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All Forum Posts by Russell Swanson

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This is utter nonsense. Worrying about bears, mountain lions, snakes, scorpions, spiders, rabid vermin, rogue moose, random back country serial killers, lightning strikes, avalanches, et cetera pr...

In Philosophy & Technique » Thinking About Bears and Cougars
September 08, 12:34pm

Re: Dolly Sods
I get out to Dolly Sods and/or Roaring Plains several times a year. In my opinion, it is the best hiking locale north of the Smokies and south of the Whites. The Mon in general is superb. It&#...

In Editor's Roundtable » New Wilderness! Dolly Sods North & Roaring Plains West
September 04, 5:41pm

Re: BPL Beartooth Hoody vs Patagonia R1 Hoody
I don't own the BPL Hoody so I can't make a comparison but I love my R1 to death. I wore it on a trip last fall that saw temps from 80-30 deg F and I took it as my sole top layer purposely...

In GEAR » BPL Beartooth Hoody vs Patagonia R1 Hoody
September 02, 5:47pm

Weatherpants. Period.
Late to the party but my 2 cents...I've used REI Saharas, and a pair of North Face convertibles too. Like other posters just mentioned I wanted to like them but after 3 pairs, I asked myself, ...

In GEAR » Hiking pants
September 02, 5:02pm

Re: Mountainsmith Ghost - with pictures
Just a guess but the "MT" embroidered on the pack in that last pic might mean "Medium Torso".

In Gear Swap » Mountainsmith GHOST - Black
May 26, 10:42pm

Re: salomon
I've pretty much been using and championing Salomons as well. Contrary to the post above, Salomon does make a version of the XA Pro 3D's in without Goretex and they do drain well & dry...

In GEAR » Suggestions Needed - Trail Runners
May 26, 6:19pm

Re: re: "Inov8 Roclite 305 Long Term Durability"
Even considering my expensive packs, shelters, 800 fp down bags, titanium gear, etc, I've come to the conclusion that the most spendy part of hiking is replacing trail runners. You might wan...

In GEAR » Inov8 Roclite 305 Long Term Durability
May 15, 10:00am

Re: Stuff sack for sleeping pad
No reason for another stuff sack but a perfect opportunity to get creative. What are you using in the sleeping pad sleeve of the Ohm? Fold it up in that. Store it with your shelter. Store it wi...

In GEAR » Stuff sack for sleeping pad
May 15, 9:57am

Re: Inov8 Roclite 305 Long Term Durability
I don't think any pair of shoes should fall apart inside of 200 miles or so. But, it's been my experience (so far) that Inov-8's are on the fragile side of footwear. Before I passed t...

In GEAR » Inov8 Roclite 305 Long Term Durability
May 15, 9:47am

Re: Tent stakes in ... tarp. I wrap my tarp up around them by tying a guyline around the bundle of stakes, then winding the tarp around them into a bundle. It also makes the tarp easier to unfurl with a weighted ...

In Multiple Use Gear » Tent stakes in ...
April 28, 5:55am

All Reader Reviews by Russell Swanson

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Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
This is a little dated as the new Ether series has since replaced my POE pad but I still feel the review is relevant due as a statement about the company. First, the pad is comfortable, so I won'...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
September 29, 11:48pm

Pacific Outdoor Equipment Max Compact
I'll be posting a similar review under the POE Max Thermo regarding the quality of the pad. First, the pad is as comfortable as advertised, so I won't go into details about this. My comments ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
September 29, 11:41pm

Aloksak O.P 12.5 x 20"
I also had difficulties securing the seal on the on the OP Sak in both a Bear Vault and an Ursak (w/aluminum liner). The OP Sak is square and the bear containers are round. Perhaps a better design w...

In Miscellaneous Products
September 22, 9:42am

Patagonia Houdini Wind Jacket
I don't need to add to the comments about the jacket's usefulness and breathability. I practicaly live in mine on the trail. I'm dinging the perfect rating down to a 3/5 for two reasons;...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
May 03, 4:33pm

ULA Conduit
A lot of superlatives have been already said in the above reviews and I don't have a lot to add, other comments about the pad sleeve. It was clearly designed to accept self inflating 3/4 length p...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 11, 10:57am

REI Quarterdome
If you must have a double walled tent, this one is hard to beat. For the price, you're getting a great package. I've had the Quarter Dome for a few years now and it's been quite a serv...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
March 21, 5:18pm

ULA Equipment
Aside from Brian's phenomenal products (which are well documented), I recently had a great experience shopping with ULA. While researching a new pack purchase, Brian Frankle my emails to ULA Equi...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 14, 1:58pm

Western Mountaineering Ultralight Super
Ok, I'll admit that I'm posting this review just to see what it does to my BPL rating. Oh the vanity! I bought this bag sight unseen, based largely on Western Mountaineering’s reputation within th...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
November 30, 6:02pm