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grampa carries a pocket knife(s)
I carry a normal sized Swiss Army knife and a Benchmade Griptilian every day, and use one or both daily, either for the tools on the SAK for small jobs, or the Grip for prepping food or opening pac...

In GEAR » is a knife a non-essential item?
August 30, 8:21am

re: warranties
Black Diamond: Very good! Broke a "lifetime warrantee" carbon trekking pole in a fall at Kings Canyon, got home, called them. They wanted the pole sent in to them, but I was leaving 5 da...

In GEAR » People's experiences with warranties?
August 23, 2:33pm

re: tarp stakes
"I generally use blue 6" Easton's on my high stress areas like ridge lines or major corners and to shepherd hooks on mid point tie outs." I'm pretty much with Bradford on ...

In GEAR » Don't shoot me - quick question on tarp stakes
August 19, 11:17am

Re: Re: JetBoil Sol fin failure update?
If you're going to actually cook in it, and not just boil water, you're probably better off with the aluminum version, Adrien's experience to the contrary. Of course, the aluminum versi...

In GEAR » JetBoil Sol update?
August 16, 3:16pm

Re: Martin Titanium Knife
Sorry to bring this back on target, but... The fact that this knife does not work on wood without damage makes it a no-go for me for hiking/backpacking. I mean, even a Vic Classic can handle bot...

In Editor's Roundtable » Martin Titanium Knife
August 14, 7:19pm

Too close
Last month, a friend and I were leading 12 jr and sr high boys on a hike in Carson-Iceberg. While climbing up a long switch-backed cliff, a lightning storm hit us. As it got more intense, and the s...

In Philosophy & Technique » Thunder: How close is too close?
August 08, 10:31pm

Rain & mushrooms
Wow! Look at that huge red mushroom! I guess the rain makes them grow bigger, eh? Wild colors too!

In Multiple Use Gear » Pack rain cover = mobile ultralight shelter
August 04, 6:35pm

Scandinavian knives
Ken, if you're looking for a Scandinavian knife, Ragweed Forge has the best collection I've seen, without getting into the very pricey models. I won't recommend a specific model, instea...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Bushcraft knife
August 02, 8:37pm

Trout on Grasshoppers
"Bringing a few grasshoppers because it cracks me up using them with a Tenkara rod, and because they are supposed to be attractive to bigger fish in the Sierra. What cred I gained by bringing ...

In Fishing » Fly selection for Sierra
July 31, 10:24am

Re: Deboning a fish in the backcountry?
With trout, whether frying or poaching, I normally cook it whole, then debone by lightly lifting the fillets off the skeleton. Any ribs or fins that remain attached to the fillet are easy to lift o...

In Fishing » Deboning a fish in the backcountry?
July 30, 2:07pm

All Reader Reviews by Stephen Barber

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SmarTube Drinking System for Bottles
Since having a hydration bladder spring a leak inside my pack, I have avoided all such bladders. I stuck to simple water bottles until a couple of years ago when I ran across the SmarTube - a drinking...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
May 13, 1:33pm

ZPacks Sleeping Bag 40* and 20*
This is the side sleepers dream bag! The bags are filled with 900 fill power goose down, outer shell is green .95 oz/sq yd Pertex Quantum ripstop nylon, and the liner is black .67 oz/sq yd nylon. ...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
July 25, 9:25pm

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad
Upon receipt of the pad, I inflated it to sleeping firmness, and stood it up against the bookcase. An hour later it looked rather soft; three hours later it was in a pile on the floor. Brand new, and ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 24, 11:49pm

Lawson Equipment Customer Service
I've purchased from Lawson on several different occasions. I've always gotten excellent service, fast shipping (especially considering I live clear across the country!), and good interaction v...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 20, 11:47am

ULA Catalyst
I've spent the last two years trying to find a pack that is both light and comfortable, ie, transfers weight to the hip bones well. To date, i had found packs that were only one but not the other ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
June 04, 8:11pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
I was able to pick up a Bushbuddy Ti used, and can't imagine why anyone would want to get rid of one! I used it repeatedly this summer and have been absolutely delighted with it! It is probably...

In Stoves - Other
August 18, 11:59am