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Diane Pinkers (dipink) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Western Washington
About Me I started backpacking again in 2008, after a long hiatus---I haven't been since I was a kid. Loving learning about a different way to hike---backpacking was no fun when I was a teen-ager, stuff was too heavy! Completed my dream of hiking the Wonderland Trail in 2010, now onto more hikes in the Cascades and Olympics.

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velcro attachment sucks
I'd love to use the Dirty Girl gaiters just for the funk factor, but I just could not get the Velcro patch to stay glued to my shoes. The Montbell gaiters have been fantastic. I thought the...

In GEAR » gaiters
February 02, 5:22pm

check out this blog
I use Ex Officio too, but would NOT count on them for stink control. I'd use merino, but the only ones I have seen so far do not come large enough--XL is not size 14-16! Here is a blog from...

In GEAR » Alright LADIES...let's talk panties...
February 01, 12:42pm

limiting miles
It would make sense to build up to big miles in the beginning, especially if you haven't had a chance to put many miles on your feet right before setting off. Folks talk about having to do 20 ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Shoes for Pacific Crest Trail
January 31, 6:45am

Dash rain fly
I'm a little dubious about the Dash's rain fly. It is not full coverage, which may fly in the Rockies, but in the PNW, I'd be concerned that things might leak. I have a Quarterdome T2...

In GEAR » New REI Quarter Dome Tents
January 29, 1:29pm

love it
I have transitioned to hiking in a skirt--and I HATE skirts for every-day wear. However, the improved air circulation leads to greater comfort when used on long hikes, and in the PNW, where stuff ...

In GEAR » women wearing skirts
January 25, 9:17am

Thanks, Steven
Thank you for your commentary on use of language, Steven. Folks use phrases without considering their origin or what they really mean, and have no idea how it colors their attitudes and perception...

In GEAR » Roll Your Own Toilet Paper
January 25, 9:04am

More fiber?
Maybe folks need to add more fiber to their backpacking diets?

In GEAR » Roll Your Own Toilet Paper
January 25, 9:01am

TNF Thermoball
Has anyone tried or have information on the new synthetic insulation from North Face that is supposed to perform like down? I'm curious how well it works.

January 25, 9:00am

Now I want some pancake ice! Beautiful!

In Editor's Roundtable » Into the Gray
January 22, 10:39pm

check out a bothy
This may not satisfy your criteria for compact or weight, but you can't beat how fast it is to deploy. Videos on youtube show folks in the UK using them with stoves inside for tea breaks. http...

In GEAR » Ultralight shelter options for cooking, resting, eating, or emergencies in a continuous rain environment.
January 09, 12:57pm

All Reader Reviews by Diane Pinkers

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Montbell Outpace Parka
The Outpace Parka is a decent jacket, but it has some design details that could be better. It sheds rain really well. It is pretty light and packable. Its breathability seems to be fairly good, alth...

In Clothing - Raingear
January 19, 11:54am