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Kevin Babione (KBabione) - BPL Lifetime Member

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About Me I live near Lancaster PA and do most of my backpacking in the central and north-central parts of the state.
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All Forum Posts by Kevin Babione

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ZPacks Arc Zip Experience
The mesh was really comfortable on my back and I'm looking forward to trying it in warmer weather when my backpack (and some things inside) would be soaked from sweat. The arc is adjustable (b...

In GEAR » Zpacks Arc Zip users - tell me your experience
February 10, 4:13pm

ZPacks Arc Zip Experience
I bought mine in the fall and have only used it on one trip. I absolutely love the pack. I sleep in a hammock so it's super easy to place my backpack in the hammock to load and unload it. I ...

In GEAR » Zpacks Arc Zip users - tell me your experience
February 10, 7:05am

Adirondacks Mt. Marcy via Johns Brook/Hopkins Trail
Looks like a great trip - I'm glad you left Cyrus at home (unless he was the one who took the photo of you). I can definitely picture the coffee and cigar as you wait for dinner to finish cook...

In Post-Trip Reports » Adirondacks Mt. Marcy via Johns Brook/Hopkins trail
January 26, 5:32am

UL Scissors - Swiss Army Clipper
Probably not part of an SUL kit, but in my UL kit I carry the Swiss Army Clipper: It weighs 37 grams but has a scissor (which works really well for cutting tape, moleskin, and opening dinners)...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » SUL scissors? (or, anyone have these and know the gram weight?)
January 23, 11:22am

Hammock and a bivy
I think trying to use a bivy sack in a hammock would be a disaster in a downpour - your hammock would collect the water and you'd be sleeping with your rear end underwater in no time. The ha...

In GEAR » Hammock and a bivvy
January 23, 6:52am

SMD Gatewood Cape - Extra Headroom
There's a tieout that you can use (in conjunction with your second trekking pole) that buys you some extra, and in my opinion, valuable headroom...

In GEAR » SMD Gatewood Cape Questions
January 21, 5:46am

Oddest Single Piece of Gear Seen
We were on a day hike last summer near Lake Dunmore in VT and as we were coming down the trail there was a guy heading up it. He had a gigantic pack on his back, a daypack turned around and strapp...

In GEAR » Oddest single piece of gear you have seen on the trail
January 13, 6:46am

9x9 Tarp for a Hammock
I think the issue with the 9x9 is that you're carrying material that's in the wrong place for a storm. The 12' 8" ridgeline is good, especially if you have a long hammock (I prefe...

In Hammocks » Thoughts on 9x9 tarp for hammock?
December 15, 1:06pm

GG LT4 Handle
It's yours...I'll ship it to you by the end of the week.

In Gear Swap » Free: GG LT4 Handle
December 09, 6:54am

Free: GG LT4 Handle
I was recently unfortunate enough to snap one of my LT4's while slipping down a rocky PA hillside. If anyone can use a LT4 handle (with about 4 inches of the pole still securely glued inside) ...

In Gear Swap » Free: GG LT4 Handle
December 08, 6:28pm

All Reader Reviews by Kevin Babione

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Montbell Extremely Light Down Jacket
I'm a big guy and have the Ex Light in XXL - weighs 7.8 ounces. In addition to being a great piece of insulation to wear I've found that I can use it in my hammock as an extra top quilt by op...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
January 03, 1:42pm

Lighten Up! by Don Ladigin
I just finished reading the book - it's an enjoyable and quick read. I've got two weekend trips planned this spring with guys who have never backpacked in their lives. I'm passing the bo...

In Books and Media
March 28, 5:52am