2 Favorite Items From My Sponsors!


Greetings Adventurers!

It seems it is time for the hiking blogosphere to start posting their “Christmas Lists” – I have already seen three or four just in the last week.

I had an article about 95% of the way written, and decided to delete it and do something different. The idea pop’ed into my brain to write up ‘my favorite piece of gear from my sponsors‘, but the more I thought about that, the more I realized I just could not decide on a single piece of gear from a couple of my sponsors. For instance, I have over 2000 days of use with the Montbell Dynamo Wind Pants and my absolute love for the Montbell U.L. Thermawrap Jacket would make it impossible for me to pick between the two. (opps, guess I just gave away that companies two favorites, doh!). The same could be said of companies like Six Moon Designs and ZPacks. So I figured the only way I could make this happen is if I picked two pieces of gear from each company that sponsors me!

So, here we go, in alphabetical order!

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Resizing a Therm-a-rest Evolite Sleeping Pad

Greetings adventurers!

All credit to the photos and stats within this article goes to Derek Weeks – thanks to him for providing them to me and allowing me to republish them!

After publishing my article Resizing the Massdrop x Klymit Static V Ultralight Sleeping Pad I have had a number of people contact me asking about resizing such-and-such sleeping pad. I have been able to respond to all of them with details about the given pad, but then a request came in about details on the Therm-a-rest Evolite sleeping pad.

Some may remember I gave the Evolite my ‘2015 Gear of the Year‘ award for sleeping pads. While it may be on the almost-heavy side of sleeping pads these days, the pure luxurious comfort of the Evolite has made it a fairly popular sleeping pad for the given weight (slightly over 1 pound) category it exists within.

One of the comments within the article was from Derek Weeks, who asked:

Do you think that {resizing a} Therm-a-Rest EvoLite Sleeping Pad would work with the foam inside?

Amazingly, the Evolite is probably the only sleeping pad I have owned in the last five years that I have not resized.

Derek mentioned in a follow-up comment that he was going to give it a try and I asked if he would email me some photos of how it went.

Two days later he emails me the photos you see within this article!

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