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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

go lite packs
I have the current version of the golite jam 50. The lack of a frame is no big deal if you use a z-lite pad in it's place. I also really like the large outer zip pocket and mesh back. The fabri...

In GEAR » Help with pack choice...
April 12, 7:16am

Mountain laurel designs used to have pics of their apex quilts in stuff sacks on their web site.

In GEAR » Down vs Apex packed size?
March 30, 7:03am

I've split a lot of 1-1.5” thick sticks into 4-8 pieces to make dry kindling with a standard 3.5” Victorinox swiss army knife. It weighs 3 oz and is plenty strong. The blade works good f...

In GEAR » Knives
March 11, 11:38am

I have a dueter act lite. It carries very comfortably and well balanced. Ie: great harness, frame, and shape (narrow, curved in over shoulders). The shoulder straps don't feel narrow (my golit...

In GEAR » Packs @REI recommendations
March 01, 5:06am

youth groups
Most of the scouts in my area use externals, but its because they are half the price, very sturdy, and more adjustable - which is important for parents who want a pack that will fit a 12 year old, ...

In GEAR » External Frame Packs?
February 26, 5:33pm

external frame packs
My kelty has a MUCH higher center of gravity than my Lowe internal, which causes me to work more on rocky ”stair step like” trails. I think if the pack bag was attached 12” lower it would pr...

In GEAR » External Frame Packs?
February 25, 5:56pm

All Reader Reviews by John G

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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