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All Forum Posts by Russell Swanson

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Re: which tarp should i get? :)
Contrail over Wild Oasis for my 2 cents. That said, I own a Contrail but rarely use it now. I love that tent. But, I've converted to using a true tarp and bring a bivy sack when bugs or weat...

In GEAR » which tarp should i get? :)
October 08, 7:23pm

Re: Knee braces!
I'm not sure any mass-market item is going to do the job you require but have you tried Cho-Pat braces?

In GEAR » Knee braces!
October 08, 6:19pm

Re: Re:Z-pad and Conduit
I actually had a different opinion on what makes a better frame...I found that the Z Rest formed a sturdier back panel than my GG Nighlight torso pad. The GG pad does take up less room, of course....

In GEAR » Z-pad and Conduit
October 07, 1:14pm

Re: Flying w/your gear -- what luggage to use?
Bargain basement shoppers choose a military surplus canvas duffel.

In GEAR » Flying w/your gear -- what luggage to use?
October 07, 1:05pm

Re: Altimeter Watches
Like Joe, I went cheap and bought a Highgear. Stay away from this brand if you're not on a tight budget; many of the complaints you read about durability are spot-on. My experience with mul...

In GEAR » Altimeter Watches
October 07, 12:51pm

Re: Z-pad and Conduit
I cut two sections out of a regular length Z-Rest and it fits fine in my wife's S/M size Conduit. Sometimes I carry the other two sections as a sit pad or to bolster the shoulder width of my G...

In GEAR » Z-pad and Conduit
October 07, 12:36pm

If I was trying to escape someone for two days I don't think I'd pack anything. I wonder how many people on that show get caught due to the camera crew tagging along.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Mantracker
September 19, 9:08am

Smarter than the average phone
I have hike buddies that have iPhones with them on every hike. They aren't generally using them on the trip but by golly if they don't have them out post-hike before they've even bange...

In Multiple Use Gear » A case for smartphones on the trail.
September 18, 3:23pm

Re: Grand Canyon
Thanks Roman...great snaps!

In Packrafting » Grand Canyon
September 18, 1:29pm

Tevas, et al.
If you do choose to hike in Tevas or sandals, trust me and wear socks. Unless you swaddle your feet in duct tape they will get chewed up from sand caught under the straps. My blisters from that &...

In GEAR » what to look for in a shoe
September 16, 6:04pm

All Reader Reviews by Russell Swanson

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Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
This is a little dated as the new Ether series has since replaced my POE pad but I still feel the review is relevant due as a statement about the company. First, the pad is comfortable, so I won'...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
September 29, 11:48pm

Pacific Outdoor Equipment Max Compact
I'll be posting a similar review under the POE Max Thermo regarding the quality of the pad. First, the pad is as comfortable as advertised, so I won't go into details about this. My comments ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
September 29, 11:41pm

Aloksak O.P 12.5 x 20"
I also had difficulties securing the seal on the on the OP Sak in both a Bear Vault and an Ursak (w/aluminum liner). The OP Sak is square and the bear containers are round. Perhaps a better design w...

In Miscellaneous Products
September 22, 9:42am

Patagonia Houdini Wind Jacket
I don't need to add to the comments about the jacket's usefulness and breathability. I practicaly live in mine on the trail. I'm dinging the perfect rating down to a 3/5 for two reasons;...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
May 03, 4:33pm

ULA Conduit
A lot of superlatives have been already said in the above reviews and I don't have a lot to add, other comments about the pad sleeve. It was clearly designed to accept self inflating 3/4 length p...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 11, 10:57am

REI Quarterdome
If you must have a double walled tent, this one is hard to beat. For the price, you're getting a great package. I've had the Quarter Dome for a few years now and it's been quite a serv...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
March 21, 5:18pm

ULA Equipment
Aside from Brian's phenomenal products (which are well documented), I recently had a great experience shopping with ULA. While researching a new pack purchase, Brian Frankle my emails to ULA Equi...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 14, 1:58pm

Western Mountaineering Ultralight Super
Ok, I'll admit that I'm posting this review just to see what it does to my BPL rating. Oh the vanity! I bought this bag sight unseen, based largely on Western Mountaineering’s reputation within th...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
November 30, 6:02pm