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Rick Dreher (halfturbo) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Northernish California
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All Forum Posts by Rick Dreher

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Re: What about taste?
Hi David, You're right to ponder workflow, as UV differs from the other options. If the water needs prefiltering, I have a small mesh bag that fits over any opening up to the standard Na...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Filter vs Steripen
August 16, 1:40pm

Re: thre hike camera
Hi Casey, CIPA is an industry standardized test for number of images per battery charge. It might not be predictive because each user will operate the camera differently, but is a reliable way t...

In Photography » Thru hike camera
August 16, 11:55am

Re: Thru hike camera
Hi Casey, I'll suggest charging on the go is impractical. You'd be better off carrying extra Li-ion batteries and charging them in town. They're extremely light and if you pick your ...

In Photography » Thru hike camera
August 16, 10:16am

Re: SLR + Lens around 1lb?
Hi Justin, The lightest DSLR is the now-discontinued Olympus 4## series. Paired with the "pancake" 25mm/2.8 lens it comprises the lowest dslr weight that will likely ever be made. T...

In Photography » SLR + Lens around 1lb?
August 16, 10:11am

Re: Man Cave
Just looking at that pic lowers my BP several points. It's the instant zen state one achieves when they're somewhere they truly belong. ;-) (Ditto on the Raiders sticker :-P ) Cheers,...

In Photo Gallery » Man Cave
August 11, 11:03am

Re: Shelf stable cheese
Hi Nathan, Two favorites are Mendocino dry jack and any good Parmigiano Reggiano. They still must be wrapped airtight and hot weather will make them sweat (or whatever one calls it). But in dece...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Shelf stable cheese
August 11, 10:37am

Re: What about taste?
Hi David, You're right--UV will do nothing to improve water's taste. A filter with carbon and in some cases, chlorine-dioxide treatment can improve taste and odor, but how much depends o...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Filter vs Steripen
August 10, 5:43pm

Re: Filter vs Steripen
Yes, the optical sensor-interlock is less buggy. Plus, the Opti is lighter and a bit less expensive. It only communicates via blinking lights though, so some folks will prefer the LCD display. C...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Filter vs Steripen
August 10, 2:38pm

Re: "Sierra Sniveler: shivering and sniveling"
Yeah, either underfilled or the down tubes aren't correctly sized to control the down provided. While that sounds like two ways of saying the same thing, the tubes should be sized to provide th...

In GEAR » Sierra Sniveler: shivering and sniveling
August 10, 12:02pm

Re: Lightweight Inflatable Sleeping Airmats - State of the Market Report 2011<br>Part 1: Important Factors When Choosing an Airmat
I hope you placed a pea beneath that amazing stack 'o mats! Great work all, and no small task you've tackled. Cheers, Rick

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Inflatable Sleeping Airmats - State of the Market Report 2011
Part 1: Important Factors When Choosing an Airmat

August 09, 7:07pm

All Reader Reviews by Rick Dreher

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Mountain Gear
I've placed a few orders with Mountain Gear, going as far back as when they were based in Idaho, and they've responded flawlessly each time. I admire the breadth and high quality of their sele...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 15, 2:03pm
I have to put in a plug for these folks, with whom I've shopped on line and over the phone, and who also have a store in soggy Eugene, Oregon. They have a great backpacking and climbing selection f...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 20, 6:47pm

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
As another Seattle kid who loved few things more than pilgrammages to the Capitol Hill store, I still associate the smell of cresote with hiking gear. It's hard to imagine backpacking without REI. ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 20, 6:22pm

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
I upgraded to the Micro Puff pullover after several seasons with the old Puffball pullover. Lighter, warmer, stuffs smaller--the Micro Puff is an all-around improvement to what was already a fine garm...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
November 12, 12:53pm

MSR Titan Kettle
Noting the shape isn't the most efficient for squeezing every btu from the stove, the MSR kettle remains a very good single-pot option. It packs nicely, works well with small to medium stoves, pours w...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 15, 12:17pm

MSR SimmerLite
I find the Whisperlite to be MSR's easiest liquid stove to use, and certainly the nicest to lug, bulk and weight-wise. Simmering performance is best with a light touch on the fuel pump--try using l...

In Stoves - White Gas
December 20, 11:46am

Golite Hex 3
I've used a Hex 2, the 3's somewhat smaller brother, with good success for a few seasons. The quarters are a little snug for six-footers, but it's a minor concern. My main complaint is that the ventil...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 28, 8:43pm