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Catalyst Weight & water shedding
Thanks for the update Brian. Overall, it looks good, well made, trying to figure out how to pack it compared to my external frame. I really like the stiffness of the dual framestay, and the w...

In GEAR » ULA Catalyst
April 06, 10:31pm

ULA Catalyst
Has anyone else out there received a ULA Catalyst? I just received mine. It looks well made, but the weight came in at 53.6 oz (with dual framestay, hydration and stuff pockets, hand loops and bo...

In GEAR » ULA Catalyst
April 05, 3:59pm

Silk long johns or Silk bag liner?
I'm looking for some warmth insurance for a higher altitude (7-10K ft) summer hike in NM. I'm looking at a 5 oz silk bag liner vs. 8 oz silk long johns. Any suggestions? Thanks, MikeB

In GEAR » Silk long johns or Silk bag liner?
April 02, 10:33pm

Re: $$$
If you use 3.0 kg, the 106.8 oz looks less. If you use "less than 0.5 stones", it looks tiney <;->

In Gear Lists » 3 season 5 day setup
April 02, 7:12pm

Re: Re: fording rivers..crossing creeks
You indicated you added a short piece of cord so they don't fall off. Any pics or can you tell us where / how you attached each end? Thanks, MikeB

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » fording rivers..crossing creeks
March 27, 11:08am

Re: GPS for under the trees
The state of the art for sensitivity is the SIRF III GPS chip set, which powers the new generation of the ultrasensitive units. One of those is the Garmin GPSMap 76CSX. I just got one, it's 7....

In GEAR » GPS for under the trees
March 24, 6:43pm

Re: coatings and boiling water in a paper cup
Boiling water or hard boiled eggs in a paper cup is a common Boy Scout competition. It works because water absorbs the heat from the cup bottom and walls well before it gets to 451F, the temperatu...

In Multiple Use Gear » combo Water Bottle and Pot
March 23, 6:10pm

Re:^2 Lightweight gear for Scout troop
Ditto again. I'm also an Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster, and remember many years ago "Being Prepared" meant carrying everything you may possible need, or someone else may need. At the time, we were ...

In Gear Lists » Lightweight gear for Scout troop
March 21, 8:38pm

Re:^5 catenary curves
I've worked with a fair number of different curves in the past, and wouldn't get too hung up on a precision catenary curve for any particular gear implementation: Wind, uneven ground, fabric tensi...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cat cut/flat cut tarp?
March 14, 9:25pm

Re: Help needed for A level research.
Male, color something that's easy to clean/ doesn't show dirt well, dirt colored? Otherwise, I want it all. I like what I saw in FFW, Future Force Warrior, the ultimate in integrating all of ...

In Multiple Use Gear » Help Needed
March 14, 7:20pm

All Reader Reviews by Mike Barney

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MSR Pocket Rocket
This is a pretty basic stove that is simple to operate. It's lightweight and reasonably efficient. We used 3 of these on a 10 day hike with 10 people and they worked well. The stove is reas...

In Stoves - Canister
December 08, 5:52pm

Light My Fire Spork
I like the LMF Spork, but it's almost too flexible. I can agree with many if not most of the comments above, and have had one break. When you use it to stir something very hot, it gets soft and ...

In Cookware - Other
November 23, 9:49pm

Garmin Rino 120 GPS and FRS / GMRS Radio
Great Idea, lacking implementation.The premis of the Rino family is that it would be great to know where others are via GPS location. Great Idea. This is accomplished by using FRS radio frequencies i...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
January 21, 2:53pm

Marmot Helium (long)
I had this bag for a short period, but really liked it. It's so warm, that it was almost too warm for me above freezing, but a very comfortable bag overall. It fits me (6'1") well a...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
January 04, 7:24pm

Atkinson's Chick-O-Stick Crunchy Peanut Butter & Coconut Candy
I really like the "Chick'O's", they do pack significant energy in a small package, and the taste is very good. They don't break as easy as some, and have a similar texture in h...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
December 27, 5:29pm

Jolt Gum
I guess if I was going to give this a really fair shake I'd have consumed the whole pack. Unfortunately or fortunately 1/2 a piece was more than enough. The taste isn't there, and I do have ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
December 11, 11:09pm

Big Agnes
We had a short term need for a bag and pad we could use at Philmont, and the Scout was on a budget. We looked around and called Big Agnes. They had a demo bag come in the next day, and they called b...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 11, 7:28pm

Walmart really does have nice people in their outdoors department at our local establishment, who know a lot about the Coleman lanterns and stoves and shotguns / rifles and ammo and really try to hel...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 07, 10:24pm

Tarptent Cloudburst
The Cloudburst 2 was my first tent from Tarptent. I like the design, and it holds up well in rain and wind. It sleeps 2 comfortably and sets up pretty easily with as few as 3 stakes. It weight a ha...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
December 04, 9:24pm

Sling-Light Chair w/ body and kneck rest
I purchased 2 of these initially for a 2 week hike. In the store, it seemed like a pretty good idea during a quick checkout. It's less than 2 lbs, so one of the lighter camp chairs available. It do...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 04, 8:25pm