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Marmot Sleeping Bag
The Marmot 650 fill down bags are really warm (and well constructed) for a budget bag. They take up a couple of more inches of room in your pack, but only weigh a few ounces more - many times for ...

In GEAR » Best Value: cold weather
December 04, 6:36pm

The quilt is warmer if all the weight of the down is on top. If you just unzip your sleeping bag, you'd have to be able to shake the down that is in the parts of the bag that are now lying on ...

In GEAR » Using a sleeping bag as a quilt? Warmer?
November 29, 7:15pm

Is the padding on the shoulder straps and hip belt any cushier on the VT than on the Circuit ? Are the shoulder strap and hip belt widths about the same between the 2 packs ? Is the backpanel pad...

In GEAR » Vapor Trail vs Circuit vs Mariposa Plus
November 28, 9:46am

Vapor Trail vs Circuit vs Mariposa Plus
I'm looking for the lightest pack capable of "comfortably" carrying 4 liters of water along with lightweight gear (Tarptent Cloudburst, 32 degree synthetic bag, full length Thermarest...

In GEAR » Vapor Trail vs Circuit vs Mariposa Plus
November 28, 7:28am

Dessert Pack
Will the Granite Gear Vapor Trail or similar packs from ULA (Circuit), or Gossamer Gear (Mariposa Plus) "comfortably" carry 4-6 Liters of water along with lightweight gear (ie: main gear ...

In GEAR » Grand Canyon Gear Questions
November 27, 7:29pm

Grand Canyon Gear Questions
I'm planning a mid-May trip from the North Rim, across the corridor (with some side canyon exploration), along Tanto plateau, and up hermits trail to the South Rim. I have 3 questions... ...

In GEAR » Grand Canyon Gear Questions
November 24, 6:22pm

Achohol usage
You might also want to budget a little to pour into a primer pan and to be used up by the stove before it blooms (blooms take longer in the cold). We had a cat can stove and penny stove out thi...

In GEAR » Newbie Question?
November 22, 7:05pm

I typically carry a full 1/2 liter "Deer Park" water bottle, per 6 hours of hiking. If it's over 80 degrees, I carry 2. In most cases, I usually have a tiny bit left when I make camp....

In GEAR » Including the weight of water
November 22, 6:53pm

Pack for 35-45#s
I have an older Kelty external frame pack that weighs 3 lbs 5 oz and carries 35-45#s like a dream on most trails, and works OK for skiing (pack the weight lower inside though). If you have a reall...

In GEAR » Granite Gear Nimbus Meridian
November 22, 6:38pm

I spent 15 years backpacking in the dacks. I used a Sierra designs meteor light and a SD lightning. I think any tent from Big Agnes, MSR, or REI priced around $250 or more will keep you dry in th...

In GEAR » Best tent for rain
November 17, 3:40pm

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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