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Re: Re: Re: Spoonin' Bag
I have the numbers on the gear I bought last winter: Feathered Friends 20° Penguin ("Nano" fabric): 43.1 oz. Feathered Friends Toucan Deluxe (fleece): 14.2 oz. Large Stuff sack (sil...

In GEAR » Spoonin' Bag
July 13, 10:32pm

Re: Re: Spoonin' Bag
This looks like a really nice bag. I spent some time considering options for my wife and myself before buying a puffin (http://tinyurl.com/2h6pmz) and a toucan (http://tinyurl.com/2d7fnu). I got th...

In GEAR » Spoonin' Bag
July 13, 11:03am

Re: Re: Montane Featherlite H2O - Propore Hybrid
I was thinking that might work, especially when there is a small chance of rain. If the key parts of rain protection are your head and shoulders, then using a wind shirt in that manner might work w...

In GEAR » Montane Featherlite H2O - Propore Hybrid
July 11, 9:28pm

Re: Re: Bug netting in my Gatewood Cape
Very nice. I think this qualifies as a very light double walled tent. It looks like it is centered around your midsection. I think I might like it more if it was a bit more slanted towards the head...

In GEAR » Bug netting in my Gatewood Cape
July 11, 5:40pm

Montane Featherlite H2O - Propore Hybrid
Based on the positive review of the Montane Featherlite H2O (http://tinyurl.com/2co9ud) I thought it might be interesting to make a hybrid garment. I was thinking of taking the top of a Propore (R...

In GEAR » Montane Featherlite H2O - Propore Hybrid
July 10, 6:50pm

Re: Whither the 8x8 spinnaker/cuben 'mid?
I think Gossamer Gear has talked about producing a similar product (fully enclosed cuben tarp tent) as well. They are all a bunch of teasers :)

In GEAR » Whither the 8x8 spinnaker/cuben 'mid?
July 10, 5:08pm

Re: Re: Cocoon Pants - To buy or not to buy
I had the same sort of hesitation towards the Cocoon pants as Pam. If I use the pants only to keep warm inside the sleeping bag, might it make more sense to upgrade the sleeping bag instead of buyi...

In GEAR » Cocoon Pants - To buy or not to buy
July 10, 4:57pm

Re: Cuben Fiber Question
As far as materials go, Ron Bell goes with an even heavier weight, 0.6 (http://www.mountainlaureldesigns.com/fabric.php). He is a very nice guy, so you might email him and ask how he got the stuff....

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben Fiber Question
June 28, 4:44pm

Cold Feet
OK, so I got my really nice Cocoon hoody and pants. As I tried them on, I thought "This is so great. I can get by with a lighter sleeping bag. I'm covered from the top of my head to um, my...

In GEAR » Cold Feet
June 28, 4:22pm

Re: Re: Re: My idea regarding the new Cocoon line
Oh, I wouldn't take the cocoon apart. I was just hoping someone at BMW will see this thread and come out with another line of clothing. Seems like they could do so without spending a huge amoun...

In GEAR » My idea regarding the new Cocoon line
June 28, 4:03pm

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