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Don Wilson (don) - BPL Professional Member

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Summerlite and Highlite
The Summerlite has baffles, while the Highlite uses sewn through construction. This will add weight and also warmth to the Summerlite. In my experience, the Summerlite is quite warm - an excellent...

In GEAR » WM Highlite vs Summerlite
January 14, 2:00pm

Desert shirts
I'm a desert rat and have hiked the PCT in thru hiker season. I prefer the looser Rail Riders type shirts. I've used Rail Riders and also the Mountain Hardwear Canyon top. As someone s...

In GEAR » Baselayers in the desert
January 08, 6:55pm

Re: Wiki on BPL
To follow up on Roger's comments - yes we've been watching this thread and we hear you. And a wiki is definitely under consideration. There are any number of possibilities for using a ...

In GEAR » Why Are We Even Still Here? was "A Very Thorough MYOG Site"
January 06, 10:34pm

Cocoon pant sizing
I have a 34 waist and usually buy a 36 inseam. I have the size L UL 60 pants and they fit me fine - not too baggy. These pants are super warm, I love 'em.

In GEAR » Anyone size 30 Waist have Cocoon UL 60 Pant?
December 28, 8:21pm

PCT with Dogs
I've seen several dogs on the southern portion of the PCT. It can be hot out there, so be prepared. My experience has been that small dogs that love to walk can do OK if you are careful. Large...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dogs on a Long Hike?
December 20, 11:24am

Agreed - there is a primeval satisfaction in wood fire cooking
Hard to define or quantify, but the attraction of wood fire cooking is worth the penalty of extra time in most cases. It goes beyond the fire itself and encompasses the closer connection to the lan...

In Philosophy & Technique » Cooking: weight vs speed vs effort for "long days"
December 20, 9:07am

JMT - Marmot Atom
Doug - I think the Atom would be fine on the JMT, and I'm not a warm sleeper. I've done the JMT three times, and it can get cold. But I've also had my Atom down way below freezing...

In Gear Lists » JMT 2008 Gearlist (Aug-Sep)
December 07, 10:22pm

Insulation for tall folks
Well, I'm almost 6'5", so I've been thru this too. I agree, some MontBell gear runs a little short in the torso. Though I have a size XL Thermawrap that is OK in length but to...

In GEAR » Lightweight high insulating layer needed for the tall
December 07, 10:14pm

Magazines - Alpinist
I subscribe to Alpinist - a superb mag in my opinion. Incredible photos, good stories, captures the essence of climbing. Everything a good mag should be. It's quarterly.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What magazines do you all subscribe to?
November 26, 9:06pm

Things I have learned the hard way
1. When sitting around the campfire, my current position is always downwind. 2. Smoke hurts my eyes. 3. But there is still little else as comforting in this world as a nice fire on a cold, ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Important Lesson's You've Learned the Hard Way
November 20, 4:33pm

All Reader Reviews by Don Wilson

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Western Mountaineering SummerLite
Agreed. A superb bag - at the top of the pile for light mummy bags. See our review at:

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 21, 10:57am

Nike Lava Dome
Thanks for that blast from the past Randy. I wore a pair of Lava Domes for several years, including over 20 days of climbing on El Cap in Yosemite. Nothing is tougher on shoes than time spent aid cli...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 27, 7:20pm

Complete Walker by Colin Fletcher
His writing is unforgettable. In The Man Who Walked Through Time he describes a day spent lying naked on a beach along the Colorado, in a remote section of the Grand Canyon. I'll never forget his desc...

In Books and Media
November 21, 9:56pm

Montane Featherlite H2O
This jacket certainly caught our attention at BPL. We recently obtained a test sample from Montane and we'll be doing a full review. I'm anxious to get in into some nasty conditions. If it even has re...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 02, 3:56pm

Western Mountaineering Flight Jacket
I agree but of note for potential buyers - the XL is 13 ounces, more additional weight than I would have expected. But it is an excellent jacket. I'm still giving it a 5 also.

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
October 29, 1:27pm

GoLite Virga
We'll be taking a closer look at the Virga in the near future. But the prototype version we tested was an exceptionally light jacket at 6 ounces, and performed reasonably well. It is lacking in du...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 24, 8:24pm

Nunatak SkahaPlus
Hope you all have seen our SPOTLITE review of the SkahaPlus, published last December. The Skaha is really a superb performer in loft per weight. And the new optional features give you a chance to mak...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
September 01, 11:41am

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
I've had mine for 6 months or so. I find I use it more than any other piece of insulating clothing. I've used it in the desert, mountains, rain forest - you name it. It stuffs easily into its own pock...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
August 07, 5:27pm