Gear for sale, cottage updates, ramblings

Greetings adventurers,

Hope everybody is having a wonderful May. Crazy that the year is almost halfway gone.

First up is some gear for sale. I have listed all of this gear within the facebook “SUL/XUL Gear Swap” Group, but wanted to post it here for those that do not do facebook.

If you are wanting to buy any of the below gear, please contact me.

Six Moon Designs “Fusion 65” (newest gen)

I no longer need this massive volume backpack.

It is the newest generation.

Hip Belt Size: Small
Shoulder Yoke Size: S-Curve
Color: Gray

I paid $261.30 and am selling it for $180 including shipping to any USA address.

Awesome backpack. Gave it my backpack of the year award. I bought it for hiking in the desert when needing to carry lots of water. I no longer need it, so would like to get it out of my house.

Read more of my thoughts on the backpack at


(removed everything that has been sold)


That is all for now. I will likely have additional gear for sale in the near future as I work to get more gear out of my house. I will remove any of the above listed items when they sale.


Cottage Updates/Ramblings:

The folks over at Ursack are continuing to get screwed over by the governmental powers that be. In an update posted on May 09 2016 they indicated that SEKI has continued to deny them – or rather the folks who use an Ursack – the legal right to use an Ursack within SEKI. An ongoing battle between a bunch of ignorant stuck in the past government employees, and a cottage company trying to help the situation the government has not been able to solve for decades.


Those of you who are members of Backpackinglight should be aware that they made a change to their Terms of Service, without notification to their members – as of the time of posting this.

If you know the backstory of this situation, well, that is unfortunate, just as this entire situation is unfortunate – it shows an utter and complete lack of understanding, but that is neither here nor there I suppose.

Here are the changes that were made, they took effect immediately and without member re-consent pursuant to their ToS clause, “These terms and conditions may change from time to time. Your use of this website, and the privileges associated with the purchase of your membership, constitute the automatic acceptance of these terms and conditions.


I do not want to point fingers, but one has to wonder, where is the FTC disclaimer on reviews they have published? Oh, that’s right, there is none.

Or, what about the biggest name in the world of backpacking, where is his FTC disclaimer on gear reviews? Oh, that’s right, Skurka does not have that either.

Furthermore, the USA Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 applies to the original publication, not for secondary or tertiary (or beyond) linking of original content.

But again, as I said above, this just “shows an utter and complete lack of understanding” on the part of BPL.

You folks that are still active members of BPL, you really really should take a few minutes to read the BPL website policies. There are some rather concerning clauses in there. Clearly they are just pulling these clauses out of thin air (or somewhere else, more likely) and have not sought legal counsel for their website policies, because, well, wow.

I mention all of this, just to make those folks out there that are still BPL members aware that BPL has changed their policies, seeing how they have chosen to not notify you – but hey, that is what I am here for, it seems.

I would point you to a link/page where you can cancel/terminate your account at BPL, but they do not offer that feature. And, you could always try emailing them, but as any BPL’er knows, that results in nothing.


Ok, moving on…

I keep getting asked by folks “when is BRG going to release their synthetic beanie?” Excellent question. I have no idea. It has been delayed for what, six plus months. I am at the point where I am just waiting to hear from them, rather than continuing to bug them about it. My guess is BRG has been spending most of their time fulfilling orders from massdrop, they seem to be rather popular over there, which is great to see!

Ron, from Mountain Laurel Designs, posted a really neat video over on facebook on their 2016 Pro SilNylon.


Soylent+Greenbelly Update:

For those of you aware, I have been on a Soylent (pre-made liquid) 2.0 + Greenbelly Bars nutritional diet for close to 100 days. Why? Just for. I wanted to see if I could. No special reason.

So far it is going very well. Here soon I will be slowly adding solid meals back into my diet. Probably noodles, veggi tacos, and such. My guess at this point is that I will try to keep at least two bottles of Soylent a day for the forseeable future. If I was rich, why I am the furthest thing from, I might stick with Soylent 2.0 as a near 100% diet, but it is just a fair bit beyond my food expenses on a month to month basis. But yeah, if I could afford it, I would absolutely keep using it.

I have not had any side affects from it. I have not lost weight, and actually put on a couple of pounds. Every few days I do find myself lacking a bit in energy, so I eat a couple of extra Greenbelly bars and that boosts me back up. I think once I get back to having at least one regular type of meal a day this issue should go away all together.

