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Jim Sweeney (swimjay) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Northern California
About Me Former mathematician turned furniture maker, I'm lucky to live near some of the best hiking and backpacking country on the planet.
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All Forum Posts by Jim Sweeney

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SPF
Perhaps it's in the article somewhere, but what is the SPF of the BDAS? I've been using a Rab Boreas, and have liked it, but clearly the newer fabrics are worth looking at.

In Editor's Roundtable » Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody review
April 16, 10:44pm

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In Gear Swap » WTB: Katabatic Palisade or Zpacks quilt
March 25, 10:17am

Sold!
Sold

In Gear Swap » FS: Sierra Designs Cal 13, 800 fill Dri-Down, Medium, $225.
March 14, 11:00am

Photos posted
Photos posted

In Gear Swap » FS: Sierra Designs Cal 13, 800 fill Dri-Down, Medium, $225.
March 11, 2:50pm

Sold!: Sierra Designs Cal 13, 800 fill Dri-Down, Regular, $225.
This bag is sold. From a "Backpacker" gear review, edited for brevity: ..puffy, packable, and cozy...19 oz. water-repellent 800-fill DriDown. SD says stays drier 10 times l...

In Gear Swap » FS: Sierra Designs Cal 13, 800 fill Dri-Down, Medium, $225.
March 10, 11:47pm

offer sent
offer sent

In Gear Swap » FS: Hexamid Twin Tent/ w groundsheet
March 10, 11:18pm

Quick spotting
John, I've found it helpful to hire a 3 man crew to man the computer 3 shifts a day. I have to pay overtime on the weekends, of course, but definitely get quick access. Haven't been able ...

In Gear Swap » FS HMG ULTAMID 2 $450
March 08, 4:37pm

Size
Just got a medium anorak, and it does fit very snugly in the body, as reported. Hood fits tight to the head, and turns well as the head turns. Don't think a helmet would fit under it, on me, ...

In Gear Deals » Stoic Vaporshell 69% off
March 05, 3:19pm

zpacks.com
Thanks, Brad. Just a solo and a solo+ showing now. Don't mind spending money on gear, but hoping to save a little on this purchase as it will only be used when my girlfriend comes with; no ...

In Gear Swap » WTB Hexamid Twin Tent
March 05, 3:12pm

Still looking
Looking for ~ 25% off new price (new price is $415) for good condition used, not necessarily in "brand new" condition.

In Gear Swap » WTB Hexamid Twin Tent
March 05, 9:22am

All Reader Reviews by Jim Sweeney

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hydrapak 3 liter bladder
Recently (7/5/13) I purchased a Rush 14L daypack from Golite, which came with a 3L Hydrapak bladder. The bladder is very supple, and would seem like a potential alternative to the Platypus, except fo...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
August 01, 11:32am

Ibex Nelson 17.5 L/S : #1038
Too often it seems that merino manufacturers, in an effort to avoid scratchiness, process merino in a way that tends to make it feel more like cotton or even silk. How they do this I'm not sure. ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
February 10, 10:20am

Taylor Digital Wireless Thermometer 1434
There are a few different versions of this available--the important thing is to have a sending unit, which transmits the temperature where it is placed, and a "home" unit, which reads the te...

In Miscellaneous Products
January 19, 10:22pm

Black Diamond Winter Bivy
I wonder if the Epic in your bivy was somehow defective? (In which case BD should have sent you another, or refunded your money.) Backcountrygear.com currently has them on sale for $96.50, which i...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
August 28, 7:18pm

SteepandCheap.Com SteepandCheap.Com
From a recent S & C email: "My friend used to buy new headlights for his car from Shopko when one would burnout, then he'd put the old ones back in the boxes and return them. A genius ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 18, 5:51pm

Andrew Skurka Sierra High Route Mapset
Andrew Skurka, from whom the English language gets the word "skurking", meaning moving quickly over great distances in a lightweight fashion (an antonym for "lurking"), has giv...

In Books and Media
January 05, 9:42am

Zpacks Blast 32
I have a version or this pack with no waist belt, a drink tube opening, daisy chains on the shoulder straps, shock cord lashing on the front, and two shoulder pouches. Total weight, 5.55 oz. Without...

In Backpacks - Frameless
November 15, 5:25pm

Cocoon Vest Vest
First thoughts on the new cocoon vest: 1)The pertex quantum used has a finer rip stop grid pattern than the original cocoon pull-over, which translates, very subtly, to a stiffer hand and less silk...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
June 22, 5:28pm

Bozeman Mountain Works Cocoon Pullover
First thoughts on the new cocoon vest: 1)The pertex quantum used has a finer rip stop grid pattern compared to the original cocoon pull-over, which translates, very subtly, to a stiffer hand and le...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
June 22, 5:24pm

North Face Beeline 900
The rating here is definitely price sensitive. I recently bought a new bag at outlet closeout for $90. The bag uses what I think is the best lightweight sleeping bag fabric, very lightly, or un, cal...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
August 02, 7:00pm