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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

Kahtoola Micro Spikes
I just looked at the Kahtoola website link for the Micro Spikes. Where I live (Northern Idaho), nothing is flat, either you go uphill or downhill, and that includes going to get the newspaper or m...

In GEAR » Anyone use Yaktrax, Yaktrax Pro or Stabilicers for traction on relatively flat trails? Light crampons?
October 26, 10:28am

Smartwool Microlite
Last year I purchased 2 Smartwool Micro long-sleeves from REI, along with the bottoms and sock liners. One of the shirts developed a hole in the back after one wearing on a trail. The other shirt...

In GEAR » Smartwool microlight
October 19, 2:38pm

I used Yak Trax all last winter hiking on some rather steep and icy switchbacks on a trail in Northern Idaho. I have had no problems with them coming off (I use an XL for a size 11 boot), and find...

In GEAR » Anyone use Yaktrax, Yaktrax Pro or Stabilicers for traction on relatively flat trails? Light crampons?
October 19, 2:22pm

No response.
Maybe things are ok at Nunatak. I certainly hope so, but I've been unable to get responses to my emails to them. Maybe someday soon!

In GEAR » Does NUNATAK need help?
October 16, 5:44pm

Caldera Cone:
I'll throw in my 2 cents and recommend the Caldera Cone setup combined with the Antigravity Gear 3-cup aluminum pot ($10 from AGG). The pot's dimensions make the required cone shorter than...

In GEAR » Should I go for simply an alcohol stove or a Caldera Cone?
October 15, 5:52pm

I'm with you, Aaron
I agree with you Aaron. I've done a fair amount of hiking & backing in Banff & Jasper, some where there was a bear warning notice, and I've not had a problem heating water for free...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Cooking clothes in bear country – Needed?
June 03, 2:31pm

Cooking in enclosed spaces
Although the couple was cooking in a snow trench and not in a tent, readers thinking about cooking in an enclosed space might want to check out the article "Death On The Wapta" by Geoff P...

In Editor's Roundtable » Stoves, Tents and Carbon Monoxide - Deadly or Not?
Part 3: Laboratory Measurements for Canister Stoves

May 31, 5:12pm

White Box stove with Caldera Cone
Ok, I have to add my comments about this one. I tried using the White Box stove with my Caldera Cone and succeeded in drastically discoloring my Caldera Cone. I definitely would not recommend it ...

In GEAR » Which stove do you use most?
May 24, 6:30pm

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