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James Naphas (naphas13) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale SoCal
About Me I'm 51 years old in 2009, and have been backpacking since I was 11. My first pack was a simple canvas bag attached to an external frame, and the hipbelt was a web belt with no padding. To this day I prefer simple packs. I still own my first down bag that I got when I was 13, but it's probably been 7 or 8 years since I've taken it out. I'm more of a lightweight packer (13-15 lbs baseweight) than an ultralighter. I pack mostly in the Sierras, though I've done a bit in the Rockies, and usually go out solo. I also cycle and do lots of yoga.
CityTorrance
StateCA
CountryUSA

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+1 on a Vest
For the conditions you are describing a cycling-specific vest with a windproof front and mesh back is optimum. I have one made by Louis Garneau that I picked up pretty cheap that works well. Or, ...

In GEAR » WInd jacket to go with my Paclite.
January 25, 10:35pm

Wet=Not Warm
I've never had any garment made of anything but neoprene be warm when it's soaking wet. The only stuff that stays warm might be heavy raw wool stuff laden with lanolin, which resists the p...

In GEAR » Motbell Merino
January 25, 9:46pm

Wool doesn't stink?
I'm one of those people who sweat a lot, and have had synthetics get pretty rank smelling after 2-3 hot days. So, I tried out a "miracle" lightweight merino shirt...and the stench wo...

In GEAR » Maybe not wool
January 25, 9:39pm

Re: Southern California
Torrance here. I usually day hike up in the Portuguese Bend area in PV, and just got back from a backpacking trip in SEKI.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Southern California
August 01, 1:08am

Re: Wind Shirt and Rain Jacket?
Both. Although the rain jacket is easily the least used piece of gear I carry, I just can't see leaving it home. I mainly backpack in the Sierras, and a major thunderstorm can blow in with li...

In GEAR » Wind Shirt and Rain Jacket?
August 01, 12:47am

Re: Re: down jacket ?'s
I own both the Zeus and a montbell down inner parka. The Zeus is considerably warmer; a better comparison would be with the montbell alpine light, which means the weight differential is more like 4...

In GEAR » down jacket ?'s
May 22, 5:39pm

Re: The Shame Of Non-UL Gear (slightly sarcastic)
I got to be a much stronger cyclist when I was riding 50 miles with my son in a child seat on the back. It's much easier to push or pull weight than carry it, though.

In GEAR » The Shame Of Non-UL Gear (slightly sarcastic)
May 15, 9:48pm

30F or 15F
Depends if you sleep hot or cold, are comfortable boosting with clothing taken along, are in a tent or bivy, the R-rating on your pad, and how high you are going in spring and fall. A conservative...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sleeping Bag Question.
May 11, 8:33pm

Re: FYI: SteriPEN batteries
Interesting. I've used 3.0 v RCR123 batteries in mine, and had some issues in the past. I wonder if it's that they don't power up the unit well enough to guarantee that it generates e...

In GEAR » SteriPEN batteries
May 11, 8:18pm

Re: Down Inner Parka
I would probably opt for the down inner parka at that time of year. A little earlier or by mid September I'd go with something heavier. FWIW I've done sections in mid to late summer up th...

In GEAR » Insulating jacket for JMT: Montbell Alpine Light Parka, Alpine jacket, or something else?
May 11, 8:02pm

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