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Benjamin Smith (bugbomb) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale South Texas
About Me My first "lightweight" trip involved me tossing gear and spare clothes out of my external framed pack the night before a trek in southern Colorado. Now, I experiment with and design (my wife calls it "twiddling") some simple, lightweight gear and carry loads that have become dangerously flirtatious with the SUL barrier.

In south Texas, if you're a hiker, biker, or runner, you don't have to deal with elevation or cold temps. However, you do have to like the feeling of sweaty silnylon next to your skin on a 100 degree, 90+% humidity day.
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All Forum Posts by Benjamin Smith

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More details for the Lost Coast hellbiking trip
Came across this blog series, which appears to be describing the same trip as the one in the video above: There's a whole seri...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Bikepacking: An Introduction
July 15, 3:35pm

I have (a) six-pack(s)
Golite Jam2 (backpacking) Golite Ion (overnighters) Mountainsmith Seraph (wife's) Salomon Raid P Evo 20 (biking/running) Homemade tiny sil/Dyneema pack (overnighters) Homemade sil/Dyneema ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How many packs do you own?
August 26, 9:01am

Wind River bug/condition update
Just got back from a week out (ending 8/20). Bugs are heavier on the west side, lighter on the east side. DEET and headnet worked great for me. They disappeared completely around 8:00, even near...

In Post-Trip Reports » Wind River Range trail report
August 23, 2:53pm

Sternum strap
This can also happen if the sternum strap is too tight. Try loosening it, and cinching the shoulder straps tighter to compensate.

In Philosophy & Technique » Shoulder Straps Digging Into Back
August 10, 8:25am

The idea I had originally was closer to the "bear cache" than simply "cram it in a stuffsack and use it as a pillow". The way I phrased it (sleeping with your food) wasn't t...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sleeping with your food in the Wind River Range
August 09, 6:55pm

hanging food
Mary, you're right - a little digging does show that both the Bridger-Teton and Shoshone NFs have requirements to either hang 10ft up or use bear cans. That probably makes my original post i...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sleeping with your food in the Wind River Range
August 09, 3:44pm

Sleeping with your food in the Wind River Range
I'm planning a trip there soon. We're planning on camping above treeline several times, so we didn't want to count on being able to hang food. My hiking partners are both in favor of br...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sleeping with your food in the Wind River Range
August 09, 8:38am

Re: the reviews confirm it
"All I need now is a lightweight sleeping bag and I'll be content." Famous last words...

In GEAR » Sierra Designs Lightyear
February 18, 11:53am

I don't have anything but experience to back this up, but you may find that both breathability and waterproofness are compromised with this strategy. The taslan layer will become saturated and ...

In Make Your Own Gear » An idea for a waterproof, windproof, breathable (better then eVent), durable jacket
February 15, 7:00am

Re: Re: Gear MOYOG Section Has Gone?
Yeah - we need to take care of that. These articles used to fall under the "Gear" heading, but make more sense under "Techniques." Thanks for the reminder.

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Gear MOYOG Section Has Gone?
February 08, 5:08pm

All Reader Reviews by Benjamin Smith

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Platypus Platy Reservoir
I use the 4L Big Zip as my in camp water supply and for carting extra water through dry stretches (here in south Texas, the whole hike is typically a "dry stretch"). While I find the cap ang...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
July 15, 12:10pm

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
I've slept on this pad and on the similar POE Max Thermo (both full-length). The BA is more comfortable for back sleeping, and the POE is more comfortable when side sleeping. There's something...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
July 07, 7:42am

Backpacking Light FireLite 500 Titanium Cookpot
I waited until I received the updated lid before posting my review, so my rating applies to the pot with the new "GOOD" lid, not the old "BAD" lid. My old lid didn't seat flush...

In Cookware - Titanium
May 07, 7:44pm

MSR Titan Kettle
I used this item on my recent Sawtooths trip. It worked great - stable, tight lid, strong - but I have one dilemma. I am a boil-and-set type cooker. This means I'm only boiling a cup or two at a time,...

In Cookware - Titanium
September 06, 4:46pm

New Balance 872
Weight - 12.7 oz Size - 9 EE Color - screaming, bright, obnoxious yellow So after years of wearing ill-fitting shoes, I decided to go in and see what size my feet really were. I typically wear 10...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 24, 5:19pm