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Tarps in Southeast
I used a tube tent, and hiked the AT and Shenandoahs in MD & VA - several sections 2-3 times. Never, ever had a problem. I like a tarp now - for the versatility (lunch breaks in the rain), an...

In GEAR » Tarps and . . . snakes? Please enlighten the noob
March 30, 6:32pm

The only thing I've ever needed pliers for was unjamb a zipper the kids forced (and forced some more...). I got by without it, but it was close, and I would consider carrying a 1.5 oz pair of ...

In GEAR » Do pliers belong in your kit?
March 15, 6:16pm

Packs for 11 Year Olds
My son has a 13.5" torso, 20.5" waist and carrys 15.5 lbs (including pack) when hiking in "self supported" mode. (For longer trips, I carry our shared shelter & kitchen to ...

In GEAR » Light Packs for 11-year-olds
March 14, 6:34pm

I've done a bunch of experimenting since I posted the original post. Here's what I found: The firesteels throw sparks roughly in proportion to their diameter - after the coating is worn...

In GEAR » Firesteel vs. Natural Tinder
March 12, 5:23am

Kids & Cold Weather backpacking
Here's what I found with my kids: They started with 20 deg SD synthetic (3D) bags. In our mesh inner, full fly (SD lightening) tent. They were too cold to sleep soundly (ie: drowsy 1/2 sle...

In GEAR » Need advice on sleep system for a family in the Peruvian Andes
March 11, 3:18pm

MD / N. VA sleeping bags / quilts
In central MD & Northern VA, and sleeping in a poly T-shirt & running shorts on a 1" Thermarest under a tarp with the wind-ward edge on the ground, or in a tent with full net inner (bo...

In GEAR » Live in the Mid-Atlantic? - What degree bags do you use most after winter?
March 07, 6:14pm

S Straps
The S-straps on my pack work as follows: They curve away from my neck (1st half of the S), which is probably mostly a benefit for large necked men, but are solving a problem that would not exist...

In GEAR » "J" vs "S" straps on ULA packs
March 04, 2:10pm

Evozote Pads
If I can't have both cushy and smooth - I'd rather have cushy. How do the cushiness of the thickest Pro Lite and Gossamer Gear pads compare to the Ridgerest ? Thanks.

In GEAR » Foam Pads
February 26, 4:33pm

Foam Pads
I have a 20 yr old CCF pad that I'd like to replace since it's gotten stiff with age. It's 3/4" thick, Has a cushier density the Ridgerest (or did, when it was new) Has smoot...

In GEAR » Foam Pads
February 26, 2:03pm

Pack for small physiques
My son is that size and carries 13.5 pounds of stuff in his pack. We tried many packs. The Granite Gear Vapor Trail short torso worked best for him. Very cushy belt, straps & backpad. The ba...

In GEAR » Best UL backpack for petite women? 4'7" 98lbs load of around 18 - 20lbs HELP!
February 18, 7:34pm

All Reader Reviews by John G

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Wenger Esquire
I was looking for something a little bigger than my Victorinox Classic (2.25") knife. The Wenger Esquire has essentially the same tools, but is 1/3 of an inch longer, about 3/32" wider and ...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 07, 7:05pm