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John Davis (JNDavis) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Isle of Man
About Me Pre-Goretex backpacking mainly took in Snowdonia. Visits to the English Lake District started while attending Lancaster University, as did my first backpacking trips to Scotland. A Munro obsession grew, then ended on completion in 1986. No, I never told the record-keepers. Completion was followed immediately by trips to New Zealand, totalling 11 months, and to the Pyrenees. I have also backpacked in the Alps, Iceland, the Philippines, Zion NP and Ireland.
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How do trekking poles work?
Waving long thin weights on the ends of my arms should surely reduce my endurance, but the opposite seems to be true. I only use poles when crossing rough ground. For easy going I stow them. (...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How do trekking poles work?
July 16, 1:08pm

Light Solo Tent
Another vote for the Akto. Exceptional use of space inside. Room to store boots, wet rucksack and still cook under cover. Thanks to the vertical door on the inner, the tent can be left open when...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Looking for light solo tent: your help needed
July 16, 1:00pm

permethrin on merino wool shirts
I wouldn't put this stuff on my clothing after this weekend's little adventure. My chosen pitch turned out to be midgy so I put on a head net and got into my bivvy bag, a simple thing with a dra...

In GEAR » permethrin on merino wool shirts
July 12, 1:42pm

So just what is ultralight...
Reading this thread makes me realise what an imposter I am - or how different the British backpacking scene is. I was going to say that I tailor my load to the type of trip. For example, I could ...

In Philosophy & Technique » So just what is ultralight these days?
July 08, 3:23pm

Poncho v. Waterproofs
I've not sensibly tested ponchos - just an awful cycle cape and a WW2 ground sheet - so can't comment on them. However, note that waterproofs are multipurpose. They serve as windproofs, a warm la...

In GEAR » Poncho v. Rain Suit
July 08, 2:55pm

Travelling in Europe is not that straightforward, despite the Euro. In France they speak French; in Germany, German; in Italy... You get the message. I travelled to New Zealand twice in prefer...

In Other Activities » Traveling
July 07, 12:21pm

Bike Touring
Kevin, there are so many styles of touring with a bicycle. You need to decide what you want to do before spending a lot of money. I got back into touring last year with four weeks on French mou...

In Other Activities » BICYCLE TOURING
July 07, 11:57am

All-Time Best Tent???
I don't know what the best tent is from REI at less than $250, and I guess we would all define best differently. All I can do is say that I was happy enough for eight years with a Tadpole, despite...

In GEAR » All-Time Best Tent???
July 07, 10:42am

If away for a while, measured pokes of washing powder from home will not get the job done, unless you are prepared to carry several kilos. Almost all containers of washing powder in supermarkets a...

In Gear Lists » round the world gear list
July 07, 10:16am

Metric measurements
I can cope nicely with beer in pints, petrol in litres, distances in miles, ascents in metres and temperatures in Celsius, Kelvins or Fahrenheits, but cubic inches leave me dazed. I once worked ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Small Packs for Ultralight Backpacking
July 06, 3:01pm

All Reader Reviews by John Davis

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Integral Designs eVENT Rain Jacket
My rating is for eVent as I've not tried the jacket. I'm just shocked to see Ryan opting for XL and can't help wondering what size I would need. My Montane Air medium is fairly tight. This is at od...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 24, 1:32pm

Golite Jam
And a strong 3 from me too. The Jam has been my main pack for approx 18 months. It is close to needing replacement. The foam pad has developed folds as a result of careful use. It is hard to repla...

In Backpacks - Frameless
September 01, 12:06pm