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Osprey Stratos 24
I wear the Osprey Stratos 24 in my daily commute (20-30mi round trip) by bicycle. I like it because the hipbelt works just fine for cycling, it easily accommodates a hydration bladder, some tools a...

In GEAR » Dyapack: Abrasion-Resistant, Good Hipbelt?
June 18, 10:25am

NYC rentals
REI in the Tristate area no longer rents sleep gear (sleeping bag, pad) but does rent tents, packs, trekking poles. As well as snowshoes and XC ski gear when appropriate. EMS UWS had sleeping ba...

In GEAR » Gear Rental
June 16, 2:05pm

Less bulk, less warmth
I carry the UL Down Shirt when I expect the weather to not be too cold but need something to keep the chill off in camp. It is not as warm, but much smaller and lighter than the Nano Puff. It packs...

In GEAR » Nano Puff vs. Ultralight Down Shirt
June 16, 10:00am

Steripen
Can't speak for anybody else but the Steripen Adventurer Opti has never, ever failed me. I carry spare batteries and chlorine dioxide tablets and I have never been forced to use the tablets...

In GEAR » Filter Recommendation
June 10, 9:43pm

Sawyer and Steripen
In my opinion the Sawyer system is the best system I have used for any trip with more than two people... Perhaps even best for any trip when not flying solo. The reason is, any system is fine f...

In GEAR » Filter Recommendation
June 09, 7:33pm

regular platypus
This is probably obvious, but any of the regular Platy bags will work great. 1L and 2L. Never seen a 3L Platy that wasn't a Hoser however. Did a quick search and couldn't seem to find o...

In GEAR » Platypus Hoser-style Bags
June 06, 1:48pm

durability
What if, instead of going cheap and light you go for durable and breathable? OR Ferrosi Hoody is made of a Cordura two-way stretch soft shell material, breathes with the best of 'em while s...

In GEAR » Affordable Windshirt?
June 04, 8:56am

upsides
The biggest upside to using a bivy is not having to stake it out and construct a pole skeleton to erect it. This is a big advantage for speed and also in very windy conditions. It is also good for ...

In GEAR » Borah Gear Snowyside Bivy- Full Review!
May 30, 9:49am

complicated subject
Alexandra, you sure have become infamous around here, but I'll take a stab at giving you some advice. With water purification it seems like the more you know the worse off you are. UV and...

In GEAR » Do I have any other option for a water purifier a part from the Steripen and Sawyer models?
May 29, 2:51pm

Preorder
I had preordered a week's worth of Soylent during their Kickstarter-esque campaign about a year ago in June. I am still waiting for the goods, which Rob Rhinehart and crew swear up and down...

In GEAR » Soylent
May 13, 11:34am

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