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Bows and backpacking lightly
I haven't done any hunting in SoCal - seems like the back country is too impacted as it is, but long ago and far away, I was a bow hunter. Compounds can be fairly heavy from a UL standpoint...

In Other Activities » Any bowhunters here?
December 10, 10:38am

Re: Which Pencil for the JMT?
The book is humorous in a very dry, subdued way. If you brought all his suggested tools for sharpening your pencil while on the JMT, it would certainly not be lightweight!

In GEAR » Which Pencil for the JMT?
December 05, 8:11pm

Stanislaus yours
Nice! That's a beautiful area there. Always enjoyable to scout out the trails off your property. Any idea if some of those link up with longer trails, maybe up into the higher Sierras?

In Post-Trip Reports » Stanislaus mine
December 05, 1:13pm

Re: oil on water calories
"oil is good to have for extra calories anyway, so it's no net extra weight at all." Maybe, maybe not. If the oil is absorbed into the cooked food, yes. Or if the hiker drinks the ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Cooking Efficiency: Leave the lid at home, bring oil
December 05, 1:10pm

Compass suggestion
"- The compass is probably less than an ounce actually, has a thermometer which is good just so I can get some satisfaction out of knowing how bloody cold it got the night before, and I have h...

In Gear Lists » Gearing up for the Appalachian Trail next spring
December 05, 11:24am

Re: Cooking Efficiency: Leave the lid at home, bring oil
Interesting. The question is, would the energy saved in grams of fuel between the lid- and oil-topped boils be greater or less that the weight of the oil expended vs. the weight of the lid? ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Cooking Efficiency: Leave the lid at home, bring oil
December 04, 3:57pm

Re: Re: Choosing between a Golite Sl3, MLD Cuben Duomid and MLD Sil Trailstar
MLD Cuben Duomid - absolutely my favorite! Does a great job with wind, no leaks from MLD, lots of room as a solo, weighs 1 lb 8.9 oz complete: inner net tent, guys, stakes, stuff sack. About 2 oz l...

In GEAR » Choosing between a Golite Sl3, MLD Cuben Duomid and MLD Sil Trailstar
December 04, 3:49pm

re: MLD Speedmid Problems
The 22 oz would be for the tarp itself, not including guylines and stuff sack. The exact color of the tarp will depend on the silnylon manufacturer; MLD tests the silnylon they purchase for wat...

In GEAR » MLD Speedmid Problems
December 03, 8:14am

Great for layering
Vests are excellent for layering! In fact, one northern Illinois winter, my winter gear consisted of a wool over-shirt, a down vest, and a windbreaker, plus mittens, fingerless ragg gloves and a kn...

In GEAR » Vests?
November 30, 8:36pm

re Cannister leaking
The cannister may give a short "Hssss" when you screw off the stove. That's just due to the very brief time it takes for the rubber gasket to reseal. No worries. A long continued ...

In GEAR » Two years, and I still have stupid questions.
November 26, 6:00pm

All Reader Reviews by Stephen Barber

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SmarTube Drinking System for Bottles
Since having a hydration bladder spring a leak inside my pack, I have avoided all such bladders. I stuck to simple water bottles until a couple of years ago when I ran across the SmarTube - a drinking...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
May 13, 1:33pm

ZPacks Sleeping Bag 40* and 20*
This is the side sleepers dream bag! The bags are filled with 900 fill power goose down, outer shell is green .95 oz/sq yd Pertex Quantum ripstop nylon, and the liner is black .67 oz/sq yd nylon. ...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
July 25, 9:25pm

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad
Upon receipt of the pad, I inflated it to sleeping firmness, and stood it up against the bookcase. An hour later it looked rather soft; three hours later it was in a pile on the floor. Brand new, and ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 24, 11:49pm

Lawson Equipment Customer Service
I've purchased from Lawson on several different occasions. I've always gotten excellent service, fast shipping (especially considering I live clear across the country!), and good interaction v...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 20, 11:47am

ULA Catalyst
I've spent the last two years trying to find a pack that is both light and comfortable, ie, transfers weight to the hip bones well. To date, i had found packs that were only one but not the other ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
June 04, 8:11pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
I was able to pick up a Bushbuddy Ti used, and can't imagine why anyone would want to get rid of one! I used it repeatedly this summer and have been absolutely delighted with it! It is probably...

In Stoves - Other
August 18, 11:59am