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Re: Re: Re: I've got the solution!
"The monkey pillow case is awesome. I put my Exped air pillow inside it and the straps hold it onto my air pad. Fleece on one side feels great on your face." Yeah, feels great. But it ...

In GEAR » Pillow slipping out under my head
June 08, 9:16pm

How near?
Big Sur is up the coast a couple hours. There are some locations in the Coast Ranges above Santa Barbara and south of Cuyama - best in winter for the most part. I think you could do a coastal hike ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Backpacking locations near Pismo Beach, CA?
June 08, 12:51pm

Re: Re: Pillow slipping out under my head
FWIW, I've had a pillow cord around my exped UL mat end up opening the one of the valves on the mat, resulting in a flattened sleeping experience. I haven't tried velcro yet, but get by wit...

In GEAR » Pillow slipping out under my head
June 08, 12:45pm

Re: Ohm it is.
I'm sure you will like it! If you have the correct size, the weight will be primarily on your hips, and at the weights you have listed, you will hardly feel it! The shoulder straps and load lif...

In GEAR » Ohm 2.0 vs Circuit for low loads
June 03, 10:49pm

In the off season, the folks at ULA will do special orders. They made me a skinny Ohm 2, which has b been great for 1, 2 night trips. I'm still able to slip in a barricade canister upright when...

In GEAR » Ohm 2.0 vs Circuit for low loads
June 03, 9:24am

Re:Re: Darn.
On most of this, I agree whole heartedly with Roger. Except for the sock thing. I find that wearing thin nylon biking socks results in fewer insults to my feet than thicker socks. I do pack ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Blood under Nails and Shoe Size Question
May 28, 9:51pm

Great pics, Bob!

In Post-Trip Reports » California: Sequoia National Park
May 22, 9:48am

Jiva Coffee Cubes- Yup!
Ordered Jiva Classic and Hot Chocolate cubes, and found them very good! Yes, the coffee could be stronger, but these are made more to South American taste than North American or (apparently) Austra...

In Editor's Roundtable » Jiva Coffee Cubes
May 19, 3:35pm

Re: Re: Writing instrument for the JMT?
"What is the best black powder pistol for self defense to carry on a continental divide through hike?" You'll have to give us more information before we can answer that: Flintlock ...

In GEAR » Trolls?
May 17, 7:39pm

re: Jiva Coffee Cubes
While I am normally a black coffee drinker, the best coffee I ever drank was a sweetened coffee in South America. If this coffee is anything like that, I'll be one happy hiker. Jiva ordered.

In Editor's Roundtable » Jiva Coffee Cubes
May 14, 11:44pm

All Reader Reviews by Stephen Barber

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SmarTube Drinking System for Bottles
Since having a hydration bladder spring a leak inside my pack, I have avoided all such bladders. I stuck to simple water bottles until a couple of years ago when I ran across the SmarTube - a drinking...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
May 13, 1:33pm

ZPacks Sleeping Bag 40* and 20*
This is the side sleepers dream bag! The bags are filled with 900 fill power goose down, outer shell is green .95 oz/sq yd Pertex Quantum ripstop nylon, and the liner is black .67 oz/sq yd nylon. ...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
July 25, 9:25pm

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad
Upon receipt of the pad, I inflated it to sleeping firmness, and stood it up against the bookcase. An hour later it looked rather soft; three hours later it was in a pile on the floor. Brand new, and ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 24, 11:49pm

Lawson Equipment Customer Service
I've purchased from Lawson on several different occasions. I've always gotten excellent service, fast shipping (especially considering I live clear across the country!), and good interaction v...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 20, 11:47am

ULA Catalyst
I've spent the last two years trying to find a pack that is both light and comfortable, ie, transfers weight to the hip bones well. To date, i had found packs that were only one but not the other ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
June 04, 8:11pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
I was able to pick up a Bushbuddy Ti used, and can't imagine why anyone would want to get rid of one! I used it repeatedly this summer and have been absolutely delighted with it! It is probably...

In Stoves - Other
August 18, 11:59am