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James Loy (jimbluz) - BPL Premium Member

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Kahtoola Micro Spikes
I just looked at the Kahtoola website link for the Micro Spikes. Where I live (Northern Idaho), nothing is flat, either you go uphill or downhill, and that includes going to get the newspaper or m...

In GEAR » Anyone use Yaktrax, Yaktrax Pro or Stabilicers for traction on relatively flat trails? Light crampons?
October 26, 10:28am

Smartwool Microlite
Last year I purchased 2 Smartwool Micro long-sleeves from REI, along with the bottoms and sock liners. One of the shirts developed a hole in the back after one wearing on a trail. The other shirt...

In GEAR » Smartwool microlight
October 19, 2:38pm

I used Yak Trax all last winter hiking on some rather steep and icy switchbacks on a trail in Northern Idaho. I have had no problems with them coming off (I use an XL for a size 11 boot), and find...

In GEAR » Anyone use Yaktrax, Yaktrax Pro or Stabilicers for traction on relatively flat trails? Light crampons?
October 19, 2:22pm

No response.
Maybe things are ok at Nunatak. I certainly hope so, but I've been unable to get responses to my emails to them. Maybe someday soon!

In GEAR » Does NUNATAK need help?
October 16, 5:44pm

Caldera Cone:
I'll throw in my 2 cents and recommend the Caldera Cone setup combined with the Antigravity Gear 3-cup aluminum pot ($10 from AGG). The pot's dimensions make the required cone shorter than...

In GEAR » Should I go for simply an alcohol stove or a Caldera Cone?
October 15, 5:52pm

I'm with you, Aaron
I agree with you Aaron. I've done a fair amount of hiking & backing in Banff & Jasper, some where there was a bear warning notice, and I've not had a problem heating water for free...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Cooking clothes in bear country – Needed?
June 03, 2:31pm

Cooking in enclosed spaces
Although the couple was cooking in a snow trench and not in a tent, readers thinking about cooking in an enclosed space might want to check out the article "Death On The Wapta" by Geoff P...

In Editor's Roundtable » Stoves, Tents and Carbon Monoxide - Deadly or Not?
Part 3: Laboratory Measurements for Canister Stoves

May 31, 5:12pm

White Box stove with Caldera Cone
Ok, I have to add my comments about this one. I tried using the White Box stove with my Caldera Cone and succeeded in drastically discoloring my Caldera Cone. I definitely would not recommend it ...

In GEAR » Which stove do you use most?
May 24, 6:30pm

Open Fire Definition
A few years ago, I backpacked into the Top of The World Provincial Park in British Columbia. The burn ban at the time included no fires in the hut woodstove, as well as no stoves using an open fla...

In GEAR » Bushbuddy
May 02, 2:57pm

Patagonia Simple Guide Pants
I have both a pair of the simple guide and the guide pants. I use the latter for winter and the Simple Guide for spring thru fall. I find the simple guide warm enough for the 3 seasons, somewhat ...

In GEAR » Best light 3-4 season softshell pants: Cloudveil Prospector and Intertia Peak, Patagonia Simple Guide Pant or other
April 14, 4:25pm

All Reader Reviews by James Loy

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Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
Like it or not, I usually end up spending a good bit of the night sleeping on my back, which means my shoulders & elbows are on the ground. The height from my torso to where my arms touch the gro...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
October 08, 11:44am

Patagonia DAS Parka
Whoa, did I miss something? Are we only supposed to offer reviews of lightweight gear? Although not a lightweight piece of gear, I have to give the above rating to a product that works as advertised...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
April 02, 12:44pm

Nunatak Arc Alpinist
I wholly agree with all the accolades above. I just received my second Arc Alpinist (wife gets the prior one). I ordered the latest in Epic, 3 oz down overfill, and a length averaged between a regul...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
February 24, 4:56pm

Icebreaker Oasis Bodyfit 200 Tee
After purchasing one of these shirts in late 2006, I have found this shirt to be my "cast iron skillet" for spring, fall and winter trips in the mountains. I have even used it as a warm bas...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
February 06, 1:09pm

Icebreaker Tech T Lite Superfine 140
I tried one of the superfine 140 Tees on a backpack in Canada's Kootenai Natl Park last August. The weather was everything from cold, wet and windy to humid and warm. I wore the shirt constantl...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
February 06, 12:54pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
I used the Ecomesh shirt on a desert backpack in SE Utah in May of 2007, and found it absolutely superb for sun protection and comfort. I perspired heavily, but the shirt always dried during a short ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
February 06, 12:45pm

Icebreaker Balaclava Lite
I love Icebreaker products however I found the fit on this item disappointing. One size does not fit all! I spent an entire afternoon constantly pulling the fabric back up over my nose as the fit wa...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 12:36pm

Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero
A great hat with only one exception: because the brim secures to the crown with velcro rather than a snap, expect the wind to blow the brim up and secure it to the velcro on the crown without you bei...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 12:31pm

PossumDown Beanie (BPL Gear Shop) Beanie
Because of all the hype about this product being so warm, I decided to order one in spite of the price. The beanie is well-made and a good fit, however I was extremely disappointed after wearing it i...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 12:23pm

Big Agnes
I returned a Seedhouse SL-1 tent that experienced a torn center pole loop about the 3rd or 4th time I set it up. I returned it to Big Agnes and they quickly replaced it with a new tent. When erectin...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 05, 2:36pm