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Benjamin Smith (bugbomb) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale South Texas
About Me My first "lightweight" trip involved me tossing gear and spare clothes out of my external framed pack the night before a trek in southern Colorado. Now, I experiment with and design (my wife calls it "twiddling") some simple, lightweight gear and carry loads that have become dangerously flirtatious with the SUL barrier.

In south Texas, if you're a hiker, biker, or runner, you don't have to deal with elevation or cold temps. However, you do have to like the feeling of sweaty silnylon next to your skin on a 100 degree, 90+% humidity day.
CitySan Antonio
StateTX
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by Benjamin Smith

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Re: Golite Pinnacle Backpack REVIEW
Hi Roger - the Pinnacle is essentially a GoLite Jam2 with more volume. As such, it's great if you have a large-volume, low density load - 30 pounds in 3700 ci - but less so if you have a more t...

In Editor's Roundtable » Golite Pinnacle Backpack REVIEW
February 08, 5:01pm

Take the Load Off: Using Pulks to Travel Over Snow
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In Editor's Roundtable » Take the Load Off: Using Pulks to Travel Over Snow
January 29, 9:21pm

Make Your Own Gear: Shell Top
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In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear: Shell Top
January 15, 8:30pm

Stoves, Tents and Carbon Monoxide - Deadly or not? <br>Part 6: Measurements on Liquid Fuel Stoves
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In Editor's Roundtable » Stoves, Tents and Carbon Monoxide - Deadly or not?
Part 6: Measurements on Liquid Fuel Stoves

January 08, 10:17pm

Explorations into Candle Stoves
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In Editor's Roundtable » Explorations into Candle Stoves
January 01, 8:59pm

Post-Trip Assessment of Lightweight Gear for Long Distance Hiking
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In Editor's Roundtable » Post-Trip Assessment of Lightweight Gear for Long Distance Hiking
January 01, 8:58pm

Make Your Own Gear – Trousers
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In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear – Trousers
December 26, 11:05pm

Re: Re: Large tarp
Lance, Where was those pictures, especially the first, taken?

In GEAR » Large Tarp Setup?
December 21, 9:02am

Delivered
My Cloudburst arrived well-packed in perfect condition. Thanks, Jim!

In Gear Swap » FS: Thoroughly tricked out Cloudburst
December 21, 7:26am

2007 Hennessy Hyperlight Backpacker A-Sym Hammock REVIEW
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In Editor's Roundtable » 2007 Hennessy Hyperlight Backpacker A-Sym Hammock REVIEW
December 18, 10:25pm

All Reader Reviews by Benjamin Smith

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Platypus Platy Reservoir
I use the 4L Big Zip as my in camp water supply and for carting extra water through dry stretches (here in south Texas, the whole hike is typically a "dry stretch"). While I find the cap ang...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
July 15, 12:10pm

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
I've slept on this pad and on the similar POE Max Thermo (both full-length). The BA is more comfortable for back sleeping, and the POE is more comfortable when side sleeping. There's something...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
July 07, 7:42am

Backpacking Light FireLite 500 Titanium Cookpot
I waited until I received the updated lid before posting my review, so my rating applies to the pot with the new "GOOD" lid, not the old "BAD" lid. My old lid didn't seat flush...

In Cookware - Titanium
May 07, 7:44pm

MSR Titan Kettle
I used this item on my recent Sawtooths trip. It worked great - stable, tight lid, strong - but I have one dilemma. I am a boil-and-set type cooker. This means I'm only boiling a cup or two at a time,...

In Cookware - Titanium
September 06, 4:46pm

New Balance 872
Weight - 12.7 oz Size - 9 EE Color - screaming, bright, obnoxious yellow So after years of wearing ill-fitting shoes, I decided to go in and see what size my feet really were. I typically wear 10...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 24, 5:19pm