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Re: Windshirts -- Breathability vs. Wind Blocking
>For those who also have had different windshirts, please share your experience as well. If there is a trade off, how do you draw the line? My windshirt is a Montane Aero smock (no hood; XX...

In GEAR » Windshirts -- Breathability vs. Wind Blocking
March 10, 1:37pm

Re: Light sleeping bag/quilt for 10yo child
It's not the lightest, but the Mountain Hardwear Mountain Goat +20F (rated +25F; 34.4oz + 1.8oz stuff bag) is a sturdy bag. They also make a +40F version, which I wouldn't choose for the 3...

In GEAR » Light sleeping bag/quilt for 10yo child
March 09, 6:50pm

Re: Re: Re: Montrail Hardrock/Vitesse on wet rock
>Many thanks for the feedback; it seems I will have to acquire a pair of each. I realize now I didn't write anything comparing them. They weigh about the same (Hardrocks weigh 0.3 oz/pa...

In GEAR » Montrail Hardrock/Vitesse on wet rock
March 09, 2:49pm

Re: Re: pills.re: First Aid Kits ???
>And I question the value of epi as a true anaphylactic reaction likely will require many doses of epi What's annoying is that there are about ten doses in the Epipen, but you only get...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » First Aid Kits ???
March 08, 4:21pm

Re: Montrail Hardrock/Vitesse on wet rock
I wore my Hardrocks on the 93-mile Wonderland Trail (rock, scree, dirt) in five days of rain. (As of today, that link was last updated when we were on the trail. The next time it is updated there w...

In GEAR » Montrail Hardrock/Vitesse on wet rock
March 08, 1:37pm

Re: White Gas on the PCT?
> My concern had been finding an alcohol stove that would crank for two people, but am now reassured. If you want to make your own, the 0.5 oz Pepsi-G alcohol stove is easy to make and depe...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » White gas on the PCT?
March 08, 12:33pm

Re: MYO XP???
>One thing that should be considered is that the PT Apex performs better than the MYO using NiMH batteries because it is regulated. Also, there is a warning against using Lithium batteries ...

In Editor's Roundtable » STATE OF THE MARKET REPORT: LED Headlamps (2007)
March 07, 10:01am

Re: Re: Re: Hard Rocks and hard choices
>thats one problem with montrails, or actually a big plus if you have narrow feet. I have wide and flat feet and I've found Montrails to be the most comfortable ever. Their shoes with ...

In Gear Lists » buying a bigger shoes for PCT??
March 07, 9:36am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Alcohol Stove and My Burning Eyes?
>But at least now you know a bit more about (the potential dangers with) alcohol. You could also switch from denatured alcohol to ethyl alcohol, available in some liquor stores as Everclear...

In GEAR » Alcohol Stove and My Burning Eyes?
March 07, 9:28am

Re: Re: Re: Looking for the perfect daypack
>If you gut an REI flash they get down to 5-6oz or less and still have better shoulder straps than webbing. I've been plenty comfortable in mine at 12lbs loads. I've comfortably car...

In GEAR » Looking for the perfect daypack
March 06, 11:19pm

All Reader Reviews by Douglas Frick

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Petzl Zipka
I have the original 3-LED Zipka (1.9 oz with Lithium batteries). It is my regular headlamp (when there's little likelihood of hiking at night) and I always carry it with me on day hikes. It isn...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
February 07, 1:54pm

Lara Bars Cherry Pie
I grabbed a bunch of random non-Cliff bars at REI before a recent trip. A few of them were wretched, some just indifferent, and a few I thought would be worthwhile to remember for next time. And then ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
December 13, 1:03pm

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
The good points are: fast, fuel-efficient, easy, simple, and reliable boiling water. You can hold it in your hand while you boil water, if finding a place to set up a hot stove is a problem in your en...

In Stoves - Canister
January 06, 10:55am

BackpackingLight.com Premium Membership
I read all of the free articles, and after looking at the abstracts of the Premium articles, I immediately bought a membership. That was well worth it right there. I've also more than saved the price ...

In Books and Media
December 26, 10:01pm

Hiking Light Handbook by Karen Berger
This is a great intro to lightweight backpacking. She covers all of the major gear areas in an uncomplicated fashion, giving overviews of what, why and how to lighten up. The book includes strategies,...

In Books and Media
December 26, 9:56pm

Sunday Afternoon Adventure hat
I refer to it as my "ugly hat," but it's the one I always grab when it's sunny. I wear this hat in Hawaii, where hiking is hot and steamy. I just tighten the headband a bit (easily and securely adjust...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
December 23, 9:16pm

Brunton Helios "Stormproof" lighter
I don't have a Brunton Helios lighter, but unfortunately there isn't a way to comment without giving a rating. I do, however, have six butane 'windproof' lighters/torches: a Brunton Firelight, a Solo ...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 23, 8:27pm

Beyond Backpacking by Ray Jardine
This is a thick book with a lot of useful information. I found it inspiring, with a fairly well-balanced idea of hiking and camping with light gear. I've bought copies for friends, with the simple adm...

In Books and Media
November 25, 2:17pm

Superfeet Performance Green
I have flat feet after wearing rubber slippers in Hawaii for 15 years. When I got back into hiking I found I could only pack for a mile or two before my feet started screaming. Superfeet solved that p...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 25, 1:47pm