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Laural Bourque (lauralbaby) - BPL Guest

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About Me Came across UL at the same time as I began backpacking.
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could easily go lighter
You said "did not use half the stuff." That stuff you could easily not bring. The Verto Jacket is versatile enough that I use it more than anything else, honestly.

In GEAR » My first ultralight backpacking trip (kinda)
July 11, 2:03pm

1) Loosen every single strap (waist, hip belt, load lifter, shoulder straps). 2) Put pack on and adjust the waist first. It should be around your belly button if not higher. 3) Adjust the load li...

In Philosophy & Technique » Pack fit and load transfer--am I doing it wrong?
July 11, 2:01pm

Tyvek Envelopes = Camp Shoes
The Post Office has envelopes that are for 2/3 day Priority Mail, as does FedEx. I opened up the envelopes, folded them over my feet, outlined with a sharpie, and made myself some camp shoes with t...

In Make Your Own Gear » Tyvek Envelopes = Camp Shoes
July 11, 1:48pm

Is there anyway you can just rent a tent for one trip? If he likes it, you can put the money forward for purchasing the tent, otherwise you're only out a little.

In GEAR » Double Wall, 3-4 man tent
July 11, 1:38pm

I was tempted to buy an alcohol stove, but instead I dug in the recycling bin at work, printed up some Zenstoves templates, and went to town. If a woman with no upper body strength or tools beyond ...

In GEAR » MYOG/DIY Gear - What preforms as well or better than "store bought" stuff?
July 11, 1:19pm

tnf verto
In light rain a windshirt with a DWR coating is pretty nice. Water beads up pretty well on my Verto jacket.

In GEAR » what is this "wind shirt" of which you speak?
July 08, 4:23pm

this year is special
The winter snowfall wasn't actually that big of a deal, but the spring was the coldest on record for 40+ years. June 26th was the first day with 80F temps in Seattle. I'm not super familiar...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » PNW/North Cascades Help
July 07, 10:29pm

If only they could use this stuff for the inner fabric for eVent, that would make an amazing shell fabric...

In Make Your Own Gear » New 7D Fabric
July 07, 12:48am

verto jacket
I just got one of these to replace my GoLite Wisp, which I didn't like the fit of. This was on sale for $50 a few weeks ago online at Nordstrom, so I got the Men's Medium. Haven't teste...

In GEAR » New TNF wind jacket and marmot rain pants
July 06, 5:56pm

data logger
Have you thought about data loggers instead of GPS units? I've read good reviews about the Easily Showily.

In GEAR » Please recommend a bare-bones but quality GPS
July 05, 6:05pm

All Reader Reviews by Laural Bourque

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Montbell UL Down Inner Parka
What's the beef with the hood? I would have bought the jacket if I didn't want the hood, but I did want the hood, so I bought the Parka. I've seen complaints that the women's doesn...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
August 08, 9:54pm

Osprey Exos 46
Just chiming in with everyone else. If it fits you, it's a great pack. I put my bladder INSIDE the airscape area rather than in the provided pocket. Works great and cools my back as I hike!

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
July 18, 5:32pm

MSR Mountain Safety Research HyperFlow microfilter
Carry less water in your pack and get a liter in under a minute? Sure! I got this in 2009, a bit after the kinks were worked out I suppose, and have never had a single issue with it. Except one time a...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
July 18, 5:24pm

GoLite Wisp
I find this windshirt to be rather clammy feeling, and the fit to be poor. There are better windshirts.

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
July 07, 6:00pm

I/O Bio Women's Contact Tight - Bottom Baselayer
I've tried Ibex, Smartwool, and Icebreaker wool clothing, but the I/O Bio is the lightest and softest. It's probably most comparable to the Ibex Woolies, although the material seems more durab...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
June 30, 2:52am