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Re: Flash Reviews (No. 1): ZPacks Challenger Raingear, JepPaks Custom Packs, Zebralight H52Fw Headlamp
"Second, I’m discovering much shorter battery life (even with the manufacturer-recommended Sanyo 2000 mAh Eneloop AA battery) at the suggested outputs than what the manufacturer is claiming....

In Editor's Roundtable » Flash Reviews (No. 1): ZPacks Challenger Raingear, JepPaks Custom Packs, Zebralight H52Fw Headlamp
September 18, 11:35am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Question
"most people I believe, have air conditioning Maybe in parts of America. In the rest of the world - unlikely. No, we don't. It's a lot cheaper without. :-)" God bless America!...

In GEAR » Exped UL7 W versus NeoAir XTherm L
September 17, 4:27pm

Re: Mirage vs Alpine Light
Maybe wearing a windshirt over would be helpful in the Mirage's durability? I pretty much always use a windshirt with my puffies. Either way, if I can ever catch a Mirage on sale I'm pulli...

In GEAR » Upgrading Fall and Winter Jackets
September 17, 3:40pm

Re: Re: Re: Borah Gear Down Jacket
Does the zipper go all the way up to the top of the collar? The pics make it look like it doesn't which was always a deal killer for me. Looks like a great jacket other than that. Ryan

In GEAR » Borah Gear Down Jacket
September 16, 10:07am

Re: Manufacturers
I agree with Dan's list except I would put all of HMG's products in the "good" category. Other than that, looks spot on compared with my experiences. I love Zpacks products and t...

In GEAR » What manufacturers do you trust?
September 15, 8:05am

Re: prepurchase vs later?
I would buy later if I were in your shoes. Tying up a chunk of money for however long until the others sell, plus the risk that you could end up losing money - the 10% discount wouldn't be wort...

In Gear Swap » FS: Brand New MLD Cuben Supermid and Cuben Supermid Innernet
September 12, 10:01am

Re: Is a cuben tarp aided by being cat-cut in the same way as silnylon tarps?
Sticks- I've made a few cuben tarps, both flat 9x7's and cat-cut 9x7s. The cat cut tarps will always pitch tight as a drum while flat ones only so-so. If you aren't going to use more...

In GEAR » Is a cuben tarp aided by being cat-cut in the same way as silnylon tarps?
September 11, 5:26pm

Re: Re: argon sil dead?
Lots of folks over at HF are still clamoring for SilArgon, so I bet Dutch will stock it again if he can. Ripstopbytheroll.com has 20D silnylon at 1.2oz/yd in a lot of cool colors. For some reason I...

In Make Your Own Gear » Argon Silnylon Pyramid Tarp - Hex
September 11, 5:05pm

Re: summer nights
"In the Appalachians, 45 to 70 F with unpleasant humidity." We normally see somewhere 55-70F for my area in the Appalachians, but still the same unpleasant humidity. Nothing like breat...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What ARE "summer nighttime temps" where you backpack?
September 05, 4:45pm

Re: coatings on big puffy down jackets?
Even though the 7d/10d/etc fabrics are very lightweight, they can still be very wind resistant. M50 was a good example. I forget what CFM rating Richard measured, but it was extremely low. To the p...

In GEAR » coatings on big puffy down jackets?
September 05, 4:37pm

All Reader Reviews by Ryan Smith

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I've had an Ohm for about a year now and have taken it on a few trips. It's very comfortable provided that you keep it in the weight range it's designed for. When carrying 20-25 lbs it car...

In Backpacks - Frameless
September 10, 5:36pm