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Richard Lyon (richardglyon) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Bridger Mountains
About Me I backback most frequently in the Rockies, and most often take three-day trips. Over the past fifteen years I've served as a Forest Service volunteer in Wyoming and Montana, doing trail maintenance. As I get older I'm always looking for ways to lighten my pack load but I'm far from ultralight. I especially like base camp trips, with day hikes from a fixed camp.
CityBozeman
StateMontana
CountryUSA

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In Gear Swap » WTB Winter Clothing (All Sizes)
November 15, 9:49am

Frost Line Parka
I doubt that you can beat it. Terrific parka, worked well down to -30 F last winter here in Montana. I tested and reviewed it for BackpackGearTest.org. Be aware that MB tends to size a bit small, a...

In GEAR » Can I beat the MB frost line parka ?
November 15, 9:46am

Use of down hoody
Very often. Part of my sleep system year round, though the down piece varies. I'm a quilt guy and cold prone. The hood means no beanie in summer, no balaclava in winter (I'm also claustr...

In GEAR » How many actually use their down hood?
October 30, 8:48pm

MontBell Down
Dan, First, MB uses Parka for hooded jackets/sweaters and Jacket for no hood. That is the only difference. At your temperature range I personally would go with a UL Down Inner Parka as the be...

In GEAR » Montbell Down Jacket
October 27, 10:58am

Hogback
I agree that it's a great tent; worked well with my girlfriend, her eight-year old son, and me. I think adding a three-year old would be OK but as he grows you'll start to get crowded. Like...

In GEAR » One Tent or two for a family of four
October 09, 11:54am

YNP this weekend
Kelly, By coincidence I was in the Park Service backcountry office yesterday and the Ranger said that the park has really opened up in terms of backcountry availability. I'd go for the Ferri...

In Pre-Trip Planning » One Night in Yellowstone
September 30, 9:21am

Bindings and boots
Velimir, To answer one of your questions,the difference between the Voile bindings you identify (and among all comparable three-pin bindings) is in fact the cable, which helps only on steeper de...

In Winter Hiking » Backcountry touring ski upgrade
September 08, 8:48pm

Ski boots
Velimir, Skis: The wider the ski the better it will handle powder. But wider skis are more unwieldy for touring. If you're climbing primarily for turns (as I often do) any good backcountry s...

In Winter Hiking » Backcountry touring ski upgrade
September 05, 8:14am

Down jacket/sweater
Matthew, I have owned three on your short list, the two MontBells and the Patagonia. I give very high marks to the MontBell UL Down Parka and Patagonia Down Hoody as excellent midlayers that can...

In GEAR » Down jackets. Help me finally choose.
September 02, 1:55pm

Nunatak Skaha Plus
I got mine several years ago, in Epic, and haven't lost a feather. Great garment. I have a few Nunatak quilts in lighter fabrics that leak a bit, but nothing to worry about. I'd conta...

In GEAR » Nunatak Skaha Plus???
August 29, 8:30pm

All Reader Reviews by Richard Lyon

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Mountain Equipment Co-op (Canada)
I like the MEC-branded stuff that I've bought. Prices for Canadian-made clothing are very low considering high quality and materials (check out their merino base layer items especially). Easy to ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
June 14, 5:21pm

Patagonia Wool 2 Turtleneck
While I couldn't find a fabric weight on Patagonia's website, I think this is the lightest weight wool base layer I own. (I also have tops from Ibex and MEC and Skin 200 Leggings from Icebreak...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
June 13, 2:19pm

Lazr NANO Titanium Tent Stakes
I love 'em - easy to drive in, very strong, and much lighter (and take up less room) than standard issue stakes on most tents. I used only these stakes on a high profile tent in a windy corner of ...

In Miscellaneous Products
February 16, 10:58am

ULA Catalyst
I'm just recently migrating to lighter loads and this pack saved just over four pounds over my regular expedition pack. Per ULA owner Brian Frankel, with the XL frame size my torso requires its ca...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
February 16, 10:48am

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
Just list the positives: annual dividend; no shipping charges if you have it shipped to the store, big inventory, easy-to-navigate website, great clearance sales, very friendly to outdoor groups, no-q...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 02, 3:24pm

ULA Equipment
I like this company. I like Brian. I prefer dealing with small companies. I really like my new Catalyst. My only problems were service-related. After an order acknowledgment promising 1-2 weeks there ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 02, 3:12pm

Nunatak SkahaPlus
I submitted a detailed report on the Skaha Plus to BackpackGearTest.org that I'll summarize here. I really like the simplicity of this sweater, and the kangaroo pocket is as good as zippered pockets f...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
September 06, 10:02am

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
Unless I plan on catching fish the Jetboil is perfect for me - compact, reliable, and quick. The original rig is for boiling only and has a 500 ml/2 cup capacity, which limits its use to one person. ...

In Stoves - Canister
November 23, 8:02am