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Knife Multitool.
I carry a Leatherman Squirt S4 (scissors). Great for cutting patches of moleskin.

In GEAR » knife/multitool
November 26, 12:39pm

Esbit - 0 prime time? Winter advantage?
I have a similar question. I'm trying out (for the first time) an Esbit cook system for the winter months when I expect to have potable water in the LIQUID phase (bottle parka on 1 L nalgene) on ...

In GEAR » esbit vs. alcohol?
November 26, 12:27pm

Not sure if this is what you want...
but I've grappled with the same dilemma for the last 2 seasons. Stationary warmth vs moving warmth. This is my solution. I have given up fleeces in favor of 2 synthetic insulation layers (Mont...

In GEAR » Last try
November 20, 7:39am

windshirt advice
I have a Montane Featherlite Smock. Its made of microlight and I've bush-whacked with it. Its a bit heavier than the Montbell (at 3 oz) but probably more durable and weatherproof. I've worn a 20...

In GEAR » Windshirt advice
November 19, 7:29pm

Re: Re: Re: tempering at home?
It appears the minimum temperature would be 200 C and maximum temperature for a hardening effect is in the 550 C range. From:

In GEAR » Wow... Ti Esbit... days with no comments?
November 18, 7:22pm

Re: tempering at home?
I believe (I'm no expert though) that the success of tempering is critically dependent on the rate of change of the temperature of the metal dT/dt and that this change must be consistent throughout...

In GEAR » Wow... Ti Esbit... days with no comments?
November 18, 11:30am

Titanium windscreen tempering... memory metal
I wonder if its possible to temper the windscreen with heat so that it retains its pre-temper shape. That way, the windscreen just "springs" back into the perfect diammeter when you remove it from...

In GEAR » Wow... Ti Esbit... days with no comments?
November 18, 9:59am

Playt-pillows & softshell hoods
I have a softshell made of Powershield with a fitted hood (climbing fit). When I 'm out with it I can "invert" the hood around the Platypus bottle to form a pillow that "breathes". When its cold,...

In GEAR » The Ultimate UL Pillow?
November 13, 10:44am

Favorite stove.
I'm using a Red Bull can open jet stove with a foil heat reflector base and a windscreen/pot holder I fashioned from 6" wide aluminum flashing. Stove - 8 g Windscreen/ pot holder - 20 g Foil -...

In GEAR » What is your favorite lightweight stove?
November 12, 6:24pm

Autoclave it.

In Chaff » Wash the stink out
November 11, 9:59am

All Reader Reviews by John Chan

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Integral Designs Siltarp 2
This is now my preferred mode of tarping. After experimenting with cat-cut tarps, hammocks, tee-pee tarps, I have concluded that the most versatile configuration is the standard flat 8 x 10 silnylon ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 12, 9:41pm

Montbell Breeze Dry-Tec UL overbag (M)
I have used this bivy for 1 full season now. Compared to the BMW Vapor bivy this overbag has several plusses and minuses. The advantages 1. No stakeout points. This may seem counterintuitive, ...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
August 12, 9:33pm

MiniBullDesigns Trek 3
The MBD Trek 3 is the fully pressurized version of their original side-burner. There is no priming cup. You must add the denatured alcohol via small hole on top of the stove after unscrewing a wing-...

In Stoves - Alcohol
August 09, 7:11am

Vargo 1.3 L Titanium Pot
Very well made item. On the bottom of the pot it says "made in Japan" which from the dimensions, suggests that its an Evernew pot without the pot handles. I'm not sure how long the non-stick surface...

In Cookware - Titanium
August 09, 6:59am

Mountain Laurel Designs Prophet 25/30
Recieved my MLD Prophet 30 the other day. Its a pretty simple design but will probably do what I envisioned it to: carry a UL 3-day summer kit. I had Ron make some small modifications to my pack lik...

In Backpacks - Frameless
May 09, 9:17am

Nunatak Skaha Plus
Recently took delivery on my much anticipated Skaha Plus down sweater. Two long, anxious months from concept to delivery but boy, was it worth it. I had Tom build a sweater in Quantum shell/ 0.8...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
December 24, 7:53pm

Golite Hex 3
I recently applied UL philosophies to group camping so I replaced my MH Trango 2 tent with a Golite Hex 3. This week, I took the Hex 3 on a planned circumnavigation of the 100 km LaCloche Silhouette ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 26, 5:09pm

Princeton Tech Aurora
Probably the best overall LED headtorch on the market. Ample light, ample light settings, great battery longevity.

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
November 08, 1:13pm

MSR Titan Kettle
Great primary pot for 1 or 2 if you are going to boil water and add. I have even used it for cooking rice (you'll need a pot cozy). I gave it a 4 because of the flimsy handles but I guess for UL coo...

In Cookware - Titanium
November 08, 1:11pm

Montane Featherlite
I've been using the Montane Featherlite Smock as a replacement for a bulky hardshell and its worked great so far. The Pertex fabric with DWR really does well in light precipitation and even in the oc...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
November 08, 10:34am