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Thule or Yakima cargo boxes?
Not sure if this belongs in the "other activities" section but I'll give it a shot here. I'm on the verge of deciding between a Thule Cascade 1500 XT or Yakima BlackPro 16s cargo box to expand t...

In GEAR » Thule or Yakima cargo boxes?
January 31, 9:36am

Re: Warm Hammocking and UL-- Oxymoron?
Hi Dane, I used the Hennessy Supershelter with a UL Asym last October in Northern Ontario. I would guess that the temperature got down to around 32 F (with windchill) and for sure, it was very ...

In GEAR » Warm Hammocking and UL-- Oxymoron?
January 27, 2:13pm

Rain wear
I use neither. My rain-protection strategy is a windshirt and a home-made rain skin for my wide-brimmed hat. I once carried an umbrella but found it the most useless item in my pack. I find t...

In GEAR » Rain protection
January 24, 9:49am

Re: Black Diamond First Light
Sounds like you were in the "perfect storm" when it comes to condensation conditions. I would think that with an epic tent if you can't stave off the condensation then no other free-stander would ...

In GEAR » Black Diamond First Light
January 23, 12:34pm

Re: Re: Logical evolution of quilts?
I would agree with you if you are planning on expanding the temperature rating of the sleep system with high loft down clothing. In fact, I have also taken this route with a down sweater. However...

In GEAR » Logical evolution of quilts?
January 22, 11:38am

Logical evolution of quilts?
Having used a Nunatak Arc Ghost for 2 seasons now I have marvelled at the adaptability of the concept to different conditons. Its just as useful on the ground as it is in a hammock and with carefu...

In GEAR » Logical evolution of quilts?
January 22, 9:32am

Nunatak Ghost.
I have the Nunatak Ghost and from my experience its probably more comfortable as a 40 F bag. The reason I say this is because I find the bag relies on the high fill power of the down for its tempe...

In GEAR » Quilty?
January 16, 8:22pm

solar charger and daylight hours
Don't forget that you only have so many daylight hours during the winter... and if those hours are overcast then you're pretty much pooched. There's no really practical alternative to having a...

In GEAR » AAA solar battery charger
December 20, 12:33pm

Re: the best gloves? You might want to consider a pair of neoprene gloves if you don't anticipate too much hand movement (grasping bike grips). YOu won't be worrying about windchill with a pair...

In GEAR » the best gloves?
December 20, 9:57am

double sleeping bag
It helps if you're both around the same height. If so, you might also consider some of the versatile quilts... like the JacksRBetter No Sniveller quilt. They have omnitape (velcro) running alon...

In GEAR » Double Sleeping Bag or 2 Singles
December 14, 10:43am

All Reader Reviews by John Chan

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Integral Designs Siltarp 2
This is now my preferred mode of tarping. After experimenting with cat-cut tarps, hammocks, tee-pee tarps, I have concluded that the most versatile configuration is the standard flat 8 x 10 silnylon ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 12, 9:41pm

Montbell Breeze Dry-Tec UL overbag (M)
I have used this bivy for 1 full season now. Compared to the BMW Vapor bivy this overbag has several plusses and minuses. The advantages 1. No stakeout points. This may seem counterintuitive, ...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
August 12, 9:33pm

MiniBullDesigns Trek 3
The MBD Trek 3 is the fully pressurized version of their original side-burner. There is no priming cup. You must add the denatured alcohol via small hole on top of the stove after unscrewing a wing-...

In Stoves - Alcohol
August 09, 7:11am

Vargo 1.3 L Titanium Pot
Very well made item. On the bottom of the pot it says "made in Japan" which from the dimensions, suggests that its an Evernew pot without the pot handles. I'm not sure how long the non-stick surface...

In Cookware - Titanium
August 09, 6:59am

Mountain Laurel Designs Prophet 25/30
Recieved my MLD Prophet 30 the other day. Its a pretty simple design but will probably do what I envisioned it to: carry a UL 3-day summer kit. I had Ron make some small modifications to my pack lik...

In Backpacks - Frameless
May 09, 9:17am

Nunatak Skaha Plus
Recently took delivery on my much anticipated Skaha Plus down sweater. Two long, anxious months from concept to delivery but boy, was it worth it. I had Tom build a sweater in Quantum shell/ 0.8...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
December 24, 7:53pm

Golite Hex 3
I recently applied UL philosophies to group camping so I replaced my MH Trango 2 tent with a Golite Hex 3. This week, I took the Hex 3 on a planned circumnavigation of the 100 km LaCloche Silhouette ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 26, 5:09pm

Princeton Tech Aurora
Probably the best overall LED headtorch on the market. Ample light, ample light settings, great battery longevity.

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
November 08, 1:13pm

MSR Titan Kettle
Great primary pot for 1 or 2 if you are going to boil water and add. I have even used it for cooking rice (you'll need a pot cozy). I gave it a 4 because of the flimsy handles but I guess for UL coo...

In Cookware - Titanium
November 08, 1:11pm

Montane Featherlite
I've been using the Montane Featherlite Smock as a replacement for a bulky hardshell and its worked great so far. The Pertex fabric with DWR really does well in light precipitation and even in the oc...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
November 08, 10:34am