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All Forum Posts by Greg Vaillancourt

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I need to get organized
I also have some steel racks and plastic bins to hold my gear. That being said, my natural "organizing" method is to create piles of gear on the floor next to the nearly empty racks. Brett, y...

In GEAR » Organizing your outdoor gear
November 24, 4:31pm

I still use both synthetics and wool.
My normal baselayer usage for the last couple of years has been synthetics (Capiliene and MH) for day trips to overnighters and Wool for longer hauls. My rational has been that wool stinks less ...

In GEAR » Going Wool? share your knowledge
November 24, 4:23pm

Litespeed
I bought one and they are indeed brand new with all the tags. Killer deal!

In Gear Deals » Montane Litespeed
November 02, 10:10pm

Replacing H20 Bladder hoses
I found my least used Camelback was sporting a nasty little mildew colony in the middle of it's hose. I'm planning on giving it a good scrubbing with a .22 rifle cleaning rod and a nylon brush but ...

In GEAR » Replacing H20 Bladder hoses
September 28, 10:28pm

tablets
The instructions here http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/potable_aqua_chlorine_dioxide_30.html say the tablets need 4 hours to work. Is this a missprint?

In GEAR » Aqua Mira Warning
July 29, 9:20pm

Vaude Pack
I have the same pack. I use it as a summit bag when I use my older Aether 60. The top lid on the 60 doesn't become a lumbar pack so the VauDe gets peak bagging duty.

In GEAR » Weekend in town, new toys...
July 13, 9:58pm

Bags
Pay attention to the shoulder girth measurements of the bags listed in this thread. The Marmot has the most room. If the Atom had a full zip I'd buy one.

In GEAR » Marmot Atom Sleeping BAg
July 12, 10:23pm

Marmot/Dana Designs
K2 owns both Marmot and Dana Designs. Dana Gleason sold DD to them a few years ago. Now the big DD packs are relabled as Marmots and the rest of the line appears to have vanished. If you w...

In GEAR » Marmot/Dana Designs
July 08, 10:51pm

Travel Light-Eat Heavy
Bill, I bought your book on Amazon. I did not know you were posting here. I'll be trying out some of your recipes next weekend. So far I like the book. I still have not cooked anything in ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Travel Light-Eat Heavy
April 14, 8:23pm

Angel Hair Pasta
I'm becoming a fan of this type of noodle (take that pasta purists) because it requires much less cooking time than thicker strands. One of my standby methods for using it is to bulk up instant ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Angel Hair Pasta
April 14, 7:34pm

All Reader Reviews by Greg Vaillancourt

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Nesco American Harvest Food Dehydrator
Cheap Chinese junk. I'm using my oven at 140 degrees with equal or better results.

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
April 15, 2:19pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
And very nice workmanship.

In Stoves - Other
April 14, 10:04am

Lara Bars Cherry Pie
but these are quite good. I eat them for dessert on trips.

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
April 05, 5:56pm

Wiggy's Super Light
This bag was purchased for winter car camping trips to the desert. I was not concerned with the bag's considerable weight and bulk for this role. The materials that make up the bag should be qu...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 18, 6:15pm

Patagonia DAS Parka
A 4 because the main zipper pull looks pretty fragile. I like the breathability of this parka. Reminds me of my MH Chugach (also Polarguard 3D) in the way it dries your other layers after you put i...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
February 24, 6:27pm

Backpacker's Pantry Kung Pao Chicken
For an "All Natural" meal this thing tastes like a chemistry experiment. Not good at all...maybe the worst FD meal I've ever tried. They obviously tried to hide the disgusting flavor ...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
January 19, 6:06pm

MSR XGK EX
This stove is heavy and loud. Surprisingly loud! It doesn't simmer and it is downright bulky. Why the 5 rating? Because for melting vast quantities of snow (or ice) this thing cannot be beat un...

In Stoves - White Gas
November 19, 7:36pm

Penny Stove soda can version
I "geeked out" on DIY alcohol stoves and built probably 50 over 2 years. The Penny performs well but in my tests it only beat an openjet Pepsi can stove by 30-35 seconds. I also played wi...

In Stoves - Alcohol
November 12, 8:42pm

Snow Peak Trek 700
The lid from the Vargo mug fits fairly well and it is Ti. I think the SP 700 is a nicer pot. I switch to an aluminum foil lid unless I plan on draining pasta. The steel lid is really secure as a st...

In Cookware - Titanium
November 12, 8:31pm

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
I've found that placing my shoes near the mattress so my elbows have a place to rest makes for a much more comfortable night. I hate having my elbows dangling off the sides or locking my finger...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
October 08, 11:47pm