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Re: Mini-bull beercan alcohol stove?
He does/did but a tea light stove is easy to make (instructions: turn candle upside down, dump out wax/wick) and is super cheap and uberlight. I was shocked at how well it worked the first time I...

In GEAR » Problems with Ultralight Outfitters Beercan Stove
January 28, 8:28pm

Re: E85 Stoves
I played with fuel blending a while ago. Fossil fuel has 2x the BTU/lb that denatured alcohol has, roughly, so I figured if I could "sneak" some fossil fuel in with the alcohol I might g...

In Make Your Own Gear » E85 Stoves
January 28, 8:18pm

Re: Problems with Ultralight Outfitters Beercan Stove
... this is my favorite rig. I have never had a problem with it. I use esbit and also a tea light tin (with alcohol) to cook with. Both work well.

In GEAR » Problems with Ultralight Outfitters Beercan Stove
January 28, 8:11pm

fat has 9 cals/gram and carbos and protein have 4 cals/gram so a block of solid fat is probably the way to go... have a good source of blubber?

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » 3000 Calorie Reserve Ideas?
January 23, 6:00pm

Re: MLD eVent mitts, any impressions yet?
I was considering these but decided to wait and now it's a classic case of "you snooze you lose" because you can't order them now. :)

In GEAR » MLD eVent mitts, any impressions yet?
January 20, 8:51pm

Re: Re: Tarp/Bivy advice needed.
Sometimes I pack just the tarp. Sometimes I pack just the bivy. Generally I pack both. Sometimes I pack neither! For me it just depends on the type of weather I am expecting. I guess my point ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Tarp/Bivy advice needed.
January 20, 8:39pm

Re: Re: Food intake for 20 hour days
I'll second the concept of "variety". Packing out uneaten food is a huge waste. A poor meal plan consisting of food that you can't get down your throat without gagging is a very...

In GEAR » Food intake for 20 hour days
January 20, 8:34pm

Re: Am I the only one that can't stand Backpacker magazine?
While taken as whole I personally find the magazine really pretty disappointing, every issue does seem to have something I pull out of it. It does make me wish the BPL magazine was monthly...

In GEAR » Backpacker's "Gear Guide" just out
January 20, 8:28pm

Re: Re: Re: Ultralight fire starter
A mini Bic lighter weighs .4 oz if I recall, so about the same as the little flint/steel combo.

In GEAR » Ultralight fire starter
January 20, 8:23pm

Re: Re: FS: WM Megalite Long Overfilled
I'll second that. The overstuff is for sure the way to go. This is the sleeping bag that changed my life! OK, that's a tad dramatic but I do love the thing.

In Gear Swap » FS: WM Megalite Long Overfilled
January 20, 8:16pm

All Reader Reviews by James Pitts

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Pro-Tick Remedy Pro-Tick
I am so glad someone posted a review of this gizmo. First let me say that you can remove a tick with a pair of tweezers. The Pro-Tick Remedy tool is not multi-use like tweezers. That said, it w...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
May 26, 11:18am

Repel Lemon Euculyptus Insect Spray
I am a huge fan of 3M Ultrathon largely because the stuff works REALLY WELL... for what I use it for. So this is sort of my "gold standard"... encapsulated DEET lotion. That said, differ...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 26, 10:24am

Mountainsmith Wisp
I forget when I bought this. It was on an uber-closeout type deal. This sleeping bag is not made anymore. The facts: - 750+ fill down - Size Long (6' 6") Weight: Says 24 oz, 23 oz in ...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
January 08, 9:27pm

Marmot Atom
Let's get down to the facts: - Temp rating: 40 degrees - Size Long (6' 6") Weight: 20 oz on the box, 22 oz in my kitchen. - Shell: Pertex Quantum N-090 Ripstop - Lining: Pertex ...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
January 08, 9:14pm

Martin Backpacker Guitar
Now here is a review you don't see every day. This was a very thoughtful gift from my dear wife. I am an avid guitar player but leave my music at home when I hike because a flat-top 6-string ...

In Miscellaneous Products
January 08, 8:54pm

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
What's with people that review gear they have never owned nor tested in the field? This is a mystery to me. Anyway, on to the Jetboil. I bought this because... I had an REI dividend and the...

In Stoves - Canister
January 08, 7:58pm

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
This was my default insulating layer until I bought the MontBell Down Inner Jacket. This jacket is very warm, as is the vest. I prefer the older models (05 and later) to the newer ones. I recall ...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
January 08, 7:49pm

What is there to review? Be careful driving in the parking lot because people seem to switch off their brains when they walk about outside the store. Seriously, they take anything back and there a...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 08, 7:46pm

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
...and they really mean it. I have seen people hopelessly abuse the return policy but REI stands by it. The prices are fair, especially if you use an REI Gold Visa. The dividend makes for a nice gi...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 08, 7:43pm

Therm-A-Rest Lite Seat
Works great and is light but very comfortable. It takes quite a beating and will eventually get a hole in it. I have had to make two repairs to mine. I use it to extend my sleeping pad setup when I...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 08, 11:52am