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John Elbare (jelbare) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Florida
About Me Did quite a few backpacking trips in the 1980s-1990s with my kids when they were teenagers. I am now picking it back up and replacing my old gear with much lighter stuff. I also enjoy cycling and am rebuilding an older mountain bike for touring.

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One of my favorite places
I have been there three different times. Great backpacking area. Worth the drive from Florida.

In Editor's Roundtable » A Guide to the Grayson Highlands
September 11, 10:29am

I like it!
Craig -- Nice project. I am now rebuilding a 1995 Trek 8000 as a touring bike. I looked around for an older hardtail mountain bike with no suspension, and I guess you did the same. Yours is quite...

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » Touring Bike Build...Beginnings
March 29, 12:13pm

It's worth it for me
I received my REI membership as a gift several years ago. I do buy stuff from time to time. Just used my dividend to get a pair 5-10 Guide Tennies for $45. Whenever I need something, I look for ...

In GEAR » Is an REI membership worth it?
March 29, 11:44am

Big Agnes Insulated AirCore
Jim, I hear you about it getting harder to sleep on the ground as you get older. It got so I felt like I'd been beaten all over with a baseball bat when I got up in the morning. I used to u...

In GEAR » Sleeping Pad update, Recommends????
March 24, 8:26am

Coccon Hyperlight Aircore
I'll also recommend the Cocoon Hyperlight. I used to use one of those superlight ones that inflates with a soda straw, but I was never comfortable with it. Once I started using the Hyerlight,...

In GEAR » Choice of Pillow
March 24, 8:06am

I have been real happy with my cloudburst. It is big enough for 2, if necessary, and light enough to serve as a very roomy shelter for one. Good bug proofing and very easy set-up. Very light pol...

In GEAR » If you could only have one tent/shelter what would it be?
October 25, 10:10am

Lands End Down Jacket
For the budget conscious, here is a pretty good deal: 40% off Lands End 700 fill down jacket -- now $60.

In Gear Deals » Lands End Down Jacket
October 13, 4:46pm

Paul, You mentioned that you were considering the ULA CDT. I have that pack and like it a lot, but I would not consider it a thru hiking pack. It is a comparatively small pack, fine for weeken...

In GEAR » Best thru hiking pack
October 10, 9:48am

Vasque Blur
I bought a pair of Vasque Blur trail running shoes a while back and I love them -- they fit great. I have worn them on several hiking trips, Smokies and Rockies, and they held up great. They look...

In GEAR » Good Trail-Runner to Backpack With??
September 11, 11:35am

Re: Montbell
Rick, Rick, Thanks for the comments. Although I dithered over this probably too, I finally went with the Montbell UL Super Spiral regular #3. Glad to run into someone else from Tampa -- we...

In GEAR » Montbell UL Spiral Down Hugger
September 06, 7:42pm

All Reader Reviews by John Elbare

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Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
I got this as a freebie from Moontrail with points when I ordered a sleeping bag. I got the full-length mummy version. Although this is a bit heavier, it beats the heck out of my old Thermarest Ultr...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
November 15, 11:14am

Aquamira Frontier - Emergency Filter System
Seems like they are now redesigned and more functional. I just got one for a recent trip and was happy with it. I used it along with Aquamira drops, and it worked well. I was also able to attach it...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
July 14, 2:12pm

Ray-Way Books
My first and only purchase from Ray-Way was the book "Trail Life" which I purchased from the Ray-Way web site. It arrived water-damaged, as the package had split open during transit. It ha...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 13, 12:09pm