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Dueter packs
I have an Act Lite 65+10. It's very comfortable with heavy weight. It has very durable fabric and side pockets, but the front stretch mesh pocket shows rock abrasion if you lean against t...

In GEAR » Which pack to buy today?
February 12, 5:29pm

big agnes
I've had good luck with the BA insulated air core for scouts. It had sturdy enough fabric that tent mates are unlikely to damage it by walking on it... Its also very comfy and only $70 at REI w...

In GEAR » Lightweight pad recomendations
February 06, 2:56pm

Columbia Booney
I like the mesh sided Columbia Booney better than baseball style runners hats. No sun gets into the corners of your eyes. It's 4" brim provides so much shade it feels 5 degrees cooler th...

In GEAR » a good sun hat?
February 05, 6:35pm

Dynema Ripstop
I personally think the ripstop looks WAY cooler - but I have a non-ripstop ”packcloth” pack from the 1970's with no rips and only a few small spots of wear through where there was something...

In Editor's Roundtable » Cottage Stagnation and Recent Gems
January 02, 5:32pm

Dueter packs
My family tried on several packs at REI. My wife and kids strongly preferred the comfort of the Deuter (Act Lite) over the Osprey and Sierra Designs. I was neutral between the Deuter and Osprey, b...

In GEAR » Need input on choosing a new pack
January 02, 11:03am

Adjustable Torso
I like adjustable torso packs, since it allows me to fine tune the adjustment to account for different clothing in different seasons (ie: T-shirt only vs fleece + rain shell). However, I ONLY ...

In GEAR » Fixed Torso vs. Adjustable Torso
December 30, 6:25pm

Packs for Kids
I had a very hard time finding a pack to fit my son when he was about 10 years old and ready to carry all his stuff except tent and food. The biggest issue was finding a pack with a hip belt tha...

In GEAR » Kids BackPack recommendations
December 22, 4:39pm

Fire starting
I've heard that pregrating the MG causes it to oxidize and become less easy to light, and produce a smaller amount of flame once it lights. I've also heard that powdered magnesium oxidizes...

In GEAR » Help with a Mg firestarter
August 26, 4:58pm

Beginner UL
I'd get an REI Flash 50. I think 50L is the perfect "transitioning from traditional to UL backpacking" pack - since it forces you to bring less (much less if you were a bring 2 sets ...

In GEAR » Beginning UL'er, too early for a pack purchase?
August 26, 4:49pm

3 season bag
My experience is that the down bags are pretty close to their rated temps. BUT, the rating is based on sleeping in a base layer top, bottom, socks, and a knit hat. So, I'm comfy at 20 degrees...

In GEAR » Is a 15 degree bag too warm for me?
August 22, 5:58pm

All Reader Reviews by John G

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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