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Stephen Parks (sdparks) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Southwest
About Me New to backpacking - I love the idea, but have never pursued it because I wouldn't be able to carry a heavy pack. So, unlike many backpackers who are trying to lighten their traditional heavy pack, I'll be trying to build a light system from the beginning.
CityHouston
StateTX
CountryUSA

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Re: Re: Great input
I hadn't seen the roll-top version of the STS pack before - that's a nice choice. I have the regular (zippered) one, and while it is a bit lighter, it has very little water resistance. I&...

In GEAR » hike to base camp - day/side hike pack suggestion
April 21, 7:39pm

Lumix LX7
I've been looking at this camera as well. I'm really attracted to the lens specs, but the camera really doesn't look pocketable. What's it like to carry this thing around? Also, ho...

In Photography » Lumix LX7
April 08, 8:06pm

Hmmm
OBL = oxygen barrier layer Deep sleep guaranteed.

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » "This woman is sleeping inside a sealed plastic bag"
April 08, 7:51pm

Re: Re: Re: Another pillow thread--high loft pillows for side sleepers
Rafi, The Cocoon hood pillow surface is slightly concave. It is right at 4" in the middle and 4.5" on the sides. That's fully inflated and unloaded. -Stephen

In GEAR » Another pillow thread--high loft pillows for side sleepers
February 09, 9:38am

Re: Another pillow thread--high loft pillows for side sleepers
I currently use the Cocoon camp/hood pillow . It is relatively heavy at 3.52 oz, but worth it to me. I tried the Exped UL large and the Montbell comfort system pillow and others, but they were al...

In GEAR » Another pillow thread--high loft pillows for side sleepers
February 06, 7:39pm

Re: Ear Plugs / Headphones
Westone UM-1 earphones are very comfortable. Clean sound, good noise isolation, but little bass. But very comfortable. .61oz. These are a far lighter and more compact alternative to noise-cance...

In Multiple Use Gear » Ear Plugs / Headphones
February 03, 8:24pm

Big 4 cost vs. weight
I guess this was bound to happen: I didn't expect big trends, and mostly it is just a big cluster - lots of enivronmental conditions mixed in there. If I squint hard I can imagine that ...

In GEAR » What's your big four weigh/cost? Me- 2 lbs 8.4 oz/$773
January 31, 6:34pm

Re: Re: Nite Ize
"However, the Nite Ize stuff is the only kind I've found with a reflective tracer that is big enough to not slip under load in a LineLoc 3." Bluewater and PMI make 3mm reflective c...

In GEAR » Nite Ize Reflective Line
January 29, 9:18am

Impact of removing core from cord?
I recently had slippage with the lines on my Notch, so I'm planning to change the lines out to 3mm cord. I had some 3mm cord that I tested with, and it certainly holds better in the lineloc 3s...

In GEAR » Impact of removing core from cord?
January 24, 7:05pm

Notch and wind, back on topic
I had some 3mm cord that I bought as extra line for my car camping tent, so I pulled out the Notch to see if I could tell a difference in the holding strength of the linelocs with the larger diamet...

In GEAR » The Notch, in the wind, on a platform
January 19, 9:17pm

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