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Michael Karaman (Kerosene) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Upper Midwest
About Me Started section hiking the AT in 1973 in 70-140 mile chunks. Long Trail SOBO in '79. Time off for career & family: 1980-99. As of 2010, completed 1,755 miles from Max Patch to Pinkham Notch, plus Georgia to Franklin. Looking to finish at Katahdin after about 5 more section hikes.
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All Forum Posts by Michael Karaman

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Best Wicking T
I'll give another vote to Duofold, which I find to be lighter and dry faster than anything else I've tried. Capilene is greatly overrated from my experience on the wicking, drying, comfort...

In GEAR » What is the best wicking t-shirt?
June 26, 2:53pm

Pentax Optio 5Si
I purchased the Pentax Optio 5Si and an extra proprietary battery with a 1GB memory card for a 9-day hiking trip. The camera, card, and extra battery weigh less than 5 ounces. The new Optio WP ca...

In GEAR » Lightweight digital cameras
January 12, 2:07pm

All Reader Reviews by Michael Karaman

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Granite Gear Nimbus Ozone
I've used this pack for 4 AT section hikes in Virginia and New Hampshire. This is a very comfortable pack at 25-30 pounds, with the ability to carry 35-40 if you really, really need to. I'm fine wi...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
September 27, 8:41am

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
I switched from a Therm-a-Rest Prolite 3s to the BMW TorsoLite in my never-ending quest to save a few ounces. I haven't noticed any loss of comfort when combined with my empty Granite Gear Nimbus Ozon...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
July 26, 7:22am

FlexAir Pillow Dual Compartment Ultralight
I purchased one of these also, but frankly I think I'll stick with my Wal-Mart water wing pillow, which is about a third the price, a little lighter, and just as comfy if wrapped in my fleece jacket.

In Miscellaneous Products
July 21, 8:58am

Pentax Optio WP
I purchased the Pentax Optio S5i, the non-waterproof 5MP predecessor to the Optio WP, perhaps a month before the WP came out last year. At 4.2 ounces (with battery and memory card) it's a bit lighter...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
July 05, 11:13am

Black Diamond Ion
Very light, and sufficiently bright to read by, at least for my 50-year old eyes. I certainly wouldn't try to night hike with this single LED. Even using it to go a tenth of a mile down the trail to ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
May 10, 2:15pm

Jolt Gum
I find that I rarely require caffeine when I'm backpacking, so I only brought several pieces of Jolt to chew when I knew a major climb was coming up. Frankly, the taste wasn't all that good and I real...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
May 10, 2:09pm

Integral Designs eVENT Shortie Gaiters
Great combination of waterproofness and breathability. I wouldn't wear them otherwise. Can't beat the weight either. I don't seem to have problems with rocks getting in from the top, but it only to...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 20, 7:20pm

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo
The first generation Lunar Solo is a 1.5 person sil-nyl single wall with a lot of protected mesh in a great side-entry design. It even gives you a vestibule for your boots and some equipment! Uses a...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
August 03, 6:34pm

Snow Peak Gigapower Ti
Great little, lightweight stove: 3.2 oz (mfr stated) with piezo ignition, which I have found to work just fine and provides further convenience. Used with a windscreen I can easily go 9 days on a...

In Stoves - Canister
August 03, 6:28pm