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pitch
Pitch your tarp as a pyramid in wind blown rain. Ie: long side into the wind, stake down the rear corners, put 1 trekking pole in the center of the other long side and guy it out, then stake down t...

In GEAR » Tarp/Bivy vs Tarp/Ground sheet for rain spray protection
February 06, 6:26pm

foam pad
If I have soft forest floor duff or tall meadow grass to sleep on, then a foam pad worlds for me. On hard ground, I sleep much better on a big agnes inflatable - which weighs less than a full leng...

In GEAR » Foam pad(s) for side sleeper?
January 29, 5:50pm

ice belt
Which carries the load better, the GG belt or the ice belt?

In GEAR » Modded HMG Windrider 3400
January 24, 6:18am

pack cover
I see you use a pack cover. Did it keep everything dry, or did water get in through the straps/back panel? Where did you keep your water when using the pack cover? Thanks.

In Editor's Roundtable » Salvation in Skykomish
January 19, 6:53am

granite gear
Many of the granite gear packs have a removable hipbelt. You can order the other size from their website.

In GEAR » Osprey Exos 58 - Need help with sizing or other recommendations
January 08, 5:28pm

650 down vs synthetic
I have a Marmot sawtooth 15 degree 650 fill down bag, and a north face cats meow 20 degree polarguard delta bag. I believe my 650 down bag is 10-15 degrees warmer, and squishes down to about 1/2...

In GEAR » Is 600-650 down worth it?
January 03, 7:18pm

suunto arrow
The suunto arrow thumb compass in the 1st post has a full sized capsule / needle. It also has an extra fast settling needle. Its popular at orienteering races. The thumb compass downside is t...

In GEAR » Dependable, light base-plate compass
December 28, 5:34pm

Fenix
I use the Fenix E01. Not quite as convenient for camp set up or cooking in the dark as my Petzl Tikka 2 headlamp. Not as far reaching for night hikes as the Fenix AA monster. But works for both,...

In GEAR » Best UL light and Backup Light Combo
December 18, 6:03pm

wood stoves
Back when white gas backpacking stoves were novel and only used by ”serious mountaineers” (ie: multiple days above tree line), us mere backpackers used camp fires to cook and melt water in the ...

In GEAR » Wood stove vs gas stove for winter backpacking.
December 13, 5:51pm

big agnes
My wife and I have had very comfortable sleep on the big agnes insulated air core. Cost was $80-90 at REI. Takes about 3-5 minutes to blow up depending on whether you take a break in the middle ou...

In GEAR » Help me choose an sleeping pad
December 10, 5:13pm

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