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Tenkara for Backpackers: State of the Market Report - Part 1
A great article for serious and not so serious backpack fisher(wo)men. The weight of some of the poles justifies bringing a rod even if you aren't that much into fishing, but would enjoy it ev...

In Editor's Roundtable » Tenkara for Backpackers: State of the Market Report - Part 1
August 14, 10:40am

Backpacking Tights - Part 1
Tights combined with hiking pants are my garment of choice in cold rain. You get pockets, shred protection, extra warmth and you feel dryer. I have even worn windpants over the top when it wa...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking Tights - Part 1
August 14, 10:02am

The Silly Stix are back!
I wanted to emphasize how well these work as stakes. I often carry a mix of various size and type of stakes and found that these hold better than any 6" stakes in loose to packed rocky soil...

In Gear Deals » The Silly Stix are back!
August 14, 4:25am

SAR crews warn about online-based groups
1) Most people think they are fit enough and have the knowledge required, even when you think it would be obvious that they don't. 2) Some people don't care if they aren't prepared, ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Search and rescue crews warn about online-based groups
August 13, 8:51am

If a test is not an option, inspect it thoroughly for any visible leaks. If you don't see any, the worst that could happen would probably a slight misting in heavy rain. A little mist is no ...

In GEAR » Spinnaker???
August 13, 8:16am

reminder of simple yet effective MUG
I always carry a few safety pins for many repairs, attachments and even bent one into a fish hook once to catch dinner. Once held up the seat of my pants with several when a seam ripped open in a ...

In Multiple Use Gear » reminder of simple yet effective MUG
August 13, 7:45am

My reason for asking
You can try the garden hose or sprinkler test. Be aware that you can see some condensation inside if you do the garden hose test in hot and/or humid weather.

In GEAR » Spinnaker???
August 13, 7:30am

As far as the spinnaker being noisy, it quiets down after being packed and unpacked a few times. I find that it can be a little crinkly during setup, but once pitched makes no sound, or at least...

In GEAR » Spinnaker???
August 13, 3:06am

You can also add tint by adding a small amount of pigment powder to the solvent/silicone mixture. I turned my bright white SpinnShelter into a slightly duller finish by adding a little pigment pow...

In GEAR » Spinnaker???
August 12, 5:05pm

ULA Packs: colors and materials
The standard color fabric is very durable for it's weight. I don't see the need for anything more durable. I personally wouldn't want camo because of the "playing army" a...

In GEAR » ULA Packs: colors and materials
August 12, 4:54pm

All Reader Reviews by Steven McAllister

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RailRiders Eco-Mesh Clothing
I wear both the shirt and the pants when sun and/or bugs are an issue. They are light, well ventilated and flexible. Mesh ventilated sleeves on the shirt protects arms from bug and sun. Loose fi...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
November 08, 5:25pm

Melanzana micro grid hoody
Grid fleece is more hydrophobic than standard fleece, but not quite as warm without a shell. Great for cool days. Put a wind shell over the top and you have a warm combination that breaths well and k...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
November 08, 4:53pm

Integral Designs Silcoat Cape
The biggest complaint that people seem to have about this cape is that it doesn't extend below the knees. I personally prefer this as it works better when hiking in rough terrain or when wearing ...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 08, 10:12am

Mountain Laurel Designs Monk Tarp Spinnaker
This makes a great summer or emergency ultralight shelter. Add a bivy and it could be used year round. I had problems with the durability of the spinnaker version. A couple tie-outs are starting to...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 10:00am

Six Moon Designs Serenity NetTent
Although most people use this combined with the Gatewood Cape, I have used it many times under an Oware Alphamid and I'm sure it would work great under many other pyramid shelters. It is lighter...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:50am

Equinox 8 X 10 silnylon tarp
Although it has grommets instead of tie-outs, the grommets are reinforced and can take abuse. It has mid-point tie-outs that help make it a more versatile shelter. A great step up from the stand...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:41am

Integral Designs Siltarp 2
A good all around tarp. It does not have any mid point tie-outs like Oware and others have. This limits your pitch options, but if all you use is an a-frame or flying diamond pich, this is perfe...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:28am

Oware Flat Tarp 2.5
You will not find a more flexible shelter. Square shape and multiple well placed tie-outs means more pitch options than most shelters. 9'x9' means big enough for a variety of conditions. ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:23am

Gossamer Gear Spinshelter
The GG Spinnshelter has much of the flexibility of a flat tarp, but easier pitch in a storm-proof mode. It sheds wind well and is fairly roomy when pitched high. You may not be able to fully sit ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
May 25, 9:48am

Gatorade Bottle
On problem with sports drink(Gatorade) bottles is that the cap is made out of a different more brittle material. I have experienced the caps breaking many times from being dropped when full of water. ...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
June 18, 5:24am