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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

Re: Montane Lightspeed
Chet- I've used my litespeed for almost a year now. It is my favorite wind shell for backpacking, trail running, and backcountry skiing. A couple of comments: 1) I'm afraid that I have to d...

In Editor's Roundtable » Wind Shirts
March 20, 4:48pm

Re: wind shirt
Wild Things Gear ( also has an Epic windshirt listed on their website. I haven't used one, so I don't know about quality or availability.

In Editor's Roundtable » Wind Shirts
March 02, 4:10pm

Re: Montane Aero Smock Sizes
My two cents... I'm 6'2", 165lb and usually take a size large in most clothing. I have a large featherlite smock, and a large litespeed jacket (both by Montane). Both fit well over a base layer,...

In Editor's Roundtable » Wind Shirts
January 01, 6:19pm

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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