Using the liquid 2.0 soylent out on the trail initially presented a problem, because of all the individual containers, but once I bought a couple of those huge 96oz Nalgene containers, that issue was solved.

I have had a lot of people asking if I had have blood work done before I started this and along the way. There would have been some real benefit in doing that, but I have not.


So I have a question or two:

MSR has two shelters, the MSR Carbon Reflex 2 and the MSR FreeLite 2. The main differences between these two shelters is that the CR2 is around 9 ounces lighter, while the FL2 offers an additional 2 inches of headroom – and these are already very short shelters at 34 and 36 inches. Yeah, there are other differences, but when it comes to use on the trail, those are the two key things I feel.

Or another example would be my ZPacks Duplex vs my SMD CF Haven+NetTent. In this case one is a single wall the other is a double wall. The weight difference between them is around five ounces IIRC.

So my question is, at what point does livable space become worth additional weight? And, a follow-up question would be, if the market has been able to get to a point where single wall and double wall shelters are so very close to each other in weight, why are more people not choosing to go with a double wall shelter? I have to admit, I am finding a lot of joy in having a double wall tent. on non-rain nights I get to see the stars while away from the bugs. if the weather does change, I just have to go out and throw up the cover. In wet conditions having the condensation on the outer wall is so nice. So yeah, just wondering why folks are not opting for the double wall shelters when the weights are so close to each other. I have to admit that I thought about it for a few years, but it was only recently that I ordered up the double wall, and it has lead me to wonder why more do not, and why I did not sooner. Would love any thoughts!

7 thoughts on “Gear for sale, cottage updates, ramblings

  1. Re single wall vs double wall — for backpacking I prefer a single wall. It’s faster (for me) to set up at the end of a long day & I’m usually too tired to stargaze anyway. I’m also usually up in the mountains, so it gets cold, even in summer and I want that little extra bit of warmth. For car camping I prefer a double wall — I’m in camp earlier than when I backpack & have more energy to enjoy some stargazing.

  2. Hi. I know you will not post this…

    {abela: hey, you are right! blah blah blah blah blah… haters gonna hate. losing haters as viewers/readers is something I consider a good thing — ps: you have been sharing my articles a lot over the last month, so, gotta say, your comment has surprised me.}

  3. Nice post, as usual. Regarding single versus double wall tents: After some unpleasant encounters with snakes not to mention some very painful insect bites I did switch back to a double wall tent and put my tarps in the closet. But thanks to the cottage industries I’m able to do so without any substantial weight penalty. Perhaps my fear of insects is irrational, but I now sleep better. Also, 5 ounces seems like a small price to pay for this. We live in a great time for backpacking, with everyone focusing on lighter and lighter gear. :)

  4. (b) grant to Backpacking Light a perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable and unrestricted worldwide right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from and distribute the posted content or incorporate the posted content into any form, medium, or technology now known or later developed

    This is a term of service which always bothered me at BPL, basically they are taking ownership of anything posted on their forum. Personally, I’m not OK with that.

  5. “at what point does livable space become worth additional weight?” I think the answer to this lies in your criteria for selecting a shelter. When faced with such a question, I refer to either Skurka or Clelland(!), I can’t remember which: identify your criteria for function, identify all the products that will meet that functional need, then choose the lightest one. It’s a simple philosophy that has guided many of my gear choices, and brought be back from the brink of “lightest at all costs.” If a piece of gear doesn’t meet my functional needs, why would I even choose it?

  6. RE: at what point does livable space become worth additional weight?
    For me, there are several factors that contribute to that decision. The top 3 are – 1) distance / pace goals for the trip 2) how much time will I spend in the shelter and 3) what the weather is going to be like.
    If I’m going to be out with the Scouts, then I’ll take a bigger tent because we’ll be going slower and I’ll have more time in my tent. If I’m going solo, then I’m probably taking a minimal shelter because I’ll be hiking much more than camping. If it is going to rain, I make sure I have a shelter with a decent vestibule or space inside to store my stuff.

    As for double vs single wall – I went to single wall for a while, but the condensation and the need to keep the shelter closed became a drag. So, I’m back to either hybrid or pure double wall tents. And, as Glen said above, I’ve had a few encounters with desert insects that have ruined tarp camping for a while.

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