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Second the request for XP booties. Especially if they are covered in very lightweight nylon (I've seen too many pairs made of durable stuff based on the assumption that you will walk in them). ...

In GEAR » Request for Ron Bell...
January 28, 6:14pm

More Clothes Maybe
You might try to use the existing sleeping bag (if it fits well) and just get more clothes. If you were starting from scratch then this wouldn't be such a great idea, since it is much more effi...

In GEAR » Kids Sleeping Bags... do I really need to buy one?
January 25, 4:55pm

Re: Wind River tent
Why won't it cut it?

In GEAR » Wind River tent
January 23, 8:27pm

Interesting Towel
Thanks for the link. That does look interesting. I've used this towel: It comes in handy for wiping down a tent (in case I'm in a hurry). I carry two; the ...

In GEAR » Go! Towel
January 18, 4:42pm

Wind Tolerance
Good point, it probably isn't fair to put down the double rainbow. I know someone with one and it took a pretty solid beating from a nasty storm. He thought it was going to break, but it didn&#...

In GEAR » Help selecting a single wall shelter for 2
January 18, 1:09pm

Medical Supplies
Closure strips are great (better than trying to sew stitches yourself). The other thing I would add is a little syringe (without the needle) to use as an irrigator. It is my understanding that you ...

In GEAR » Any med people that carry lightweight med kits?
January 18, 12:54pm

All Great Tents
I think all three are great tents. I think your original assessment is just about right as well. My wife and I use a Squall 2 and we are both happy. I'm 6'0" tall and feel it has plent...

In GEAR » Help selecting a single wall shelter for 2
January 18, 12:10pm

Re: Re: Espresso
Just to give you and idea, more than one place in the Northwest sells Espresso and worms.

In GEAR » 1/2 oz coffee gizmo at REI
January 16, 4:43pm

Combination Maybe?
You might try a combination of pads. I've found that a straight GG nightlight ( is often not enough padding for the lumpy ground (mostly roots) of many a Northwest camp...

In GEAR » Sleeping pad choices
January 16, 12:49pm

Mitts and Gloves
For a waterproof shell, I would either go for MLD ( or ULA ( I think the MLD are more durable (but more expensive). For a liner, I w...

In GEAR » gloves for the PCT
January 16, 12:18pm

All Reader Reviews by Ross Bleakney

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Gossamer Gear
Another GG review, another five out of five. This time, I broke a pole section (the lower part, or tip). It was my fault (I stepped on it) and not the fault of the pole. A call to customer support (I&...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 25, 12:11pm

Ultrapod Mini
I am very happy with my Ultrapod Mini. It does what is supposed to do very well. You often have to be resourceful with it; but with a little imagination, you can take great pictures. For example, if y...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
July 04, 7:38pm

Pentax Optio WP
I very much like my Optio WPi (6 mp). I have found the waterproof feature to be of much greater value than I originally expected. For winter pictures, it is really handy to set up a picture and not wo...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
July 04, 7:13pm

Eureka Zues II Exo
I bought this tent a few years ago, before I knew about tarp tents. I have been happy with it, but it is a little smaller and heavier than a tarp tent. As a free standing tent, it is more round, which...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
August 14, 3:13pm