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Richard DeLong (Legkohod) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Eastern Europe / Caucasus
About Me Citizen of the world. UL backpacker and mountain lover among other things. Did the PCT in 2009 ("Buckwheat"), blogged about it at Hiked for 3.5 months through the mountains of Europe in 2011. More to come.
CityKiev / Tbilisi
CountryUkraine / Georgia / USA
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All Forum Posts by Richard DeLong

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FS: MLD silnylon pro poncho-tarp LONG
$140 shipped anywhere (PayPal please). I'm currently in Ukraine, so shipping will take about 2 weeks. This is 6'' longer than what is described at http://www.mountainlaureldesigns.c...

In Gear Swap » FS: MLD silnylon pro poncho-tarp LONG
October 19, 3:09am

what to get at REI
I'm hardcore UL and still buy stuff at REI: - emergency blankets - Darn Tough socks - Platypus reservoirs with nozzle - whistles w/ thermometer and compass - CAMP Corsa UL ice axe - dry...

In Gear Deals » REI Sale 20% Off
October 15, 3:05am

thru-hiker pack?
This is unrelated to the Newt, but related to your pack line in general. I would love to see an under-600-gram MLD pack with a functional frame (i.e. firmly attached to hipbelt and to shoulder stra...

In Gear Deals » New MLD Pack- NEWT- $69
October 06, 8:33am

petzl jock strap
Likewise you can turn the elastic straps of the TakTikka XP upside down and put it on like a jock strap. :)

In Gear Swap » WTB petzl tikka XP belt clip
September 20, 2:16am

pro 90
The quilt's in like new condition. How about 90 USD considering shipment to Australia?

In Gear Swap » Wanted Quilt
September 20, 2:14am

What temperature range do you need this for? I've got a BPL pro 90 quilt I could be persuaded to part with since I camp mostly in colder temps. I'm 6'3'' and have a size L.

In Gear Swap » Wanted Quilt
September 19, 12:08pm

washing hands solo
My trick for washing hands in the backcountry was developed while solo-hiking the PCT. I suck water into my mouth from my Platypus or water bottle and immediately dribble it out of my mouth onto my...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hand Sanitizers: My Journey Towards Discovering Best Practices for Wilderness Hygiene
September 09, 5:27am

Oware Dixon Double Bivy question
I've been very tempted by the recent offer to get one of these for my wife and me. Is the length sufficient for a tall (6'3'') thin person (that would be me)? I'd appreciate ...

In GEAR » Oware Dixon Double Bivy question
May 31, 11:22am

Re: Re: Tangling Guylines, Aircord 1
Chain knots don't work well with Aircord 1, it takes quite a bit of time, and it requires excellent dexterity (i.e. warm and dry hands).

In GEAR » Tangling Guylines, Aircord 1
May 31, 6:55am

Tangling Guylines, Aircord 1
I'm sure I'm not the only one who's struggled with this issue. Now that I've switched to using Aircord 1 (really really thin cord), it has become more important to devise a way to s...

In GEAR » Tangling Guylines, Aircord 1
May 28, 10:50am

All Reader Reviews by Richard DeLong

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Klymit Inertia X Frame
This is a preliminary review that will be updated later this spring/summer when I get more experience with the sleeping pad outdoors. I will post what I know so far in order to help answer people'...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 29, 10:32am

Katabatic Gear Palisade Quilt
This is a preliminary review based on testing the Palisade on my balcony. I'll be using it all summer in the mountains of Europe and will update the review later this summer. The quilt is beaut...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
March 29, 10:30am

Gossamer Gear Nightlight Torso
I have seen no other pad that is as comfortable for the weight. True, for most people the Nightlight is not thick enough, but then use two! I doubt you will find a softer, more comfortable pad for the...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
February 01, 10:16am

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
I liked this pad while it lasted. After maybe 10 or 20 nights it developed a leak that I could not detect even under water. I think I have had it with inflatable pads...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 27, 5:06am

BMW pro 90 balaclava
Like the previous reviewer, I did a modification of the Pro-90 hood. I cut the front piece all the way down and sewed on omnitape velcro (doesn't catch on clothes). I also modified the elastic cor...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 10:29am

PossumDown Gloves (BPL Gear Shop)
I have been wearing these for two years. They are very warm and comfortable for their weight and do not stink up. Before them I'd tried several different kinds of gloves, such as polipropilene and...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
October 22, 8:23am

Mountain Laurel Designs Zip
DISCLAIMER: this is a pack that came out in 2007-2008 and was seen as a sturdy and robust pack for the SUL spirit of the times. This model has sinced been replaced by more robust packs that probably c...

In Backpacks - Frameless
September 28, 7:09am

I recently tried to make an order on and sent a couple of messages to Oware regarding my order. I have not received any replies regarding my issue and am not sure that the order followed ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
June 04, 7:00am

MLD Trailstar
My Trailstar weighs 468 grams, not 650 g as the previous poster stated. That's with the included linelocks and seam-sealing, but without the included rope for tie-outs. You could cut off the 10 li...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
April 07, 8:10am

Titanuium Goat Ptarmigan Bivy
I have used the bivy sack extensively, especially while thru-hiking the PCT. It works. The long length is great for 6'3'', and the width is great. I have the full netting option and used i...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
October 03, 4:20am