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James Lantz (jameslantz) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale North Georgia
About Me 52 YO physician(Internal Medicine), Eagle Scout, Philmont veteran, convert to lightweight backpacking in summer of 2007.  Passions include Jesus Christ, backpacking, tennis, grilling & barbeque-ing, single malt scotch(in moderation of course) & Georgia Southern football!!!
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New Balance MT 101
I have been hiking in the NB 101's for a couple of months now & have a few observations. They are great for folks with a narrow foot, ventilate very well, & dry out very quickly when w...

In Editor's Roundtable » Minimalist Footwear for Fall/Spring Backpacking
August 02, 7:12pm

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
There is nothing more beautiful in the rain, snow, or wind than my cuben fiber MLD Grace Solo tarp in bland olive drab & the fact that it folds down like a handkerchief anywhere in my pack &...

In GEAR » Cuben: The unbearable lightness of being........ugly.
July 22, 9:16pm

"MLD Superlight bivy
Casey, One thing that has not been discussed on this thread is the vast difference in footbox size of a Superlight vs a Ptarmigan. I own both bivies & no longer use the Ptarmigan because of ...

In GEAR » MLD superlight bivy (all net hood)
July 11, 9:17pm

Light Beer & A-holes
The underlying problem here is one of brewing instead of distilling. If beer (barley) was allowed to continue the proper maturation, you would end up with the environmentally friendly,non refriger...

In Philosophy & Technique » Why do A-holes drink light beer?
July 08, 8:37pm

Choosing Cuben Fiber Tarp
John, You will be very happy with the MLD tarp. I have the MLD Grace Solo which I use with a Serenity Shelter in warm weather & a Superlite bivy in cooler weather. No durability issues after...

In GEAR » Please help me choose a Cuben Fiber tarp
July 08, 8:04pm

Gorilla hip belt on a Murmur
I also own both packs as well. The hip belts are not interchangable between the Gorilla & Murmur. I stopped using the belt on the Murmur after one trip because it just isn't necessary for ...

In GEAR » Putting a GGG Gorilla waist belt on a GG Murmur?
July 08, 7:43pm

Which Tilley hat?
None of them, at least for hiking. I own the LTM3 & have found it to be unsuitable for hiking in the Southeastern USA in warm weather. It is far too hot during exertion in the heat & humi...

In GEAR » Tilley hat - which one?
May 17, 8:28pm

Eddie Bauer 50 degree bag
Or you could buy the rectangular, synthetic fill, full length zip Eddie Bauer 50 degree bag that can be unzipped & used as a quilt, mated to to another for sharing, or used like a sleeping bag....

In Make Your Own Gear » why is synthetic fill so popular for DIY warm weather quilts?
May 09, 4:50pm

Re "Canister vs. Alcohol"
Weight vs. convenience is one part of the equation. The number of people being cooked for is another part that can factor into the convenience side of the equation. If I'm cooking solo I use ...

In GEAR » Weighs less to carry a canister stove long distances?
May 09, 4:28pm

"Ultra-ultralight sleep system for summer heat"
In the SE USA where I live the summers are hot, humid, & buggy. My system for this time of year includes a tarp, MLD Serenity shelter, & a 16oz Eddie Bauer 50 degree bag that I paid $22 fo...

In GEAR » Ultra-ultralight sleep system for summer heat
May 01, 8:20am

All Reader Reviews by James Lantz

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Gossamer Gear
I experienced corrosion of one of my Lightrek poles' threaded aluminum bolts which holds the rubber expander to lock the 2 halves of the pole together. This made it impossible to use the pole. Af...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
June 17, 4:40pm

Titanuium Goat Ptarmigan Bivy
This is a well made, economical, & versatile bivy. However, when used with a 72" NeoAir pad it is very tight in the foot area to the point of being very uncomfortable. I am 6'1", 2...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
March 28, 6:06pm

Golite Versa Force
Brian, Thanks for your excellent initial impression discussion on the Versa Force. I owned two pair of these, one for the trail & one for my practice hikes around my hilly neighborhood. I found t...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 25, 4:04pm

Osprey Exos 34 Large
I recently received the Exos 34 & had my first opportunity to use it on a day hike, though I had it loaded with the gear I will use on a 4 day hike on the AT around Labor Day, including food &...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 23, 7:08pm

Thermarest Neo-Air
I've spent a total of 5 trail nights on the NeoAir short. It weighs 9 oz on my scales. Very comfortable down into high 40's. Haven't had the opportunity to test lower temps yet. I'...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
May 28, 7:29pm

Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 Adjustable CF Trekking Poles
Absolutely the best trekking poles I have ever used! I've got over 100 trail miles on them including 60 miles this past weekend on the AT from Standing Indian campground to Fontana Dam N.C. This...

In Trekking Poles
May 28, 7:03pm

Montbell UL Down Inner Jacket
This is one of my most indispensible articles for cold weather backpacking. When coupled with a lightweight baselayer & a lightweight waterproof shell layer like the GoLite Virga, I have been warm...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
February 21, 7:54pm

Montbell U.L. 90 Sleeping Pad U.L. 90
I just received the Montbell UL 90 pad & pillow today. It is about 6" longer than the GG closed cell foam pad I usually use. It fits perfectly, when folded into thirds, into the external sl...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 23, 8:04pm

Trail Designs Caldera Stove
I agree with the previous posts about the merits of the Caldera Cone. So much lighter than my Primus Technotrail II! I simply roll up the cone & place it in my Snowpeak 600 Ti mug. Then, place t...

In Stoves - Alcohol
March 09, 7:00pm