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frame or frameless?
As Mary D points out, you need to decide frame or frameless. If you go with a frame like the popular Granite Gear Packs, be sure to take note of the hip belt. If it is too long, you will not be a...

In GEAR » Looking for a lightweight pack for my girlfriend
September 24, 7:05pm

Hammock hanging
Bottom insulation is key. It should hanging below the outside of your hammock. All seasons. Crocs are fine camp shoes and for walking through streams. Keep track of your battery life to avoid c...

In Gear Lists » Appalachian Trail 3 Season Gear List
June 28, 7:16pm

rain pants
I, too, like rain pants. They help block wind as well as rain and I use them as a long pant alternative, so I do not need the lower half of converta pants. http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-b...

In Gear Lists » CT gear list
May 29, 10:31am

enough layers
I would think the hoody, the windshirt and rain gear should be enough layers. BTW Is the Houdini your only rain gear? I notice it is not water proof, only water resistant.

In Gear Lists » Two weeks on the AT in June
May 29, 10:15am

when not in use
You can stake your tent to the ground without the trekking poles when you want to use the poles.

In Gear Lists » SMD Tent Choice
May 29, 10:10am

AT in GA
If you are looking for a place to stay before you start your hike, consider the Hiker Hostel. Google it. Not only is it a fine place to stay the owners know the trail. After Springer the trail c...

In Gear Lists » Two weeks on the AT in June
May 22, 8:09pm

tarp, not hammock
Save some weight, use the tarp that covers your hammock and leave the hammock at home. This will open up some great above tree line opportunities. You are hiking 200+ miles in 10 days, you do not...

In Gear Lists » Mid August 2012 JMT
March 01, 4:15pm

digital advantage
Another advantage of digital vs. film is that the ISO (ASA) can be changed easily in camera from shot-to-shot. With film if you wanted to use a different ISO, say 400 rather than 125, you would ha...

In Photography » New to digital...A few questions.
March 01, 3:41pm

printers
monitor calibrating http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/monitor-calibration.htm

In Photography » Printing photos
February 09, 11:14am

Vogel Pass
I would heartily agree with Sumi Wada. The hike from Tuolumne to Vogelsang is a gradual up hill. Then go over Vogel pass. It is a long switchback climb with the pass in site and around a beautif...

In Pre-Trip Planning » 3 kids, 4 days, yosemite
February 08, 4:40pm

All Reader Reviews by Frank Deland

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Gossamer Gear
Ditto. When something is not in stock when you first look, just put your name on the -e-mail-when in stock list and they will let you know. They quickly and without questions replaced items that...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 21, 3:36pm

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
Very comfortable and a pillow not needed. But, you are not supposed to blow this up by mouth because moisture will get into the fill. So, there is a blow-up bag arrangement that does work, but it is ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 12, 8:44pm

GoLite Ultralite poncho/tarp
This Golite gear is made of a rugged silnylon. It has snaps to help shorten its length when worn as a poncho. It is useful to run a guide line over the top of it between the supporting poles to help...

In Clothing - Raingear
September 30, 7:45pm

Ray-Way 3-person tarp and net tent
Att: Mrs. EW! You do not need all that extra weight of overhead netting, plus you will have even more room under your tarp without it. Just add several inches of netting along the side edges, and ma...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 08, 10:10am

Superfeet Performance Green
I do not think superfeet are supposed to prevent blisters, unless because they help correct the fit, they, by chance, correct an area that might otherwise chaffe your skin. Also, cut off about 1/8 in...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 04, 12:09pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
Note BD's final picture: the handles of the pot are directly over the opening that allows wood or fuel to be added to the stove when it is burning and the pot is ontop. When adding wood, I found ...

In Stoves - Other
March 30, 8:37pm

Montrail Vitesse
On my first pair, the coating wore off the toe top. The grey just pealed off leaving a white fabric. Also, the rubber on the front side separated from the side of the shoe. I repaired it with Shoe ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
January 05, 12:06pm

Merrell Mesa Ventilator II Cross-Training Shoes
Ditto. I am about to head to the REI nearest me where they are on sale for $57 (Jan. 5) It will be my second pair having switched over from the Montrial Vitesse (see above). I had avoided this shoe ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
January 05, 11:50am

Littlbug Wood Burning Stove Littlbug Junior
First, to find the website note that Little Bug is spelled with no "e". The efficiency of this stove amazed me. I have tried homemade versions of woodburners with little success, so I was ...

In Stoves - Other
December 12, 9:45am

Gossamer Gear Lightrek Plus Poles
Same as Phil Barton above. The tip broke off on the first day. I returned the pole, it was repaired at no cost and a spare basket and extra tip was also included. I had lost a basket as well as the...

In Trekking Poles
October 18, 2:18pm