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Next year...
"WARNING Bears associate cars with food and will be attracted to your car. Please leave your car at the nearest town and hike to the trailhead."

In Chaff » warning for black bear country
August 13, 10:05am

Yes!
I wore my long sleeved merino shirt (ultra light weight) while out on a boat fishing for 5 hours. Temp was about 85*F. The back of my hands got burned, my arms, shoulders did not. Felt very comfort...

In GEAR » 150 Merino ?? Offer any sun protection ??
August 10, 8:48pm

More geezer weight training
I alternate between cycling and hiking four days a week, M-Th. Hiking is up and down hills with a 30# pack (heavier than I carry when backpacking!). On the days I cycle, I also weight lift - trying...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » SUL and advancing age
August 10, 7:54pm

Nothing is perfect
I would advise against any pump - just too much weight and effort. A gravity filter is great if you're filtering a large quantity of water at a time - like 4 liters or more. Platypus makes t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Filter vs Steripen
August 10, 9:00am

Fine Grit Sandpaper
I'm with James on this - a half sheet of fine grit sandpaper from your nearest auto supply store will do a great job. Wrap it around a stick, or over something flat (bottom of a pan, etc). O...

In GEAR » Ultralight Sharpening Set-up?
July 30, 12:40pm

Plasma 30
I've had a Plasma 30 for about a month now. It's very well made - no complaints on construction! Comfortable cut, snuggly, seems warm. The lowest I've used it in is the high 40s F, s...

In GEAR » Anyone have a Marmot Plasma 30
July 28, 11:23am

Linguistics
Descriptive linguistics or prescriptive linguistics? Very different beasts! (speaking as a professional linguist!)

In Chaff » Could "have".... Not " of"
July 26, 3:08pm

No squeeze!
Exactly! You do NOT want to squeeze an embedded tick! And the Pro Tick doesn't squeeze them at all! You just slide the little metal thingie in between the skin and tick, and lift gently until t...

In GEAR » Tick Key
July 26, 3:03pm

Pro-Tick
I've found the Pro-Tick to be easy, effective, non-tick-rupturing, and extremely lightweight. http://www.rei.com/product/407279/pro-tick-remedy-tick-removal-system

In GEAR » Tick Key
July 26, 10:13am

Montbell
I haven't tried the WM, but I am very happy with my MB.

In GEAR » Best down vest
July 23, 11:11pm

All Reader Reviews by Stephen Barber

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SmarTube Drinking System for Bottles
Since having a hydration bladder spring a leak inside my pack, I have avoided all such bladders. I stuck to simple water bottles until a couple of years ago when I ran across the SmarTube - a drinking...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
May 13, 1:33pm

ZPacks Sleeping Bag 40* and 20*
This is the side sleepers dream bag! The bags are filled with 900 fill power goose down, outer shell is green .95 oz/sq yd Pertex Quantum ripstop nylon, and the liner is black .67 oz/sq yd nylon. ...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
July 25, 9:25pm

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad
Upon receipt of the pad, I inflated it to sleeping firmness, and stood it up against the bookcase. An hour later it looked rather soft; three hours later it was in a pile on the floor. Brand new, and ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 24, 11:49pm

Lawson Equipment Customer Service
I've purchased from Lawson on several different occasions. I've always gotten excellent service, fast shipping (especially considering I live clear across the country!), and good interaction v...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 20, 11:47am

ULA Catalyst
I've spent the last two years trying to find a pack that is both light and comfortable, ie, transfers weight to the hip bones well. To date, i had found packs that were only one but not the other ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
June 04, 8:11pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
I was able to pick up a Bushbuddy Ti used, and can't imagine why anyone would want to get rid of one! I used it repeatedly this summer and have been absolutely delighted with it! It is probably...

In Stoves - Other
August 18, 11:59am