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Windshirt + fleece
I've tried this, and find it much more comfortable than even a 3 layer gortex parka with pit zips. "If" I'm hiking in light rain, and the temps are around 40-50, and it's not...

In GEAR » Wind jacket plus fleece with no rain jacket?
June 14, 12:06pm

You'll be worse off...
You asked if you'll be feeling worse after a 12 mile trek across the desert with 35 lbs. The answer is "yes - a significant amount". Ultralight packs are best for 20-25 lb loads. ...

In GEAR » Can I use an Ultralight Backpack?
May 02, 6:09pm

Piezo snow peak
I have the gs100 with piezo, and pocket rocket. The pot stability is very good with the snow peak, and marginal with the PR. My piezo has never failed, but I'm on the east coast of the US...

In GEAR » Snowpeak Gigapower Manual vs Snowpeak Litemax
April 13, 7:17am

Look for a compass whose needle settles into it's final position fast when you turn 90 degrees and doesn't giggle a lot when you are standing still but breathing hard. I'm partial to S...

In GEAR » Best baseplate compass
January 01, 8:43am

Big & flat
I use a 10x12 flat tarp pitched in an A-frame about 48" high at both ends and about 9" high along the long edges. Plenty of room for 1 people + gear width wise. About 2 FT longer than id...

In GEAR » Tarp with beaks vs. larger flat tarp
October 11, 12:03pm

Sierra cup
It's wide mouth works better for eating oatmeal and is easier to clean than narrower, straight sided cups. Drinking out of it is tricky, and liquid sloshes out easily. I like how liquids cool ...

In GEAR » Sierra Cup
September 28, 6:56am

Flat tarps
I use a flat tarp. It really isn't that hard to get a wrinkle free pitch. Peg the middle perpendicular to the ridge line, and make sure the corner guy lines are at a 45 degree angle (ie: bisect...

In GEAR » Rectangular vs Shaped Cuben Tarps
August 20, 7:08pm

Packs for big loads
My Lowe alpine (discontinued long ago) was the best load carrying pack I found. It was 7.5 lbs empty though. The secret was a pack bag that was tall, narrow, and slim for its capacity. It was also ...

In GEAR » Aether 70 vs ULA Catalyst
July 13, 8:17am

The mchale website says that zig-zagging cord all the way up the side of a standard size pack is heavier than 2 pieces of webbing and plastic tighteners - and doesn't synch / control the load a...

In GEAR » Pack Compression Systems: Web straps vs. Single Cord
June 18, 6:23pm

Travel bags
The 50-55 degree travel / hostel sleeping bags turn out to be the ideal solution for many of the local guides here in the Maryland / Virginia area. Ie 70 degree humid nights following 100 degree h...

In GEAR » Ultra-ultralight sleep system for summer heat
May 31, 2:40pm

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Wenger Esquire
I was looking for something a little bigger than my Victorinox Classic (2.25") knife. The Wenger Esquire has essentially the same tools, but is 1/3 of an inch longer, about 3/32" wider and ...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 07, 7:05pm