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Tasco Monocular
My family had several of these for day hikes, the zoo, etc. I think there was a higher end model like Bushnell or Bausch & Lomb. That said, there is a knock-off of the Tasco Dale put up above...

In GEAR » UL binoculars
January 03, 1:40pm

Tarp or Mid Shelter Maybe?
Why not find a used mid or a large flat tarp to fit the both of you? If she's a heavy sleeper, she won't mind. Not to mention, for winter, I'd think the Mid-style shelter would do bet...

In GEAR » 1P tent for 2P? Anyone doing it?
January 02, 4:18pm

Skyscape X Spreader Bar Sleeve
Great looking and creative solution. I had a Skyscape Trekker, and I found that it was easiest to always leave the bar in. It rolled up and packed the same and made for slightly faster set up and...

In GEAR » Skyskape X cross bar sleeve
January 02, 4:15pm

Great list.
Nice thing about day trips is it's not so tough to add in luxury items or weight. You're not carrying two or five days of food and/or water. I might suggest, though, however convenient, I w...

In Gear Lists » Day hiking list
January 01, 1:07pm

eBay is your friend
I have used eBay for the last five years or so to score several NIB/NOS made in Finland Sylva brand compasses, usually for about $5. Personally, I prefer the light, simple no frills starter/bases m...

In GEAR » Best baseplate compass
January 01, 12:57pm

This list is just about as useless as me sitting at my desk on NYE. Like a tree falling in the woods, who even cares if it happened. Maybe next year someone will put the Sawyer Mini or something ...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2013 Staff Picks
December 31, 12:11pm

Check out MLD
It's. It used but only $30 and it looks like a winner. I think it's 2 oz

In Gear Swap » WTB: a pillow
December 29, 12:26pm

Chains in Sierras
For most trips, just carry, and know how to use, chains; but you won't need. For Yosemite. You MUST have chains in the winter - as of 2008 this included 4WD/AWD vehicles. I digress, but one of ...

In GEAR » 2wd front wheel drive car in the sierra nevadas...
December 27, 1:11am

Excellent Six Moon Designs Deals
The Skyscape X is in stock, and the Skyscape Trekker (seriously great solo shelter) is a steal for $180. I am guessing the Scout model is only $100. No better intro to the world of UL packing than...

In Gear Deals » Excellent Six Moon Designs Deals
December 16, 11:16pm

Re: Re: Re: sieko
No. It is the original band. I mentioned above, they offer these in colors. They are all military / police specific (khaki, Navy, Black, etc.). They ripped off the NATO band, but did it a dis-s...

In GEAR » Let's see a picture of your WATCH thread.
December 16, 10:18pm

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