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re Recommendation for some trail runners
Check New Balance website. If you click around through their trail runners, you'll notice some links to their lasts - the model the shoe is made from. If you know what shape your foot is, or ho...

In GEAR » Recommendation for some trail runners
December 23, 11:40pm

Re: Re: fire
David and Ian have it right: in the rain, the fire needs to be big, and you need to put put more wet wood behind and beside the fire to start drying early. "Behind" is as much for reflect...

In GEAR » A 3.4oz fire starting insurance policy
December 18, 12:41pm

re: A 3.4oz fire starting insurance policy
" a certain point your hands start shaking and your motor skills go out the window ... think "polar bear" swim but rather than having a warm blanket and hot chocolate after, you ...

In GEAR » A 3.4oz fire starting insurance policy
December 18, 9:49am

re:Re: Looking for backpackers in or near Los Angeles county
"There are many of us in the area, though we are nice people, we might come across as loner anti-social jerks, because we like solitude, and as mentioned in previous threads we don't trust...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Looking for backpackers in or near Los Angeles county
December 16, 11:57am

No, flu-flus wouldn't work with that rest, for sure! Better just stick with blunts screwed onto your arrow! Bet back in the day, there was a flu-flu that just used a ton of regular vanes, li...

In Other Activities » Any bowhunters here?
December 10, 3:38pm

re: blunts, etc.
Wow, David, you must be a smart guy! I never did figure out the "line up the grouse with the tree trunk" thing - could have saved a few arrows that way! Flu-flu fletching is interestin...

In Other Activities » Any bowhunters here?
December 10, 2:27pm

Bows and backpacking lightly
I haven't done any hunting in SoCal - seems like the back country is too impacted as it is, but long ago and far away, I was a bow hunter. Compounds can be fairly heavy from a UL standpoint...

In Other Activities » Any bowhunters here?
December 10, 10:38am

Re: Which Pencil for the JMT?
The book is humorous in a very dry, subdued way. If you brought all his suggested tools for sharpening your pencil while on the JMT, it would certainly not be lightweight!

In GEAR » Which Pencil for the JMT?
December 05, 8:11pm

Stanislaus yours
Nice! That's a beautiful area there. Always enjoyable to scout out the trails off your property. Any idea if some of those link up with longer trails, maybe up into the higher Sierras?

In Post-Trip Reports » Stanislaus mine
December 05, 1:13pm

Re: oil on water calories
"oil is good to have for extra calories anyway, so it's no net extra weight at all." Maybe, maybe not. If the oil is absorbed into the cooked food, yes. Or if the hiker drinks the ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Cooking Efficiency: Leave the lid at home, bring oil
December 05, 1:10pm

All Reader Reviews by Stephen Barber

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SmarTube Drinking System for Bottles
Since having a hydration bladder spring a leak inside my pack, I have avoided all such bladders. I stuck to simple water bottles until a couple of years ago when I ran across the SmarTube - a drinking...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
May 13, 1:33pm

ZPacks Sleeping Bag 40* and 20*
This is the side sleepers dream bag! The bags are filled with 900 fill power goose down, outer shell is green .95 oz/sq yd Pertex Quantum ripstop nylon, and the liner is black .67 oz/sq yd nylon. ...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
July 25, 9:25pm

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad
Upon receipt of the pad, I inflated it to sleeping firmness, and stood it up against the bookcase. An hour later it looked rather soft; three hours later it was in a pile on the floor. Brand new, and ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 24, 11:49pm

Lawson Equipment Customer Service
I've purchased from Lawson on several different occasions. I've always gotten excellent service, fast shipping (especially considering I live clear across the country!), and good interaction v...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 20, 11:47am

ULA Catalyst
I've spent the last two years trying to find a pack that is both light and comfortable, ie, transfers weight to the hip bones well. To date, i had found packs that were only one but not the other ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
June 04, 8:11pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
I was able to pick up a Bushbuddy Ti used, and can't imagine why anyone would want to get rid of one! I used it repeatedly this summer and have been absolutely delighted with it! It is probably...

In Stoves - Other
August 18, 11:59am