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paul johnson (pj) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
About Me Backpacking for nearly 50yrs-shorter trips less than a week.

Outdoor interests (in no particular order): medicinal/edible wild plants of New England, observing wildlife (inverts & verts; and owls at night), insect collecting, dog training, night hiking, HEADLAMPS (for those night hikes), kinesiology/bio-mechanics of hiking (particularly trekking pole use), testing L/UL gear, unconventional packing systems, & backwater microbiology, & oh, yes, the darkside - motorsports(auto racing).

Now pretty much "grounded" so to speak.

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All Forum Posts by paul johnson

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DR vs. LD
I think I might understand why David would prefer to handle this via email. Think about it. A possible plausible reason is pretty easy to figure out. David, would you mind if i emailed you a...

In GEAR » Double Rainbow vs. Lunar Duo
March 28, 1:40pm

Re: Re: Re: Narrow mouth.
Dondo, Do you find the lack of a vestibule limiting in any way? How is condensation? Do you switch to the tarptent for the warmer, wetter times of the year? I see snow. Do you need ...

In GEAR » Water purification
March 28, 7:16am

Re: Re: Re: Treatment times
Theoretically, as far as current means of backcountry water purification available to the L/UL backpacker go, a two-step approach is required. Filter (at least 15-20 micron absolute pore size, t...

In GEAR » Water purification
March 27, 11:04am

Re: Re: SteriPens?
UV-C is not alone, since Chems may not work as well with turbid water vs. clear water also. Why? My understanding is at least two reasons: 1) some organic material may harbor and protect ...

In GEAR » Water purification
March 27, 10:56am

Re: hilight
Check out one of the OneShot Reviews on There are several pics there and some text comments by the Reviewer about your question. The screen in the door is about the same ...

In GEAR » Black Diamond One Shot
March 27, 10:45am

Re: Lightweight Footwear Systems for Snow Travel<br>Part 1: Principles and Techniques for Keeping Feet Dry and Warm
A truly excellent article - one that i will need reread again to absorb all of the great info contained in it. Kudos to Will and Janet. one thought that i'd like some feedback on, regard...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Footwear Systems for Snow Travel
Part 1: Principles and Techniques for Keeping Feet Dry and Warm

March 27, 10:41am

Re: Nano Material from Feathered Friends
Don't know anything about this fabric. Sounds a bit like Epic by Nextec though. The advertisement about the waiter spilling coffee and it rolling off of one's pants reminds me of an inci...

In GEAR » Nano Material from Feathered Friends
March 24, 9:48pm

Re: Re: SnugPak Bivy
Ben, so were the "Tunnel Rats" in Nam.

In GEAR » SnugPak Bivy
March 23, 10:28am

Re: Re: Re: Re: LOG Reductions in Untreated Water
dbl-post. past few days Forums have been extremely slow for me with 5-10 minutes elapsing (without timeouts) when displaying Forum pages or Posting. Closing Browser window via the normal fa...

In Editor's Roundtable » SteriPEN Adventurer Water Purifier REVIEW
March 23, 5:06am

Re: Water filtration
>>"I've heard of inline filters, but don't know of any specifically." Search the WWW for Sawyer and Camel-bak (used by US Armed Forces) in-line filters.

In GEAR » Water filtration
March 23, 5:06am

All Reader Reviews by paul johnson

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Zebralight H50
the H50-Q5 has so many pros: 1. very small size (one of the benefits of being a "twisty". )- just slightly larger than the cell that powers it (1xAA - alkaline, NiMH, or Li-Primary; it c...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
May 11, 6:13am

Pak-Lite White Super
when i need a 5mm task light this is now my "go to" light for the last couple of months. why? 1. light in weight 2. bright in light [output] 3. i'll die of old-age before i bu...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
May 10, 6:00pm

Surefire L2 Lumamax
Ok. So, one is unable to justify the $$$ for the U2 - try as hard as one might. Well, then, perhaps the L2 might fit the bill. It is after all a whopping hundred bucks cheaper (that ain't sayin...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 27, 4:13am

Gossamer Gear NightLight 3/4
Light. Warm enough; add a thinlight or torso-length inflatable when it gets cold. Comparing the NightLight's R-value to other pads, it appears that the Nightlight has the highest R-val for its...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 26, 4:36am

Surefire U2
If I could have only one flashlight, or maybe even one lighting device, it would be the 5.7oz 5watt, 2xCR123A powered Surefire U2 Ultra Digital flashlight. First the downsides: 1. How do ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 18, 9:35pm

Pro Lite Gear customer service
I've ordered many times from PLG. Big items. Small items. Several items in one order. Only ONCE, was there ever a mistake. However, i personally feel that the mistake was beneficial to my u...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 08, 11:48am

Lighten Up DVD with Glen Van Peski .
This DVD was a gift to me from another Forum participant (many thanks GR). This DVD doesn't pretend to be a detailed step-by-step tutorial, but, rather, more of an introduction. In this capaci...

In Books and Media
March 07, 1:52pm

Gossamer Gear Nightlight Torso
My favorite pad. Light. Warm enough (use two when it gets cold). I add a separate single section of this pad for use under my feet. Being so short that xtra 3" that the First Reviewer ment...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 06, 5:40am

Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
Thick. Warm. Cushiony. Comfortable. Packs small enough. I can't make many claims to being great at anything in life. But, i could claim to be a GREAT sleeper after a day of trekkin' up ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 06, 5:28am

Pacer Poles
I truly do love both sets of PacerPoles that i own (one pair 2-sect, and one pair 3-sect). I can't say enough good things about them. They are one of favorite T-poles (trekking poles) to use....

In Trekking Poles
March 06, 5:16am