300winmag

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joined Nov 21, 2007

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75-year-old male backpacker
Henderson, NV
Occupation: Retired Teacher/Ski Patroller
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REI Flash Insulated Air Pad

->Light 15 oz. air insulated mattress with a 3.7 R value. ->Fast to inflate with a Sea to Summit valve-compatible inflator dry bag. ->Comfortable…
photo: REI Flash Insulated Air Pad
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Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof

These WPB membrane "Mid" height boots are great for three-season backpacking I'm now on my second pair of Merrell Moab Mid boots with a WPB…
photo: Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof
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Sole Thin Sport Moldable Footbed

This moldable footbed has ENTIRELY saved me from blisters on the bottom of my feet. After using these for the first time 6 years ago I had purchased…
photo: Sole Thin Sport Moldable Footbed
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REI Quarter-Zip Fleece Pullover

This light fleece pullover is great for both cool evenings at camp and as a "sleep shirt" on cool nights. I bought this light fleece pullover…
photo: REI Men's Quarter-Zip Fleece Pullover
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G3 Expedition Skins

Decent traction but a bit less glide than other brands. Tip metal loops need RIVETING to stay attached! Tail clips are fine. My G3 Expedition…
photo: G3 Expedition Skins
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Sea to Summit Delta Insul-Mug

A light but essential winter drinking cup. This may seem a trivial item but when winter camping keeping your hot beverages hot for more than…
photo: Sea to Summit Delta Insul-Mug
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Cascade Mountain Tech Quick Lock Carbon Fiber Cork Grip Trekking Poles

Carbon fiber hiking poles with top of the line features and from Costco for $29.95. The list of pros above says it all. These poles offer great…
photo: Cascade Mountain Tech Quick Lock Carbon Fiber Cork Grip Trekking Poles
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L.L.Bean Down Sleeping Bag with DownTek, Mummy -20°

A very good down winter bag with enough length to store stuff. Excellent warranty and excellent attention to details. I was looking for a -20°…
photo: L.L.Bean Down Sleeping Bag with DownTek, Mummy -20°
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Dachstein 4 Ply Boiled Wool Alpine Mittens

The warmest wool mittens available! Excellent mitten liners for extreme cold. Proven on many mountaineering expeditions for decades. These mittens…
photo: Dachstein 4 Ply Boiled Wool Alpine Mittens
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Eddie Bauer Downlight StormDown Vest

A good 800 fill goose down vest with DriDown DWR treatment. I first bought an Eddie Bauer First Ascent light down jacket five years ago and…
photo: Eddie Bauer Men's Downlight StormDown Vest
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Duluth Fleece-Lined Dry on the Fly Cargo Pants

Duluth Trading "Dry-on-the-Fly" fleece lined nylon pants for $89.50. They have many nice features that make them a great bargain at their price.
photo: Duluth Fleece-Lined Dry on the Fly Cargo Pants
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MSR WhisperLite Universal

A replacement for my MSR Dragonfly multi wet fuel stove that was too heavy. This stove is a canister/white gas/kerosene/unleaded auto fuel stove.
photo: MSR WhisperLite Universal
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Merrell Moab Mid Gore-Tex

These mid-height GTX versions of this boot model from Merrell are relatively light and very durable. They have a Vibram sole and leather/mesh…
photo: Merrell Men's Moab Mid Gore-Tex
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Platypus Platy Bottle

Sooner or later backpackers will encounter "dry days" where there is no natural water source available during the day or perhaps not until the…
photo: Platypus Platy Bottle
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Eddyline Sea Star

The 18' 6" Sea Star is long out of production and Eddyline's longest boat now is just over 16'. I have the Kevlar version and it is, at that…
photo: Eddyline Sea Star
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Osprey Exos 58

This is an excellent light pack for UL backpackers who can go for seven days with a starting load under 30 lbs (2014 model). This would make…
photo: Osprey Exos 58
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Open Country 3 Cup Hard Anodized Pot

After years of using 1-quart pots for solo cooking I have discovered that 3-cup pots are all I really need. Why heat nearly 4 cups of water…
photo: Open Country 3 Cup Hard Anodized Pot
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Eddie Bauer Kara Koram 0

Great deal on a 55% off sale, but two problems made me send it back. I just got this bag and will be returning it to EB.  As listed above it…
photo: Eddie Bauer Kara Koram 0
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Killer Review

Tarptent Scarp 2

This light 2-person tent is roomy and easy to set up. With two doors and two vestibules there is plenty of venting when weather permits. The…
photo: Tarptent Scarp 2
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Killer Review

Tarptent Moment DW

This tent is a great solo 3- or 4-season tent, depending on options. It is the 2nd gen. Moment, the 1st gen being a single wall version. The…
photo: Tarptent Moment DW
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Trail Designs Sidewinder Ti-Tri (update)

This stove can burn ESBIT tabs, alcohol (12-10 alky stove included) and wood with the optional Inferno kit. The ti sheet metal construction…
photo: Trail Designs Sidewinder Ti-Tri
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Hilleberg Akto

