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Re: Cowboy camping and the bivy
Yes, but I will have my bivy fully unzipped and the top pulled back. If I get cold, I will simply reach over and zip myself up. In this case, my bivy is my ground sheet. Tony

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Cowboy camping and the bivy
April 14, 11:40am

Re: superlight
Zpacks makes good stuff. Informatively, I think that MLD uses a thicker/heavier/stronger version of Cuben... 0.7 vs. 0.5 type thickness of Cuben. That said, think you will be fine. Tony

In GEAR » Waterproof Bivy or Tarp + lightweight Bivy?
April 08, 3:31pm

Bivy options
Christopher, I am very bias to MLD/Mountain Laurel Designs. They have a great reputation for quality and service....not the cheapest, but worth it in my opinion. Superlight is the one to g...

In GEAR » Waterproof Bivy or Tarp + lightweight Bivy?
April 08, 2:39pm

Re: Waterproof Bivy or Tarp + lightweight Bivy?
Christopher, I have a Mountain Laurel Designs eVent Soul Side Zip from 2008 and love it. However, now that I have years of experience with it, I would recommend a Superlight Bivy that is wate...

In GEAR » Waterproof Bivy or Tarp + lightweight Bivy?
April 08, 1:51pm

Re: Trinity Alps: Caribou Lake
Finally Done!

In Photo Gallery » Trinity Alps: Caribou Lake
April 08, 1:31am

Trinity Alps: Caribou Lake
Trinity Alps: Caribou Lake Long time in coming and very slow going. Appreciate everyone's patience in waiting for this to be completed. Life post divorce is going well, but lots for me...

In Post-Trip Reports » Trinity Alps: Caribou Lake
April 08, 1:31am

Small Travel Essentials Backpack: Tortuga Backpacks
Christian, Check out Tortuga Backpacks: They seem to be the UL/Lightweight Urban Traveler's choice. Small cottage manufac...

In GEAR » Small Travel Essentials Backpack
April 07, 12:19pm

Re: GGG and my faux pas
+1 On what Katherine said. The legacy of the GGG simply is that it is getting UL/Lightweight backpackers together and allowing curious Traditional Backpackers a chance to check out the gear and ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » GGG and my faux pas
April 07, 12:08pm

Re: Steripen Opti Amazon $57.49 Price dropped to $57.49

In Gear Deals » Steripen Opti Amazon $61.38
April 02, 3:28pm

Steripen Opti Amazon $61.38 According to,th...

In Gear Deals » Steripen Opti Amazon $61.38
April 02, 12:22pm

All Reader Reviews by Tony Wong

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Platypus Hoser 1.8 Liter Reservoir
For those of us who enjoy the convenience of of having a sip of water on demand, this is an easy way to save some weight with few negatives. The only negatives for me is the bite valve that comes w...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
June 29, 6:09pm

Marmot Helium (long)
I have the 2007 Model of the Marmot Helium EQ, which differs from the regular Helium in two ways. It has a full length zipper and the shell is waterproof. Weight is listed as 2 lbs 2 oz vs. 1 lb...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
June 29, 5:29pm

Sunday Afternoon Adventure hat
How can I count the ways that I love this hat? I have been using this hat for 7 years from completely re-landscaping my yard for 2.5 yrs as well as for backpacking trips. I love that it provides...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
June 29, 5:12pm

Mountain Laurel Designs Soul Bivy Side Zip (eVent Top)
Mountain Laurel Designs Soul Bivy Side Zip with eVent top, Silnylon 2.0 bottom, built in hoop wire, regular size, but in the wide option, which allows for a sleeping pad thicker than 1". Weig...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
June 01, 10:39pm

Sawyer In-Line Filter
Pros: Light Weight, Field Cleanable by backwashing, No Chemicals, No Pumping Cons: Setup time longer than traditional filter. Speed of filtration can vary based on conditions. Like traditional filt...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
February 07, 11:20pm