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Re: Atom Vs Summerlite
Randy - You nailed it. That's exactly what we are looking at doing. But if we do that, we'll try to keep it controlled enough to make the data valid. Otherwise, we probably won't ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Western Mountaineering Summerlite Sleeping Bag REVIEW
December 21, 11:21am

Re: Marmot Bags and a question for readers
Randy - I have a Marmot Atom that I am testing now. I did a short Spotlite review on it a few weeks back - look over at the spotlites. The specs on the Atom are very similar to the Summerl...

In Editor's Roundtable » Western Mountaineering Summerlite Sleeping Bag REVIEW
December 21, 9:51am

Re: PCT Warmth
Randy - I had no problems with warmth at all. In the Sierras I frequently camped low, at 8000 or 9000 feet, but I did spend a few nights at or above 11000 feet. Sometimes I'd put my pack u...

In Editor's Roundtable » Western Mountaineering Summerlite Sleeping Bag REVIEW
December 20, 9:47pm

Re: Megalite!
Yes, the Megalite is definitely an option if you want, or need, the extra room. The only other difference (besides dimensions) between the Megalite and the Summerlite is that the Megalite has a ne...

In Editor's Roundtable » Western Mountaineering Summerlite Sleeping Bag REVIEW
December 20, 12:02pm

Re: Electrolytic Balance
Just some clarification re my PCT weight loss comments: 1. My hike was nowhere near unsupported, so is in a completely different category from the trek Ryan describes. I ate as much as I could s...

In Editor's Roundtable » A Case Study of Unsupported, Roadless, Long Distance Trekking: Part 1. Pack Weight, Distance, and Caloric Balance
December 20, 11:53am

Re: How does one become a thru-hiker?
I've spent far too much time pondering this question, so I'll throw in my two cents based on my experience and meeting many others on the PCT over the past two summers. As others have s...

In Philosophy & Technique » How does one become a thru-hiker?
December 19, 6:25pm

Re: Montbell Down T-shirt
Our info is the same as Brett's. A US sized version will be available this spring. We like to think we had something to do with this based on our OR coverage last winter and our regular f...

In GEAR » Montbell Down T-shirt
December 15, 12:12pm

Re: Thru-Hikes + Food Allergies = Conundrum
Miles - About 50% of the typical trail stops have pretty easy access to a major super market. There, you can get most anything, except maybe real specialty foods. With a little more hitch...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Thru-Hikes + Food Allergies = Conundrum
December 14, 7:00pm

Re:Which layer first
Agree with most of the comments here. I've rarely where a windshirt while hiking, preferring something with a little more breathability if I'm getting any kind or aerobic exercise. Aro...

In Philosophy & Technique » Which layer first
December 12, 6:33pm

Re: One Luxury
Back in the day, my hiking buddies and I had a tradition of bringing large fruit into the High Sierra. Like a watermelon. Or two. Or a couple of pineapples. It was always a fantastic treat. And ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » One Luxury
December 12, 6:18pm

All Reader Reviews by Don Wilson

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Western Mountaineering SummerLite
Agreed. A superb bag - at the top of the pile for light mummy bags. See our review at:

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 21, 10:57am

Nike Lava Dome
Thanks for that blast from the past Randy. I wore a pair of Lava Domes for several years, including over 20 days of climbing on El Cap in Yosemite. Nothing is tougher on shoes than time spent aid cli...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 27, 7:20pm

Complete Walker by Colin Fletcher
His writing is unforgettable. In The Man Who Walked Through Time he describes a day spent lying naked on a beach along the Colorado, in a remote section of the Grand Canyon. I'll never forget his desc...

In Books and Media
November 21, 9:56pm

Montane Featherlite H2O
This jacket certainly caught our attention at BPL. We recently obtained a test sample from Montane and we'll be doing a full review. I'm anxious to get in into some nasty conditions. If it even has re...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 02, 3:56pm

Western Mountaineering Flight Jacket
I agree but of note for potential buyers - the XL is 13 ounces, more additional weight than I would have expected. But it is an excellent jacket. I'm still giving it a 5 also.

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
October 29, 1:27pm

GoLite Virga
We'll be taking a closer look at the Virga in the near future. But the prototype version we tested was an exceptionally light jacket at 6 ounces, and performed reasonably well. It is lacking in du...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 24, 8:24pm

Nunatak SkahaPlus
Hope you all have seen our SPOTLITE review of the SkahaPlus, published last December. The Skaha is really a superb performer in loft per weight. And the new optional features give you a chance to mak...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
September 01, 11:41am

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
I've had mine for 6 months or so. I find I use it more than any other piece of insulating clothing. I've used it in the desert, mountains, rain forest - you name it. It stuffs easily into its own pock...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
August 07, 5:27pm