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Re: Re: Marmot Atom Sleeping Bag REVIEW
Very good point Glenn. Certainly the different cut plays a big role in the relative weight of the Summerlite and the Atom. Based on the comments so far, it looks like Atoms are generally comin...

In Editor's Roundtable » Marmot Atom Sleeping Bag REVIEW
March 23, 1:24pm

Re: Re: My Atom is overweight as well...
Well, I can't say for sure without cutting up my bags (and that is NOT going to happen - not even for BPL!). I believe the lighter weight of the Summerlite comes mainly from a combination o...

In Editor's Roundtable » Marmot Atom Sleeping Bag REVIEW
March 21, 5:10pm

Re: Re: Why Backpacking?
Besides all the reasons so well stated above, I like backpacking because it is my experience the people I meet on the trail are at their best in the outdoors. People are refreshingly generous, happ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why Backpacking?
March 19, 10:07pm

Re: Re: Feathered Friends Hyperion Jacket
Here's a spotlite review we did of the Hyperion at the end of 2005:

In GEAR » 05 Thermawrap vest vs. 07 Thermawrap vest
March 15, 5:19pm

Re: White gas on the PCT?
Ben - I've spent quite a bit of time on the PCT and white gas will be difficult to find in many locations. So you'll have to carry a lot of it. And it will be hard to predict when you&#...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » White gas on the PCT?
March 07, 8:15pm

Re: Wind Shirt
Joe - Take a look at these reviews. Lots of good info there about specific products and windshirts in general. Don

In Gear Deals » Wind Shirt
March 04, 9:32pm

Marmot Atom or WM Summerlite?
Miles - You didn't mention your height, but I'll assume less than 6 feet since you listed the weight of the regular length Summerlite. I love the Summerlite. Superb bag for the wei...

In GEAR » On the Hunt for an SUL Bag
February 07, 8:12pm

See a doc, take it slow
My advice - don't be impatient as you might regret it. Take it slow, stay in shape using other activities (swimming, etc). Better to be psyched for your hike, but not in optimum shape than to r...

In Philosophy & Technique » Fast tracking an injury recovery for a hike
January 26, 8:04pm

Podcast: snake species
Glen - FYI, that's a harmless Gopher Snake in the photo. They can be excitable at times, but can't do much damage. Don

In Editor's Roundtable » Podcast: Sub-3 on the PCT with Glen Van Peski
January 17, 1:59pm

Why go fast? Why go slow?
Some thoughts on going fast and slow, inspired by Matt Colon's lament of speed-focused backpacking in the BPL print mag. OK, readers, why do you go fast, or slow? A quote from Colin Fle...

In Philosophy & Technique » Why go fast? Why go slow?
January 03, 6:44pm

All Reader Reviews by Don Wilson

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Western Mountaineering SummerLite
Agreed. A superb bag - at the top of the pile for light mummy bags. See our review at:

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 21, 10:57am

Nike Lava Dome
Thanks for that blast from the past Randy. I wore a pair of Lava Domes for several years, including over 20 days of climbing on El Cap in Yosemite. Nothing is tougher on shoes than time spent aid cli...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 27, 7:20pm

Complete Walker by Colin Fletcher
His writing is unforgettable. In The Man Who Walked Through Time he describes a day spent lying naked on a beach along the Colorado, in a remote section of the Grand Canyon. I'll never forget his desc...

In Books and Media
November 21, 9:56pm

Montane Featherlite H2O
This jacket certainly caught our attention at BPL. We recently obtained a test sample from Montane and we'll be doing a full review. I'm anxious to get in into some nasty conditions. If it even has re...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 02, 3:56pm

Western Mountaineering Flight Jacket
I agree but of note for potential buyers - the XL is 13 ounces, more additional weight than I would have expected. But it is an excellent jacket. I'm still giving it a 5 also.

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
October 29, 1:27pm

GoLite Virga
We'll be taking a closer look at the Virga in the near future. But the prototype version we tested was an exceptionally light jacket at 6 ounces, and performed reasonably well. It is lacking in du...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 24, 8:24pm

Nunatak SkahaPlus
Hope you all have seen our SPOTLITE review of the SkahaPlus, published last December. The Skaha is really a superb performer in loft per weight. And the new optional features give you a chance to mak...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
September 01, 11:41am

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
I've had mine for 6 months or so. I find I use it more than any other piece of insulating clothing. I've used it in the desert, mountains, rain forest - you name it. It stuffs easily into its own pock...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
August 07, 5:27pm