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Re: Where does the hooded Ghost Whisperer fit in?
I use these types of puffies when temps are expected to be no colder than about 35F, which is common in my area. Really only use them for stationary, around camp activity as just a windshirt is eno...

In GEAR » Where does the hooded Ghost Whisperer fit in?
September 19, 7:01am

Re: Flash Reviews (No. 1): ZPacks Challenger Raingear, JepPaks Custom Packs, Zebralight H52Fw Headlamp
"Second, I’m discovering much shorter battery life (even with the manufacturer-recommended Sanyo 2000 mAh Eneloop AA battery) at the suggested outputs than what the manufacturer is claiming....

In Editor's Roundtable » Flash Reviews (No. 1): ZPacks Challenger Raingear, JepPaks Custom Packs, Zebralight H52Fw Headlamp
September 18, 11:35am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Question
"most people I believe, have air conditioning Maybe in parts of America. In the rest of the world - unlikely. No, we don't. It's a lot cheaper without. :-)" God bless America!...

In GEAR » Exped UL7 W versus NeoAir XTherm L
September 17, 4:27pm

Re: Mirage vs Alpine Light
Maybe wearing a windshirt over would be helpful in the Mirage's durability? I pretty much always use a windshirt with my puffies. Either way, if I can ever catch a Mirage on sale I'm pulli...

In GEAR » Upgrading Fall and Winter Jackets
September 17, 3:40pm

Re: Re: Re: Borah Gear Down Jacket
Does the zipper go all the way up to the top of the collar? The pics make it look like it doesn't which was always a deal killer for me. Looks like a great jacket other than that. Ryan

In GEAR » Borah Gear Down Jacket
September 16, 10:07am

Re: Manufacturers
I agree with Dan's list except I would put all of HMG's products in the "good" category. Other than that, looks spot on compared with my experiences. I love Zpacks products and t...

In GEAR » What manufacturers do you trust?
September 15, 8:05am

Re: prepurchase vs later?
I would buy later if I were in your shoes. Tying up a chunk of money for however long until the others sell, plus the risk that you could end up losing money - the 10% discount wouldn't be wort...

In Gear Swap » FS: Brand New MLD Cuben Supermid and Cuben Supermid Innernet
September 12, 10:01am

Re: Is a cuben tarp aided by being cat-cut in the same way as silnylon tarps?
Sticks- I've made a few cuben tarps, both flat 9x7's and cat-cut 9x7s. The cat cut tarps will always pitch tight as a drum while flat ones only so-so. If you aren't going to use more...

In GEAR » Is a cuben tarp aided by being cat-cut in the same way as silnylon tarps?
September 11, 5:26pm

Re: Re: argon sil dead?
Lots of folks over at HF are still clamoring for SilArgon, so I bet Dutch will stock it again if he can. has 20D silnylon at 1.2oz/yd in a lot of cool colors. For some reason I...

In Make Your Own Gear » Argon Silnylon Pyramid Tarp - Hex
September 11, 5:05pm

Re: summer nights
"In the Appalachians, 45 to 70 F with unpleasant humidity." We normally see somewhere 55-70F for my area in the Appalachians, but still the same unpleasant humidity. Nothing like breat...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What ARE "summer nighttime temps" where you backpack?
September 05, 4:45pm

All Reader Reviews by Ryan Smith

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I've had an Ohm for about a year now and have taken it on a few trips. It's very comfortable provided that you keep it in the weight range it's designed for. When carrying 20-25 lbs it car...

In Backpacks - Frameless
September 10, 5:36pm