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Ken Bennett (ken_bennett) - BPL Forum Member

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All Forum Posts by Ken Bennett

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Re: Women of BPL, Help a Brother Out
I'm not female but my wife and I hike a lot together, and just came back from a Long Trail thru. In no particular order: 1. Split up the weight and the camp chores equitably. It's tempti...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Women of BPL, Help a Brother Out
August 26, 3:57pm

Re: Jetboil SOL
We used a Sol Ti for a month on the Long Trail, twice a day. Boiling water for coffee in the morning, and cooking dinner in the evening -- usually a pasta side with a bag of chicken or whatever. Co...

In GEAR » JetBoil Sol update?
August 16, 7:12pm

Re: I never understood
"Why has a fanny pack worn backward never caught on? I've been doing this since 1992 and it just works. It stays on when you pack is off so you always have a lighter, snack, toilet paper, ...

In GEAR » Zpacks multi-pack vs belt pockets
June 30, 12:49pm

Re: It can get hot
Mosquitos! 90 degree temperatures! Humidity! Wow, you guys are really selling me on this trail! Thanks! For this I could hike in North Carolina in July. Sheesh. :) I'll nix the Cap 4 and ...

In Gear Lists » Long Trail clothing in July
June 23, 5:20pm

Long Trail clothing in July
I'm putting the last minute touches on our gear lists for a July end-to-end of the Long Trail. We've never hiked in the Far North -- all our experience is in the Southeast. We are trying to...

In Gear Lists » Long Trail clothing in July
June 23, 10:20am

Re: Sunrunner
another +2 on the Sunrunner. I usually wear it without the shroud when hiking, then attach it when I'm out in the sun for any length of time. That fact that it's totally removable, rather t...

In GEAR » Hat for hot sun...
June 23, 10:10am

fuel usage
I've done some limited testing with a new Jetboil versus my old standby, the Coleman F1 and the Snow Peak 900ml Ti pot. On a recent trip, under breezy or even windy conditions, the F1 was u...

In GEAR » fuel canisters
June 12, 12:52pm

Re: kit Cube
My Kit Cube weighs 5.7 ounces with a single padded divider and the drawstring removed. Again, mine is an older model without the roll top and the side buckles. It will hold a 5D Mark III with t...

In Photography » How does everyone store their DLSR camera gear in their packs?
June 06, 3:02pm

Re: kit Cube
I'll weigh mine when I get home - can't believe it's that heavy, but maybe I'm just not noticing the Cube weight with all the camera gear inside... :) I swapped all my Canon gear...

In Photography » How does everyone store their DLSR camera gear in their packs?
June 06, 1:41pm

Re: How light can I reasonably get in a solo shelter?
You've got a very light load for a Circuit. An Ohm would save half a pound and still be very comfortable, but at 20 pounds a very light <16oz frameless pack starts to be usable, at least for...

In GEAR » How light can I reasonably get in a solo shelter?
June 06, 1:38pm

All Reader Reviews by Ken Bennett

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Photon Freedom Micro (White)
The newest version is the Photon Freedom To The Max, which uses some sort of new technology in the LED that doubles brightness while not using any more battery power. Nice. The Doug Ritter edition ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 17, 6:10pm

Marmot Ion
I just received my Marmot Ion jacket from Campmor, and I agree with the two most recent posts. I don't think it's sil-nylon, exactly, but my hiking test had water beading up on the inside whil...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
January 17, 6:04pm