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South San Juan Wilderness info
The southern San Juans contain the Colorado Trail and the CDT. A better place to ask for information might be the CT and CDT forums at Trailforums.com and the CT and CDT forums at Whiteblaze.n...

In Gear Swap » Wanted: South San Juan Wilderness info
April 22, 11:48am

Easy Does It, Folks
Each of us has his or her own list of "Best (fill in the blank)" and the companies that make them. This article openly reveals the author's employment background and reflects his opin...

In Editor's Roundtable » Top Ultralight Tent Review
April 16, 11:09am

SMD - Flight 30 SUL?
And once again we return to the crux of the discussion - use the gear for what it was designed to be used for. Ron has clearly stated the purpose for which the Flight30 was designed. Yes, it is ...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » SMD Flight 30 "SUL"?
April 15, 9:39am

Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 3
Nice filming and editing. Should make a good series. On the downside, your background music volume seems significantly louder than the vocal sound level. This makes it tedious to watch as the mu...

In Editor's Roundtable » Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 3
April 09, 8:41am

Popular (cottage) Backpacks - Spreadsheet Details
John: After the Elemental Horizons addition, could you please post a DL link to the spreadsheet? That way, the user could sort the data by variable of interest. Thanks. Bob P.S...

In GEAR » Popular (cottage) Backpacks - Spreadsheet Details
April 06, 10:41am

NOT out of stock
They have never been IN stock. They are simply taking pre-orders for them. "We're now taking pre-orders for the new Fusion 50 & 65 Liter packs. We should start shipping around Mi...

In GEAR » Six Moon Design Fusion Pack now on website
April 02, 7:51pm

Gatewood Cape on CT
I've carried it for 3 CT section hikes, and it works fine as a shelter. CO monsoons can be intense enough or run on long enough that I'm more comfortable with a full-on hooded rain jacket. ...

In GEAR » Gatewood cape on Colorado trail
March 31, 10:30am

Advice on spring backpacking near Portland, OR
Jerry is dead on with the Eagle Creek hike. It can be done as a full loop, meaning park your car at the UPPER parking lot by the bathrooms, not down at the trailhead where break-ins are common. Bet...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Advice on spring backpacking near Portland, OR
March 24, 7:52pm

Knife Deals
Joseph: REI may only carry one Benchmade item, but they can order ANY item that one of their suppliers makes. You just have to ask and wait for it to arrive.

In Gear Deals » knife deals?
March 14, 5:17pm

Deschutes size Gatewood Cape
@Marc: I would submit that they have already done so with the Skyscape X. With the Skyscape X, you get a lot more covered area, two doors, two vestibules, and you save 5.5 ounces, but it ...

In GEAR » New SMD tarp
March 08, 1:14pm

All Reader Reviews by Bob Bankhead

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Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
Beats all I've ever used. I'm a side sleeper, and this thing is a tired, sore, backpacker's dream. Yes, it is WAY heavier than almost any other pad of comperable size, and YES, you do h...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
August 20, 8:20pm

Orikaso Folding Bowl, Mug
What a joy! I too have the large bowl. No need for a separate cup, which is something of a pain to assemble. The bowl is super durable, very easy to clean; even easier to pack away - just unfold it an...

In Cookware - Other
July 30, 10:28am

Potable Aqua Iodine Drinking Water Germicidal Tablets
The Iodine tablets work great, subject to the caveats mentioned. I used them for years before going over to AquaMira. The 2nd step taste eliminator is a big rip-off. Yes, it works. Guess what? Good...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
May 02, 8:48pm

Gossamer Gear NightLight 3/4
I traded in my 3/4 Ridgerest for this one because I'm a side sleeper who rolls around a lot and wanted more "cush" than the RR provides. Well, I got that alright with the extra 1/8th inc...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 26, 1:23pm

MSR - Easton 6" Tent Stake, aircraft aluminum
Very reliable in all but extreme cold, nor would I trust them in snow. I also like not worrying about punching a hole in something in my pack. I carry enough of the blue 6 inchers for the low-str...

In Miscellaneous Products
February 07, 7:13am

Bozeman Mountain Works Vapr Bivy Sack
I've long debated the purchase of the zippered version of this bivy. With all due respect, irregardless of excellent design and intent, what good are such things as this item (or even "Jesus Shoes...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
November 25, 10:03pm

Patagonia MicroPuff Vest
I spent 45 minutes in the Portland Patagonia store vacillating between the vest and pullover. I settled on the lighter (6 vs. 12 oz), less expensive ($89 vs. $148) vest because I felt it was more vers...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
June 14, 9:27pm