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Richard Lyon (richardglyon) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Bridger Mountains
About Me I backback most frequently in the Rockies, and most often take three-day trips. Over the past fifteen years I've served as a Forest Service volunteer in Wyoming and Montana, doing trail maintenance. As I get older I'm always looking for ways to lighten my pack load but I'm far from ultralight. I especially like base camp trips, with day hikes from a fixed camp.

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Other choices
If your budget allows, consider a Nunatak Skaha sweater, or Skaha Plus (has a hood). The MontBell EX Light is an excellent (though somewhat fragile) down sweater for use as a midlayer. It has 900 f...

In GEAR » Summer insulation?
March 16, 3:57pm

More advice
Robert, I encourage you to work with Tom Halpin, Nunatak's owner, to design the bag that suits you best. Nunatak is a custom shop, it won't cost much more to alter one of the standard desig...

In GEAR » Nunatak
March 16, 7:28am

Melissa, I have an extra long Feathered Friends bag (Lark model, I think) that's several years old but little used - it's too long for me (I'm only 6'4"). If you have any inter...

In GEAR » really long bag for a really tall guy
March 12, 12:11pm

really big bucks tents
Two hybrids plus one true double wall: Stephenson's Warmlite 3R - big and lightweight, about $550 with large door and windows. A hybrid, single walled at the ends and double walled in the mi...

In GEAR » 3 person tent options
March 06, 3:59pm

Store-bought alternatives
Aaron, Patagonia has a down sweater that's cut longer than MontBell's. Both the Down Inner and new EX Light are intended as mid-layers, so they are intentionally shorter, and because they a...

In GEAR » Montbell Down Inner Alternative?
March 05, 4:25pm

Jonathan, You're starting out in the right direction. Use a guide to find the fish, not to suggest gear. Particularly for backcountry fishing you don't need the high end (and highly priced)...

In Fishing » Starting Again
March 05, 4:19pm

Try Wild Things
Wild Things ( sells an eVENT jacket with pit zips. It's called the Alpinist. Not sure if it qualifies as UL, though.

In GEAR » Recommendations for an E-vent Shell w/ Pit Zips?
March 03, 9:34am

EX Light versus Down Inner
I tested both for; you may read my detailed reviews at that site. I found the EX Light noticably warmer, perhaps because of a snugger fit. Both are great alternatives to fleece.

In GEAR » Montbell Extremely Light Down Jacket
March 02, 4:30pm

Backcountry fishing
Brad, Temple Fork makes great rods, one of the best values I have ever seen. You can't go wrong with one of those. Any of the better quality lines should work, and I agree that you should go...

In Fishing » Beginning Fly Fishing in the Smokies
March 02, 7:33am

Pound the pavement
Ben, You're going to have to try out some boots, as the most important component of boot comfort is how the boots fit your feet. Lasts, designs, lacing, arch, and many other things make each br...

In GEAR » Help Me Find the PERFECT Shoes
February 27, 10:18am

All Reader Reviews by Richard Lyon

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Introduction to Packrafting September 2009
A great way to spend three days, and a great course. Four instructors for eight students (difficult to improve on that ratio), all of them knowledgeable, friendly, and good at instructing. Great scen...

December 10, 9:45am

Nunatak Alpinist
I don't doubt what the other reviewers have said, and I'd be upset at not getting what I expected after paying custom prices. My experience has been just the opposite, however. I have sever...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
April 13, 8:30am

Feathered Friends Customer Service
FF's customer service has been exemplary. I've bought two bags and a down jacket over the years (and sale stuff for others) and the telephone reps have gone out of their way to help. Most rece...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 07, 3:55pm

Mountain Gear
My only problems with Mountain Gear are website-related. I've had gear shipped to the wrong address and once or twice been unable to complete an order online. But it's easy to get a live (and ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 07, 3:45pm

Exped Downmat 7
Drawbacks - You need to inflate it with its bellows, and (1) the bellows will slip off the port for inflation very easily; (2) it's tough to close the port after inflating without losing some infl...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
October 04, 9:37pm

Everything I've ever purchased from Patagonia has been high quality and functional, and I've been buying for years and years. On the few occasions when I've had a question or a problem, Cu...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
July 31, 9:22am shows how customer service should be in the Internet era. A human being is easy to reach on orders and comes back with informed answers on technical questions. Free shipping on orders ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 31, 12:19pm

Rainy Pass (Gear Repair)
I have used Rainy Pass for repairs (torn mesh, zippers) and customization (adding windows to tents. Each time I have received knowledgable advice and an accurate (and reasonable) quote from a telephon...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 31, 12:12pm

Wild Things Gear Customer Service
I don't doubt Joan's report - bad things occasionally happen even with great companies - but I'm surprised because my experience has been just the opposite. Latest experience is a good exa...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 24, 1:57pm

SteepandCheap.Com SteepandCheap.Com
If you find something you need or just have to have the prices can't be beat. I recently skied with someone who works for (owns SAC) who said that its prices are lower than what an...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 21, 1:44pm