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All Forum Posts by Zack Karas

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PCT gear.
My wife and I used a WM Megalite (30 degree) as a quilt on our thru-hike--only the last two weeks did I wish that I had carried some warmer clothes (all I had was a wind shirt and my rainshield plu...

In GEAR » Gear choices for the PCT
November 20, 4:04pm

I wouldn't consider the first 2 weeks of July as early season, as most PCT hikers leave Kennedy Meadows around June 10-15th. You should be fine with that mileage assuming you can cover 30 mile...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Seeking advice on an early season JMT thru
November 17, 12:18pm

women's packs
My wife says most important is: --women have boobs, so shaped shoulder straps that aren't crazy wide. --shorter torso options--a small man typically equals a medium woman, and she's p...

In GEAR » Frameless Pack for Women
November 15, 8:10pm

Desolation is brrr
I live in Tahoe City. I went to the top of Mt Watson yesterday and there was a couple of inches of snow from around 7500' upwards. I was up at Lake Aloha on Monday before the storm and there ...

In Gear Lists » Thanksgiving in Desolation
November 14, 1:08pm

get the pack down to its essence.
Cut off all the bells and whistles and anything else not absolutely necessary. See how much weight that takes off the pack, then decide if you can live with that or if you want a new pack. You...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New pack or not?
November 12, 10:22am

Black bears aren't out there to eat you.
I was out with a friend who preferred to cowboy camp. He was awoken one night by a wet bear nose rubbing across his cheek. He just calmly starting talking to the bear, and as the bear started to ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bears -n- Bivys
November 12, 9:41am

Brown bear?
Totally off topic--but there was a grizzly in an Ohio park?

In Chaff » My avatar
November 08, 12:24pm

long winter bag?
I'm 5'10" and 145ish lbs, so I've always found 6' bags to be fine. I don't plan on any extended winter trips, just 1-2 night trips mainly here in the Tahoe basin where the...

In GEAR » Size up for winter bags?
November 08, 10:09am

Size up for winter bags?
Does anybody have any thoughts on using a long winter bag when a regular size is what you normally use? I know some people store items in their bags in winter, just wondering if it's considere...

In GEAR » Size up for winter bags?
November 07, 11:00pm

Camped the other night--I was basically inside a cloud all night long. It was very windy so I had the door closed. Lots of condensation, but like Dave said, it didn't drip on me--rather it ju...

In Gear Deals » Breen Cuben Fiber Pyramid here now.
November 06, 10:06pm

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