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Quantum is water repellant
Hi Levi, I have the normal BMW bivy (with the silnylon floor) and what I can tell you from my experience is that Quantum is a highly "water repellant" material but it isn't waterproof in the sen...

In GEAR » Nano Bivy
December 13, 11:24am

Nope, entertainment is provided courtesy of the solar radiation hitting the atmosphere.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Simplicity
December 08, 11:49am

Simplicity... horses 4 courses.
I like backpacking simple because it simply means I take less (weight). For the up-coming ice climbing season though... with a pulk sled I'm not afraid of taking some extra TENS of pounds in ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Simplicity
December 08, 10:22am

Thanks Ryan,
Its always good to deal with pleasant micro-businesses like BMW. Are the Nanos made by Oware (if you don't mind my asking?)

December 06, 7:06pm

Good question.
An update on the progress of the shipments would be greatly appreciated.

December 06, 11:53am

Re: Re: initial test - esbit + titanium wing stove
For me (before shipping) the price was $8/12 x 8 packs = $64 CDN. Looks like the goods exchange rate hasn't kept up with the current monetary exchange rate between our two great nations.

In Philosophy & Technique » Cooking technique question...
December 06, 11:47am

initial test - esbit + titanium wing stove
I just recieved a shipment of esbit tabs from the only known distributor in Canada (SIR Mail Order). I can confirm that 1 14g tab is barely sufficient to bring 750 mL of water (starting @ 68 F...

In Philosophy & Technique » Cooking technique question...
December 06, 9:27am

Close, Functional Genomics (Molecular Biology). The problem with isopro is the commercially available stuff is only 70-75% (rubbing alcohol) so already, you're at a huge disadvantage in terms...

In Philosophy & Technique » Cooking technique question...
December 01, 11:55am

Re: Overnight temperature readings
I'm using a simple alcohol thermometer now attatched to a simple compass but I've got a friend with both the Suunto Advisor and a Brunton ADC Pro and I'm eyeing the ADC Pro... ...maybe through S...

In GEAR » Overnight temperature readings
December 01, 6:54am

Re: Re: methanol to formaldehyde.
I'm burning lab grade 95% ethanol. Get it from work... too poor to afford everclear but being an academic does have its advantages.

In Philosophy & Technique » Cooking technique question...
November 30, 8:18pm

All Reader Reviews by John Chan

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Integral Designs Siltarp 2
This is now my preferred mode of tarping. After experimenting with cat-cut tarps, hammocks, tee-pee tarps, I have concluded that the most versatile configuration is the standard flat 8 x 10 silnylon ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 12, 9:41pm

Montbell Breeze Dry-Tec UL overbag (M)
I have used this bivy for 1 full season now. Compared to the BMW Vapor bivy this overbag has several plusses and minuses. The advantages 1. No stakeout points. This may seem counterintuitive, ...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
August 12, 9:33pm

MiniBullDesigns Trek 3
The MBD Trek 3 is the fully pressurized version of their original side-burner. There is no priming cup. You must add the denatured alcohol via small hole on top of the stove after unscrewing a wing-...

In Stoves - Alcohol
August 09, 7:11am

Vargo 1.3 L Titanium Pot
Very well made item. On the bottom of the pot it says "made in Japan" which from the dimensions, suggests that its an Evernew pot without the pot handles. I'm not sure how long the non-stick surface...

In Cookware - Titanium
August 09, 6:59am

Mountain Laurel Designs Prophet 25/30
Recieved my MLD Prophet 30 the other day. Its a pretty simple design but will probably do what I envisioned it to: carry a UL 3-day summer kit. I had Ron make some small modifications to my pack lik...

In Backpacks - Frameless
May 09, 9:17am

Nunatak Skaha Plus
Recently took delivery on my much anticipated Skaha Plus down sweater. Two long, anxious months from concept to delivery but boy, was it worth it. I had Tom build a sweater in Quantum shell/ 0.8...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
December 24, 7:53pm

Golite Hex 3
I recently applied UL philosophies to group camping so I replaced my MH Trango 2 tent with a Golite Hex 3. This week, I took the Hex 3 on a planned circumnavigation of the 100 km LaCloche Silhouette ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 26, 5:09pm

Princeton Tech Aurora
Probably the best overall LED headtorch on the market. Ample light, ample light settings, great battery longevity.

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
November 08, 1:13pm

MSR Titan Kettle
Great primary pot for 1 or 2 if you are going to boil water and add. I have even used it for cooking rice (you'll need a pot cozy). I gave it a 4 because of the flimsy handles but I guess for UL coo...

In Cookware - Titanium
November 08, 1:11pm

Montane Featherlite
I've been using the Montane Featherlite Smock as a replacement for a bulky hardshell and its worked great so far. The Pertex fabric with DWR really does well in light precipitation and even in the oc...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
November 08, 10:34am