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John Davis (JNDavis) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Isle of Man
About Me Pre-Goretex backpacking mainly took in Snowdonia. Visits to the English Lake District started while attending Lancaster University, as did my first backpacking trips to Scotland. A Munro obsession grew, then ended on completion in 1986. No, I never told the record-keepers. Completion was followed immediately by trips to New Zealand, totalling 11 months, and to the Pyrenees. I have also backpacked in the Alps, Iceland, the Philippines, Zion NP and Ireland.
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Your favorite Wind Shirt?
For a big, cold, all-day wind, windshirts made from a thicker material seem best to me. The Berghaus Inferno is not perfect, in that it doesn't seal as well at the waist as it should, but it has b...

In GEAR » Your favorite Wind Shirt?
August 28, 11:07am

Jam Pack contents
Robert, My longest trip was 9 days and I used what gear I had, rather than anything approaching an ideal. Most extravagant were the OS 1:25,000 maps. These are big and heavy, even with the cov...

In Gear Lists » Tell me about your gear lists w/ Jam pack
August 24, 3:01pm

Polyphasic and Other Unconventional Sleep Issues
Ellen Macarthur catnaps for weeks on end. But she has telemetry to some doctor who specialises in sleep. She seems to beat the men on work-rate. Even so she will not need muscles to recover in t...

In Gear Lists » JMT Un-resupplied
August 24, 1:33pm

Thoughts on Unna
Sorry, Tom. Haven't tried one, but one of the great virtues of the Akto, and the tunnel tents, is the vertical door on the inner. This feature really pays off in periods of prolonged damp. If th...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight in Ultra-Foul Conditions?
August 24, 1:14pm

2006 Unconventional Sleep Systems Manifesto
Here are a few points which occurred to me while reading the 2006 Unconventional Sleep Systems Manifesto 1) Mummy bags - is anything really broken? I'm not religious about my RAB Quantum 200. ...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2006 Unconventional Sleep Systems Manifesto
August 21, 10:28am

State of the Market for Backpacking Gear: Innovation, Broken Promises, and Hop
Backpacking in the 60s, before I encountered Goretex, was harder and much heavier. Synthetic inner layers have also been a tremendous boon in getting my packweight down. I still sweat enough to c...

In Editor's Roundtable » State of the Market for Backpacking Gear: Innovation, Broken Promises, and Hope
February 28, 1:01pm

Vargo Spork
11 cm handle, 16.2 cm overall- in other words, just long enough for stirring soup in the Vargo cup / kettle. Soup eating would be a slow business, given the bowl size. I haven't tried de-boning...

In GEAR » vagro spork
February 28, 12:39pm

Akto Review
I stand by the flapping comment. It got embarrassing one night with the Backpackers Club. We had pitched where a stream left an upland bowl via a gorge in South Wales. That evening, cold air als...

In GEAR » Akto Review
February 24, 7:09am

Akto Review
The review seems good and accurate, although my experience is with the Mk I design rather than with the less likeable Mk II. (Creeping featuritis countered by flimsiness to keep weights down.) ...

In GEAR » Akto Review
February 23, 4:52am

Lightweight and ultralight backpacking in Europe
At places like Lonely Lake or Doughboy Bay, a significant part of the experience derives from realising that the nearest house or shop is a long, hard walk away. Days, for me. Even in the Scottis...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Lightweight and ultralight backpacking in Europe
February 01, 2:19pm

All Reader Reviews by John Davis

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Integral Designs eVENT Rain Jacket
My rating is for eVent as I've not tried the jacket. I'm just shocked to see Ryan opting for XL and can't help wondering what size I would need. My Montane Air medium is fairly tight. This is at od...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 24, 1:32pm

Golite Jam
And a strong 3 from me too. The Jam has been my main pack for approx 18 months. It is close to needing replacement. The foam pad has developed folds as a result of careful use. It is hard to repla...

In Backpacks - Frameless
September 01, 12:06pm