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Brett Balmer (backcountry) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Northeast US
About Me Technology consultant and software engineers. Avid backpacker since I was 12 years old. I have spent the last several years reducing my pack weight, and am currently pretty satisfied at about 12 lb skin out gear weight. (excluding footwear)
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All Forum Posts by Brett Balmer

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Wouldn't go beyond the low 20's
I agree with Dave T. I have a Caribou and an AlpinLite, and go with the AlpinLite if I am expecting weather below 25. During a summer Yosemite trip at 9000' we got a very chilly 22 degree nig...

In GEAR » WM caribou , is it enough
February 09, 11:50am

Epic
Excellent article Will! I am curious about the state of Epic fabric in Lightweight rainwear. I understand that the fabric is not truly waterproof, but the renewable nature of the DWR (impregrat...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Rainwear 2008: Current Favorites, New Introductions, and New Technologies (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
August 13, 8:09am

Primary pack for overnight trips
I saw this pack last summer in one of the outdoor shops in Jackson Hole, WY and picked it up on a whim. My thought was that I would use it primarily as a day pack, but I started to have thoughts a...

In Editor's Roundtable » Outdoor Research DryComp Summit Sack SPOTLITE REVIEW
June 26, 9:56am

Re: Re: Re: Integral Designs eVENT Jacket or Thru Hiker?
Stuart- Regarding bushwhacking with the pants. They are durable and I have done a little bushwhacking with them (mostly through thorns and Pennsylvania underbrush). Due to the price I would be r...

In GEAR » Integral Designs eVENT Jacket or Thru Hiker?
June 28, 8:29am

Re: Integral Designs eVENT Jacket or Thru Hiker?
I have the Thru-Hiker and went with it for the added length. I have had shorter jackets in the past (not ID's) and when crouching in camp ( e.g. trying to setup my tent in a downpour) water wo...

In GEAR » Integral Designs eVENT Jacket or Thru Hiker?
June 27, 9:23pm

WM Bags
I own two WM bags, a Caribou and a AlpinLite Super. As mentioned above the Caribou has a huge range of useful temperature. I have used it down to the low 20s during a summer trip to Yosemite and ...

In GEAR » help with new sleeping bag
May 24, 9:13am

Conditions Dependent
I generally have two hats that I take with me on trips. For cold/wet conditions I will go with an REI WP/B baseball cap. I believe it uses their proprietary membrane, which isn't really t...

In GEAR » Hat or Hood
May 21, 8:45am

Re: Brett Balmer, follow up question
Hi Eric Thanks for the offer, but I think I am going to keep it (it is a 2005 model BTW). I often take new people on trips, so I like to keep a few tents on reserve for them to use.

In GEAR » Black Diamond Lighthouse
April 20, 7:46am

Re: Re: Lighthouses in the East
Funny - I am actually doing the reverse of that thru-hiker. I have a Hubba Hubba with Fibraplex poles that has been displaced by the Lighthouse. I love the Hubba Hubba, but even with Fibraplex it...

In GEAR » Black Diamond Lighthouse
April 19, 2:20pm

Black Diamond Lighthouse
I read a lot of reviews regarding this tent and it seems to generate very divergent opinions that center around the “water resistant” Epic fabric. There seemed to be a group of folks that said...

In GEAR » Black Diamond Lighthouse
April 19, 12:51pm

All Reader Reviews by Brett Balmer

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Black Diamond Lighthouse
I read a lot of reviews regarding this tent and it seems to generate very divergent opinions that center around the “water resistant” Epic fabric. There seemed to be a group of folks that said the te...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
April 19, 12:59pm

Tarptent Contrail
After several trips using this tent I am very pleased with it. The amount of useable space is impressive, esp. for the low weight of the tent. The construction is top-notch. Seams are impeccable, a...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
April 10, 12:21pm

Osprey Atmos 50
I have had my Atmos 50 for about 7 months and have carried it for about 3 weeks of total trail time. (4 trips, one of which being a week long trek) I would consider myself a light weight backpac...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
December 30, 10:12pm

MSR Hubba Hubba
Bought this tent with the intention of upgrading the factory aluminum poles with custom Fibraplex poles. I saved 8-9oz by doing so making the packed weight of the tent about 3 1/2 lbs. Camped with i...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
August 08, 8:17am