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Zack Karas (iwillchopyou@hotmail.com) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Zack Karas

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40*F: UL60 quilt + bivy OR down pants/jacket + bivy
I am putting together a gear list for a speedy hike where I don't plan on sleeping for more than 2 hours at a time. The temps shouldn't fall below 40*F and it will be dry. I'm con...

In GEAR » 40*F: UL60 quilt + bivy OR down pants/jacket + bivy
December 08, 4:26pm

car kit
I always keep a small shovel and a bag of kitty litter to help getting the car out, should that be at a slippy TH or if I go off the road. Add to that a candle, matches, wool blanket, flashlight t...

In GEAR » the best emergency gear for your car?
December 06, 3:51pm

TRT 2010
1700 photos--that comes out to 10 photos per mile. Wow. I had planned on an unsupported record attempt this year on the TRT, but had to scrap those plans due to a broken ankle. So...I'm co...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » TRT - 2 Strangers / 4 Days
November 26, 10:39am

Montbell Flatiron
That's what I want to hear, thanks.

In GEAR » Has anyone used the Montbell Flatiron Parka?
November 24, 4:59pm

Montbell Flatiron
Thanks for the replies. I have one more question: Is the outer fabric tougher than what is used on the Thermawrap jackets? I think it is, but I'm not sure. I plan on using this to beef u...

In GEAR » Has anyone used the Montbell Flatiron Parka?
November 24, 4:33pm

sierra water
When getting all my shots for traveling abroad, my doctor told me that 99% of water will be okay if when heated, you could see the tiny bubbles at the bottom start to dance a bit. I also remem...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Water - How hot is hot enough?
November 24, 11:10am

Has anyone used the Montbell Flatiron Parka?
I'm about to pull the trigger on buying this, as I like the 120g torso and 80g arms insulation. Plus the price is very competitive. Anyone have this? Likes/dislikes?

In GEAR » Has anyone used the Montbell Flatiron Parka?
November 24, 10:37am

trips
Regarding the break-in period, as Roger said you can allow for it with decreased mileage initially on your thru-hike, and your training can incorporate a lot of smaller trips (looooong day hikes tu...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Typical Trip Length?
November 23, 2:40pm

rain gear
I'd consider carrying rain gear for SoCal. Around Idyllwild we got rain and snow for 2 days and those that didn't have much of a shelter or rain gear because we were in the desert had to r...

In GEAR » Gear choices for the PCT
November 20, 9:42pm

30* vs 20*
My wife and I just unzipped the Megalite (24oz) to use as a doubles quilt. We've since abandoned that set-up as it was too drafty in between our heads/shoulders. It's just too hard to sea...

In GEAR » Gear choices for the PCT
November 20, 6:34pm

All Reader Reviews by Zack Karas

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Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
As many previous reviewers have noted, this light stove works well and supports my ti pot well. I only use this in lower elevations and warmer weather, but that is due to esbit not the stove. I ...

In Stoves - Other
September 15, 12:36pm

Therm-A-Rest Ridgerest
I buy a size regular and cut it into two 30" long sections and I believe they weigh 5oz. One pad will last me for about 1200 miles before I replace it--though the replaced pad still has life lef...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
September 15, 12:33pm

Bibler Eldorado
I have only used it around 14 or so nights since then (only use it in more rugged and windy environments when snow is a possibility). My wife and I used it for our 10-day Tibet trek and it perfor...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
September 09, 4:47pm

BPL Blow-Up Pillow
I had high hopes for this pillow--the single baffle version. I have found that I have to inflate it very little to avoid my head rolling all over the place. So, in order for this pillow to keep my h...

In Miscellaneous Products
September 09, 4:36pm

Adidas Supernova Trail 5
After having foot problems, I went to a podiatrist and had custom orthotics made. The Dr. also recommended these shoes and to replace all shoes every 300-500 miles. Since using these, I have had z...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 09, 4:04pm

Red Ledge Thunderlight pants
I'm surprised that more people don't use and/or know about these. My pants weigh 6.5oz size medium and fit over my shoes. They have button snaps at the ankle to allow for 2 different sizes b...

In Clothing - Raingear
September 09, 4:00pm

Brasslite Turbo II-D
Purchased in 2004, used for around 6000 trail miles. Weighs 2.5oz, so there are lighter alternatives out there, but for the slimmer sleeve I feel it is worth it as it allows a broader trail diet. ...

In Stoves - Alcohol
September 08, 10:15am

Western Mountaineering Pod 30
Purchased in 2005, used for entire CDT, 10-day Tibet trek, Iceland thruhike, 6 months hiking in NZ, plus about another 1000 or so miles. Weighs 17 oz after cutting off pad sleeve. Only downsid...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
September 08, 10:12am

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 3
I recently purchased this for a thruhike of Iceland based on its' weight. It performed well, but let me explain... The foot-end of the tent is lower than the head-end, plus the vestibules are ...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 08, 10:06am

Dirty Girl Gaiters
These would be a 5 if the supplied adhesive strip resisting peeling after very wet days. Superglue was the answer and has held the velcro down wonderfully. Very breathable (and I'm a sweater...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 08, 9:59am