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Still keeping my fingers crossed
Benjamin, It has been 2 days since the phone call but only 2 hours since the last email saying it is shipping out "now". Normally I use American Express. I couldn't be happier w...

In Gear Deals » Golite clearance items at
February 08, 4:44pm

Watch out for these guys! has told me twice that a sleeping bag I ordered will ship "today" and that I'd get an email from Fed-Ex confirming this. No emails and the bag still hasn't s...

In Gear Deals » Golite clearance items at
February 07, 3:22pm

a backcountry latte maker
That is funny! I do bring a book on almost all of my trips. I guess I could switch to an iPod with audiobooks to save weight.

In GEAR » Backpacker's "Gear Guide" just out
January 21, 3:38pm

Am I the only one that can't stand Backpacker magazine?
I usually buy a couple issues per year to read on airplanes. I often leave them on the plane thinking "Why did I buy that?". Typical Rodale rag, fluffy articles and ads galore. PS ...

In GEAR » Backpacker's "Gear Guide" just out
January 20, 2:24pm

Game trails in canyon country
Mulies, bighorns and elk will often create trails that dead end/cliff out in canyons. They like the security of knowing they only need to watch one direction when they bed down. I've foll...

In Philosophy & Technique » Finding game trails
January 20, 2:00pm

Paul is probably correct re: Whitetail deer
Mule Deer are a different beast and can be found in tough desert and alpine conditions. Mule deer are less wedded to a small area and can and do travel through difficult country. The presense of...

In Philosophy & Technique » Finding game trails
December 16, 10:57am

Re: Re: Brett, re:CiloGear 60 Liter WorkSack Backpack REVIEW
Graham, Where are your packs made?

In Editor's Roundtable » CiloGear 60 Liter WorkSack Backpack REVIEW
December 16, 10:46am

Re: Re: Wild Things Website
Works fine for me. Firefox 2 @ 4:49 pm MST

In GEAR » Wild Things Website
December 09, 4:49pm

3 favorites from 2006
1) Tarptent Squall 2 floorless 2) Icebreaker Merino zip T 3) Heineken 25 0z. can pot The only problem with the Heineken pot is it looks like a keg, which makes me dream of beer..."Mmmmmmm ...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2006 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
December 02, 3:24pm

Use what feels best
I'll confess up front that I've never tried any of the larger SUL packs. I do have a VauDe silnylon daypack (1500 cu/i) and I only use it as a summit bag when my main pack lacks a removable top ...

In GEAR » Heavy pack, light gear (Bora 80 vs Mariposa)
December 02, 2:15pm

All Reader Reviews by Greg Vaillancourt

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Nesco American Harvest Food Dehydrator
Cheap Chinese junk. I'm using my oven at 140 degrees with equal or better results.

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
April 15, 2:19pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
And very nice workmanship.

In Stoves - Other
April 14, 10:04am

Lara Bars Cherry Pie
but these are quite good. I eat them for dessert on trips.

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
April 05, 5:56pm

Wiggy's Super Light
This bag was purchased for winter car camping trips to the desert. I was not concerned with the bag's considerable weight and bulk for this role. The materials that make up the bag should be qu...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 18, 6:15pm

Patagonia DAS Parka
A 4 because the main zipper pull looks pretty fragile. I like the breathability of this parka. Reminds me of my MH Chugach (also Polarguard 3D) in the way it dries your other layers after you put i...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
February 24, 6:27pm

Backpacker's Pantry Kung Pao Chicken
For an "All Natural" meal this thing tastes like a chemistry experiment. Not good at all...maybe the worst FD meal I've ever tried. They obviously tried to hide the disgusting flavor ...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
January 19, 6:06pm

This stove is heavy and loud. Surprisingly loud! It doesn't simmer and it is downright bulky. Why the 5 rating? Because for melting vast quantities of snow (or ice) this thing cannot be beat un...

In Stoves - White Gas
November 19, 7:36pm

Penny Stove soda can version
I "geeked out" on DIY alcohol stoves and built probably 50 over 2 years. The Penny performs well but in my tests it only beat an openjet Pepsi can stove by 30-35 seconds. I also played wi...

In Stoves - Alcohol
November 12, 8:42pm

Snow Peak Trek 700
The lid from the Vargo mug fits fairly well and it is Ti. I think the SP 700 is a nicer pot. I switch to an aluminum foil lid unless I plan on draining pasta. The steel lid is really secure as a st...

In Cookware - Titanium
November 12, 8:31pm

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
I've found that placing my shoes near the mattress so my elbows have a place to rest makes for a much more comfortable night. I hate having my elbows dangling off the sides or locking my finger...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
October 08, 11:47pm