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Backpack weight vs. speed and distance
Somewhere I recall reading a simple relationship between backpack weight and speed, but was unable to find it on BPL. Does anyone know of any pointers to such findings? Thanks, MikeB

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpack weight vs. speed and distance
June 05, 10:53pm

Re: Sea to Summit Bag Liner:)
We've had a couple of Scouts that have these, and with initial high expectations of not having to buy a warm bag... Didn't work. My experience is they do a very good job helping to ke...

In GEAR » Sea to Summit Bag Liner:)
June 04, 9:36pm

Re: The UL Cottage Gear Deliemma
Impressive post Ron. I admire you guys, as it's a very delicate balance for a small business to provide a good product at a reasonable price, the level of customer service many have come to ...

In GEAR » Big Sky International Update
June 02, 4:16pm

Re: Arizona Summer List
Hi Andrew, I'd try to narrow the state down a bit. 70 degree F difference in June is common for different parts of the state at the same time. If you're above the rim, I'd consider...

In Gear Lists » Arizona Summer List
May 31, 11:10pm

Cuben Mid Kit?
I'd love to give something like this a try. Thanks Kevin for posting this. This is great. I'm wondering if any vendor out there would be interested in putting together a kit like this?...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben Mid 90% complete
May 31, 10:43pm

Maricopa Plus vs. ULA Catalyst
I have a Catalyst which I like, but the more I read about the Maricopa +, the more I like about it. Anyone have any experience between the 2, or cna point out any significant differences? Thank...

In GEAR » Maricopa Plus vs. ULA Catalyst
May 29, 9:29pm

Re: Re: average trad.pack:5.6lb/71liters
I expect 3 primary reasons for the larger and heavier equipment are: 1) Broader availability of heavier, existing equipment marketed by larger volume manufacturers and retailers; 2) Cost: ...

In GEAR » average trad.pack:5.6lb/71liters
May 28, 11:36am

Bonding Cuben Fiber - CF Corp.
Here's the info I recently received from Cuben Fiber Corp. I'm also interested in building a 1 lb or less 1 man enclosed tarp /tent. Regards, MikeB Some bonding techniques for Cuben...

In Make Your Own Gear » Applying Cuben Tape?
May 27, 9:01pm

Cuben Decoder Ring or recommendation?
I received a pricelist from Cuben Fiber Corp, for Cuben fiber, with some true weights per smyd (7.125 sq ft). I was considering making a 1 man tent with this, but not sure which might be the bes...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben Decoder Ring or recommendation?
May 25, 11:34pm

Re: Any feedback on these trail runners?
I'm on my 3rd pair of the Mesa Ventalator II's and love them. The first pair I had, were supposed to be my 'camp shoes' at Philmont last year. They became my primary hiking shoes ...

In GEAR » Any feedback on these trail runners?
May 22, 6:37pm

All Reader Reviews by Mike Barney

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MSR Pocket Rocket
This is a pretty basic stove that is simple to operate. It's lightweight and reasonably efficient. We used 3 of these on a 10 day hike with 10 people and they worked well. The stove is reas...

In Stoves - Canister
December 08, 5:52pm

Light My Fire Spork
I like the LMF Spork, but it's almost too flexible. I can agree with many if not most of the comments above, and have had one break. When you use it to stir something very hot, it gets soft and ...

In Cookware - Other
November 23, 9:49pm

Garmin Rino 120 GPS and FRS / GMRS Radio
Great Idea, lacking implementation.The premis of the Rino family is that it would be great to know where others are via GPS location. Great Idea. This is accomplished by using FRS radio frequencies i...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
January 21, 2:53pm

Marmot Helium (long)
I had this bag for a short period, but really liked it. It's so warm, that it was almost too warm for me above freezing, but a very comfortable bag overall. It fits me (6'1") well a...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
January 04, 7:24pm

Atkinson's Chick-O-Stick Crunchy Peanut Butter & Coconut Candy
I really like the "Chick'O's", they do pack significant energy in a small package, and the taste is very good. They don't break as easy as some, and have a similar texture in h...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
December 27, 5:29pm

Jolt Gum
I guess if I was going to give this a really fair shake I'd have consumed the whole pack. Unfortunately or fortunately 1/2 a piece was more than enough. The taste isn't there, and I do have ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
December 11, 11:09pm

Big Agnes
We had a short term need for a bag and pad we could use at Philmont, and the Scout was on a budget. We looked around and called Big Agnes. They had a demo bag come in the next day, and they called b...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 11, 7:28pm

Walmart really does have nice people in their outdoors department at our local establishment, who know a lot about the Coleman lanterns and stoves and shotguns / rifles and ammo and really try to hel...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 07, 10:24pm

Tarptent Cloudburst
The Cloudburst 2 was my first tent from Tarptent. I like the design, and it holds up well in rain and wind. It sleeps 2 comfortably and sets up pretty easily with as few as 3 stakes. It weight a ha...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
December 04, 9:24pm

Sling-Light Chair w/ body and kneck rest
I purchased 2 of these initially for a 2 week hike. In the store, it seemed like a pretty good idea during a quick checkout. It's less than 2 lbs, so one of the lighter camp chairs available. It do...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 04, 8:25pm