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Brian Sims (MtnFiend) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Pasadena, CA
About Me I am more of a cyclist these days (MTB and road) but get out on a few backpacking trips each year. I primarily spend time in the east side Sierra. I am an Eagle Scout, worked in the outdoor industry (including REI) for a few years, and have a good background in wilderness travel.

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Gear List
Steve, I quickly checked out CiloGear. Nice looking stuff but like Brett I wish they had more photos. I am going to do some more research on their stuff. Brett, We seem to be in the same b...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » LW Moutaineering Packs
May 01, 9:55am

LW Moutaineering Packs
I just thumbed through the different threads on the Mountaineering & Alpinism board and didn't find anything related to packs. I'm trying to cut my base weight and the item I can cut...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » LW Moutaineering Packs
April 30, 10:41pm

Re: Source for Montane Jetstream?
I have found several places doing a search on Froogle. It depends on what you are looking for. Modern Mountain Man seems to have a good selection. I found two places that sell the Featherlite Ve...

In GEAR » Full Zip, No Hood Windshirt?
February 11, 7:45pm

It is interesting that Philmont states that you cannot use tarps. In 1994, I think, I did Philmont Trail Crew. In this program we built new trail for 14 days and then hiked for 10. During the 10...

In Gear Lists » Philmont gear selection..
February 02, 8:37am

Re: probably French
Well a shirt without sleeves, but that covers from the neck to the edge of the shoulder is a sleeveless t-shirt/shirt. A shirt without sleeves that has a 2"-3" sleeve over the shoulder i...

In GEAR » Full Zip, No Hood Windshirt?
February 01, 2:53pm

Re: what about their gilet
Nigel, Oh I see a gilet is a vest. :) English = gilet, American = vest. I had not heard that one yet; jumper yes, gilet no. I actually have a North Face Trail Running vest(gilet) I picked...

In GEAR » Full Zip, No Hood Windshirt?
January 31, 7:44pm

Montbell UL Windshirt
I also read Ryan's comments about the Montbell windshirt being sauna link. They use an acrylic coating that is highly non-breathable. I purchased a Pearl Izumi cycling wind jacket that was no...

In GEAR » Full Zip, No Hood Windshirt?
January 31, 11:10am

Full Zip, No Hood Windshirt?
I am having a hard time finding a high quality, ultra lightweight (3oz-5oz), full zip, non-hooded, highly breathable windshirt. I guess I'm asking for a lot but what the heck. I really like t...

In GEAR » Full Zip, No Hood Windshirt?
January 30, 11:36pm

Re: Re: Re: Lightweight harness
Christopher, I just got back from picking up The Mountaineering Handbook at Borders. Thanks for the recommendation. Looks like a great book.

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Lightweight Rack for Sierra Class 3-4
January 27, 8:51pm

Re: Lightweight harness
Thanks for the suggestion to make a webbing harness. That is a great, cheep, lightweight idea. Some of the guys are concerned about spending a bunch of money on gear as they recently purchased ho...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Lightweight Rack for Sierra Class 3-4
January 27, 6:26pm

All Reader Reviews by Brian Sims

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Mountain Hardwear Kiva
I have owned this tent for years. I have used it as a shelter, bathroom, cook shelter (windy morning in Joshua Tree), and sun shade. Most here are interested in the performance of the tent as a ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
May 09, 10:23pm

Gossamer Gear NightLight 3/4
I purchased this product based on the rave reviews on the Gossamer Gear site. :) Well I would give it a 2. I didn't get cold, so I guess it served its purpose. It was not all that comfortable. ...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 25, 10:30pm

Organic Food Bar Omega3 Flax
I have been buying this bar for a few years now and they are by far my fav. I find it at Trader Joe's (if you have one of those near you), Whole Foods, and Wild Oats. Unlike all the other ba...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
March 25, 10:07pm