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Pat's Backcountry Non-Carbonated Beer
I haven't actually tried this while hiking yet - the carbonator bottle seems a mite heavy just to make bubbles - but the beers taste good, very much like real beer. I have tried the carbona...

In GEAR » Pat's Backcountry Beer...
July 03, 4:02pm

Re: Re: Re: Campsite Rage Cure?
Skunk scent http://www.amazon.com/Buck-Stop-Natural-Skunk-Scent/dp/B0000AVW8L

In Philosophy & Technique » Campsite Rage Cure?
June 28, 10:35am

Making and Using Jerky
You can easily make your own jerky, using an oven, a dehydrator or an electric smoker. Most folks put a ton of salt in it, and the commercial jerky has who knows what in it, but simply drying thin ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » dehydrating meat for resupply buckets?
June 18, 7:58pm

Re: Re: Long sleeve hiking shirts
Richard said, "+1 on the Railriders Madison River shirt. That's my go to shirt when I need sun protection in the High Sierra. 100% agree and for the same reason. Blocks the burn, good...

In GEAR » Long sleeve hiking shirts
June 17, 11:49am

Re: Re: Re: Moving along...
Mike, I'm solidly with Jen and the others who think the MRIs can be a real deception. Not that you don't have a bulging disc, (I do too), but that it is meaningful as a cause of your pain. ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Encouragement Needed
June 12, 12:21pm

Steripen
I prefer the Steripen. It's quick, light, and handles viruses as well the other nasties. If I lived where most water was mucky, I might feel differently, but in the Sierras, Transverse and Peni...

In GEAR » Steripen vs Light Sawyer filter... Which do you prefer?
June 10, 9:31am

Railriders Eco Mesh
I really like RailRiders Eco Mesh pants. They come in the 30" length (which I wear), and do not have a cargo pocket. They are not convertible, but have a zip open/closed outside leg seam backe...

In GEAR » Suggestions for new hiking pants?
June 09, 11:07am

Re: Re: Re: I've got the solution!
"The monkey pillow case is awesome. I put my Exped air pillow inside it and the straps hold it onto my air pad. Fleece on one side feels great on your face." Yeah, feels great. But it ...

In GEAR » Pillow slipping out under my head
June 08, 9:16pm

How near?
Big Sur is up the coast a couple hours. There are some locations in the Coast Ranges above Santa Barbara and south of Cuyama - best in winter for the most part. I think you could do a coastal hike ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Backpacking locations near Pismo Beach, CA?
June 08, 12:51pm

Re: Re: Pillow slipping out under my head
FWIW, I've had a pillow cord around my exped UL mat end up opening the one of the valves on the mat, resulting in a flattened sleeping experience. I haven't tried velcro yet, but get by wit...

In GEAR » Pillow slipping out under my head
June 08, 12:45pm

All Reader Reviews by Stephen Barber

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SmarTube Drinking System for Bottles
Since having a hydration bladder spring a leak inside my pack, I have avoided all such bladders. I stuck to simple water bottles until a couple of years ago when I ran across the SmarTube - a drinking...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
May 13, 1:33pm

ZPacks Sleeping Bag 40* and 20*
This is the side sleepers dream bag! The bags are filled with 900 fill power goose down, outer shell is green .95 oz/sq yd Pertex Quantum ripstop nylon, and the liner is black .67 oz/sq yd nylon. ...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
July 25, 9:25pm

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad
Upon receipt of the pad, I inflated it to sleeping firmness, and stood it up against the bookcase. An hour later it looked rather soft; three hours later it was in a pile on the floor. Brand new, and ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 24, 11:49pm

Lawson Equipment Customer Service
I've purchased from Lawson on several different occasions. I've always gotten excellent service, fast shipping (especially considering I live clear across the country!), and good interaction v...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 20, 11:47am

ULA Catalyst
I've spent the last two years trying to find a pack that is both light and comfortable, ie, transfers weight to the hip bones well. To date, i had found packs that were only one but not the other ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
June 04, 8:11pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
I was able to pick up a Bushbuddy Ti used, and can't imagine why anyone would want to get rid of one! I used it repeatedly this summer and have been absolutely delighted with it! It is probably...

In Stoves - Other
August 18, 11:59am