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EPIC Condensation
Ryan- Whoa! That last message is a bomb that's going to have fallout throughout the outdoor gear industry! Here in North Idaho, that 15-35 degree range covers much of the entire year. I loo...

In GEAR » Condensation in Bivy
December 30, 4:11pm

Favorite Three Pieces of Gear Used in 2004
1) Gossamer Gear Lightrek Poles -- the featherweight is sooo luxurious! Plus they multitask as shelter supports. 2) Montane Litespeed Jacket -- used for running, skiing, backpacking. Comfortab...

In GEAR » Favorite Three Pieces of Gear Used in 2004?
December 28, 9:07pm

Coleman Xtreme vs. XGK vs. Simmerlite
Coleman Expert Xtreme stove w/o wire clip: 10.6oz Large Canister (300g fuel): 14.1oz full/3.5oz empty Small Canister (170g fuel): 8.8oz full/2.8oz empty So, to compare, complete stove+large ca...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Winter Stoves?
December 27, 5:53pm

Xtreme Snow Melting
Ryan- I budget 40g (1.4 oz) of fuel per liter to boil water from snow and always have some left over. I've never timed it in the field, but I think the boil times are on par with your white gas...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Winter Stoves?
December 21, 10:42pm

Winter Stoves
I swear by my Coleman Exponent Xtreme Stove for winter use. It is nearly as light as a Simmerlite setup. It provides 14000 BTU/hr of heat output, yet doesn't flareup during startup, potentially a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Winter Stoves?
December 05, 5:49pm

re:Evidently Gore-tex has s.t. like this
Outdoor Designs is using an air-permeable Gore fabric called "Exchange Lite" in their tents and Bivies. Anybody have more information about this fabric? Substantial air permeability could potenti...

In Editor's Roundtable » Waterproof-Breathable Technologies
November 05, 2:30pm

re: air permeability
I have some eVent gear and it is *slightly* air permeable -- more than any other wp/b fabric I've seen, but not close to uncoated and/or stretch-woven nylons. I'm curious whether it has enough air...

In Editor's Roundtable » Waterproof-Breathable Technologies
November 04, 5:02pm

re: WPB shell for mountain running
Jay- Why not consider a Rainshield Jacket? Excellent breathability for around 5 oz and $30! The durability isn't great, but for occasional use I don't think it can be beat. -Mike PS -- ...

October 07, 10:17pm

Re: Pertex Equilibrium in sleeping bags?
Karen- Are you sure you've seen Equilibrium used in Sleeping Bags? I thought Marmot's "EQ" bags use Pertex Endurance Fabric. -Mike

In Editor's Roundtable » Soft Shells
September 29, 9:00am

Re: marmot chinook vs golite helios
The Golite Helios uses an acrylic coating which renders it much less breathable (but more water resistant) than the Marmot Chinook.

In Editor's Roundtable » Wind Shirts
May 25, 4:40pm

All Reader Reviews by Michael Martin

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Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
If you just bend the arms up slightly, it will support a Heineken Pot cleanly.

In Stoves - Other
May 26, 3:06pm