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Re: Re: Re: O2 Rainshield Jacket
I bought an 02 jacket/pants a few years ago and recently bought a Drop Stoppers jacket. They are very similar; very light, breathable, waterproof and very, very fragile. I recommend you take it off...

In GEAR » O2 Rainshield Jacket
September 06, 11:14am

Materials and Windshirts
I would to second the recommendation for a comparison of synthetic insulation and would like to see it expanded. I realize this could get to be too big, but if you took on different material catego...

In Editor's Roundtable » READERS - What do you want investigated in 2007?
August 30, 12:15pm

Aluminum Lid Insulating Value
I was just thinking of this the other day. One of my thoughts about a very light, thin aluminum top is that it would not insulate very well. In other words, heat would escape quite readily. I wonde...

In GEAR » Aluminium FOIL pot lid
August 24, 11:41am

Re: rain jacket
Thanks. Just to be clear, I would want a wind shirt that was less breathable, more rain proof and had a full hood. The Ion is certainly a contender.

In GEAR » Your favorite Wind Shirt?
August 18, 12:30pm

Rain Resistant Pullover
Which one would you recommend as a substiture for a light rain jacket (or would you ever)? I'm thinking of substituting a wind shirt for my drop stoppers (and saving a few ounces) when the weather ...

In GEAR » Your favorite Wind Shirt?
August 18, 12:12pm

Wind Shirt as Bug Shirt
Thanks. I'll give that a try (one more reason to buy a wind shirt).

In GEAR » Wind Shirt as Bug Shirt
August 15, 6:50pm

Wind Shirt as Bug Shirt
As I mentioned on another thread, I've used a bug shirt for many years but I'm switching to a headnet to save a fair amount of weight. I was planning on using my rain jacket (about 6 oz.) to wear a...

In GEAR » Wind Shirt as Bug Shirt
August 14, 11:05pm

Re: BPL Headnets
I've used a bug shirt (the Original Bug Shirt) for years but I've been looking for a way to drop a few ounces. The bug shirt weighs about 10 oz. (size large). Other than the weight, the big drawbac...

In GEAR » The new headnets on the home page
August 14, 11:00pm

Filters are Sometimes Good UL Technique
I disagree with your assessment about filters being bad UL technique. Quite often, it can lead to better hydration with a much lighter load. For example, assume you are on a 10 mile hike up a river...

In GEAR » Sawyer SP120 inline filter
July 08, 9:17am

2 Person Bag
I am faced with the same question. Right now, my wife and use a Sweetie Pie bag doubler (http://www.functionaldesign.net/about.htm) with a North Face Cat's Meow. I've been thinking about upgrading ...

In GEAR » 2 Person Bag or Sleeping Pad?
January 20, 7:00pm

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