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Re: Attaching Snowshoes to Pack
"You can often attach snowshoes easily to your pack using the pack's existing compression straps." Or by using a bungee cord threaded thru the compression straps to hold the snowsh...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » No snow to mo' snow gear
May 15, 5:59pm

Re: Heinlein
"Specialization is for insects." And they're winning.

In On the Web » Thru-Hikers: Specialized outdoors knowledge
May 15, 5:51pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Is there any consensus
"One problem with any bureaucracy in my experience is that the left hand rarely talks to the right." This has its roots in the Middle East, where bureaucracy was invented and the left ...

In GEAR » Hikin Jim's "Dry Out West" Stove Article at GG
May 15, 5:47pm

Re: Re: Nice Try Jiva
"I was hoping that a block of coffee flavored sugar would at least boast some decent calories as a silver lining but alas, only 30 calories." Try to look at the bright side. Those 30 ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Jiva Coffee Cubes
May 14, 8:42pm

Re: Re: Re: woohoo
"Now can we sent Gear Swap to the back hole Chaff resides in? I would be most appreciative." +1

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Woo Hoo!
May 14, 8:37pm

Re: Re: Is there any consensus
"You do know you're posting on BPL, right?" Uh...right. Another senior moment. Thanks for having my back.

In GEAR » Hikin Jim's "Dry Out West" Stove Article at GG
May 14, 6:20pm

Re: Re: Is there any consensus
"However, in my car I will have a butane stove so that I can make a last-minute swap in case they require it." I'm leaning in that direction, too. Reluctantly.

In GEAR » Hikin Jim's "Dry Out West" Stove Article at GG
May 14, 6:16pm

Hike year around. Increase the distance, weight carried, and elevation gained/lost starting about 3 months before the beginning of your hike or, in my case, season. Also regularly increase the in...

In Philosophy & Technique » Training Thoughts- Approaching First Long Hike
May 14, 6:04pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Initial reactions to the Fusion
"My ULA Circuit, which had a slanted cut on the water bottle pocket was fine carrying a water bottle. But the Plays would fall out when hiking. One of the reasons I got rid of the pack. I like...

In GEAR » SMD fusion 65
May 14, 5:37pm

Is there any consensus
on whether Starlyte stoves are: 1) Safe; 2) Permitted?

In GEAR » Hikin Jim's "Dry Out West" Stove Article at GG
May 14, 5:30pm

All Reader Reviews by Tom Kirchner

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Gossamer Gear ThinLight insulation pad 1/8" approx. 2 oz.
Having used both of the above mentioned combinations(only with a Mens' Prolite 3), I heartily concur with their rating(s). It would be hard to find a piece of insulation/protection/padding that g...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
October 27, 5:20pm

ULA Circuit
Pro's: 1) Light; 2) Durable for the weight(like Kevin, I've done some off-trail/bushwhacking(Wanda Lake to Martha Lake via Davis Lakes/N. Goddard Creek) with only minor abrasion on the waist...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 29, 6:16pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
Scott, Check out travelcountry.com for the eco-mesh shirt. They have free shipping whereas Railriders charges a pretty hefty fee. I've been using this shirt for years and consider it the best S...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
April 06, 5:27pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro-Lite 4
Hi David, What you are experiencing with your Prolite-4 is a common phenomenon in my experience with the Prolite-3. It is, however, easy to mitigate. Just position the valve next to your shoulder o...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 04, 5:17pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite 3
I've used the Prolite-3 almost since it came out with good success. It compresses well, is very light FOR ITS SIZE(what would a TorsoLite weigh if it was 20"x48"??), and insulates just ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 15, 6:02pm

I've been using the Peak UL carbon fiber poles(womens' non antishock 3 section model-11.2 oz/pr) ever since they came on the market and have been ecstatic about their performance. Like some other pos...

In Trekking Poles
November 04, 5:58pm