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All Forum Posts by Russell Swanson

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Re: sand shoes
If you do a lot of hiking on the beach then I'm sure you're aware of this fact- it's tough, tough hiking. You're either plowing and slipping through shifting, loose, dry sand or ha...

In GEAR » what to look for in a shoe
September 16, 6:00pm

Re: Bears on JMT
Roger- good point about the book publisher. I hadn't considered that. But it does go to reinforce my point- sensationalizing threats posed by animals does sell.

In GEAR » Does bear spray work with black bears and what brand?
September 14, 4:37pm

Re: Colorado shoe fitter
+1 on running shoe outfitters. Outdoor stores, like REI, will more likely just try to sell you more boots. A runner's outfitter will most likely have special equipment that can monitor your...

In GEAR » Colorado shoe fitter
September 12, 2:17pm

Re: Oh?
Dewey. Please state how you know I have little or no actual field experience with bears. Re-read my post. I add that I freely admit the book may contain valuable information. Its obvious that...

In GEAR » Does bear spray work with black bears and what brand?
September 12, 1:45pm

Timothy, Don't rule out the Cloudburst. I felt this tent was a good compromise between the Squall and the Rainshadow. It give you much more head room than the Squall, smaller footprint tha...

In GEAR » TarpTent Sale
September 12, 11:21am

Re: Shelton book, "Bear Encounter Survival Guide"
You know, I haven't read this book so maybe I'm out of line here but even the cover is inflammatory. A picture of a brown bear's foot, claws prominently on display, measured to demonst...

In GEAR » Does bear spray work with black bears and what brand?
September 12, 10:57am

Re: Statistics
Who gets attacked most often? Hunters and people in areas where food is easily accessible. Often hunters are attacked because they are trying to not be heard or seen and they surprise the bear, o...

In GEAR » Does bear spray work with black bears and what brand?
September 11, 6:36pm

Re: Black Bear Precautions
Tad- exactly. I was trying to make that same point when I stated that carrying something to protect you from bears (when the odds of attack are so small) borders on irrationality. Especially wh...

In GEAR » Does bear spray work with black bears and what brand?
September 11, 5:45pm

Re: Choosing colors of base layers
Joe said- 4. Whatever's on sale. Cha-ching!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Choosing colors of base layers
September 11, 5:25pm

Re: Yes
Is Ryan's the first post in this thread about spray actually being deployed? Has anyone else used bear spray as intended? Ryan, where were you? What type of bear was it?

In GEAR » Does bear spray work with black bears and what brand?
September 11, 3:25pm

All Reader Reviews by Russell Swanson

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Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
This is a little dated as the new Ether series has since replaced my POE pad but I still feel the review is relevant due as a statement about the company. First, the pad is comfortable, so I won'...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
September 29, 11:48pm

Pacific Outdoor Equipment Max Compact
I'll be posting a similar review under the POE Max Thermo regarding the quality of the pad. First, the pad is as comfortable as advertised, so I won't go into details about this. My comments ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
September 29, 11:41pm

Aloksak O.P 12.5 x 20"
I also had difficulties securing the seal on the on the OP Sak in both a Bear Vault and an Ursak (w/aluminum liner). The OP Sak is square and the bear containers are round. Perhaps a better design w...

In Miscellaneous Products
September 22, 9:42am

Patagonia Houdini Wind Jacket
I don't need to add to the comments about the jacket's usefulness and breathability. I practicaly live in mine on the trail. I'm dinging the perfect rating down to a 3/5 for two reasons;...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
May 03, 4:33pm

ULA Conduit
A lot of superlatives have been already said in the above reviews and I don't have a lot to add, other comments about the pad sleeve. It was clearly designed to accept self inflating 3/4 length p...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 11, 10:57am

REI Quarterdome
If you must have a double walled tent, this one is hard to beat. For the price, you're getting a great package. I've had the Quarter Dome for a few years now and it's been quite a serv...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
March 21, 5:18pm

ULA Equipment
Aside from Brian's phenomenal products (which are well documented), I recently had a great experience shopping with ULA. While researching a new pack purchase, Brian Frankle my emails to ULA Equi...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 14, 1:58pm

Western Mountaineering Ultralight Super
Ok, I'll admit that I'm posting this review just to see what it does to my BPL rating. Oh the vanity! I bought this bag sight unseen, based largely on Western Mountaineering’s reputation within th...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
November 30, 6:02pm