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Mchale
The mchale website says that zig-zagging cord all the way up the side of a standard size pack is heavier than 2 pieces of webbing and plastic tighteners - and doesn't synch / control the load a...

In GEAR » Pack Compression Systems: Web straps vs. Single Cord
June 18, 6:23pm

Travel bags
The 50-55 degree travel / hostel sleeping bags turn out to be the ideal solution for many of the local guides here in the Maryland / Virginia area. Ie 70 degree humid nights following 100 degree h...

In GEAR » Ultra-ultralight sleep system for summer heat
May 31, 2:40pm

Fire ring
What is the purpose of the ring of rocks ? I can understand 2-3 to act as pot supports, but why enclose the fire in a big circle of rocks ? Also why do you mix the forest duff into the dirt afte...

In Editor's Roundtable » The SUL Wanderer (Video Series) - Episode 2: Food & Water
May 29, 8:05pm

Jam
The Virga only has a piece of webbing where the hip belt usually is. The jam has a hip belt that will snug the pack into your lower back and take some weight off your shoulders. The jam has a nice ...

In GEAR » Cheap gear upgrade advice!
May 21, 8:38pm

Vapor ki
The pack is the correct size for you. The reason the hip belt is sloping downwards is that you are wearing it a little low. Use the hip belt to synch the pack into the curve of your lower back and ...

In GEAR » Load lifters on the Granite Gear Crown 60 V.C. Ki and other backpacks
May 18, 10:29am

sticks
I'm in the eastern forests. It takes a couple of minutes to locate sticks, but there is always downed trees within a hundred yards with 1.5 inch thick branches. Bring a sharp knife to cut notch...

In GEAR » Tarp Camping Without poles/sticks
April 21, 4:03pm

pl1
Thru-hiker used to carry pl1 bonded to a scrim later to stabilize it. This eliminated the need to quilt it every 3”, but I think the clo/oz including the scrim was no better than apex. Pl1 als...

In Make Your Own Gear » Primaloft One vs Climashield Apex
April 19, 3:02pm

go lite packs
I have the current version of the golite jam 50. The lack of a frame is no big deal if you use a z-lite pad in it's place. I also really like the large outer zip pocket and mesh back. The fabri...

In GEAR » Help with pack choice...
April 12, 7:16am

mld
Mountain laurel designs used to have pics of their apex quilts in stuff sacks on their web site.

In GEAR » Down vs Apex packed size?
March 30, 7:03am

SAK
I've split a lot of 1-1.5” thick sticks into 4-8 pieces to make dry kindling with a standard 3.5” Victorinox swiss army knife. It weighs 3 oz and is plenty strong. The blade works good f...

In GEAR » Knives
March 11, 11:38am

All Reader Reviews by John Gilbert

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Wenger Esquire
I was looking for something a little bigger than my Victorinox Classic (2.25") knife. The Wenger Esquire has essentially the same tools, but is 1/3 of an inch longer, about 3/32" wider and ...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 07, 7:05pm