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Rick Dreher (halfturbo) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Northernish California
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Upcoming Headlamp Reviews
Thanks for your kind comments, dellrazor. The Eos was the perfect subject for an in-depth review because it does so many things well, at a very competitive price. We're testing the Zenix IQ at p...

In GEAR » EOS Review
March 03, 2:07pm

Hammock insulation
Ow, not the best introduction to hammocking in cooler weather! I've found a reasonable interim solution: a 75x24-inch foam pad that I've trimmed down some. It's light (about 10 oz) but really bu...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Looking for light solo tent: your help needed
March 01, 2:05pm

Primus 2202 fuel mix
Primus says 60% butane, 25% propane and 15% isobutane. This is the highest propane fraction I can recall seeing among the many brands. Whether it performs better than a brand that dispenses with bu...

In Editor's Roundtable » What kind of stove do YOU use for lightweight backpacking?
February 17, 5:45pm

Heat exchanger efficacy
Okay somebody, grind the fins off the bottom of your Jetboil pot and give us heat and fuel use numbers in comparison with it intact :-)

In Editor's Roundtable » What kind of stove do YOU use for lightweight backpacking?
February 17, 5:38pm

What they're up against
I found a summary of the Canadian hazardous products (tent) regulations: Goretex tents were pretty common until the current fire-retardan...

In GEAR » ID eVent tents pulled from the market!?
February 17, 5:29pm

Vapor vs. liquid feed
Senior or seniorita mous may not know or care that the Max cartridges as used in the Simmerlight-Xtreme comparison, feed liquid fuel to a generator tube, and can equal any WG or kerosene stove in p...

In Editor's Roundtable » What kind of stove do YOU use for lightweight backpacking?
February 12, 10:34am

Cartridge stove
I generally carry a compact cartridge stove (Primus titanium) because it meets my need for simplicity, ease of use, flexibility, size and weight. I seldom simply boil-and-pour, so only occasionally...

In Editor's Roundtable » What kind of stove do YOU use for lightweight backpacking?
February 10, 2:20pm

Great article
Very nice work and writeup, Roger. I love the slow-burn comparision--first time I've seen that ever! I'd like to add a couple of points, since I also have both stoves: * The Powermax cartridg...

In GEAR » MSR Simmerlite vs. Coleman Xtreme
February 10, 2:03pm

Top three--based on use
-Hennessy Hammock (original Ultralight) -Primus Titanium stove model ULT2 3274 -Miox

In GEAR » Favorite Three Pieces of Gear Used in 2004?
February 06, 12:05pm

Fabrics technology 201
Wow, the graduate-level rundown on fabrics. This is going to take some time to digest. There's a sizeable group of folks who distain "Patagucci" for their prices/popularity/image and for attract...

In GEAR » Patagonia Specter and Montane 180 when
February 03, 11:36am

All Reader Reviews by Rick Dreher

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Mountain Gear
I've placed a few orders with Mountain Gear, going as far back as when they were based in Idaho, and they've responded flawlessly each time. I admire the breadth and high quality of their sele...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 15, 2:03pm
I have to put in a plug for these folks, with whom I've shopped on line and over the phone, and who also have a store in soggy Eugene, Oregon. They have a great backpacking and climbing selection f...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 20, 6:47pm

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
As another Seattle kid who loved few things more than pilgrammages to the Capitol Hill store, I still associate the smell of cresote with hiking gear. It's hard to imagine backpacking without REI. ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 20, 6:22pm

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
I upgraded to the Micro Puff pullover after several seasons with the old Puffball pullover. Lighter, warmer, stuffs smaller--the Micro Puff is an all-around improvement to what was already a fine garm...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
November 12, 12:53pm

MSR Titan Kettle
Noting the shape isn't the most efficient for squeezing every btu from the stove, the MSR kettle remains a very good single-pot option. It packs nicely, works well with small to medium stoves, pours w...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 15, 12:17pm

MSR SimmerLite
I find the Whisperlite to be MSR's easiest liquid stove to use, and certainly the nicest to lug, bulk and weight-wise. Simmering performance is best with a light touch on the fuel pump--try using l...

In Stoves - White Gas
December 20, 11:46am

Golite Hex 3
I've used a Hex 2, the 3's somewhat smaller brother, with good success for a few seasons. The quarters are a little snug for six-footers, but it's a minor concern. My main complaint is that the ventil...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 28, 8:43pm