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Remaking commercial gear in UL materials
I'm interested in remaking a commercial tent in UL fabrics. I bought the tent several years ago, and it fits my needs perfectly, but could weigh about half as much. None of the current commerc...

In GEAR » Remaking commercial gear in UL materials
February 07, 11:53pm

Starlight Pack
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In Gear Swap » FS: SMD Starlite and WM Highlite
February 03, 12:18am

Powdered Milk
Milkman Powdered Milk with 1% fat makes pretty good milk on the trail. It's much better than powdered skim milk. When I did the JMT I came out at South Lake looking forward to milk and donuts...

In Philosophy & Technique » Meal Plan for thru-hike
February 02, 9:03pm

Packs & a pad
I would be interested in the Zilch pack. How can I contact you?

In Gear Swap » FS: Packs & a pad
February 01, 11:35pm

Deodorant Choice?
I just do a quick non-soap bath in the river or lake I'm camping at every day. Never heard of anybody using deodorant on the trail. Wash clothes, again no soap, every 3-4 days, dumping water ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Deoderant choice?
February 01, 11:26pm

Re: 2007 Backpacking Light Picks
My top 3: 1. Jacks 'R Better Mt. Roger's Quilt - My wife and I both really like it and have used it down to 25'F with no problems. Much better (and lighter) than sleeping bags, eve...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2007 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
December 05, 7:34pm

Auto eating Marmots
I've never had any problems personally, but I gather the marmots like anything they can chew on e.g., brake and transmission lines, etc. At Mineral King they apparently are a real problem. ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Where does one get JMT permit if starting at Red Meadows on the JMT?
December 02, 9:33pm

New Seedhouse SL2
Those nine stakes must add about another 2-3 oz. Thanks for the confirming info.

In GEAR » Weighing Frenzy!
November 01, 12:56am

Winter PCT
The Muir Trail in California has been done in winter. There was one writeup in Summit Magazine about a '70s trip, but it was a very low snow year. It has been done in more normal snow years, ...

In Winter Hiking » Winter PCT
November 01, 12:46am

New Seedhouse SL2
I'd really like to know what it really weighs complete (I work in a lab, too, 5 decimal points is fine). I'm been interested, but have seen confusing data in the sales literature and haven...

In GEAR » Weighing Frenzy!
November 01, 12:16am

All Reader Reviews by Richard Gless

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ZPacks Hexamid solo tarp and HexaNet
Seeing the stars at night is one of my favorite parts of backpacking so I wanted a two wall tent, bug net inner and rain fly outer. My first solo UL tent attempt was a Eureka Solitaire ā€“ too hard...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
March 17, 11:37pm

ZPacks Hexamid Solo Tarp and HexaNet
Seeing the stars at night is one of my favorite parts of backpacking so I wanted a two wall tent, bug net inner and rain fly outer. My first solo UL tent attempt was a Eureka Solitaire ā€“ too hard...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
March 17, 11:22pm

Snow Peak LiteMax
Snow Peak LiteMax Stove I bought a Snow Peak LiteMax this spring (2009) to replace my MSR Pocket Rocket and have been really happy with it, having used it for about 20 days now. Pros: 1. W...

In Stoves - Canister
December 06, 11:20pm

Black Diamond Orbit
I saw this advertised in Backpacker Magazine (yes, I still subscribe. Every once in a while I find something useful), and thought Iā€™d check it out. I picked it up at REI since I was going on a hike ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
May 08, 12:03am

Therm-a-Rest Neoair
I recently bought size small ThermaRest NeoAir Pads for both my wife and I. We were particularly interested in reducing pack weight while retaining or improving comfort. My wife went from a ThermaRe...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
May 01, 9:55pm

Merrell Chameleon Wrap GoreTex XCR
About twelve years ago as part of my journey to lighten my backpacking load I went from my second pair of Galibier Mountaineering boots (really heavy) to a pair of relatively lightweight Merrell leath...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
June 24, 10:03pm

Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
I've used my BPL Esbit stove for 2-3 day solo trips for two years now. I think its a great compromise of lightweight and efficiency. You do have to recognize the stove's limitations and use ...

In Stoves - Other
February 20, 11:34pm

Jack's R Better Mt. Rogers Quilt
I purchased the Jack's R Better Mt. Rogers Quilt in large part based on the review by Shane above. I'd been looking at the possibility of using a quilt to cut weight for some time, and when J...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
July 17, 12:37am

Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite 3
It's interesting how some products work for some people and not for others. I've tried the TorsoLite and the POE UberLite. They are just too short for me (I'm 5' 11"). On duff ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 01, 8:55pm

Zpacks Z1
I have to agree with all of Jonathan's comments. I bought this pack after seeing it mentioned on BPL and checking it out on the web. It only took about a week to arrive after I ordered it. ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
February 23, 10:26pm