sections and I believe they weigh 5oz. One pad will last me for about 1200 miles before I replace it--though the replaced pad still has life lef...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
September 15, 12:33pm

Bibler Eldorado
I have only used it around 14 or so nights since then (only use it in more rugged and windy environments when snow is a possibility). My wife and I used it for our 10-day Tibet trek and it perfor...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
September 09, 4:47pm

BPL Blow-Up Pillow
I had high hopes for this pillow--the single baffle version. I have found that I have to inflate it very little to avoid my head rolling all over the place. So, in order for this pillow to keep my h...

In Miscellaneous Products
September 09, 4:36pm

Adidas Supernova Trail 5
After having foot problems, I went to a podiatrist and had custom orthotics made. The Dr. also recommended these shoes and to replace all shoes every 300-500 miles. Since using these, I have had z...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 09, 4:04pm

Red Ledge Thunderlight pants
I'm surprised that more people don't use and/or know about these. My pants weigh 6.5oz size medium and fit over my shoes. They have button snaps at the ankle to allow for 2 different sizes b...

In Clothing - Raingear
September 09, 4:00pm

Brasslite Turbo II-D
Purchased in 2004, used for around 6000 trail miles. Weighs 2.5oz, so there are lighter alternatives out there, but for the slimmer sleeve I feel it is worth it as it allows a broader trail diet. ...

In Stoves - Alcohol
September 08, 10:15am

Western Mountaineering Pod 30
Purchased in 2005, used for entire CDT, 10-day Tibet trek, Iceland thruhike, 6 months hiking in NZ, plus about another 1000 or so miles. Weighs 17 oz after cutting off pad sleeve. Only downsid...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
September 08, 10:12am

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 3
I recently purchased this for a thruhike of Iceland based on its' weight. It performed well, but let me explain... The foot-end of the tent is lower than the head-end, plus the vestibules are ...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 08, 10:06am

Dirty Girl Gaiters
These would be a 5 if the supplied adhesive strip resisting peeling after very wet days. Superglue was the answer and has held the velcro down wonderfully. Very breathable (and I'm a sweater...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 08, 9:59am