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I think pretty much all shelters are designed to keep you dry in rain. Some do better in gale force blowing rain than other though.

In GEAR » Best tent for rain
November 17, 7:00am

I don't know the system, but I suspect that a traditional sleeping bag or quilt would be warmer per ounce for sleeping. I do use an "Exped Wallcreeper" sleeping bag at times, but ...

In GEAR » Wearable sleeping bag
November 12, 6:16pm

Re: "WTB: Mountain Laurel Designs Trailstar"
Regarding: "Ron sells one in an olive brown Stephen, that could be a vital asset in your next stealth backpacking trip." Except I already have 5 ultralight, stealth shelters. Some I&#...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Mountain Laurel Designs Trailstar
November 10, 7:51am

P. S.
I personally wouldn't go with a bright color. I often don't want to attract attention to my camp. There are too many times I may end up pitching it where camping may not be allowed.

In Gear Swap » WTB: Mountain Laurel Designs Trailstar
November 10, 7:08am

Kool Shelter
I always thought that was a way kool shelter design. No zipper makes it flexible and no fowled zipper in sandy areas. I have to many shelters though:-)

In Gear Swap » WTB: Mountain Laurel Designs Trailstar
November 10, 7:06am

My Experience
I had mine since like 2008. We sold it only because we wanted a side entry. It may seem like a stupid reason, but getting older means that we sometimes have to get up in the middle of the night a...

In GEAR » Rainshadow 2
November 03, 5:56pm

Good light all season
I have the previous version called the "Hut 1". It's pretty much the same without the top vents. I also have a GG "Spinnshelter", which is also very similar except made out ...

In GEAR » Just got a Golite Shangri-La 1
November 03, 7:32am

potassium chloride
Just don't overdo it, there is such a thing as too much potassium. To much salt can be bad, but too much potassium can be lethal.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Ramen Noodles
November 01, 5:59pm

Of course. Why didn't I think of that?

In Multiple Use Gear » insoles as fly swatters
November 01, 5:00pm

I think the Ion is too small for all that gear, unless you strap stuff to the outside, but the Ion has no straps. I can only use my ion for day hikes or very minimal summer one nighters, no kit...

In GEAR » Will my gear fit in the Golite Ion?
November 01, 10:37am

All Reader Reviews by Steven McAllister

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RailRiders Eco-Mesh Clothing
I wear both the shirt and the pants when sun and/or bugs are an issue. They are light, well ventilated and flexible. Mesh ventilated sleeves on the shirt protects arms from bug and sun. Loose fi...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
November 08, 5:25pm

Melanzana micro grid hoody
Grid fleece is more hydrophobic than standard fleece, but not quite as warm without a shell. Great for cool days. Put a wind shell over the top and you have a warm combination that breaths well and k...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
November 08, 4:53pm

Integral Designs Silcoat Cape
The biggest complaint that people seem to have about this cape is that it doesn't extend below the knees. I personally prefer this as it works better when hiking in rough terrain or when wearing ...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 08, 10:12am

Mountain Laurel Designs Monk Tarp Spinnaker
This makes a great summer or emergency ultralight shelter. Add a bivy and it could be used year round. I had problems with the durability of the spinnaker version. A couple tie-outs are starting to...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 10:00am

Six Moon Designs Serenity NetTent
Although most people use this combined with the Gatewood Cape, I have used it many times under an Oware Alphamid and I'm sure it would work great under many other pyramid shelters. It is lighter...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:50am

Equinox 8 X 10 silnylon tarp
Although it has grommets instead of tie-outs, the grommets are reinforced and can take abuse. It has mid-point tie-outs that help make it a more versatile shelter. A great step up from the stand...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:41am

Integral Designs Siltarp 2
A good all around tarp. It does not have any mid point tie-outs like Oware and others have. This limits your pitch options, but if all you use is an a-frame or flying diamond pich, this is perfe...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:28am

Oware Flat Tarp 2.5
You will not find a more flexible shelter. Square shape and multiple well placed tie-outs means more pitch options than most shelters. 9'x9' means big enough for a variety of conditions. ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:23am

Gossamer Gear Spinshelter
The GG Spinnshelter has much of the flexibility of a flat tarp, but easier pitch in a storm-proof mode. It sheds wind well and is fairly roomy when pitched high. You may not be able to fully sit ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
May 25, 9:48am

Gatorade Bottle
On problem with sports drink(Gatorade) bottles is that the cap is made out of a different more brittle material. I have experienced the caps breaking many times from being dropped when full of water. ...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
June 18, 5:24am