Jason Lucero wrote a question about Granite Gear Bear Hugs Compression Canister on May 8, 2012
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Just a simple vegan backpacker in Yosemite. I own Ardeth: www.ArdethGear.com
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making coffee near Red Peak Pass, Yosemite
I've had one of these great 4 cup moka-pots since around 1995. Back then, I was using it to make espresso (technically not espresso) while on surf safari in Mexico. But over the years, the brass tubes would break. As they did, I would set it aside and obediently buy another. I took them on rock climbing trips, backpacking trips and used them while on the road. This has been for me, an exceptional way to make great coffee for over fifteen amazing years.
That being said, there are a couple of flaws. One is the metal cup. Use it as a pen holder and buy, as what we came to know it as, the 'Bodhisattva' mug; the perfect mug. See attached photo. Get a mug identical to the one pictured and rig a short piece of silcone tubing from the brass tubing to the mug. Well, until the brass tube breaks. The second problem, that may have been addressed by GSI since my last purchase, is the brass tube. I've broken many. But, a few years back, I learned how to replace that tube with silicone tubing and polycarbonate fittings. You can see how I did this on the ArdethGear website.
It's really too heavy to take on serious backpacking trips. On those, I make cowboy coffee. But, on shorter trips, I love the GSI espresso maker. I've gone through a bunch of these, replace a dozen gaskets and installed silicone tubes many times. But, I've used it hundreds of times over the years.
It does require some finesse, however. Put the flame on high until a little coffee begins to come out, then reel it way back to low and let the coffee come out at a trickle.
I really love this little stove for what it is - a torch for pots. I use it regularly with my Snow Peak 1400 and 900, but the output is way too narrow for a skillet or a pan. It shines with with water-based meals, but be careful when things dry up or they can burn quickly. I love the ignition and greatly prefer having them on my stoves. I've had no problems with this one and I think I've had this stove for quite some time.
Also, I just weighed my stove and it came in at 3.34 oz. It is an older model I suppose.
Also, be aware that no canister stove is going to work well in freezing temperatures, it's not the stove's fault, it the nature of canister fuels. In colder temperature, I sleep with my fuel. In Yosemite, it's become a habit. But, in the snow, I use a white gas stove.
I've used these guys since they came out, years ago. They have been pretty great overall, but they always seem to get progressively more difficult to release. I still buy them when they go bad, they are so darned handy.
Aw, crap, this is must-have for me on the trail. In the dark early days before bite-valve covers, I was sucking on dirt.
I've used this tarp three times now and it has been extremely useful, especially considering how light it is, how small it packs down to and it's versatility. I've been using it as a supplement to a tent.
I especially appreciate it's neutral color and it's many tie loops. Set-up is a breeze, it's easy to adjust and packs quickly. I've used it in falling snow and rain and it's now on my packing list when I expect falling snow or rain.
Here is a link to my YouTube video review. Yeah, I know it's lame, but it's my first review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFKY5F97v0c
These boots seem to be made without leather. Do they have any animal products in them?
These pants are really great for what I bought them for: lightweight, cool layer between my body and my sleeping bag or quilt. The other reviews about the fly are spot on. Wear these and you will hang out. That being said, I just sewed the fly closed. Issue resolved. Now, they also catch on my feet when my dogs have been in sandals for long hard days and the pants will not pull over my heavier socks. So, I scrunch up the pants, and since they're so light, I can just pull them over my feet. Then I put socks on afterwards. I've worn them unwashed for nine nights in a row in the backcountry and not have had to wash them - well at least my girlfriend didn't complain.
This tarp was great for two people. We had plenty of space for our gear, enough room to make a snow bench and lounge and eat. I use this tarp in conjunctions with a tent, which is intentionally small and light. For 15oz., it is great for getting out of the snow.The tarp is very small, light and easy to deal with. I also appreciate the neutral, gray color.