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All Forum Posts by Ross Bleakney

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Re: Sawyer Squeeze Filter Tips
Hey Jay: What bag is that (above)? I did the same thing years ago with a platypus (and different inline filter) and the bladder was fine. I assume that I can do that with most bladders, but it woul...

In GEAR » Sawyer Squeeze Filter Tips
September 15, 7:23pm

Re: Re: no one size fits all answer: Freestanding tents
Yes, there are trade-offs. Typically, a free standing tents is staked down. Rocky surfaces have, well, rocks to use as anchors. The difference is that if one or even several stakes come loose while...

In GEAR » Free-standing vs. Non-Free-standing Tents (both opinions wanted)
September 05, 9:46am

Re: reflective
Even if the reflective layer helps a lot, I'm not sure what difference it makes where it is. Either it is warming the sleeping bag or the foam pad. Generally speaking, it doesn't matter whe...

In GEAR » CCF Pad and Neoair
September 01, 8:24am

Re: Re: CCF Pad and Neoair
I don't think the reflective coating makes any difference. Basically, as the other comments mention, put the foam underneath to protect the pad or put it on top for maximum warmth. Inch for inc...

In GEAR » CCF Pad and Neoair
August 31, 11:33pm

Re: What's the purpose of camp shoes?
Jake had the answer. It is a luxury, like a lot of the things people often carry (camera, inflatable sleeping pad, etc.). I use Sprint Aquatics Slippers, which weigh an ounce a piece. I also us...

In GEAR » What's the purpose of camp shoes?
August 31, 9:08am

Re: 2P UL Shelters - Write for yourself
I agree with Ron. I really like that first article because you manage to keep the list short. You are not publishing a magazine. You can't write about every shelter out there and do an in depth...

In GEAR » 2-Person Shelters TSW - Looking for feedback for my next in-depth article!
August 30, 6:19pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Six Moons Skyscape X Sleeve
"If you're going over to Pro Mountain Sports, you should take your "X" along. Maybe Jim or Adam wll see something you've missed." Great idea. Thanks.

In GEAR » Six Moons Skyscape X Sleeve
July 16, 8:26pm

Re: Re: Re: Six Moons Skyscape X Sleeve
Yes, I already sent them an email, asking the same question I originally asked.

In GEAR » Six Moons Skyscape X Sleeve
July 16, 7:54pm

Re: Six Moons Skyscape X Sleeve
OK, I pried and I pried, but I can't seem to open the thing. I'm going to go to Pro Mountain Sports sometime this week (if I can find the time) to see their version of the Skyscape. They do...

In GEAR » Six Moons Skyscape X Sleeve
July 16, 6:44pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Six Moons Skyscape X Sleeve
OK, I'll pry some more. I've already used my fingernails and a titanium stake, but a toothpick sounds like a better idea. Just to confirm, I took a few pictures: Looking up, with the ...

In GEAR » Six Moons Skyscape X Sleeve
July 16, 5:41pm

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