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All Forum Posts by Zack Karas

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Re: Re: golite jam modifications
Thanks for the replies. The only reason that I can see for not removing the foam panel is that I use this pack under my legs at night, so the added insulation is nice. I imagine that the new Jam ...

In GEAR » golite jam modifications
November 23, 2:33pm

golite jam modifications
Hi all, I am looking forward to the new Jam to come out. I have the old one and have always wondered if I should remove the foam back panel and cut out the bladder sleeve (never found it that u...

In GEAR » golite jam modifications
November 22, 9:26pm

ASO brace
No, it would do very little to stop dorsiflexion, but I don't think that you could ever hike in anything that did. It only addresses rolling of the ankle to the outside or inside (depending on how...

In Post-Trip Reports » Ryan's Journey
June 27, 4:00am

Achilles Heel
I have a long history of ankle sprains and the subsequent physical therapy. It was suggested to me by a therapist that I try the ASO (Ankle Stabilizing Orthosis) ankle brace. I have since become ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Ryan's Journey
June 24, 6:16am

Stoves for Tibet/Nepal
Hi, Has anyone who has trekked in either Tibet or Nepal tell me what stove they used, what fuel was available there, things like that. I'm thinking with elevation that alcohol stoves are out, so ...

In GEAR » Stoves for Tibet/Nepal
May 03, 6:13pm

more trail mix
I also make my own trail mix and it has a ton of calories and taste. Here is the mix: 1 part peanuts, raisins 0.5 part craisins, m&ms, chocolate chips, almonds If my memory serves me, a pound o...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Trail Mix...
March 16, 7:57pm

the cozy can broaden your diet
I've been using a cozy for awhile now and it has two great benefits, a) when I don't put enough fuel in the stove, I can let the cozy do the rest, and b)I can bring a larger variety or foods such a...

In GEAR » AntiGravity Gear Pot Cozy
March 16, 7:40pm

Applying DWR to a washed bag
I realize that this is in response to a 11/17 post, but... At what point in the process of washing a down bag would you spray the bag with the DWR? I've washed my bag in the past, and it was pret...

December 12, 6:49pm

***SOLD*****Ultralight Tacoma Solo Tarp for Sale!
Dancing Light Gear Ultralight Tacoma Solo Tarp--Set up once in backyard, that's it! Original price $85 (with seam-sealing by manufacturer), now on ebay with a starting bid of $24.99, item #5148008...

In Gear Swap » Classifieds (LEGACY POSTS FROM OLD FORUMS)
December 05, 11:08am

All Reader Reviews by Zack Karas

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Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
As many previous reviewers have noted, this light stove works well and supports my ti pot well. I only use this in lower elevations and warmer weather, but that is due to esbit not the stove. I ...

In Stoves - Other
September 15, 12:36pm

Therm-A-Rest Ridgerest
I buy a size regular and cut it into two 30" long sections and I believe they weigh 5oz. One pad will last me for about 1200 miles before I replace it--though the replaced pad still has life lef...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
September 15, 12:33pm

Bibler Eldorado
I have only used it around 14 or so nights since then (only use it in more rugged and windy environments when snow is a possibility). My wife and I used it for our 10-day Tibet trek and it perfor...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
September 09, 4:47pm

BPL Blow-Up Pillow
I had high hopes for this pillow--the single baffle version. I have found that I have to inflate it very little to avoid my head rolling all over the place. So, in order for this pillow to keep my h...

In Miscellaneous Products
September 09, 4:36pm

Adidas Supernova Trail 5
After having foot problems, I went to a podiatrist and had custom orthotics made. The Dr. also recommended these shoes and to replace all shoes every 300-500 miles. Since using these, I have had z...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 09, 4:04pm

Red Ledge Thunderlight pants
I'm surprised that more people don't use and/or know about these. My pants weigh 6.5oz size medium and fit over my shoes. They have button snaps at the ankle to allow for 2 different sizes b...

In Clothing - Raingear
September 09, 4:00pm

Brasslite Turbo II-D
Purchased in 2004, used for around 6000 trail miles. Weighs 2.5oz, so there are lighter alternatives out there, but for the slimmer sleeve I feel it is worth it as it allows a broader trail diet. ...

In Stoves - Alcohol
September 08, 10:15am

Western Mountaineering Pod 30
Purchased in 2005, used for entire CDT, 10-day Tibet trek, Iceland thruhike, 6 months hiking in NZ, plus about another 1000 or so miles. Weighs 17 oz after cutting off pad sleeve. Only downsid...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
September 08, 10:12am

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 3
I recently purchased this for a thruhike of Iceland based on its' weight. It performed well, but let me explain... The foot-end of the tent is lower than the head-end, plus the vestibules are ...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 08, 10:06am

Dirty Girl Gaiters
These would be a 5 if the supplied adhesive strip resisting peeling after very wet days. Superglue was the answer and has held the velcro down wonderfully. Very breathable (and I'm a sweater...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 08, 9:59am