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Re: Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Part 4b: Gear Reviews (Continued)
Excellent set of reviews. This is great stuff. I really like it. A couple additions I would like to see (obviously for future articles): I would love a review of garments insulated with syntheti...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Part 4b: Gear Reviews (Continued)
June 19, 11:22am

Re: Pack Compression Systems: Web straps vs. Single Cord
I would say web straps are a lot easier to adjust, but they weigh more. This is especially true if the straps have buckles. I have straps like that on my day pack, and really like the speed and fle...

In GEAR » Pack Compression Systems: Web straps vs. Single Cord
June 13, 11:00pm

Re: Re: drizzle
I find fleece to be the best thing for drizzle. Both a fleece sweater and fleece hat are great. Unfortunately, a fleece sweater is pretty heavy for the amount of warmth it gives, so I typically don...

In GEAR » The worst kind of rain
May 27, 12:37pm

Re: Cheapest Ultralight Gear List?
This is definitely an interesting topic. Hopefully someone has done a good job at this. I'll take a stab at a few items which I think are great values if someone wants to have a low pack weight...

In GEAR » Cheapest Ultralight Gear List?
May 27, 12:11pm

Re: 2013 Spring Patagonia Houdini Pants / Jacket
Thanks Richard, for doing this work. Do you have a website where some of this information is stored? I would love to read a chart that compares various jackets showing number for CFM, HH and weight...

In GEAR » 2013 Spring Patagonia Houdini Pants / Jacket
May 27, 11:49am

Re: pad
I use the same technique as M B: I carry a thin CCF pad that I use under the inflatable. In my case it is the NeoAir, but I would do the same with the Exped. As he mentioned, this adds a bit of pro...

In GEAR » NeoAir Xlite or Exped UL7
May 27, 10:56am

Re: Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking ... Rainwear, Insulation, Headwear, Handwear, and Footwear
Great article. I personally think this is a great article for anyone who is interested in ultralight hiking, not just super-ultralight. There are tips here that apply to anyone who is a trying to k...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Going SUL in the Mountains with Adequate Shelter, Insulation, and Rain Protection. Part 2B: Selecting the Lightest, Most Functional Gear - Rainwear, Insulation, Headwear, Handwear, and Footwear
May 26, 11:42pm

Re: Very different valve for inflatable mats/ rafts
Looks good, but it sure looks a lot like the instaflator (http://www.themillair.com/index.html) but as an integrated unit. I wonder if anyone has a patent on this sort of thing?

In GEAR » Very different valve for inflatable mats/ rafts
May 21, 7:31pm

Re: Load lifters on the GG Crown V.C 60 Ki and other backpacks
Hi Alina, To answer your question, the load lifters are barely useful. Load lifters are not the most important part of a pack (to me) or I would just get another pack (being cheap also plays a par...

In GEAR » Load lifters on the Granite Gear Crown 60 V.C. Ki and other backpacks
May 16, 10:11am

Re: Re: Waterproof AND Mosquito proof layer?
I agree with Buck. Just about every waterproof garment is also bug proof. The exception would be an umbrella or poncho (not because of the fabric, but because of how it is worn). I use a Propore ja...

In GEAR » Waterproof AND Mosquito proof layer?
May 16, 9:21am

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