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Re: north or south start?
I'd still hike N-S. You'll have less issues to contend with regarding elevation (you'll have a few days at lower elevations to allow your body to acclimate- here's a recent thread ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » JMT in early june?
April 06, 7:26am

Re: Re: BA IAC
Apologies for continuing the thread drift! I'm in the same camp with the folks who find the 2.5" synthetic insulated inflatables not as warm as advertised. I've used both Pacific Out...

In Gear Swap » BA Fly Creek
April 06, 7:11am

Re: "Rate Your Hiking Ability"
I like this arbitrary determination in my 'hiking experience score' - "You probably have at least one long distance trail completed and are well on your way to an elite hiker" ...

In On the Web » Rate Your Hiking Ability
April 04, 5:29pm

Re: Are You A Survivor?
Not to be inflammatory but discussions like this always remind me of the 'Who would win in a fight- Batman or Spiderman?' arguments I used to have when I was a kid.

In Gear Lists » Are You A Survivor?
April 04, 3:00pm

Re: FS: new and used gear
I suppose it bears asking- what condition is the pad in?

In Gear Swap » FS: new and used gear
April 03, 2:58pm

Re: FS: new and used gear
I'm very interested in the Montbell pad & pillow. I can pay via Paypal ASAP.

In Gear Swap » FS: new and used gear
April 03, 2:56pm

Re: FS: new and used gear
duplicate post

In Gear Swap » FS: new and used gear
April 03, 2:42pm

Re: Tarptent Contrail Vs. Tarptent Rainbow
I wouldn't say that the Rainbow is any more weather resistant than the Contrail, given the pitch options of the Contrail (see Franco's masterworks) possibly it's the other way around. ...

In Gear Lists » Tarptent Contrail Vs. Tarptent Rainbow
April 01, 9:07pm

Re: NeoAir as frame
Mark, The Sitlight is essentially a single section of the GG Nightlight torso pad which I use as a back panel in my ULA pack. The dimensions of the Sitlight are perfect but I'm not sure tha...

In GEAR » Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Pads
April 01, 8:54pm

Re: Driducks/Rainshield jacket in extreme winds
I wore my Driducks suit through some very intense winds during a hike on the beach in Assateague Island Nat'l Seashore. We had sustained winds over 30 mph, gusting possibly close to 50 mph, en...

In GEAR » Driducks/Rainshield jacket in extreme winds
March 30, 10:58pm

All Reader Reviews by Russell Swanson

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Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
This is a little dated as the new Ether series has since replaced my POE pad but I still feel the review is relevant due as a statement about the company. First, the pad is comfortable, so I won'...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
September 29, 11:48pm

Pacific Outdoor Equipment Max Compact
I'll be posting a similar review under the POE Max Thermo regarding the quality of the pad. First, the pad is as comfortable as advertised, so I won't go into details about this. My comments ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
September 29, 11:41pm

Aloksak O.P 12.5 x 20"
I also had difficulties securing the seal on the on the OP Sak in both a Bear Vault and an Ursak (w/aluminum liner). The OP Sak is square and the bear containers are round. Perhaps a better design w...

In Miscellaneous Products
September 22, 9:42am

Patagonia Houdini Wind Jacket
I don't need to add to the comments about the jacket's usefulness and breathability. I practicaly live in mine on the trail. I'm dinging the perfect rating down to a 3/5 for two reasons;...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
May 03, 4:33pm

ULA Conduit
A lot of superlatives have been already said in the above reviews and I don't have a lot to add, other comments about the pad sleeve. It was clearly designed to accept self inflating 3/4 length p...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 11, 10:57am

REI Quarterdome
If you must have a double walled tent, this one is hard to beat. For the price, you're getting a great package. I've had the Quarter Dome for a few years now and it's been quite a serv...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
March 21, 5:18pm

ULA Equipment
Aside from Brian's phenomenal products (which are well documented), I recently had a great experience shopping with ULA. While researching a new pack purchase, Brian Frankle my emails to ULA Equi...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 14, 1:58pm

Western Mountaineering Ultralight Super
Ok, I'll admit that I'm posting this review just to see what it does to my BPL rating. Oh the vanity! I bought this bag sight unseen, based largely on Western Mountaineering’s reputation within th...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
November 30, 6:02pm