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Cuben source?
Bill, where did you get the Cuben material from, and what was the ~ price? Thanks, Mike

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Materials
November 17, 11:33pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: UL no longer matters..
Off all the places I've hiked (exo-urban) and willing to bet all the places you've hiked, I can't think of any where this would be a net positive, just from the width of trails and rocks in the roa...

In GEAR » UL no longer matters..
November 17, 8:13pm

Re: UL no longer matters..till you have to charge the battery...
I rode one of these last month. It was pretty impressive. I expect that you don't want to outrun the battery in the hinterland, otherwise being 12 miles away with a dead $5K, 120 lbs unit might t...

In GEAR » UL no longer matters..
November 16, 10:07pm

Re: What's a good headlamp for night hiking?
A small phillips, plus good close up eyesight. You also need to make sure you notice how the LED lays in there with respect to + and - terminals.

In GEAR » What's a good headlamp for night hiking?
November 16, 9:57pm

Re: What's a good headlamp for night hiking?
I would consider the Princeton Tec EOS and the Photon Freedom. The Freedom weighs as close to 0 as you can get, you can get 8 - 10 hours our of a set of batteries. I've seen a hiker with 2 of the...

In GEAR » What's a good headlamp for night hiking?
November 16, 9:28pm

Re: Re: Re: Sleeping with food
Wow, you're reminding me of two incidents the same night 5 years in northern Arizona. "Everyone else" had their food outside their tents in bags, save the occupants of 1 tent and 1 shelter. Bot...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sleeping with food
November 16, 8:14pm

3 gm, 9" Titanium bike spokes: What to use for?
I just acquired numerous slightly "non-straight" titanium bicycle spokes, they're pretty stiff, weigh 3 grams each and are 9 " long, 1/16" diameter, with a 90 degree bend 1/4" from the end. Holdin...

In Make Your Own Gear » 3 gm, 9" Titanium bike spokes: What to use for?
November 10, 9:52pm

Ryan, what's the chance you have a package we could start circulating to various districts and councils? That might be another way to try to provide more lightweight visibility. MikeB

In GEAR » Ultra-light instruction at BSA National Jamboree?
November 06, 6:01pm

Re: Early Winter Trip
We do this a couple of times a year from the Phoenix area, where sub freezing weather is unusual, to Flagstaff, where 0 to teens are pretty common. Not many in our troop have bags good to 0,(typi...

In Winter Hiking » Early Winter Trip
November 05, 9:40pm

Re:^4 Jumpstaring Ultralight Scouting at the troop level
There are numerous reasons that Scouts don't buy ultralight, or even lightweight that I see. First, many parents don't know anything other than the BSA equipment catalog, Sports Authority or R...

In GEAR » Ultra-light instruction at BSA National Jamboree?
November 05, 5:32pm

All Reader Reviews by Mike Barney

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MSR Pocket Rocket
This is a pretty basic stove that is simple to operate. It's lightweight and reasonably efficient. We used 3 of these on a 10 day hike with 10 people and they worked well. The stove is reas...

In Stoves - Canister
December 08, 5:52pm

Light My Fire Spork
I like the LMF Spork, but it's almost too flexible. I can agree with many if not most of the comments above, and have had one break. When you use it to stir something very hot, it gets soft and ...

In Cookware - Other
November 23, 9:49pm

Garmin Rino 120 GPS and FRS / GMRS Radio
Great Idea, lacking implementation.The premis of the Rino family is that it would be great to know where others are via GPS location. Great Idea. This is accomplished by using FRS radio frequencies i...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
January 21, 2:53pm

Marmot Helium (long)
I had this bag for a short period, but really liked it. It's so warm, that it was almost too warm for me above freezing, but a very comfortable bag overall. It fits me (6'1") well a...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
January 04, 7:24pm

Atkinson's Chick-O-Stick Crunchy Peanut Butter & Coconut Candy
I really like the "Chick'O's", they do pack significant energy in a small package, and the taste is very good. They don't break as easy as some, and have a similar texture in h...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
December 27, 5:29pm

Jolt Gum
I guess if I was going to give this a really fair shake I'd have consumed the whole pack. Unfortunately or fortunately 1/2 a piece was more than enough. The taste isn't there, and I do have ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
December 11, 11:09pm

Big Agnes
We had a short term need for a bag and pad we could use at Philmont, and the Scout was on a budget. We looked around and called Big Agnes. They had a demo bag come in the next day, and they called b...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 11, 7:28pm

Walmart really does have nice people in their outdoors department at our local establishment, who know a lot about the Coleman lanterns and stoves and shotguns / rifles and ammo and really try to hel...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 07, 10:24pm

Tarptent Cloudburst
The Cloudburst 2 was my first tent from Tarptent. I like the design, and it holds up well in rain and wind. It sleeps 2 comfortably and sets up pretty easily with as few as 3 stakes. It weight a ha...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
December 04, 9:24pm

Sling-Light Chair w/ body and kneck rest
I purchased 2 of these initially for a 2 week hike. In the store, it seemed like a pretty good idea during a quick checkout. It's less than 2 lbs, so one of the lighter camp chairs available. It do...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 04, 8:25pm