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Re: 2-person tent recommendations
I have a friend who just bought an MSR Carbon Reflex. For me the downside is obvious- the price tag. That's a lot of money. Also, the single door seems to be a limiting factor for a side ent...

In GEAR » 2-person tent recommendations
April 22, 2:37pm

Easton tubes
I agree these hold great and are relatively light weight but I have had consistent problems with the heads coming off. I've had this happen even in the cushy soil of my backyard. I've als...

In GEAR » Bombproof stakes
April 22, 12:20pm

Re: Let's talk about the whiz freedom
My wife tried it. On the first use she ignored the cardinal guy's rule about wind speed and direction and that caused a minor mishap.

In GEAR » Let's talk about the whiz freedom
April 22, 10:17am

Re: Inov-8 for rocky terrain
I've hiked exclusively in Salomon trail runners over the past 3 years (XA Pro 3D) and have recently tried Inov-8 Flyroc 310's. The jury is still out on them (for fit reasons) but after one...

In GEAR » Inov-8 for rocky terrain
April 22, 9:27am

Re: Whats your weight for the big 3+1
I don't know that I've ever posted in one of these 'what's your big 3 weight' threads. I've kind of given up on updating my spreadsheet as I don't find much functionali...

In GEAR » Whats your weight for the big 3+1
April 20, 8:09pm

Re: Gear in "Tough Times"
Something has certainly seeped into our collective psyche that causes us to equate spending with happiness, hasn't it? Lets face facts: you can outfit yourself for lightweight three season bac...

In GEAR » Gear in "Tough Times"
April 17, 6:51am

Thank you
This is one of my favorite BPL articles to date. Excellent job Chris and much thanks.

In Editor's Roundtable » John Muir's Birthplace - a Photo Essay
April 17, 6:18am

Re: Fit?
If you like how the pack fits you, you won't find a better pack. I can't say enough about the conduit. I've owned 3 versions now, each update that ULA has made over the years. Every ...

In GEAR » ULA Conduit?
April 07, 5:23pm

Re: Nicr wire source
Try eBay. I bought some recently, about 20 feet for about $15 or so. I'd send you some but I've used some and sent the rest to someone for the same purpose. Here's a link to a 50&#...

In GEAR » Bushbuddy mesh grate
April 07, 1:44pm

Montbell pad...
...arrived, as advertised. Thanks for the quick ship and have fun on the trail!

In Gear Swap » FS: new and used gear
April 06, 3:35pm

All Reader Reviews by Russell Swanson

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Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
This is a little dated as the new Ether series has since replaced my POE pad but I still feel the review is relevant due as a statement about the company. First, the pad is comfortable, so I won'...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
September 29, 11:48pm

Pacific Outdoor Equipment Max Compact
I'll be posting a similar review under the POE Max Thermo regarding the quality of the pad. First, the pad is as comfortable as advertised, so I won't go into details about this. My comments ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
September 29, 11:41pm

Aloksak O.P 12.5 x 20"
I also had difficulties securing the seal on the on the OP Sak in both a Bear Vault and an Ursak (w/aluminum liner). The OP Sak is square and the bear containers are round. Perhaps a better design w...

In Miscellaneous Products
September 22, 9:42am

Patagonia Houdini Wind Jacket
I don't need to add to the comments about the jacket's usefulness and breathability. I practicaly live in mine on the trail. I'm dinging the perfect rating down to a 3/5 for two reasons;...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
May 03, 4:33pm

ULA Conduit
A lot of superlatives have been already said in the above reviews and I don't have a lot to add, other comments about the pad sleeve. It was clearly designed to accept self inflating 3/4 length p...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 11, 10:57am

REI Quarterdome
If you must have a double walled tent, this one is hard to beat. For the price, you're getting a great package. I've had the Quarter Dome for a few years now and it's been quite a serv...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
March 21, 5:18pm

ULA Equipment
Aside from Brian's phenomenal products (which are well documented), I recently had a great experience shopping with ULA. While researching a new pack purchase, Brian Frankle my emails to ULA Equi...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 14, 1:58pm

Western Mountaineering Ultralight Super
Ok, I'll admit that I'm posting this review just to see what it does to my BPL rating. Oh the vanity! I bought this bag sight unseen, based largely on Western Mountaineering’s reputation within th...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
November 30, 6:02pm