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Russell Swanson (rswanson) - BPL Forum Member

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All Forum Posts by Russell Swanson

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Re: Woah -- TWO people! (Out of how many.....)
I got your meaning, Nate. And yes, the odds of getting attacked by a bear while hiking in the back country are so remote that you feel free to go ahead and say 'bears are not dangerous to peop...

In GEAR » Does bear spray work with black bears and what brand?
September 11, 2:54pm

Re: Snow Peak Lids
Jason, I noticed that the lid with 7 strainer holes is 0.1 ounces lighter. How many holes would you likely need to punch to bring the weight of the lid down to 0.0 ounces? I would be interested i...

In Gear Deals » Snowpeak 600 lids are here!
September 10, 11:15am

Re: Which jackets are everyone wearing?
I've tried various iterations of cold weather gear but I've greatly simplified things. If temps will not drop below 40 degrees, I bring an synth insulated vest. If temps will likely be be...

In GEAR » What jackets are everyone wearing?
September 10, 11:09am

Re: Rain Outfit
I have to go on record as saying I've had different experiences with my DriDucks propore suits than Bob has. The first one I bought lasted me a couple of years before I noticed some wetting th...

In GEAR » Rain Outfit
September 10, 10:59am

Re: Bushbuddy use with larger pots
I haven't done this myself (my BB knockoff fits inside a 1L pot perfectly and that's all I've used) but couldn't you just apply the old adage of filling negative space with other it...

In GEAR » Bushbuddy use with larger pots
September 10, 10:38am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: steak
No, I haven't. I just Googled it and didn't get a result. Got a link? Always on the lookout for tasty new ideas!

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Steak!
September 10, 8:11am

No offense to anyone who's bought top-dollar rain gear but assuming you aren't doing extensive bushwhacking or facing extreme weather conditions I don't know why anyone would buy anythi...

In GEAR » Rain Outfit
September 10, 7:19am

Re: ultralite-megalite
I guess its just me...I like the confining feeling of a close fitting mummy bag. But then again, I can fall asleep and wake up in exactly the same position.

In GEAR » Montbell Sprial Hugger #1 vs WM Ultralite
September 09, 2:34pm

Re: Bear Spray and Peace of Mind
Luke, unless I am mistaken it is now legal to carry firearms in National Parks if it is allowable in the state in which the park is located. As a side note of personal experience, all of the enc...

In GEAR » Does bear spray work with black bears and what brand?
September 09, 2:32pm

Re: Socks - mini-crew or 3/4 crew?
There are two varieties of the 'shortie socks' near as I can tell- micro crew and mini crew. Micro crew socks don't cover the ankle but had my ankles scratched enough that I found them...

In GEAR » Socks - mini-crew or 3/4 crew?
September 09, 1:53pm

All Reader Reviews by Russell Swanson

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Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
This is a little dated as the new Ether series has since replaced my POE pad but I still feel the review is relevant due as a statement about the company. First, the pad is comfortable, so I won'...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
September 29, 11:48pm

Pacific Outdoor Equipment Max Compact
I'll be posting a similar review under the POE Max Thermo regarding the quality of the pad. First, the pad is as comfortable as advertised, so I won't go into details about this. My comments ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
September 29, 11:41pm

Aloksak O.P 12.5 x 20"
I also had difficulties securing the seal on the on the OP Sak in both a Bear Vault and an Ursak (w/aluminum liner). The OP Sak is square and the bear containers are round. Perhaps a better design w...

In Miscellaneous Products
September 22, 9:42am

Patagonia Houdini Wind Jacket
I don't need to add to the comments about the jacket's usefulness and breathability. I practicaly live in mine on the trail. I'm dinging the perfect rating down to a 3/5 for two reasons;...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
May 03, 4:33pm

ULA Conduit
A lot of superlatives have been already said in the above reviews and I don't have a lot to add, other comments about the pad sleeve. It was clearly designed to accept self inflating 3/4 length p...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 11, 10:57am

REI Quarterdome
If you must have a double walled tent, this one is hard to beat. For the price, you're getting a great package. I've had the Quarter Dome for a few years now and it's been quite a serv...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
March 21, 5:18pm

ULA Equipment
Aside from Brian's phenomenal products (which are well documented), I recently had a great experience shopping with ULA. While researching a new pack purchase, Brian Frankle my emails to ULA Equi...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 14, 1:58pm

Western Mountaineering Ultralight Super
Ok, I'll admit that I'm posting this review just to see what it does to my BPL rating. Oh the vanity! I bought this bag sight unseen, based largely on Western Mountaineering’s reputation within th...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
November 30, 6:02pm