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moroni wrote an answer about on March 5, 2011

No if you're referring to the 16.4oz Coleman green propane bottle.

The Optimus Crux stove uses ONLY Lindal valve (screw-on) type, compressed gas, fuel canisters made by @ least nine manufacturers including Brunton, Coleman, Jetboil, Kovea, Markill, MSR, Optimus, Primus, Snow Peak, etc. These canisters can be found in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, western Europe, Japan, & Korea.

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moroni wrote an answer about on March 3, 2011

Good question.

Since the diameter of the Ridgerest is larger than other pads, you need to get a specific stuff sack or one large enough to fit. I had one a few years ago but they don't seem to be as readily available now as they once used to be.

After doing a little research, I found this. Hope it helps:

http://www.technicalbackpacks.com/brand/Thermarest-Ridge-Rest-Deluxe-Stuff-Sack.html

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moroni wrote a review of on March 2, 2011

4 5

I believe 200 gallon cartridge life is a bit of a stretch, but it's close. You can extend the life by routine brushing until the inner matrix is exposed by being worn away, then replace. Routine brushing also increases flow rate. It's not necessary to carry a replacement unless the water quality dictates it or you're traveling to a 3rd world country & be gone for awhile, but keep an extra @ home just to be safe.

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moroni wrote a review of on March 2, 2011

4 5

Since I camp in more demanding environments, I must have a stove that performs well in windy conditions. The Raptor works well in these settings & does it even better with a wind break, if it becomes necessary. (Just remember to allow adequate ventilation for the canister). As far as fuel consumption is concerned, the Raptor is very similar to most other canister stoves burning 10g of gas per four minute usage @ higher elevations in the summer while cranking out 11,000 BTU's. Don't expect the auto ignition to work above 10,000ft. max. None of them do. This stove folds & stores very compactly in it's case. I found the only drawback is it's weight, slightly over 5 ounces. Made in Japan.

I have recently spoken with the manufacturer & apparently Brunton seems to be going through another change & isn't going to be manufacturing stoves & some other products any longer. The reasoning is they don't want to compete against Primus, who they rep for in North America. Too bad & so sad. Brunton made very good stoves from canister to multi-fuel. I don't know how much longer the Raptor will still be available, so purchase ASAP! They will continue to support their Brunton products as long as they can. After that, they will exchange with Primus when necessary.

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moroni wrote an answer about on March 1, 2011

"The fiberglass pre-filter removes bacteria and protozoa as well as particles larger than 0.3 microns The new 3-layer filter medium ViruPur blocks viruses and the smallest particles based on electrokinetic depth filtration."

This purifier bottle doesn’t require chemicals like iodine or use batteries to make it work. The element can filter up to 100 liters, depending on water quality them the unit needs to be replaced.

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moroni wrote an answer about on March 1, 2011

The Raptor does very well in windy conditions & it does even better if you construct a wind break around it, if it becomes necessary. Just remember to allow the canister to have ventilation. This stove cranks out 11,000 BTU's & it's only drawback is it's weight, slightly over 5 ounces.

Brunton seems to be going through another change & isn't going to be manufacturing stoves & some other products any longer. They don't want to be competing against Primus. Too bad & so sad. Brunton made very good stoves from canister to multi-fuel. I don't know how much longer the Raptor will still be available, so purchase ASAP! They will continue to support their Brunton products as long as they can. After that, they will exchange with Primus when necessary.

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moroni wrote a review of on February 24, 2011

3 5

I didn't experience any mechanical problems with this espresso maker. I just didn't get the coffee I was expecting. The steaming process left each batch a little short on the amount of coffee produced, leaving some liquid in the boiler. It also seemed grittier than what other makers crank out. As far as enjoying espresso in the high country, it is adequate for the job.

FYI: Make sure to thoroughly clean both filter grids between cups. If they are clogged, you could end up with a real mess on your hands.

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moroni wrote an answer about on February 23, 2011

In my opinion this tent is heavy. There are many other 2-person tents that weigh two & three pounds less. In fact there are three person tents that weigh less. Check out the Copper Spur UL2 & Emerald Mountain SL2 made by Big Agnes. Here are the links to them:

http://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Detail/Tent/CopperSpurUL2

http://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Detail/Tent/EmeraldMountainSL2

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moroni wrote an answer about on February 23, 2011

Have no fear, the new MSR fuel pump will work even better on your older stove, especially simmering. Select the all red one. It is Dragonfly specific. You should also consider purchasing the maintenance kit @ the same time if you don't already have one. It contains all the necessary parts you'll need over time to keep your stove running to optimum performance.

Select the Dragonfly specific maintenance kit:

http://www.backcountry.com/msr-expedition-service-kits

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moroni wrote a review of on February 22, 2011

5 5

I've been using the greens since 03, still the originals. You trim them for an exact fit by using the OEM insoles as a template. Make sure to get the right letter size. Much less expensive than orthotics.

Superfeet now has a Copper DMP which has a much stiffer arch support. Here's more information:

http://www.superfeet.com/products/Copper_DMP

Two years ago after summitting two peaks, I wondered why my feet were so hot & achy. I sat down next to a lake & removed my boots only to find my greens were in my Crocs back @ camp. The greens also give stability to the unstable Crocs & many other types of footware.

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moroni wrote an answer about on February 22, 2011

The SmartWool Heavy Crew Trekking socks are a great choice for three seasons plus light to medium winter use. I always wear them with a silk or polypro liner. For cold winter activities, an insulated boot is your best insurance against cold feet plus a heavier sock. I wear a pair of boiled wool Dachsteins for snowshoeing. Here's more information:

http://www.sweatersintl.com/store/norsocks.html

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moroni wrote an answer about on February 21, 2011

The big difference is in the sole. The 200 GV uses a "Power Matic" sole which consists of a rubber bottom, Asolo/Vibram midsole in PU triple-density. The 520 GV uses a "Triple Power Structure" Asolo/Vibram rubber sole in PU (dual-density). The 200 GV is also slightly lighter.

This is from the manufacturer about the 200 GV: "Highly technical and one-of-a-kind, the Asolo POWER MATIC sole is comprised of three different PU densities that are co-injected and molded together. The high-density front portion secures and guarantees maximum stability. The medium-density heel reduces shock and resulting fatigue during take-off and landing. Further shock absorption is obtained through the four strategically placed low-density cylinders that are linked from the outsole to the midsole. Gripped with a dual-density molded rubber outsole produced in conjunction with Vibram®, the arch area uses a very high-density rubber to maximize support over the long-haul while the balance of the outsole has self-cleaning lugs designed for optimum performance on varying types of terrain."

This is from the manufacturer about the 520 GV: "The new TPS sole, designed by Asolo in partnership with Vibram®, incorporates three shock absorbers that correspond with the areas of foot that receive highest impact during activity. These shock absorbers can be identifi ed by their different color respect to the sole. The shock absorbers are created by combining two polyurethane layers - one of high and one of low density. These layers are individually coloured using a new and innovative technology. The TPS sole improves comfort, stability and has a very distinctive look."

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