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Flexible carbon
Paul says: "From what little I know of carbon fiber composites, stiffness is what they do best, and making a flexible carbon fiber composite is far more complex." A large percentage o...

In GEAR » What kind of pole is strongest?
September 15, 8:20am

wind and pole/s
When I was debating a Solomid vs. a Duomid for solo use, Ron mentioned the exposure to wind above treeline in the Sierras, and said the two-pole Solomid did a better job with wind than the Duo, bec...

In GEAR » Solomid with one pole?
September 14, 4:54pm

Interested
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In Gear Swap » FS: MLD TRAILSTAR SHELTER
September 14, 4:33pm

Great!
Yes, my Silly Stix came through just fine. I haven't had a chance to use them on the trail yet, but should next week. They look great, and I think you should have no trouble selling the 400+ st...

In Gear Swap » Zia grills now for sale to members and guests
September 13, 8:24pm

As Is
"I, for one, like Lawson's stakes just the way they are. I find them much easier to push into hard ground than my aluminum ones." I agree - they are just fine as they are!

In Gear Swap » Zia grills now for sale to members and guests
September 13, 6:07pm

Major kudos to ULA Customer Service!!!
My two favorite light weight gear brands are MLD and ULA. Both make great products skillfully, and have top notch customer service. But today I got a shocker from ULA: Over the last month or ...

In GEAR » Major kudos to ULA Customer Service!!!
September 13, 3:38pm

Gorgeous!
Second on hi-res version! Beautiful shots, especially the first!

In Post-Trip Reports » Amazing sunset... be jealous :p
September 12, 8:58am

pine needle
Using a pine needle is a variant of the twig method, and works well with longer pine needles. In the daytime, I use a second (unlit) pine needle to confirm that the alcohol is actually burning.

In GEAR » What do you use to light your alcohol stove/fire?
September 11, 11:38pm

Science and reality
Even though "science" says the opposite, I find it impossible to fall asleep in a hammock for more than a few minutes. I tried for six nights, and got only an hour or two per night, after...

In Hammocks » It's scientifically proven!
September 11, 12:44am

Catch and eat?
I am a long time fisherman, starting back when I was a child, going out with my Dad. We always fished legally, and kept what we caught, unless it was an illegal catch. And what we kept, we ate. It ...

In Fishing » Catch and release
September 07, 9:21pm

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