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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Tom Kirchner

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Re: Re: Re: Re: A New Paradigm for Understanding Garment Warmth
Richard, That would be much appreciated by the proud owner of a WM Ultralight with 2 oz of overfill. I think it probably was a good idea, but this question has gnawed away at me off and on over t...

In GEAR » A New Paradigm for Understanding Garment Warmth
February 24, 12:39pm

Re: Re: Re: A New Paradigm for Understanding Garment Warmth
"Tom, I haven't tested the insulation of Under Amour’s products because they fall primarily into the category of base layers and it is very difficult to get an accurate measurement of...

In GEAR » A New Paradigm for Understanding Garment Warmth
February 24, 12:15pm

Avoiding bear problems
I feel the best approach to avoiding bear problems is a combination of techniques: 1) Avoid camping in areas where people congregate or where bears are likely to be(e.g. along streams, meado...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Relative Odor-proofness
February 24, 12:07pm

Re: Re: A New Paradigm for Understanding Garment Warmth
"In particular, it appears that down can be stuffed at about 2.5x the density that it is normally done, whilst still getting full value for warmth." What effect, if any, would higher d...

In GEAR » A New Paradigm for Understanding Garment Warmth
February 23, 5:07pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: REI 'N WalMart
"Now we have a word market that NEEDS pi$$-poor living standards for workers to function. Walmart is the least of our problems..." The Russians have a saying that describes it beautifu...

In Chaff » REI return policy
February 23, 4:41pm

Upwind problem
One thing that has always given me pause about carrying bear spray is that any bear you surprise is not likely to be down wind from you but, rather, upwind. Using bear spray into the wind is proba...

In GEAR » Does bear spray work with black bears and what brand?
February 21, 6:14pm

Re: Re: Bear Spray and Black Bears
"Seriously, how many hikers have been mauled by a cougar? =-)" Not many, but more than a few trail runners.

In GEAR » Does bear spray work with black bears and what brand?
February 21, 6:08pm

Re: A New Paradigm for Understanding Garment Warmth
Richard, Have you ever tested any of Under Armour's products? I am thinking specifically of their Cold Gear garments and their Compression garments. From a layman's perspective, I have b...

In GEAR » A New Paradigm for Understanding Garment Warmth
February 21, 6:02pm

Re: Re: Stove Comparison
Hi Roger, What is your opinion of the Primus Micron, if any?

In GEAR » Stove Comparison
February 20, 6:06pm

Re: Brunton 8 oz Canisters - 24 pack for $9.73
WOW!!! That is one insane price. Amazon is legit, so there's nothing crooked about it. But how does anybody except the shipper make any money on this?

In Gear Deals » Brunton 8 oz Canisters - 24 pack for $9.73
February 20, 6:00pm

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 travelcountry.com 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

REI Peak UL
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