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In GEAR » Gossamer Gear Mariposa
August 18, 10:21am

Nunatak Ghost
I've got the Arc Ghost in microlight outer shell with the 0.85 inner. I had Tom trim the length of the bag to fit my 67" stature and it weighs in at 15.25 oz. Had the bag been offered in Quantu...

In GEAR » Help me configure my Nunatak bag!
August 18, 10:10am

Re: Gossamer Gear Mariposa
Had problems with velcro on some of my other gear (the male part would snag anything and everything). Solved it by replacing the velcro with omnitape. Softer to the touch, its probably an ideal s...

In GEAR » Gossamer Gear Mariposa
August 18, 10:01am

I took this pano last fall in Killarney Provincial Park. It was 7 km into a 100 km loop and we were doing the trail using "traditonal" equipment. I recall that total starting weight of my pack (w...

In Photo Gallery » Keepers.
August 18, 9:49am

My understanding is that epic is a silicon encapsulated polyester and that silicon treatment gives it more abrasion resistance/ tear strength. However, at 2.6 oz/ sq yrd its pretty heavy. I'm won...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polyester properties and tarping
August 17, 4:08pm

Polyester properties and tarping
Polyester appears to have two very desirable characteristics if used as a shelter fabric. 1) Hydrophobicity (compared to nylon) could make the gear easier to dry out in the morning or after rain...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polyester properties and tarping
August 17, 9:31am

Tyvek rockbag
For the PCT bear hanging method. cut a corner out of the old envelop, sew up one side, thread accessory cord around the perimeter of the hole. A cheap, light, and durable replacement to the roc...

In Make Your Own Gear » Good use for Tyvek from Post Office Envelopes?
August 17, 9:10am

Small volume packs vs mid-ultralight
I think it really depends on the application of the pack. Small volume packs with slightly heavier materials would be a benefit if your route takes you over rugged class 4 terrain where you need...

In Editor's Roundtable » Small Packs for Ultralight Backpacking
August 02, 10:21am

All Reader Reviews by John Chan

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Integral Designs Siltarp 2
This is now my preferred mode of tarping. After experimenting with cat-cut tarps, hammocks, tee-pee tarps, I have concluded that the most versatile configuration is the standard flat 8 x 10 silnylon ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 12, 9:41pm

Montbell Breeze Dry-Tec UL overbag (M)
I have used this bivy for 1 full season now. Compared to the BMW Vapor bivy this overbag has several plusses and minuses. The advantages 1. No stakeout points. This may seem counterintuitive, ...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
August 12, 9:33pm

MiniBullDesigns Trek 3
The MBD Trek 3 is the fully pressurized version of their original side-burner. There is no priming cup. You must add the denatured alcohol via small hole on top of the stove after unscrewing a wing-...

In Stoves - Alcohol
August 09, 7:11am

Vargo 1.3 L Titanium Pot
Very well made item. On the bottom of the pot it says "made in Japan" which from the dimensions, suggests that its an Evernew pot without the pot handles. I'm not sure how long the non-stick surface...

In Cookware - Titanium
August 09, 6:59am

Mountain Laurel Designs Prophet 25/30
Recieved my MLD Prophet 30 the other day. Its a pretty simple design but will probably do what I envisioned it to: carry a UL 3-day summer kit. I had Ron make some small modifications to my pack lik...

In Backpacks - Frameless
May 09, 9:17am

Nunatak Skaha Plus
Recently took delivery on my much anticipated Skaha Plus down sweater. Two long, anxious months from concept to delivery but boy, was it worth it. I had Tom build a sweater in Quantum shell/ 0.8...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
December 24, 7:53pm

Golite Hex 3
I recently applied UL philosophies to group camping so I replaced my MH Trango 2 tent with a Golite Hex 3. This week, I took the Hex 3 on a planned circumnavigation of the 100 km LaCloche Silhouette ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 26, 5:09pm

Princeton Tech Aurora
Probably the best overall LED headtorch on the market. Ample light, ample light settings, great battery longevity.

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
November 08, 1:13pm

MSR Titan Kettle
Great primary pot for 1 or 2 if you are going to boil water and add. I have even used it for cooking rice (you'll need a pot cozy). I gave it a 4 because of the flimsy handles but I guess for UL coo...

In Cookware - Titanium
November 08, 1:11pm

Montane Featherlite
I've been using the Montane Featherlite Smock as a replacement for a bulky hardshell and its worked great so far. The Pertex fabric with DWR really does well in light precipitation and even in the oc...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
November 08, 10:34am