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Joseph R (Dianoda) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Chicago, IL
About Me After lugging around 45lbs+ through a Nat'l Park or two, I decided UL was the way to go and haven't looked back. URL is to my Geargrams list for most of my 3-season trips. My other hobby is photography, if the destination is worth it, then add 1 to 7lbs to my base weight for camera gear. In case you were curious, my profile avatar image is Buck (aka 9 mile) Creek of the High Sierra Trail in Seki NP.
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All Forum Posts by Joseph R

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Re: nilas
The Nilas is quite a bit lighter than the Peak XV (22oz versus 34.6oz), due in part to a lighter shell fabric (15d versus 22d). Both have a fair amount of pockets, but I'd give the nod to the N...

In Gear Deals » Eddie Bauer Peak XV $148
June 28, 3:07pm

Re: Fit
For warmth, I find that tight closures at the hem, cuffs, and neck make the biggest difference. That's where heat can escape - if your down jacket is too big and air has an easy out, you can g...

In Gear Deals » Great deal on Stoic Hadron 850-fill goose downjacket just $55.65 and free shiping
June 28, 2:34pm

Re: Used?
Hi Andrew, I have an orange Marmot Kompressor Plus daypack in very good, unmodified condition and some Black Diamond shock-absorbing flick-locks (well-used but functional) that I'd be willing ...

In Gear Swap » WTB Trekking poles and daypack
June 19, 11:33am

Re: I don't get UL bivy
Basically what Anna said. The functionality added is the extra layer of protection it provides - a momentum fabric top provides bug protection, a limited degree of water resistance, decent wind re...

In GEAR » I don't get UL bivy
June 18, 2:31pm

Re: Sierra Trading Post 30% today coupon code
I have a 35% off code good for 3 uses (expires today @ 11:59pm MDT): YXJ1655K Here is another good for 30% off plus a $20 eDeals card for orders over $75, also good for 3 uses (expires today @ 11:...

In Gear Deals » Sierra Trading Post 30% today coupon code
June 18, 1:07pm

Re: Re: ugly, very ugly IMO
Yep, my backcountry kit won't win me too many fashion points, but it works well enough. For what it's worth, apparently the green (graze) isn't quite as garish as it looks in the stock...

In Gear Deals » Great deal on Stoic Hadron 850-fill goose downjacket just $55.65 and free shiping
June 18, 8:43am

Re: The CAFFIN tents come!
Very cool, Roger. Congrats!

In GEAR » The CAFFIN tents come!
June 07, 9:45pm

Re: Bigger sensor than S100, RAW, f1.8 and more
The price makes me think twice, but other than the somewhat soft corners and CA fringing/loss of contrast at max aperture, I think the sample JPEGs look pretty good. ISO 125 is clean enough. This...

In Photography » New compact with decent lens - Sony DSC RX100
June 06, 12:27pm

Re: Update
Sounds good. I guess I'd be down for a 72x20. I initially thought I'd prefer the larger size, but 72x20 could easily be folded to fit in the pad pocket of my SMD Swift, and I could leave ...

In Gear Deals » Product Ideas and Feedback Wanted
June 05, 3:06pm

Re: Gorila SLR-Zoom
Maddeningly frustrating? Ha, that's to be expected when you mix ultralight backpacking with photography, and part of the fun. There's always a trade off to be made. The gitzo/rrs combo i...

In GEAR » light tripod for dslr
June 01, 9:37pm

All Reader Reviews by Joseph R

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Rab Xenon Jacket
The Rab Xenon (Spring '11) is a lightweight, well-featured synthetic insulation puffy jacket - my men's medium comes in at just under 10.4oz (294.3g - this is unmodified weight less retail tag...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
September 29, 2:55pm

Western Mountaineering Ultralight Super
Love it. I use a silk liner and wear a 200 weight merino beanie to sleep almost regardless of temperature to help keep the bag clean. Additionally, with said liner and beanie plus lightweight basela...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
May 16, 1:07am

Rab Infinity Down Jacket
Update 3/15/2012: I found a great deal on this jacket and took the plunge once again, this time for keeps, and have also revised my score from a 4 to 5. Why the change of heart? Well, a lot can ch...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
March 28, 4:31pm