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Flat Tarp
I almost always pitch my flat tarp as a A-frame. But, re-staking the corner lines takes the wrinkles out of the pitch, and prevents flapping. Using 2 stakes on the long side prevents flapping eve...

In GEAR » Caternary or Flat Tarp?
February 02, 4:30pm

Hipbelt
I also have a bad back - but find that using the hipbelt allows me to be much more comfortable at the end of the day. I think the slight bouncing up & down of the load on my shoulders irritate...

In GEAR » No Hipbelt
February 02, 4:15pm

Vapor Trail
I use a Vapor Trail, with similar gear to yours. I think the straps on the back of the pack are one of it's best features. You can strap your pad there to make room in the pack during shoulde...

In GEAR » Granite gear Vapor flash Vs. Meridian Vapor
February 02, 4:10pm

External Frame Packs
Also, try asking the local scout troops. Externals are often end up sitting in garages, after scouts get a "more modern / cooler looking" internal. BeAScout.org will locate the boysco...

In GEAR » Kelty Super Tioga
January 23, 9:56am

2 pads
The consensus from discussions last year was that foam on top was slightly warmer. This agrees with theory too. Thick air pads lose some heat due to convective currents inside the pad caused by a ...

In GEAR » Big Agnes Insulated Air Core
January 04, 6:11pm

Compacktor
Why not just add a small webbing strap across the bottom, with a buckle like the ones on the end of shoulder straps in the middle so you can synch the webbing tighter. Then you could vary the amou...

In GEAR » Emulating Golite Pack's "Compacktor" System
December 20, 4:29pm

Winter Layers
In 0-15 degree weather, while hiking, I wear a short sleeve poly t-shirt, 100 wt fleece shirt, a 200 wt vest, and a WPB shell. If the hiking gets hard, or I'm X-country skiing, then I take off...

In GEAR » Chilly Weather Moisture Management
December 20, 11:34am

Headlamp recommendations
I use the Petzl Tikka+ (4 leds, 3AAA batts). Low works great for reading, Medium works great for setting up the tent (can see enough of the ground to get good placement), and walking throu...

In GEAR » Thru-Hike Flashlight or Headlamp
December 07, 6:14pm

Re: Mora and Opinel Advise
For gift purposes, I'd steer toward the Clipper / Craftline (same knife, 2009 vs 2010 version) over the #1 or #2 since it's handle & sheath aren't cheap feeling. The Craftsman knif...

In GEAR » Mora Knives
December 07, 6:05pm

Marmot Sleeping Bag
The Marmot 650 fill down bags are really warm (and well constructed) for a budget bag. They take up a couple of more inches of room in your pack, but only weigh a few ounces more - many times for ...

In GEAR » Best Value: cold weather
December 04, 6:36pm

All Reader Reviews by John Gilbert

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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