A good solo tent, but it has been surpassed by the Tarptent Moment DW for several reasons. Having used an Akto I can say that at the time I…
photo: Hilleberg Akto
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Western Mountaineering MegaLite

This larger 3-season down bag can become a 4-season bag. The main selling point for this bag is its larger girth for expanding the comfort range…
photo: Western Mountaineering MegaLite
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Trail Designs 12-10 Alcohol Stove

The Trail Designs 12-10 alcohol stove has been designed after thoroughly testing many stove configurations with the Caldera Cone. What resulted…
photo: Trail Designs 12-10 Alcohol Stove
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Trail Designs Gram Cracker

This little titanium ESBIT/FireLite fuel tablet holder is simple, ultra light and actually increases the burning efficiency of fuel tabs. It…
photo: Trail Designs Gram Cracker
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Trail Designs Sidewinder Ti-Tri

This is a 3-in-one Caldera Cone stove with a difference. It can burn alcohol (burner provided), ESBIT fuel tabs in a special holder, and wood…
photo: Trail Designs Sidewinder Ti-Tri
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SnowClaw Guide

Having seen but never owned a Snow Claw this is not a review but a warning: NEVER substitute a Snow Claw for a shovel when traveling in avalanche…
photo: SnowClaw Guide
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Lowe Alpine Attack MX 42+10

Looks like a very good backcountry ski pack. For longer winter trips I use my old Dana Designs Terraplane. For day trips I use a Camelbak Commander…
photo: Lowe Alpine Attack MX 42+10
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MSR Lightning Ascent

I bought the 30" Lightning Ascent 'shoes after sliding on a steep Nevada slope in my Atlas 'shoes and injuring my shoulder. The Ascents are…
photo: MSR Men's Lightning Ascent
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REI Kimtah Jacket

I bought this jacket in early Sept. of 2011 on sale at $159.99, down from the retail price of $229.99. A great buy for an eVent parka. I have…
photo: REI Men's Kimtah Jacket
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Eddie Bauer First Ascent Downlight Sweater

The Eddie Bauer First Ascent Down Sweater is an excellent example of the design and quality of a light down jacket that is becoming "standard…
photo: Eddie Bauer Men's First Ascent Downlight Sweater
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Princeton Tec Scout

The Scout is THE best tiny headlamp I've found for features, weight, and price. It's now my only summer backpacking headlamp. My former headlamp…
photo: Princeton Tec Scout
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Brunton Flex Foldable Canister Stove

The light weight and larger flame ring of the FLEX sold me. I got the Brunton FLEX , made by Optimus, over the Optimus CRUX because the FLEX…
photo: Brunton Flex Foldable Canister Stove
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REI Sololite

For its day in the '90s, not a bad solo tent. For 2010 it's a HEAVY solo tent that cannot compare to my 28 oz. TarpTent Moment.
 
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Tarptent Moment

An excellent design with great livability, light weight (28 oz) and VERY fast setup time. Vestibule useful for pack storage and foul weather…
photo: Tarptent Moment
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Vargo Triad XE

When I first got my Vargo Triad EX I saw that the alcohol container was too small for a long cook time so I called the company. I spoke to Mr.
photo: Vargo Triad XE
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Jetboil 1.5L Cooking Pot

This is the ONLY pot I now use for all my stoves for winter camping, from my MSR DragonFly multi-fuel and WindPro canister to my little Vargo…
photo: Jetboil 1.5L Cooking Pot
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Vargo Titanium Jet-ti Stove

This is a very reliable burner and very sturdy. But I am replacing it with a Brunton Crux B/C the Crux has, for a mere 0.7 oz. more weight,…
photo: Vargo Titanium Jet-ti Stove
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MSR DragonFly

The Dragonfly is THE best simmering multi-fuel stove I've ever used. You can simmer so low that you can actually bake with it, which is one…
photo: MSR DragonFly
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Cabela's Rainy River Gore-tex PacLite Parka

Cabela's Rainy River GTX Pac Lite Parka is (at today's $100 price) still the best bargain out there for a breathable rain parka. Gore's Pac…
photo: Cabela's Men's Rainy River Gore-tex PacLite Parka
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Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32°

This bag is definitely NOT a 32 F bag. I returned it to REI after seeing the Western Mountaineering Magalite bag, which once kept me warm at…
photo: Mountain Hardwear Men's Phantom 32°
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SteriPEN Adventurer

Great for 3rd world country travel (used mine in the Philippines). Very fast to use and "fascinates the natives." I bought the Adventurer with…
photo: SteriPEN Adventurer
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REI Cruise UL 60

The REI Cruise UL 60 is a very well designed lightweight backpack (but not really ULTRA Light). That's because it has an internal frame of two…
 
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Garmin Colorado 300

I own the Garmin 300, which requires the owner to buy Garrmin's TOPO 2008 CD (for about $90), load it into a computer and download it into the…
photo: Garmin Colorado 300
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Asnes Combi Combat

These skis are the new Norwegian army skis and, for the winter 2007 price of $550, are NOT surplus, used skis. They are new, light and mil.