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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.
CityBerkeley
StateCalifornia
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All Forum Posts by Jim Sweeney

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Re: Great Poles
And on my scale, with straps and baskets, 13.75 oz. Mountain Laurel Designs, from whom I bought my pair, says, with straps but without baskets, 13.6 oz. The straps come off & on cleverly,...

In Gear Swap » komperdell carbon ultralight vario 4
July 25, 9:23pm

Great poles
After breaking 4 or 5 other carbon fiber poles in fairly short order, I've been using KV 4's for two years. They're completely scratched up, but have stood up to massive abuse. Also, ...

In Gear Swap » komperdell carbon ultralight vario 4
July 25, 10:27am

Re: FS: MLD Cuben Duomid
Would you take $165?

In Gear Swap » FS: MLD Cuben Duomid
July 24, 2:39pm

email sent
Would like to buy it.

In Gear Swap » FS: MLD Cuben Duomid
July 24, 9:14am

Bivy arrived
Looks to be in excellent shape. Thanks!!

In Gear Swap » Zpacks pertex bivy/MLD trailstar (little star)
July 21, 1:21pm

PM Sent
Will take it. I love bivies.

In Gear Swap » FS: Borah Gear Snowyside eVent Bivy *NEW*
July 17, 5:05pm

PM Sent
Will take the bivy if is the current model.

In Gear Swap » Zpacks pertex bivy/MLD trailstar (little star)
July 17, 7:45am

How about ?
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=93160 I've no direct knowledge of this tent, but it's a recent post.

In Gear Swap » WTB: Zpacks Hexamid Twin Tent
July 13, 11:38am

Great route, but not complete
Thanks for the nudge. Will try to come up with a complete trip report, with pictures, soon, but for now here's a short version. Acclimated for 3 days in Sequoia, day hikes, then a rest day....

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Southern Sierra, mostly off trail
July 10, 7:57pm

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In Gear Swap » FS: ZPacks Solplex
July 10, 10:50am

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