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Re: 2007 Alpkit Carbonlite Trekking Poles REVIEW
I have owned and used these on and off for something like three years now. They are very nice poles and the price is outstanding, even with shipping to the US. It is critical manage moisture th...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2007 Alpkit Carbonlite Trekking Poles REVIEW
October 15, 7:29am

Re: Gram Weenie stove
Really slick. Not a lot of support for the pot being so small, but I am betting with a little care this is not much of an issue. What did you use for the inner and outer walls? Any other constru...

In Make Your Own Gear » Gram Weenie stove
July 29, 6:55am

Re: AM vs. filter
AM works by producing oxidants that kill microorganisms in the water. The oxidants disperse over time and after 4 hours they will all be gone. My understanding is that the 4 hour time for crypto ...

In GEAR » Aqua Mira vs Hiker filter
July 29, 6:49am

Re: Re: Waterproofing a wind shirt
I tried waterproofing the seams of a windshirt I got on closeout. It worked fairly well but it did add a fair amount of weight to the shirt. Also, I didn't find the jacket to be nearly as &qu...

In GEAR » Waterproofing a wind shirt
June 24, 9:06pm

Re: harmonica
The harmonica is an easy instrument to learn but tough to master. It is indeed a nearly perfect instrument for backpacking. That said, for "entertainment" I will carry my iPod Nano wi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Passing Time in Camp
June 24, 9:03pm

Re: Best one pound sleeping bag?
I have the Marmot Pounder Plus... I use it on Kayak trips. I don't know about that 54 degree rating I think someone posted... I would swear I have slept in it on colder nights than that with n...

In GEAR » Best one pound sleeping bag?
June 24, 9:01pm

Re: Heineken Pot Lid with Sipper
That's great... really cool. I will say that you might have to drill a hole in the lid on the opposite end from the moutpiece. If you drink hot water without a way to relieve the pressure, th...

In Make Your Own Gear » Heineken Pot Lid with Sipper
June 24, 8:58pm

Re: Re: sub 15 oz bear deterrent
We should remember in discussing and reading this that a bear deterrent is about protecting the bear as well as protecting the hiker. Preventing bears from becoming desensitized to humans is key i...

In GEAR » Sub 15 oz bear deterrent...
June 17, 12:27pm

Re: Re: Scoutmasters- I need help.
As with all Scouting activities, this should be boy-led. You can tell them the "answer" (whatever that means) but the process of them sorting it all for themselves is of more value than ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Scoutmasters- I need help.
June 09, 11:00am

Re: Re: Thoughts on no-cook food
I tried the no-cook thing in the past. What I found was that for me a cooked warm meal was far more appetizing than a cold/tepid one. Food that isn't appetizing is food that is hard for me to...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Thoughts on no-cook food
June 07, 8:49pm

All Reader Reviews by James Pitts

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Snow Peak Gigapower Ti
This is a fantastic stove. It has never failed me. It is very light and easy to cook with. I do cook a few things that need to simmer once in a while. It take some practice to get it to burn that s...

In Stoves - Canister
January 08, 11:39am

Just Tomatoes Just Veggies
I buy these bulk, not only the "just veggies" but the corn and peas and other goodies on their own. They are a great product either on their own (as a snack dry or re-hydrated as a side dis...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
January 08, 11:37am

Garmin GPSmap76CSx
This is an awesome (but somewhat heavy) GPS. It's a TON of fun. I figured out how to build my own TOPO maps for it so it is even more fun. I have no problems getting signal in most conditions. ...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
January 06, 6:16pm

Hilleberg Akto
I use this tent for first-night camping near my car. I have a CF pole and lightweight stakes. It is a very warm tent and very well designed. I real winner. I have no real complaints and have only ...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
January 06, 6:08pm

Exped Downmat 7
I picked this up at "steepandcheap" or something like that, almost on a whim. I had not use for it... or did I. I took it on a "sort of" car camping expedition and it was the war...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 06, 6:06pm

Montbell UL Down Inner Jacket
I love this thing. It's one of my favorite pieces of insulation. It's very light, super well built, and very warm. I have the new model with the front pockets ("handwarmers") and ...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
January 06, 6:03pm

Micropur MP 1 Chlorine Dioxide Water Purifier Tablet
I have kept a few of these in my first aid kit for ages. They are super light and fit for emergency use. When I first had to use them I was a bit worried, but there was no reason. They worked very ...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
January 06, 6:00pm

REI Minimalist Bivy Sack
I own this bivy. I bought it on sale just for kicks. I have used it three times. My main gripe are all those zippers! This bivy could be a lot lighter with a minimal amount of fuss. I think it is...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
January 06, 5:57pm

MSR Titan Kettle
I bought this pot for my son for his birthday along with a Pocket Rocket and some fuel... it was a package deal. He was thrilled. I liked the rubber band it came with and do this now with my other p...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 06, 5:53pm

Snow Peak Trek 700
I love this pot and it is all black and scuffed up from all the use it has gotten. It could be lighter but overall it is still quite an outstanding product. I seldom carry it anymore but I think for...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 06, 5:51pm