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All Forum Posts by Russell Swanson

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Re: bear hunter shoots hiker
In all my discussions with the many hunting enthusiasts I've talked to I have never managed to get a single one of them to admit that the real reason they hunt is because they like putting proj...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear Hunter Shoots Hiker in Washington State
August 13, 5:38pm

Re: Russell, save yourself $35
Rod, I have looked at (and tried n) the XA Comp 3's. I liked the fit, but there was one real difference in the construction of the shoes vs. the XA Pros. The XA Pros have a much wider heel-to...

In GEAR » Looking for lighter footwear options for 20-25 pound load
July 25, 7:09pm

Re: Salomons
I guess I should mention that I hike mostly on pretty similar trails to what you most likely see, Brad. I'm an east-coaster as well, so I'm usually on mixed dirt-and rock, AT type terrain....

In GEAR » Looking for lighter footwear options for 20-25 pound load
July 25, 4:05pm

Re: Salomons
Brad, I have used a few models, but over the past 2 years I've been wearing Salomon XA Pro 3D's, non-Goretex version. They've updated that model with the XA Pro 3D Ultra and I'v...

In GEAR » Looking for lighter footwear options for 20-25 pound load
July 25, 3:58pm

Re: Re: Re: got pics of your ULA circuit / catalyst?
HTMLman swoops to the rescue! Edit- oops, Ben it looks like the first two links for my pics have the same web address. No matter, the link to the main gallery has all the pics in it...

In GEAR » got pics of your ULA circuit / catalyst?
July 25, 2:59pm

Re: got pics of your ULA circuit / catalyst?
Ashley, Here is a link to a photo album with lots of pics of the ULA Circuit and the Conduit as well. No Catalyst packs but the photos might help you judge- http://outdoors.webshots.com/albu...

In GEAR » got pics of your ULA circuit / catalyst?
July 25, 11:53am

Re: Thinlight
Brett, If you're looking for additional padding, I'd probably suggest the 3/8". Cut to size to supplement the Nightlight, your probably only looking at a few ounces of additional w...

In GEAR » Any options beyond NIghtlight and Ridgerest?
July 25, 9:25am

Re: Re: Thinlight + Nightlight
I don't notice any difference...up or down. Usually lay the bumpy part face down, just out of habit I guess.

In GEAR » Any options beyond NIghtlight and Ridgerest?
July 24, 4:13pm

Salomon trailrunners
It's funny that Rod mentions Salomon shoes fit narrow feet best. Mine are on the wider side (especialy acrross my toes) and I get a superb fit from the Salomon last. I've seen this mentio...

In GEAR » Looking for lighter footwear options for 20-25 pound load
July 24, 12:03pm

Re: Re: Any options beyond NIghtlight and Ridgerest?
Eric, I do something similar when I'm on a longer trip (4 nights+). I use a GG nightlight and I am generally ok with the pad. I can get a few aches after consecutive usage of just this pad, ...

In GEAR » Any options beyond NIghtlight and Ridgerest?
July 24, 11:41am

All Reader Reviews by Russell Swanson

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Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
This is a little dated as the new Ether series has since replaced my POE pad but I still feel the review is relevant due as a statement about the company. First, the pad is comfortable, so I won'...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
September 29, 11:48pm

Pacific Outdoor Equipment Max Compact
I'll be posting a similar review under the POE Max Thermo regarding the quality of the pad. First, the pad is as comfortable as advertised, so I won't go into details about this. My comments ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
September 29, 11:41pm

Aloksak O.P 12.5 x 20"
I also had difficulties securing the seal on the on the OP Sak in both a Bear Vault and an Ursak (w/aluminum liner). The OP Sak is square and the bear containers are round. Perhaps a better design w...

In Miscellaneous Products
September 22, 9:42am

Patagonia Houdini Wind Jacket
I don't need to add to the comments about the jacket's usefulness and breathability. I practicaly live in mine on the trail. I'm dinging the perfect rating down to a 3/5 for two reasons;...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
May 03, 4:33pm

ULA Conduit
A lot of superlatives have been already said in the above reviews and I don't have a lot to add, other comments about the pad sleeve. It was clearly designed to accept self inflating 3/4 length p...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 11, 10:57am

REI Quarterdome
If you must have a double walled tent, this one is hard to beat. For the price, you're getting a great package. I've had the Quarter Dome for a few years now and it's been quite a serv...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
March 21, 5:18pm

ULA Equipment
Aside from Brian's phenomenal products (which are well documented), I recently had a great experience shopping with ULA. While researching a new pack purchase, Brian Frankle my emails to ULA Equi...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 14, 1:58pm

Western Mountaineering Ultralight Super
Ok, I'll admit that I'm posting this review just to see what it does to my BPL rating. Oh the vanity! I bought this bag sight unseen, based largely on Western Mountaineering’s reputation within th...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
November 30, 6:02pm