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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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My Windstopper items are a pair of gloves and cycle leggings with a bib top. The gloves are excellent and always seem dry inside. Dampness accumulates on my abdomen when cycling in the leggings, ...

In GEAR » Polarshield lightweight or Dryskin extreme?
March 05, 1:03pm

Camping in Scotland
Almost any tent will do for the Highlands because, when the chips are down, you can, and will, head for a bothy or B&B. The bothy scene is less healthy than it was back in the days when I first vi...

In GEAR » Stephenson's Warmlite
March 05, 12:51pm

The joys of a maritime climate
Cooking in a tent is a fact of life in Britain and can be done with almost any stove design, including those which need priming. I have never even come close to burning down a tent in 36 years of ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » high wind cooking
February 10, 12:51pm

Low, open stoves
Some stove designs need care. I once set fire to grass with a Whisperlite before realising that it needs to be on a rock or bare earth in summer. Then, many years later, I repeated the stupidity ...

In Editor's Roundtable » What kind of stove do YOU use for lightweight backpacking?
February 10, 12:40pm

Favourite Three Pieces of Gear
Cave 1 tarp. The effectiveness of this tarp in British conditions came as a big surprise. I sleep really well under it. NB XRTerrain training shoes. Perfect for dryish moorland. Nokian Tri...

In GEAR » Favorite Three Pieces of Gear Used in 2004?
December 30, 8:56am

Too much protein
Ryan, A weightlifter who helped me get started with gym work hit health problems on a diet of 2g protein per kilogram, admittedly from the cholesterol in his high protein foods. For someone w...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Lightweight Food and Nutrition (LEGACY POSTS FROM OLD FORUMS)
October 22, 1:46am

High Protein, Low Carbohydrate
The body has systems for storing excess fat and carbohydrate and another system for getting rid of excess protein. You can get too much. Since the Seventies, wholefood diet adherents have been ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Lightweight Food and Nutrition (LEGACY POSTS FROM OLD FORUMS)
October 21, 9:01am

Re: question about venting
Yes. It is impossible for me to maintain a temperate micro-climate without vents. Deep front zips can be left wide open when the wind is blowing rain on to my back. A lot of sweat exits the jack...

In Editor's Roundtable » Waterproof-Breathable Technologies
February 17, 11:19am

Re: laminated fabrics
While descending a hill in a bitter north-easter yesterday, my two-layer, soft shell Mountain Equipment pullover evaporated sweat away uncomfortably quickly. I was very cold for a few minutes. A ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Soft Shells
January 18, 7:54am

Re: Sleeping Pads for Frameless Pack Suspensions
Many years ago an old soldier told me to scoop out holes for hip and shoulder points. I did this while exhausted on a pebble beach and slept like a log. Sharing weight between hips, shoulders and...

In Editor's Roundtable » Frameless Backpack Suspension Systems
November 25, 10:34am

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