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Richard Lyon (richardglyon) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Bridger Mountains
About Me I backback most frequently in the Rockies, and most often take three-day trips. Over the past fifteen years I've served as a Forest Service volunteer in Wyoming and Montana, doing trail maintenance. As I get older I'm always looking for ways to lighten my pack load but I'm far from ultralight. I especially like base camp trips, with day hikes from a fixed camp.

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In Gear Swap » WTB Winter Clothing (All Sizes)
November 15, 9:49am

Frost Line Parka
I doubt that you can beat it. Terrific parka, worked well down to -30 F last winter here in Montana. I tested and reviewed it for Be aware that MB tends to size a bit small, a...

In GEAR » Can I beat the MB frost line parka ?
November 15, 9:46am

Use of down hoody
Very often. Part of my sleep system year round, though the down piece varies. I'm a quilt guy and cold prone. The hood means no beanie in summer, no balaclava in winter (I'm also claustr...

In GEAR » How many actually use their down hood?
October 30, 8:48pm

MontBell Down
Dan, First, MB uses Parka for hooded jackets/sweaters and Jacket for no hood. That is the only difference. At your temperature range I personally would go with a UL Down Inner Parka as the be...

In GEAR » Montbell Down Jacket
October 27, 10:58am

I agree that it's a great tent; worked well with my girlfriend, her eight-year old son, and me. I think adding a three-year old would be OK but as he grows you'll start to get crowded. Like...

In GEAR » One Tent or two for a family of four
October 09, 11:54am

YNP this weekend
Kelly, By coincidence I was in the Park Service backcountry office yesterday and the Ranger said that the park has really opened up in terms of backcountry availability. I'd go for the Ferri...

In Pre-Trip Planning » One Night in Yellowstone
September 30, 9:21am

Bindings and boots
Velimir, To answer one of your questions,the difference between the Voile bindings you identify (and among all comparable three-pin bindings) is in fact the cable, which helps only on steeper de...

In Winter Hiking » Backcountry touring ski upgrade
September 08, 8:48pm

Ski boots
Velimir, Skis: The wider the ski the better it will handle powder. But wider skis are more unwieldy for touring. If you're climbing primarily for turns (as I often do) any good backcountry s...

In Winter Hiking » Backcountry touring ski upgrade
September 05, 8:14am

Down jacket/sweater
Matthew, I have owned three on your short list, the two MontBells and the Patagonia. I give very high marks to the MontBell UL Down Parka and Patagonia Down Hoody as excellent midlayers that can...

In GEAR » Down jackets. Help me finally choose.
September 02, 1:55pm

Nunatak Skaha Plus
I got mine several years ago, in Epic, and haven't lost a feather. Great garment. I have a few Nunatak quilts in lighter fabrics that leak a bit, but nothing to worry about. I'd conta...

In GEAR » Nunatak Skaha Plus???
August 29, 8:30pm

All Reader Reviews by Richard Lyon

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Introduction to Packrafting September 2009
A great way to spend three days, and a great course. Four instructors for eight students (difficult to improve on that ratio), all of them knowledgeable, friendly, and good at instructing. Great scen...

December 10, 9:45am

Nunatak Alpinist
I don't doubt what the other reviewers have said, and I'd be upset at not getting what I expected after paying custom prices. My experience has been just the opposite, however. I have sever...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
April 13, 8:30am

Feathered Friends Customer Service
FF's customer service has been exemplary. I've bought two bags and a down jacket over the years (and sale stuff for others) and the telephone reps have gone out of their way to help. Most rece...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 07, 3:55pm

Mountain Gear
My only problems with Mountain Gear are website-related. I've had gear shipped to the wrong address and once or twice been unable to complete an order online. But it's easy to get a live (and ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 07, 3:45pm

Exped Downmat 7
Drawbacks - You need to inflate it with its bellows, and (1) the bellows will slip off the port for inflation very easily; (2) it's tough to close the port after inflating without losing some infl...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
October 04, 9:37pm

Everything I've ever purchased from Patagonia has been high quality and functional, and I've been buying for years and years. On the few occasions when I've had a question or a problem, Cu...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
July 31, 9:22am shows how customer service should be in the Internet era. A human being is easy to reach on orders and comes back with informed answers on technical questions. Free shipping on orders ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 31, 12:19pm

Rainy Pass (Gear Repair)
I have used Rainy Pass for repairs (torn mesh, zippers) and customization (adding windows to tents. Each time I have received knowledgable advice and an accurate (and reasonable) quote from a telephon...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 31, 12:12pm

Wild Things Gear Customer Service
I don't doubt Joan's report - bad things occasionally happen even with great companies - but I'm surprised because my experience has been just the opposite. Latest experience is a good exa...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 24, 1:57pm

SteepandCheap.Com SteepandCheap.Com
If you find something you need or just have to have the prices can't be beat. I recently skied with someone who works for (owns SAC) who said that its prices are lower than what an...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 21, 1:44pm