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Re: Re: Light sighting compasses
Rafi, I think it's "six of one, half dozen of the other" in terms of build. The pins on the Brunton are fine, and the plastic hinge on the Silva is, too. I have both versions in const...

In GEAR » lightest compass with mirror
May 24, 9:20pm

Re: Re: How long do you hold on to extra gear you don't really use?
I keep stuff a long time. Old stoves, candle lanterns, instep-crampons, mess kits, tents, etc... Heck, I have an unused, orange Thermarest that's still in the plastic sleeve it was sold in ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How long do you hold on to extra gear you don't really use?
May 24, 9:42am

Costco Carbon Fibers
Erik, Zip over to your local Los Angeles-area Costco, where you'll find nice, light, adjustable carbon-fiber trekking poles with cork inserts in the handles, for about thirty bucks with tax. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » trekking poles vs. tree branches
May 24, 7:26am

FBI to round up Bear Vault owners
Apparently, the FBI field office in Lake Placid, New York has begun a program to round up and detain users of the deadly BearVault "bear canisters", which are known to fail under the claw...

In GEAR » Bear Canisters
May 24, 7:19am

Bling or Blue
The lightest bear canisters are the Bearikades, and you can sit on them. The next lightest are the Bear Vaults, and you can sit on them. The god-awful heaviest are the Garcias, and you can sit on ...

In GEAR » Absolutely lightest bear canister for two weeks in Sierras on PCT
May 24, 6:59am

Light sighting compasses
I'll tell you about some compasses that are light and functional. The "two" I'll give you here are useful in the hand, on a map and as "multiuse gear". 1. The Silva R...

In GEAR » lightest compass with mirror
May 24, 6:55am

Re: Re: The Case Against Wood Fires
Wow. Well, my take-away is the reminder not to breathe too much campfire smoke and, as a guy that sits around a dozen or more of those a year *and* tends to function like a chimney wall...I do...

In Philosophy & Technique » The Case Against Wood Fires
May 22, 7:30am

Instaflator, with a flap valve
I think that kid's got something there, and that we will see it on products in the future. I don't think the "air bag" is the patentable feature, but it may be part of a system. ...

In GEAR » Very different valve for inflatable mats/ rafts
May 22, 7:04am

Re: Re: Carbon
Jeremy, Todd: I'm 6'5" and I had the impression from reviews on this site that the D-Rainbow was a little tight --lengthwise-- for the normal-sized backpackers like we three. I mean,...

In GEAR » Tarptent Double Rainbow Carbon or Al pole?
May 21, 11:29am

Carbon
Looking at the weight savings to dollar cost, that's a pretty good option. Man, I am jealous of you shrimpy little fellas that fit in this tent...and Porsches. I want a "Rainbow LT"...

In GEAR » Tarptent Double Rainbow Carbon or Al pole?
May 21, 7:34am

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