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Backpacker Magazine – June 2008

Field Notes: The Latest Word from Our Testers

True-blue reviews on the latest items we've taken out on trail.

by: The Backpacker Editors

PAGE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Merino Base Layer | Handsanz Germ Gel | Lowepro Camera Case | Lafuma Daypack | Sanuk Camp Shoes | Sherpa Adventure Rain Shell | Shockles Tie-Down Straps | Eagle Creek Duffel

All Terrain HandSanz
There are dozens of hand-sanitizer gels on the market, and we've tried them all. Like most of its competitors, HandSanz employs ethyl alcohol as its active ingredient. But unlike the rest–which typically use a synthetic polymer thickener called Carbomer–HandSanz relies on wood cellulose and vegetable glycerin, which act as a natural thickener that also moisturizes. The silky fluid kills germs, bacteria, and other nasties. The airport-security friendly two-ounce bottle is recyclable and can be refilled, cutting back on packaging waste. While we like the extra-moisturizing effect of the Aloe & Vitamin E formula, the fragrance-free version is our choice for bear country. $3 (2 oz.); $6 (8 oz.). (800) 246-7328; Check out our review of other hygiene products at Merino Base Layer | Handsanz Germ Gel | Lowepro Camera Case | Lafuma Daypack | Sanuk Camp Shoes | Sherpa Adventure Rain Shell | Shockles Tie-Down Straps | Eagle Creek Duffel

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Dave S
Aug 29, 2008

I've worn Merino for years and it doesn't get smelly either when wet or from perspiration. Legendary around the world sailor Peter Blake wote if for 40 days/nights without it getting itchy. It does take a bit longer to dry than synthetics, but it's warmer, comfier and isn't made with chemicals. I have a light weight one that's great for summer wear also.

Aug 15, 2008

just came back from a wet hike in the adirondacks and find that all rain protective equiptment leaves me sticky or wet,hence i stay in tent or wear fast drying nylon shell of small cost...

Honora Renwick
Aug 01, 2008

I've not tested out an 18 micron merino garment. The one I did wear, left a rash under the hip belt, after wearing it for three hours in the rain. Wool takes longer to dry as well. It's right for some people but not me as I would get too hot in it.

Eric Blumensaadt
Jul 30, 2008

In my personal experience Eagle Creek's duffles are among the very best in design and quality.

Eric Blumensaadt
Jul 30, 2008

At that price I'd rather get an Integral Designs "Thru Hiker" parka of eVent.

Eric Blumensaadt
Jul 30, 2008

Any wool gets HEAVY with water when soaked. (Not to mention smelly).

Thanks, but no thanks. I'll stick with synthetics.

Dave Waldrop
Jul 12, 2008

Recently bought this shell while visiting my son in Seattle WA. We went out on hike into mountains and experienced some significant rain on a three to four hour outing, I did get bleed through moisture. I really don't know if that would be considered normal for that kind of shell or not. I really like it and would still buy it. But did have the wetness as I mentioned. This was a long period of significant rain.


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