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Serge Giachetti (sgiachetti) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Boulder, CO
About Me I started backpacking as a teenager in southern appalachia. My summers in college were spent in mountain heaven, glacier national park. Since then, I've lived and played in the high sierras, the cascades, and now the colorado front range. Walking into the mountains for a few days with a light pack never seems to lose its charm. Also a snapper of many photos. Check out my instagram for short visual trip reports and such.
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All Forum Posts by Serge Giachetti

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I'd agree with aaron that the altaplex looks like the best of both worlds. I've been very happy with my hexamid twin tarp as my only 3 season shelter until recently. I got got a duplex but...

In GEAR » Hexamid solo vs. Solplex
December 31, 1:16am

My zpacks hexamid twin is alway easy to get taut, FWIW. I think cuben is the ideal available shelter material.

In GEAR » MLD Mid Tauntness Cuben vs. Silnylon
December 27, 6:27pm

Some other light framed packs: elemental horizons kalais, hyperlite mountain gear, and the new katabatic helios are all good bets depending on what fits you. The osprey exos is also super nice, alt...

In GEAR » Z-Packs Arc Blast to replace Mariposa Ultralight?
December 26, 3:51pm

I got some for the same reason. Just ordered a pair from STP for $80 with a %35 off. I typically wear a very thin minimalist shoe around town which get cold/damp quickly, but I couldnt bring myself...

In GEAR » Winter boot fans, start drooling now...
December 23, 3:18pm

dwr down
I'm curious about the performance of DWR down too. I recently purchased a 30 degree wide enigma with 900 hyperdry to use over my katabatic sawatch in winter. My hope is that the moisture will b...

In GEAR » Winter down bag decision
December 18, 6:33pm

I've used a hexamid twin (tarp) as my only three season backpacking shelter for the last few years and its been great. At 6 oz and sufficient (but snug) room for two, its always felt like cheat...

In GEAR » Quest for perfect shelter system for 3 week solo JMT starting in late July
December 17, 1:57am

Man, no shame at all in using what you have. I bet that omni shield works just as well as what a lot of people on these forums use. The one you described sounds like a pretty versatile system. ...

In GEAR » Layering Advice
December 11, 10:38pm

Keeping the ultralight angle in mind, I dont think goretex is worth it. Where it might be worth it is for the added durability, or better protection in sustained rainy climates. I've had my...

In GEAR » Marmot Essence
December 09, 1:49pm

pack size
It packs small, but it lacks a stuff sack. I dont think it packs quite as small as the helium, but close.

In GEAR » Sub 8oz rain jacket reccomendation? Best?
December 08, 4:45pm

marmot essence (2014)
I can vouch for the marmot essence. I've been very pleased with mine so far. I think its at least as breathable as the 3L event jacket I owned before it. Its also stretchy and fairly soft and c...

In GEAR » Sub 8oz rain jacket reccomendation? Best?
December 06, 10:02pm

All Reader Reviews by Serge Giachetti

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Trail Designs Customer Service
Rand was really helpful on two stove purchases. Answered all questions almost immediately and helped get a sidewinder made for me at a moment's notice for a trip. Couldn't as for better custom...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 10, 3:44am

Gossamer Gear Gorilla
I'm very impressed with this pack. I tried out a few packs for a planned AT thru hike (didn't pan out yet), and this was far and a away my favorite. With the stay and sitpad, the pack conforms...

In Backpacks - Frameless
June 28, 1:59am

Gossamer Gear Gorilla
edit: double post

In Backpacks - Frameless
June 28, 1:56am