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Re: Border Route Trail MN
The Border Route was part of Andrew Skurka's "Ultralight in the Nation's Icebox" trek last January. (listen to podcasts here at BPL) IIRC, he reported a single day on the Border...

In Post-Trip Reports » Border Route Trail MN
August 22, 12:00pm

Cloudburst 2 roominess?
Some things to understand when reading TarpTent specs (I'm pretty sure I have this correct, you could confirm with a phone call or web contact): The published widths are from one edge of the...

In GEAR » Cloudburst 2... pros and cons...
August 22, 7:42am

Re: Cloudburst 2... pros and cons...
I have an original Cloudburst, lke it a LOT and normally endorse Henry's products without question but have learned to ask ... In what kind of conditions would you be using it? Also, if you ...

In GEAR » Cloudburst 2... pros and cons...
August 21, 2:44pm

Re: Tarp System wt.= 1P tent?
Brett, To start with, a poncho tarp can be dual use. If it suffices as raingear for you (does for me) then you might want to add dedicated raingear wt. to your tent weight in this comparison. ...

In GEAR » Poncho Tarps List
August 21, 3:44am

crocs and other camp shoe alternatives
My feet perspire enough that I classify camp shoes as a necessity rather than a luxury. YMMV I used Crocs knockoffs (Airwalks) at Philmont for the last half of July and they worked well. I'...

In GEAR » Camp shoes?
August 20, 9:53am

Re: 1st or 2nd -
Seconds .... unless I need a color that is only available in firsts (as when I wanted a blaze orange pack cover)

In Make Your Own Gear » Thru-Hiker's fabric choices... help!
August 18, 10:59am

Re: 1st and 2nd quality...
Silnylon is made for the parachute and hot air balloon markets and the standards for firsts are very high, including not having too much coating. I have used Thru-Hiker's silnylon seconds fo...

In Make Your Own Gear » Thru-Hiker's fabric choices... help!
August 17, 5:57pm

Re: taking it all in
One more thing. Since nylon expands when it gets damp, it can be tricky keeping a taught pitch in wetting conditions ... requiring adjustments to maintain interior volume and clearances ... true o...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Need advice -- WA Olympic coast in October
August 17, 10:47am

Re: Either one.
To all: so how cheap are those Silnylon ponchos you're talking about and who makes them? here's one:

In Gear Lists » Where would you spend your money?
August 13, 7:46am

golite shelters
That is quite a selection of shelters. Looks like they are re-investing the $$ from sale of their brand name, very good. I'm not so sure about the claim of “world's first free-standin...

In Editor's Roundtable » GoLite's New Shelter Line for 2008 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
August 10, 7:47am

All Reader Reviews by Jim Colten

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My entry into the world of tarping was with Hernry's orginal squall. Later that year the Cloudburst was introduced. I contacted him about an idea of converting my squall to use an arched front p...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 30, 11:04am
1) good products 2) friendly and useful help before ans after sale 3) great customer service I'd rate Thru-Hiker a 6 if that was an option

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 01, 8:10am

Minibull Designs Pocket Puck
Hector, I had similar experience .... but only the first time I lit it. Since then I've been giving the pocket puck about 15-30 seconds more warmup time and it has always stayed lit. There is a...

In Stoves - Alcohol
October 16, 6:04am