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The expeds are winners by far
Did not know if you had the reg or short, but either of them is better than my pads per my criteria... Exped Downmat 7 R-Value 5.9 Grams 790 Width 20 Length 70 Area ...

In Philosophy & Technique » My Sleeping Pads: Painful Comfort
February 20, 11:50am

will call them tomorrow
thanks - i will call owf tomorrow i'm getting 7 ft rei is .15/ft owf is .16/ft back to the mitts - i gave one of them a quick sink test and the water beaded off. does this indicate th...

In Make Your Own Gear » Where can I find 1/8 in shock cord
February 18, 6:02pm

excellent link - thanks!
Thanks for your great link - went right to it but the item is on backorder. But I started browsing around and see lots of stuff there. DIY is new area for me. Fortunately my wife used to sew...

In Make Your Own Gear » Where can I find 1/8 in shock cord
February 18, 3:08pm

Where can I find 1/8 in shock cord
Where can I find 1/8 in. shock cord? My wife and I are trying to finish up our first sewn gear project. We used the Controlled Exposure Shell Overmitts #75 pattern. We bought the pattern and ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Where can I find 1/8 in shock cord
February 18, 1:55pm

four times
It took me four tries, but I was able to make a fantastic stove. My first three attempts obviously did not have good seals and kinda worked. It was not clear to me until I tested #4 and saw the j...

In Make Your Own Gear » BPL MYOG Project: Open Jet Alcohol Stove
February 18, 7:57am

"You know how to tell a tough mosquito?" my uncle used to tell us, "You slap it, it slaps you back."

In Philosophy & Technique » Tarps and Bugs
February 16, 6:03pm

Glasses case
I have worn glasses for reading/computer for many years. However, I wear sunglasses (not prescription) during the day when I'm hiking. I only use my glasses when I'm reading maps or readin...

In Philosophy & Technique » Eyes on the Trail?
February 16, 5:32pm

Yellow Trail
Relying on Roach's Classic Commandment #10. You never pass up a chance to pee [for the weight reduction aspect of it]

In Philosophy & Technique » You know you are an ultralight backpacker if...
February 16, 5:13pm

My Sleeping Pads: Painful Comfort
Over my three years of backpacking, I've tried four sleeping pads. The purchase of my first sleeping pad received little thought because it was free when I bought my first sleeping bag. It w...

In Philosophy & Technique » My Sleeping Pads: Painful Comfort
February 16, 1:45pm

Re: Food drying
sarbar on your website you mentioned the Nesco dehydrator. How much time does it take to dehydrate foods with it? For example, does it take you a couple of hours per day for a couple of da...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Food drying
February 11, 7:41pm

All Reader Reviews by George Matthews

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Backpacking Light Thorofare Trekking Pant
Backpacking Light Thorofare Trekking Pant Size L (my scale 4.1 oz) I'm 5'11" and 185 lb Very comfortable fit for me. Snaps on pant bottom (two settings gives flexibility) The p...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
December 30, 4:28pm

Rocky Rocky GTX Socks
I use trailrunners (Inov8 Terrocs) and bought the Rocky GTX socks for cold, really messy weather. I gave them a few good tests this fall. I wore them over Smartwool socks (medium thickness). Fortun...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
December 30, 3:46pm

White Box Alcohol Stove
Got one in July for when I want to use alcohol stove for 2 - 3 hikers. Bought the combo from BPL Shop. T...

In Stoves - Alcohol
December 28, 12:21pm

Trail Designs Caldera Stove
Really nice system. All you need is the Mug. I usually boil 1.5 cups of water using about 3/4 oz (12 drams) or a bit less of denatured alcohol depending on the water's coldness. A secondary ben...

In Stoves - Alcohol
December 21, 1:14pm

Mountain Laurel Designs MLD 2Thirds XP Quilt
Per MLD: Shell Fabric: Momentum Mini Ripstop (Aegean Blue) Lining Fabric: Momentum Taffeta (Black) Insulation: ClimaShield XP 2.5oz/sq/yd 8.9 oz ClimaShield XP 2.5oz/sq/yd Top Width 43”, ...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
December 20, 4:36pm

Frogg Toggs Rain Suit
I know these have been around for a while, but I was itching to get something with the Print-Issue-RIP coupon. I tried them during a good rain on a cool day. They are comfy and kept me dry. Howe...

In Clothing - Raingear
December 20, 4:05pm

Backpacking Light Merino UL Pants
The pants are light and comfortable. I like to wear them under running shorts. I plan to integrate them into my clothing system for cool through cold weather. They were also nice under Precip pants...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
December 20, 3:59pm

FireLite Trapper's Mug
FireLite 475ml Titanium Trapper's Mug Trapper's Mug Absolute simplicity! ...

In Cookware - Titanium
December 20, 2:50pm

BPL Beartooth Merino Wool Hoody
The Backpacking Light Beartooth Merino Wool Hoody The need for a single, functional, highly versatile garment that minimized layering changes during the Arctic 1000 expedition inspired Ryan Jordan ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
December 06, 1:52pm

Liqumins Electrolyte Stamina Power Pak OrangeBlast
I picked up a box of Liqumins Electrolyte Stamina Power Pak (Orange Blast) at Vitamin Shoppe. The product claims: "feel the difference or your money back". I thought, why not try it. Typi...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
June 11, 6:14am