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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 ( 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

Re: My idea regarding the new Cocoon line
Sounds like a great idea. If they come out with this, I would be very interested. My wife is in the market for a windshirt and only wants it to keep off mosquitoes. She wants the most breathable th...

In GEAR » My idea regarding the new Cocoon line
June 27, 7:33pm

Re: Komperdell Slippage
The key to fixing the Komperdell twist lock problem is to clean the inside of the outer pole (and the outside of the inner one). The problem is that dust (or other debris) gets stuck inside the pol...

In GEAR » Trekking pole newbie questions what makes 1 better than another, solid/adjustable,why? Recommendations
June 27, 7:20pm

Ultralight Pad Options
Like Kevin, I use just a GG NightLight (closed cell) pad. Once in a while, if I'm stuck on bumpy ground (usually caused by roots) this can be inadequate (from a comfort standpoint). Does anyone...

In GEAR » Ultra Light High Comfort Mattress Pads
June 18, 5:25pm

Re: Re:cost efficient gear
You can use the rain jacket as a wind shirt. The only disadvantage is that it doesn't breathe as well as a "real" wind shirt. At least, that is the argument (made many times on this s...

In GEAR » cost efficient gear
June 14, 2:55pm

Re: Re:cost efficient gear
I think you are in pretty good shape as far as having a light load. A few things to suggest: 1) Replace the tent with a tarptent (Six Moons, Shires, etc.). This will save you a couple pounds. My...

In GEAR » cost efficient gear
June 12, 5:49pm

Re: cost efficient gear
This discussion,, has some good advice (especially by me :)). Seriously though, I think this is worth reading (although there are a few tangents in there). The last bit of...

In GEAR » cost efficient gear
June 11, 7:42pm

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