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lighter shelter
Go back to a tarp or a lighter shelter like the Wild Oasis from SMD (11 oz.) You can save some major weight with your choice of personal shelters, especially since you will not be needing it very n...

In Gear Lists » First AT Thru Draft
January 16, 7:06pm

break in time?
To those of you that like them, was there a breaking in time to get used to wearing them? Were they painful at first, or were they comfortable right from the first few steps? How are they when yo...

In Editor's Roundtable » Vibram FiveFingers KSO Treks Review
January 13, 8:58pm

lighten the load
Lightweight backpacking is worth it every time you hike wether it is for a week, a week-end, or a day hike. The less weight you carry the easier it is to hike. It's easier to walk to the groc...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where do you backpack?
January 10, 12:06pm

JMT dates
Two summers ago, I hiked the JMT, mid- August, 14 days. Great weather, no bugs. JMT is a wonderful hike. Do it whenever you have the opportunity. Spent 10 days in Yosemite last summer started in...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » JMT Dates?
January 10, 11:31am

winter in NE
Well, I am writing this from the mountains of western Maine. Over New Years it was in the 40's, now 10PM it is 10 degrees. (2,000') You never know! Be sure you have headgear that will s...

In GEAR » Need Help with my Winter Sleep Setup for NorthEast Overnighters/ Trying to build a 0 degree setup using camp clothes and a 3-season quilt
January 07, 8:58pm

4 oz. MYO tripod
Here is a great idea for a tripod that will be too light to leave at home found right here in the "Photography Forum", a thread entitled: 4 oz. Carbon fiber tripod http://www.backpac...

In Multiple Use Gear » small tripod becomes big
January 06, 3:01pm

tripod to ND filters!
Thanks, for more tripod input. I see now how the height can be adjusted by moving the poles/legs. My mini tripod looks just like the one in Franco D's photo. I will try trimming the knobs to...

In Photography » Sub-four oz. carbon fiber tripod
January 06, 12:52pm

tripod
Thanks, Greg. By coincidence I think I was looking at one of those yesterday at Ritz Camera, but did not see it outside of its package. Is it not a problem that the legs are not adjustable? To g...

In Photography » Sub-four oz. carbon fiber tripod
January 06, 9:47am

tripod
Maybe one could use these: http://www.prolitegear.com/easton-carbon-fiber-poles.html

In Photography » Sub-four oz. carbon fiber tripod
January 06, 8:01am

yes to bivy
For the Sierras, my bivy worked great under a tarp to add extra warmth. Or just sleeping under the stars in Yosemite last August. Bivy is homemade with silnylon bottom and Momentum 90 top (from ...

In GEAR » to bivy or not to bivy
December 25, 1:52pm

All Reader Reviews by Frank Deland

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Gossamer Gear
Ditto. When something is not in stock when you first look, just put your name on the -e-mail-when in stock list and they will let you know. They quickly and without questions replaced items that...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 21, 3:36pm

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
Very comfortable and a pillow not needed. But, you are not supposed to blow this up by mouth because moisture will get into the fill. So, there is a blow-up bag arrangement that does work, but it is ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 12, 8:44pm

GoLite Ultralite poncho/tarp
This Golite gear is made of a rugged silnylon. It has snaps to help shorten its length when worn as a poncho. It is useful to run a guide line over the top of it between the supporting poles to help...

In Clothing - Raingear
September 30, 7:45pm

Ray-Way 3-person tarp and net tent
Att: Mrs. EW! You do not need all that extra weight of overhead netting, plus you will have even more room under your tarp without it. Just add several inches of netting along the side edges, and ma...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 08, 10:10am

Superfeet Performance Green
I do not think superfeet are supposed to prevent blisters, unless because they help correct the fit, they, by chance, correct an area that might otherwise chaffe your skin. Also, cut off about 1/8 in...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 04, 12:09pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
Note BD's final picture: the handles of the pot are directly over the opening that allows wood or fuel to be added to the stove when it is burning and the pot is ontop. When adding wood, I found ...

In Stoves - Other
March 30, 8:37pm

Montrail Vitesse
On my first pair, the coating wore off the toe top. The grey just pealed off leaving a white fabric. Also, the rubber on the front side separated from the side of the shoe. I repaired it with Shoe ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
January 05, 12:06pm

Merrell Mesa Ventilator II Cross-Training Shoes
Ditto. I am about to head to the REI nearest me where they are on sale for $57 (Jan. 5) It will be my second pair having switched over from the Montrial Vitesse (see above). I had avoided this shoe ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
January 05, 11:50am

Littlbug Wood Burning Stove Littlbug Junior
First, to find the website note that Little Bug is spelled with no "e". The efficiency of this stove amazed me. I have tried homemade versions of woodburners with little success, so I was ...

In Stoves - Other
December 12, 9:45am

Gossamer Gear Lightrek Plus Poles
Same as Phil Barton above. The tip broke off on the first day. I returned the pole, it was repaired at no cost and a spare basket and extra tip was also included. I had lost a basket as well as the...

In Trekking Poles
October 18, 2:18pm