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Rick Dreher (halfturbo) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Northernish California
About Me There once was a hiker from Nantucket....

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All Forum Posts by Rick Dreher

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Re: Rae Lakes Water Crossings
FWIW last week's blazing heat has throttled back considerably, which will 1. slow the meltoff (boo) and 2. lower stream flows (yay, unless you're a kayaker). This pattern is supposed to hol...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Rae Lakes Loop
July 11, 5:57pm

Re: UL Creatures
Ooh, I've never come across a three-color king. Here's a foothill edition, more of a li'l prince snake. Cheers, Rick

In Photo Gallery » UL Creatures
July 09, 5:02pm

Re: NeoAir Vs. NeoAir Trekker
Don't know if this helps, but the Trekker is made of heavier/more durable materials and dispenses with the reflective layer, giving it a slightly lower R-value (2.0 vs. 2.5). Having fiddled wit...

In GEAR » NeoAir Vs. NeoAir Trekker
July 07, 4:38pm

Re: Maybe Caffin can chime in
"From what I have read / hear the Neo Air regular does appear to be as warm as promised." I have an original model, short, which does seem as warm as promised. Once I figured out the c...

In GEAR » Neoair vs. Neoair All Season
July 07, 3:54pm

Re: NeoAir All Season Impressions
Thanks Steve, very interesting [trailspace link]. So a flat all-season has an R-value of 1.5? Whodathunk! Cheers, Rick

In GEAR » Neoair vs. Neoair All Season
July 07, 11:44am

Re: Looking for XZ-1 carry options/opinions
Hi Mark, I carry an LX3 in a Lowepro Ridge 30 attached to the shoulder strap. It rides atop the waist belt so is pretty accessible on the go. I'd prefer a flap closure to the zipper, but you...

In Photography » Looking for XZ-1 carry options/opinions
July 07, 11:33am

Re: Are R-Values Stackable?
Would flattened reflective layers provide any insulation whatever? I'd guess the conductive heatloss will overwhelm any benefits from IR reflection. Cheers, Rick

In GEAR » Neoair vs. Neoair All Season
July 06, 3:50pm

Re: Neoair vs. Neoair All Season
Hi Ben, It seems likely they added baffling to reduce cell size and convection loss. Perhaps they added another reflective layer as well, but I wonder how much effect that could have on R-value ...

In GEAR » Neoair vs. Neoair All Season
July 06, 10:16am

Re: Sad news
Gosh, terrible news indeed. My thoughts are with their family and friends. Rick

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Mystery surrounds case of missing Colorado hikers (BPL Hiker)
July 02, 7:41pm

Re: I don't get it
Hi Greg, Yes, a head-scratcher. I do think it's a prestige item aimed primarily at the domestic market and not at advanced amateurs--literally something folks will want because it's cool...

In Photography » Pentax Q, Q is for "Quirky"
June 28, 10:22am

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