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Re:"Inov8 durability"
James, you will not get 700 grams of durability from a 300 gram shoe; so temper your expectations. My 330s wore out after about 300 miles; I expect my 390s will also. But I'm so pleased with t...

In GEAR » Inov8 durability
April 29, 10:03am

Re: "Zipping two Montbell UL SS bags together" / No.
I have 2005 and 2006 models in down, and they do not zip together; the zip terminations are the non-separating type. However, the old synthetic UL SS had the separating zippers; maybe the 2008 down...

In GEAR » Zipping two Montbell UL SS bags together
April 27, 11:32am

merino vs. synthetics, the secret is vapor transport?
I recently bought a merino wool baselayer on a website. The ad mentioned: "SmartWool's porous natural fibers move moisture while it is still in vapor form before it has a chance to conden...

In GEAR » merino vs. synthetics, the secret is vapor transport?
April 24, 7:21am

Re:"Ultralight SAR pack?" Cilogear
Another vote for Cilogear; They strip down light when the mission allows it, and have multiple configurations using the included straps and removable components. Not ULTRAlight, but a good combinat...

In GEAR » Ultralight SAR pack?
April 23, 12:10am

Re:"lightest eVent Jacket" / pit zips a MUST
Ive owned two event jackets, as well as numerous other shells. For me, pit zips, or vertical chest slash pockets which function similarly, are a must. Moisture management is frequently mentioned as...

In GEAR » lightest eVent Jacket
April 22, 11:31pm

Re: what can you cook in 600ml? 700ml? / nothing
I guess you could "cook" in a 600ml cup, but for me its not enough volume. Even hydrating things like noodles, pasta, ramen, can only be done in a bag or larger pot due to their expansion...

In GEAR » what can you cook in 600ml? 700ml?
April 16, 2:59am

Re: mummy sleeping zip? / Alex, here you go..
Alex, I know what you mean; I spent many comfortable nights in one of those old canvas/down bags. But they are heavy.. Here's one of the modern replacements: with center zip of course: http:...

In GEAR » mummy sleeping zip?
April 14, 9:55pm

Re:Light Summer sleeping bag
60F? Wear your insulation layer and crawl into a bivy sack. Light and cheap. If you want a 'real' bag you could use in a pinch for 50'F, consider the Montbell alpine down hugger therma...

In GEAR » Light Summer sleeping bag
April 10, 3:24am

re:What happens to a Merino Wool Tshirt thrown into the permanent press wash cycle?
Ive been washing my icebreaker, smartwool, and montbell merino in normal cycle for years; each item has about 50 cycles on it. Certainly this wears out the fabric faster, but Ill live with that tra...

In GEAR » What happens to a Merino Wool Tshirt thrown into the permanent press wash cycle?
April 03, 11:40pm

Re:Alcohol stove for mug / trail designs
Best choice in my opinion is the Trail Designs stove with integrated Caldera Cone (which acts as windscreen, and cup support). In mug size, I have one for my SP 450 and SP 600. Roll the cone up in...

In GEAR » Alcohol stove for mug
March 31, 7:59pm

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5.11 gear Tactical nylon pants
These pants weigh in at 720grams, that's a pound and a half, folks. I bought them as winter hiking pants because I do not need the convertable feature of my other pants in winter, but I found thes...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
December 05, 10:00pm

Petzl Tikka XP
In preparation for a night hike I wanted to buy a new headlamp. Technology has come a long way since my old Zipka Plus.. (and I couldn't find it!) After a few hours of research including

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
September 04, 11:58pm

Cilogear Schoolbag
I got my second Cilogear last week, what Graham calls the "Schoolbag". Here in BPL land it makes for a very nice day-hiking pack and I bet many BPL members could fit a weekend kit into its 3...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
September 04, 3:30am

tiny BIC lighter (the cute one)
I carry various types of fire making gear for my own educational and practice purposes, but I always have one of these 11 gram bics taped to my keychain or in my pot set. They won't flame when soa...

In Miscellaneous Products
August 06, 10:53pm

SnowClaw Backcountry Shovel Racer Backcountry Shovel
My snow claw is one of the more recent models. I used it on one winter trip for bivy prep; I can move snow at a higher rate than with a shovel due to the low inertia of the blade; I dug into a 45'...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
August 05, 11:44pm

Montbell Versalite rain pants
Just bought these today and tested them in a thunderstorm tonight. My usual test sequence is based on recommendations from one of our members. 1. The sitting test applies about 10,000mm head; 2. kneel...

In Clothing - Raingear
July 30, 9:25am

Lite my fire firesteel scout firelighter
This device reliably makes sparks as advertised; even when wet. But so will an 11 gram mini-bic. So I carry the bic. Also, the tiny spark-maker from a Spark-lite is also a fraction of this item'...

In Cookware - Other
July 30, 9:07am

Petzl Zipka
If I only kept one light out of my selection; I would keep this one. Additionally, if someone requested my advice on one light to buy, this would be it. It is my default flashlight for any situation. ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
July 30, 8:55am

Montbell U.L. 90 Sleeping Pad U.L. 90
I own the 120cm version, but aside from the dimensions and weight, it is identical. This pad is not remarkable on its own, but as part of the Montbell sleep system, it is. The toggles mate with the...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
July 19, 2:04am

Sealskinz gloves
Sealskinz absorb water like a big fat sponge, and weighing them on my scale, they did indeed double in weight when wet. Totally unaceptable, and uncomfortable. Returned to REI.

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
July 09, 9:32pm