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UL hiking in Ontario
Hi Rob, I'm always looking for other people to hike with in UL style. For the moment I'm living in Markham but I regularily get out to Algonquin and Killarney for some UL action. I would l...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Ontario Hiker seeks same
May 09, 7:56am

Re: Re: Re: Re: mileage effects
Paul, Ok, just to keep slightly on topic. We are discussing the aero effects of cargo boxes on small cars and big gas guzzlers and how that mileage number can affect the environment that we al...

In GEAR » Thule or Yakima cargo boxes?
February 04, 9:42am

Re: Re: mileage effects
"Personally, I consider 5% a big hit" I think its all relative Paul. You have to consider what that 5% penalty buys you. 5% is a bigger hit with a less fuel efficient vehicle. Take for exampl...

In GEAR » Thule or Yakima cargo boxes?
February 03, 7:45pm

mileage effects
I have done a preliminary mileage test with my new Cascade box + 90 lbs of ice climbing/ winter camping gear. This is roughly equivalent to my daily hwy commute mileage with a 175 lb passenger a...

In GEAR » Thule or Yakima cargo boxes?
February 03, 2:36pm

Thule or Yakima... Thule
Thanks for the comments. I went with the Thule Cascade 1500 XT. I was also looking at the Yakima BlackPro 16s (16 cu ft vs Thule's 15) and it does have some more convenience-oriented features but...

In GEAR » Thule or Yakima cargo boxes?
February 02, 10:49pm

Breathing in/out through mouth.
Paul, As to your other inquiry about training to breath in through the mouth, I am also a natural nose breather but I found it easy to train for mouth breathing. A couple of -30 C days/nights a...

In GEAR » Heat Exchange/Air Warming Masks
February 02, 1:13pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Heat Exchange/Air Warming Masks
Paul, The major difference between breathing through the nose (inhale to heat in sinus cavity) and breathing through the heat exchanger is the fact that you are re-claiming moisture through the ...

In GEAR » Heat Exchange/Air Warming Masks
February 02, 1:03pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Heat Exchange/Air Warming Masks
Paul, The heat exchanger on the psolar mask only covers the mouth area which is why you have to breath through the mouth. As I understand it, the principle of warming the incoming air on the ex...

In GEAR » Heat Exchange/Air Warming Masks
February 02, 12:16pm

Re: Re: Psolar
That's the only way... you want to breath in warm air and that happens when there's a phase change on the starch surface. There may be other companies that have heat exchangers that cover both...

In GEAR » Heat Exchange/Air Warming Masks
February 01, 7:18pm

I use the Psolar mask and from what I can see its just corn starch which has been fixed onto a solid medium. I've used it to extend my sleeping bag comfort range when I'm camping below 32 F and I'...

In GEAR » Heat Exchange/Air Warming Masks
February 01, 9:44am

All Reader Reviews by John Chan

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Integral Designs Siltarp 2
This is now my preferred mode of tarping. After experimenting with cat-cut tarps, hammocks, tee-pee tarps, I have concluded that the most versatile configuration is the standard flat 8 x 10 silnylon ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 12, 9:41pm

Montbell Breeze Dry-Tec UL overbag (M)
I have used this bivy for 1 full season now. Compared to the BMW Vapor bivy this overbag has several plusses and minuses. The advantages 1. No stakeout points. This may seem counterintuitive, ...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
August 12, 9:33pm

MiniBullDesigns Trek 3
The MBD Trek 3 is the fully pressurized version of their original side-burner. There is no priming cup. You must add the denatured alcohol via small hole on top of the stove after unscrewing a wing-...

In Stoves - Alcohol
August 09, 7:11am

Vargo 1.3 L Titanium Pot
Very well made item. On the bottom of the pot it says "made in Japan" which from the dimensions, suggests that its an Evernew pot without the pot handles. I'm not sure how long the non-stick surface...

In Cookware - Titanium
August 09, 6:59am

Mountain Laurel Designs Prophet 25/30
Recieved my MLD Prophet 30 the other day. Its a pretty simple design but will probably do what I envisioned it to: carry a UL 3-day summer kit. I had Ron make some small modifications to my pack lik...

In Backpacks - Frameless
May 09, 9:17am

Nunatak Skaha Plus
Recently took delivery on my much anticipated Skaha Plus down sweater. Two long, anxious months from concept to delivery but boy, was it worth it. I had Tom build a sweater in Quantum shell/ 0.8...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
December 24, 7:53pm

Golite Hex 3
I recently applied UL philosophies to group camping so I replaced my MH Trango 2 tent with a Golite Hex 3. This week, I took the Hex 3 on a planned circumnavigation of the 100 km LaCloche Silhouette ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 26, 5:09pm

Princeton Tech Aurora
Probably the best overall LED headtorch on the market. Ample light, ample light settings, great battery longevity.

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
November 08, 1:13pm

MSR Titan Kettle
Great primary pot for 1 or 2 if you are going to boil water and add. I have even used it for cooking rice (you'll need a pot cozy). I gave it a 4 because of the flimsy handles but I guess for UL coo...

In Cookware - Titanium
November 08, 1:11pm

Montane Featherlite
I've been using the Montane Featherlite Smock as a replacement for a bulky hardshell and its worked great so far. The Pertex fabric with DWR really does well in light precipitation and even in the oc...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
November 08, 10:34am