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Re: Re: pad
"I bet the Dyneema packs made by MLD, ULA, and SMD would stand up pretty well to overgrown trails." The Dyneema body of my ULA Circuit has held up very well in bushwhacking situations, b...

In GEAR » Question for people with ultralight packs
January 27, 5:24pm

Re: ice axe leash.
Dave, I use a tether attached to the head of my 70 cm ax. Its length is calibrated to stabilize my hand about 6-8 cm above the spike for either chopping steps or above the head placements when fac...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Ice axe leash for general mountaineering?
January 25, 5:41pm

Re: Ice axe leash for general mountaineering?
Jeff, A lighter, more flexible, and probably cheaper option is 5-6 mm Perlon, like you use for Prusik loops.

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Ice axe leash for general mountaineering?
January 23, 8:16pm

Re: Ugh.. bigfoot.
I've got a couple of friends that smell bad, don't shave very often, and wear size 13's. Does that qualify 'em?

In Post-Trip Reports » Ugh.. bigfoot.
January 20, 8:53pm

Re: glovers and shells
Brett, Check out Outdoor Research. They carry several WPB mitt shells. I have a pair that weighs ~4 oz, called the Endeavor. They are made of Pac Lite and seam taped. I use them in the winter ...

In GEAR » fleece windproof gloves?
January 19, 8:54pm

Re: Compression Damage?
Me, too, Mary D. Minimum time, minimally compressed = more warm nights in the sack.

In Philosophy & Technique » Compression Damage?
January 19, 6:14pm

Re: Re: fleece windproof gloves
Rab Phantom Grip and GoreTex over mitts. If it's really cold, add a pair of fleece mitts. Prolite Gear carrys the Rab line of gloves, including the Phantom Grip.

In GEAR » fleece windproof gloves?
January 19, 5:57pm

Re: Re: Re: summer insulation
I hike in both the Sierra and the Cascades, and find that carrying an insulation layer as a potential part of my sleep system makes the most sense, not only in summer but especially in spring/fall ...

In GEAR » Is an insulation layer in summer really necessary?
January 19, 5:42pm

Re: Re: Staff Videocast: Cowboy Coffee
"Hey, NoDoze is a lot lighter than all those "luxury" caffeine fixes." You're not alone, Mike. NoDoze is my recreational drug of choice when I go cold food. For "...

In Editor's Roundtable » Staff Videocast: Cowboy Coffee
January 17, 6:27pm

Re: Re: Nepal Trekking
"Why don't those people do something with all that laundry in the background?" Maybe because it's not laundry.

In Editor's Roundtable » Tea House Trekking: Lightweight to Everest Base Camp
January 16, 5:14pm

All Reader Reviews by Tom Kirchner

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Gossamer Gear ThinLight insulation pad 1/8" approx. 2 oz.
Having used both of the above mentioned combinations(only with a Mens' Prolite 3), I heartily concur with their rating(s). It would be hard to find a piece of insulation/protection/padding that g...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
October 27, 5:20pm

ULA Circuit
Pro's: 1) Light; 2) Durable for the weight(like Kevin, I've done some off-trail/bushwhacking(Wanda Lake to Martha Lake via Davis Lakes/N. Goddard Creek) with only minor abrasion on the waist...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 29, 6:16pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
Scott, Check out travelcountry.com for the eco-mesh shirt. They have free shipping whereas Railriders charges a pretty hefty fee. I've been using this shirt for years and consider it the best S...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
April 06, 5:27pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro-Lite 4
Hi David, What you are experiencing with your Prolite-4 is a common phenomenon in my experience with the Prolite-3. It is, however, easy to mitigate. Just position the valve next to your shoulder o...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 04, 5:17pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite 3
I've used the Prolite-3 almost since it came out with good success. It compresses well, is very light FOR ITS SIZE(what would a TorsoLite weigh if it was 20"x48"??), and insulates just ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 15, 6:02pm

I've been using the Peak UL carbon fiber poles(womens' non antishock 3 section model-11.2 oz/pr) ever since they came on the market and have been ecstatic about their performance. Like some other pos...

In Trekking Poles
November 04, 5:58pm