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Travel quilt
Rei carries 55 degree travel/hostel bags. The synthetic one is very inexpensive. The down one much nicer,and still priced very reasonable ($50-65 if I recall correctly). Both have a big following...

In GEAR » Lighweight summer bag/quilt
July 01, 11:11am

What makes a pack heavy
A pack has about 1-1.5 yards of material. So the weight difference in a 120 denier nylon pack with dyneema ripstop versus a pack made of 500 denier Cordora is only 0.5-1.0 of weight. The rest of t...

In GEAR » Thoughts on the durability of UL backpacks
June 30, 2:44pm

Hydration bladders
I just shove mine into the pack horizontally, and along the back panel. This puts the weight behind my shoulder blades. Why ? Because putting it in vertically requires some unpacking of the pac...

In GEAR » How to pack a pack? Where to put hydration bladder?
June 23, 8:40pm

Rocket based bottles
Are the bottles that come with carbonated drinks. The bottom is dented inwards to allow for expansion. Bottles for carbonated drinks are also made from stronger plastic than water bottles.

In GEAR » How to pack a pack? Where to put hydration bladder?
June 23, 8:24pm

Big load packs
40 plus pound loads will feel a lot better in a traditional pack than a lightweight pack. Heavy weights can also damage lightweight packs. If you'll be on trails that aren't steep and rock...

In GEAR » Need some pack advice.
June 18, 8:22pm

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

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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