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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

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Re: Re: REI and Ultralight
"It is about demand. Few of their customers are interested in UL gear. It is a business decision, and for them probably the correct one." +1 A couple years back they carried several...

In Chaff » REI and Ultralight
March 10, 6:14pm

Re: Ultralight Three-Season Down Mummy-Style Sleeping Bags: State of the Market Report 2010
"Impressive performance from the Sierra Designs. Kicks the WM, IMHO." Except for those 7 extra ounces. A better comparison might be the SD Nitro vs the WM Ultralight. Apples to apples.

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Three-Season Down Mummy-Style Sleeping Bags: State of the Market Report 2010
March 10, 3:50pm

Re: Lots of options
"Montbell Thermawrap jacket or parka Montbell UL Down Inner or Parka Montbell Ex Light jacket Eddie Bauer First Ascent Patagonia Nano Patagonia Down Sweater" +1 To which I mi...

In GEAR » light and warm mid layer for sleeping
March 10, 3:43pm

Re: Beginner Friendly Backpacking Out West
"Any suggestions welcome." One very beginner friendly summer/fall trip in the Sierra would be a 6-7 day out and back over Paiute Pass into Humphreys Basin. The terrain is pretty benig...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Heading West
March 10, 3:35pm

Re: Re: And access to food
"I like to eat while I hike so I would want access to food. I would also like to be able to stop and boil some water without having to open up the main pack. I guess I want everything acce...

In GEAR » What I would like to see on a pack...
March 10, 3:22pm

Re: re: Fleece Pants VS. Merino
"For summer in the Sierra I take the lightest long underwear I own just to keep my bag/quilt clean and maybe need if the temps take a wicked drop." +1 Ibex Woolies for me.

In GEAR » Fleece Pants VS. Merino long underware?
March 10, 3:15pm

Re: My Life is About to Change.
Bless your heart, Justun, for truly walking the walk. I have one good friend and an acquaintance who have accepted a like responsibility. In both cases it was, and is, an enormous challenge, but ...

In Chaff » My Life is About to Change.
March 10, 3:06pm

Re: very interesting about the car tire training Tom
"then does Denali train for Everest?" It can be part of a progression leading to an attempt on Everest. Lots of alternatives, though. "If so then in a sense isn't walki...

In Philosophy & Technique » do you train for backpacking? How?
March 09, 8:58pm

Re: Brush rating
"I've never seen that mentioned in any U.S. guidebooks." Me either. Nice idea, though.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Brush rating
March 09, 6:46pm

Re: Re: Re: training
"Didn't Ed work all day and then run at night, ending up with a fast run?" I don't know. Believe it or not I don't know much about how he trains, but the premise is solid,...

In Philosophy & Technique » do you train for backpacking? How?
March 09, 6:37pm

All Reader Reviews by Tom Kirchner

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Gossamer Gear ThinLight insulation pad 1/8" approx. 2 oz.
Having used both of the above mentioned combinations(only with a Mens' Prolite 3), I heartily concur with their rating(s). It would be hard to find a piece of insulation/protection/padding that g...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
October 27, 5:20pm

ULA Circuit
Pro's: 1) Light; 2) Durable for the weight(like Kevin, I've done some off-trail/bushwhacking(Wanda Lake to Martha Lake via Davis Lakes/N. Goddard Creek) with only minor abrasion on the waist...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 29, 6:16pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
Scott, Check out for the eco-mesh shirt. They have free shipping whereas Railriders charges a pretty hefty fee. I've been using this shirt for years and consider it the best S...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
April 06, 5:27pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro-Lite 4
Hi David, What you are experiencing with your Prolite-4 is a common phenomenon in my experience with the Prolite-3. It is, however, easy to mitigate. Just position the valve next to your shoulder o...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 04, 5:17pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite 3
I've used the Prolite-3 almost since it came out with good success. It compresses well, is very light FOR ITS SIZE(what would a TorsoLite weigh if it was 20"x48"??), and insulates just ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 15, 6:02pm

I've been using the Peak UL carbon fiber poles(womens' non antishock 3 section model-11.2 oz/pr) ever since they came on the market and have been ecstatic about their performance. Like some other pos...

In Trekking Poles
November 04, 5:58pm