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All Forum Posts by James Loy

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Depends on snow conditions
Ok, I confess, I have too many pair of snowshoes, and I've tried them all! I almost never use packed trails and our snow depth varies from year to year. I too am over the weight limit for my ...

In GEAR » Snowshoes: Atlas 925 v. RedFeather
March 01, 4:52pm

Great Products & Service
Well, you can compare the Catabatic to the Rab topbag but you cannot get a Rab Top Bag in an XL, nor can you specify the shell fabric or add extra down fill, etc. As for me, the Nunatak products a...

In GEAR » New Nunatak stuff
February 24, 5:06pm

Windshirt/eVent Parka
I have a Rab windshirt in Pertex Quantum and find it way too hot to hike a short distance downhill in 40 degree temps (no wind). I used my Rab Drillium eVent parka while snowshoeing and breaking t...

In GEAR » Windshirt still needed with eVent jacket?
February 08, 6:02pm

Baking soda
Sprinkled lightly on synthetic base layers, it will eliminate the smelly body odors quite nicely. Of course, it's easier to use wool!

In Multiple Use Gear » baking soda - for skiers who wax
January 24, 4:50pm

DueNorth Carbide Microspikes
I haven't tried this brand, but I have tried a number of very similar designs and have had too much trouble falling on slight descents due to the placement of the spikes ahead of the place wher...

In GEAR » Anyone use Yaktrax, Yaktrax Pro or Stabilicers for traction on relatively flat trails? Light crampons?
January 22, 6:32pm

Kahtoola Microspikes versus Stabilicers
Now that I have found YakTrax totally unacceptable on both icy downhill sections as well as a light covering over icy surfaces, both downhill and flat terrain (see my edited comments above), has an...

In GEAR » Anyone use Yaktrax, Yaktrax Pro or Stabilicers for traction on relatively flat trails? Light crampons?
January 07, 4:36pm

Carbon Fiber Poles and Cold Weather
Some time back, I contacted Petra Hilleberg at Hilleberg USA about using carbon fiber poles in my Akto tent. She told me they did not recommend using them as they'd tried them and had found th...

In GEAR » A warning on REI Carbon Poles
January 04, 5:22pm

Try baking soda!
If you want to eliminate the odor from synthetic clothing on a trip, try carrying a small bit of baking soda and sprinkling it on the reverse side of the affected area and then rub it in. I learne...

In GEAR » Most comfortable least odiferous synthetic briefs/T's
December 18, 5:03pm

Printed PDF version
I'd be willing to pay extra for a printed PDF version as it is doubtful we will have broadband internet service in my area anytime soon.

In GEAR » Backpacking Light Subscription Pricing
December 07, 5:59pm

Keep the print version, at least as an option.
Not everyone lives where broadband internet service is available (other than perhaps, by costly satellite service). With dial-up service, it would take an excessive amount of time to download the ...

In GEAR » Backpacking Light Subscription Pricing
December 06, 7:13pm

All Reader Reviews by James Loy

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Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
Like it or not, I usually end up spending a good bit of the night sleeping on my back, which means my shoulders & elbows are on the ground. The height from my torso to where my arms touch the gro...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
October 08, 11:44am

Patagonia DAS Parka
Whoa, did I miss something? Are we only supposed to offer reviews of lightweight gear? Although not a lightweight piece of gear, I have to give the above rating to a product that works as advertised...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
April 02, 12:44pm

Nunatak Arc Alpinist
I wholly agree with all the accolades above. I just received my second Arc Alpinist (wife gets the prior one). I ordered the latest in Epic, 3 oz down overfill, and a length averaged between a regul...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
February 24, 4:56pm

Icebreaker Oasis Bodyfit 200 Tee
After purchasing one of these shirts in late 2006, I have found this shirt to be my "cast iron skillet" for spring, fall and winter trips in the mountains. I have even used it as a warm bas...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
February 06, 1:09pm

Icebreaker Tech T Lite Superfine 140
I tried one of the superfine 140 Tees on a backpack in Canada's Kootenai Natl Park last August. The weather was everything from cold, wet and windy to humid and warm. I wore the shirt constantl...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
February 06, 12:54pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
I used the Ecomesh shirt on a desert backpack in SE Utah in May of 2007, and found it absolutely superb for sun protection and comfort. I perspired heavily, but the shirt always dried during a short ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
February 06, 12:45pm

Icebreaker Balaclava Lite
I love Icebreaker products however I found the fit on this item disappointing. One size does not fit all! I spent an entire afternoon constantly pulling the fabric back up over my nose as the fit wa...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 12:36pm

Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero
A great hat with only one exception: because the brim secures to the crown with velcro rather than a snap, expect the wind to blow the brim up and secure it to the velcro on the crown without you bei...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 12:31pm

PossumDown Beanie (BPL Gear Shop) Beanie
Because of all the hype about this product being so warm, I decided to order one in spite of the price. The beanie is well-made and a good fit, however I was extremely disappointed after wearing it i...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 12:23pm

Big Agnes
I returned a Seedhouse SL-1 tent that experienced a torn center pole loop about the 3rd or 4th time I set it up. I returned it to Big Agnes and they quickly replaced it with a new tent. When erectin...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 05, 2:36pm