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Re: Using a tarp with a small "dugout" in snow?
Sounds good to me. I just read an article in one of the cross country ski magazines about survival camping (I can't remember which one). I know that isn't what you are doing, but many of th...

In Winter Hiking » Using a tarp with a small "dugout" in snow?
February 28, 2:54pm

Re: Re: re:"Mountainsmith Ghost is back"
>>> Ouch - moving the center of gravity away from the body is a 'No No.' At the weight this is neither a lightweight pack and clearly not an UL pack. I completely agree. I don&#...

In GEAR » Mountainsmith Ghost is back
February 20, 6:47pm

Re: Re: Platypus Clean Stream vs Aqua Mira
A lot depends on how much patience you have, how often you like to drink, and what the water sources are like. I hike a lot in the Northwest, where there are a lot of streams and lakes. I rarely ca...

In GEAR » Platypus Clean Stream vs Aqua Mira
February 20, 6:43pm

Re: RE: Durability
I've never had them wet out, unlike Goretex. They breathe really well (somewhere between Goretex and Event). As mentioned, the big problem is durability. As mentioned, the pants are way more li...

In GEAR » is this the driducks classic?
February 14, 10:34pm

Re: Re: Re: Blood flow differences
Just an update on the couples gear front. I was at Feathered Friends yesterday, and I saw a very nice couples sleeping bag. It has not been officially released. I think they are waiting for a Backp...

In GEAR » I need girl/ couples advice
February 13, 1:20pm

Re: Umbrellas
Great article! However, I find fault with this: >>The lightest rain jackets weigh 8 ounces (227 g), but they aren't very pleasant in truly rainy weather. To get a good rain jacket that w...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking and Hiking with an Umbrella
February 08, 10:46am

Re: I bought Neoair small
The women's version is a bit shorter. Choices, choices...

In GEAR » Thermarest NeoAir XLite First Impressions
February 07, 12:08pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: I need girl/ couples advice
My wife and I use a Penguin Bag, from Feathered Friends, along with a groundsheet, specifically designed to work with it. I forget the weight of each, but if I remember right, the bag was close to ...

In GEAR » I need girl/ couples advice
February 06, 4:20pm

Re: Re: re: Altai ski crampons
I'm actually leaning that way right now. The truth is, I keep going back and forth on this. As I said, I don't want to damage the ski or the plate. Using a ski crampon would probably be OK,...

In Make Your Own Gear » "Chains" (Ski Crampons) for my Altai Skis
January 31, 9:21am

Re: Tarpent vs Regular Tent
I think any tent by TarpTent is a good tent for a beginning backpacker. Most of his tents are simply single walled tents (a few are double walled). They are an excellent value, and are easy to setu...

In GEAR » About to pull the trigger on a Tarptent Contrail.
January 30, 1:50pm

All Reader Reviews by Ross Bleakney

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Gossamer Gear
Another GG review, another five out of five. This time, I broke a pole section (the lower part, or tip). It was my fault (I stepped on it) and not the fault of the pole. A call to customer support (I&...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 25, 12:11pm

Ultrapod Mini
I am very happy with my Ultrapod Mini. It does what is supposed to do very well. You often have to be resourceful with it; but with a little imagination, you can take great pictures. For example, if y...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
July 04, 7:38pm

Pentax Optio WP
I very much like my Optio WPi (6 mp). I have found the waterproof feature to be of much greater value than I originally expected. For winter pictures, it is really handy to set up a picture and not wo...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
July 04, 7:13pm

Eureka Zues II Exo
I bought this tent a few years ago, before I knew about tarp tents. I have been happy with it, but it is a little smaller and heavier than a tarp tent. As a free standing tent, it is more round, which...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
August 14, 3:13pm