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Richard DeLong (Legkohod) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Eastern Europe / Caucasus
About Me Citizen of the world. UL backpacker and mountain lover among other things. Did the PCT in 2009 ("Buckwheat"), blogged about it at Hiked for 3.5 months through the mountains of Europe in 2011. More to come.
CityKiev / Tbilisi
CountryUkraine / Georgia / USA
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In Gear Swap » F.S. Marmot, Wild Things, Lightheart, Golite, Kookabay, Thermarest, CF Poles most all NEW!
October 02, 9:45am

Fitting for the top of a trekking pole for increased tarp shelter stability
Hello. I'm envisioning something that fits on top of a trekking pole that can have an unlimited number of lines tied to it that would be staked out from the center of the shelter at the camper&...

In Make Your Own Gear » Fitting for the top of a trekking pole for increased tarp shelter stability
September 28, 11:11am

thanks for the input
I've just ordered the Osprey Talon 22. Thanks!

In GEAR » Trail running and adventure daypack with laptop sleeve?
September 19, 7:01am

Trail running and adventure daypack with laptop sleeve?
I'm having trouble picking out the perfect daypack for my needs, which include day hikes and various forms of travel. The characteristics I am looking for are: - 22-30 L capacity - suitable...

In GEAR » Trail running and adventure daypack with laptop sleeve?
September 19, 4:05am

Notches in the rocks
Often, if it weren't for notches like that, for hanging ropes, rails, and other helpers, places would be entirely inaccessible, or the death toll for visiting them would be much higher. I perso...

In Editor's Roundtable » Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon Photo Essay
September 03, 3:33am

Yeah, waiting for that report. Just a bit of friendly encouragement from a fellow report writer:-)

In Pre-Trip Planning » Three Weeks in the Pyrenees
July 02, 2:16am

Side sleeper
Interesting. I'm also a side sleeper, and that's precisely why I like the Klymit so much.

In Gear Swap » FS: Klymit Inertia X Frame
July 02, 1:45am

WTB Inov-8
If anyone has some inov-8 trail runners in size 13 or 14 US, please let me know. I am particularly interested in 310s size 13 and 315s size 14. (Shipping to U.S. address)

In Gear Swap » WTB Inov-8
June 12, 2:56am

Darn Tough
Thanks, Bill. I'm sure those are nice. I often hike in Darn Tough merino and like them a lot, but I'm looking for a thin sock lighter than anything Darn Tough makes, as far as I can tell fr...

In GEAR » Simple sock recommendation needed
May 30, 6:20pm

Simple sock recommendation needed
I've been studying socks for a few hours and my mind's starting to spin. I just need a simple recommendation or set of recommendations. What I'm looking for is a sock that is as quick-d...

In GEAR » Simple sock recommendation needed
May 30, 5:48pm

All Reader Reviews by Richard DeLong

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Cocoon Pro 90 Quilt
This quilt is underrated (at the moment). I have used the Pro-60 and now the Pro-90. The latter is significantly warmer (~55 F vs. ~61 F as the effective minimum comfort temperature for my near-naked ...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
September 20, 9:23pm

Photon Freedom Micro (White)
I've used the Photon Freedom for nearly 80 days backpacking and am ready to switch to something else. Yes, it is small, light, and relatively convenient. However, the battery life is 30-60 minutes...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
February 13, 11:40pm

REI Sub-Kilo 20 degree
This is basically a 35 degree bag for me. There are a lot warmer bags and quilts for this weight. Basically, I'm rating this a 4 because of all the "5" ratings so far, whereas I don'...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
February 09, 1:12pm

Golite Umbrella
I would trade any piece of UL gear for one of these umbrellas due to its sheer practicality. Nothing can replace the effect of a sun-reflecting umbrella at 15000' in the Andes or high up on the Co...

In Miscellaneous Products
January 30, 8:08pm

Montane Quickfire
This lightweight (11 oz, size L) eVent jacket is great. I like all the features, which have been carefully thought through, and there is nothing I don't like about the jacket. The cut is great for...

In Clothing - Raingear
January 16, 5:58pm

Icebreaker Skin 200 Mondo Zip
This shirt fits my thin frame and longish arms (size L). I've worn it about 100 days (50 hiking, 50 in town) and it shows no signs of wear. I can wear it 10 days in a row in the mountains without ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
January 16, 5:29pm

Backpacking Light Merino UL Pants
Test period - 40 days in Colorado Rockies. GF has the BPL merino UL tights, I have Icebreaker merino tights (yes, they weigh substantially more, but still under 200 grams). At the end of the perio...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
January 16, 4:58pm

Zpacks Blast 32
I have the same configuration as the above reviewer, but with 2 shoulder pouches. I also have the Blast 18 (equivalent in size and design to the Zilch). These are the only packs I know made of this...

In Backpacks - Frameless
July 14, 7:57am

American Medical Kits Heatsheets Survival Blanket
This is, in my opinion, the first, cheapest, and most versatile piece of gear an aspiring ultralighter can ever own. Let me discuss some of the uses: 1. Heat blanket. Obvious. 2. Blanket for hot...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
May 12, 3:33am

"The Travel Hammock" Ultra-Light
I have the same hammock but with the mosquito netting. It is also a bit over the listed weight (590 grams vs. 550). I bought it because it was the lightest hammock with netting I could find that would...

In Shelters - Hammocks & Accessories
May 09, 2:21pm