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James Loy (jimbluz) - BPL Premium Member

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The Summer 2009 issue of the Gazette, an Alpine Club of Canada publication, features a recent review of the Spot Satellite Personal Tracker. Although the "Gazette" does not seem to be av...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » PLB's
July 06, 5:39pm

Durability of wool brands
Another vote for Icebreaker and Ibex. My experience with Smartwool was really disappointing - holes in my microweight t-shirts after one wearing. I haven't tried any other brands.

In GEAR » durability of wool brands
April 22, 1:27pm

Alcohol Stoves
I cast my vote for the Caldera Cone. I have both the Caldera Cone for the MSR kettle as well as the White Box Solo. Although more compact overall, I find the White Box stoves to be less fuel effi...

In GEAR » Alcohol Stoves
April 17, 10:30am

Granite Gear Vapor Trail capacity
I have a 3-4 year old Vapor Trail and would like to know the capacity without using the extension collar. I know GG advertised the capacity as 3600 cu. in., but I wonder if that includes using the...

In GEAR » Granite Gear Vapor Trail capacity
April 03, 5:35pm

Nunatak USA
Thanks for all the reassuring comments. I have now received a reply from Tom.

In GEAR » Nunatak USA
March 24, 2:04pm

Nunatak USA
Anyone know what is going on at Nunatak? I returned an item to them for service but there was no one there on March 18 to accept delivery. My emails have so far been unanswered.

In GEAR » Nunatak USA
March 24, 10:07am

Tell me the difference between poles
Of the three listed, my only experience is with the REI Peak Ultra. Mine are a few years old and have the "twist-lock" system which I would never recommend. My experience is that they f...

In GEAR » Tell me the difference between poles
January 03, 12:55pm

Hilleberg Nallo 2
You are absolutely right about the rear guyline on the bottom of the fly, Charles. That is what I used while keeping the ventilation at its maximum. Incidentally, that is featured on my 2006 mode...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Nallo 2
October 08, 11:50am

Hilleberg Nallo 2
Good point about a possible defect, Chris. Looking at the 2008 tent review in Backpacker Magazine, I see many tents with less than an 87" length and I don't think the Nallo is any lower i...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Nallo 2
October 07, 6:42pm

Hilleberg Nallo 2
Interesting experiences from members both ways, problems with wet sleeping bags in the Nallo and those without. Getting feedback from other users is really good in making buying decisions, but som...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Nallo 2
October 07, 3:08pm

All Reader Reviews by James Loy

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Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
Like it or not, I usually end up spending a good bit of the night sleeping on my back, which means my shoulders & elbows are on the ground. The height from my torso to where my arms touch the gro...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
October 08, 11:44am

Patagonia DAS Parka
Whoa, did I miss something? Are we only supposed to offer reviews of lightweight gear? Although not a lightweight piece of gear, I have to give the above rating to a product that works as advertised...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
April 02, 12:44pm

Nunatak Arc Alpinist
I wholly agree with all the accolades above. I just received my second Arc Alpinist (wife gets the prior one). I ordered the latest in Epic, 3 oz down overfill, and a length averaged between a regul...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
February 24, 4:56pm

Icebreaker Oasis Bodyfit 200 Tee
After purchasing one of these shirts in late 2006, I have found this shirt to be my "cast iron skillet" for spring, fall and winter trips in the mountains. I have even used it as a warm bas...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
February 06, 1:09pm

Icebreaker Tech T Lite Superfine 140
I tried one of the superfine 140 Tees on a backpack in Canada's Kootenai Natl Park last August. The weather was everything from cold, wet and windy to humid and warm. I wore the shirt constantl...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
February 06, 12:54pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
I used the Ecomesh shirt on a desert backpack in SE Utah in May of 2007, and found it absolutely superb for sun protection and comfort. I perspired heavily, but the shirt always dried during a short ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
February 06, 12:45pm

Icebreaker Balaclava Lite
I love Icebreaker products however I found the fit on this item disappointing. One size does not fit all! I spent an entire afternoon constantly pulling the fabric back up over my nose as the fit wa...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 12:36pm

Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero
A great hat with only one exception: because the brim secures to the crown with velcro rather than a snap, expect the wind to blow the brim up and secure it to the velcro on the crown without you bei...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 12:31pm

PossumDown Beanie (BPL Gear Shop) Beanie
Because of all the hype about this product being so warm, I decided to order one in spite of the price. The beanie is well-made and a good fit, however I was extremely disappointed after wearing it i...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 12:23pm

Big Agnes
I returned a Seedhouse SL-1 tent that experienced a torn center pole loop about the 3rd or 4th time I set it up. I returned it to Big Agnes and they quickly replaced it with a new tent. When erectin...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 05, 2:36pm