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Joe Kuster (slacklinejoe) - BPL Lifetime Member

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About Me I'm the president of Slackline Express. We make slacklines (think of it as a backyard tight rope) but also manage an outsourced sewing shop for lightweight backpacking gear designers. We do industrial sewing, cutting, and assembly here in Colorado.
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All Forum Posts by Joe Kuster

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Re: Re: Ultralight Tip of the Week: Stealth Camping
Antti, The issue with the cooking in camp is a entirly different mindset. The initial reason I was exposed to this technique is aggressive bear avoidance. For some areas (Yosimite Valley for isn...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
July 24, 11:43am

Idea to make those expensive titanium stakes more visible - YARN
You know, I think I've tried all of these ideas at one point or another, but my best results have been tying little strands of florescent orange guyline string to them. Highly visible and assis...

In GEAR » Idea to make those expensive titanium stakes more visible.
June 30, 3:06pm

MYOG: Group Pot Stand and Windscreen
*Danger Will Robinson* ? I'm certainly no expert, but aren't coat hangers coated with metals and coatings that are toxic when burned? Contamination of food with things like zinc are pret...

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: Group Pot Stand and Windscreen
May 18, 3:10pm

For the hangers: ENO hammock Slap Straps (Slapstraps?) compare
I've tried lots of types of straps and eventually I ended up with some 100% pure dyneema rope (3/8") was rediculously strong (3,000lbs+) but it was light enough to float on water and had z...

In GEAR » For the hangers: ENO hammock Slap Straps (Slapstraps?) compare
April 04, 4:56pm

Has your knife ever helped you out of a dire situation?
I'm really suprised there aren't a lot more posts about how a knife saved someone's bacon. Me: Shaving firestater tender in weather that simply would have never permitted me to ma...

In GEAR » Has your knife ever helped you out of a dire situation?
October 20, 9:59pm

STABILicers vs MICROspikes
I've used both, I strongly prefer the microspikes.

In GEAR » STABILicers vs MICROspikes
October 20, 9:50pm

McHale Packs -- Observations & Comments
Regarding Dyneema / Spectra dying process: Companies such as Amsteel dye their 100% dyneema ropes. It's a finicky process and a lot of the dye rubs off or washes off after a certain amount o...

In GEAR » McHale Packs -- Observations & Comments
September 28, 1:51pm

Peanut butter lovers - what do you carry it in
I use my hot sealer with vacuum sealer bags to make my own "jiffy singles". For a change, I swap in almond or cashew butter or use the Super Spackel recipe that's on this site. As ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Peanut butter lovers - what do you carry it in
September 28, 1:39pm

AquaCare from DTI Swden, Same as Klearwater?
I converted to Klearwater a few years back (after finding it on this site), but it appears the supply has dried up. Since KlearWater's site is down, I did a bit of research and found DTI Swe...

In GEAR » AquaCare from DTI Swden, Same as Klearwater?
September 06, 3:28pm

Yellow Heet on plane
Boy flying has changed, and I'm not even that old. I took a emergency matches and a pint of denatured alcohol through customs into Mexico and back in 2001. No one even asked about it when I had...

In GEAR » Yellow Heet on plane?
August 31, 2:23pm

All Reader Reviews by Joe Kuster

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Garmin Oregon 400T
Note: This review reflects using Beta Firmware v. 2.86 released Feb 4, 2009. My wife bought me the 400T as a birthday present. Now that I've had time to use it in the field tramping around Roc...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
February 14, 2:55pm

PossumDown Glove Liner Gloves
I tried my best to like these gloves but even treated with the utmost caution my pair only lasted 1 trip before starting to show significant wear. By the end of the second trip, I had holes in both g...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
November 29, 1:08am

GlobalStar SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker
I have to wonder if some of the units out there are possibly defective judging from other reviews. I've had mine since they first came out and I have apparently had a radically different exper...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 17, 10:23pm

Mountain House Beef Stew
Actually, it just goes to show different tastes for different folks. After a heavy exertion day the Mountain House stew is usually one of my favorites. I have only noticed it being a bit salty wheneve...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
January 24, 10:13am

FlexAir Pillow Dual Compartment Ultralight
I've used one on six trips so far. It is definately a discussion piece and it's incredibly light weight. It took a little trial and error with it to find my comfort range, which is about half ...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 07, 1:05pm

MiniBull Designs Atomic (with stand)
This is one of the first commercial alcohol stoves I've worked with. It does exactly what it says it should and it does work fairly well. It does have a higher capacity for longer burn time, it do...

In Stoves - Alcohol
November 22, 9:08am

Evernew Nonstick Titanium 0.9 L Pot
It's non-stick titanium, how cool is that. The reality is that it does live up to most of the hype and it is a solid performer. It has a wide base and is very efficent. It is about the perfect volume ...

In Cookware - Titanium
November 22, 8:43am

Marmot Atom
At 16oz this is an excellent option for warm weather 3 season backpacking. The compressibility of this bag is phenomonal. It is unusual to find a summer oriented bag with a full hood & draft collar, m...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
November 22, 8:36am

Marmot Atom Mens Regular 40 Degree
Please Delete, put in wrong category

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
November 22, 8:33am

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
As always, it depends on your need. If you find other stoves finicky and would like a complete cooking system that just "works", it's possible you'll like the JB. For trips where ...

In Stoves - Canister
October 04, 8:21pm