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Sierra cup
It's wide mouth works better for eating oatmeal and is easier to clean than narrower, straight sided cups. Drinking out of it is tricky, and liquid sloshes out easily. I like how liquids cool ...

In GEAR » Sierra Cup
September 28, 6:56am

Flat tarps
I use a flat tarp. It really isn't that hard to get a wrinkle free pitch. Peg the middle perpendicular to the ridge line, and make sure the corner guy lines are at a 45 degree angle (ie: bisect...

In GEAR » Rectangular vs Shaped Cuben Tarps
August 20, 7:08pm

Packs for big loads
My Lowe alpine (discontinued long ago) was the best load carrying pack I found. It was 7.5 lbs empty though. The secret was a pack bag that was tall, narrow, and slim for its capacity. It was also ...

In GEAR » Aether 70 vs ULA Catalyst
July 13, 8:17am

The mchale website says that zig-zagging cord all the way up the side of a standard size pack is heavier than 2 pieces of webbing and plastic tighteners - and doesn't synch / control the load a...

In GEAR » Pack Compression Systems: Web straps vs. Single Cord
June 18, 6:23pm

Travel bags
The 50-55 degree travel / hostel sleeping bags turn out to be the ideal solution for many of the local guides here in the Maryland / Virginia area. Ie 70 degree humid nights following 100 degree h...

In GEAR » Ultra-ultralight sleep system for summer heat
May 31, 2:40pm

Fire ring
What is the purpose of the ring of rocks ? I can understand 2-3 to act as pot supports, but why enclose the fire in a big circle of rocks ? Also why do you mix the forest duff into the dirt afte...

In Editor's Roundtable » The SUL Wanderer (Video Series) - Episode 2: Food & Water
May 29, 8:05pm

The Virga only has a piece of webbing where the hip belt usually is. The jam has a hip belt that will snug the pack into your lower back and take some weight off your shoulders. The jam has a nice ...

In GEAR » Cheap gear upgrade advice!
May 21, 8:38pm

Vapor ki
The pack is the correct size for you. The reason the hip belt is sloping downwards is that you are wearing it a little low. Use the hip belt to synch the pack into the curve of your lower back and ...

In GEAR » Load lifters on the Granite Gear Crown 60 V.C. Ki and other backpacks
May 18, 10:29am

I'm in the eastern forests. It takes a couple of minutes to locate sticks, but there is always downed trees within a hundred yards with 1.5 inch thick branches. Bring a sharp knife to cut notch...

In GEAR » Tarp Camping Without poles/sticks
April 21, 4:03pm

Thru-hiker used to carry pl1 bonded to a scrim later to stabilize it. This eliminated the need to quilt it every 3”, but I think the clo/oz including the scrim was no better than apex. Pl1 als...

In Make Your Own Gear » Primaloft One vs Climashield Apex
April 19, 3:02pm

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Wenger Esquire
I was looking for something a little bigger than my Victorinox Classic (2.25") knife. The Wenger Esquire has essentially the same tools, but is 1/3 of an inch longer, about 3/32" wider and ...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 07, 7:05pm